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 topranked 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 and Their Research Interests

Tarek Abdelzaher sensors; embedded and real-time systems 
Gul Agha distributed systems, wireless embedded sensor networks, multi-agent systems
Adam Bates security
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, big data, security, ubiquitous computing 
David Chu (joining fall 2017) mobile computing
Brighten Godfrey internet architecture, trustworthy networking, data center network design 
Carl A. Gunter security and privacy for computer systems, healthcare information technology 
Indranil Gupta large-scale distributed systems, cloud computing
Robin Kravets mobile computing, Internet-of-Things, ad-hoc networks 
Sasa Misailovic approximate computing across full system stack 
Sibin Mohan real-time systems, embedded and cyber-physical systems, security, software-defined networking, cloud computing
Klara Nahrstedt multimedia networking, mobile networking, quality of service, network security, smartgrid security 
Lui Sha real-time systems and scheduling, cyberphysical systems, medical systems engineering 

Affiliated Faculty

Michael Bailey, Electrical & Computer Engineering security and availability of complex distributed systems 
Nikita Borisov,
Electrical & Computer Engineering
security and privacy, distributed systems 
Weng Chew, Electrical & Computer Engineering computational electromagnetics and fast computational algorithms for electromagnetic and multiphysics problems
Geir Dullerud, Mechanical Science and Engineering Networked, distributed, and multirate hybrid control systems
Yih-Chun Hu, Electrical & Computer Engineering secure systems and mobile communications
Romit Roy Choudhury, Electrical & Computer Engineering wireless networking, mobile computing, sensing systems 
Ravi Iyer,
Electrical & Computer Engineering
reliable and secure networks and systems, measurement and modeling, architectures for genomic applications 
David Nicol, Electrical & Computer Engineering security, privacy, and information trust for compute rand communication systems 
William H. Sanders,
Electrical & Computer Engineering
trustworthy computing, distributed systems, smartgrid security
Nitin Vaidya, Electrical & Computer Engineering distributed algorithms and systems, and wireless networks

Adjunct Faculty

Richard Berlin, Carle Hospital healthcare engineering systems design, healthcare infrastructure 
Reza Farivar, Yahoo cloud computing, computer-intensive data analytics

Related Systems and Networking Research Efforts and Groups

Seminars

Systems and Networking Research News

Ulku Rowe

Alumna Rowe inspires CS @ ILLINOIS students as WCS keynote speaker

November 8, 2016   Ulku Rowe (MS CS '97) shared her career experiences and life lessons with students as the keynote speaker for the WCS Alumni & Student Dinner.
Parisa Tabriz

Google’s Chrome Hackers Are About to Upend Your Idea of Web Security

November 4, 2016  

Wired - Coming soon to Chrome: revamped security warnings, thanks to the Security Team led by “Director of Chromeland Security” Parisa Tabriz (BS ’05, MS ‘07). “In our impatient moments, we just want to mark everything as insecure,” Tabriz says. “A huge fraction of the web isn’t HTTPS, and that’s embarrassing to me. It’s not going to solve itself.”

L.A.'s latest $1-billion tech company has a female CEO

October 28, 2016  

Los Angeles Times - Therese Tucker (BS Math & CS '84) is the founder and CEO of BlackLine, Inc., a cloud-based accounting software company, which went public on October 28 and is now valued at over $1.1 billion.

CS graduate student Matthew Sinclair with 1986 Turing Award winner Robert Tarjan.

Meeting the rock stars of CS and mathematics fields

October 24, 2016   Three CS @ ILLINOIS graduate students were among 200 young researchers worldwide to participate in the annual Heidelberg Forum.

Massive Cyber Attack Crashes Popular Websites In C-U And Across The Country

October 21, 2016  

Fox Illinois - CS Professor Brighten Godfrey discussed a massive Denial of Service attack that took down hundreds of popular websites.  "The scale of the attacks is increasing, and it’s increasing rather quickly. DNS defenses haven't kept pace,” Godrey said. “We need to limit the sources of the attacks directly."