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 
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 
Tianyin Xu joining fall 2018; reliability, security

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, Capital One cloud computing, computer-intensive data analytics

Related Systems and Networking Research Efforts and Groups

Seminars

Systems and Networking Research News

Professors Marco Caccamo and Tao Xie have been named IEEE Fellows.

Caccamo, Xie named IEEE Fellows

December 14, 2017   Two CS @ ILLINOIS faculty have been honored by the world’s largest technical professional society.
A PLATO system terminal.

The Friendly Orange Glow: PLATO and cyberculture

December 5, 2017   PLATO was a University of Illinois staple for decades. Author Brian Dear talks about his book on PLATO and its role in the creation of cyberculture.
A chassis from ILLIAC II is on display at the Spurlock Museum.

Spurlock exhibits details University of Illinois’ first 150 years, and CS @ ILLINOIS’ key role in them.

December 1, 2017   The Spurlock Museum exhibit, "Knowledge at Work," which includes CS @ ILLINOIS artifacts, runs through Dec. 21.
Professor Bruce Schatz

Cell phone software creates new possibilities for precision medicine

November 14, 2017   Software uses a cell phone’s native motion sensors to track pulmonary function as patients perform everyday tasks.
Research Assistant Professor Sibin Mohan

Illinois researchers to advance security of real-time embedded system scheduling

October 25, 2017   A team led by Sibin Mohan has received funding to determine how to mitigate attacks that are intended to reveal a system's task scheduling information.