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 
Ling Ren joining fall 2019; applied cryptography, computer security and distributed algorithms
Lui Sha real-time systems and scheduling, cyberphysical systems, medical systems engineering 
Tianyin Xu 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 
Jian Huang, Electrical & Computer Engineering computer systems, systems architecture, systems security, memory and storage 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


Systems and Networking Research News

Assistant Professor Sibin Mohan

Wired In: Sibin Mohan

March 10, 2019  

The News-Gazette -- Illinois CS Assistant Professor Sibini Mohan is the subject of the News-Gazette's regular feature. He talks about teaching middle school students computer science using a curriculum developed by in part by Professor Lenny Pitt.

Illinois CS Professor Klara Nahrstedt

NSF Backs Clowder Open-Source Data Management Tool With $5M

February 28, 2019   Clowder, designed to manage large collections of data now essential to science, is a key part of the 4CeeD framework developed by Illinois CS Professor Klara Nahrstedt.
PhD student Wajih Ul Hassan

Hassan’s NoDoze Brings Triage to Security; PhD Student Presents Paper at NDSS Symposium

February 18, 2019   Using system history to judge whether events are normal, Hassan finds a way to sharply reduce the number of threat alerts that demand attention.
Professor Klara Nahrstedt

Narhstedt Receives 2018 Robert Piloty Prize For Outstanding Research

February 15, 2019   Nahrstedt has longstanding ties to German computer science and is internationally recognized for her work in multimedia systems and networks.
Four Illinois Computer Science students are among the newest group of undergraduates given Fiddler Innovation Undergraduate Fellowships

Four Illinois CS Students Receive NCSA’s Fiddler Innovation Fellowships

January 7, 2019   Fiddler Fellowships are financed by an endowment from Illinois CS graduate Jerry Fiddler and his wife, Melissa Alden, and support students conducting multidisciplinary research.