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Dr. Marie desJardins

Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

SEE Faculty Consultant for How Girls Code: Mind, Body & Coding

UMBC Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
Office: ITE 337
Phone: (410) 455-3767

Dr. Marie desJardins is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).  She is also a Professor in UMBC’s Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, where she has been a member of the faculty since 2001.  She was a 2014-15 American Council of Education Fellow, the 2014-17 UMBC Presidential Teaching Professor, and an inaugural Hrabowski Academic Innovation Fellow.  Her research is in artificial intelligence, focusing on the areas of machine learning, multi-agent systems, planning, and interactive AI techniques.  Current research projects include learning in the context of planning and decision making, analyzing and visualizing uncertainty in machine learning, trust modeling in multi-agent systems, and intelligent tutoring systems for learning to program.


She is also highly visible in the state-level and national computing education community, focusing on K-12 computing curricula, diversity and inclusion in computing, innovative pedagogical methods.  She currently leads the NSF-funded “CS Matters in Maryland” project to develop curriculum and teacher training for the new AP CS Principles course, serves as lead PI for the Maryland team on the Expanding Computing Education Alliance, chairs the Maryland Computing Education Steering Committee, and serves as the university liaison for the Maryland chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association.


Dr. desJardins received her Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of California, Berkeley.  Her dissertation research focused on developing techniques to allow autonomous agents to learn useful models of their environments without being supervised by a human designer.  From 1991-2001, she was a member of the research staff at SRI International in Menlo Park, California.  Her research there focused primarily on autonomous and mixed-initiative methods for planning, learning, and multi-agent systems.


Dr. desJardins has published over 120 scientific papers in journals, conferences, and workshops.  She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, is a member of the editorial board of AI Magazine, and was the Program Cochair for AAAI-13.  She has previously served as AAAI Liaison to the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association, Vice-Chair of ACM’s SIGART, and AAAI Councillor. She is an ACM Distinguished Member, a AAAI Senior Member, a member and former chair of UMBC’s Honors College Advisory Board, the former chair of UMBC’s Faculty Affairs Committee, and a member of the advisory board for UMBC’s Center for Women in Technology.


Dr. desJardins is active in teaching, mentoring, and advising students.  She received the 2014 NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award and the 2016 CRA Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award.  She was named one of UMBC’s ten “Professors Not to Miss” in 2011, and is regularly sought out to give invited talks to student groups.  She has been involved with the AAAI/SIGART Doctoral Consortium as chair, co-chair, mentor, and/or reviewer annually since 2000.  She has advised three postdoctoral researchers, 13 Ph.D. students (11 to completion), 27 M.S. students (24 to completion), over 70 undergraduate researchers, and four high school student interns.