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  • An Electric Sock For the Heart

    A team of scientists led by John Rogers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has created a web of electronics that wraps around a living heart and measures everything from temperature to electrical activity.

  • A New Pallet for Optical Fibers

    ECE researcher Peter D. Dragic and his collaborator at Clemson University, John Ballato, have been researching optical fibers and the materials. While fiber structure has become increasingly complex in recent years, the materials used to construct them have been stuck in one section of the periodic table, within a few spaces of silicon (silica—SiO2—being the predominant fiber component). The materials are monochromatic. Dragic and Ballato are experimenting with fibers created with materials with different optical properties.

  • Angrave Completes Teaching First MOOC on Developing Android Apps

    CS Professor Lawrence Angrave recently completed teaching the first MOOC on developing apps for the Android platform.

  • An Illinois-Intel Partnership Leads to Prototype for Debugging Innovations

    CS Professors Josep Torrellas and Sam King, together with Intel researchers will unveil a hardware prototype for recording and deterministically replaying parallel programs at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA) in June 2013. This system enables the ability to re-execute a program exactly in the same way, and identify where a bug occurred or a security intrusion started. This prototype is called QuickRec, and is composed of an FPGA implementation of an Intel multicore with full support from the Linux operating system.

  • An Innovative Approach for Image-Completion Software

    Researchers from ECE ILLINOIS and Microsoft have demonstrated an approach that streamlines image-editing , automatically filling the erased space with content based on patterns and planes within the image. While other photo-mending methods exist, this new technique demonstrates striking improvements.

  • App Authors Project Expands Its Reach, Bringing Coding to Kids at New Sites

    The App Authors project, bringing kids and technology together to create apps through a child-centered curriculum, is expanding its reach, working at sites in Maryland and Oregon as well as remaining in Champaign.

  • Three airplanes sit in the desert, with many more grounded planes in the distance behind them.

    ARI awarded REMADE grant to recycle aerospace scrap

    Ever wonder what happens to aircrafts at the end of their useful life? They are sent to aircraft graveyards. The Arizona desert is home to several aircraft graveyards. Planes that are no longer in operation are parked there.  The Applied Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hoping to give these planes a new lease on life by recycling the aluminum alloys (principally the high-end AA7075) that are used to build these planes. 

  • ARMORE Project Works to Create Safer Grid for Utility Companies

    ITI's Tim Yardley, Rakesh Bobba, Klara Nahrstedt and William H. Sanders were recently awarded a $975,000 grant from the Department of Energy for a three-year project titled Applied Resiliency for More Trustworthy Grid Operation (ARMORE) to address the advancement of cyber attack methodology.

  • A Smaller, More Efficient Grid-Tied Power Converter Garners Top Prize for Researchers

    Graduate student Shibin Qin, along with Professor Robert Pilawa, won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL) Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

  • Assistant Professor Pinshane Huang Receives 2017 MSA Albert Crewe Award

    Assistant Professor Pinshane Huang recently received the 2017 Microscopy Society of America's (MSA) esteemed Albert Crewe Award.

  • Atlas Wang Recognized By Chinese Government, Baidu, and Illinois

    ECE PhD student Zhangyang Wang won a Baidu Research Award, a Chinese government award for outstanding graduates abroad, the Thomas and Margaret Huang award for graduate research, and the Illinois graduate college’s dissertation completion fellowship. The awards recognized accomplishments ranging from his excellent academic record to his research into deep learning and computer vision.

  • Augmented Reality App Enables Intelligent Shopping Experience

    Researchers from the Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC, a CSL research center in Singapore) and Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), are combining location-based augmented reality and a large database of online reviews to support an intelligent shopping experience.

  • Automated Safety for Off Road Vehicles

    The days of sensor-assisted tractors that safely drive themselves are in the not-so-far future...

  • Babu Makes Printing Receipts Obsolete

    University of Illinois students are making organizing receipts easy and printing them irrelevant with an receipt reducing app called Babu.

  • Bailey and Team Win 2016 Applied Networking Research Prize

    A team of researchers, including CSL and ECE Associate Professor Michael Donald Bailey, has received The Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) for their paper, "Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor MITM... An Empirical Analysis of Email Delivery Security."

  • Bailey Applies Crowdsourcing Solutions to Enhance Design Education

    An expert on crowdsourcing and design innovation, Bailey had previously developed a web service that allowed people to get feedback on visual designs from either social media or a paid online audience. He wanted to explore whether this type of crowdsourcing solution could address the scaling problem in his course.

