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Three CSL faculty win Siebel Energy Institute awards 

Fourteen research teams, led by engineering and computer science experts from the nine Siebel Energy Institute consortium member universities, were each awarded $50,000 to develop proposals that accelerate energy science research. All three of the Illinois researchers who won SEI grants are CSL faculty: Cedric Langbort, Lav Varshney, and Daniel Work. Read more.

 Andrew Singer

CSL Professor Andrew Singer has been appointed interim director of the Siebel Center for Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A professor of electrical and computer engineering, Singer will guide the development of the center’s signature programs, help foster design thinking and education in the university’s colleges and departments, and lead the ongoing planning of the center’s $48 million home. Read more.

CK Gunsalus 
Kim Gudeman, CSL

University of Illinois’ C.K. Gunsalus presented on the topic of “Reproducibility of Research: Issues and Proposed Remedies,” the theme of last week’s prestigious Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. The goal of the event, which was co-organized by CSL researcher Victoria Stodden, an associate professor of information science, was to examine why research reproducibility is so difficult to achieve and how to overcome those challenges. Read more.

 A Kaer chiller plant
Katie Carr, CSL

In Singapore, more than 40 percent of a building’s total energy consumption can be attributed to its chiller plant, according to ADSC Senior Research Scientist Zhenjie Zhang. By using new technology developed as a collaboration between ADSC and a Singapore air-conditioning company, Kaer, companies could save thousands of dollars per month on their energy bills. Read more.

George Swenson Jr. 

Prof. Emeritus George Swenson Jr., a pioneer in radio astronomy and RF sensing, passed away at the age of 94 on February 22 at Presence Covenant Medical Center.

Swenson joined the ECE and Astronomy departments’ faculty in 1956 after receiving his PhD from University of Wisconsin at Madison and several brief stints at other universities. During his time at Illinois, he served as department head for the Astronomy department from 1970-72 and then as the ECE department head from 1979-1985. Although he officially retired in 1988, he continued his presence in the department and CSL, in which he was a longtime member, through sponsored research work until recently. Read more.

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Welcome to our new CSL staff

Jill Peckham has recently transitioned her responsibilities in CSL to the new Center for Advanced Electronics in Machine Learning as its Research Program Manager. She will oversee day-to-day center operations; coordinate activities between partner institutions; oversee research project management, proposal, and reports; liaise with industry partners, and develop and maintain the Center's communication plan. Jill joined CSL in December 2010 as Program Coordinator for the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics and shortly thereafter added the Parallel Computing Institute to her responsbilities. Before coming to CSL she worked for three years in the College of Engineering Advancement Office.

Amy Brooks 

Amy Brooks has joined CSL as Associate Director for Business Operations. In this role, she will be responsible for overseeing CSL’s business office, shepherding agreements with outside entities, managing the TEM program, assisting with budget forecasting, providing backup for grant proposals, and advising all concerning business policy among other duties. Amy has been with the University for 15 years, most recently at the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), where she was Assistant Director of Awards. She is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Central Association of College and University Business Officers.

Kathy Atchley 

Kathleen (Kathy) Atchley has joined CSL as a Research Program Manager for the Center for Computational Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine (CCGBM). She will  manage and oversee the day-to-day activities and functions of the CCBGM and serve as a liaison to the Industry Advisory Board.  Prior to joining the CSL worked at the Illinois State Geological Survey on a large Department of Energy grant on Carbon Capture and Storage. This project, the Illinois Basin–Decatur Project safely injected 1 million metric tonnes of CO2 into the subsurface in Decatur, IL. Kathy was responsible for grant administration as well as education and outreach.


Joerg Heintz, the new Data Science Program Manager of the Health Care Engineering Systems Center, joined HCESC on March 1, 2017. Joerg will serve as liaison between HCESC and The OSF Saint Francis Medical Center at Peoria. He will lead the health data analytics activities and manage the prospective data science initiatives "Improving the Readmission Model for the Pediatric Population" and "Prediction of Medical Descriptions. Prior to HCESC, he gained experience with data science at NCSA and at the U of I’s NIH BD2K Center for Large Genomic Data, where he served as Associate Director. He was also a Management Consultant for IBM, where he delivered IT strategic programs for fortune 500 companies.

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Fri, Mar 17, 3:00 pm, CSL 369
CSL Social Hour: Live music! PhD students Ardavan Ardeshirilajimi and Parisa Karimi will play classical Persian music pieces with Tar and Kamancheh. The CSL Facebook page will live stream the performance. 
Fri, Mar 31, All Day
Research Grants/Gifts

ITI Gift

  • Michael Bailey, “IMPACT Project,” $141,955, Dept. of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate.