I want the Iribe Center to feel like Silicon Valley just hit College Park.
A striking presence at the corner of Baltimore Avenue and Campus Drive, the Brendan Iribe Center will be a hub for technology at the heart of a new innovation district, among high-tech companies, government agencies and institutional colleagues.
Bringing together the university's top-ranked Department of Computer Science and its renowned Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), the building's six floors of specialized labs will support groundbreaking research in virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, computer vision, algorithms, programming languages and systems.
The building will house nationally recognized centers of interdisciplinary research in cybersecurity, computational biology, quantum computing, data science and other fast-growing tech fields. The advances developed here will help create a virtuous cycle of innovation, establishing Maryland tech companies and adding to the state's economic development.
Students and faculty alike will experiment and create in open work areas and makerspaces filled with natural light. Flexible classrooms will promote teamwork and active learning. And welcoming common areas - including an expansive green space along Baltimore Avenue - will extend the collaborative environment to the broader community.
Inspiring Tomorrow's Innovators
Site visits to Facebook, Oculus VR, Google and other technology influernces gave the Iribe Center design team an inside look at how to create a building that inspires innovation.
The result will be a facility that offers unprecedented opportunities for students and faculty to explore and imagine bold new applications of computer science.
In the Iribe Center’s dynamic, collaborative makerspaces, students will use sensors, microcontrollers, 3-D printers, robots, quadcopters and other components to create new hardware and software. Students will have 24/7 keycard access, so these creative workshops will buzz with energy day and night.
Innovation thrives on novel ideas for solving problems, so students from every discipline will be welcome here. Dancers and athletes, for example, would be able to reserve the motion-capture lab to record and perfect precise movement.
In virtual and augmented reality labs, students will build immersive multimedia experiences and environments that engage the bold new possibilities presented by smartphones, smart glasses and virtual reality devices.
- 215,600 gross square feet
- more than 4,000 people, peak daily usage
- 5,300-square-foot makerspace
- 785 seats of instructional space
- 620 regular occupants
- 13 computer labs
- 8 classrooms
- 5 seminar rooms
- 20,000 square foot of community space
- architect/engineer: HDR Inc.
- construction manager: Whiting-Turner
- expected opening: 2018
My hope is that this gift will give UMD students access to world-class computer science resources and facilites that enable them to achieve the seemingly impossible.
New Era, New Ways Of Learning
Since 2009, enrollment in the University of Maryland's Department of Computer Science has tripled to approximately 2,300 students, and it is expected to continue growing in the next decade. Existing facilities can't keep up, and students and faculty are scattered throughout four buildings on campus.
The Iribe Center will change all of that, increasing the number of classrooms and uniting the computer science and engineering community in a single facility that spurs pioneering research and serves students from practically every major:
- Eight collaborative classrooms with interactive technologies and flexible seating, collaborative group work and experiential courses
- Thirteen spacious labs featuring latest equipment and software to support student learning
- Five seminar rooms will allow for in-depth coverage of special topics and creative projects in multidisciplinary computing fields.
Faculty members will work in close proximity to talented colleagues as they expand the University of Maryland’s expertise in emerging areas such as wearable technologies and mobile development.
Sparking Innovation Through Collaboration
The Iribe Center will help us achieve greatness, move into new research areas and provide an unparalleled experience for students.
Time spent outside of lectures—creating a cool game with friends or making connections at a hackathon—is a crucial way for students to share ideas and acquire skills that can lead to new ventures and transformative technologies.
The Iribe Center’s open floor plans and common spaces are designed to maximize opportunities for collaboration, from classmates helping one another refine ideas to encounters with teachers, colleagues and corporate partners that can result in career opportunities.
Reset Rooms, or informal study-break areas, on every floor will give hardworking students, makers and entrepreneurs space to recalibrate and engage colleagues.
The ground-level, 300-seat Antonov Auditorium will bring innovation out of the labs and into the public imagination through a wide range of conferences, hackathons and lectures with internationally distinguished speakers.
The center’s Green Space will present students, faculty and visitors with an inviting woodland meadow. A breezy Café Terrace will offer plenty of informal space for interaction, discussion and collaboration among faculty, students and technology partners.
“There’s something really special and personally and emotionally important about going to college. A university is not just about education…it’s about the social experience of meeting people.”
“Work on projects and do the best you can. As you learn, you’ll have to start with smaller projects, but then you’ll build a bigger one—alone or with other people—and you’ll feel the power to create.”
