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Ryan Corey (left) receiving the Best Paper Award at WASPAA.

CSL Researcher wins Best Student Paper Award for work on deformable microphone arrays

03/23/2020 - 13:26   Researchers at the Illinois Augmented Listening Laboratory are developing new augmented listening technologies that could help hearing aids perform much better in noisy environments.
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CSL alum explains the science behind the spread of COVID-19

03/17/2020 - 14:29   It seems as though every hour there is a new update on where COVID-19 has spread and the new measures being taken to stop the spread. The symptoms of this particular strain of the coronavirus allow it to spread quickly, even in people who are not showing symptoms. CSL alum and virus modeling expert Philip E. Paré explains why COVID-19 pandemic is no ordinary flu.
An example of how an Amazon Alexa could determine a person's location within a home.

CSL research team develops voice localization techniques for smart speakers

03/10/2020 - 09:38   Smart speakers - think, an Amazon Alexa or a Google Home - offer a wide variety of capabilities to help free up both our time and our hands. One task it hasn’t mastered is determining user location in the home, CSL researchers are developing technology that would allow it to do just that.
Earth connected by a vast amount of datapoints.

CSL professors receive MURI Award funding to study digital misinformation

03/09/2020 - 09:59   A group led by CSL Associate Professor Cedric Langbort has received a $6.25 million MURI Award to study digital misinformation.
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New aerial image dataset to help provide farmers with actionable insights

03/02/2020 - 11:55   A dataset of large-scale aerial images aims to give farmers visibility into the conditions of their fields. The dataset will enable agricultural pattern analysis of aerial images, providing farmers with actionable insights.
Etesami is working to improve the models behind social media tracking.

CSL Professor works to reduce fake news dissemination

02/26/2020 - 08:52   With the US in the midst of another election cycle, researchers are trying to prevent the sharing of fake news. CSL's Rasoul Etesami is working to improve the models behind social media tracking, in order to better understand how bad news is shared.
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Mittal receives Facebook Research Award

02/25/2020 - 09:39   CSL Assistant Professor Radhika Mittal recently received a Networking Systems research award from Facebook for her proposal “Semantic Management of Packet Drops.” Mittal’s research is set to improve the responsiveness of Facebook’s real-time applications.
Joohyung Kim

From Illinois to Disney & back again: Introducing Joohyung Kim

02/18/2020 - 16:40   It has been called the most magical place on Earth. But the secret to much of Disney’s “magic” is actually state-of-the-art engineering. For the past seven years, Joohyung Kim has helped to create the science behind the robots and animatronics that entertain millions each year.
Sujan Gonugondla (left) and Karim Megawer with their Predoctoral Achievement Awards.

CSL students awarded prestigious IEEE-SSCS Predoctoral Achievement Awards

02/17/2020 - 16:10   At the flagship conference for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) this week, 20 graduate students from all over the world received a Predoctoral Achievement Award. Two of those students conduct research at CSL.
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Zhao named Sloan Research Fellow

02/14/2020 - 10:31   CSL Assistant Professor Zhizhen Zhao was recently named as one of the 126 recipients of the 2020 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Zhizhen Zhao (Jane)

CSL Professor looks to improve comparative methods for data analysis

02/12/2020 - 10:49   Pairwise comparison works when there are only two or three objects to compare, but it becomes more complicated when dealing with massive data sets in social networks and other systems. CSL's Zhizhen Zhao is working on a method to compare a multitude of related items efficiently.
Mehta, Kim, and Meyn at the award ceremony.

CSL student wins IEEE CDC Best Paper Award

02/06/2020 - 15:46   At the flagship conference for control theory this past December in France, several CSL faculty and students watched proudly as Jin-Won Kim won the Best Student Paper Award for his research, “What is the Lagrangian for Nonlinear Filtering.”
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CSL alumnus Arvind Krishna announced as next CEO of IBM

01/31/2020 - 14:24   A former CSl and Illinois ECE alumnus, Arvind Krishna (MS ’87, PhD ’91), has been elected as Chief Executive Officer of IBM, effective April 6, 2020.
Jon Freund

CSL professor named AE Department Head

01/30/2020 - 11:27   Professor Jonathan Freund has been named the new head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering. As a Donald Biggar Willett Professor, Freund has been with the College for almost 19 years. His appointment will commence February 16, 2020.
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CSL professor contributes to mathematical discovery

01/27/2020 - 17:01   A recent mathematical “discovery” that has garnered a lot of media attention has its roots in related research done by a professor of mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
A doctor's hand and an engineer's hand holdling a heart made up of molecules and gears.

CSL professors among 2020 Jump ARCHES Grant recipients

01/24/2020 - 11:47   Fourteen research projects, four co-led by CSL faculty, are sharing $1.9 million in funding through the Jump ARCHES research and development program. Jump ARCHES is a partnership between OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois Grainger College of Engineering.
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Student improves bioinformatics software to better analyze human DNA

01/21/2020 - 09:40   Human beings have around 10 trillion cells in their bodies, resulting in about 10 billion miles of DNA. CSL student Zachary Stephens is changing the way medical experts examine and analyze this vast amount of DNA in the human body.
The imagined work flow of the hub.

SEARCCH: Improving cybersecurity through collaboration

01/16/2020 - 09:01   Scientific breakthroughs take many different minds and ideas coming together. To further the field of cybersecurity research, ITI’s Tim Yardley is establishing a Sharing Expertise and Artifacts for Reuse through Cybersecurity Community Hub (SEARCCH).
Rakesh Kumar receiving his award in Beijing on January 13.

Kumar receives Ten-Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award

01/14/2020 - 11:19   In 2010, a CSL assistant professor formed a hypothesis based on one proposed by another CSL professor. The result is a paper now recognized as the most influential of the decade in design automation research.
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Varshney featured in "The Age of AI," a YouTube original series

01/13/2020 - 09:53   CSL Assistant Professor Lav R Varshney is featured in a new YouTube Originals series “The Age of A.I.”, hosted by Robert Downey Jr. Varshney shares his expertise in how AI can build a better human.