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  News for Alumni and Friends September 2019  

Eight new faculty have started in Illinois CS this fall

This fall, eight new faculty have joined the growing roster of talented researchers and educators in Illinois Computer Science. The newest members of the Illinois CS family bring expertise in everything from natural language processing, robotics, and security to biomedical informatics. READ MORE

News

 
 

Wajih Ul Hassan, Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi, Abdulrahman Mahmoud, Doris Xin, and Mengjia Yan have been chosen to participate in the prestigious Heidelberg Laureate Forum, where the world’s top young researchers in mathematics and computer science have a chance to learn from laureates in those fields.

 
 
 

Professor Sarita Adve was invited to share work done by the EPOCHS project, a collaboration with Professors Vikram Adve and Sasa Misailovic, as well as researchers at IBM, Columbia, and Harvard, to develop systems that combine the programmability of general-purpose computers with the hardware efficiency of specialized systems.

 
 
 

Earlier this month, some of the brightest minds in the robotics community came together for the US Robotics Roadmap’s Chicago Workshop, hosted by Illinois CS Department Head Nancy M. Amato, to discuss the future of robotics.

 
 
 

In a first-ever summit, teachers, lawmakers and other stakeholders convened on the University of Illinois campus to discuss ways of ensuring that Illinois’ schoolchildren enter college and the workforce computer literate – and that the state’s colleges and universities are preparing teachers to provide that education. 

 

Apply to attend the Workshop on Departmental Plans for BPC.

 

New Media Coverage

 
U.S. News & World Report

Schools are finding new ways to blend liberal arts training with skills in technology and entrepreneurship. This excerpt from the "Best Colleges 2020" guidebook leads off with a look at Illinois' CS + X program and a profile of CS + Astronomy senior Charlie Young.

 
The Daily Star

Microsoft’s Service Fabric provides the backbone for many cloud-based computing services, including Skype and Azure. PhD student Shegufta Bakht Ahsan and Professor Indranil Gupta were the first outside of Microsoft to delve into the system’s architecture. “With university-industry collaborations, there are greater opportunities for students to do research,” noted Shegufta.

 
Chicago Inno

Pitchbook has ranked the University of Illinois 10th for the number of entrepreneurs getting venture capital funding, with more than 500 founders receiving funding. Illinois also placed 19th for the number of female founders. 

 
The New York Times

This 'week in the life' follows Illinois CS alumna Parisa Tabriz, who is a director of engineering at Google, where she oversees the Chrome web browser and a team of security investigators called Project Zero. Her job frequently includes considering "subtle trade-offs in performance, security and usability" that impact billions of users.

 

”Receiving this scholarship is actually the major factor that influenced my decision to enroll,” Jacob Perakis, CS class of 2021.

Featured Events

 
 
 
Oct. 3, 3pm

Join us at the Spurlock Museum as Professor Jiawei Han is invested as a Michael Aiken Chair, one of the most distinguished honors for faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Read more.

 
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
 
Oct. 13-19

From the inaugural event in 1910 to today, Homecoming at Illinois will always be about coming together to celebrate what makes us Illini. Join us this year to celebrate, participate, remember, and reconnect. Plan your visit!

 
 
 
 
Oct. 18

Join the tradition! Visit campus to enjoy our annual awards celebration and engage with Illinois Computer Science faculty, students, and fellow alumni. Register to attend!

 
 
 
 
Oct. 25

Save the date! Join us to celebrate the contributions of Roy H. Campbell, the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, and his research team over his 43-year career. Learn more.

 
 
 
 
Nov. 18-19

Join Chicago Illini for multiple gatherings, networking receptions, and the annual Illinois Luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton. Events include the Grainger Engineering Illini Days Luncheon on Nov. 20. Register now!

 

Apply to the Online MCS or MCS-DS by October 15!

Questions about applying to the Online MCS?
Register for the upcoming webinar on Oct. 4, 1 p.m. CT 

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