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Illinois Computer Science welcomes new Department Head Nancy Amato! We look forward to introducing her to faculty and staff, and to alumni. Professor Amato will soon be traveling to Chicago, California, and New York to begin meeting our graduates and talking about her vision for Illinois CS. Find out more.
Professor Tarek Abdelzaher is working with his students on a unique way to identify social media bots. Rather than focus on individual accounts, Abdelzaher looks at the larger picture of entire misinformation campaigns.
New cloud-computing startup PlanetScale raised a $3 million seed round, in part from a who’s who of engineering luminaries. They include Illinois CS alums such as YouTube co-founder and CTO Steve Chen, PayPal and Affirm co-founder Max Levchin, and Google Director of Engineering Parisa Tabriz.
Violin-teaching app Trala, which was founded in 2017, has raised $1.29 million in seed funding. “We’re unlocking a skill that has been out of reach to most people for hundreds of years,” the company says. CTO and co-founder Vishnu Indukuri is an Illinois CS alumnus (BS CS '16).
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Illinois CS alum Chris Lai is a serial tech entrepreneur. MassVR is his most recent venture. It's a 6,000-square foot warehouse on the northwest side of Chicago. While based on some of the same technology as VR releases from Oculus and HTC, MassVR has a different vision for the future of VR. Think multiplayer VR meets laser tag arena.
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.
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.
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.