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William Sanders 
Joseph Park, ECE

In collaboration with the Semiconductor Research Corporation, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has announced CSL Professor Naresh R. Shanbhag as one of two winners of its 2018 University Research Awards. Shanbhag will receive his award at the SIA Annual Award Dinner on November 29, 2018, in San Jose, CA. Read more

Jin Zhou 
Allie Arp, CSL

An increase in wireless application demand has put the radio frequency spectrums used for wireless communication in a crunch for space, often resulting in slower response times. CSL researchers are trying to combat this issue. Read more

Hao Jan (Max) Liu 
Allie Arp, CSL

For many people, ‘the cloud’ is a misunderstood space where photos and documents are stored. To ITI researchers, the cloud is the future of electric grids. Read more

Allerton statue 
Allerton by the numbers
Allie Arp, CSL

Last week hundreds of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and around the globe attended the 56th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing. One of the longest-running circuits conferences, it was started in 1963 by Mac Van Valkenburg and was originally called the Allerton Conference on Circuits and Systems.

As its name suggests, the Allerton Conference has a reputation as a gathering place for the brightest minds in the fields of communication, control, and computing and this year was no exception.

More than 450 researchers attended 150 sessions that offered nearly 100 hours of presentations.

The presenters came from 80 universities, 22 countries and 25 states.

Thank you everyone for a successful Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing! We look forward to seeing you next year, September 24-27, 2019, at the beautiful Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois.

Wednesday, October 17, 3:00 pm
Location: CSL Auditorium (B02)
Monday, October 22, 3:00 pm
Location: CSL Auditorium (B02)
Wednesday, October 24, 3:00 pm
Location: CSL Auditorium (B02)
Thursday, October 25, 1:00 pm
Wednesday, October 31, 3:00 pm
Location: CSL Auditorium (B02)
Around CSL

New Dean for the College of Engineering
Rashid Bashir will become the next dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign effective Nov. 1, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Bashir is the executive associate dean and chief diversity officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.


Civil Service Award Deadline
The Coordinated Science Laboratory has many dedicated civil service staff, whose high quality service is essential to the success of our research programs. In recognition of this, Robert T. Chien, former CSL Director, established the CSL Civil Service Staff Award.

Please email your nomination to CSL Associate Director for Administration, Karen, by 3:00 pm Wednesday, October 31 2018.  Nominations should include: Name of nominee, name of the nominator, and a justification/explanation of the reason the nominated employee should be considered for the award. For a full list of eligible nominees, email Karen Cromwell.


CIRI has busy month
The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI, part of ITI) has had a busy month. Activities included connecting with automakers at the Auto-ISAC Cybersecurity Summit, presenting to members of Congress' Smart Cities Caucus for Hurricane Resilience, and meeting with automotive manufacturers to discuss cybersecurity throughout the supply chain.


Flu shots available at Beckman Institute
McKinley Health Center will be at the Beckman Institute, room 1003 from 10:30AM to 1:30PM on October 23. Students, staff, state employees, and retirees are eligible for free flu shots. See the McKinley flu vaccine information page for requirements, other locations, and times.


Video of the Month contest September winner!
Congratulations to our September winner, Chen Chen, for his video "Learning to See in the Dark!" Chen was presented with a certificate and a gift card at the 10/12 social hour.

October entries are now being accepted! Submit to this link by noon on October 25. The award will be presented at the social hour on the 26th. For questions about the contest, email Allie Arp,


Mohamed Ali Belabbas, NSF. 3 years started 9/1/18, $220,000, “Collaborative Research: Decoding Place Cells for Future Human-machine Interfaces."

Alexander Schwing, Samsung. 1 year, started 10/21/18, $98,470, “Cognitive Computing with Knowledge Bases and Attention Mechanisms."