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Illinois CS Alumni Awards

Illinois Computer Science Honors Achievements of 13 Alumni and Faculty

September 18, 2018   Illinois CS will hold its Alumni Awards in October, recognizing 13 alumni and faculty for professional, technical, educational, or service contributions.
Illinois CS alum Doug MacGregor

No Straight Lines: Influential Illinois CS Professors Helped MacGregor Chart Unconventional Course

September 18, 2018   When he arrived at Illinois CS , Doug MacGregor was in a hurry to get an advanced degree and a job. But at Illinois, MacGregor found more than a path to employment.
Five outstanding new faculty members are joining Illinois Computer Science during the next academic year.

Illinois Computer Science Adds Talented New Faculty

September 17, 2018   The Illinois Department of Computer Science welcomes five new faculty who will join its growing family of talented researchers and educators over the next year.
The Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation

Five Leading Illinois CS Students Named 2019 Siebel Scholars

September 13, 2018   Five leading students rewarded for academic excellence and leadership with $35,000 each during their final year of study.
Black & African Americans in Computing

Students Hoping to Open Tech Doors to All Have Founded Blacks & African Americans in Computing

September 7, 2018   A new group, Blacks & African Americans in Computing (BAAC), has joined the roster of student-run organizations with ties to Illinois Computer Science.
Google Chrome Director of Engineering Parisa Tabriz

Computer Security: The Security Of The World

September 4, 2018   Parisa Tabriz takes the stage as the keynote speaker at the annual Black Hat Conference. “Computer security is increasingly becoming the security of the world,” she almost immediately declares.
Illinois CS alum Xiang Ren

Xiang Ren’s Dissertation Recognized With SIGKDD Dissertation Award

August 23, 2018   As an Illinois CS PhD student, Xiang Ren devoted his work to sorting the flood of online text, and now his dissertation has been recognized with the SIGKDD Doctoral Dissertation Award.
CS + X degrees are growing by four this fall with the additions of bachelor’s degrees in CS + Advertising, CS + Economics, CS + Geography & Geographic Information Science, and CS + Philosophy.

Groundbreaking CS + X Degrees Expand Into Advertising, Economics, GIS, and Philosophy

August 20, 2018   CS + X degrees offer a solid grounding in computer science with training in the arts or sciences, bringing computational skills to fields where they are increasingly in demand.
CS Professor Karrie Karahalios

Karahalios Brings Social Computing Expertise To DARPA Group Focused On Tech’s Future

August 16, 2018   Professor Karrie Karahalios becomes part of DARAPA's Information Science and Technology Study Group, joining Professor Sarita Adve on the prestigious panel.
Professor Adam Bates and his students are working with Strava and Garmin Connect on security enhancements to their fitness apps.

You Can Run, But Can You Hide?

August 15, 2018   Professor Adam Bates and his students are working with Strava and Garmin Connect on security enhancements to their fitness apps.
DARPA funding will support research to explore the development of flexible architectures capable of using specialized hardware to solve specific computing problems more quickly and efficiently.

Illinois CS Researchers Among Teams Selected by DARPA to Unleash Power of Specialized and Reconfigurable Hardware

July 28, 2018   Researchers will explore the development of flexible architectures capable of using specialized hardware to solve specific computing problems more quickly and efficiently.
Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Professor Roy H. Campbell

Campbell Builds a Track Record of Giving Back

July 27, 2018   “I certainly feel like giving back a little to Illinois just because it has given me a place to be – bring up my kids, work, do my research – that has a unique character.”
Professor Paul Fischer has won an $800,000 grant from the Department of Energy.

Fischer Plans to Use Grant to Improve Accuracy, Reduce Cost of Fluid-Flow Models for Nuclear Reactors

July 17, 2018   An $800,000 Department of Energy grant will support work to create fluid-flow models for nuclear reactors that can run on desktop computers.
A collaboration between the University of Illinois and Mayo Clinic has yielded a tool that makes stronger predictions about what genomic features are associated with specific drug responses.

New Informatics Tool Makes the Most of Genomic Data

July 16, 2018   A collaboration between the University of Illinois and Mayo Clinic has yielded a tool that makes stronger predictions about what genomic features are associated with specific drug responses.
Dr. Nancy Amato has been named the next Department Head of Computer Science.

Nancy Amato Named Next Department Head of Computer Science

July 12, 2018   Amato, who graduated from Illinois in 1995 with a PhD in computer science, will become the first woman to lead the department.
Assistant Professor Aditya Parameswaran has received an award from the U.S. Army Research Office’s Young Investigator Program.

Parameswaran Aims for Algorithms That Would Add Perspective to the Voices From the Crowd

July 10, 2018   Assistant Professor Aditya Parameswaran has received an award from the U.S. Army Research Office’s Young Investigator Program.
Matt Sinclair (PhD CS '17) has been given an honorable mention for the inaugural ACM SIGARCH/IEEE CS TCCA Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Sinclair Focuses on Heterogeneous Systems as a Way Forward After Moore’s Law; New Award Recognizes His Work

July 9, 2018   Matt Sinclair (PhD CS '17) has been given an honorable mention for the ACM SIGARCH / IEEE CS TCCA Outstanding Dissertation Award.
A group of San Francisco Bay Area alumni have launched a new way for Illinois Computer Science alumni to meet, cultivate meaningful connections, and share stories and advice.

Illinois Computer Science Alumni Network Launched

June 18, 2018   A group of San Francisco Bay Area alumni have launched a new way for Illinois Computer Science graduates to meet, cultivate meaningful connections, and share stories and advice.
Titus Fong recently graduated with an MCS in Data Science.

First Class of MCS-DS Graduates Join the Data Science Revolution

June 15, 2018   Four of the first graduates of Illinois Computer Science's online Master of Computer Science in Data Science talk about the challenges posed by the rigorous new degree track, and the doors that it is helping them open.
Sushma Adari (BS CS + Astronomy '18) will use her degree at Northern Trust in Chicago.

CS + X Graduates Use Their New Blended Degrees to Open Doors

June 12, 2018   Some of the earliest graduates of Illinois Computer Science’s CS + X blended-degree programs were awarded their diplomas this spring. We talked with three of them to see what's next.

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