News Stories

NCSA, Cray partner on sustained-petascale Blue Waters supercomputer

11/16/2011 - 18:00   The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the UI has finalized a contract with Cray Inc. to provide the supercomputer for the National Science Foundation’s Blue Waters project. Cray replaces IBM, which terminated its contract in August because, IBM said, the technology required more financial and technical support than originally anticipated.

CSL celebrates 60th anniversary

11/06/2011 - 18:00   As the incubator of a navigational compass for nuclear submarines, the plasma display and PLATO, the first computer-assisted educational program, the Coordinated Science Laboratory has a 60-year tradition of creating technology that has transformed everything from defense to medicine.

Rozier wins IEEE best paper for deduplication research

11/06/2011 - 18:00   CSL graduate student Eric Rozier and CSL Director William Sanders won the Best Paper Award at the 30th IEEE Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems, which took place Oct. 5-7 in Madrid.

Science of Security Lablet established at the University of Illinois

10/31/2011 - 19:00   The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carnegie Mellon University, and North Carolina State University are each receiving an initial $1 million in grant funds from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to stimulate the creation of a more scientific basis for the design and analysis of trusted systems.

CSL grad students win Best in Session at TECHCON

10/22/2011 - 19:00   In September, two CSL graduate students, Joseph Sloan and Rami Abdallah, won Best in Session Awards at the Semiconductor Research Corporations’ (SRC) 2011 Technology Conference, also known as TECHCON.

Da Silva wins two awards for dependability and event-based system papers

09/28/2011 - 19:00   University of Illinois graduate Gabriela Jacques da Silva won two prestigious awards this past summer for papers she wrote on computer dependability and event-based systems.

In small towns, gossip moves to the web, and turns vicious

09/19/2011 - 19:00   CSL researcher Christian Sandvig, an associate professor of communication, is interviewed in a New York Times piece about how the Internet is replacing the local coffee shop as gossip central in some rural communities.

Two engineering faculty members named University Scholars

09/14/2011 - 19:00   Two Engineering at Illinois faculty members--Naira Hovakimyan and Paul J. Kenis--are among six Urbana campus faculty members recently recognized as University Scholars. The University Scholars program recognizes excellence while helping to identify and retain the university’s most talented teachers, scholars and researchers.

Makela receives IEEE Mac Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award

09/05/2011 - 19:00   ECE Associate Professor Jonathan J. Makela is the 2011 recipient of the IEEE Education Society’s Mac Van Valkenburg Award. The award goes to teachers within their first 10 years following the receipt of their PhD who have “made outstanding contributions to teaching unusually early in their professional careers,” according to the IEEE website.

EAGER grant to program computers to recognize, classify images

08/31/2011 - 19:00   As the volume of digital information grows, there’s an increasing need to automate the ability to understand and categorize the information as quickly as possible. Engineers in the Coordinated Science Laboratory are addressing the problem by teaching machines how to recognize and classify objects as seamlessly as a human does.

Stegobot steals passwords, reveals social network insecurities

08/21/2011 - 19:00   As if you needed another reason to be careful with photos on Facebook.

Kumar to retire after 26 years at Illinois

08/17/2011 - 19:00   ECE Professor P. R. Kumar retired from the University of Illinois faculty after 26 years of service.

Smart skin: Electronics that stick and stretch like a temporary tattoo

08/10/2011 - 19:00   Engineers have developed a device platform that combines electronic components for sensing, medical diagnostics, communications and human-machine interfaces, all on an ultrathin skin-like patch that mounts directly onto the skin with the ease, flexibility and comfort of a temporary tattoo.

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.