CS Welcomes Matthew Caesar to the Faculty

September 11, 2008  

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.

Students Develop Sensor Network to Study Structural Health of Bridge

September 8, 2008  

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.

Researchers Develop Techniques to Analyze Flight Safety Data

September 7, 2008  


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.

In Memory: CS Student Corey Nielsen

September 7, 2008  

Corey Nielsen

Computer science student Corey Nielsen died August 25 from complications due to paraplegia and diabetes.

Illinois Named Top Wired College by PC Magazine: Coursework in CS cited as one reason why

September 4, 2008  

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:

Cloud Computing Initiative Profiled

September 3, 2008  

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 PhD Alumnus Awarded SIGKDD Dissertation Award

September 2, 2008  

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.

Alumnus Named Director of IIIT Delhi

September 1, 2008  

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.

Alumna Launches New Search Engine to Rival Google

July 29, 2008  

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.

Cloud Computing Initiative to Study Internet-Scale Systems

July 28, 2008  

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.

2008 ITI Undergraduate Summer Intern Program Underway

July 19, 2008  

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.

Illinois Receives Major U.S. Department of Defense Research Award for Secure Sharing of Information

July 13, 2008  

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.

PhD student Wins Best Paper Award

July 12, 2008  

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).

Sarita Adve Honored for Work on Memory Consistency Models

July 8, 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.

Alumnus Jawed Karim was profiled recently by the LA Times for his Youniversity Ventures project

July 2, 2008  

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.

Alumnus Publishes 2nd Edition of Visual Effects Text

June 8, 2008  

Ron Brinkmann

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.

PhD Students Win Best Student Paper Honors for Cell Phone Malware Research

May 26, 2008  

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.

Data Sciences Summer Institute Begins

May 18, 2008  

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.