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  News for Alumni and Friends February 2019  

Can An App Teach Violin?

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.


Klara Nahrstedt, the Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor of Computer Science and director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory, is internationally recognized for her work in multimedia systems and networks.


The PhD student plans to use the Facebook Fellowship to advance his work on efficient processors for deep learning, improving local computing for phones and even potentially providing that capability to the sensors upon which IoT technology relies.


"Assured Cloud Computing" collects the research of the Assured Cloud Computing Center at the University of Illinois, a project that was led by Roy Campbell, the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Professor of Computer Science.


Research Assistant Professor Sibin Mohan and his students are working to introduce middle-schoolers to the science behind their devices. “These kids were super smart. It’s great to see them interested in computer science.”


Coursera has released three TV advertisements to raise awareness of the high-quality online courses and degrees offered from the world’s best universities, including the University of Illinois.



New Media Coverage


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).

The News-Gazette

"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."


A startup born at the U. of Illinois has built technology that identifies problems in a company’s software, and it’s helping some of the biggest players in aerospace, automotive and blockchain with their code. Professor Grigore Rosu's Runtime Verification has developed tools to improve the safety and reliability of software systems. 


During Watergate, Illinois graduate students Valarie Lamont and Stuart Umpleby explored ways that PLATO could be a digital public commons for civic discussion. It didn’t take long for the NSF and the Pentagon to track down Don Bitzer, the founder of PLATO, to tell him that its funding had been threatened by the White House.


Featured Events

February 22-24

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.

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.

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!

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