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  News for Alumni and Friends May 2019  

This year’s Rising Stars in EECS, an intensive workshop for promising early-career women in electrical engineering and computer science, is coming to Urbana this fall.

Illinois CS's Nancy M. Amato and ECE ILLINOIS's Wen-Mei Hwu are co-chairs for Rising Stars 2019, the latest edition of the annual event aimed at providing advice and networking opportunities to about 60 female graduate students and postdocs. Applications are open through June 15. Find out more.




Assistant Professor Sasa Misailovic plans to investigate whether the foundation for handling noisy data can be built on static program analysis, and to develop related coursework. “We’re looking for ways to bring debugging into this world where there are no strict, single ideal values for variables in your programs.”


As one-time department head, Marc Snir shepherded Illinois CS through period of rapid growth and pushed for partnerships across campus. He also had a key role in developing Blue Waters and helped shape the field of High Performance Computing.


Thirteen years ago, Professor Laxmikant “Sanjay” Kale and two members of his research group proposed a way to build proactive fault tolerance into high-performance computing. The technique relies on key attributes of Charm++.


Lynn Reedy (BS Math & CS, ’77) was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus for contributions to e-commerce in key roles at eBay, where she was senior VP and CTO, and elsewhere; Felipe Arias transferred from a community college, and plans to pursue a PhD at Illinois CS.


At the Celebration of Excellence, Illinois Computer Science honors dozens of students, faculty, and staff who have received important awards, scholarships, and other distinctions. 


The new program will focus on people whose undergraduate degrees aren't in CS, preparing them for career transition and providing an on-ramp for master's degrees. The program also aims to open more doors for women and underrepresented groups.


Professor Karrie Karahalios is part of a multidisciplinary team of core faculty that will teach the course. Undergraduates who take it in the fall can create exhibits in interdisciplinary teams in the spring.


Aja Capel's award celebrates a near-lifelong pursuit of computing, robotics by the 15-year-old high school student. The Illinois CS NCWIT Aspirations chapter also adds its second national honorable mention.



New Media Coverage

Chicago Tribune

The University of Illinois’ acclaimed College of Engineering has received a record $100 million gift and will be renamed The Grainger College of Engineering. Also covered by undefinedInside Higher Education, and The News-Gazette.


With the latest desktop version of the Brave browser, users can now opt-in to the Brave Ads program. Brave is an ad-blocking browser startup led by Brendan Eich (MS CS '86), creator of the JavaScript programming language and former Mozilla CEO. He’s long maintained that the vision is “bigger than an ad blocker.”


Runtime Verification, founded in 2011 by Professor Grigore Rosu and based in Urbana, is building technology that identifies problems in a company’s software. Since launching, Runtime has grown only on revenue made from its business contracts. It now employs a team of 30.

Chicago Sun-Times

"Gerrymandering has been around since the early days of the Republic, but powerful computers and big data have made the practice much more effective. … Scientists at the University of Illinois proposed a way to take politics out of redistricting by letting a carefully designed algorithm draw the maps," referencing research by Professor Sheldon Jacobson.

The News Gazette

Lecturer Ryan Cunningham talks about ethics in CS, how the department’s ethics courses regularly evolve to reflect current events, the impacts of social media, protecting privacy rights, and more. "If we're going to find out what privacy means in the digital age, the thing that we need to do is have a conversation about it."



Featured Events

May 20

If you’re in Washington, D.C., join Illinois CS Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson for the INFORMS 2019 Government Analytics Summit and learn how data analytics helps the federal government save lives, save money, and solve problems.

Bay Area Welcome Receptions for Nancy Amato
June 5 and 6, 6-8 pm

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.

Sept. 16-21

Make plans now to join the 25th edition of the annual technology conference, which will include speakers and representatives from across industry and academia, a puzzle competition, and a 24-hour AI hackathon.

Illinois CS Alumni Awards
Oct. 18

Join the tradition! Save the date! Visit campus to enjoy our annual awards celebration and engage with CS faculty, students, and fellow alumni.

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