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 Start-up aims to bring high-speed wireless communications to the subsea industry
August Schiess, CSL

The oceans cover more than 70 percent of Earth’s surface, and yet less than 0.05% of the ocean floor has been explored close up. Why isn’t there more data from the depths of our oceans?

CSL alumnus Thomas Riedl and CSL Professor Andrew Singer identified a key issue: current wireless underwater communication is limited to dial-up speeds and wired communication is incredibly expensive.

OceanComm, a start-up founded by Riedl and Singer, is looking to vastly improve our ocean exploration capabilities. The team is developing a new technology that uses ultrasound to wirelessly transmit data at broadband speeds. Read more.

Agricultural and biological engineering and CSL professor Girish Chowdhary, right, is working on the $3.1 million project, along with postdoctoral researcher Erkan Kayacan. 
Sharita Forrest, Public Affairs

A semiautonomous robot may soon be roaming agricultural fields gathering and transmitting real-time data about the growth and development of crops, information that crop breeders—and eventually farmers—can use to identify the genetic traits in plants likely to produce the greatest yields.

A team of University of Illinois scientists, led in part by CSL Assistant Professor Girish Chowdhary, is developing the robot in partnership with researchers from Cornell University and Signetron Inc. Read more.

 Grace Gao
Susan Mumm, Aerospace Engineering

CSL Assistant Professor Grace Gao’s fundamental work in honing reliable and robust positioning, navigation, and timing for the Global Positioning System contributes significantly to the ever-growing technologies of unmanned aerial vehicles, power systems, and robotics.

Recognizing her groundbreaking research, the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study (CAS) has chosen Gao, an aerospace engineering faculty member, as a 2017-18 Beckman Fellow, an honor granting her a release from teaching to pursue research for a semester. Read more.

Tandy Warnow 
Laura Schmitt, CS @ Illinois

CSL's Tandy Warnow, a University of Illinois Founder Professor of Bioengineering and Computer Science, was among the eight scientists recently elected as 2017 Fellows of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) for outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. Read more.

 Jonathan Freund, Jennifer Bernhard, Yoram Bresler, and Dan Roth
Four CSL & ITI Professors Honored at Investiture Ceremony

Congratulations to the following professors for being invested in the College of Engineering.

  • Yoram Bresler, Founder Professor of Engineering
  • Jennifer Bernhard, Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering
  • Jonathan Freund, Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering
  • Dan Roth, Founder Professor of Engineering
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Two more rounds to apply to join the 2017-2018 cohort of the iVenture Accelerator, the educational accelerator for the top student startups at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This is a chance to work-full time on your venture over the summer with $10,000 in seed funding, $2,500 per teammate to cover living costs, co-working space, and a world-class networks of funders, advisors, and industry experts.

The final two rounds to apply close March 19th and April 30th. You may apply as a venture team in any round to receive feedback from a cross-campus set of entrepreneurship faculty and staff.

The 2017-2018 cohort is iVenture's third yearlong cohort. Thus far, iVenture has accelerated the work of student founders working in diverse areas such as agricultural technology, nonprofits, medical devices, rural healthcare IT, and defense tech.  iVenture teams have raised $1.2mil+ in follow-on funding, recruited teams of 150+ members, sold to customers, are scaling their technologies globally, and gaining national media attention for their work.

Build your entrepreneurial skills and accelerate your venture’s growth. Learn more and apply here today!

Nominations for Graduate Student Leadership Award due Feb. 28

The Graduate College and its student advisory group, SAGE (Students Advising Graduate Education), invite nominations of graduate students who have exhibited outstanding service that has positively impacted the campus or wider Urbana-Champaign community. The winner will receive a $500 award dispersed as professional development travel funds. Nominations are due Feb. 28, 2017. Find more information here.

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  • Rakesh Kumar, $60,000, Cisco.