Joseph C. Montminy
MS Student, UMBC

Hello! I am a Master's Student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and work in the MAPLE Laboratory under the advisement of Dr. Marie desJardins.

Research Interests

I'm interested in a wide variety of Computer Science topics. Although I focus primarily on machine learning and preference learning, especially as they relate to information retrieval, I'm also interested in networks and security.

My current work focuses on preference learning in information retrieval. When you search for some topics, you want the results to cover a wide spread of information; for others, you may want very focused results. I'm looking at ways to make sure the results for any query you type are just what you'd expect.

On the security side of my work, I co-authored a paper with fellow UMBC MS student Brandon Wilson on ways to secure Instant Messaging. We presented a poster based on this work at the UMBC Graduate Research Conference, as well as the UMBC Computer Science Review. The pdf of this paper can be found here.

My girlfriend is currently getting her Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. Click here to go to her homepage!


For Spring 2008, I plan to take the following courses:

  • CMSC 641: Design and Analysis of Algorithms (Dr. Richard Chang)
  • CMSC 799: Masters Thesis Research (Dr. Marie desJardins)

Click here to see all the Computer Science courses I have taken at UMBC.

Web Links

Click here to see links to useful sites, programs, and references I have discovered during my studies at UMBC.


Click here to see my resume. It is current as of September 20, 2007.

Author: Joseph C. Montminy