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  News for Alumni and Friends February 2018  

$4M DARPA grant to explore social media's impact on information.

CS @ ILLINOIS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher is leading a group of researchers who are studying how information propagates through social media, as well as the effects of that information on people’s understanding of events and their beliefs. Read more.




“Probability and Statistics for Computer Science,” by Professor David A. Forsyth, touches on big data and machine learning topics that haven't typically been covered in undergraduate classrooms.


Charlie Young is running the Fighting Illini’s new analytics program: applying the data-gathering and sorting now familiar in Major League Baseball to the still mostly unexplored terrain of college baseball.


Illinois faculty, including Professor Sarita V. Adve, will be developing algorithm-driven architectures as part of their research for the Applications Driving Architectures (ADA) center, one of six JUMP research centers.



New Media Coverage

The Register

Professor Carl A. Gunter discusses adversarial attacks on AI systems, in this case, the potential to slightly tweak songs in order to manipulate voice-recognition systems. 

Popular Science

Facial recognition software works by finding the faces in the image and matching the faces to any in its database. “Turns out, that’s a harder problem,” says Professor David A. Forsyth. To algorithms, “people tend to look like each other.”

The Wall Street Journal

Advice from Anil Singhal (MS CS '79), the co-founder, CEO, and chairman of NETSCOUT Systems, is highlighted in this discussion about the "secondary skills" that lead to midcareer success.

Defense One

Professor Sheldon Jacobson is interviewed about the end of the Trump administration's ban on refugees from 11 countries and the similarities between the Department of Homeland Security's new screening process and TSA PreCheck.


Featured Events

Mar. 9, 4:30 pm, Grainger Auditorium, ECE Building

Parisa Tabriz (BS CS ’05, MS ‘07), Director of Engineering and Security Princess for Google Chrome will return to campus to give this year’s Keynote for Engineering Open House.

Apr. 7

Organized by current CS @ ILLINOIS students, this free, day-long showcase allows high school students, especially admitted students, to get a glimpse of what it is like to be a CS student at Illinois.

Apr. 9, 4:00 pm, 1404 Siebel Center

As part of the CS @ ILLINOIS Distinguished Lecture Series, ACM A.M. Turing Award winner Michael Stonebraker will give the 2018 Donald B. Gillies Memorial Lecture.



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