The University of Illinois’ Coordinated Science Laboratory is a premier, multidisciplinary research laboratory that focuses on information technology at the crossroads of circuits, computing, control, and communications.
Led by a faculty of world-renowned experts and researchers, CSL uses these innovations to explore critical issues in defense, medicine, environmental sciences, robotics, life-enhancement for the disabled, and aeronautics.
A Roadmap of Innovations
In its more than 65 years, CSL has made major contributions in a variety of fields. Here are some landmark achievements:
- An Emmy Award for inventing the flat-panel, plasma display monitor
- PLATO, the first computer-assisted instructional program in the world
- The electric vacuum gyroscope, making it possible for nuclear submarines to navigate the world while submerged for months
- Innovative universal receivers for CDMA communications
- The Secret Sharing System to protect information from inadvertent damage and covert tampering
- The first multiprocessor using microprocessors
- The first binaural hearing aid
- The linear approach to estimating the 3-D motion of objects from a sequence of 2-D images
- Massively increased efficiency of image reconstruction from medical scanners by a factor of 20 to 1000
- First to create a technique for the building and testing of reliable circuits
- First to apply signal processing to optical fiber communication systems