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  News for Alumni and Friends November 2018  

Prof. Sarita Adve has received the ACM / IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award.

In recognition of her "research contributions and leadership in the development of memory consistency models for C++ and Java, for service to numerous computer science organizations, and for exceptional mentoring,” Illinois Computer Science Professor Sarita Adve has been awarded the prestigious 2018 ACM / IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award. Read More




Professor Sheldon Jacobson and three former students laid the groundwork for TSA PreCheck passenger screening. That work has been recognized with an IMPACT Prize by INFORMS.

Edgar Solomonik 

Professor Edgar Solomonik has been recognized by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on High Performance Computing (TCHPC) for his development of the Cyclops library for tensor computations.


Dr. Bilge Acun (PhD CS ’17) says that the honorable mention for the inaugural SIGHPC Doctoral Dissertation Award is a gratifying reflection of the increasing importance of efficiency in high-performance computing.


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is making a $15 million investment in quantum information science and engineering, a field poised to revolutionize computing, communication, security, measurement, and sensing by utilizing the powerful capabilities of quantum mechanics.


Illinois Computer Science graduates honored during October’s Alumni Awards celebration shared their experiences with current students. Also, watch the Awards keynotes by Mark Tebbe (BS CS '83) and Rita Patel Jackson (BS Math & CS '88).


The ThinkChicago Roadshow's stop in Urbana offered students the chance to connect with representatives from top Chicago-area companies and the opportunity to listen to a panel of tech leaders talk about the city and the resources it offers.


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, including teaching positions. Read More.


Debra and Ira Cohen hope that the students who benefit from their giving will pay it forward.


New Media Coverage

Crain's Chicago Business

Discovery Partners Institute can provide what Chicago currently lacks. U of I is good at the federal grant game and its computer science and engineering programs turn out bold thinkers like Mosaic co-creator Marc Andreessen, YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, Oracle founder Larry Ellison and PayPal co-founder Max Levchin.

The News-Gazette

The University of Illinois joins the Quantum Computing Exchange, a research partnership with three Chicago institutions that is designed to unlock the potential of the next revolution in information science. The university also announces the new Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center. Also covered by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Inno.

Crain's Chicago Business

The Chicago Quantum Exchange is just the latest way the University of Chicago and University of Illinois are quietly testing ways to collaborate. "It started innocently and morphed and grew," said Mark Tebbe, a U of I computer science grad who teaches entrepreneurship at the U of C.


"It's quite possible the outage would not have occurred if Amazon had stuck with Oracle," said Matt Caesar, a computer science professor at the University of Illinois. "Also, it appears they would have been able to diagnose the problem sooner if they were using Oracle's database."

The Internet of Things Podcast

Illinois Computer Science Professor Tarek Adbdelzaher discusses his work on cyber-physical systems, including IoT, with host Mike Green. "With IoT, you can think of smart cities. ... There are great opportunities on the horizon."



Featured Events

December 5, 6-8 p.m., Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science

Join Illinois Computer Science students, faculty, staff, and volunteers as they guide you though an hour of curriculum to introduce computer science and computer programming concepts. This free event is open to the public and promises fun for the whole family.

February 22-24

This student-run 36-hour team competition showcases students' programming and creative skills, attracting participants from across the nation. Get involved as an alumni judge, mentor, or corporate sponsor.


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