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News for Alumni and Friends
September 2021
Welcome to new Illinois CS faculty members Camille Cobb, Talia Ringer, Makrand Sinha, and Elahe Soltanaghai.
Welcome to new Illinois CS faculty members Camille Cobb, Talia Ringer, Makrand Sinha, and Elahe Soltanaghai, who are adding to the department's incredible depth and breadth in computer science research and education. They bring expertise in security and privacy, formal methods, quantum computing, and wireless sensing and networking. Read more →
  Illinois CS undergraduate student Ananya Barman

Kickstarting the Belief That More Women Can Do Great Things in Computing

First year student Ananya Barman details why the first-ever Illinois CS Kickstart community-building program heightened the confidence of 30 new undergraduate students.
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2022 Class of Siebel Scholars Includes Five Illinois CS Graduate Students

Founded to honor graduate students for academic excellence and leadership, the Siebel Scholars program welcomed Illinois CS students Garvita Allabadi, Shengyu Feng, Revanth Gangi Reddy, Eleanor Wedell and Yiqing Xie to the Class of 2022. Learn more →

  Illinois CS professor Tarek Abdelzaher

Abdelzaher Leading $5.8M DARPA Effort to Understand How People Respond to Influence Messaging

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded $5.8 million to a team, led by Illinois CS's Tarek Abdelzaher, that will work to characterize how different foreign populations respond to influence campaigns as a first step towards development of effective countermeasures. Learn more →

  Illinois CS professor Christopher Fletcher

Fletcher Recognized With Intel Rising Star Faculty Award

Christopher Fletcher, an expert in secure processor design, was 1 of 10 faculty nationwide to win a 2021 Intel Rising Star Faculty Award. It promotes the careers of professors who are early in their academic research careers and who show great promise as future academic leaders in disruptive computing technologies. Learn more →

  Illinois CS graduate students Azhar Karypbayeva and Jackson Ward

With Conviction and Purpose, First Two iCAN Graduates Find a New Future in Computing

Despite the challenges of welcoming a first cohort into the Illinois Computing Accelerator for Non-specialists (iCAN) during a pandemic, professor Tiffani L. Williams applauds Azhar Karypbayeva and Jackson Ward as they start graduate school at Illinois CS. Learn more →

  Illinois CS professor Sarita Adve

$1 Million NSF Grant Bolsters ILLIXR as Community Infrastructure for Extended Reality Research

Illinois CS professor Sarita Adve and graduate student Muhammad Huzaifa plan instrumental next steps to establish ILLIXR as the open source testbed for the Extended Reality research and development community. Learn more →

  Illinois CS professor Girish Chowdhary

Girish Chowdhary Wins Illinois Innovation Network Award

Chowdhary's company EarthSense applies AI, machine learning, and autonomous robots to dramatically improve agriculture. This award came from the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), a group of public universities and community colleges that work together to improve the state's economy.  Learn more →

  Vilas Dhar

Shaping Our Shared Digital Destiny

Vilas Dhar (BS CS '04, BioE '04), President of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, is an optimist. Where a cynic sees pitfalls, he champions technology’s capacity to advance the interests of even the most vulnerable populations. Learn more →


Loar's Passion for Expanding Possibilities in Computing Leads to Support of iCAN.


Media Coverage


New Method of US Army Accelerates AI Decision-Making
“The computational requirements of AI in the battlefield are burdensome for many low-capacity devices,” said Dr. Tarek Abdelzaher, a professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the academic lead of the lab’s IoBT CRA. “Offloading data from the field to a more computationally capable machine is a potential solution to facilitate more efficient processing.” Army Recognition


Data-Centric Cyberinfrastructures for Academic Ultra-Clean Scientific Laboratories
With her collaborators, Illinois CS professor Klara Nahrstedt, who directs the Coordinated Science Laboratory, is exploring how data-centric cyberinfrastructures in academic ultra-clean scientific laboratories help speed-up next generation inventions. Open Access Government →


AI With a Sense of Style
Min Jin Chong and David A. Forsyth at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign proposed GANs N' Roses, a style transfer system designed to maintain the distinctive qualities of input styles and contents. DeepLearning.AI


How Airport Security Changed and How it Must Change Again
Twenty years ago, airplanes were used as weapons to topple the twin towers and inflict damage on the Pentagon. It marked the beginning of a new era for airport security, with such operations eventually federalized under the then-newly created Transportation Security Administration, writes Illinois CS professor Sheldon H. Jacobson.
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Salesforce's CodeT5 System Can Understand and Generate Code
Recent studies suggest that AI has a ways to go before it can reliably generate code. In June, a team of researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, Cornell, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign released APPS, a benchmark for code generation from natural language specifications. VentureBeat

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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 →

Homecoming 2021: Oct 3-9  

Illinois Homecoming 2021
October 3-9
From the inaugural event in 1910 to today, Homecoming at Illinois will always be about coming together to celebrate what makes us Illini. Join us this year to celebrate, participate, remember, and reconnect. Plan your visit!

Founders 54 is Oct 8-10.  

Founders: 54 Startup Weekend
October 8-10
Registration is open for 54, organized by Founders - Illinois Entrepreneurs, the largest student-run entrepreneurship organization at Illinois. Students come together to work on startup ideas through ideation, prototyping, and pitching to industry representatives. Apply now!

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