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Math vs. Wild: Researchers use computer vision to identify wildlife

08/07/2011 - 19:00   In June, CSL researcher Thomas Huang received a three-year collaborative research grant entitled, “ABI Innovation Computational and Informatics Tools for Supporting Collaborative Wildlife Monitoring and Research.” The project, funded through a $443,405 National Science Foundation grant, includes collaborators from New York State Museum and the University of Missouri.

UI expert: Change in rule governing human subject research would benefit academia

08/06/2011 - 19:00   When working with human subjects, researchers often face stringent federal rules that can impede progress. CSL researcher C.K. (Tina) Gunsalus, director of the National Center for Professional & Research Ethics, talks with Inside Higher Ed about potential revisions to the so-called Common Rule that could ease restrictions and simultaneously make them more effective.

Stegobot research featured in New Scientist

07/24/2011 - 19:00   CSL graduate student Amir Houmansadr speaks with New Scientist about a botnet that could create a secret communication channel on Facebook.

07/18/2011 - 19:00   Gold, silver, and bronze medals are not just for Olympic athletes anymore—they can be for graduate students, too.

Scientists aglow after big discovery during tsunami

07/17/2011 - 19:00   CSL researcher Jonathan Makela talks with the Honolulu Star Advertiser about how cameras focused on the airglow level of the earth's upper atmosphere could help predict tsunamis in the future. The research was recently published in the peer-reviewed "Geophysical Research Letters."

Hovakimyan earns 2011 AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight award

07/11/2011 - 19:00   CSL researcher Naira Hovakimyan has received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Mechanics and Control of Flight Award for 2011. The award is presented for an outstanding recent technical or scientific contribution by an individual in the mechanics, guidance, or control of flight in space or the atmosphere.

Can ethics improve your work skills? New grant explores the connection

07/10/2011 - 19:00   While knowing right from wrong can keep you out of trouble at work, a University of Illinois researcher is looking at whether it may also enhance your performance.

Silver pen has the write stuff for flexible electronics

07/06/2011 - 19:00   The pen may have bested the sword long ago, but now it’s challenging wires and soldering irons.

Research to improve reliability of advanced weapon, other computer systems

07/04/2011 - 19:00   CSL researchers Zbigniew Kalbarczyk and Ravi K. Iyer have received a four-year, $300,000 grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) for their project entitled, “Globally-Optimization Protection for Soft Error Resilient Robust.”

Valdes to direct "Smart Grid@Illinois" research

07/04/2011 - 19:00   Alfonso Valdes, a longtime leader of national cyber security efforts in the electricity sector, is set to become the first managing director of the expanding "Smart Grid @ Illinois" research efforts housed in the Information Trust Institute (ITI) at the University of Illinois.

Lyding spreads word of chemistry discovery

06/26/2011 - 19:00   ECE Professor Joseph W. Lyding is using his expertise in microscopy to help communicate new findings in chemistry. Lyding, a researcher with the Coordinated Science Laboratory and Beckman Institute, recently published an invited News and Views article analyzing a potential breakthrough in Nature Chemistry, one of the field’s highest impact journals.

Coleman receives SPIE Technology Award

06/21/2011 - 19:00   ECE Professor James J. Coleman recently received the 2011 Technology Achievement Award from SPIE – International Society for Optics and Photonics. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in optics, electro-optics, photonic engineering, or imaging. The citation reads “for seminal contributions to the methods, designs, and demonstrations of selectively grown discrete and monolithically integrated compound semiconductor lasers and photonic devices.”

DNA sequencing assembly research could speed up disease identification

06/20/2011 - 19:00   In the future, when physicians need to verify a patient diagnosis, they may find their answer by analyzing DNA and checking it against an online disease database.

PhD student receives Google Policy Fellowship at New America Foundation

06/08/2011 - 19:00   Colin Rhinesmith, a doctoral student in library and information science at Illinois, is trying to bridge the digital divide. The digital divide addresses how a lack of access to computers and the Internet can hamper certain parts of the population.

ECE course enables students to create smartphone apps

06/06/2011 - 19:00   ECE students capped off their undergraduate career in computer engineering by developing smartphone applications that utilize cloud computing. ECE 498HP: Extending Mobile Computing Through Cloud Computing was a new class spearheaded by ECE Professor Constantine Polychronopoulos and ECE Assistant Professor Yih-Chun Hu. In the course, students studied how to extend cloud computing resources to mobile smartphone users.

New Illinois research institute to advance future clean energy

06/01/2011 - 19:00   The University of Illinois has established a new research center on campus to develop the fundamental science required for a carbon-neutral energy economy. The center is part of the $100 million International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER, pronounced “Ice-ner”) located at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan.

Cangellaris receives ARL Director's Coin

05/31/2011 - 19:00   On May 19, ECE Department Head and M. E. Van Valkenburg Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Andreas C. Cangellaris received the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Director’s Coin. It was presented by Dr. Dev Palmer, the program manager for electromagnetics, microwaves, and power at the ARL’s Army Research Office (ARO).On May 19, ECE Department Head and M. E. Van Valkenburg Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Andreas C. Cangellaris received the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Director’s Coin. It was presented by Dr. Dev Palmer, the program manager for electromagnetics, microwaves, and power at the ARL’s Army Research Office (ARO).

CSL researchers win IEEE FCCM Best Paper Award

05/22/2011 - 19:00   Building on the work that won them an IEEE best paper nod in 2009, CSL researchers Wen-mei Hwu and Deming Chen have captured another Best Paper award at the IEEE Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCM).

Umberto Ravaioli receives the campus award for excellence in undergraduate advising

05/22/2011 - 19:00   After many years of advising and mentoring students, Senior Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs and ECE Professor Umberto Ravaioli was recognized for his student advising by being named a recipient of the 2011 Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The award was presented at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence event sponsored by the Provost’s office on April 26. Twenty-one other awards were given to faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants in recognition of excellence in teaching, advising and mentoring students.

Vasudevan receives YWCA leadership award

05/15/2011 - 19:00   CSL researcher Shobha Vasudevan was presented the YWCA Leadership Award in Science on March 11. She was one of six female leaders who were honored by the YWCA chapter of Champaign- Urbana in their first annual leadership award ceremony.