Nahrstedt Named Acting Director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory
“I am very pleased that Professor Nahrstedt has agreed to lead CSL at this time,” said Andreas Cangellaris, dean of the College of Engineering at Illinois. “As a leading researcher for the College, for CSL, and the Information Trust Institute, she is a natural choice to carry on the work of our most successful units.”
Nahrstedt is a leading researcher in multimedia systems, with seminal contributions to quality-of-service (QoS) management for distributed multimedia systems. As a researcher at the Information Trust Institute’s Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) Center, she is also looking at how competing QoS and security demands can both be answered in the context of critical cyber-physical systems, such as the power grid. The Information Trust Institute, the Advanced Digital Sciences Center, and the Parallel Computing Institute are major research units within CSL.
Nahrstedt joined the Illinois faculty in 1995 and has received numerous honors, including the IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize, the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Achievement Award, the University Scholar Award, and the Humboldt Research Award, among others. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM, and, since 2009, she has chaired the ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia.
Her two textbooks, Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications and Multimedia Systems, are among the most widely used textbooks on multimedia technology. Her online book QoS in Wireless Networks over Unlicensed Spectrum, was published in in 2012.
As acting director, Nahrstedt leads CSL while its current director, William Sanders, serves as the Interim Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois.