Research Overview

Public Research for Public Good

UMBC is a public research university leading the world in inclusive excellence in research. Our research aims to further innovation in Information Systems through inclusive interdisciplinary partnerships and collaborations. We are committed to recruiting and retaining faculty with a passion for civically engaged research.

$3.7 Million+ in FY22

A list of externally funded projects from national, regional and local organizations.

View All Current Research Grants

NSF CAREER Award Winners

CAREER Awards are among the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) most prestigious.

View List of Winners

Research Centers

The IS Department is home to four innovative research centers; fostering interdisciplinary research and innovation, teaching and mentoring, and community engaged scholarship and service across UMBC and beyond.


Center for Real-time Distributed Sensing and Autonomy


Center for Accelerated Real Time Analytics


Institute for Harnessing Data and Model Revolution in the Polar Regions


Interactive Systems Research Center

Research Areas

Our faculty conduct interdisciplinary research in five complementary, core areas to design, develop and implement Information Systems to investigate real world problems, including climate change, cybersecurity, accessibility, and the future of work.

AI & Machine Learning

Study of AI techniques for language, vision, and sensor processing and fair machine learning.

Data Science

Study of data lifecycle processes, big data analytics, cybersecurity analytics, and data mining.

Health Informatics

Study of informatics and information technology to serve healthcare.

Human-Computer Interaction

Study of the design and use of interactive technology.

Software Engineering

Study of the people, processes, and techniques that create robust software applications.

Student Research

We are committed to mentoring students in research. Participating in research helps students develop their critical thinking, build transferable skills, and explore potential careers. The mentoring relationships built between students and faculty can last a lifetime and benefit both parties.

The department now uses a central form to collect research interests from our undergraduate and graduate students to help match students with projects (or opportunities) supervised by IS faculty. Please use this form, instead of direct email to individual faculty, to express your interest in conducting research with IS faculty. If a faculty member is interested in working with you, they will contact you directly.