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NSF funds two new CSL Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers

The Coordinated Science Laboratory has received funding for two new National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC), funded by NSF and several industry partners for the next five years. I/UCRCs aim to partner university research with industry needs in order to transfer research results and technological advances to the U.S. marketplace.

The two centers—the Center for Advanced Electronics through Machine Learning (CAEML) and the Center for Computational Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine (CCBGM)—will capture research needs in two critical fields: microelectronic circuits and systems for semiconductors; and a platform for generating, interpreting, and applying genomic data. Read more.

Illinois receives $18.7M to develop testbed for electric grid security 
Kim Gudeman, CSL

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received an $18.7 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a testbed that will enable researchers to validate new technology and provide faster response and recovery following an attack on the electric grid. Building on previous testbed work at Illinois, researchers will create a framework that provides the same conditions as the real grid, enabling the development and validation of cyber security tools in an environment with unprecedented system fidelity. Read more.

 Health Care Engineering Systems Center receives donated RoSS surgical robot
Katie Carr, CSL

The Health Care Engineering Systems Center (HCESC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently received a donation from Simulated Surgical Systems LLC, a California-based robotic surgery simulation company. As part of the donation, Simulated Surgical Systems gave the HCESC a refurbished, first-generation RoSS™ Robotic Surgery Simulator. Read more.

Ampotech installation 
Kim Gudeman, CSL

Amazon wants to start using drones to deliver packages by 2017, but if you live in a high-rise apartment, you might be waiting a bit longer.

That’s because UAVs use GPS for localization (understanding current position) and navigation (knowing how to get from point A to point B). In urban areas, however, high-rise buildings may block the line of sight to GPS satellites, causing drop-outs or making the signal completely unavailable.

CSL Assistant Professor Grace Gao and her team are working to overcome those limitations by using vision-based positioning to fill in the gaps when GPS is unavailable. Read more.

CSL Professor Bill Gropp 

William "Bill" Gropp has been named acting director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. NCSA Director Ed Seidel will step up to serve as interim vice president for research (VPR) for the University of Illinois System, President Tim Killeen announced Monday. Seidel will retain the title of NCSA director in the interim. Both appointments are pending Board of Trustees approval. Read more. 

Rick Kubetz, Engineering Communications Office

Three CSL faculty made the 2016 List of Most Cited Researchers in Materials Science and Engineering: Minh Do, Pramod Viswanath, and Daniel Liberzon. Read more.

Upcoming Events

Join us at the Food and Data Workshop on September 12-13 at CSL to learn more about the relationship between data and food, with a particular focus on questions of interoperable data ontologies, privacy, and analytic insights. Registration is free.

The Symposium on Frontiers in Big Data features invited talks from leaders in bioengineering. The event is on September 23-24 in CSL B02. It is in support of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative. Registration is free but required.

Each year, the Allerton Conference draws some of the brightest minds from industry, academia and government to discuss innovation in the fields of communication, control and computing. We invite you to submit your work and join us on September 27-30 at Allerton Park and Retreat Center for an exciting few days of presentations, special events and networking. 

A symposium honoring the career of Thomas Huang, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois, will be held at the Beckman Institute on September 30 and October 1. Register and find more information.

Research Grants/Gifts


  • Roy Choudhury, PI. Co-PI: Pramod Viswanth, NeTS: Small: Vibratory Communications and Applications, 2 years, $256,000, National Science Foundation.

  • Ravishankar Iyer, Center for Computational Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine (CCBGM), 5 years, $750,000, National Science Foundation. (Grant awarded through IGB.)
  • Sayan Mitra, PI. Co-PIs: Geir Dullerud, Sibin Mohan, Nitin Vaidya, II-New: CyPhyHouse: A laboratory for evolving distributed and mobile cyber-physical systems research, 3 years, $997,330, National Science Foundation. 

  • Elyse Rosenbaum, Center for Advanced Electronics through Machine Learning (CAEML), 5 years, $750,000, National Science Foundation.

  • Tim Yardley, PI. Co-PIs: David Nicol, Tom Overbye. Cyber-Physical Experimentation Environment for RADICS (CEER), 5 years, $18,700,000, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. 


  • Minh Do, Van Gogh Imaging, $5,000

  • Thomas Huang, DiSomma Family Foundation, $150,000