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December 22, 2014


ECE students involved in work on prosthetic hand with sensory feedback

A team of graduate and undergraduate students in CSL and Aerospace Associate Professor Timothy Bretl’s lab are working on developing an affordable prosthetic hand that can return both motor and sensory functions to its user. The goal of the project being that eventually these hands can be distributed to people with amputations in impoverished regions who can’t afford rehabilitative care. Bretl is an ECE affiliate.

Yoon receives Padovani Scholarship

CS graduate student Man-Ki Yoon received the Roberto Padovani Scholarship from Qualcomm. The Roberto Padovani Scholarship program was created in 2008 to recognize Qualcomm Research interns who demonstrate extraordinary technical talent during their summer internships. It is a global program that includes nominees from Qualcomm Research offices across the globe.

Illinois students make strong showing in cyber security competitions

Two teams with CS @ ILLINOIS members received recognition at the 11th annual New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW). In the inaugural CSAW Policy Competition teams developed and presented research on the best policy to implement to protect not only the currently interconnected electronic devices that comprise the Internet of Things, but devices that have not yet been invented. In this challenge, team [REDACTED], made up of CS grad students Whitney Merrill and Nick Ciaglia won first place in this competition. Merrill and Ciaglia are both students in the Information Trust Institute's Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program, where graduate and undergraduate computer science, computer engineering and law students study cybersecurity and prepare for careers defending against cyber crime.

Loui, Huang, and Polychronopoulos retire from teaching

Professors Michael Loui, Thomas Huang, and Constantine Polychronopoulos retired from teaching at ECE and research in CSL in 2014, after long, fruitful careers in the departments. Loui, Huang, and Polychronopoulos have had immensely successful research careers: Loui has done groundbreaking work in theory of computing and professional ethics, Huang pioneered video compression algorithms and has contributed heavily to the field of computer vision, and Polychronopoulos’s systems software prototypes and are ubiquitous in industry, adopted by companies like Intel, Hitachi, and Sun Microsystems. At CSL, Loui and Polychronopoulos were a part of the Reliable and High Performance Computing research group, while Huang was in the Signal, Image and Speech Processing group.

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