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William Sanders 
CSL Professors promoted to new positions with the University of Illinois

On August 24, the University of Illinois announced that CSL professor William H Sanders, an award-winning educator and researcher who heads nationally ranked engineering programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named interim director of the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), a new world-class innovation center. Read more

Taking Sanders' place as head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was CSL professor and AMD Jerry Sanders Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Wen-Mei W Hwu. Read more


Mingu Kang 
Allie Arp, CSL

Former CSL student Mangu Kang will receive the CSL Ph.D. Thesis award this month for his dissertation “Deep In-memory Computing” for realizing energy and latency efficient machine learning systems in silicon. He will return to campus on September 17 to receive the award and present his research. Read more

IoT noise relay example 
IoT noise relay example 
Allie Arp, CSL

Disruptive noise is almost everywhere, from people talking in the office corridor to road construction down the street to the neighbor’s lawn mower. Research being conducted at the University of Illinois’ Coordinated Science Laboratory is looking to improve this noisy frustration.  Read more

CIRI interns 
Ashley Albrect, CIRIh

You may have seen some unfamiliar faces around CSL this summer. The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, hosted five students from Howard University and Florida International University as part of the CIRI Summer Internship Program. Read more

September 11-12, 12-6 p.m.
Location: Activity and Recreation Center (ARC)
Fri, Sep 14, 10:00 am
Location: CSL Auditorium (B02)
Thu, Sep 20, 1:00 pm
Location: via webcast
Tues, Oct 2-Fri, Oct 5
Location: Allerton Park and Retreat Center
Around CSL

56th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing

Each year, the Allerton Conference draws some of the brightest minds from industry, academia and government to discuss innovation in the fields of communication, control and computing. Registration is open! Visit the Allerton Conference website for more information.


MUTE research getting global attention

Research conducted by professor Romit Roy Choudhury, graduate student Sheng Smith and assistant professor Haitham Al-Hassanieh (covered above in the newsletter) has been reported on all over the world. From an interview with an Australian outlet to this article by Digital Trends, the news about their noise cancellation research has reached a very large audience. Look for another story from IEEE, online soon! 

Video of the Month contest returning

Submisssions are now being accepted for the September Video of the Month! Each month, students are invited to submit a video they've made about their research. CSL staff will select a winner each month who will receive an Amazon giftcard!

Please submit September entries to this link by noon on September 27. The award will be presented at the social hour on the 28. For questions about the contest email Allie Arp,


Girish Chowdhary and Rayadurgam Srikant, USDA. 3 years started 8/1/18, $886,157, “CPS:Medium: Robust Deep Learning and Decision making for Mechanical Weeding Agbots”

Sewoong Oh, NSF. 3 years, started 8/15/18, $450,000 “CIF: RI: Small: Novel Estimators for Measures of Dependencies”

Zbigniew Kalbarczyk and Ravi Iyer, NSF. 3 years started 9/1/18, $500,000, “SaTC: CORE: Small: Data-Driven Study of Attacks on Cyber-Physical Infrastructure Supporting Large Computing Systems”

Ivan Dokmanic, NSF. 1 year starting 10/1/18, $157,079, “CIF: Small: Combinatorial Inverse Problems in Distance Geometry”


Andrew Singer, $25,000 Microsoft