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  News for Alumni and Friends April 2018  

Professor and Interim CS Department Head Vikram Adve will lead a five-year, $5.6 million effort to reduce the complexity and size of modern software systems.

Interim CS Department Head Vikram Adve will lead a five-year, $5.6 million effort to reduce the complexity and size of modern software systems, in part, by exploring the possibilities of LLVM’s lifelong optimization capability.  Read more.




A team of researchers including Illinois Computer Science PhD candidate Faraz Faghri and Professor Roy H. Campbell has proven that mutations in the neuronal transport gene KIF5A are associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.


High performance computing pioneer Kenichi Miura (MS CS '71, PhD '73) reminisced about his Illinois roots when he recently returned to campus to recieve the College of Engineering's Alumni Award for Distinguished Service.


Urbana High School sophomore Aja Capal has received a national honorable mention for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.


Interim CS Department Head Vikram S. Adve’s accomplishments in research and education were recognized in March with an endowed professorship, thanks to the generosity of Larry White (BS Math & CS ’75, MS CS ’76).


CS alumnus Paul Nash pays it forward with CS Visionary Scholarship donation.


New Media Coverage

The Next Web

A team including Illinois CS PhD student Tanmay Gupta and Professor Derek Hoiem have trained an AI to use text descriptions to generate original clips of "The Flintstones" cartoon series. Additional coverage in Gizmodo, Tech Times, and BRG. Watch the researchers' video here.

Research from Illinois that includes work by CS Professor Jian Peng has provided a new technique for distinguishing between corn and soybeans in satellite data, crops that previously have been impossible to distinguish from space. Also covered by Farmers Advance.

The State Journal-Register

The University of Illinois' innovative PLATO computer-based education system has won a spot in the Top 10 innovations and inventions from Illinois, part of the ongoing Illinois Top 200 project. The project is part of the state's bicentennial celebration.  

Chicago Tribune

Among the highlights from the tournament's opening weekend, the Tribune noted that CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson's model for predicting long-shot winners had correctly picked one of the biggest upsets of the competition.



Featured Events

Registration closes May 1

Registration for the Gems CS summer day camps for middle and high school girls is open until May 1. The free weeklong camps include coding, group project work, field trips, problem solving, and social networking with peers.

May 9, 5 - 10 pm, 4107 Siebel Center

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

Illinois Computer Science Graduation Celebration
May 12, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, Siebel Center Atrium

Graduates: Save the Date! The Department of Computer Science will congratulate the class of 2018 with this annual reception for graduating students and their families.

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