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UM opens new computer science building at campus gateway

The University of Maryland, College Park, officially opened Saturday the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering. (Submitted photo)

The University of Maryland, College Park, officially opened Saturday the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering. (Submitted photo)

The University of Maryland, College Park officially opened the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering, a gleaming addition to the campus’s official entrance on U.S. Route 1.

The building was officially opened Saturday as part of the university’s Maryland Day, where the university opens its campus to the community.

The 215,600-square-foot building will house the university’s Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. It will have specific focuses on interdisciplinary research in virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, computer vision, algorithms, programming languages and systems.

“This transformative building will take one of the nation’s top computer and data science programs to even greater heights,” Wallace D. Loh, the university’s president, said in a statement. “Our leadership in fields like artificial intelligence and virtual and augmented reality will grow, making our campus an even greater hub for innovation and economic development.”

Occulus co-founder Brendan Iribe, an alumnus of the university, contributed $31 million towards the building. Other contributors included another Occulus co-founder and university alumnus, Michael Antonov, and funds from the state of Maryland.

“I wanted this gift to support a place that inspires students to form friendships and teams that last a lifetime, where students have access to everything they need to build the next great company or breakthrough technology,” Iribe said in a statement.

The new building comes with a variety of features designed to help foster innovation, including a makerspace. It also has six floors of specialized research labs, collaborative classrooms and auditoriums, along with a rooftop garden.

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