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We truly regret that there were some errors in this month's Gifts in Action image announcing the new Utpal Banerjee Distinguished Lecture Series in High Performance Computing and the inaugural lecture by Professor Emeritus
David J. Kuck on April 13.

Below, please enjoy a corrected version of the January issue of Illinois Computer Science E-News, which also includes an expanded calendar of upcoming events.

  News for Alumni and Friends January 2020  

Learn how we're helping to invent the future of AgTech at ILLINOIS.

Best Wishes from Illinois Computer Science for a Bountiful 2020!

The future of AgTech looks bright.

Weed-killing autonomous robots. Genetically improved crops. Models of how humans interact with the environment. Collection of agricultural data in real-time.

Learn how we're helping to shape the future of AgTech at ILLINOIS.

 

News

Heng Ji 
 

Using AI to predict future events still seems a bit like something from science fiction. But that’s one of the goals of DARPA’s Knowledge-directed Artificial Intelligence Reasoning Over Schemas (KAIROS) program, which recently awarded $12.3 million over four years to a team of researchers led by Professor Heng Ji.

Nancy M. Amato 
 

NSF's CISE Directorate now requires many grant proposals to meaningfully address Broadening Participation in Computing. Illinois CS recently hosted a first-of-its-kind workshop for 86 leaders from 31 computing institutions to jump-start their department’s plans.

Hanghang Tong 
 

A team of researchers led by Professor Hanghang Tong recently received an award of more than $1 million from the NSF and Amazon -- part of the joint Fairness in Artificial Intelligence program. Their goal is to develop a computational foundation for fair network learning.

Adam Aaronson 
 

For Illinois CS freshman Adam Aaronson, the process of creating crossword puzzles is at the “perfect intersection” of logical thinking and creativity. One of his puzzles was published in the January 4 edition of The New York Times.

Sheldon H. Jacobson 
 

With their new Institute for Computational Redistricting, CS Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson and ISE Professor Douglas M. King hope to bring more transparency to how Congressional representation is determined. Redistricting kicks off after this year’s U.S. census.

 

Sanchita Banerjee Saxena has taken a step to ensure that her father's memory and legacy will live on at Illinois and benefit the field of computer science.

 

New Media Coverage

 
GeekWire

The three-year-old startup’s secret sauce has to do with AI on the edge — machine learning and image recognition tools that can be executed on low-power devices rather than relying on the cloud. “We’ve been able to scale AI out of the cloud to every device out there,” said co-founder Ali Farhadi (PhD CS '11).

 
Inside Higher Ed

The University of Illinois broadened access to its online master of computer science and its data science track by introducing a new Specialization that helps students prepare for a proficiency exam that strengthens their degree application.

 
Illinois Alumni Association

As a senior engineering director overseeing Google Chrome, Parisa Tabriz (BS CS '05, MS '07)—aka the “Security Princess”—helps keep your computer safe against assaults by bedroom hackers, hostile nation states and everything in between.

Apply by February 15 to start the online MCS in Summer 2020!

Featured Events

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Jan. 27, 4 - 7pm

Students: Meet the companies that want to hire you in a setting that is less formal than a typical career fair. Chat with company representatives. Discover the challenges and opportunities that await you. Refreshments provided. Register now.

 
Illini Days Naples 
 
 
Feb. 13

Join Chancellor Robert J. Jones at The Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida for Illini Days, featuring a classroom experience with Illinois faculty Ned O’Gorman, Cele Otnes, and Jeffrey Woods, plus an evening reception.

 
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Feb. 28 - Mar. 1

This student-run, 36-hour team competition showcases students' programming and creative skills, attracting participants from across the nation. Get involved as an alumni judge, mentor, or corporate sponsor.

 
Illini Days Scottsdale 
 
 
Feb. 29

Join Chancellor Robert J. Jones at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona for Illini Days, featuring an "alumni college" -- an opportunity to get back into the classroom with Illinois faculty for an afternoon -- and an evening reception.

 
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Mar. 27 - 28

The University’s largest student-run event, which features more than 250 interactive student and corporate exhibits, design competitions, guest speakers, campus tours, and entertainment. Join us for the 100th celebration of the talent and ingenuity of engineering students. Alumni: sign up to be a judge!

 
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