Department News


With Roots in Illinois CS, Quillbot Making Translation for Class Easier for International Students

July 19, 2019   Quillbot grew out of a senior thesis and earned a spot in the iVenture Accelerator at the University of Illinois Research Park, launching the company on its current path.
Nancy Amato is one of the three recipients of this year’s IEEE RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation.

Amato Honored for Robotics Leadership with Saridis Award

July 18, 2019   Nancy Amato is one of the three recipients of this year’s IEEE RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation.
Professor Bill Gropp

NSF Award Keeps Midwest Big Data Hub at Illinois

July 12, 2019   Hub headquartered at NCSA leads research in advanced materials, water quality, health, and other areas across 12 states.
Research Assistant Professor Sibin Mohan

Defense: Mohan Featured in Report on Tech Vanguard Dodging the Pentagon

July 10, 2019   Special report by CQ and RollCall on U.S. defense preparedness features Research Asst. Professor Sibin Mohan in story on cyber security needs.
Fred Stahl

For Fred Stahl, U of I Summons Memories of His Children, Altgeld, and a First-of-its-Kind Wedding

July 8, 2019   The Stahl family's connections to Altgeld Hall lead them to support renovation of the iconic home of the Department of Mathematics.
Professor Nancy Amato

Illinois Innovators Podcast: Nancy Amato on Robotics, Security, and More

June 26, 2019   Amato discusses her research in robotics, how computer science has become even more interdisciplinary, the success of CS + X, and the upcoming Rising Stars Workshop.
Assistant Professor Ranjitha Kumar and the bubble tea emoji

Kumar and Colleagues Win a Place for Bubble Tea at the Emoji Table

June 24, 2019   Existing emojis are combined into a single symbol for bubble tea, allowing emojis to serve as a sort of alphabet
CS Sophomore Christopher Kull

Christopher Kull’s CS Visionary Scholarship Let Him Know Illinois CS 'Really Wanted Me’

June 24, 2019   Scholarship financing a life-changing experience, financed by donors who have already made their marks in CS
Professor Dongyan Xu

Illinois CS Alum Dongyan Xu Named Next Head of Purdue Computer Science

June 18, 2019   Xu, an expert in computer system security, cyberphysical security and cloud computing, joined Purdue after earning his PhD in 2001.
Founder Professor on Engineering Tandy Warnow

Linguistics Paper Co-authored By Warnow Settled Key Questions, Honored for Its Influence

June 11, 2019   Tandy Warnow and collaborator Donald Ringe developed mathematical models that assumed language evolution followed a treelike pattern.
Professor Roy Campbell

After 43 Years, Roy Campbell Retires, But Legacy of Innovation, Leadership Will Remain

June 7, 2019   Campbell's research reflects a knack for knowing where technology is headed, but he has also been a tireless teacher, administrator, and problem-solver.
Illinois alumnus Thomas M. Siebel's company,, will cover tuition for employees accepted into the Online MCS program offered through Coursera's platform. Provides Employees Access to a University of Illinois Master of Computer Science Degree in Data Science

June 5, 2019   Industry-first program provides free MCS degree, with guaranteed bonus, salary increase, and equity upon completion.
Illinois CS Graduation Open House

Illinois CS Graduates Gather to Celebrate Milestone Day

May 22, 2019   Illinois Computer Science's Class of 2019 gathered for food and time with family and friends on Commencement Weekend.
CS Professor Laxmikant "Sanjay" Kale

Fault-Tolerance Research by Kale, NCSA’s Mendes, and Illinois CS Alum Chakravorty Honored as One of Most Influential HPC Papers

May 16, 2019   The technique influenced a great deal of later research and relied on Charm++'s ability to migrate and rebalance computational load.
Illinois will host the 2019 edition of Rising Stars in EECS.

Illinois to Host Rising Stars in EECS 2019

May 14, 2019   CS's Nancy M. Amato and ECE's Wen-Mei Hwu are co-chairs for the annual event which is aimed at providing advice and networking opportunities to about 60 female graduate students and postdocs.
Aja Capel

Aja Capel Becomes Illinois CS NCWIT Aspirations Chapter’s First National Winner

May 13, 2019   Capel's award celebrates pursuit of computing, robotics by the 15-year-old. Illinois CS chapter also adds second national honorable mention.
Assistant Professor Sasa Misailovic

Misailovic Wins NSF CAREER Award to Develop Tools to Improve Applications That Rely on Noisy Data

May 13, 2019   Misailovic plans to investigate whether the foundation for handling noisy data can be built on static program analysis, and to develop related coursework.
Lynn Reedy and Felipe Arias

College of Engineering Honors Lynn Reedy as Distinguished Alumnus; Felipe Arias Wins Transfer Award

May 8, 2019   Reedy recognized for key roles at eBay, where she was senior VP and CTO, and elsewhere; Arias transferred from a community college, plans to pursue a PhD.
Michael Faiman Professor Marc Snir

Marc Snir Heads Toward Retirement, Leaving Legacy as Former Illinois CS Head and Leader in HPC

May 6, 2019   Snir shepherded Illinois CS through period of rapid growth, pushed for partnerships across campus, and helped shape HPC field.
The Climate Corporation makes $500,000 donation to CS + Crop Sciences

The Climate Corporation Invests in Illinois' CS + Crop Sciences Major

April 30, 2019   The $500,000 gift will provide scholarships in the new CS + Crop Sciences program, training future generations to help secure the world’s food supply.