blog postsCSL Professors Research Group Testing, Statistical Analysis of Covid-19Jan 15, 2021 9:00 pm2 views Most of the United States has become fairly intimately acquainted with COVID-19 testing – be it by spit, nasal swab, or blood. While this type of individual work has been effective in identifying cases, CSL professors Venugopal Veeravalli and Lav Varshney are seeking to improve the efficiency of these tests and determine how to quickly detect changes in the distribution of disease prevalence data through their research project, "Efficient Strategies for Pandemic Monitoring and Recovery."Illinois ECE Graduate Student Wins Prestigious IEEE AwardsJan 13, 2021 6:45 pm0 views Illinois ECE graduate student Megan Culler recently won the 2019 IEEE-USA Jim Watson Student Professional Awareness Achievement Award, recognizing IEEE members who volunteer to share their professional experiences with students and encourage active, lifelong IEEE membership. This award was first established in 2011, but this is the first year that a student has been selected as the recipient. Making AI Robust and Bringing It to the EdgeJan 6, 2021 12:00 pm0 views Enhancing so-called edge devices, such as cell phones, smart watches, and other IoT devices, with artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities is a major goal for researchers in both industry and academia. These devices generate huge volumes of sensory data from their built-in sensors in the form of cameras, microphones, gyroscopes, and other technology. Processing all this data is challenging due to the limited computational resources and constrained energy supply of edge devices. A team led by Illinois ECE Professor Naresh R Shanbhag, Jack S. Kilby Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is working to improve the energy efficiency and functionality of these devices.Driggs-Campbell Leads Research Effort with USDA NIFA Grant to Increase Autonomy in Agricultural RobotsDec 21, 2020 10:30 pm0 views Illinois ECE Assistant Professor Katherine Rose Driggs-Campbell is leading a team of Grainger Engineering researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who recently received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to develop software tools to make programming fleets of agbots easier while providing tools for runtime monitoring. The team is also developing the interaction modules to make the agbots more intuitive to use by addressing human behavior modeling and planning. Popescu Develops New Method Using Artificial Intelligence to Study Live CellsDec 18, 2020 8:45 pm2 views Researchers led by Illinois ECE Professor Gabriel Popescu at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign have developed a new technique that combines label-free imaging with artificial intelligence to visualize unlabeled live cells over a prolonged time. This technique has potential applications in studying cell viability and pathology.Waldrop Leads $75 Million NASA Mission to Investigate Earth's AtmosphereDec 16, 2020 8:30 pm8 views Lara Waldrop, Illinois ECE Assistant Professor and Y. T. Lo Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected by NASA to develop a Solar Terrestrial Probes (STP) Science Mission of Opportunity, budgeted for $75 million. Her mission, titled “Global Lyman-alpha Imager of the Dynamic Exosphere”, or “GLIDE” for short, was chosen for implementation after a competitive selection process and is expected to be launched in 2025. Computational method provides faster high-resolution mass spectrometry imagingDec 11, 2020 4:45 pm0 views A new computational mass spectrometry imaging method enables researchers to achieve high mass resolution and high spatial resolution for biological samples while providing data sets exponentially faster.Illinois ECE Research Define Earable Computing: A New Research Area in the MakingDec 9, 2020 2:30 pm0 views A team of Illinois ECE researchers are defining a new sub-area of mobile technology that they call “earable computing.” The SyNRG team (Systems and Networking Research Group) believes that earphones will be the next significant milestone in wearable devices, and that new hardware, software, and apps will all run on this platform.Bayram and Feng Awarded Defense University Research Instrumentation Program GrantsDec 7, 2020 8:15 pm0 views The Department of Defense has awarded Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grants to six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professors - two of whom are Illinois ECE faculty members. Illinois ECE Associate Professor Can Bayramand Research Professor Milton Feng, Nick Holonyak, Jr., Endowed Chair Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering, were among the recipients of the grants. The grants were made to 85 institutions for 2021.Grainger Engineering Earns Six Defense University Research Instrumentation Program GrantsDec 4, 2020 5:30 pm2 views The Department of Defense has awarded Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grants to six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professors - all of whom are Grainger Engineering faculty or affiliates. Grants were made to 85 institutions for 2021.Illinois ECE Student Builds UVC-Sanitization Robot During QuarantineDec 2, 2020 4:30 pm0 views An Illinois ECE student is making a new sanitation device to help decrease exposure to the COVID-19 virus. It’s a UVC sanitation robot named “The Terminator Turbo” that its creator says can provide a highly efficient, effective, and relatively inexpensive sanitation solution for large, high-traffic, high infection-risk areas like hospitals, airports, clinics, schools, and restaurants. Six Illinois faculty members elected AAAS FellowsNov 25, 2020 8:30 pm0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Six professors at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have been elected 2020 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.Alleyne honored with Air Force public service awardNov 23, 2020 5:45 pm0 views CSL Professor Andrew Alleyne was honored this year with the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Exceptional Public Service Award. It is the most prestigious award granted by the U.S. Air Force to non-employee civilians.Three Illinois scientists rank among world's most influentialNov 20, 2020 5:15 pm0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Three faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2020 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list.Study of Non-Covid-19 Deaths Shows 2020 Increase in Several DemographicsNov 18, 2020 10:15 pm0 views March through May saw a significant increase in deaths over previous years – and not just from COVID-19, says a new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When deaths attributed to COVID-19 were removed from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention totals, the death rate in several demographics outpaced the same period in 2019, the study found. The timeframe represents the first three months of response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.Kim Helps Disney Create Frightening, Realistic RobotNov 16, 2020 11:30 pm0 views Disney is famous for their use of audio-animatronics on classic attractions like the Pirates of the Caribbean and It's a Small World. However, Disney is continuing to innovate their technology thanks to the help of Illinois ECE Associate Professor Joohyung Kim. Along with engineers from Walt Disney Imagineering (Disney's research division) and robotics researchers from the California Institute of Technology, Kim created a skinless robot with human-like eyes that can make Disney attractions even more engaging and perhaps a bit more terrifying.$87 million multi-institutional grant will help Illinois advance bioindustrial manufacturingNov 11, 2020 6:15 pm0 views An $87 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense matched by more than $187 million in non-federal cost-share will fund collaborative efforts by a team of private and public entities, including the University of Illinois, to advance sustainable and reliable bioindustrial manufacturing technologies.Illinois ECE Graduate Student Develops New Method To Quantify QCE In Optical FibersNov 9, 2020 3:00 pm0 views Illinois ECE graduate student Nanjie Yu and his advisor Illinois ECE Assistant Professor Peter D Dragic recently developed a new method to quantify the quantum conversion efficiency (QCE) in optical fibers. Their research was recently published in the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology.Entrepreneur Hall Establishes CS ScholarshipsNov 6, 2020 2:00 pm0 views A successful entrepreneur, Isaac Hall (BS CS '04) gained a growing appreciation for his Illinois CS education each time he hired employees for his two startup companies—Syncplicity, a file synchronization firm, and Recurly, a subscription management and billing company.Illinois ECE Ultrasound Discovery Becomes New Tool for Detecting Early Fatty Liver DiseaseNov 2, 2020 5:15 pm2 views A new breakthrough by Illinois ECE researchers will make it easier to detect, prevent, and treat nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The research team’s methods use noninvasive ultrasound, that could be used during a routine physical, to measure the amount of fat in the liver. The discovery could have a major impact on the prognoses of millions of people suffering from NAFLD around the world.Hauser, Ramos paving the way for robotic search-and-rescue capabilityOct 30, 2020 3:45 pm0 views CSL associate professor Kris Hauser and MechSE assistant professor João Ramos were recently awarded a three-year NSF grant to investigate the teleoperation of wheeled humanoid robots. “The idea is to study how robots can help people do their jobs better,” Ramos