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News for Alumni and Friends
December 2020
Tarek Abdelzaher, Svetlana Lazebnik, and Grigore Rosu were recently selected as Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Illinois CS professors Tarek Abdelzaher, Svetlana Lazebnik, and Grigore Rosu were recently selected as Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to IEEE’s areas of interest. Learn more →

 Dave Liu

Remembering C.L. Dave Liu, Renowned Illinois CS Professor

A longtime CS faculty member at Illinois (1972-1998) who passed away last month at the age of 86, Dave Liu is best known for his foundational and pioneering research in combinatorial mathematics and algorithms, which had applications to real-time systems and electronic design automation. Learn more →

 Paul Saylor

Recalling Saylor's Impact Begins with Numerical Analysis, Continues with Human Connections

Illinois CS emeritus professor Paul Saylor was 81 when he passed away in November, leaving former students and colleagues to recall the way he influenced the field of numerical analysis and their professional and personal lives during his 34 years on the faculty (1967-2001). Learn more →

 Zhijian Yang

'Earable' Computing: the Next Milestone in Wearable Devices?

Doctoral student Zhinjian Yang and other members of the Systems and Networking Research Group believe that tomorrow’s earphones will continuously sense human behavior, run acoustic augmented reality, have Alexa and Siri whisper just-in-time information, and track user motion and health, among many other capabilities. Learn more →

 EarthSense's TerraSentia agricultural robot.

New USDA NIFA Grant Aims to Increase Autonomy in Agricultural Robots

Professors Girish Chowdhary and Sasa Misailovic are members of a team of Grainger Engineering researchers that has received $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop software tools to make programming fleets of agricultural robots easier. Learn more →

 Style Space

Visualizing a New Future for Fashion's Online Experience

PhD student Kedan Li has launched a new app, Style Space, based on his research in computer vision. Style Space uses cutting-edge visualization technology to allow users to see any combination of clothing on a model, both realistically and accurately. Learn more →

 Cheng Li

AI Research Reproducibility Project Begins to Pay Dividends

In 2016, a team in the IBM-ILLINOIS Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research, including Cheng Li (PhD CS '20), started work to improve the reproducibility of AI research. Now, hundreds of AI models have been published to the MLModelScope platform and the project has produced multiple PhD theses and award-winning papers. Learn more →

 Hanghang Tong

Tong Earns Defense University Research Instrumentation Program Grant

The Department of Defense has awarded Defense University Research Instrumentation Program grants to six University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty, all in The Grainger College of Engineering, including Illinois CS professor Hanghang Tong. UIUC earned more grants than all but one institution nationwide. Learn more →


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What Will Spring 2021 Semester Look Like?
An expected January infection surge, more widespread surveillance testing, and warming weather are a few of the factors that will determine how the spring semester will play out for college students, write Sheldon H. Jacobson, professor of computer science, and Janet A. Jokela, acting regional dean of the U. of I.'s College of Medicine, in this op-ed. Newsday →


30 Under 30: 2021 | Consumer Technology
Illinois CS alumnus Matthew Rastovac is co-founder and head of engineering at Atmos, a start to finish homebuilding platform that has attracted $6 million in venture funding. Rastovac and his co-founders were recently named to this annual list of "young innovators on the verge of making it big." Forbes →


21 Chicago Startups to Watch in 2021
The list highlights "Chicago startups that are poised to make big moves in the next year," including Trala, co-founded by Vishnu Indukrui (BS CS '16). Trala, which has raised $3.5 million in seed funding, is an app that helps you learn to play the violin, providing instant feedback on rhythm and pitch mistakes. Chicago Inno →


Podcast: AI Agricultural Robotics with Girish Chowdhary & Earthsense
A conversation with professor Girish Chowdhary from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his team at EarthSense. They share about their work in AI robotics, sustainable agriculture, and how to address labor shortages in ag. Illinois Innovators Podcast →


After Health Care Workers, Who's Next In Line for the Vaccine?
In this op-ed, professor Sheldon H. Jacobson, who served as a member of the National Academy of Medicine's standing committee for the Strategic National Stockpile from 2015 to 2017, discusses how complicated it can be to determine a vaccination schedule, as well as the need for everyone to continue to take steps to mitigate the coronavirus. St. Louis Post-Dispatch →


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Illinois Computer Science Speaker Series
Check the calendar for upcoming speakers!
The Illinois Computer Science Speaker Series brings prominent leaders and experts to campus to share their ideas and promote conversations about important challenges and topics in the discipline. Join us online: talks are virtual this year!  View the Calendar →

Pulse 2021 

Pulse 2021: Discoveries
Jan. 30 - Feb. 6, 2021, Online
The tenth annual student-run conference will be an online celebration of technology, with workshops, technical talks, hardware and software competitions, and a celebration of women in technology. Register now for Pulse 2021!

Engineering Open House 

Engineering Open House
Mar. 26-27, 2021, Online
The University’s largest student-run event, which features student and corporate exhibits, design competitions, guest speakers, and campus tours, is moving online. Save the date for Engineering Open House!

HackIllinois: Rekindling Connections 

HackIllinois 2021: Rekindling Connections
Apr. 9-11, 2021, Online
Save the date for HackIllinois! This student-run, 36-hour team competition showcases students' programming and creative skills, attracting participants from across the nation. Check the HackIllinois Website for updates about this year's virtual event! 


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