The 14th annual ACM Reflections | Projections conference kicks off October 3rd. The event, which annually brings together more than 500 students from across the country, is focused on providing students with a broader perspective on computer science.
With lectures and workshops on topics encompassing the past, present, and future of computing, conference attendees will hear from industry greats, visionary pioneers, cultural phenoms, and programmers making things happen in the trenches.
This year's speaker line-up includes:
CS Alumnus Marc Andreessen
eBay today announced that CS alumnus Marc Andreessen has joined the company's board of directors.
"Marc is a true visionary whose experience will be invaluable to eBay," said John Donahoe, president and chief executive officer of eBay Inc.
2009 Siebel Scholars Kumaresh Pattabiraman, Rajhans Samdani, Daniel Rebolledo Samper, Albert Lucius, and Nathan Wesling
CS Professor Roy Campbell
The Information Trust Institute (ITI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has just won $1.25 million in funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to support scholarships for undergraduate students who are working towards careers in information trust.
Recent University of Illinois computer science alumnus Smruti Sarangi and his advisor, professor Josep Torrellas, have published a new text based on Sarangi's doctoral thesis work. Techniques to Mitigate the Effects of Congenital Faults in Processors presents an architecture to patch design defects in processors in the field, and a model of how parameter variation affects timing errors in processors.
Election08 team, from left to right: Prof. Sheldon Jacobson, CS students William Kormos, Eric Johnson, and Aukrit Unahalekhaka. not pictured, Policitcal Science student Andy Keeney.
CS Professor Matthew Caesar
Illinois computer science is pleased to welcome professor Matthew Caesar to the faculty. Caesar brings his innovative approach to network and distributed system management to the department's Networking and Distributed Systems group.
Computer science students working with Professor Gul Agha are working with students and faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering to study a new approach to civil infrastructure monitoring.
The goal of the project is to develop scalable and robust algorithms for structural health monitoring (SHM) over a wireless smart sensor network. The ability to continuously monitor the integrity of civil infrastructure in real time could lead to a reduction in maintenance and inspection costs, while providing increased safety to the public.
Professor Jiawei Han
Aided by a $1.1 million grant from NASA, computer science researchers at the University of Illinois are investigating new data mining techniques for analyzing flight safety data. The project aims to find computing methods to better understand anomalous flight events and improve airline safety.
PC Magazine named the University of Illinois the top wired college in the U.S. in a recent issue. Some of the reasons cited include intensive classes in parallel computing and data mining taught in CS and ECE, among others. Illinois improved its ranking from the 2006 edition, when it ranked 6th.
From PC Magazine:
From the Chicago Tribune:
Computer scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are working with colleagues at Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Yahoo, as well as researchers in Europe and Asia, to build a global test bed for exploring system designs for the future.
CS Alumnus Xiaoxin Yin
CS alumnus Xiaoxin Yin has been awarded the SIGKDD Doctoral Dissertation award by the ACM Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining for his work while a PhD student at the University of Illinois. This annual award recognizes excellent research by doctoral candidates in the field of data mining and knowledge discovery.
CS Alumnus Pankaj Jalote
University of Illinois computer science alumnus Pankaj Jalote was recently named director of IIIT Delhi, a new center established to act as a global centre of excellence in Information Technology education, training and research. The center aims to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in specified domain areas of IT.
University of Illinois computer science alumna Anna Patterson is launching a new search engine to compete with Google. Patterson sold her last search engine technology to Google in 2004. Her new company, Cuil, claims a more comprehensive and efficient method of search. Patterson received her PhD in computer science from the University of Illinois in 1998.
From the Associated Press:
"[Illinois CS alumna] Anna Patterson's last Internet search engine was so impressive that industry leader Google Inc. bought the technology in 2004 to upgrade its own system.
Building on a long history of innovation in large-scale systems and parallel computing, the Illinois department of computer science today announced a joint research endeavor to investigate Internet-scale cloud computing systems.
Undergraduate students from around the world were selected to receive 2008 summer internships from the Information Trust Institute (ITI) at the University of Illinois. Six students will be working with computer science faculty on various security related topics. 19 internships were awarded overall.
Professor Jiawei Han
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is part of a six-university collaborative cyber security initiative that has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense to receive a projected 7-year, $7.4 million grant.