Undergraduate research at scale

Breakerspace is a research lab at the University of Maryland that gives students experience working on group research projects in the area of computer and network security.

Breakerspace is located in 3270 A.V. Williams: just down the hall from the sky bridge to CSIC. Come by, check it out, and if you're interested in getting involved, read more below.

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Latest News


Two papers with Breakerspace undergraduate authors have been accepted to ACM CCS 2019! Congrats to Kevin Bock, Yaelle Goldschlag, George Hughey, Richard Roberts, and Rachel Walter!


Breakerspace student Yaelle Goldschlag has received a Goldwater Scholarship. Congratulations, Yaelle!


Breakerspace student George Hughey's honors thesis on unCaptcha has been selected to win a Winston Family Honors Thesis Award. Congratulations, George!


Breakerspace student Louis-Henri Merino was awarded a Fulbright US Research Grant to study in Switzerland at EPFL with Bryan Ford! Congratulations, Louis-Henri! (story)

Past news


Computer Science is not only the largest major on UMD's campus; it's one of the largest CS majors in the country. Research advising tends to look more like an apprenticeship than a traditional class, which makes it difficult to scale. The hope is that, through group projects, we can not only make research in UMD CS scale, but also foster a vibrant undergraduate CS research community.

What research?

Breakerspace will focus on research in computer and network security. Projects will span a wide variety of topics, including: measuring and securing the Internet of Things (IoT), resisting online censorship, analyzing and detecting malware, and more.

More information will come, but to get a flavor of the kinds of work we'll be doing, see Dave's research.