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CS Invests Four Distinguished Faculty 

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Alumni industry executives share career experiences and advice

Ulku Rowe (MS CS '97) and Sohaib Abbasi (BS CS '78, MS CS '80)  inspired and motivated students during the annual CS @ ILLINOIS alumni awards events on campus.


CS Professor Paul Fischer and his Argonne National Lab research colleague earned an R&D 100 award for their NekCEM/Nek5000 scalable high-order simulation codes whose solutions can impact electromagnetics, quantum optics, fluid flow, thermal convection, combustion and magnetohydrodynamics.


CS Professor Kevin Chang received a $500,000 NSF grant to develop SocialSense, a social media data platform that may fulfill the promise of gathering deep meaning and actionable information from the vast and noisy social universe.


Three CS doctoral students attended the Heidelberg Laureates Forum, which brings together 200 young researchers with some of the greatest minds in computer science and mathematics—winners of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, Abel Prize, Fields Medal, and Nevanlinna Prize.


Engineering Visionary Scholarships


New Media Coverage

Chicago Inno

Cody Pawlowski (CS attended) and William Widjaja's (ECE) sentiment analysis startup Tweetsense predicted in June that Donald Trump would win the presidential election. Tweetsense mines social media chatter to understand public opinion.


Parisa Tabriz (BS CS '05, MS CS '07) and her Google team are rolling out a new warning system to alert users about websites that don't use proper encryption, which may change the standard for online security. 

New York Times

Marc Snir and collaborators at Argonne National Lab look to trade precision for efficiency to realize energy savings in supercomputing, while Ali Farhadi (PhD CS ’11) leads work on efficient neural networks.

LA Times

Therese Tucker (BS Math & CS '84) is the founder and CEO of BlackLine, Inc., a cloud-based accounting software company, which went public on October 28 and is now valued at over $1.1 billion.

Fox Illinois

Brighten Godfrey discussed a massive Denial of Service attack that took down hundreds of popular websites.  "The scale of the attacks is increasing, and it's increasing rather quickly," Godfrey said. "DNS defenses haven't kept pace. We need to limit the sources of the attacks directly."



Featured Events

November 29, 4:00 p.m., 1404 Siebel Center

Join CS @ ILLINOIS as we honor Professor Adve as the Richard T. Cheng Professor of Computer Science and Professor Forsyth as the Fulton Watson Copp Chair in Computer Science. The ceremony and reception are free and open to public.

December 5, 4:00 p.m., 2405 Siebel Center

Professor Rubinfeld from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Tel Aviv will deliver the lecture "Local Computational Algorithms." The event is free and open to the public.

December 5, 6:00 p.m., Siebel Center Basement

Join CS @ ILLINOIS students, faculty, staff, and volunteers as they guide you though an hour of curriculum to introduce computer science and computer programming concepts. This free event is open to the public and promises fun for the whole family.

December 15, 4:00 p.m., 1404 Siebel Center

Join CS @ ILLINOIS as we honor Professor Kale as the Paul and Cynthia Saylor Professor of Computer Science and Professor Torrellas as the Saburo Muroga Professor in Computer Science. The ceremony and reception are free and open to public.

February 24-26

This student-run 36-hour team competition showcases student’s programming and creative skills, attracting participants from across the nation. Get involved as an alumni judge, mentor, or corporate sponsor.

Save the date: March 10-11

The University’s largest student-run event that features more than 250 interactive student and corporate exhibits, design competitions, guest speakers, campus tours, and entertainment.

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