blog posts Joe Bradley and Team Awarded Nearly $3.5 Million to Develop Pathway for Underrepresented Students in NSF STEM Innovation Program Mar 13, 2020 1:45 pm31 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. Kolla Receives NSF CAREER Award to Investigate NP-Hard Problems Apr 13, 2016 8:00 am31 views CS Assistant Professor Alexandra Kolla recently received a prestigious young faculty NSF CAREER award to better understand the limitations of approximation algorithms for solving combinatorial optimization problems. Also known as NP-hard, these types of problems are nearly impossible to solve quickly. New children's book on botanical farming features AI-generated art Mar 2, 2022 11:45 am16 views The potential for creating artworks with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) has been attracting increasing interest. In February, CSL predoctoral scholar Alayt Issak and her advisor, Lav Varshney, published a children’s book on which they collaborated, Young McDonald Had a Botanical Farm, whose illustrations were created by Issak using AI tools. Experiments Show that a Few Self-Driving Cars Can Dramatically Improve Traffic Flow Nov 15, 2017 8:00 am15 views "Our experiments show that with as few as 5 percent of vehicles being automated and carefully controlled, we can eliminate stop-and-go waves caused by human driving behavior," said Daniel B. Work, assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a lead researcher in the study. Ilie Wins NSF Career Award for Geospace Research Feb 7, 2020 2:15 pm14 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. CSL Professor Creates Robotic Avatar for Hands-Free Medical Care Mar 30, 2020 12:15 pm12 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. Microsoft and University of Illinois Launch Accessibility Lighthouse Program Nov 14, 2018 8:00 am12 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is partnering with Microsoft on a new program to promote digitally accessible classrooms, encourage the creation and use of accessible software, and provide a pipeline to careers in technology for Illinois students who have autism. Undergraduate Research Experience Leads to Job Opportunities at Sandia National Labs May 3, 2021 9:45 pm11 views ECE juniors Alyssa Bradshaw and Adia Radecka, who are members of an all-undergraduate engineering research team, recently presented their work on biocompatible actuators at RoboSoft 2021, a major IEEE international conference on soft robotics. Hwu Won CGO Test of Time Award Sep 17, 2018 8:00 am10 views Professor Wen-Mei W Hwu won the CGO Test of Time Award, also known as the Most Influential Paper Award, presented by the International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization, for "Program Optimization Space Pruning for a Multithreaded GPU." Waldrop Leads $75 Million NASA Mission to Investigate Earth's Atmosphere Dec 16, 2020 8:30 pm10 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. Jensen Receives CAREER Award to Address Undergrad Mental Health Dec 18, 2019 2:30 pm10 views Bioengineering professor Karin Jensen received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her proposal “Supporting Undergraduate Mental Health by Building a Culture of Wellness in Engineering.” Atlas Wang Recognized By Chinese Government, Baidu, and Illinois Sep 16, 2016 8:00 am9 views 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. Cunningham Leads Team to Create Fast, Cheap, and Accessible Covid-19 Antibody Test Jan 22, 2021 1:45 pm8 views 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. Graduate Student Wins IEEE Power Electronics Fellowship Feb 23, 2018 8:00 am8 views Enver Candan was named as the winner of the IEEE 2017 Joseph J. Suozzie INTELEC Fellowship in Power Electronics for his project "A Series-Stacked Power Delivery for 48V Data Center Power Architecture." Hoiem and Lazebnik Receive Sloan Research Fellowships Mar 29, 2013 6:30 am8 views Two computer science professors have been selected to receive 2013 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Professors Derek Hoiem and Svetlana Lazebnik are among 126 early career scientists and researchers from 50 colleges and universities who have been honored with a two-year fellowship. Pass the salt: machine learning accelerates molten salt simulations for nuclear power applications Oct 15, 2021 9:15 am8 views Researchers used machine learning to perform accelerated simulations of the physico-chemical properties of molten salt FLiNaK. Their framework can help characterize and screen other molten salts and determine which are ideal to use in an advanced nuclear reactor. High-Performance 3D Microbattery Suitable for Large-Scale On-Chip Integration Oct 21, 2015 8:00 am8 views By combining 3D holographic lithography and 2D photolithography, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a high-performance 3D microbattery suitable for large-scale on-chip integration with microelectronic devices. Carle Illinois Welcomes Haran and Oelze Feb 19, 2021 3:15 pm7 views Eight faculty from The Grainger College of Engineering have joined Carle Illinois College of Medicine with Health Innovation Professor appointments including Illinois ECE professors Kiruba Sivasubramaniam Haran and Michael L Oelze. The new faculty deliver on Carle Illinois’ strategy to leverage the University of Illinois’ exceptional faculty to serve as agents of change in medical education, innovation, and research at the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine. Artificial intelligence produces a recipe for lower-carbon concrete Apr 29, 2022 11:30 am7 views Concrete is the most popular building material in the world, and we use between 10 and 30 billion tons each year. But the price of that progress is a cost to the environment: Cement, an essential ingredient in concrete, is responsible for 8 percent of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Enter the power of artificial intelligence. Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Meta, and concrete supplier, Ozinga, partnered on discovering better concrete formulas using AI. The early-stage results found the AI-powered formulas reduce the carbon footprint of the concrete by 40% while maintaining strength and durability. Meta tested the formulas on multiple structures at the company’s DeKalb data center, namely the floor slabs of the guardhouse and construction management team’s temporary offices. ECE Student Wins 2021 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowships May 5, 2021 4:15 pm7 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. Banerjee Receives NSF CAREER Award for Work Emulating a Biological Spine in Robots Feb 3, 2020 9:30 pm6 views 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. Angrave Completes Teaching First MOOC on Developing Android Apps Mar 21, 2014 8:00 am6 views CS Professor Lawrence Angrave recently completed teaching the first MOOC on developing apps for the Android platform. VeriFlow Aims to Verify Application-Defined Networks in Real Time Aug 26, 2013 8:00 am6 views Researchers at the Ocean Cluster for Experimental Architectures in Networks (OCEAN) lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) hope to address concerns of networks shaped on the fly by applications Election Analytics Website Presents Perfect Merger of Computer and Social Science Oct 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. ECE Illinois Research Wins at CS MANTECH Oct 31, 2018 8:00 am6 views ECE ILLINOIS researchers took home three top awards at the Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (CS MANTECH) 2018 conference. Park to Introduce Robotic Flying Squirrels Dec 9, 2016 8:00 am6 views Illinois researcher Hae-Won Park was awarded a Robotics Fast Track contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design a hybrid robot that can glide, land, and walk. Meng Honored with ANS Radiation Science and Technology Award Dec 17, 2018 8:00 am6 views Professor Ling-Jian Meng was selected as the 2018 winner of the American Nuclear Society Radiation Science and Technology Award. Nam Sung Kim Elected to MICRO Hall of Fame Mar 27, 2017 8:00 am5 views Nam Sung Kim, CSL associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been inducted into the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO) Hall of Fame, an honor given to outstanding researchers who have consistently contributed to MICRO with high-impact research by ACM SIGMICRO, ACM’s Special Interest Group on Microarchitecture. Varshney and Bai Awarded Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange Paper Award Jun 8, 2016 8:00 am5 views Bai and Varshney collaborated with New York University Professor Rumi Chunara to analyze data from location-sharing social platform Foursquare. Milos Gligoric Receives ACM SIGSOFT Dissertation Award Aug 1, 2016 8:00 am5 views Dr. Milos Gligoric (PhD CS '15) is the 2016 recipient of the ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. The award recognizes excellent research in the field of software engineering. Graphene: The more you bend it, the softer it gets Nov 20, 2019 12:30 pm5 views New research by engineers at the University of Illinois combines atomic-scale experimentation with computer modeling to determine how much energy it takes to bend multilayer graphene – a question that has eluded scientists since graphene was first isolated. The findings are reported in the journal Nature Materials. Professor Wen-mei Hwu Extends GPU Principles in General Parallel Computing Applications Nov 25, 2019 3:30 pm5 views The computations of modern hardware are so complex that it requires multiple processors to parallelize the task that is being performed. According to an article from Built In, Nvidia approached ECE ILLINOIS Professor Wen-mei Hwu, AMD Jerry Sanders Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, to help extend their designs with GPUs into general parallel computing applications. Comberiate wins EPEPS Best Student Paper Award Jan 24, 2014 8:00 am4 views Thomas Comberiate won the Best Student Paper Award at EPEPS 2013, the conference on Electrical Performance of Electronic Packaging and Systems. Chowdhary Tackles Agricultural Challenges with Autonomous Robot Jan 29, 2020 12:00 pm4 views Illinois ECE affiliate faculty member and director of the Field Robotics Engineering and Sciences Hub Girish Chowdhary was recently featured on a OneZero article, highlighting his work with his startup EarthSense. EarthSense sells an autonomous agriculture robot that Chowdhary developed to phenotype plants for breeders. Visiting Student Xiaoyan Xiong Discovers Revolutionary X-Parameter Modeling Method Feb 18, 2015 8:00 am4 views During her time at UIUC, Xiong and her advisers discovered a method to model the X-Parameter, which is a mathematical representation of nonlinearity in frequency domain in microwave devices and systems. Their findings are revolutionary because X-parameters would have to be regenerated every time the input signal arbitrarily changed, and this is no longer necessary with their new model. Varshney Featured in "The Age of A.I.," a Youtube Originals Series Feb 19, 2020 2:00 pm4 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. Illinois-led Team Wins