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July 8, 2014


Vasudevan wins Best Paper Award at top conference in design automation

Shobha Vasudevan, along with her students, Viraj Athavale, Sai Ma and Samuel Hertz, recently received the Best Paper Award at the 2014 Design Automation Conference (DAC), for their research in code coverage of assertions using register transfer level (RTL) source code analysis, which will help with accuracy and speed during the verification process.

Blahut retires after 20 years at Illinois

According to Professor Richard E. Blahut, a former department head of ECE ILLINOIS, the Henry Magnuski Professor and a CSL professor, the best innovations are accomplished when idea-generators and administrators are a cohesive force. He saw this to be the case in industry, when he was working for IBM Federal Systems in Owego, New York, and later, as ECE department head, he ensured that administrators and faculty were strongly aligned. Blahut retired this spring, after 20 years with the department, a 54-year career as an active electrical engineer and serving as a professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory and the Information Trust Institute.

Varshney demonstrates novel crowdsourcing approach

CSL and ECE Assistant Professor Lav R. Varshney has an algorithmic solution to a problem that plagues ecologists and astronomers, educators and sociologists — the problem of effectively and accurately crowdsourcing information, even when the individual contributors lack training or expertise.

Wise elected Chair to Illinois Pte Board of Directors

The Illinois at Singapore Pte. Ltd. Board of Directors have announced the election of Dr. Phyllis Wise as board chair, effective immediately. Members of the board elected Wise, who is succeeding University of Illinois Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate College Debasish Dutta as the chairperson. Wise is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chancellor.

Nahrstedt appointed to CRA’s Computing Community Consortium Council

CSL Acting Director Klara Nahrstedt, the Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, is one of six new members selected to the Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium Council.

An innovative approach for image-completion software

With image-editing software like Adobe Photoshop, adding a missing face into a group photo is rather simple. It requires a source image of the person in the correct pose, but otherwise, with a few clicks of the selection tool, the person can be copied, pasted, repositioned, and presto, the combination is done. No problem. Removals, however—perhaps omitting a photobomber from the same image—are much less straightforward. Content must be created; a gap must be filled.

Now researchers from ECE ILLINOIS and Microsoft have demonstrated an approach that streamlines this task—automatically filling the erased space with content based on patterns and planes within the image. While other photo-mending methods exist, this new technique demonstrates striking improvements.

New Gifts/Grants

  • Pramod Viswanath, Bruce Hajek and Venugopal V. Veeravalli, "CIF: Medium: Collaborative Research: Content Delivery over Heterogeneous Networks: Fundamental Limits and Distributed Algorithms," 3 years, $600,000, NSF.

Around CSL

  • Check out my.csl for information about funding opportunities. You can find calls for proposals in the new CSL Proposals Announcement block and access information about foundation funding and other resources in the Foundation Funding block. To access the information, you must log in to https://my.csl.illinois.edu/index.asp

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