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  News for Alumni and Friends December 2018  

Three Illinois CS faculty have received $1.5M for their idea to fight Spectre.

Antidotes for Spectre and Meltdown — security flaws in speculative execution — have slowed computer processors. Three Illinois CS professors are developing a better solution: InvisiSpec. Intel is backing their work with a three year, $1.5 million grant. Read More




Professor William D. Gropp, who is director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science, was elected as an AAAS Fellow for his contributions to scalable algorithms and software for high performance computing.


Professor Gul Agha has been named an ACM Fellow for “research in concurrent programming and formal methods, specificially the Actor model." Actor frameworks have been used to program hundreds of commercial cloud applications. Fellows represent less than one percent of ACM’s global membership.


The new $2.1 million Center for Autonomy is being launched at the University of Illinois to drive high-impact research and educational programs in autonomy and robotics. The center will include four Illinois Computer Science faculty.


PhD student Edward Hutter's work in communication-cost analysis and reduction has earned him a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, the DOE's most prestigious and competitive computational science fellowship.


Viveka Kudaligama, the coordinator of graduate programs for Illinois Computer Science, has been awarded the 2018 Graduate College Excellence Award for Graduate Contacts for her work as a problem solver dedicated to helping students and her colleagues.


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

The News-Gazette

A new University of Illinois College of Engineering teaching facility would accommodate 10 to 15 percent enrollment growth in high-demand engineering programs such as computer science, said Mike Devocelle, associate engineering dean for finance and administration. The college has to turn down thousands of qualified computer science students each year.

Harvest Public Media

As the number of farm and ranch managers shrinks, there are still more students graduating from ag colleges. Some, like Omkar Manoj Haridas, plan to pursue the kinds of careers that are open to them with new degrees such as the University of Illinois' CS + Crop Sciences.

The Daily Illini

Computer science is now combined with a variety of different majors through the CS + X degree program. “CS + X is a recognition that today, computing touches nearly everything, and as a result, the arts, science, business, medicine, and engineering are all changing,” Director of Undergraduate Programs Elsa Gunter said.


"In December 1994, a 23-year-old University of Illinois grad named Marc Andreessen released Netscape 1.0. The web browser featured a protocol called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), which let both sides of a transaction encrypt personal information. From there, e-commerce began to take off."

Resoundingly Human Podcast

Illinois CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson appears on the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences' podcast to discus his IMPACT Prize. The prize recognized work by Jacobson and his students that helped transform air-travel security.



Featured Events

Campus Welcome Reception for Nancy Amato
January 24, 3-4 p.m., Atrium, Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science

Join us as we welcome new Department Head Nancy Amato to campus. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy refreshments while they hear from Professor Amato and College of Engineering Dean Rashid Bashir. Remarks start at 3:15 p.m. Information about regional welcome and networking events for alumni is coming soon.

January 29, 4-7 p.m., ECE Building

Students: Meet the companies that want to hire you in a setting that is less formal than a typical career fair. Chat with company representatives. Discover the challenges and opportunities that await you. Refreshments provided.

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.

March 8-9

The University’s largest student-run event, which features more than 250 interactive student and corporate exhibits, design competitions, guest speakers, campus tours, and entertainment.


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