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Abdelzaher repurposing social networking models to predict COVID spread under different social distancing policies

04/22/2020 - 14:18   The COVID-19 epidemic has inspired CSL professor Tarek Abdelzaher to modify information propagation models to make accurate predictions of virus spread.
Rakesh Kumar

Kumar honored with the 2020 ISCA Influential Paper Award

04/14/2020 - 10:07   CSL's Rakesh Kumar has been awarded an Influential Paper Award for his paper on interconnections in multi-core architecture, given for its impact on the field.
Shaloo Rakheja

Rakheja revealing the secrets of new materials

04/08/2020 - 16:18   CSL faculty member Shaloo Rakheja is pursuing a rich portfolio of efforts to model the physics and functionality of nanoscale devices that leverage new materials.
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CSL professors lead effort to study the psychology of fake news

04/07/2020 - 09:15   As part of a newly-funded, $6.25 million MURI Award, CSL professors Cedric Langbort, Tamer Başar, and Michel Regenwetter are working with an interdisciplinary team to look at fake news from a dynamic and psychological standpoint. logo

CSL professors help lead the way in using AI to combat COVID-19

04/02/2020 - 10:08   CSL Professors R. Srikant and Tandy Warnow are on the leadership team for the recently announced Digital Transformation Institute (DTI), which brings top scientists in industry and academia together to solve global problems.
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The Grainger College of Engineering and Carle Health demonstrate working prototype of emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients

03/27/2020 - 16:52   The United States is expecting a severe shortage of ventilators to help people suffering from COVID-19. On March 16, 2020, a team of more than 40 engineers, doctors, medical professionals, designers, and manufacturing experts launched an Apollo 13-style project to help address that need.
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C3SR ushers in new age of computing

03/26/2020 - 13:18   The next few years of AI research will shape the future of human life—and some of the leading research in the area is being done right here at the Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research, a joint venture between IBM and CSL.
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CSL professor creates robotic avatar for hands-free medical care

03/25/2020 - 13:43   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.
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Illinois PhD student awarded NASA FINESST fellowship

03/24/2020 - 09:53   A student of CSL professor Lara Waldrop received the NASA Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Spa​ce Science and Technology (FINESST) fellowship.
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.
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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.
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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.
Radhika Mittal

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.