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  News for Alumni and Friends January 2019  

Load New Beginnings and Continued Success in the New Year!

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 Sibin Mohan's new project with Boeing will use machine learning to try to define normal behavior for drone swarms. UAV and ground-rover swarms are vulnerable to attacks in part because they rely on wireless communication. 


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.


Universities in France and Spain have recognized Illinois Computer Science’s strength in parallel and high-performance computing, awarding honorary doctorates that recognize the achievements of Professors Marc Snir and David Padua.


Illinois CS students Jonah Casebeer and Ben Zhou were finalists, while Harshay Shah and Edward Huang were recognized with honorable mentions from the Computing Research Association.


In an NSF-funded project, Professors Victoria Stodden and Darko Marinov will try to determine how researchers can reliably share code used to generate data rather than sharing the data itself.


Nicole Pontaza, Craig Santo, Jasmine Shih, and Rishabh Rajagopalan have been recognized for their research as undergraduates, thanks to an endowment by Illinois CS graduate Jerry Fiddler and his wife, Melissa Alden, that supports students conducting multidisciplinary research.


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


New Media Coverage


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. 


Songwriters are starting to turn to machines to help them come up with chords and even pen lyrics. The first computer music was the “Illiac Suite,” composed at the University of Illinois. The piece caused “confusion bordering on hysteria” among music aficionados, one of whom likened it to the sounds of a barn yard.

Crain's Chicago Business

After a shift from pre-med, Ann Yeung graduated from Illinois with a degree in math and computer science in 2001. That led to tech roles at major U.S. companies, including IBM. Now she is head of technology for Morningstar’s global retirement and workplace solutions division, and part of Crain's 40 Under 40.


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).

The Daily Dot

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.


Questions about applying to the Online MCS? Register for an upcoming webinar! Jan. 23, 2 p.m. CT (International Applicants) or Jan. 30, 2 p.m. CT (Domestic Applicants)


Featured Events

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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