blog posts Parameswaran, Peng Win NSF Career Awards Dec 13, 2017 8:00 am4 views CS Assistant Professors Aditya Parameswaran and Jian Peng have each received a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support their research. Given by the NSF's Faculty Early Career Development Program, these awards recognize junior faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education. ECE Student Wins 2021 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowships May 5, 2021 4:15 pm3 views Seven Illinois graduate students have been awarded 2021 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowships. The program offers University of Illinois graduate students at the MA, MS, or PhD level the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research at the institute. Illinois ECE graduate student Rong "Ronny" Guo was one of the seven recipients of the fellowship. Roy Choudhury Receives SIGMOBILE RockStar Award Oct 30, 2015 8:00 am3 views CS @ ILLINOIS alumnus and current ECE Associate Professor Romit Roy Choudhury (PhD CS '06) was recently awarded the 2015 ACM SIGMOBILE RockStar Award in recognition of "significant contributions, early in his career, to mobile sensing and wireless networking, with an emphasis on location and cross-layer protocols." He will be presented the award in September at the 2015 ACM Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom) in Paris. CSL Professors Research Group Testing, Statistical Analysis of Covid-19 Jan 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." Lightweight Power Converter for Future Electric Aircrafts Garners Top Prize for ECE Researchers Jan 20, 2017 8:00 am2 views ECE ILLINOIS researchers are making advancements in inverter designs for light-weight mobile systems such as aircraft and electric vehicles. In addition to mobile systems their work has potential to enable light-weight utility inverters which will reduce the cost of renewable energy installations. ECE Alumni Lead Major Expansion of Epiworks In Champaign Jan 23, 2017 8:00 am2 views The II-VI EpiWorks Division of II‐VI Incorporated, founded by ECE ILLINOIS alumni Quesnell Hartmann (PhD '98) and David Ahmari (PhD '98), announced that it is breaking ground on a state-of-the-art production facility in Champaign, Illinois. Comberiate wins EPEPS Best Student Paper Award Jan 24, 2014 8:00 am2 views Thomas Comberiate won the Best Student Paper Award at EPEPS 2013, the conference on Electrical Performance of Electronic Packaging and Systems. Physics Illinois Alumnus M. George Craford Awarded IEEE Edison Medal Feb 3, 2017 8:00 am2 views Physics Illinois alumnus M. George Craford has been selected for the IEEE Edison Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Fan Lam Wins Two Best Paper Awards for Brain Imaging Research Feb 5, 2016 8:00 am2 views Beckman postdoctoral fellow Fan Lam (MS '11, PhD '15) has won two best paper awards: the Student Best Paper Award at the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging in New York, and the First-Place Paper Award of the MR Spectroscopy Study Group at the 2015 International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Annual Meeting in Toronto. Diesner and Mishra Publish Paper on NER Tool for Social Media Research Feb 8, 2019 8:00 am2 views The identification of proper names of people, organizations, and locations from raw texts, referred to as Named Entity Recognition (NER), can be highly accurate when researchers use NER tools on a large collection of text with proper syntax. However, using existing NER tools for analyzing social media text can lead to poor identification of named entities. In particular, Twitter text frequently includes inconsistent capitalization, spelling errors, and shortened versions of words. Prof. Yurii Vlasov Elected to National Academy of Engineering Feb 10, 2021 7:00 pm2 views 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. Professor Josep Torrellas Receives DARPA PERFECT Award Feb 13, 2013 1:00 am2 views A project led by Illinois computer science professor Josep Torrellas has been chosen to receive $2.8 million from DARPA to explore how to improve power-efficiency in embedded computer systems. New Understanding of Condensation Could Lead to Better Power Plant Condenser, De-icing Materials Feb 17, 2020 5:15 pm2 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. Stephani Wins NASA Early Career Faculty Award Feb 19, 2016 8:00 am2 views MechSE assistant professor Kelly Stephani was selected as one of eight recipients for the NASA Early Career Faculty Award. Funded by the Space Technology Research Grants Program, the ECF awards grants to accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding faculty researchers early in their careers. $1M Mellon Grant Feb 22, 2016 8:00 am2 views A four-year, $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help University of Illinois humanities scholars identify digital publishing options and produce new publications that will best disseminate their research. Cunningham Named Distinguished Lecturer For IEEE Photonics Society Feb 22, 2019 8:00 am2 views Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering Brian T Cunningham has been named as a distinguished lecturer by the IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Program. Cunningham is also the director of the Micro + Nanotechnology Laboratory. This program was designed to honor excellent speakers who have made technical, industrial, or entrepreneurial contributions to the field of photonics and to enhance the technical programs of the