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News for Alumni and Friends
July 2021
Felipe Arias, Jaron Mink, Christopher Perdriau, and Seth Poulsen received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.
Illinois CS graduate students Felipe Arias, Jaron Mink, Christopher Perdriau, and Seth Poulsen have won prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships to support their doctoral studies. The students’ research will address robot navigation, user online security, broadening participation in CS, and mathematical proof instruction. Read more →
 Illinois CS professor Lui Sha

Three Papers With Illinois CS Ties Recognized by IEEE TCRTS for Influential and Timeless Contributions to Real-Time Systems

Two papers by Illinois CS professor Lui Sha and a paper by the late C.L. “Dave” Liu were among six publications recognized by the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems. Learn more →

 University of Illinois’ Rover for Construction. The ground robot maps and learns indoor construction environments and autonomously repeats 3D reality mapping to document construction progress, quality and safety on a regular basis.

Piecing it All Together: AI in Construction Workshop Identifies Use-Inspired Applications that will Benefit One of the World's Most Important Industries

More than 170 participants attended a digitally hosted workshop organized by a team designing the Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Construction.  Learn more →

 Illinois CS professor Derek Hoiem

Reconstruct Raises $17.3M Series B to Advance Construction Management

Reconstruct, co-founded by Illinois CS professor Derek Hoiem, provides remote quality control and progress monitoring software, allowing construction project stakeholders to have more efficient workflows. Learn more →

 Illinois CS PhD graduate '21 Dimitrios Skarlatos

Skarlatos' Inspired Research in Computer Architecture and Operating Systems Results in Outstanding Dissertation Award

Illinois CS PhD graduate Dimitrios Skarlatos, now a professor at Carnegie Mellon, honed a research interest in performance, security and scalability – resulting in a dissertation honored at ISCA 2021. Learn more →


Caesar’s Passion for IoT Helps Transition His Graduate Course into an Online, Hands-on Coursera Specialization

Introduced last spring semester, this four-course specialization offered on Coursera gives everyone the opportunity to “sit-in” on professor Matthew Caesar’s class about the Internet of Things. Learn more →

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Students Pushing Innovation Program Celebrates Success

NCSA's SPIN internship program provides undergraduates the opportunity to address fundamental challenges in high-performance computing, data analysis, visualization, cybersecurity and other areas of interest. See this year's highlights, including several projects from CS undergraduates. Learn more →

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New Computer Science Teacher Endorsement Program Launches

The first course of a new seven-course program to certify Illinois grades 5 through 12 teachers to teach computer science courses launched in mid-June. The entire program is offered online, and is designed to provide more equitable learning experiences in computer science. Learn more →

 Illinois CS alumnus Xue “Steve” Liu

Alumnus Xue Liu Elected to the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Xue “Steve” Liu (MS CS ’03, PhD CS ’06), Professor and William Dawson Scholar in McGill University’s School of Computer Science, is one of 50 new Fellows and two new International Fellows who were inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering on June 14.
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 Illinois CS professor Sheldon Jacobson

2020 Deadlier than Previous Five Years, Even with COVID-19 Numbers Removed, Study Finds

Though much attention has been paid to COVID-19’s spread, mechanisms and death toll, the increase of deaths from other causes is much less understood, says Illinois CS professor Sheldon H. Jacobson. Learn more →

iCAN Application for Fall 2021 are open.

Tiffani L. Williams, Illinois CS Director of Onramp Programs and Teaching Professor, explains who should consider the Illinois Computing Accelerator for Non-specialists (iCAN). If you know of a college graduate who is considering a career transition into computing, please share this video! Need-based scholarships are available for Illinois residents. The application deadline has been extended to August 2 for iCAN's Fall 2021 cohort. Join us on July 29 from 12-1 pm CST for our last iCAN Q&A session before Fall 2021.


Media Coverage


13 New Computer Science Grads Reveal the Top Priorities They're Looking for in Their First Tech Jobs
Ananya Cleetus (BS CS '21) will work at Microsoft starting in August, and she plans to relocate to the Seattle area. Priorities: Cleetus said she looked for flexibility in the work environment and work schedule and that location was also important: She wanted to work on the West Coast. Business Insider →


Home Improvement Startup Raises $23 Million in a Series A
Made Renovation, which aims to offer an ecommerce quality to bathroom renovations, has raised $23 million in a Series A. According to cofounder and CEO Roger Dickey (BS CS '05), the problem that existed was that homeowners were afraid of renovations and that it was also hard to find small projects that contractors would want to work on, given that the margins are low and customers can be difficult. Forbes →


Data Should Dictate Voting Rights
Determining who is eligible to vote has become a political lightning rod. The general trend is that Republicans want to make the voter registration process as stringent as possible, while Democrats want to make the process as accessible as possible. Both these activities transform the voting process into a political issue. Upon closer examination, it should be a data issue, writes Illinois CS professor Sheldon Jacobson. The Hill


What You Need to Know About Cybersecurity: 'Expect a Future Where a Computer Doesn't Just Connect You, but Can Also be a Weapon'
Not a week seems to go by anymore without news of another U.S. agency or business falling victim to a cyberattack. To give perspective on the problem, a panel of experts—including Illinois CS professor Klara Nahrstedt and alumna Parisa Tabriz—answered 10 questions. The News-Gazette →


This AI Startup Aims to be a One-Stop Writing Platform
Illinois CS graduates Rohan Gupta, Anil Jason, and David Silin launched QuillBot in 2017 to make writing effortless. They created a writing and research platform to help students and professionals cut their writing time and ensure error-free writing. YourStory


Coronavirus Revisited: Checking Back In with the Subjects of Five Pandemic Profiles
When in-person classes at University of Illinois were called off for the remainder of the year in March 2020, Harsh Deep contemplated whether to stay in Champaign-Urbana or return to his family’s home in Bangalore, India.
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Featured Events

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Illinois Computer Science Speaker Series
Check the calendar for upcoming speakers!
The Illinois Computer Science Speaker Series brings prominent leaders and experts to campus to share their ideas and promote conversations about important challenges and topics in the discipline. Join us online: talks are virtual this year!  View the Calendar →

iCAN: Illinois Computing Accelerator for Non-specialists 

iCAN Q&A Session
July 29, 2021, 12pm - 1pm CDT, Online
Participants will be able to meet with iCAN faculty and staff to ask questions about the iCAN program and see if it would be a good fit for their goals. Register Now.

Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science 

Illinois Computer Science Teaching Workshop
Aug. 10-11, 2021, Online
Did the pandemic transform your teaching? Faculty and students are invited to discuss best practices and new ideas for teaching college-level computer science at this inaugural workshop. To register and submit a presentation, visit the workshop's website

This year's Reflections | Projection Conference is scheduled for September 20-25. 

Reflections | Projections: Tech for Good
Sept. 20-25, 2021, Hybrid
This year's annual tech conference, including speakers and representatives from across industry and academia, is planned to be in-person with opportunities to attend events virtually. Learn more about this student-run event by completing the interest form or visiting the website.


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