Department News

The Celebration of Excellence recognizes outstanding students, faculty, and staff.

Outstanding Students, Faculty, and Staff Recognized at Spring 2019 Celebration of Excellence

April 26, 2019   Illinois Computer Science honors students, faculty, and staff who have received important awards and other distinctions.
University funds yearlong interdisciplinary course on Illinois innovations

University Funds Yearlong Interdisciplinary Course on Illinois Innovations

April 24, 2019   Undergraduates who take the course in the fall can create exhibits in interdisciplinary teams in the spring.
New on-ramp to CS

Illinois CS Using Facebook Funds to Help Launch Program for People Weighing Move into Tech

April 18, 2019   Program aims to prepare people for career transition, provide an on-ramp for master's degrees, and open more doors for women and underrepresented groups.
College of Engineering Awards

Illinois CS Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Research and Teaching by College of Engineering

April 15, 2019   Nahrstedt wins Drucker Eminent Faculty Award, Fleck the Rose Award for Teaching Excellence, and Smaragdis and Kumar the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research.
Google Faculty Research Awards

CS Faculty Receive Google Faculty Research Awards

April 11, 2019   Google Faculty Research Awards are given to a select group conducting computer science and engineering research. This year two Illinois CS faculty were chosen, as well as three ECE faculty who are CS affiliates.
PhD student Wajih Ul Hassan

PhD Student Wajih Ul Hassan Wins Symantec Fellowship to Pursue Security Research

April 8, 2019   Hassan is one of three people worldwide chosen for this year's Symantec Fellowships. It will provide $20,000 and a salaried internship.
Shachi Solanki and C.J. Coleman

Shachi Solanki Honored as Part of 2019 Knights of St. Patrick; C.J. Coleman Recognized for Service to Students

April 4, 2019   Knights recognize Solanki's work with Girls Who Code and more; Coleman honored for commitment to students.
Alma the "talking" dog

Does Alma the Dog Want a Treat? Just Ask Her

April 2, 2019   Computer Science and Statistics senior Bliss Chapman is part of the team behind Alma the "talking" dog, a hit at Engineering Open House.
New NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament bracket generator.

Jacobson’s BracketOdds Site Adds NCAA Women’s Bracket Generator

March 29, 2019   The new bracket generator for the NCAA Women's Tournament is the first of its kind. It uses the same models as the long-running men's tournament generator.
Illinois CS Professor Gul Agha

Gul Agha Joins Illinois Innovators Podcast to Discuss Concurrent Computing and the Actor Model

March 27, 2019   Agha joined the College of Engineering's podcast this month. His Actors model provided a basis for a number of research projects in concurrent programming.
Professor Lenny Pitt

Pitt Prepares To Depart Illinois CS, the Department He Helped Shape Over Three Decades

March 14, 2019   Pitt joined Illinois CS in 1985 and had a prominent hand in CS + X, the growth of teaching faculty, and the culture of one of the leading CS departments.
Computer Vision faculty Svetlana Lazebnik, David Forsyth, and Derek Hoiem

Illinois CS Vision Group Provides Leadership in a Rapidly Growing Field

March 14, 2019   Research, a widening network of talented alumni, and key roles in major conferences give Forsyth, Lazebnik, and Hoiem an influential place in computer vision.
Scott Fisher

Illinois CS Teaching Inspires Fisher to Extend Support for Award, and Add Honors for TAs, CAs

March 12, 2019   Scott Fisher's admiration for Illinois CS faculty and the education they provide to students is part of the reason he continues to be a generous donor.
Teaching Assistant Professor Geoffrey Herman

Paper Co-Authored By Geoffrey Herman Chosen No. 1 In SIGCSE Symposium’s All-Time Top 10

March 5, 2019   The paper identified student misconceptions about introductory CS topics and provided instructors with ideas for helping students.
HackIllinois 2019 trophies waiting to be awarded.

HackIllinois Draws More Than 1,000, Including An Open-Source Pioneer

March 1, 2019   What makes a great hackathon? About 950 students from 43 universities, 100 mentors, snacks, swag, soccer, and open-source rock star Bruce Perens.
Illinois CS Professor Klara Nahrstedt

NSF Backs Clowder Open-Source Data Management Tool With $5M

February 28, 2019   Clowder, designed to manage large collections of data now essential to science, is a key part of the 4CeeD framework developed by Illinois CS Professor Klara Nahrstedt.

Student Course Assistant Brings New Power to PrairieLearn

February 20, 2019   A project that was started at HackIllinois 2018 by Nathan Walters (class of 2019) is allowing CS 225 to give students more immediate feedback about their assignments and exams.
PhD student Wajih Ul Hassan

Hassan’s NoDoze Brings Triage to Security; PhD Student Presents Paper at NDSS Symposium

February 18, 2019   Using system history to judge whether events are normal, Hassan finds a way to sharply reduce the number of threat alerts that demand attention.
Illinois graduate and Stanford CS Professor Gene Golub

Gene Golub Had A Talent For Giving, Which Lives On At Illinois CS

February 15, 2019   Golub believed in giving back, and his gifts to Illinois CS continue to fund scholarships, fellowships, and a professorship.
Professor Klara Nahrstedt

Narhstedt Receives 2018 Robert Piloty Prize For Outstanding Research

February 15, 2019   Nahrstedt has longstanding ties to German computer science and is internationally recognized for her work in multimedia systems and networks.