IEEE Photonics Society chapters. Chapters may request distinguished lecturers to present at chapter meetings, chapter-related events or technically co-sponsored conferences organized by a chapter. New Paradigm Enables More Secure, Reliable Control Networks for Power Grid Feb 25, 2015 8:00 am2 views Oregon State's Bobba, UIUC's Sanders, Nicol, and Campbell, along with their collaborators at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), Ameren Corporation, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), are working to solve that problem of creating a global view of all communication flows through a $4.9 million software-defined networking (SDN) project funded by the Department of Energy and led by SEL. North American Power Symposium (NAPS) Recognizes ITI Researchers Feb 27, 2017 8:00 am2 views ECE ILLINOIS Assistant Professor Hao Zhu, ECE ILLINOIS graduate student Hao Jan Liu, and visiting scholar Lin Yu Lu were recently awarded the second best paper award at the 2016 North American Power Symposium (NAPS). All three are Information Trust Institute researchers. Improving Aerodynamics During Entire Flight, not just Takeoff and Landing Mar 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. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Central to New, $320-million Digital Lab for Manufacturing Mar 5, 2014 8:00 am2 views The Digital Lab for Manufacturing is an applied research institute that will develop digital manufacturing technologies and commercialize these technologies with key industries. These technologies will be used to make everything from consumer products to heavy machinery to equipment for the military. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s world-renowned National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) are central to the Digital Lab for Manufacturing. Professor William King from Illinois’ Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering is the Digital Lab’s principal investigator and will serve as its Chief Technical Officer. An Electric Sock For the Heart Mar 7, 2014 8:00 am2 views 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. Cunningham's Team Wins Grant to Turn Smartphones into Biodetectors Mar 20, 2015 8:00 am2 views Professors Brian Cunningham, Steven Lumetta, and John Dallesasse have won a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant to work further on their research into turning smartphones into biodetectors that rival lab machines. Through Data Visualization, Binge Provides an Easier Online Search Method Mar 23, 2016 8:00 am2 views Ishaan Kansal, a computer science student at the University of Illinois, is creating an app that will supply access to news stories from various sources and perspectives on topics of the user's choice, and he is finding the app fills a strong need for the millennial demographic. Fiona Kalensky Combines Tech and Health Care in Startup Apr 3, 2017 8:00 am2 views Understanding the technology has been key in Kalensky's role with Therapalz. She was involved in the development of their prototype: a stuffed animal retrofitted with a constant heartbeat that can also detect touch and respond to it with a vibration or a purr. Their product is meant to be an alternative to medication or to companion animal therapy, which can be costly. Srikant Uses World's Most Advanced Supercomputers to Combat COVID-19 Apr 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. Coding Illini Claim Championship Title at SC14 Apr 10, 2015 8:00 am2 views The Coding Illini triumphed over the Korean team in the final match at SC'14 held in New Orleans in November 2014. The team donated the grand prize $26,000 to the National Center for Women and Information Technology. CS @ Illinois Professor Receives R&D 100 Award for Simulation Software Apr 19, 2017 8:00 am2 views Paul Fischer, a UIUC professor, and his research colleague Misun Min at the DOE's Argonne National Laboratory recently earned an R&D 100 Award, which recognize top technologies of the year. Known as the "Oscars of Invention," the awards are organized by R&D Magazine. NASA Selects Kamalabadi's Proposal for Small Spacecraft Technology Development Apr 20, 2018 8:00 am2 views Professor Farzad Kamalabadi will lead one of nine teams collaborating with NASA on the development of new technologies for small spacecraft. Kamalabadi's proposal, "Milli-Arcsecond (MAS) Imaging with Smallsat-Enabled Super-resolution," will "conduct laboratory testing of novel computational diffractive optical sensing and advanced image processing that makes use of small satellite formation flying to enable extremely high-resolution imaging capability that is otherwise unattainable with conventional approaches." Study Reveals Unique Physical, Chemical Properties of Cicada Wings Apr 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. Researchers Use Sound Waves to Advance Optical Communication Apr 23, 2018 8:00 am2 views Illinois researchers have demonstrated that sound waves can be used to produce ultraminiature optical diodes that are tiny enough to fit onto a computer chip. These devices, called optical isolators, may help solve major data capacity and system size challenges for photonic integrated circuits, the light-based equivalent of electronic circuits, which are used for computing and communications. Harley Earns Clemson Award from the Society For Biomaterials Apr 23, 2021 9:45 pm2 views The Society For Biomaterials (SFB) has awarded the 2021 Clemson Award for Basic Research to chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Brendan