COVID-19 Projects

News, information, and media coverage about projects related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click here for additional projects from The Grainger College of Engineering.

Click here for Illinois CS COVID-19 updates and resources for students, faculty, and staff.

May 9, 2020

CS Faculty Produce a Quicker Way to Analyze Deluge of COVID-19 Related Research

PaperRobot is an AI-enabled knowledge discovery framework that summarizes important information that aids in decision making.

May 06, 2020

White Paper: Privacy-Preserving Secure Contact Tracing

Professors Madhusudan Parthasarathy and Lin Ren (with V.N. Venkatakrishnan at the Univerity of Illinois at Chicago) present ConTraIL, a decentralized contract tracing architecture that safeguards users' privacy and resilient to a variety of security attacks.

May 4, 2020

Commentary: We Need Custom COVID-19 Plans for the Four Distinct Regions of Illinois

Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson argues that the state of Illinois needs a bottom-up approach to enhance and enforce public health protocols.

April 28, 2020

These Data Science Wizards Tell Us What's Really Happening With Coronavirus

Four projects that “reveal the patterns and insights that can help you make sense of the latest COVID-19 statistics” include Associate Teaching Professor Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider's interactive visualizations.

April 24, 2020

Airport Security in a Post-COVID-19 World

Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the need to balance air system security with public health security and proposes incremental modifications to airport security protocols.

April 22, 2020

Abdelzaher Repurposing Social Networking Models to Predict COVID-19 Spread Under Different Social Distancing Policies

Professor Tarek Abdelzaher has modified information propagation models to make predictions about COVID-19's spread.

April 18, 2020

Second Wave of Coronavirus Infections Could Hit Big Ten Campuses Hard

University communities could see a spike in COVID-19 cases when students return to campus. Professors Sheldon H. Jacobson and Janet A. Jokela discuss the risks and implications.

April 10, 2020

Viral Visualization

Teaching Associate Professor Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider found himself with some unexpected free time and questions about COVID-19, which sparked the creation of a widely-used visualization.  Read the Q&A.

April 6, 2020 DTI Call for Proposals

Professor Tandy Warnow is co-chief scientist for the Digital Transformation Institute, a consortium of leading scientists, researchers, innovators, and executives from academia and industry. The deadline for researchers to apply for funding to fight COVID-19 is May 1.

April 2, 2020

Why Coronavirus Scammers Can Send Fake Emails From Real Domains

Vox -- Coronavirus scammers are sending fake emails from real domains. Assistant Professor Gang Wang explains why email authentication systems have low adoption rates.

April 2, 2020

The Best Graphs and Data for Tracking the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Verge -- This list of six of the best sites illustrating coronavirus data includes Teaching Associate Professor Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider's interactive visualizations.

April 1, 2020

Is It Safe to Fly During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Airports should not abandon security measures, but should reduce risk to passengers and TSA screeners alike by spreading people out among all available security lanes, says Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson.

March 26, 2020

New $367 million Digital Transformation Institute Seeks Proposals to Use AI to Mitigate COVID-19 Pandemic

Chaired by Thomas M. Siebel, a new research consortium has the goal of using AI to scale digital transformation. Also see the story in The New York Times.

March 25, 2020

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

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.

March 18, 2020

How Reddit's Coronavirus Community Became a Destination

NBC News -- PhD student Rick Barber has helped to make Reddit's fast-growing conronavirus community a destination for information-seekers.