||News for Alumni and Friends
Chicago-based Trala has recently taken a big step, landing $1.29 million in seed funding to teach people how to play the violin from scratch. CTO Vishnu Indukuri (BS CS '16) talks about Trala's evolution, and how the new funding will help the mobile app continue to move in the right direction. Read more.
Professor Jiawei Han has been named a Michael Aiken Chair, one of the most distinguished honors on campus. Han is the second-ever Aiken Chair, a position he plans to use to maintain Illinois' leadership in data-mining research.
Thousands of academics are looking to the technology industry for research funding and collaboration. “The industry funding does help a lot in the early days,” says Ranjitha Kumar, a computer scientist at the University of Illinois.
The BBC's weekly "The Boss" series profiles a different business leader from around the world each week. Recently, it was Therese Tucker, CEO and founder of BlackLine and an Illinois CS graduate (BS Math & CS '84).
"I am able to spend the majority of my time working with students as a result of joining a very new and non-traditional track of the faculty. ... This frees me up to work with students on large, impactful projects, focus on teaching new and innovative courses, and sharing the work we do at Illinois with the broader community."
This student-run, 36-hour team competition showcases students' programming and creative skills, attracting participants from across the nation who contribute to open source through new features, bug fixes, and documentation changes.
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.
April 18, 6-8 p.m., Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago
Please join us to welcome new Department Head Nancy Amato and hear about her vision and plans for the future of Illinois Computer Science. Enjoy refreshments and connect with fellow CS alumni for an evening of networking. RSVP today!