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JaJa, Joseph

Interim Chair
A.V. Williams 3433

Research Interests 

  • Digital preservation
  • High performance computing
  • visual exploration of large scale scientific data


Joseph JaJa holds a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1977. Dr. JaJa has published extensively in a number of areas including parallel and distributed computing, combinatorial optimization, algebraic complexity, VLSI architectures, and data-intensive computing. He has received numerous awards including the IEEE Fellow Award in 1996, the 1997 R&D Award for the development of software for tuning parallel programs, and the ACM Fellow Award in 2000. He served on several editorial boards, and is currently serving as a subject area editor for the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing and as editor for the International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science.

Honors and Awards 

    •    Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) Award (2006)
    •    ACM Fellow (2000)
    •    R&D Magazine's R&D 100 Award (1997)
    •    IEEE Fellow (1996)

Related News 

Rama Chellappa Keynote Speaker at BMVC 2018
BMVC is one of the major international conferences on computer vision and related areas held in the UK. September 13, 2018

Joseph JaJa Named Interim Chair of ECE Department
A distinguished researcher and administrator, Professor Joseph JaJa will assume new role July 1. June 19, 2018

RC65 Honors Chellappa’s 65th Birthday and his Academic Contributions to Computer Vision Research
Chellappa has trained and collaborated with many generations of researchers in computer vision, image and signal processing, machine learning, and biometrics. June 13, 2018

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Dinesh Manocha Joins ECE as the Paul Chrisman Iribe Professor of Computer Science
Manocha’s research focuses on geometric and scientific algorithms with applications to computer graphics, robotics, and virtual reality. May 9, 2018

ECE Names 2017-2018 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
The fellowships are awarded to outstanding students in the final stages of dissertation work in recognition of their research excellence. April 18, 2018

UMD Celebrates Invention of Year Winners, Ventures, and Partnerships at 'Innovate Maryland'
An electric vehicle charger innovation takes home top honors for Invention of Year. April 17, 2018

UMD Researchers Tackle Facial Verification Software Head On
Forward-facing Invention of the Year nominee radically improves current software April 9, 2018

Chellappa and Liu Ranked in Top 150 Scientists on Academic Website
Chellappa and Liu have been nationally ranked in the top 150 scientists in the field of computer science and electronics for 2018 by the academic website Guide2Research. April 6, 2018

Clark School Researchers Recognized for Exceptional Inventions
Among the nine 2017 Invention of the Year award nominees, six are led by or include Clark School researchers. March 7, 2018