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January 5, 2014


Supercomputing speeds advances in deep neural networks

When it comes to facial and object recognition, companies like Google and Facebook have a leg up. Those organizations have a massive library of images that are labeled by users around the world. However, most of the images and videos in the world aren’t automatically identified, but the need for such a method is growing rapidly in the ever-changing world of Big Data. That’s where Professor Emeritus and Research Professor Thomas S. Huang's comes in.

Basar named director of the Center for Advanced Study

At the beginning of this academic year, Professor M. Tamer Basar was named director of the Center for Advanced Study (CAS). He was initiated as a permanent member of the Center in 2005 following a rigorous nomination and election process. As its director, Basar is responsible for coordinating the activities of CAS and representing the Center at various public functions. During his tenure, Basar plans to increase the visibility the CAS has on campus and elsewhere.

Vasudevan wins IEEE CEDA Early Career Award

Assistant Professor Shobha Vasudevan has made a major impact in her field in a short amount of time. The IEEE Council of Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) recently presented Vasudevan with the Early Career Award “for outstanding contributions to design verification including assertion generation and coverage analysis." The Early Career Award annually recognizes a single individual who has made substantial contributions to the area of EDA. The selection is among nominated assistant and associate professors, as well as industrial researchers within the first eight years of their careers.

Around CSL

  • No-Cost Visualization Services Available at NCSA - David Bock, Visualization Programmer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, is seeking opportunities for collaboration with computational researchers in engineering who are interested in developing custom data visualization imagery. There is no cost to researchers, as Bock’s work is supported through the NSF-funded project XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment). Collaboration is awarded through an allocation application process as described here and Bock will assist with the application process. If you are interested in collaborating with David, please feel free to contact him directly at dbock@illinois.edu.
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