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November 10, 2014


Hwu’s MulticoreWare ranks in top 110 fastest-growing private companies

Since CSL professor Wen-mei Hwu co-founded MulticoreWare six years ago, the company has grown from a small startup to the leading provider of GPU-accelerated software and GPU-computing infrastructure software, used by such tech giants as Amazon and Google. MulticoreWare was recently recognized by Inc.com as one of the fastest-growing, privately held companies in America (ranked #110 out of 5,000). 

Two new faculty members join CSL and ECE ILLINOIS

Two new faculty members, Michael Bailey and Lara Waldrop, joined the CSL and ECE ILLINOIS faculty this fall.

CSL to co-host conference on manned, unmanned aircraft

The first annual Aviation Innovation Conference Spanning Manned and Unmanned Aviation will be held on Friday, Nov. 14th, 2014, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Regional companies, organizations, and academic institutions involved in any facet of aviation are encouraged to attend the event.

Eden awarded nearly $1 million grant to continue microplasma research

With rising concerns on how to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, Professor J. Gary Eden and his colleagues are researching how to convert the environmentally harmful molecule into substances industrial companies use in production every day.

New research looks at how information on Internet can be manipulated

With a tight gubernatorial race in Illinois, voters are being bombarded today with TV ads, yard signs and robo calls. But what if candidates could use their campaign dollars to subtlety influence your vote on social media? It might as simple as paying to promote the status of a friend who just voted or downplaying negative status posts on Facebook.

Wen-mei Hwu Named Recipient of 2014 IEEE Computer Society B. Ramakrishna Rau Award

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professor Wen-mei W. Hwuhas been named the 2014 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society B. Ramakrishna Rau Award for his work in Instruction-Level Parallelism. The Rau Award recognizes significant accomplishments in the field of microarchitecture and compiler code generation. Hwu was recognized “for contributions to Instruction Level Parallelism technology, including compiler optimization, program representation, microarchitecture, and applications.”

ITI in the News: Cybersecurity - It's about way more than countering hackers

The National Science Foundation recently wrote about ITI's Illinois Cyber Security Scholars ProgramBringing together cybersecurity, law and digital forensics

Milenkovic looks for big data storage solution in DNA

While the cost of data storage has gone down in recent years, the difficulty of finding a storage medium that is nonvolatile, durable and large enough to meet today’s big data needs has remained. To address the problem, CSL Associate Professor Olgica Milenkovic is looking to use DNA as a way to store big data, in an attempt to replace today’s traditional devices, such as flash drive memories, hard disks and magnetic recording devices.

Around CSL

  • Congratulations to Joseph DeGol, David Hanley, Navid Aghasadeghi and Tim Bretl for winning the October Video of the Month contest! Their video featured a passive gripper mechanism for locating cameras on a construction site. Get your videos in for November soon!
  • 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

  • Michael Bailey, "Empowering People to Overcome Information Controls and Attacks," 3 years, $225,000, NSF (ITI).
  • Nikita Borisov, "Google ATAP Continuous Authentication Program," $52,250, 6 months, Google (ITI).
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