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Welcome to the ACDIS newsletter! We hope everyone is having a great start to the semester. In this newsletter learn about the updated giving page for ACDIS, upcoming security events, our upcoming North Korea Symposium, and information for scholarships and fellowships that you might be interested in.


The ACDIS Program has had an impact on untold numbers of faculty and students during its history.

Your generous gift to the Directors Fund will ensure future generations of University of Illinois students engage in the study of peace and security. Gifts to the Directors Fund honor the programs founders and former directors of ACDIS and supports student researchers.

Your gift to the Friends of ACDIS will support subscriptions and purchases for security-related publications for student access in our ACDIS library. Your gift will also support lectures, symposia, and conferences that concentrate on the ACDIS mission.

Gift transactions are confidential and secure. Please select the fund you would like to make a gift to, along with the amount, and you will be redirected to the University of Illinois Foundation’s secure Online Giving form.

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Security Events

DCL Seminar: Erik J. Rodríguez-Seda - Cyber-Attack Resilient and Communication-Aware Networked Control Systems

  • Seminar related to cyber security 
  • January 23d 3:00 pm 
  • CSL Auditorium, Room B02

The term Networked Control System (NCS) refers to a time-critical and safety-critical control process where the control feedback loop is closed via a real-time communication network. The use of a shared communication network provides multiple advantages from a design and operational perspective but can also introduce several challenges such as the overutilization of common resources and the loss of real-time data integrity and availability due to cyber-attacks. Failure to protect the NCS against any of these control and security challenges can lead to catastrophic consequences for the physical process. In the first part of this talk, we will present control tools to detect the launching of replay attacks to multiple sensors and how to safely recover from an attack with minimum performance degradation. We will discuss a cross-level anomaly detector that monitors information of inter-connected processes as well as the power consumption of integrated circuits to determine if a suspected sensor is operating abnormally and determine the best course of action to safely regulate the process. The second part of the talk will focus on the effective use of communication and computing resources within a NCS using the notion of minimum attention control. We present sufficient conditions that guarantee the preservation of convergence, safety, and observability properties despite a reduction in the sampling frequency.

Sponsor: Decision and Control Laboratory, Coordianted Science Laboratory 


VASP Brown Bag: Hongliang Wang "Health Inequality in China"

  • Multidiscipline security seminar
  • January 24th 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • 101 International Studies Building, register for a light lunch

With rapid economic growth and increased wellbeing over the past four decades, income inequality in China has deteriorated. While many researchers have studied income inequality in China, research addressing health inequality has been scanty. Using the 2013 and 2015 China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study data, we study self-assessed health  among people aged 45 and over, and analyze the factors influencing their subjective health. We first applied generalized ordered logit model to analyze how income, education, gender, age, marriage status, sleep time, and region affect health. Based on the results from the generalized ordered logit model, we estimated health inequality among these middle-aged and elderly Chinese.

Sponsor: Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies


New Books in African Studies Series: Farming and Famine by Donald Crummey 

  • Food security related lecture
  • January 24th at 4:30 pm
  • Music Room at the Levis Faculty Center

Sponsor Center for African Studies; Department of History


Power Grid Outages in FEMA Region X: Causes, Impacts, and Mitigation

  • Seminar Series related to energy security 
  • January 29th at 3:00 pm
  • via Webcast

Power grids are subject to a number of threats and hazards, including from natural, accidental, and malicious (cyber and physical sabotage) causes. A catastrophic event leading to a protracted, wide-area outage would have significant impacts on inter-dependent infrastructures, vulnerable populations, and economic activity. This presentation summarizes a study done in collaboration with FEMA Region 10, which comprises Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, to prepare a comprehensive grid threats, hazards analysis report.

Click event title for more information and to register for the webcast 

Sponsor: CIRI


Tracking an Extremely Infections Vector Borne Disease in the Indian Continent: The Case of Kyasanur Forest Disease

  • Lecture related to biosecurity 
  • February 5th 12:00 pm
  • Lucy Ellis Lounge of the FLB

Sponsor: Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies



The North Korean Symposium, Crisis on the Korean Peninsula?, will be held at the University of Illinois on Thursday, March 28th, 2018 from 8:45 am to 5:30 pm. The program will cover topics such as a history of Korea, the Korean Peninsula Today, and Security Issues and the Korean Peninsula

  • Symposium on North Korea
  • Thursday, March 28th, 2019 from 8:45 am - 5:30 pm 
  • Spurlock Museum in the Knight Auditorium 
  • Contact information, information regarding speakers, parking, and travel can be found in the hyperlink above 

Sponsor: Program in Arms Control and Domestic and International Security 

Co-Sponsors: Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies 

Scholarships and Fellowships

FLAS Application Deadline 

  • Applications due January 25th

FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. Funding for these fellowships is provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Program. FLAS Fellowships are administered by University of Illinois International and Area Studies Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply.

The 2019 deadline for FLAS applications is Friday, January 25 at 11:59 pm.

Visit the European Union's FLAS webpage for additional details on the fellowships and the application process.


Global South Languages Fellowship 

  • Applications due January 25th

The Center for African Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, through support from the Provost Office, are proud to announce a call for applications for the Global South Languages Fellowship. The goal of this fellowship program is to provide support for graduate students interested in the study of Less Commonly Taught Languages of the Global South, including Arabic, Hindi, Quechua, Persian, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, and Zulu. These fellowships will offer academic year support (AY 2019-2020) to graduate students at the MA or PhD level. Successful applicants will receive a $15,000 stipend and a waiver of tuition and some fees. As cultural and language training go hand in hand, fellows will be required to take one language course and one relevant area studies course each semester that they hold a fellowship. Additional requirements may be listed in awards letters.  Academic advisors at each center will assist fellows in selecting the appropriate language and area studies courses.

Click the hyperlink above for further information on languages, eligibility, application materials, and more


Gilman Information Session 

  • January 31st from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Illini Union Book Store Room 514

The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of $5,000 (plus up to a $3,000 supplement for critical languages) for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue summer, semester, or academic-year study abroad opportunities in other countries. This is a need based award, and to be eligible, students currently must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant.  The National and International Scholarships Program is willing to assist in reviewing your scholarship application material, in fact, we welcome the opportunity to help make your application more competitive!  As such, we are offering a two-day informational event about the Gilman Scholarship. January 30th from 3:30-4:30 is an informational session and alumni Q&A.  February 1st between 3:00-4:00 is a workshop on how to craft your application essays. 

For more information, contact the scholarships office at or visit our website at  


Have a Great Week!