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  News for Alumni and Friends May 2017  

CS @ ILLINOIS Assistant Professors Aditya Parameswaran and Jian Peng have each received a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to support their research. Read more.




After serving as Head of the Department of Computer Science for nearly eight years, Rob A. Rutenbar will leave Illinois after the close of the semester. An interim department head for CS @ ILLINOIS will be announced in the near future.


Research by CS PhD student Robert Deloatch shows that words of encouragement before an exam may reduce test anxiety by 21%. Lower anxiety can mean better performance.


Professor Aditya Parameswaran was honored “for developing new interactive tools and techniques that expand the reach of data analytics.”


Professor Dan Roth has been named the winner of the 2017 John McCarthy Award, the highest award the Artificial Intelligence community gives to mid-career AI researchers.


“The Quintessential Engineer,” a new, life-sized statue honoring women in engineering, was officially unveiled and dedicated on April 28.


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Illinois ranked seventh in this list of schools with the most undergraduate and graduate alumni hired by the 25 biggest Silicon Valley employers in the last year.

Fast Company Design

Originally a student startup in University of Illinois Research Park, Lightform has just emerged from stealth with $2.6 million in seed funding. “We want to create instant magic,” says CEO Brett Jones (BS '08, MS '10, PhD '15).

The New York Times

Enrollment in CS courses has exploded in recent years, with both majors and nonmajors fueling the surge. One recent institutional adaptation is the creation of so-called CS+X initiatives at schools like Stanford University, Northwestern, and the University of Illinois.

The Institute

A virtual therapist prototype created by CS Professor Wai-Tat Fu's team uses Facebook Messenger to help people with mental illness.



Featured Events

May 13, 2017 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Siebel Center Atrium

CS @ ILLINOIS congratulates the class of 2017 with this annual reception for graduating students and their families.

June 13, 2017, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, 333 S. Wabash Avenue, 26th Floor

Join CS and ECE for an alumni event in downtown Chicago at the offices of Akuna Capital. You'll hear departmental updates, learn about Akuna, and have an opportunity to network with other local alumni. Register Now.

June 19, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, 555 13th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

Join us at the City Club of Washington for an evening of cocktails and conversation with fellow Engineering at Illinois alumni and friends, and learn about exciting things happening on campus. Register Now.

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