  • Bailey Wins ACM Best Paper Award for Heartbleed Research

    "The Matter of Heartbleed," a paper co-written by Associate Professor Michael Donald Bailey, won the best paper award at the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) Internet Measurement Conference.

  • Banerjee Receives NSF CAREER Award for Work Emulating a Biological Spine in Robots

    Illinois ECE Assistant Professor Arijit Banerjee recently won the NSF CAREER award for his work with bio-inspired design methods for distributed electromechanical actuators to emulate a biological spine. This prestigious award supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

  • Barth and Pilawa Make a Ripple in Solar Power

    Graduate student Christopher Barth and Assistant Professor Robert Pilawa earn top paper award at COMPEL 2013. Their research on dithering digital ripple correlation control has demonstrated a low-cost, low-energy solution for solar systems.

  • Başar, Yuksel Author Book on Networked Control Systems

    Professor Tamer Başar and alumnus Serdar Yuksel (MSEE '03, PhD '06) have written a book titled Stochastic Networked Control Systems (Birkhauser). This vanguard work addresses both the stabilization and optimization of networked control systems, which have inherent stochasticity caused by communication constraints.

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    Bashir and Cunningham Develop Inexpensive, Portable Detector that Identifies Pathogens in Minutes

    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.

  • Bashir Researches Human Aspects of Digital Technology, Privacy

    Privacy, security, and trust have long been watchwords in the computer science and computer engineering fields. Generally, however, these groups don't prioritize how those issues impact users of the technology they create. GSLIS Assistant Professor Masooda Bashir wants to change that. With a background in math, computer science, and psychology, she has long been interested in the human aspects of digital technology.

  • Bashir to Receive 2018 BMES Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award

    Professor Rashid Bashir has been selected to receive the 2018 Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award, the Biomedical Engineering Society's (BMES) premier recognition for outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering.

  • Bayram and Feng Awarded Defense University Research Instrumentation Program Grants

    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.

  • Bayram and Zhu Receive NSF Career Awards

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that ECE ILLINOIS Assistant Professors Can Bayram and Wenjuan Zhu earned 2017 NSF CAREER Awards.

  • Bayram Honored with TASSA Young Scholar Award

    ECE ILLINOIS professor Can Bayram was awarded with the Turkish American Scientists & Scholars Association (TASSA) Young Scholar Award which recognizes the accomplishments of young Turkish American scholars across the world

  • Bayram Wins AFOSR Young Investigator Award to Develop Energy Conversion Devices

    Assistant Professor Can Bayram has been selected as one of the 56 scientists and engineers nationwide to receive an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award.

  • Bayram Wins IEEE Electron Devices Society's Early Career Award

    Assistant Professor Can Bayram has won the IEEE Electron Devices Society's Early Career Award.

  • Beckman Design Achieved Distinction While Encouraging Collaboration

    Their challenge was not a simple one: design a building with a distinctive exterior and an interior with the kind of functionality that encouraged the ideals of teamwork.

  • Beckman Researchers Awarded NIH Brain Initiative Grant

    Jonathan Sweedler, professor of chemistry, Martha Gillette, professor of cell and developmental biology, and Rohit Bhargava, professor of bioengineering, head up the project titled "BRAIN Initiative: Integrated Multimodal Analysis of Cell- and Circuit-Specific Activity using Mass Spectrometry Profiling and Correlated Raman Imaging." The cross-disciplinary project allows researchers new methods to examine molecular and chemical structures of the brain with innovative imaging techniques: Sweedler and Gillette work in Beckman’s NeuroTech Group, while Bhargava is from the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.

  • Beckman Team Members Score Highest at Image Competition

    Beckman Institute researcher Tom Huang led a team that finished with the top three scores at the ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge 2010...

  • Headshot of Professor Gabriel Popescu in front of a red background

    Beckman team merges microscopy and AI to develop fast, accurate COVID test

    Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology combined label-free microscopic imaging with artificial intelligence to quickly detect and classify SARS-CoV-2.

  • Beckman Team Places in Top Three in Alan Alda Flame Challenge

    A Beckman Institute team, comprised of ECE Associate Professor Scott Carney, as well as Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Bradley Deutsch and David Mayerich, and Bioengineering Professor Rohit Bhargava (an ECE ILLINOIS affiliate), decided to enter the Flame Challenge, a competition from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in New York—and were named one of the top three finalists in the visual category, out of hundreds of applicants.

