Every academic year graduate students in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (CSEE) department at UMBC, who are also members of ACM, are elected to the posts of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. These officers plan, organize and manage the student chapter events. Since the beginning of academic year 2020-2021, the student officers are assisted by students who volunteer to be part of various committees focused on specific events that repeat throughout the year. The student officers also work under the guidance of faculty advisers from the CSEE department.

Student Officers | Student Committee Members | Faculty Advisors

Student Officers

Following students were elected to various posts in the  academic year 2020 – 2021.

Samit Shivadekar, Chair

Samit Shivadekar is serving as a Chair for UMBC ACM Student Chapter. Before joining the Ph.D. program at UMBC, Samit received his Master’s in Computer Science from California State University Fullerton. His research interests lie primarily in exploring the latest advances in machine learning from data that are distributed, streaming, or both distributed and streaming and for focusing many of the open challenges that remain to be solved for the broad adoption of machine learning tools across a large number of industries that are expected to routinely deal with large volumes of distributed and/or streaming data sets. He, along with other ACM committee members is eagerly looking forward to conduct various ACM activities for this academic year like Tech-talks, workshops, coding challenges etc.

Ambrose Gonsalo Tuscano, Vice-Chair

Ambrose Tuscano is currently pursuing his Master’s in Computer Science at UMBC. His research interests are inclined towards the Machine Learning and Data Science domain. He believes that complex problems can be solved by a lot of thought work and subsequent efficient coding. Eager to learn, grow, and challenge himself, he’s always open to new and interesting experiences that lie both within and outside of his comfort zone.
As a Vice-Chair for ACM Student Chapter, he aims to support a platform with the team to plan and collaborate on events to foster interaction between students, faculty, and alumni; and thus provide an environment where individuals can have access to guidance for research ideas and network with other motivated fellows.

Fahad Siddiqui, Secretary

Fahad Siddiqui is currently pursuing his PhD in Computer Science focusing on application of machine learning to health and wearables technology, primarily in the space of sleep-related disorders. Formerly, he has worked in areas of quantitative analytics in public and private equity and credit markets across the globe. He is interested in advancing new ventures in the space of fintech, having advised several
startups in India. He aims to support the ACM committee in conducting activities geared towards greater collaboration among students and enable exchange of ideas as well as provide access to mentorship and networking
opportunities.

Jayalakshmi Mangalagiri, Treasurer 

Jayalakshmi Mangalagiri, is currently pursuing her PhD in computer science at UMBC. She is working under Dr.David Chapman and her research interests lie in the area of Medical imaging using Machine learning models and computer vision techniques. Prior to joining UMBC, she earned her Master’s degree in Computing and Information Systems and has professional IT experience in the area of software engineering/software development and testing.  

Sravani Varanasi, Historian

Sravani Varanasi is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Computer Engineering at UMBC. She is working under Dr. Fow-Sen Choa. Her research interests focus on a better understanding of brain functionality using machine learning algorithms. Currently, she is working on a feedback neural network model which potentially explains how the human brain actually learns.
As the Chair of ACM, she aims to create a platform where graduates, undergraduate students, and the faculty can come together and explore their research interests and collaborate to work towards their ideas. She plans on organizing hi-tea events on a bi-weekly basis which will also include tech-talks, alum meets, coding challenges, etc.

Faculty Advisors

The UMBC-ACM student chapter has been working under the insightful guidance of Prof. Tim Oates and Prof. Tim Finin, both Professors of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Dr. Tim Oates is an Oros Familty Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He received B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1989, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1997 and 2000, respectively. Prior to coming to UMBC in the Fall of 2001, he spent a year as a postdoc in the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2004 Dr. Oates won a prestigious NSF CAREER award. He is an author or co-author of more than 100 peer reviewed papers and is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. His research interests include pattern discovery in time series, grammatical inference, graph mining, statistical natural language processing, robotics, and language acquisition.

Dr. Tim Finin is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He has over 30 years of experience in applications of Artificial Intelligence to problems in information systems and language understanding. His current research is focused on the Semantic Web, mobile computing, analyzing and extracting information from text and online social media, and on enhancing security and privacy in information systems. He is AAAI Fellow, received an IEEE Technical Achievement award in 2009 and was selected as the UMBC Presidential Research Professor in 2012.

Finin received an S.B. degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has held full-time positions at UMBC, Unisys, the University of Pennsylvania, and the MIT AI Laboratory. He is the author of over 300 refereed publications and has received research grants and contracts from a variety of sources. He participated in the DARPA/NSF Knowledge Sharing Effort and helped lead the development of the KQML agent communication language and was a member of the W3C Web Ontology Working Group that standardized the OWL Semantic Web language.

Finin has chaired of the UMBC Computer Science Department, served on the board of directors of the Computing Research Association, been a AAAI councilor, and chaired several major research conferences. He is currently an editor-in-chief of the Elsevier Journal of Web Semantics and a co-editor of the Viewpoints section of the Communications of the ACM.