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App software edits photos, videos in real time

07/10/2014 - 19:00   Posting selfies to Instagram and Facebook has been popular among teens and young adults for many years now, but ADSC researchers are now upping the selfie-game with their development of an app that allows people to take a short video clip and alter the background using pre-designed animated templates to create a Hollywood style mini-movie in seconds.
Robert Pilawa-Podgurski

Pilawa earns PELS young engineer award

07/10/2014 - 19:00   Assistant Professor Robert Pilawa-Podgurski has received the Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award from the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS).
ECE Assistant Professor Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia

Dominguez-Garcia invited to attend NAE's U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

07/09/2014 - 19:00   ECE Assistant Professor Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia has been selected by the National Academy of Engineering to attend the United States Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, along with 82 other engineers who have all been determined by the academy to be future leaders of the engineering field. The event will be Sept. 11-13 in Irvine, California.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

National Science Foundation fellows pursue research at ECE ILLINOIS

07/08/2014 - 19:00   Lung cancer is frequently one of the most deadly forms of the disease, mainly because of its late detection rate. However, National Science Foundation fellow and ECE ILLINOIS graduate student Lonna Edwards is trying to change that by researching new ways to find tiny proteins that indicate the presence of diseases like cancer, called biomarkers. Her work could help doctors diagnose lung cancer much earlier, and could also make detecting it much cheaper and less invasive, ultimately saving lives from the disease.
William H. Sanders

Sanders named ECE ILLINOIS department head

07/07/2014 - 19:00   Professor William H. Sanders is ECE ILLINOIS’ new department head, Engineering at Illinois Dean Andreas C. Cangellaris announced Thursday. His appointment is effective August 16, 2014.
An innovative approach for image-completion software

An innovative approach for image-completion software

07/06/2014 - 19:00   With image-editing software like Adobe Photoshop, adding a missing face into a group photo is rather simple. It requires a source image of the person in the correct pose, but otherwise, with a few clicks of the selection tool, the person can be copied, pasted, repositioned, and presto, the combination is done. No problem. Removals, however—perhaps omitting a photobomber from the same image—are much less straightforward. Content must be created; a gap must be filled.
Richard E. Blahut

Blahut retires after 20 years at Illinois

07/02/2014 - 19:00   According to Professor Richard E. Blahut, a former department head of ECE ILLINOIS and the Henry Magnuski Professor, the best innovations are accomplished when idea-generators and administrators are a cohesive force.
Lav R. Varshney

Varshney demonstrates novel crowdsourcing approach

07/01/2014 - 19:00   CSL and ECE Assistant Professor Lav R. Varshney has an algorithmic solution to a problem that plagues ecologists and astronomers, educators and sociologists — the problem of effectively and accurately crowdsourcing information, even when the individual contributors lack training or expertise.
Vasudevan wins Best Paper Award at top conference in design automation

Vasudevan wins Best Paper Award at top conference in design automation

06/30/2014 - 19:00   Shobha Vasudevan, along with her students, Viraj Athavale, Sai Ma and Samuel Hertz, recently received the Best Paper Award at the 2014 Design Automation Conference (DAC), for their research in code coverage of assertions using register transfer level (RTL) source code analysis, which will help with accuracy and speed during the verification process.
Wise elected Chair to Illinois Pte Board of Directors

Wise elected Chair to Illinois Pte Board of Directors

06/30/2014 - 19:00   The Illinois at Singapore Pte. Ltd. Board of Directors have announced the election of Dr. Phyllis Wise as board chair, effective immediately. Members of the board elected Wise, who is succeeding University of Illinois Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate College Debasish Dutta as the chairperson. Wise is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chancellor.
Klara Nahrstedt

Nahrstedt appointed to CRA Computing Community Consortium Council

06/23/2014 - 19:00   CSL Acting Director Klara Nahrstedt, the Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, is one of six new members selected to the Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium Council.
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In the News: Amazon unveils its 3D Fire Phone

06/22/2014 - 19:00   Amazon has unveiled its first foray into the smartphone market -- a new device called the Fire Phone that features 3D display capabilities.

Mitra develops verification tool for trustworthy cyber-physical systems

06/16/2014 - 19:00   Over the past few decades, information systems have increasingly replaced human operators and processes, with technology assisting in everything from flying aircraft to regulating heartbeats. As the movement toward more autonomous systems continues, there is a growing need to ensure that these systems are safe and reliable before they are deployed – especially in fields where failure could be fatal.
IBM Faculty Awards

Faculty receive IBM recognition, funding for research contributions

06/15/2014 - 19:00   Three CSL faculty members, Deming Chen, Ravishankar Iyer and Steven Lumetta, have been awarded IBM Corporation Faculty Awards for their contributions in their field of research.
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Framework configures, secures remote access to legacy and emerging energy devices for utilities

06/12/2014 - 19:00   Due to a variety of attacks on the energy sector in the last decade, utilities are on high alert for possible infiltrations to their security. Having incorrect or inconsistent configuration of energy sector devices is just one of the areas attackers could leverage to thwart the security measures energy companies have set up.
Shobha Vasudevan

Vasudevan receives Best Paper Award for verification algorithm

06/11/2014 - 19:00   Assistant Professor Shobha Vasudevan and three graduate students received the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on VLSI Design earlier this year.
John Tucker

Remembering Professor Emeritus John Tucker

06/05/2014 - 19:00   No matter the project, even the most heralded electronic devices are based on fundamental, well-established theories. There are basic tenants like Ohm’s law, taught in high-school physics classes, and there are concepts like the Tucker Theory, which is complex, yet essential for certain applications. The latter is named for Professor Emeritus John R. Tucker, who passed away in April, leaving an exceptional research legacy that bridged the boundary between theoretical physics and circuit development.
Alumnus Ryan Rogowski (BSEE '11)

ECE alum's app provides instant translation of foreign languages

06/05/2014 - 19:00   ECE alum Ryan Rogowski (BSEE '11) made news again last week as the company he co-founded, Waygo, announced it had rolled out an app for the Android and told an audience at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) that he eventually sees the app adding languages and working in the Google Glass Environment.
Robin Berthier

New Illinois-developed company gets training through NSF I-Corps program

06/04/2014 - 19:00   Because of the vulnerability of IT infrastructures, the power industry has mandated critical infrastructure protection regulations that must be followed by all large electric utilities. Utilities are audited every three years and the price of non-compliance is steep: If they’re found to be in violation of any of the regulations, they can face penalties of up to $1 million per day.
Rakesh Bobba

Wide-area power system monitoring research will help reduce power outages

05/20/2014 - 19:00   CSL and ITI Professors Rakesh Bobba and Nitin Vaidya recently received a three-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research on developing algorithms and system software for wide-area monitoring of power systems.