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  News for Alumni and Friends June 2019  

After 43 years at Illinois, Professor Roy Campbell has retired.

After 43 years at the University of Illinois, Roy Campbell, the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Professor of Computer Science, has retired, leaving a legacy of innovation and leadership, both within Illinois CS and across the computational world. Read more or view a collection of retirement reception photos.

 

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C3.ai, led by Illinois CS alumnus Thomas M. Siebel, will pay for employees to complete the online MCS in Data Science from Illinois, available on Coursera. The industry-first program guarantees a bonus, salary increase, and stock to those who finish the degree.

 
 
 

Professor Xu, an expert in computer system security, cyberphysical security and cloud computing, joined Purdue after earning his PhD in 2001. He has been widely recognized for both research and teaching and says he's ready to get to work leading Purdue CS.

 
 
 

Professor Tandy Warnow and collaborator Donald Ringe developed mathematical models that assumed language evolution followed a treelike pattern. Their work settled a number of controversies and found acceptance in the linguistic field.

 
 
 

Existing emojis are combined into a single symbol for bubble tea in a process that allows for emojis to serve as a sort of alphabet and helped Kumar and colleagues convince The Unicode Consortium that the milky drink deserves its own emoji.

 
 
 

Illinois Computer Science's Class of 2019 as well as the department new master's and PhD graduates gathered for food and time with family and friends during the annual Graduation Open House.

 

New Media Coverage

 
Nature

Bo Li, a computer scientist at the University of Illinois, and her co-authors wrote an algorithm that transcribes a full audio clip and, separately, just one portion of it. If the transcription of that single piece doesn’t closely match the corresponding part of the full transcription, the program throws a red flag — the sample might have been compromised.

 
 
ChicagoInno

Champaign-based startup Reconstruct raised a $7.7 million Series A round led by Cultivation Capital. Reconstruct was co-founded by Illinois CS Associate Professor Derek Hoiem. Also covered by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

 
 
Science

Researchers say they have found a new way to give AI a defensive edge against adversarial attacks based on patterns hidden in images. Bo Li, a computer scientist at the University of Illinois who was not involved in the work, says distinguishing apparent features from hidden features is a “useful and good research direction” but also still needs more work.

 
 
WGN Radio

Symmetric Games CEO Dan Nikolaides (BS CS ’05) talks with WGN radio’s Wintrust Business Lunch about the video gaming industry. "You see a lot more participation by young women. The advent of games on mobile phones, it's ... democratizing."

 
 
Forbes

Coursera, the seven-year-old online education provider, is worth more than $1 billion, according to CEO Jeff Maggioncalda. Coursera's offerings include 14 online master's degrees in computer science and other disciplines from schools like the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Featured Events

 
 
 
 
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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