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  News for Alumni and Friends July 2020  
 

Illinois to lead new $25 million Quantum Institute

The Grainger College of Engineering's Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center (IQUIST) is leading a collaboration between Midwest research universities on the NSF Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Hybrid Architectures and Networks. The new $25 million institute, which will include partnerships with industry and government labs, will be one of only three Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes in the country. Read More
 

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Christopher Fletcher and Edgar Solomonik 
 

Professors Christopher Fletcher and Edgar Solomonik have received CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation—the most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

Natalia Ozymko 
 

Dozens of Illinois CS undergraduate students conduct research with faculty and doctoral candidate advisors, and a few even publish their results as lead authors. Recently, rising seniors Natalia Ozymko and Akhil Mohan presented separate research papers at the 2020 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference.

Sanmi Koyejo and Dakshita Khurana 
 

Collaborative research from professors Dakshita Khurana and Sanmi Koyejo earned a grant from C3.ai DTI to focus on federated learning as a way for healthcare systems to use predictive analysis in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Umang Mathur and Dimitrios Skarlatos 
 

Doctoral candidates Umang Mathur and Dimitrios Skarlatos have been selected to attend the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany, one of the most unique conferences and networking events in the world, which brings together 200 young researchers with some of the greatest minds in computer science and mathematics.

Nancy M. Amato and Lawrence Rauchwerger 
 

Comparative genomics analysis for contagious diseases has long been overlooked, but COVID-19 has changed that. Thanks to a grant from C3.ai DTI, Illinois CS professors Nancy M. Amato and Lawrence Rauchwerger are collaborating with Rice professor Todd Treangen to develop novel bioinformatics algorithms that can use parallel processing to compare tens of thousands of genomes.

New certificate for non-CS bachelor's degree holders!

Do you know someone who is looking for a career change into computing, but did not get a CS bachelor's degree? Let them know that the Illinois Computing Accelerator for Non-specialists (iCAN) might be a good fit!  Specifically designed coursework in computing fundamentals is coupled with individualized attention from world-class faculty, plus academic and career mentoring. Courses are online for this upcoming academic year.

 

New Media Coverage

 
CNBC Closing Bell

Affirm, a transparent alternative to credit cards founded by Illinois CS alumnus Max Levchin, has partnered with Shopify to enable merchants on the e-commerce platform to offer their customers more payment choices and flexibility.

 
CBS Sports

Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson expects a 30%-50% infection rate of the approximately 13,000 players competing this season. Based on his research, he also projects 3-7 deaths among those players due to COVID-19.  "If everybody comes together under normal circumstances, we'll probably see that kind of outcome," said Jacobson.  Additional coverage: NY Post, WCIA-TV, WDWS-AM.

 
Forbes

As the pandemic hit, Illinois CS alumnus Tom Siebel set up a "data lake" with information culled from Johns Hopkins, the World Health Organization, and dozens of other organizations that researchers could access in one place for free.  Now, he says, some 2,000 active users from around the world are using the tool to research the disease.

 
Venture Beat

The number of studies about COVID-19 has risen steeply. To help clinicians digest the vast amount of biomedical knowledge in the literature, researchers affiliated with Columbia, Brandeis, DARPA, UCLA, and Illinois developed a framework — COVID-KG, for “knowledge graph” — that draws on papers to answer natural language questions about drug purposing and more.

 
Crain's Chicago Business

Illinois CS alumnus Mark Tebbe, chair of ChicagoNext, was named to this annual list of "names you need to know if you care about Chicago tech." 

 

Featured Events

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Aug. 7 - 15

HackIllinois is hosting HackThis, a fully virtual week-long hackathon focused on education!  Like a typical hackathon, the first weekend will feature a 48-hour hack sprint. The following weekdays will be an opportunity to refine your product with continued support from mentors.

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Virtual After Hours
 
Sept. 8, 4 - 7 pm
Students: Meet the companies that want to hire you -- online!  This fall's After Hours will be a virtual event hosted on the CareerEco platform.  Save the date! 
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Sept. 21 - 26

This year's annual technology conference, which includes speakers and representatives from across industry and academia, is going online. For updates about this student-run event, stay tuned to http://reflectionsprojections.org.

 
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