said. “We will try to develop a robot that enables remote manual labor.”Illinois ECE Graduate Program Ignites New Features for Advanced LearningOct 26, 2020 8:15 pm0 views An evolving curriculum and five-year funding guarantee are changing the landscape for graduate students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Illinois ECE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A record number of new courses are proving to be a “game changer” in meeting the demands of rapid technological advances in industry and ensuring Illinois ECE graduate students are not only on pace, but at the forefront of engineering and technology.Election Analytics Website Presents Perfect Merger of Computer and Social ScienceOct 19, 2020 6:30 pm6 views Since 2008, Illinois CS professor Sheldon H. Jacobson has worked with students to create, develop and publish the Election Analytics @ Illinois website. Over those 12 years, there have been many great reasons for Jacobson to continue the project.CSL researcher works to program robots with common senseOct 16, 2020 1:30 pm0 views Personal robots have long been a staple in science fiction but are not yet a reality in the real world. One of the major roadblocks is that robots lack a key trait: Common sense. CSL Assistant Professor Saurabh Gupta has a newly funded research project entitled, “Scaling Up Robot Learning by Understanding Internet Videos Humans,” exploring the possibility of using videos to provide robots with this kind of intuitive knowledge. Alchemy student team develops key technology for Safer Illinois AppOct 14, 2020 9:45 pm0 views A large part of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s plan to return to campus this fall has been the Safer Illinois mobile application. Researchers determined that an essential component of the campus’ testing and targeting practices would be contact tracing but wanted to do so in a way that wouldn’t compromise user privacy. Developing this important feature was a complex undertaking with a tight deadline, but several Illinois ECE students were up for the challenge.Rosu Sharpens Company Vision With Third NASA SBIR GrantOct 12, 2020 9:45 pm0 views A decade ago, Illinois CS professor Grigore Rosu had a vision for the company he started, called Runtime Verification. He simply wanted to commercialize the technology he developed in his research lab at the university. As with most new concepts, though, Rosu can recall the early detractors that rejected his research. But, as time passed and his perseverance endured, he began to develop that very same research into published papers and conference discussions.Leburton's bio-sensing breakthrough published in NatureOct 9, 2020 4:45 pm0 views An innovative work by Illinois ECE Professor Jean-Pierre Leburton, Gregory Stillman Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his team offers a novel approach to follow and investigate the evolution of unrepaired breaks in DNA strands - potentially detecting, and preventing disease, more effectively. The research was recently published in Nature.Bleakney and collaborators want to disrupt the wheelchair marketSep 28, 2020 12:30 am0 views As coach of the Illinois wheelchair track team, Adam Bleakney knows about the chronic overuse of shoulders and elbows by his athletes. But as a daily wheelchair user himself, he also knows about the challenges of navigating life.Making a Homemade COVID Mask? Study Explains Best Fabric ChoicesMay 11, 2020 11:30 pm0 views Health authorities believe COVID-19 spreads by the transmission of respiratory droplets, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends homemade cloth face coverings for use in public spaces. Starting today, Illinois joins many other states in requiring people to wear masks while out. However, initial uncertainty regarding the masks’ effectiveness in reducing exhaled droplets leaves some people unsure or skeptical of their usefulness during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Mechanical science and engineering professor Taher Saif spoke with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian about a study that he and his graduate students, Onur Aydin and Bashar Emon, performed on the effectiveness of common household fabrics for use in homemade masks.Abdelzaher Repurposing Social Networking Models to Predict COVID Spread Under Different Social Distancing PoliciesMay 4, 2020 11:15 pm0 views Since the COVID-19 epidemic began, there has been plenty of opportunity to observe how a vast array of truths, half-truths, and falsehoods can flare up and spread like wildfire across social media, swirl around, and just as quickly get buried and forgotten. It could serve as a fascinating case study for CSL and computer science professor Tarek Abdelzaher, who for years has studied how information propagates through social media.Bashir and Cunningham Develop Inexpensive, Portable