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.
Caesar's research focuses on simplifying the management of distributed systems and networks through principles of self-organization and self-diagnosis, with an emphasis on wide-area networks and networked systems.
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.
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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.
A paper co-authored by CS PhD student Nabil Schear and ECE professor David Nicol has brought home the Best Paper award from the 22nd ACM/IEEE/SCS Workshop on Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation (PADS 2008).
Professor Sarita Adve
Computer science professor Sarita Adve has been honored with the Maurice Wilkes Award for her work on memory consistency models. The award is given annually by the ACM special interest group SIGARCH to honor outstanding contribution in field of computer architecture by a researcher in the first 20 years of their career.
From the article:
"Despite netting $65 million in Google Inc. stock when the search giant bought YouTube, Karim, 28, lives in a dorm at Stanford University, where he's working toward a doctorate in computer science with the goal of becoming a professor.
University of Illinois computer science alumnus Ron Brinkmann has recently published the 2nd edition of his text on digital compositing for visual effects. His book, The Art and Science of Digital Compositing, Second Edition: Techniques for Visual Effects, Animation and Motion Graphics, provides a complete guide to the technical and artistic elements of this process and is the leading book in the field.
A group of computer science PhD students have won Best Student Paper honors at the 2008 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy for their paper entitled "Cloaker: Hardware Supported Rootkit Concealment". The paper, authored by PhD students Francis David, Ellick Chan, and Jeffrey Carlyle and professor Roy Campbell, reveals the existence of a new class of malware that is immune to detection by current techniques.
A unique 8-week program in the study and practice of knowledge discovery begins this week. The Data Sciences Summer Institute, part of the computer science Multi-Modal Information Access & Synthesis center, combines an intensive course in the mathematical foundations of data sciences with hands-on tutorials, a speaker series featuring experts from academia and industry, and group research projects.