Department News

Max Levchin (BS CS ’97) Gives 2018 Commencement Address

May 17, 2018   In his commencement address at Memorial Stadium, Affirm CEO Max Levchin (BS CS ’97) encouraged the Class of 2018 to take risks, despite the fear of failure.

Nine CS Faculty and Staff Receive Engineering, Campus Awards for Excellence

May 17, 2018   This spring, CS's Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider, Stephen Herzog, Katrina James, Andreas Kloeckner, Aditya Parameswaran, Lui Sha, Mariana Silva, Heather Zike, and Craig Zilles were recognized for their outstanding contributions to research, teaching, or advising.
CS Associate Professor Craig Zilles

PrairieLearn Allows Students to Take Exams And Do Homework Online -- And Have Both Graded Instantly

May 15, 2018   A group of Engineering faculty and staff has been revolutionizing how students take exams and do homework with PrairieLearn, a tool for online assessment.
Illinois CS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher

Abdelzaher Joins Engineering Podcast to Talk About How Information Spreads On Social Media

May 15, 2018   Illinois Computer Science Professor Tarek Abdelzaher joined the Illinois Innovators podcast to talk about how information spreads through social media, and its affects.
Susan Silver and Ross Erlebacher

Erlebacher and Silver Leverage Grainger Match To Create A Second Scholarship Fund

May 15, 2018   Illinois Computer Science graduate Ross Erlebacher and his wife, Susan Silver, have added to their longstanding ties to the University of Illinois with a new scholarship.
Knights of St. Patrick award winners Daniel Johnson and Shannon Strum.

Students Who Followed Different Paths to Illinois CS Named Knights of St. Patrick

May 15, 2018   Two Illinois Computer Science students are among this year’s Knights of St. Patrick award winners, but they took very different paths to CS.
Three Illinois Computer Science faculty recently won NSF CAREER Awards.

Three Illinois Computer Science Faculty Earn NSF CAREER Awards

May 15, 2018   Assistant Professors Adam Bates, Ranjitha Kumar, and Matus Jan Telgarsky have each been recognized as a potential role model in research and education.
CS Professor Indranil Gupta

Microsoft Opens Hood on Popular Service Fabric Platform, CS Researchers Are First to Take a Look

April 20, 2018   Microsoft is loosening proprietary controls on its Service Fabric distributed-systems platform, and two Illinois CS researchers are the first study its inner workings.
Aja Capal has received a national honorable mention for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

Urbana High Student’s Drive, Determination Earn NCWIT Chapter’s First-Ever National Recognition

April 20, 2018   Sophomore Aja Capal has received a national honorable mention for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.
Kenichi Miura (MS CS '71, PhD '73) is a 2018 recipient of the College of Engineering's Alumni Award for Distinguished Service.

Distinguished Alumnus Kenichi Miura Recalls Career Path That Started With ILLIAC IV

April 19, 2018   Kenichi Miura (MS CS '71, PhD '73) is a 2018 recipient of the College of Engineering's Alumni Award for Distinguished Service.
Google Group Product Manager Paul Nash

Paul Nash’s Path To Google Inspires Gift to Fund CS Visionary Scholarships

April 17, 2018   Before coming to Illinois, Paul Nash dreamed of working for Microsoft. His education helped make that happen. Now Nash is helping others follow their dreams with a gift to the Computer Science Visionary Scholarship Fund.
Professor Vikram Adve will lead a five-year, $5.6 million effort to reduce the complexity and size of modern software systems.

Adve, Team Awarded $5.6 Million to Streamline Complex Modern Software

April 16, 2018   Professor and Interim CS Department Head Vikram Adve will lead a five-year, $5.6 million effort to reduce the complexity and size of modern software systems.

Vikram Adve Invested as Donald B. Gillies Professor in Computer Science

April 15, 2018   Professor and Interim CS Department Head Vikram S. Adve’s accomplishments in research and education were recognized in March when he was invested as the Donald B. Gillies Professor in Computer Science.
Penn State Emeritus Professor and Illinois Computer Science Graduate Mary Jane Irwin

Illinois Computer Science Graduate Mary Jane Irwin Honored For Longtime Dedication To Design, Automation

March 29, 2018   Penn State Emeritus Professor and Illinois Computer Science graduate Mary Jane Irwin has honored by the European Design and Automation Association with its 2018 Achievement Award.
PhD candidate Faraz Faghri

International Team That Includes University of Illinois Computer Scientists Confirms New Link To ALS

March 29, 2018   An international team that includes Illinois Computer Science PhD candidate Faraz Faghri and Professor Roy H. Campbell has proven a new a genetic link to ALS.
Dr. Pavel Pevzner

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Pavel Pevzner

March 21, 2018   Dr. Pavel Pevzner, the Ronald R. Taylor Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UCSD will argue that bioinformatics is rapidly turning into the queen of molecular biology.
The Scott H. Fisher Computer Science Teaching Award recognizes instructors who embody an innovative spirit, dedication, and a focus on students.

Fisher’s Gift Funds Department’s First Teaching Excellence Award, Angrave Named Inaugural Recipient

March 15, 2018   The Scott H. Fisher Computer Science Teaching Award recognizes instructors who embody an innovative spirit, dedication, and a focus on students.
Professor Tandy Warnow's first textbook, "Computational Phylogenetics," exposes CS students to algorithms for phylogenetic estimation.

CS and Life Itself: Warnow Authors Textbook on Computational Phylogenetics

March 14, 2018   The text exposes graduate-level CS students to the impact that they can have on phylogenetics – the inference of evolutionary histories and the genetic relationships.
Assistant Professor Ruta Mehta

Mehta Earns NSF CAREER Award, Will Target Research on Equilibrium Computation

March 14, 2018   Assistant Professor Ruta Mehta will explore problems that sit at the intersection of theory and practical applications in economics, cryptography, and other areas.
CS Professor Klara Nahrstedt

Illinois Innovators Podcast: Klara Nahrstedt Talks Cyber Infrastructure Systems and Security

March 12, 2018   Klara Nahrstedt, a professor of Computer Science and director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois, joins Illinois Innovators, the Illinois Engineering podcast, to discuss her involvement in several National Science Foundation and Department of Energy cyber infrastructure projects.

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