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  News for Alumni and Friends August 2018  

Illinois has launched four new CS + X degrees!

The roster of revolutionary CS + X degrees is growing with the additions of bachelor’s degrees in CS + Advertising, CS + Economics, CS + Geography & Geographic Information Science, and CS + Philosophy. CS + X degrees, many the firsts of their kind, offer a solid grounding in computer science with training in the arts or sciences, bringing computational skills to fields where they are increasingly in demand. Read More




Professor Karrie Karahalios has been invited to become part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Information Science and Technology Study Group, joining Professor Sarita Adve to give Illinois CS two researchers on the prestigious panel.


Professors Sarita Adve, Vikram Adve, Christopher Fletcher, and Sasa Misailovic are among those chosen by DARPA’s Electronics Resurgence Initiative to explore the use of flexible architectures to achieve performance improvements as Moore's Law ends.


Professor Adam Bates and students in his lab discovered that runners, cyclists, and others who post routes on some fitness apps are at a security risk. Now sites like Strava and Garmin Connect are modifying their service to further protect their users.


Professor Roy H. Campbell is in the habit of giving back.


New Media Coverage

The News-Gazette

Dr. Nancy Amato (PhD CS ‘95) is named the new head of Illinois Computer Science. “It’s an awesome place to do research, it’s a top-five CS program. ... I’m really honored and humbled, honestly.” The Associated PressASEE's First BellCRA Bulletin, and The Chronicle of Higher Education also covered the news.

Chicago Tribune

Some companies say they have struggled to find data-science job candidates whose skills fit their needs, so eight have created a data science standards board. John C. Hart, professor and director of online and professional programs at Illinois Computer Science, says data science is exploding so it's no surprise.


“More people came in than Amazon could handle,” Matthew Caesar, a computer science professor at the University of Illinois and co-founder of cybersecurity firm Veriflow, said. “And Amazon couldn’t use all the resources they had available because there was a bug or some other issue with their software."

Inside Higher Ed

Coursera is expanding partnerships with traditional universities, this time its first Ivy League degree, at Penn. The degree follows the three master's degrees offered through Coursera by Illinois, where Professor John C. Hart says “people come to this degree for the Illinois brand. We’re making sure this meets campus standards."

Illinois Innovators Podcast

When you think cybersecurity, you may be thinking about measures to keep hackers out of your network. Illinois CS Professor Adam Bates is focused on next steps, after an attack begins.



Featured Events

September 17-22

Save the date for this free, week-long, student-run event that features tech talks by speakers from across the industry and academia, two career fairs, and an array of workshops, challenges, and competitions!

Everitt Laboratory 
September 21, 1:15 pm

The official grand re-opening of Everitt Laboratory, which includes a program and a reception, is a featured event for the University of Illinois Foundation's Annual Meeting.

October 13

Be a part of this signature college tradition! Visit with fellow alumni, enjoy delicious food, and cheer on the Fighting Illini and Head Coach Lovie Smith at Memorial Stadium. RSVP by Oct. 5.

October 19

Join the tradition! Register now! Visit campus to enjoy our annual awards celebration and engage with CS faculty, students, and fellow alumni.

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