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  • It displays the photo of Illinois CS professor Jose Meseguer

    ACM Recognized Meseguer, Tong for Contributions to the Computing Field

    Two Illinois CS faculty recently earned recognition by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, for achievements in computing.

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    Prof. Yurii Vlasov Elected to National Academy of Engineering

    Yurii A Vlasov, Founder Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He is recognized for his contributions to the development and commercialization of silicon photonics for optical data communications.

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    Illinois ECE Researchers Publish Article Describing Illinois Rapidvent Emergency Ventilator

    The design, testing, and validation of the Illinois RapidVent emergency ventilator has been published in the journal Plos One. The article, “Emergency Ventilator for COVID-19,” with contributions by multiple Illinois ECE researchers, is the first of its kind to report such details about an emergency ventilator that was designed, prototyped, and tested at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

  • 'Shot in the Dark' Provides a Path Toward Collaborative Research That Better Predicts COVID-19 Severity

    The radiologist for DuPage Medical Group only knew Forsyth as a leading expert in Artificial Intelligence. Their lack of a relationship didn't undo the excitement he had to form a collaborative research effort, though. His goal was to guide medical imaging in a new direction, one that could offset a few growing trends in this country’s healthcare system.

  • Kim Honored as ACM Fellow for Work on Power-Efficient Computing

    Illinois ECE Professor Nam Sung Kim has been named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world's largest educational and scientific computing society. He is honored "for contribution to design and modeling of power-efficient computer architectures."

  • TOYOTA Research Institute Launches Collaboration With Illinois, Other Academic Institutions

    The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) announced today that it has selected 13 additional academic institutions to participate in the next five year phase of its collaborative research program. These universities join MIT, Stanford and the University of Michigan which have worked with TRI over the last five years to expand the body of research into artificial intelligence (AI) with the goal of amplifying the human experience.

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    Cunningham Leads Team to Create Fast, Cheap, and Accessible Covid-19 Antibody Test

    As the numbers of those infected with COVID-19 has continued to climb, the desperate need for a vaccine was apparent. Even now with the invention and administration of several COVID-19 vaccinations, the question remains: How effective are these vaccines? HMNTL students Congnyu Che, Weijing Wang, and Nantao Li, also members of the ECE Nanosensors Group, along with Postdoctoral Researcher Bin Zhao and Illinois ECE Professor Brian T Cunningham have recently been published in Talanta journal for the development of a cost efficient COVID-19 antibody test.

  • CSL Professors Research Group Testing, Statistical Analysis of Covid-19

    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 Awards

    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. 

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    Making AI Robust and Bringing It to the Edge

    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.

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    Driggs-Campbell Leads Research Effort with USDA NIFA Grant to Increase Autonomy in Agricultural Robots

    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. 

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    Popescu Develops New Method Using Artificial Intelligence to Study Live Cells

    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.

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    Waldrop Leads $75 Million NASA Mission to Investigate Earth's Atmosphere

    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. 

  • It displays the photo of Yuxuan (Richard) Xie, a bioengineering graduate student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is first author on a paper about a new computational mass spectrometry imaging method.

    Computational method provides faster high-resolution mass spectrometry imaging

    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 Making

    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 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.

  • It displays Tugce Baser, Civil & Environmental Engineering, for “Mechanics of Multiphase Materials Subjected to Combined External Fields” from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, as one of the six professor awarded the grants

    Grainger Engineering Earns Six 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 - 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 Quarantine

    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 Fellows

    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 award

    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.

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    Three Illinois scientists rank among world's most influential

    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 Demographics

    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 Robot

    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 manufacturing

    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.

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    Illinois ECE Graduate Student Develops New Method To Quantify QCE In Optical Fibers

    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 Scholarships

    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.

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    Illinois ECE Ultrasound Discovery Becomes New Tool for Detecting Early Fatty Liver Disease

    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.

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    Hauser, Ramos paving the way for robotic search-and-rescue capability

    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.”

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    Illinois ECE Graduate Program Ignites New Features for Advanced Learning

    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.

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    Election Analytics Website Presents Perfect Merger of Computer and Social Science

    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.

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    CSL researcher works to program robots with common sense

    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 App

    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.

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    Rosu Sharpens Company Vision With Third NASA SBIR Grant

    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.

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    Leburton's bio-sensing breakthrough published in Nature

    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.

  • 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.

  • Three people in lab coats, goggles, gloves, and face masks hold squares of fabric in a clear plastic trough and spray them.

    Making a Homemade COVID Mask? Study Explains Best Fabric Choices

    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.

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    Abdelzaher Repurposing Social Networking Models to Predict COVID Spread Under Different Social Distancing Policies

    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.

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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.

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    Study Reveals Unique Physical, Chemical Properties of Cicada Wings

    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.

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    Srikant Uses World's Most Advanced Supercomputers to Combat COVID-19

    Illinois ECE Professor Rayadurgam Srikant, Fredric G. and Elizabeth H. Nearing Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is working with the 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 patients

    The Illinois RapidVent emergency ventilator was developed in less than a week, and preliminary tests show performance equivalent to commercial devices; additional tests ongoing.

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    CSL Professor Creates Robotic Avatar for Hands-Free Medical Care

    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.

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    Breaking the Temperature Barrier in Small-Scale Materials Testing

    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.

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    Study Maps Landmarks of Peripheral Artery Disease to Guide Treatment Development

    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.

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    Joe Bradley and Team Awarded Nearly $3.5 Million to Develop Pathway for Underrepresented Students in NSF STEM Innovation Program

    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.

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    New Patented Invention Stabilizes, Rotates Satellites

    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.

  • Postdoctoral researcher Gang Wang loads a sample into the system used to perform the nanotube crosslinking operation while Joseph Lyding looks on.

    Improving The Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Carbon-Nanotube-Based Fibers

    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 Years

    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.

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    Improving Aerodynamics During Entire Flight, not just Takeoff and Landing

    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 Fairness

    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.