Detector that Identifies Pathogens in MinutesApr 27, 2020 10:45 pm0 views Most viral test kits rely on labor- and time-intensive laboratory preparation and analysis techniques; for example, tests for the novel coronavirus can take days to detect the virus from nasal swabs. Led by Illinois ECE Professors Rashid Bashir, Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering, and Brian T Cunningham, Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering, researchers have now demonstrated an inexpensive yet sensitive smartphone-based testing device for viral and bacterial pathogens that takes about 30 minutes to complete. The roughly $50 smartphone accessory could reduce the pressure on testing laboratories during a pandemic such as COVID-19.Study Reveals Unique Physical, Chemical Properties of Cicada WingsApr 20, 2020 5:45 pm2 views Biological structures sometimes have unique features that engineers would like to copy. For example, many types of insect wings shed water, kill microbes, reflect light in unusual ways and are self-cleaning. While researchers have dissected the physical characteristics that likely contribute to such traits, a new study reveals that the chemical compounds that coat cicada wings also contribute to their ability to repel water and kill microbes.Srikant Uses World's Most Advanced Supercomputers to Combat COVID-19Apr 6, 2020 10:15 pm2 views Illinois ECE Professor Rayadurgam Srikant, Fredric G. and Elizabeth H. Nearing Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is working with the C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute to find ways to slow down the spread of COVID-19.The Grainger College of Engineering and Carle Health demonstrate working prototype of emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patientsApr 1, 2020 2:00 pm0 views The Illinois RapidVent emergency ventilator was developed in less than a week, and preliminary tests show performance equivalent to commercial devices; additional tests ongoing.CSL Professor Creates Robotic Avatar for Hands-Free Medical CareMar 30, 2020 12:15 pm10 views In James Cameron’s blockbuster movie “Avatar,” humans explored a new planet without ever leaving their lounge chairs on Earth. CSL’s Kris Hauser and his team are creating a new type of avatar that could provide a similar ability to health care workers, who could treat patients remotely during a pandemic like the current COVID-19 crisis.Breaking the Temperature Barrier in Small-Scale Materials TestingMar 24, 2020 8:15 pm0 views Researchers have demonstrated a new method for testing microscopic aeronautical materials at ultra-high temperatures. By combining electron microscopy and laser heating, scientists can evaluate these materials much more quickly and inexpensively than with traditional testing.Study Maps Landmarks of Peripheral Artery Disease to Guide Treatment DevelopmentMar 16, 2020 4:45 pm0 views Novel biomedical advances that show promise in the lab often fall short in clinical trials. For researchers studying peripheral artery disease, this is made more difficult by a lack of standardized metrics for what recovery looks like. A new study from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers identifies major landmarks of PAD recovery, creating signposts for researchers seeking to understand the disease and develop treatments.Joe Bradley and Team Awarded Nearly $3.5 Million to Develop Pathway for Underrepresented Students in NSF STEM Innovation ProgramMar 13, 2020 1:45 pm16 views Joe Bradley, clinical assistant professor in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a member of a team who received almost $3.5 million to research and evaluate ways to develop infrastructure that improves diversity and inclusion in STEM entrepreneurship.New Patented Invention Stabilizes, Rotates SatellitesMar 9, 2020 9:15 pm0 views Many satellites are in space to take photos. But a vibrating satellite, like a camera in shaky hands, can’t get a sharp image. Pointing it at a precise location to take a photo or perform another task, is another important function that requires accuracy. Vedant, an aerospace engineering doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was working on a way to eliminate vibrations on a satellite when he discovered his invention could also rotate the satellite.Improving The Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Carbon-Nanotube-Based FibersMar 6, 2020 3:00 pm0 views The Lyding Group recently developed a technique that can be used to build carbon-nanotube-based fibers by creating chemical crosslinks. The technique improves the electrical and mechanical properties of these materials.$20 Million Award will Fund Resilience Research Center for Five More YearsMar 4, 2020 2:45 pm0 views The Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has renewed a cooperative agreement that funds the Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning. Originally established with a $20 million award in 2015, the center will receive an additional $20 million in support over the next five years. Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) professor Paolo Gardoni (above) will continue to serve as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) campus principal investigator.Improving Aerodynamics During Entire Flight, not just Takeoff and LandingMar 2, 2020 5:45 pm2 views Currently in use on the wings of airplanes are little fins near the leading edge or just upstream of control surfaces to help control the aircraft during takeoff or landing. But these vortex generator vanes and other similar solutions are fixed in place across the entire flight, creating a cruise penalty from the drag. A promising new idea for a device was tested at the University of Illinois that uses an electric spark that can be turned on and off when needed to generate rotating air across the wing for better lift.Tong Wins NSF-Amazon award to Improve AI FairnessFeb 26, 2020 2:45 pm0 views Computer science professor Hanghang Tong and a team of researchers recently received an three year award for over $1 million from the National Science Foundation and Amazon. The award is a part of their joint Fairness in Artificial Intelligence program. The initiative supports computational research focused on fairness in AI to ultimately create trustworthy systems that can help tackle society’s biggest challenges.Hybrid Microscope Could Bring Digital Biopsy to the ClinicFeb 24, 2020 9:30 pm0 views By adding infrared capability to the ubiquitous, standard optical microscope, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hope to bring cancer diagnosis into the digital era.Varshney Featured in "The Age of A.I.," a Youtube Originals SeriesFeb 19, 2020 2:00 pm0 views Illinois ECE Assistant Professor Lav R Varshney is featured in a new YouTube Originals series “The Age of A.I.” Varshney shares his expertise as the episode explores using artificial intelligence to build a better human. Hosted by Robert Downey Jr., the episode investigates augmenting human abilities with A.I. and our reliance on A.I. to make decisions for us.New Understanding of Condensation Could Lead to Better Power Plant Condenser, De-icing MaterialsFeb 17, 2020 5:15 pm0 views For decades, it’s been understood that water repellency is needed for surfaces to shed condensation buildup – like the droplets of water that form in power plant condensers to reduce pressure. New research shows that the necessity of water repellency is unclear and that the slipperiness between the droplets and solid surface appears to be more critical to the clearing of condensation. This development has implications for the costs associated with power generation and technologies like de-icing surfaces for power lines and aircraft.Illinois ECE Student Leads Research Team to Explore Parallells Between Human Brain and MachineFeb 14, 2020 2:30 pm0 views The University of Illinois has been a champion of supercomputing since 1985, when the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) became part of the National Science Foundation Network (NSFNET) – at a time when the internet, and modern-era computers, had just entered the early stages of development. Illinois continued to advance the computational game when the first widely used web browser, Mosaic, was built. However, there is one computer even these researchers can’t seem to beat: the human brain. For this reason, Illinois ECE student Noyan Cem Sevuktekin is looking to learn from it, instead.Computational Redistricting: Drawing the MapsFeb 12, 2020 1:15 pm0 views The 2020 decennial census count will begin on April 1, with results announced by the end of the year. A critical outcome of the count is the number of congressional seats allocated to each state. Once announced, state legislatures set in motion a process to create district maps for their states, with all the associated challenges. This process will impact every voter in the United States, since who represents them in Congress will be determined by this mapping process.Team Creates Game-Based Virtual Archaeology Field SchoolFeb 10, 2020 9:15 pm0 views Before they can get started at their field site – a giant cave studded with stalactites, stalagmites and human artifacts – 15 undergraduate students must figure out how to use their virtual hands and tools. They also must learn to teleport.Ilie Wins NSF Career Award for Geospace ResearchFeb 7, 2020 2:15 pm4 views Illinois ECE Professor Raluca Ilie was recently awarded the NSF CAREER award to develop an improved understanding of the Earth-space environment or geospace. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the NSF's most prestigious awards to support early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models and lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.