Harley for his advances to regenerate tissues with biomaterials. The award will be presented at the virtual SFB 2021 Annual Meeting held April 20 – 23, 2021. Addressing the Digital Divide through Technology for Development Apr 29, 2011 8:00 am2 views Moustafa Ayad will present (via Skype) "Addressing the Digital Divide through Technology for Development" ... Perform Graduate Student Earns IBM PhD Fellowship May 1, 2017 8:00 am2 views CS graduate student Uttam Thakore has been recognized with the 2017-18 IBM PhD Fellowship award. ECE Student Wins IEEE ECCE Best Paper Award May 3, 2017 8:00 am2 views ECE ILLINOIS graduate student Zitao Liao (BSEE '15, MSEE in progress) has won the best paper award at the coveted Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition (ECCE). Liu's Mobosens Team Creates Award-Winning Smart Phone Water Sensor May 8, 2013 4:45 am2 views Gang Logan Liu , an assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering (ECE), and his research team have developed MoboSens, a low-cost, smartphone-based sensor that allows users to test water quality by detecting nitrate concentration. NSF Awards Illinois Funding for a Deep Learning Research Instrument May 23, 2018 8:00 am2 views Professors Bill Gropp, Roy Campbell, and Jian Peng, with Volodymyr Kindratenko, of the NCSA, were awarded over $2.7 million from the NSF MRI program to build a dedicated research instrument to expand deep learning research. Quantum Simulation Technique Yields Topological Soliton State in SSH Model May 31, 2017 8:00 am2 views Using atomic quantum-simulation, a team of researchers at UIUC has directly observed the protected boundary state (the topological soliton state) of the topological insulator trans-polyacetylene. The transport properties of this organic polymer are typical of topological insulators and of the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger (SSH) model. Researchers Develop Biosensor That Detects HIV Viral Load Jun 2, 2014 8:00 am2 views ECE Professor Brian Cunningham, his research group, and colleagues at Harvard have developed a biosensor that can measure how much of the HIV virus is present in one's body. Varshney and Bai Awarded Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange Paper Award Jun 8, 2016 8:00 am2 views Bai and Varshney collaborated with New York University Professor Rumi Chunara to analyze data from location-sharing social platform Foursquare. Linwei Xin Wins Two Best Paper Awards at INFORMS Conference Jun 15, 2016 8:00 am2 views Assistant Professor Linwei Xin's paper, "Asymptotic optimality of Tailored Base-Surge policies in dual-sourcing inventory systems," recently won two prizes at the recent INFORMS Annual Meeting: the first place prize in the 2015 George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition and the second place prize in the 2015 Junior Faculty Interest Group (JFIG) Paper Competition. Redesigning Household Tech Jun 18, 2014 8:00 am2 views Alumnus Nick Ewalt (BS CompE '12) has worked on two innovative home technologies: the Xbox One and Nest Labs smart home sensors. - See more at: http://www.ece.illinois.edu/mediacenter/article.asp?id=7701#sthash.VgWqeVIo.dpuf Senior Design Team Helps Hospital Staff Regulate Bed Angle Jun 21, 2013 8:00 am2 views Jacob Avery, Anthony Cao, Noah Durham, Alexander Molnar, and Brennan Sugg, seniors in mechanical science and engineering (MechSE), created a device that not only detects the angle of the head of a hospital bed, but continuously logs its angle and alerts staff whenever the bed has been out of an ideal position for too long. The design and production of this device was part of the MechSE senior design class, ME 470, and was sponsored by Carle Foundation Hospital. Three Illinois Computer Science Faculty Earn NSF Career Awards Jul 2, 2018 8:00 am2 views The NSF announced the most recent awards to Ranjitha Kumar, Matus Jan Telgarsky, and Adam Bates. BibApp 1.0 ReleasedCampus Research Gateway and Expert Finder Jul 6, 2010 8:00 am2 views The BibApp development team announced the 1.0 release of BibApp, a campus research gateway and expert finder. It matches ... Vitrix Health Takes Home Cozad Grand Prize Jul 16, 2018 8:00 am2 views A startup specializing in affordable medical screening is the big winner in the 19th Annual Cozad New Venture Competition hosted by the University of Illinois Technology Entrepreneur Center. Big Data, Food Sustainability Merge with Startup, Food Origins Jul 23, 2014 8:00 am2 views 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. Silver Pen Has the Write Stuff for Flexible Electronics Jul 26, 2011 8:00 am2 views University of Illinois engineers have developed a silver-inked rollerball pen capable of writing electrical circuits and interconnects on paper, wood and other surfaces... CS Student Amanda Sopkin Awarded Google Scholarship Jul 29, 2016 8:00 am2 views Amanda Sopkin, a senior in computer science, has been awarded a Google Generation Scholarship for University Students. Sopkin is one of only 15 recipients from across the United States to earn the award, which is given to students from underrepresented backgrounds in computer science. Student Startup Lumenous Brings Projection Mapping Out of the Arena Aug 4, 2014 8:00 am2 views "Projection mapping everywhere." That's the slogan of Lumenous, a startup founded by CS PhD students Brett Jones, Kevin Karsch, and Raj Sodhi. Blake Builds Claim Framework to Analyze and Synthesize Medical Research Aug 7, 2015 8:00 am2 views 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.