||News for Alumni and Friends
What makes a great hackathon? About 950 students from 43 universities, 100 mentors, snacks, swag, soccer, and open-source rock star Bruce Perens. They all converged at HackIllinois 2019, creating a weekend -- and dozens of projects -- to remember. Read more.
Clowder, designed to manage large collections of data now essential to science, is a key part of the 4CeeD framework developed by Illinois CS Professor Klara Nahrstedt. Clowder was developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
AI-based precision medicine combines medicine, biology, statistics, and computing. The most promising research includes collaboration like that of a team that included Illinois CS student Subho S. Banerjee and his advisor, Professor Ravishankar Iyer, and developed an algorithm to predict presciptions for depression patients.
AI is poised to have a major effect on environmental issues. Sensors could help make cities more liveable. Such sensors on cars could predict potential traffic problems and optimize the flow of cars. “Years down the road, it will play a really big role,” Professor Klara Nahrstedt said.
MIT Technology Review
Researchers at the Allen Institute, led by Illinois CS alumnus Ali Farhadi (PhD '11), believe Pictionary could push machine intelligence beyond its current limits and have developed a version of the game that pairs a human player with an AI.
“One of the seven is Nancy Amato, announced last fall as the new head of the highly ranked Department of Computer Science. The award-winning researcher is widely recognized for her work in motion planning in robotics, used in such applications as autonomous driving and manufacturing.”
A low grade may be more likely in a challenging course, but Teaching Assistant Professor Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider hopes that doesn't discourage students from taking them. “Recruiters and graduate school admissions (officials) who have looked at a lot of transcripts should know the difficult courses.”
March 18, ATA Conference Center, Washington, D.C.
Join Illinois CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson for a discussion on the analytics of NCAA basketball bracketology, winning brackets, and how this modeling is also used to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.
Join Chancellor Robert J. Jones at the Computer History Museum for a reception and panel discussion. Panelists include ServiceNow Chief Product Officer Chirantan "CJ" Desai, Varcareum CEO Sanjay Srivastava, and Amazon Lab126 President Greg Zehr.
*Date Change* - April 17
Please join us to welcome new Department Head Nancy Amato and hear about her vision and plans for Illinois CS. Enjoy refreshments and connect with fellow CS alumni for an evening of networking in Chicago.
The University of Illinois will celebrate the class of 2019 with a full weekend of events for students and their families. Make your plans now. And save the date: the Illinois CS reception is at 11:30 a.m. on May 11.
Bay Area Welcome Receptions for Nancy Amato
June 5 and 6
Bay Area alumni, meet new Department Head Nancy Amato and hear about her vision and plans for Illinois Computer Science. Receptions are planned at Google on June 5 and at Affirm on June 6.