  • Beckman Team Wins Awards at Competition on Facial Expression Recognition

    A team from the research group of Beckman Institute faculty member Tom Huang collaborated with...

  • Beck, Salapaka Work to Simplify Dynamic Graphs

    Through a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, CSL faculty members Carolyn Beck, an associate professor of industrial and enterprise systems engineering, and Srinivasa Salapaka, an associate professor of mechanical science and engineering, are developing algorithms to simplify and facilitate analysis of large networks.

  • Belabbas Receives NSF CAREER Award

    ECE Assistant Professor Mohamed Ali Belabbas received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.

  • Belabbas to Research Multi-Agent Systems with Localized Objectives

    Assistant Professor Mohamed Ali Belabbas recently received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation for research on multi-agent systems with localized objectives.

  • Bhamidipati Recognized for Developing Method to Locate Attackers of the Power Grid

    Using GPS signals to locate the spoofer during an attack is a novel concept that Bhamidipati has been developing, with the goal of providing real-world solutions to timing attacks on our critical infrastructure. The technique is unique in that it both raises an alarm to an attack and then quickly and accurately locates the spoofer in real-time.

  • Bhattacharya Awarded NSF Graduate Fellowship for Robotics

    ECE ILLINOIS senior Anish Bhattacharya was selected as one of the honorees for the 2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) from out of more than 12,000 applicants.

  • BibApp 1.0 ReleasedCampus Research Gateway and Expert Finder

    The BibApp development team announced the 1.0 release of BibApp, a campus research gateway and expert finder. It matches ...

  • Big Data, Food Sustainability Merge with Startup, Food Origins

    Using existing tools in Big Data science, a team from the University of Illinois is creating a technology which will not only be able to trace the origin of produce to the individual farm, but also pinpoint the exact plot of land on which it was grown.

  • Bill Gropp TED Talk: Petascale Computing in Scientific Research

    Illinois professor Bill Gropp talks about how high performance computing can help us understand the world around us...

  • Blake Builds Claim Framework to Analyze and Synthesize Medical Research

    Blake has developed the Claim Framework, a rhetorical structure that captures how scientists make claims and a set of tools that use natural language processing to pull out claims made within the journal articles. By attempting to solve the information problem behind the glut of published scientific data, Blake can reveal where there are uncertainties or gaps in the medical literature, as well as provide a detailed analysis of comparative claims.

  • Two images of people using PURE wheelchairs. On the left, a blonde person facing to the left and grinning. On the right, the back of a person wearing a sweatshirt, on a track.

    Bleakney and collaborators want to disrupt the wheelchair market

    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.

  • Blue Waters: "A dynamite system"

    Irene Qualters joined the National Science Foundation in December 2009 as a program director in the office of Cyberinfrastructure, with responsibility for the Blue Waters project. She recently talked with Access' Barbara Jewett about Blue Waters, as well as the future of high-performance computing.

  • Blue Waters "Early Science System" delivered to NCSA

    The first cabinets of the new Blue Waters sustained-petascale supercomputer have arrived at the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

  • Blue Waters is Back!

    NCSA has finalized a new contract with Cray Inc to provide the supercomputer for NSF's Blue Waters project...

  • Blue Waters Supercomputer Now Open for 24/7 Science!

    [T]he Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign entered production, meaning the behemoth capable of performing quadrillions of calculations every second and working with quadrillions of bytes of data is now crunching numbers around the clock to help scientists and engineers across the country tackle a wide variety of science and engineering challenges.

  • Bodony Takes Part in $7.4 Million Defense Department MURI Project

    The MURI will develop computational and experimental techniques for controlling the primary breakup process that liquid jets undergo, as well as develop novel metrics and techniques for controlling dispersed sprays. Electrostatic forces and acoustic waves are to be used for primary breakup and spray dispersion control, while fuel injector design is also a critical component for breakup.

  • Boppart Reviews Optical Imaging Technologies for Point-Of-Care

    In a review article in Science Translational Medicine, ECE Professor Stephen Allen Boppart, who is also affiliated with the Department of Bioengineering, describes several optical imaging technologies for use in point-of-care (PoC) and point-of-procedure (PoP) settings, and provides the infrastructure needed to integrate them into widespread clinical use.