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News
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Allie Arp, CSL

CSL Professors R. Srikant and Tandy Warnow are on the leadership team for the recently announced C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute (DTI), which brings top scientists in industry and academia together to solve global problems, such as COVID-19. Read more

 
 
 
A brain with circuits inside. 
 
 
Allie Arp, CSL

The next few years of AI research will shape the future of human life—and some of the leading research in the area is being done right here at the Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research, a joint venture between IBM and CSL. Read more

 
 
 
Part of the ventilator. 
 

The United States is expecting a severe shortage of ventilators to help people suffering from COVID-19. On March 16, 2020, a team of more than 40 engineers, doctors, medical professionals, designers, and manufacturing experts launched an Apollo 13-style project to help address that need. Read more

 
 
 
AVATRINA the robot 
 
 
Lizzie Roehrs, CSL

CSL’s Kris Hauser and his team are creating a new type of avatar that could provide a similar ability to health care workers, who could treat patients remotely during a pandemic like the current COVID-19 crisis. Read more

 
 
 
Around CSL

University COVID-19 update
There have been many updates at the campus level regarding COVID-19. You can find the latest updates, and all previous Mass Mails at https://covid19.illinois.edu. The site also has an FAQ section and links to the most current precautions advised by public health officials. There is also an email, covid-19@illinois.edu, for general questions.

CSL Operations - A message from Associate Director Karen Cromwell

We were surprised and concerned to see the large number of swipe entries into CSL facilities over the last week. We have taken further steps to lockdown our facilities to faculty and essential personnel. If you are not on the essential personnel list (if you haven’t been notified, you most likely are not on it) we ask that you stay home per both the Governor’s and University’s directives. The University has defined what they believe to be essential research in these times:  https://covid19.illinois.edu/massmail-guidance-to-define-critical-and-essential-research/

If you have not already done so and you believe you have critical research which requires access to CSL, faculty should please email Director Klara Nahrstedt and myself for review of a request to be added to Essential Personnel for themselves and any employees.

As the University has said, we are all in this together. It is our top priority to try to keep everyone safe at this time.

Zoom backgrounds from Grainger Engineering
For Zoom meetings or classes, the The Grainger College of Engineering has a background to make it feel like you're still on campus! There are lots of options from around the Engineering quad: https://buff.ly/39fHk6Z

If you're having trouble with the image appearing backward to other users, check your "mirror video" setting. For more info about displaying your background: https://buff.ly/3dtL8Vs

Student Placement Highlight
Students who have conducted research here at CSL end up in some pretty incredible places! Chuchu Fan always knew she wanted to go into academia, she thanks CSL researchers for being her role models while she completed her Ph.D. in computer engineering. In August she'll join the MIT AeroAstro Department! See the timeline of her journey below.

Timeline of Chuchu Fan's career
 

CSL in the news

 
 
 
Grant

Cedric Langbort, Tamer Başar, Michel Regenwetter, U.S. Army, DARPA. Five years starting 5/1/20, $6,234,783, “A Multimodal Approach to Network Information Dynamics.”

 
 
 

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