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  News for Alumni and Friends July 2019  

The National Science Foundation has renewed the Midwest Big Data Hub, based in NCSA.

The Midwest Big Data Hub, headquartered at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, leads research in advanced materials, water quality, health, and other areas across 12 states. That work will continue, thanks to a recent decision by the National Science Foundation to renew the Hub's funding for four more years under Principal Investigator William D. Gropp, the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science. READ MORE

 

News

 
 
 

Department Head Nancy Amato is one of the three recipients of this year’s IEEE RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. She was chosen for "exceptional leadership" in service of the field.

 
 
 

Quillbot grew out of a senior thesis and earned a spot in the iVenture Accelerator at the University of Illinois Research Park, launching the company and founders Anil Jason and David Silin on their current path.

 
 
 

Initially a project by Professor Laxmikant "Sanjay" Kale focused on load-balancing supercomputers, Charm++ has opened up other avenues for runtime adaptivity during nearly 20 years of research. A recent workshop focused Charm++'s role in exascale computing.

 
 
 

A special report by CQ and RollCall on U.S. defense preparedness features extensive input from Professor Sibin Mohan in story on cyber security needs and the trouble attracting top tech talent to government security work.

 
 
 

Department Head Nancy Amato and incoming student Molly Graton are among four faculty, alumni, and students from the Grainger College of Engineering on the annual list from Crain's Chicago Business of CEOs, technologists and others leading in the Chicago tech landscape.

 

New Media Coverage

 
CFO

Technology’s development is sometimes viewed as a progressively steep incline. That’s not the way Tom Siebel sees it. “We often think about Moore’s Law providing the foundation for constantly increasing change. ... But that’s not the way revolutionary evolution works,” Siebel writes in his new book, “Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction.”

 
 
WIRED

Wired’s recommendation for privacy-focused browsers includes Brave, created by Brendan Eich (MS CS ’86): "Brave is a project from Brendan Eich, once of Firefox developer Mozilla, and its mission includes both keeping you from being tracked on the web, and finding a better way to serve you advertisements."

 
 
Forbes

Tom Siebel is announcing that his company, C3.ai, will cover the cost for employees to earn a master’s in CS from the University of Illinois. Those who complete the degree get three more big perks—$25,000, a guaranteed 15 percent raise, and a stock grant. Siebel got his own master’s in computer science from the highly ranked program at the U of I. 

 
 
Crunchbase

Reconstruct, co-founded by Professor Derek Hoiem, makes Crunchbase’s list of 50 Hot Global Tech Companies (at No. 35). "Reconstruct’s platform provides analytics to construction managers including current, past, and future performance issues in 3D."

 
 
The News-Gazette

The state budget includes $500 million for the Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago, and the Urbana campus would get $100 million of that. That includes $20 million for an expansion of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science.

 
 
BuiltInChicago

An article on women engineers in Chicago includes a section on Jingjing Huang (BS Math & CS, ’17), a software engineer at Vail Systems. "She enjoys working with her team on their current app-based project because it allows them to use a wide variety of new tools."

 

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.

 
 
 
 
Oct. 12-17

The University of Illinois System, World Business Chicago, and Chicago Ideas Week will invite 200 top college students from across the country to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Chicago’s vibrant technology ecosystem and attend Chicago Ideas Week.

 
 
 
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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