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October 13, 2014


Gropp wins SIAM/ACM CS&E prize for PETSc numerical library

William Gropp, a Siebel Chair in Computer Science at the University of Illinois, has been awarded the SIAM/ACM prize in Computational Science & Engineering (CS&E) for his work on the Portable, Extensible Toolkit for Scientific Computation (PETSc), a numerical library for the scalable solution of scientific applications modeled by partial differential equations. 

University of Illinois collaborates with Mayo Clinic to Revolutionize Genomic Data Analysis

Today’s researchers, working with the advantages of new, sophisticated laboratory technology, have unleashed a river of valuable biomedical data—much more, in fact, than many of them have the tools to properly analyze, or the capacity to store. In 2012, the National Institutes of Health created the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative to enable efforts to harness the potential of this flood of information. As part of the first wave of BD2K funding, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Mayo Clinic have now received a $9.34M, 4-year award to create one of several new Centers of Excellence for Big Data Computing.

Illinois wins $1.5 million NSF “Data Infrastructure Building Blocks” grant to accelerate materials-to-device processes

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are seeking to accelerate the technology transfer process – perhaps by as much as 50 percent – through a new cyber-infrastructure grant funded by the National Science Foundation. The $1.5 million project, funded under the NSF Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program, will transform materials-to-device processes by creating new data infrastructure that would enable researchers to better collect, curate and correlate scientific data generated during material creation and device fabrication processes.

Kumar awarded Best Student Paper at the International Conference on Pattern Recognition

ECE PhD candidate Avinash Kumar is attempting to revolutionize camera calibration, and his peers have taken notice. Kumar was recently awarded the IAPR Piero Zamperoni Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR) conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Kumar won the award for his paper titled Generalized Radial Alignment Constraint for Camera Calibration. The paper addresses the problem of camera calibration, a well-researched topic in computer vision where the goal is to estimate the geometric parameters of a camera.

ADSC research featured on ESPN2

ADSC's AutoScout technology, which performs automated analysis of video, was featured in a clip during the October 4, 2014 Illinois vs. Purdue football game. AutoScout was developed at ADSC under the guidance of Illinois Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Narendra Ahuja. AutoScout, Inc. is now a startup company located in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research Park and is developing automated computational algorithms suitable for the automated analysis of football video. View the video.

Around CSL

  • Our neighbors, the Beckman Institute and ECE ILLINOIS, celebrated exciting accomplishments last week. The Beckman Institute celebrated their 25th anniversary with a symposium on Friday, October 10 and ECE ILLINOIS dedicated their building in a ceremony on Friday, October 10.
  • CS @ ILLINOIS is celebrating their 50th Anniversary October 20-25, 2014. All alumni and friends, corporate and campus partners, and current faculty, staff and students are invited to join them for a week of celebration.
  • CSL Social Hours are back on Fridays! Faculty, staff and students are welcome to join us for refreshments and to learn about the research going on around CSL. Check socialhour.csl.illinois.edu for more information and weekly speakers. 

New Gifts/Grants

  • Katherine Davis, "Distributed Just Ahead Of Time Verification of Cyber Physical Critical Infrastructures," 2 years, $391,014, NSF (ITI).

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