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  News for Alumni and Friends December 2017  

Timothy Chan and Sheldon Jacobson have been invested as Founder Professors.

Recently, two CS faculty—Timothy M. Chan and Sheldon H. Jacobson—were invested as Founder Professors by the College of Engineering, thanks to the generosity of the Grainger Foundation. Read more.




Two CS @ ILLINOIS faculty have been honored by the world’s largest technical professional society. They join nearly 300 scientists worldwide in the 2018 class of IEEE Fellows.


Last summer, a team of Engineering students advised by CS Professor David Forsyth overcame financial and technical challenges to enter Enigma into an autonomous submarine competition. Now they are aiming for more.


The Spurlock Museum's exhibit, "Knowledge at Work," which includes CS @ ILLINOIS artifacts, like a chassis from ILLIAC II, a PLATO terminal, and a copy of the first piece of computer-composed music, runs through Dec. 21, 2018.


Recently, author Brian Dear performed an on-campus reading and signing for his new book on PLATO, “The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture.” Enjoy a few highlights: watch the video.


CS @ ILLINOIS invites applications for multiple faculty positions at all levels and in all areas of Computer Science.  Learn More!

Tsai Quadruples Scholarship Impact


New Media Coverage

Los Angeles Times/Associated Press

The addition of two new, innovative degrees, one combining CS with crop sciences and one with music, generated nationwide coverage through this Associated Press article run by dozens of publications. The CS + Crop Sciences degree is the first of its kind.

The News-Gazette

"Over 13 percent of applications to the university are for the computer science major. That's nuts." CS Associate Department Head Lenny Pitt sums up the growth of CS @ ILLINOIS in this deep look at our CS + X degrees and their impact.

The 21st Show

Professor Tarek Abdelzaher talks to WILL radio's statewide talk show, The 21st, about the new $25 million Army Research Laboratory initiative he is leading to develop the foundation for the Internet of Battlefield Things. Abdelzaher also appeared on the Stacey On IOT podcast.

The Christian Science Monitor

In this article on artificial intelligence and creativity, Professor Ranjitha Kumar talks about the obstacles between AI and the kinds of innovation and spontaneity behind, for instance, a groundbreaking film like "Citizen Kane."

The Daily Illini

Teaching Professor Lawrence Angrave draws on experiences from the Elements of Game Design class that he and fellow Teaching Professor Eric Shaffer lead to discuss how games can be used provide lasting, valuable lessons.



Featured Events

Dec. 20, 5pm-10pm, 4107 Siebel Center

You won’t want to miss this! Illinois students have spent a semester building immersive VR projects. Experience them for yourself!

Dec. 23, 1:00 p.m.

Join us in the Foellinger Great Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as we recognize and celebrate December graduates.

Feb. 5, 4pm-7pm, ECE Building

Students: Meet the companies who want to hire you in a setting that is less formal than a typical career fair. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres. Chat with company representatives. Discover the challenges and opportunities that await you.

Feb. 23-25

This student-run 36-hour team competition showcases students' programming and creative skills, attracting participants from across the nation. Get involved as an alumni judge, mentor, or corporate sponsor.

Save the date: March 9-10

The University’s largest student-run event, which features more than 250 interactive student and corporate exhibits, design competitions, guest speakers, campus tours, and entertainment.

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