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CSL Professor Joe Lyding 
Maeve Reilly, Beckman Institute

Zyvex Labs, a Texas-based company that designs and constructs atomically precise manufacturing technology in order to build products with microscopic accuracy, has donated a 20-bit ZyVector scanning tunneling microscope (STM) control system to the lab of CSL Professor Joseph Lyding, whose office is located at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Read more.

CSL Assistant Professor Andrew Miller 

KEVM, a framework developed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with support from IOHK, has won this year’s IC3-Ethereum Crypto Boot Camp, a blockchain development event and competition. The team has modeled the world’s first complete, fully executable formal semantics of the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), and produced the KEVM framework, which allows for formal execution, analysis, and verification of EVM smart contracts. The award was presented by CSL Assistant Professor Andrew Miller, IC3 Associate Director. Read more.

Around CSL
Welcome back to our students!

Welcome back to our many students returning this week and next for the start of fall classes. We're happy to have you back! Do you have anything new or noteworthy to share from your summer? If so, we'd love to hear about it, including: 

  • New research grants
  • Awards and accolades
  • Paper acceptances
  • Novel research or education experiences
  • Anything else that is wow-worthy

Send us these highlights at We can't wait to hear more!


The AWARE (Accelerating Women And underRepresented Entrepreneurs) grant program aims to accelerate the technology commercialization process by funding proof-of-concept prototypes. Up to $5,000 is available to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign teams; at least one core team member must be a faculty, student, OR staff member. One of the team leads/founders/investigators must be female OR a member of a group underrepresented in tech entrepreneurship (for example, African-American, Latino, or Pacific Islander.) More information about the program, including how the applications will be evaluated and the application itself, is available online. The deadline to apply is August 25.

CSL Studio Grand Opening Ceremony
Monday, October 2, CSL Studio (1205 W Clark St)
On October 10, we will hold a Grand Opening Ceremony for the Studio, a new space that houses several interdisciplinary initiatives, including health care systems engineering, cyber security and cyber resilience research, and intelligent robotics. The event will include a VIP tour and a ceremony for CSL faculty, students, and staff with talks by Engineering Dean Andreas Cangellaris, ECE Dept. Head Bill Sanders (formerly CSL Director), and other noteworthy speakers. There will also be an open house, which is open to the public, to learn more about the research and see a variety of demos.

CSL PhD Final Defense: Detection and Prevention of Intrusions in Power Systems’ Cyber-Physical Infrastructure
Hui Lin, ECE
Thu, Aug 31, 9:00 am
239 CSL 

Mon, Sep 11, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Chancellor Ballroom, I Hotel, Champaign, IL
Tue, Sep 26, 3:00 pm
Coordinated Science Laboratory Auditorium (B02)

Sibin Mohan (PI) and Negar Kiyavash (co-PI), SaTC: CORE: Small: An Exploration of Schedule-Based Vulnerabilities In Real-Time Embedded Systems, $500,000, NSF. (ITI)

Michael Bailey, Pre-Positioned Cyber Threats, $300,000, Dept. of Homeland Security. (CIRI)

Alexander Schwing, RI: Small: Novel Generative Models for High-Diversity Visual Speculation,” $450,000, NSF. (CSL)