Department News

The use of avatar robots would allow medical professionals to reduce the amount of face-to-face contact and could slow the spread of future pandemics.

Hauser Leads Work on Robotic Avatar for Hands-Free Medical Care

March 25, 2020   The use of avatar robots would allow medical professionals to reduce the amount of face-to-face contact and could slow the spread of future pandemics.

University of Illinois Takes Steps to Address COVID-19 Risks

March 13, 2020   Courses will migrate online by March 23rd, events with more than 50 attendees have been suspended, and travel has been curtailed.
University of Illinois data science researchers have some advice for optimal March Madness strategies, based on new research.

March Madness Bracket Analysis Shows Picking Your Final Four First Leads To Better Brackets

March 3, 2020   University of Illinois data science researchers have some advice for optimal March Madness strategies, based on new research.
Blacks and African Americans in Computing (BAAC) has received $5,500 from State Farm's Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grant program.

BAAC Student Club Wins State Farm Grant to Support Outreach Efforts

February 19, 2020   Blacks and African Americans in Computing (BAAC) has received $5,500 from State Farm's Good Neighbor Citizenship® Company Grant program.
Coohom—3D software from Hang Chen, Victor Huang and Hao Zhu—lets users easily design their own “cool homes”.

The Home Team

February 18, 2020   Coohom—3D software from Hang Chen, Victor Huang and Hao Zhu—lets users easily design their own “cool homes”.
Two new faculty add expertise in artificial intelligence for healthcare as well as in creating bridge programs to make advanced CS degrees more accessible.

Sun, Williams Join Illinois Computer Science Faculty

February 14, 2020   Two new faculty add expertise in artificial intelligence for healthcare as well as in creating bridge programs to make advanced CS degrees more accessible.
A center led by Professor Saurabh Sinha has created a first-of-its-kind analytical platform, KnowEnG, to help interpret complex genomic datasets.

Knowledge Engine is Ready to Accelerate Genomic Research

February 6, 2020   A center led by Professor Saurabh Sinha has created a first-of-its-kind analytical platform, KnowEnG, to help interpret complex genomic datasets.
CS PhD student Cameron Merrill helped to create a VR laboratory that brings an in-depth archaeological field school experience to campus.

Team Creates Game-Based Virtual Archaeology Field School

January 29, 2020   CS PhD student Cameron Merrill has helped to create a VR laboratory that brings an in-depth archaeological field school experience to campus.
Illinois is one of the first universities to partner with NSA on researching the science of security and has been working on cybersecurity problems with NSA for more than 19 years.

NSA and University of Illinois: Partnering to Secure Networks and Cyber Systems

January 23, 2020   Illinois is one of the first universities to partner with NSA on researching the science of security, working on cybersecurity problems with NSA for more than 19 years.
Using AI to predict future events still seems like science fiction. But Professor Heng Ji is working to create a system that does just that.

Ji Receives $12.3M DARPA Grant to Develop Second-Generation Event Understanding System

January 21, 2020   Using AI to predict future events still seems like science fiction. But Professor Heng Ji is working to create a system that does just that.
Utpal Banerjee (MS '76, PhD '79)

Generous Gift from Family Establishes Lecture Series to Honor Illinois CS Alumnus Utpal Banerjee

January 16, 2020   Sanchita Banerjee Saxena has taken a step to ensure that her father's memory and legacy will live on at Illinois and benefit the field of computer science.
$1M in funding will support Prof. Hanghang Tong's efforts to develop a computational foundation for fair network learning.

Tong Wins NSF-Amazon Award to Improve AI Fairness

January 14, 2020   $1M in funding will support a team led by Prof. Hanghang Tong to develop a computational foundation for fair network learning.
Eighty-six leaders from thirty-one computing institutions recently visited Illinois to jump-start their departments' BPC plans.

Illinois CS Hosts First-Of-Its-Kind NSF Workshop on Departmental Plans for Broadening Participation in Computing

January 10, 2020   Eighty-six leaders from thirty-one computing institutions recently visited Illinois to jump-start their departments' BPC plans.
The Institute for Computational Redistricting hopes to help bring transparency to the decennial redistricting process.

Computational Redistricting: Drawing the Maps

January 10, 2020   The Institute for Computational Redistricting hopes to help bring transparency to the decennial redistricting process.
Adam Aaronson loves puzzles, and a crossword puzzle he created will be published in the Jan. 4 edition of The New York Times.

Illinois student's puzzle to appear in The New York Times

January 3, 2020   Adam Aaronson loves puzzles, and a crossword puzzle he created will be published in the Jan. 4 edition of The New York Times.
Professor Hanghang Tong was recognized for his "contributions to large-scale graph mining."

Tong’s Early Career Achievements Recognized With IEEE ICDM Tao Li Award

December 18, 2019   Prof. Hanghang Tong was honored for his "contributions to large-scale graph mining."
Profs. Tarek Abdelzaher and Timothy M. Chan have been named ACM Fellows, Profs. Karrie Karahalios and Hari Sundaram have been named ACM Distinguished Members.

Abdelzaher, Chan, Karahalios, and Sundaram Honored by ACM

December 18, 2019   Profs. Tarek Abdelzaher and Timothy M. Chan have been named ACM Fellows, Profs. Karrie Karahalios and Hari Sundaram have been named ACM Distinguished Members.
Daniel Stelzer has written software to help make Hittite, an extinct language, more accessible to other students.

New Class Offers Glimpse of Bronze Age Language, Technology

December 11, 2019   CS undergraduate Daniel Stelzer has written software to help make Hittite, an extinct language, more accessible to other students.
Illinois CS Associate Professor Craig Zilles is a co-creator of CBTF.

After Five Years, Hundreds of Thousands of Exams, CBTF Still Revolutionary

December 4, 2019   Computer Based Testing Facility, co-created by Prof. Craig Zilles, serves over 8,900 students in 38 classes each semester, with 67,000 exams given so far this semester.
Creating and delivering 360-degree video to a large audience of viewers over the Internet remains an unsolved scientific problem.

Nahrstedt on Team Receiving $1.2M NSF Grant to Develop Pioneering System for 360-Degree Video Creation and Delivery

December 4, 2019   Creating and delivering 360-degree video to a large audience of viewers over the Internet remains an unsolved scientific problem.

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