NSF Grant for Physics-Defying Research Mar 10, 2017 8:00 am4 views The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $2 million to a team, comprised of Gaurav Bahl (UIUC MechSE assistant professor, lead principal Investigator) and Taylor Hughes (UIUC Physics associate professor), with Steven Cummer (electrical engineering, Duke), and Hailin Wang (physics, Oregon). They make up one of nine research groups of engineering-led, interdisciplinary researchers working to break the conventional ways in which light and sound waves propagate. Their proposal is titled, "Reconfigurable pathways and directionality for sound using time-varying engineered materials." Raginsky Receives Career Award to Apply Information Theory to Machine Learning Problems Mar 22, 2013 11:30 am4 views ECE Assistant Professor Maxim Raginsky, a researcher in the Coordinated Science Lab, has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to develop an information-theoretic approach to machine learning problems that involve multiple resource-constrained learning agents in a large network. Lu Wins 2018 Sigmetrics Test-Of-Time Award Apr 1, 2019 8:00 am4 views ECE ILLINOIS Associate Professor Yi Lu was awarded the 2018 ACM SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award for her group's work "Counter braids: a novel counter architecture for per-flow measurement." Her team, including Sarang Dharmapurikar from Nuova Systems, Inc, and Andrea Montanari, Balaji Prabhakar, and Abdul Kabbani, all from Stanford University, was recognized for their influential performance evaluation paper whose impact is still felt 10 years after its initial publication. Lu now conducts research at the Coordinated Science Lab. $7.5M DOD MURI award to explore creation of qubits based on Majorana zero modes Apr 18, 2022 11:15 am4 views IQUIST’s Angela Kou will analyze proposed materials and investigate qubits’ limitations. Qubits lie at the heart of quantum computing—and they aren’t all the same. The quantum successor to classical computing’s bits, they can be created in a variety of ways that have yet to be fully explored. The chosen approach matters, because it has implications for how robust the resulting qubit will be and how well it will perform. The Holy Grail: Automatic Speech Recognition for Low-Resource Languages Apr 22, 2016 8:00 am4 views Preethi Jyothi, a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, is working towards creating technology that can help with the development of ASR software for any language spoken anywhere in the world. New Tools Available to Mine World's Largest Digital Repository of Books May 31, 2013 8:00 am4 views [T]he HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) announced the availability of data mining and analytics tools for the HathiTrust Digital Library, a collection of digital texts from over 70 research libraries around the world. The new tools provide a much-needed entry point to large-scale analysis of HathiTrusts contents. Indiana University and the University of Illinois are the founding partners of the HTRC. Illinois Design Students Create Virtual Reality Scenarios for Those Soon to Be Released from Prison Jun 18, 2018 8:00 am4 views Graphic design and industrial design students at the University of Illinois created immersive reality scenarios to help people who are soon to be released from prison learn how to navigate public transportation, pay at the pump at a gas station or order from a digital kiosk at a fast-food restaurant. Gaurav Bahl Awarded a 2017 Director of Research Early Career Grant Jul 10, 2017 8:00 am4 views Through his project, "Engineering nonreciprocal acoustic materials and microwave systems through phonon-assisted directional coupling," Bahl will experimentally develop techniques for engineering new forms of wave propagation by means of engineered time-varying materials. Padua Named Recipient of 2015 IEEE Computer Society Harry H. Goode Award Jul 29, 2015 8:00 am4 views CS Professor David Padua has been named the recipient of the 2015 IEEE Computer Society Harry H. Goode Memorial Award. CS Student Amanda Sopkin Awarded Google Scholarship Jul 29, 2016 8:00 am4 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. New plasma technique provides cleaner surfaces in computer-chip making Jul 31, 2009 8:00 am4 views A group from the Center for Plasma-Material Interactions has gained a patent on a non-contact method that uses plasma to clean very small dust and contamination particles from surfaces in the making of computer chips. Slate Safe Designed to Help Safeguard Package Delivery Aug 20, 2018 8:00 am4 views A startup called Slate Safe, featuring ECE ILLINOIS students and students from Purdue University is tackling the problem of stolen packages. Donuts, Math, and Superdense Teleportation of Quantum Information Sep 11, 2015 8:00 am4 views A research team led by physicist Paul Kwiat of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has made great strides by realizing "superdense teleportation". This new protocol, developed by coauthor physicist Herbert Bernstein of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, effectively reduces the resources and effort required to teleport quantum information, while at the same time improving the reliability of the information transfer. Charles Sing Received NSF CAREER Award Sep 18, 2017 8:00 am4 views Charles E. Sing, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois, received a 2017 National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his proposal, "Developing the design rules of charge sequence to inform polymer self-assembly."