- Ashok K. Agrawala and Radhika Agrawala
- John Yiannis Aloimonos and Cornelia Fermuller
- Michael Antonov
- Aisya B. Aziz
- Ben Bederson
- Joshua A. Berenhaus
- C.O. Lee Boyce, Jr.
- Franklin Rivera Bueno
- Danya Cheskis-Gold
- W. Rance Cleaveland, II and Karen A. Hardee-Cleaveland
- Roberta J. Cochrane and Daniel Ford
- Eirik and Brenda Cooper
- Larry Davis and Joan Weszka
- Amol Deshpande
- Ramani and Shashikala Duraiswami
- Howard C. Elman
- Ernest B. Falcone and Abbie R. Chessler
- Younis and Karen Forsyth
- Ryan M. Forsyth
- Jeffrey and Elise Foster
- Jon E. Froehlich and Leah K. Findlater
- Prabhat and Shubhra Garg
- William and Carolyn Gasarch
- John F. Gianfrancesco
- The Gobioff Foundation
- Shravan and Nivedita Goli
- John Grant
- Sudipto Guha and Emily B. Pitler
- Feng Guo
- Neha Gupta and Nirmal Sharma
- Ilse Haim
- Larry Herman
- Michael and Kimberly Hicks
- Trevor E. Hill
- Jeff and Petrina Hollingsworth
- Brendan Iribe
- David Jacobs and Elizabeth Edlind
- Maurice and Jean Jacobs
- Micah D. Jayne
- Patrick D. Jenkins, in honor of Frederick and Kathleen Jenkins
- Jonathan and Jill Katz
- Pete and Rosana Keleher
- Yit-Phang Khoo
- Samir Khuller and Kalyani Chadha
- Larry Koved
- Brady A. Law
- Leigh Leverrier
- Lyn and Stacey Sickels Locke
- Donna Malayeri
- Christina and Meigh McNamee-Mahaffey
- Raymond and Marilyn Miller
- Fuller Ming, Jr.
- Jack Minker and Johanna C. Weinstein
- Shel and Andrea Morris
- Dana S. Nau
- Lev Novik
- Sumod W. Pawgi and Malati Pawgi
- Feng Peng and Xin Lei
- Don Perlis
- Stephanie L. Peters
- Bill Pugh and Lisa Orange
- Mark and Beth Redmiles
- James and Carol Reggia
- Elnatan B. Reisner
- Robert and Dana Reisse
- Debanjan and Kanja Saha
- Vibha Sazawal and Vijay Ravindran
- A. Udaya Shankar and Carol Whitney
- Ben A. Shneiderman
- Todd and Ashley Shorb
- Tatiana Shpeisman
- Ryan W. Sims
- Jagdeep and Roshni Singh
- Erika Spencer and William Brent
- Neil Spring
- Aravind Srinivasan and Anupama Govindarajan
- Craig and Sharon Stanfill
- Daniel J. Sugarman
- Alan Sussman and Linda Moniz
- Nikhil Swamy
- Amitabh Varshney and Poonam Gupta
- David G. Wonnacott
- Amy Yuan
- Marvin and Cindy Zelkowitz
In Memorium: Andrew Reisse
Celebrate the life of Andrew Reisse, an alumnus of the Computer Science Department, who was also friends with Brendan Iribe and Michael Antonov. Learn more about this Computer Vision expert and talented photographer who left the world too soon.
The Iribe Center will transform computer science at the University of Maryland, sparking student creativity, galvanizing collaborative innovation and stimulating technology-based economic development in the state.
With a gift to the Iribe Center, you can help
- provide exciting learning spaces that will inspire tomorrow’s computer science innovators;
- create a collaborative environment that features the best elements of today’s leading tech firrms and laboratories; and
- build a facility where formal and informal learning co-exist so students and faculty can develop ideas that will change our world.
To learn more about becoming a partner in this unprecedented effort contact:
Stacey Sickels Locke
Senior Director of Development, Leadership
Computer Mathematical and Natural Sciences
3310 Symons Hall
Tel: (301) 405-4344
"Brendan's and Michael's gifts will completely transform Computer Science at Maryland -- the impact will be felt by our students, faculty, staff, and the state for decades to come. It will help us achieve greatness, move into new research areas, and provide an unparalleled experience for students."
"This building will promote academic excellence, it will change lives, and it will transform our society."
"This building is going to improve our national profile and presence, but beyond that, I think it’s going to be hugely important for the state of Maryland to be in at the beginning of this technology explosion with this building and Brendan’s involvement in education."
"I think that [The Iribe Center] is a fantastic opportunity for Computer Science, for innovation, and for economic development. That is going to be the impact of the building."