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  News for Alumni and Friends May 2020  
 

Courses are migrating online for the remainder of the spring semester, in-person events have been cancelled, and travel has been curtailed.

Eight Illinois CS faculty and students have been recognized for their research, teaching, or mentoring contributions with awards at the campus or college levels this spring: Sarita Adve, Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider, Christiaan Hazlett, Svetlana Lazebnik, Ranjitha Kumar, Darko Marinov, Jian Peng, and Paris Smaragdis! Read More

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Heng Ji 
 

A group of five Illinois CS faculty have developed PaperRobot, an AI-enabled knowledge discovery framework to help the doctors and scientists who are studying COVID-19 identify important information and make decisions faster.

Jian Peng 
 

Professor Jian Peng has earned one of the most prestigious awards in the computational biology field. “Most of the past winners are key figures in the field. Being placed in that company has provided even more motivation to strive for further achievement,” said Peng, whose research focuses on mutations in the genome that impact protein function in relation to human disease.

Nupoor Gandhi and Caren Zeng 
 

Nupoor Gandhi and Caren Zeng were among the 11 students selected as 2020 Knights of St. Patrick, a Grainger Engineering distinction that recognizes leadership, excellence in character, and exceptional contributions to the college and its students.

Ananya Cleetus 
 

Inspired by her own experience, CS junior Ananya Cleetus developed an app called Anemone to support users through mental health crises. Her project earned $10,000 through the Fiddler Innovation Fellowship. 

Runs and Data is a new documentary. 
 

A new documentary on the Big Ten Network chronicles the partnership of world-renowned baseball physicist Alan Nathan and Illinois CS student Charlie Young to explore the evolving world of baseball physics and analytics. Watch it on YouTube.

Tarek Abelzaher 
 

Professor Tarek Abdelzaher has modified information propagation models to make predictions of COVID-19's spread under differing social distancing policies. His new website allows people to see the consequences of adding, removing, or modifying social distancing rules.

Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider 
 

Professor Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider has created a visualization for COVID-19 that has been described as the "easiest way to make sense of essential data." In this Q & A, he discusses the genesis of the project.

 

New Media Coverage

 
Vox

Professor Gang Wang and his colleagues interviewed email administrators in 2018 to investigate the low adoption rates of the authentication systems and found that “email administrators believe the current protocol adoption lacks the crucial mass due to the protocol defects, weak incentives, and practical deployment challenges.”

 
Built in Chicago

Illinois CS alumni Rohan Gupta, Anil Jason, and David Silin co-founded QuillBot, an AI writing tool that can reconstruct whatever you type in to create writing that is clearer and more concise. “We say that QuillBot is AI writing with you, not for you,” said Gupta, now CEO of the company.

 
South China Morning Post

Today, Heng Ji is one of the most-referenced authors in her field of NLP but said that female Chinese academics do not get the recognition they deserve. “I want to index the email addresses of all the magnificent women scientists in China, so when the committees in China invite experts to give speeches, they can reference the list and invite females,” said Ji.

 
The Chronicle of Higher Education

The computer science boom is straining colleges. But it could save some, too.  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has established "CS + X" programs in advertising, animal sciences, anthropology, astronomy, chemistry, crop sciences, economics, geography, linguistics, music, and philosophy.

CS Apparel Store Open May 11 - 25!

 

Featured Events

Illinois wordmark 
 
 
May 16, 12 pm

We know we are not going to be celebrating Commencement when or how we expected.  But we want to assure you that your accomplishments will be honored and recognized. We are planning a rescheduled in-person commencement ceremony when it is safe to do so.  Until then, join us for a virtual celebration to help congratulate our amazing Illinois graduates while we plan for the in-person ceremony.

Illinois CS wordmark 
 
 
May 16, 12:30 pm
Congratulations to all CS graduates on the completion of their Illinois degrees! To celebrate, please join us for a Virtual Graduation Celebration. This online event will include the premiere of our celebratory video and opportunities to share the moment together and connect via online chat.
 

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