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  News for Alumni and Friends October 2018  

Prof. Jiawei Han has received the Funai Achievement Award.

Illinois Computer Science Professor Jiawei Han, a pioneer in the data mining field, becomes only the fourth-ever non-Japanese computer scientist to win the prestigious Funai Achievement Award, joining a select group of recipients that includes two ACM A.M. Turing Award winners. Read More




The quest to improve computational speed as Moore’s Law winds down often focuses on alternatives to the silicon chip. But the NSF sees promise in a plan from three Illinois Computer Science professors to make computing systems more efficient.


Three Illinois Computer Science PhD students and a post-doctoral researcher have been chosen to be part of the 2018 Rising Stars academic career-building workshop this month at MIT.


Continuous integration is an increasingly important part of software creation, but developers are limited by its speed and reliability. Professor Darko Marinov is trying to change that.


Only a handful of women earned engineering degrees from Illinois in its early years. But numerous influential women followed. Using 12 themes, a new book tells their stories, highlighting Illinois CS's Geneva Belford, Cinda Heeren, and Parisa Tabriz.


We invite applications for multiple faculty positions at all levels and in all areas of Computer Science, including traditional as well as non-traditional and interdisciplinary areas of CS. Read More.


Thomas M. Siebel's gift helps Professor Bill Gropp pursue new reseach directions.


New Media Coverage

Chicago Tribune

Nancy Amato was in grad school when “The X-Files” was a staple. Now Amato is set to become the first woman to head Illinois CS. She says she was likely influenced by both real-life role models and those on TV and in movies.

Inside Higher Ed

The University of Illinois is at the forefront of the growth of online graduate programs. Faculty members teach online courses with rigor equal to the campus-based version, according to Illinois CS Professor John C. Hart. (Report is behind a pay wall, key excerpts available here.)


“Virtual nurses add value by allowing doctors and nurses to do their jobs more efficiently by handling workflow communications tasks [for them]. A lot of those tasks could be automated." -- Adam Odessky (BS CS '00), co-founder and CEO of


Tech companies keep algorithms secret for competitive reasons, but that has led to alternative -- often incorrect -- explanations of how they work. A study by CS Professor Karrie Karahalios and others found that Facebook users often develop their own “folk theories” about how it curates its newsfeed.

Chicago Tribune

The interview process is not enough to sway Illinois CS junior Joseph Sieger to accept a job. Students like him are in high demand. In the search for tech talent, Chicago companies work hard to woo students, and they have to, says department Associate Director of External Relations Cynthia J. Coleman.



Featured Events

October 18, 7:30 p.m., 2405 Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science

Join the Women in Computer Science student organization for this evening talk. Hear personal and career insights from Rita Patel Jackson (BS Math & CS '88), Head of Global Marketing, Artificial Intelligence and Analytics Solutions, GE Healthcare.

October 19, 3 p.m., 1404 Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science

Hear from Mark Tebbe (BS CS '83), chairman of Chicago NEXT, World Business Chicago’s engine for driving growth in the city’s tech community. YouTube Livestream.

ThinkChicago Roadshow
October 25

Save the Date! Students will learn about Chicago’s Innovation Ecosystem at the ThinkChicago Roadshow, featuring a panel discussion with Chicago business leaders followed by an informal job fair.

November 12-16

Join fellow Chicago Illini for alumni gatherings, networking receptions, and the annual Illinois Luncheon held this year at The Ritz-Carlton. On November 13, join Illinois Engineering On the Road for networking and lunch at the Illini Center.


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