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Kim Gudeman, CSL
Illinois start-up creates training tool to help Paralympic athletes track stroke cadence

When U.S. wheelchair racing athletes compete at the Paralympic Games in Rio this month, they will have a training advantage, thanks to a new app developed by an Illinois start-up company.

The wheelchair athletes have been using an Android Wear smartwatch application that measures their stroke cadence, helping them better understand their stroke efficiency. Cadence Counter was developed by Chicago-based Rithmio, which was co-founded by Illinois alumnus Adam Tilton and CSL and mechanical science and engineering faculty member Prashant Mehta. Read more.

ECE Illinois Associate Professor John Dallesasse
Laura Schmitt, MNTL

In August, the National Science Foundation in conjunction with the Semiconductor Research Corporation awarded a team of engineering researchers from the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago $2.5 million to develop a chip-level photonic device technology for transporting and processing information at the chip level. The researchers, led by ECE Illinois Associate Professor John Dallesasse, will use the transistor laser as the building block for high-speed optical links and electronic-photonic digital logic circuits, enabling faster and more energy efficient chip-to-chip communications and signal/information processing. CSL professors Wen-mei Hwu, Jean-Pierre Leburton, and Milton Feng are involved with this work. Read more.

 Health Care Engineering Systems Center receives donated RoSS surgical robot
August Schiess, CSL

Researchers have been seeking ways to understand and combat the rising levels of urban noise. A team at the Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC), led by ADSC postdoctoral researcher Cagdas Tuna and CSL professor and ADSC Director Doug Jones, has developed a signal processing technique that measures urban noise through portable microphones secured to the top of a moving vehicle, enabling the creation of a wide-ranging map of noise pollution. Read more.

Sibin Mohan
Nicole Casal Moore, University of Michigan

Spotting a glitch on the factory floor in real time—and reconfiguring around it—are the goals of a new $4 million multi-university project involving researchers from the University of Michigan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Cornell University.

The project, which involves Sibin Mohan, PI and research assistant professor of computer science and the Information Trust Institute, and Sayan Mitra, co-PI and CSL associate professor of electical and computer enginering, aims to increase factory productivity and American competitiveness. Read more.

CSL Professor Max Raginsky
August Schiess, CSL

CSL Assistant Professor Maxim Raginsky has received a $75,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Science of Information to investigate methods that process information in the space of beliefs, with the goal of enabling computers to make more accurate predictions with “soft” data while consuming less energy. Read more.

Jean-Pierre Leburton and Lav Varshney 
Maeve Reilly, Beckman Institute

CSL professors Jean-Pierre Leburton and Lav Varshney recently received an Illinois Proof-of-Concept Award from the Office of Technology Management for a project entitled “Machine Learning for Nanopore Biodetection.” Read more.

 Carolyn Beck and Srinivasa Salapaka
Katie Carr, CSL

Through a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, CSL faculty members Carolyn Beck, an associate professor of industrial and enterprise systems engineering, and Srinivasa Salapaka, an associate professor of mechanical science and engineering, are developing algorithms to simplify and facilitate analysis of these large networks. Read more. 

Tao Xie
Katie Carr, CSL

University of Illinois computer science associate professor and Willett Faculty Scholar Tao Xie was recently honored with a Microsoft Research Outstanding Collaborator Award. Read more.

Upcoming Events

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 for the live webcast only.

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 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.

Wed, Sep 14, 1:30 pm
Wed, Sep 14, 3:00 pm
Wed, Sep 14, 4:00 pm
Tue, Sep 20, 4:00 pm
Tue, Oct 4, 4:00 pm
Thu, Oct 6, 4:00 pm
Research Grants/Gifts


  • Cedric Langbort, PI. TWC SBE: Small: From threat to boon: Understanding and controlling strategic information transmission in cyber-socio-physical systems, 3 years, $500,000, National Science Foundation. 


  • Deming Chen, Jump Operations, $35,000

  • Andy Singer, Jump Operations, $70,000

  • Lav Varshney, Jump Operations, $35,000