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Illinois team receives $900,000 grant to build cyber security defenses for renewable energy sources
August Schiess, CSL

A team of researchers, led at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by Research Assistant Professor Sibin Mohan, has been awarded $900,000 from the Department of Energy to produce tools and strategies to protect renewable energy sources, such as electric vehicles, solar cells, and smart appliances, from cybersecurity threats.

The project, in collaboration with United Technologies Research Center and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, leverages the expertise of cybersecurity professionals at CSL and the Information Trust Institute to address the threats that face emerging energy sources that do not yet have established methods to protect against cyberattacks. Read more.

 Illinois researchers build Dropbox-like storage, analytical system for scientific data
Kim Gudeman, CSL

Researchers at the University of Illinois, led by CSL Director Klara Nahrstedt, are looking to speed up the materials-to-device process through a novel framework called “4CeeD: Real-Time Data Acquisition and Analysis Framework for Material-related Cyber-Physical Environments.” 4CeeD connects microscopes and other scientific instruments to a cloud infrastructure through a high-speed University of Illinois campus network. The interface works much like Dropbox – with easy drag-and-drop uploading – but offers much more advanced data management, annotation, and analytics capabitilies, along with a higher level of semantic understanding. Read more.

CSL PhD student Nirupam Roy and CSL Professors Romit Roy Choudhury and Haitham Hassanieh, 
August Schiess, CSL

Researchers at the Coordinated Science Laboratory have designed a sound that is completely inaudible to humans (40 kHz or above) yet is audible to any microphone. The sound combines multiple tones that, when interacting with the microphone’s mechanics, create what researchers call a "shadow," which is a sound that the microphones can detect. 

The team, which includes PhD student Nirupam Roy and CSL Professors Romit Roy Choudhury and Haitham Hassanieh, see many applications for this work. This work won Best Paper Award, titled “BackDoor: Making Microphones Hear Inaudible Sounds,” at a leading conference, MobiSys 2017.

 Lav Varshney featured in 2017 World Science Festival
August Schiess, CSL

CSL and ECE Assistant Professor Lav Varshney participated in a panel at the 2017 World Science Festival that aimed to "explore the roots of creativity in humans and computers, what artificial creativity reveals about human imagination and the future of hybrid systems that build on the capabilities of both." Wired covered the panel, and an excerpt from the article appears hereWatch a recorded version of the panel here.

Sam Spencer plays on Jeopardy! 
August Schiess, CSL

Sam Spencer, a CSL PhD student, got the chance of a lifetime: an opportunity to compete on the Jeopardy! game show. On Friday, May 26, Spencer played on the popular trivia program, placing second. Read more.

 CSL Professor Zhizhen Zhao named 2017-18 NCSA Faculty Fellow
Victoria Halewicz, ECE

ECE and CSL Assistant Professor Zhizhen Zhao has been recognized as a National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Fellow for 2017-18. She joined the ECE faculty in fall 2016 and is an affiliate of the Coordinated Science Lab. Read more.

CSL PhD student Philip Pare honored as Mavis Future Faculty Fellow 
Vicoria Halewicz, ECE

CSL and ECE PhD student Philip Paré, Jr. has recently been awarded the Mavis Future Fellowship for 2017-2018. Mavis Future Faculty Fellows (MF3) are future engineering professors receiving training in the form of workshops, seminars, and activities to sharpen their skills in research, teaching, and mentoring. Read more.

 PhD student Mert Hidayetoğlu tackles complex imaging as CSE Fellow
Julia Sullivan, ECE

ECE PhD candidate Mert Hidayetoğlu has been selected as one of eight 2017-18 Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Fellows. Hidayetoğlu is co-advised by CSL Professor Wen-Mei Hwu. Read more.

Uttam Thakore 

CSL and CS PhD Student Uttam Thakore received special recognition for the Graduate Student Leadership Award from the Graduate College for founding, growing, and leading the Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest Special Interest Group (ACM ICPC SIG). Read more about the group and their results at the 2017 ICPC World Finals.

CSL PhD Defenses in June and July

Lili Su
June 29, 2017 | 9 a.m.
CSL 239 
Thesis Title: Defending Distributed Systems Against Adversarial Attacks: Optimization and Learning 
Academic Unit: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Adviser: Nitin Vaidya 

Zhuotao Liu
June 29, 2017 | 1 p.m. 
CSL 469B
Thesis Title: Enforcing Endpoint-Driven Network Forwarding using Capabilities in the Internet, Tor and Datacenters
Academic Unit: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Adviser: Yih-Chun Hu

Hao Wu
June 30, 2017 | 9:30 a.m.
CSL 239
Thesis Title: Site Reliability Against Anomalous Behaviors 
Academic Unit: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Adviser: Yih-Chun Hu

Keith Campbell
July 13, 2017 | 8:30 a.m.
CSL 419
Thesis Title: Robust and Reliable Hardware Accelerator Design through High-Level Synthesis
Academic Unit: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Adviser: Deming Chen

Henry Duwe
July 14, 2017 | 4 p.m.
CSL 239 
Thesis Title: Dependable Design for Ultra-Low-Power Processors
Academic Unit: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Adviser: Rakesh Kumar