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  News for Alumni and Friends October 2019  

Illinois CS recognized 12 outstanding alumni and faculty at the ninth annual Alumni Awards Ceremony.

Illinois CS recognized outstanding alumni and faculty at the ninth annual Alumni Awards Ceremony on October 17.  Honorees (left to right): Front row: Ali Farhadi (Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award), Raymond Mooney (Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award), Delilah DeMers on behalf of Clarence "Skip" Ellis (Distinguished Achievement Memorial Award), Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider (Scott H. Fisher Computer Science Teaching Award), and Jeff Holden (Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award). Back row: Shigenori "Shig" Matsushita (Distinguished Service Alumni Award), Sy-Yen Kuo (Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award), Hui Fang (Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award), Department Head Nancy M. Amato, Jian Peng (C.W. Gear Outstanding Junior Faculty Award), and Unnat Jain (David J. Kuck Outstanding MS Thesis Award).  Not Pictured: Vinay Hiremath (Young Alumni Achievement Award), Shadi Noghabi (David J. Kuck Outstanding PhD Thesis Award), and Shobana Radhakrishnan (WCS Keynote Speaker). READ MORE



CS + Animal Sciences, offered in partnership with the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, is first of degree of its kind in the country, expanding the number of blended CS + X degrees pioneered by Illinois CS to eleven.


According to Illinois Chancellor Robert J. Jones, the new center, co-directed by Prof. Vikram Adve, "will serve as a hub for collaborative research across a broad spectrum of engineering and agricultural disciplines within our university and with collaborators across the globe."


A consortium of researchers has released gene sequences for more than 1,100 plant species, the culmination of a nine-year research project published in Nature. Due to the massive scope of the project, Prof. Tandy Warnow and collaborators developed new computational tools for sequence assembly and phylogenetic analysis.


An all-star team of researchers led by Prof. Lui Sha is working on an advanced autopilot to autonomously evaluate unforeseen circumstances, take the best course of action, and land a plane safely.


Prof. Nancy M. Amato participated in a panel of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI): "Maintaining Global Leadership in AI Research," where she emphasized that funding for basic AI research in the U.S. has not kept up with demand, but that amazing things are possible with the right resources.


Students from Prof. Eric Shaffer's Virtual Reality course have developed software to help explain concepts in Fields and Waves, giving ECE ILLINOIS students a new interactive and immersive learning experience.


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


We invite applications for multiple faculty positions at all levels and in all areas of Computer Science, including areas that are interdisciplinary, teaching positions, and Illinois Future Faculty postdoc positions.


Narayanan, who now leads the engineering team for Google Assistant, was profoundly influenced by Professor Emeritus C.L. ”Dave” Liu.


New Media Coverage


Tesla is acquiring DeepScale, a computer vision start-up founded and led by Forrest Iandola (BS CS '12) that could help it develop fully driverless vehicles. DeepScale’s technology was designed to help automakers use low-wattage processors, which are standard in most cars, to power very accurate computer vision. 

USA Today

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 24/7 Wall St. identified what it considers the 30 best college towns in America. Cities were ranked based on the share of residents enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate institution, with Champaign coming in at number 10.

Illinois Innovators Podcast

In 2017, the U.S. Army began outlining plans for the Internet of Battlefield Things, allowing military to be connected on the battlefield the same we are connected in our homes. Prof. Tarek Abdelzaher, the academic lead of the Army Research Lab’s Alliance for IoBT Research on Evolving Intelligent Goal-Driven Networks (REIGN), discusses the program's progress.

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Oct. 25

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. 12

This interactive conference at University of Illinois Research Park lets participants learn and share about key aspects of big data and its business applications through dynamic panels, inspiring keynote presentations, and networking opportunities.  Prof. Sanmi Koyejo will give this year's keynote on Machine Learning and Health.

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!


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