Systems and Networking

Working on problems that are directly relevant to industry, our faculty are advancing the state of the art in cloud computing and systems for big data, software defined networks, wired and datacenter networking, Internet of Things, wearable computing, mobile computing, multimedia systems, security, privacy, health-care engineering systems, and cyber-physical systems.

We work collaboratively with industry partners including Google, Microsoft, AT&T, HP, and many others. Our research has also resulted in the creation of several startup companies.

We produce creative and innovative students who become faculty at top-ranked schools, researchers at prestigious labs, and who join cutting-edge companies. Our courses are not just available to on-campus students, but a selection of them are also offered to off-campus students through Coursera MOOCs with enrollment numbers in the hundreds of thousands.

CS Faculty, Affiliate Faculty, and Their Research Interests

Tarek Abdelzaher Networked Sensing, Intelligent Internet-of-Things (IoT) Applications, IoT and Big Data, Embedded (Cyber-physical) and Real-Time Systems, Machine Learning for CPS
Gul Agha Distributed Systems, Wireless Embedded Sensor Networks, Multi-Agent Systems
Haitham Al-Hassanieh, Electrical & Computer Engineering Wireless Networking, Internet-of-Things (IoT), 5G Networks, Algorithms
Michael Bailey, Electrical & Computer Engineering Security and Availability of Complex Distributed Systems 
Adam Bates Security
Nikita Borisov,
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Security and Privacy, Distributed Systems 
Marco Caccamo Real-Time and Embedded Systems, Real-Time Scheduling and Security 
Matthew Caesar Design, Analysis, and Verification of Wide-Area Networks and Distributed Systems 
Roy H. Campbell Cloud Computing, Deep Learning Systems, Big Data, Security, Ubiquitous Computing, Micro Kernels, Quantum Computing Systems, Health Data Analytics
Geir Dullerud, Mechanical Science and Engineering Networked, Distributed, and Multirate Hybrid Control Systems
Yih-Chun Hu, Electrical & Computer Engineering Secure Systems and Mobile Communications
Jian Huang, Electrical & Computer Engineering Computer Systems, Systems Architecture, Systems Security, Memory and Storage Systems
Ravi Iyer,
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Reliable and Secure Networks and Systems; Measurement and Modeling; Architectures for Genomic Applications 
Brighten Godfrey Cloud Networking, Network Verification, Machine Learning for Networks, Internet Architecture and Algorithms
Carl A. Gunter Security, Internet Architecture and Protocols, Smartphones and The Internet-of-Things
Indranil Gupta Distributed Systems, Cloud Computing, Internet-of-Things Distributed Systems, Distributed Machine Learning, Industry Production Systems
Robin Kravets Networking, Wireless Networking, Mobile Computing, Internet-of-Things 
Radhika Mittal, Electrical & Computer Engineering Improving Performance and Manageability of Networked Systems
Sibin Mohan Real-Time and Embedded Systems, Cyber-Physical Systems, Internet-of-Things, Cloud Computing, Software-Defined Networks, Cloud Computing, Resiliency, Security
Klara Nahrstedt Quality of Service and Quality of Experience, Tele-Immersion, Video 360 Systems, Distributed and Parallel Systems 
David Nicol, Electrical & Computer Engineering Security, Privacy, and Information Trust for Computer and Communication Systems 
Ling Ren Applied Cryptography, Computer Security and Distributed Algorithms
Romit Roy Choudhury, Electrical & Computer Engineering Wireless Networking, Mobile Computing, Sensing Systems 
Lui Sha Real-Time Systems and Scheduling, Cyberphysical Systems, Medical Systems Engineering 
Deepak Vasisht Mobile Computing, Wireless Networking, Internet-Of-Things, Ubiquitous Computing
Tianyin Xu Operating Systems, Cloud and Datacenter Systems, System Reliability and Resilience, Large-Scale System Management, Configuration Management, Reliability Engineering

Adjunct Faculty

Richard Berlin, Carle Hospital Healthcare Engineering Systems Design, Healthcare Infrastructure 
Reza Farivar, Capital One Cloud Computing, Computer-Intensive Data Analytics, Big Data
Nitin Vaidya, Georgetown Distributed Algorithms and Systems, and Wireless Networks

Related Systems and Networking Research Efforts and Groups

Seminars

Systems and Networking Research News

Gang Wang

Campus Bluetooth Attendance Tracking Raises Debate

January 30, 2020  

The Daily Illini --  Colleges across the country are using bluetooth to track attendance in their classes using a company called SpotterEDU. Assistant Professor Gang Wang would like to see policies to protect students and faculty before apps like SpotterEDU are used on campus. “The challenge is that apps like these could update daily, monthly or semi-semesterly basis, and every update brings new functionality and users. Students and the University deserve to know and need to prove the updates aren’t intrusive to their students,” Wang said.

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.
Parisa Tabriz

Browser Boss

January 13, 2020  

Illinois Alumni Association -- As a senior engineering director overseeing Google Chrome, Parisa Tabriz (BS CS '05, MS '07)—aka the “Security Princess”—helps keep your computer safe against assaults by bedroom hackers, hostile nation states and everything in between.

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.
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.