Centers and Institutes

Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL)

Jared Novick and Amy Weinberg (CASL) at the 2010 Language Science Day.

CASL is tasked with performing research on non-English languages that advances and supports American national security. In the current world the security community must have flexible expertise that allows it to rapidly respond to intelligence needs in any language of the world. To this end CASL is pursuing research in 5 core areas: language technology, second language acquisition, less commonly taught languages, cognitive neuroscience, and language and cultural competence. These themes both serve immediate national needs and also longer-term scientific understanding. CASL currently houses around 80 researchers at a facility in M-Square, the University of Maryland's research park, located less than a mile from the main campus. CASL also provides opportunities for joint research and collaboration, and many language science faculty and students have a joint appointment at the Center or hold a CASL scholarship.

National Foreign Language Center

NFLC poster at the 2010 Language Science Day.

The National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) is a research center at the University of Maryland with a mandate to define the current and future language needs of the nation, and help build the ability to satisfy those needs. It does so by providing language-related tools and resources to policy-makers and educators, as well as other individuals in government, academia and the private sector.

University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS),

UMIACS research.

The mission of UMIACS is to foster and enhance interdisciplinary research and education in computing across the University of Maryland. Since its inception, UMIACS has played a major role in building strong interdisciplinary research programs, cutting- edge computing infrastructure, and long-term partnerships with national and international research centers. The Institute's programs are led by distinguished researchers, many of whom hold joint appointments in academic units such as Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Linguistics, Geography, Philosophy, Business, Education, and the College of Information Studies.

The Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC)

The MRI scanner being delivered.

MNC is a new facility, opened in 2011, that serves as the hub for cognitive neuroscience research at the University of Maryland. The 8000 sq ft center will house a state-of-the-art Siemens Trio 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, and future plans include adding facilities for magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroenecephalography (EEG), both of which are already available at the university. A distinctive feature of the center is that it is designed to be particularly suitable for cognitive neuroscience studies with children, allowing researchers to gain insights into the developing brain. The center is funded in part by a major research instrumentation award from the National Science Foundation.

The Institute for Systems Research (ISR)

Photo from ISR@25 event.

ISR is a permanent, interdisciplinary research unit in the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. It is home to cross disciplinary research and education programs in systems engineering and sciences, and is committed to developing basic solution methodologies and tools for systems problems in a variety of application domains. ISR-based projects are conducted through partnerships with industry and government, bringing together faculty and students from multiple academic departments and colleges across the university. ISR began as one of the National Science Foundation's first Engineering Research Centers in 1985. It attained permanent institute status at the University of Maryland in 1992.