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Hicks, Michael

Michael Hicks
Associate Professor
4131 A.V. Williams Bldg.

Research Interests 

  • Reliable and Secure Low-level Systems Programming
  • Dynamic Software Updating
  • Safe and Flexible Concurrent Programming
  • Transport and Overlay Networking


Michael Hicks is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department and UMIACS, and an affiliate assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also a member of CHESS.

The overarching goal of his research is to learn how to develop more flexible, reliable, and secure software. His research bridges the areas of "systems" and programming languages, in that he has frequently applied or developed language-based technology to solve systems problems, particularly in networking and distributed systems. He is fortunate to be a part of the programming language research group at Maryland.

He received his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania in August 2001, and spent one year as a post-doctoral associate affiliated with the Information Assurance Institute of the Computer Science Department at Cornell University.

Related News 

UMD Among Largest Recipients of NSF Funding for Cybersecurity Research and Education
UMD research awards are part of the NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program October 21, 2015

Papamanthou Receives $500K NSF Grant on Advanced Data Structures and Security
Papamanthou will use NSF grant to make advanced data structures more secure September 22, 2015

Ghodssi, Beyaz, Waits issued US patent for microgenerator
The versatile microball bearing supported microgenerator improves micro electromechanical devices. July 14, 2015

UMD Ties with Stanford, MIT for Most Researchers on 2015 DOD Multidisciplinary Research Grants
UMD Represented on 6 of 22 Teams Awarded University Research Initiative Grants by the Department of Defense June 9, 2015

Pines Recognized with Maryland Speaker's Medallion
Annual award recognizes outstanding service to the state. March 5, 2015

Science, Technology and Society Program Students “Save” an Armory
STS Students Learned How to Assess the Viability of Infrastructure

February 9, 2015

Hanrahan, Waits, Ghodssi paper selected as JMM 'Highlight of 2014'
Raceways fabrication technique caps 25 years of microball bearing research for Ghodssi research group. February 9, 2015

Alumna Enlu Zhou wins NSF CAREER Award for optimization and sampling in stochastic simulation
Zhou was co-advised by Steve Marcus and Michael Fu. January 14, 2015

UMD Researchers Use Artificially Engineered Materials to Create Breakthrough for Sound Sensors
"Enhanced Acoustic Sensing through Wave Compression and Pressure Amplification in Anisotropic Metamaterials" published in Nature Communications  October 14, 2014

Alum Dimitris Tsakiris improves propulsion of robotic octopus
Paper is finalist for two awards at IROS 2014. September 29, 2014