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Illinois receives $2.1 million from NSA to help advance security of cyber systems

05/18/2014 - 19:00   The Illinois Lablet will focus on security at the systems level, with the ultimate goal of providing methodologies for end-to-end security analysis of systems ranging from the power grid to the Internet.
Sunil Kumar

CSL alum Sunil Kumar brings business savvy to Booth School

05/15/2014 - 19:00   Sunil Kumar got his first taste of control theory’s power to change industry as a graduate student in the Coordinated Science Laboratory.
Andy Singer

Singer invested as Fox Family Professor

05/14/2014 - 19:00   When Professor Andy Singer took the stage in the Beckman Auditorium on May 6, there was an ebullient air in room. Those in attendance were wearing suits and bright, summery dresses. Chancellor Phyllis Wise and Provost and ECE Professor Ilesanmi Adesida were on stage, Professor Andy Singer. Professor Andy Singer. and before an audience of Singer’s family and colleagues, graduate students and alumni, they invested him as a Fox Family Professor.
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ECE ILLINOIS offers first Big Data class for undergrads

05/13/2014 - 19:00   “Big Data — that’s a hot topic,” said Qifeng Hu, a junior in electrical engineering, referring to a new course that he and other students are finishing this semester, Making Sense of Big Data (ECE 398BD). It’s the first-ever departmental course focused specifically on the topic, and a hot topic it is.
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ADSC extends time, funding for research in Singapore

05/07/2014 - 19:00   Continuing the working relationship between Singapore and the University of Illinois, ADSC has extended its agreement with Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), to provide an additional three years of funding to the research center.
Deming Chen

Researchers release first SPICE-compatible compact models for graphene-based digital circuits

05/06/2014 - 19:00   Before the invention of transistors, computers in the 1960s were bulky, unreliable and created tremendous amounts of heat. However, with the advent of transistors and their aggressive scaling, computers today contain millions, or even billions, of transistors to complete tasks and engineers are able to pack them into small spaces such as phones, tablets, or sensors.
Naira Hovakimyan

Hovakimyan receives Humboldt Research Award

05/05/2014 - 19:00   Naira Hovakimyan, a CSL professor and Schaller Faculty Scholar in MechSE, recently received the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Award. This highly competitive German award is granted to outstanding international researchers for their scientific achievements with the prospect of more cutting-edge discoveries in their academic career.
Gropp Invested as First Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science

Gropp invested as first Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science

05/01/2014 - 19:00   On April 3, as the department celebrated the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, CS Professor William D. Gropp was invested as the first Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science.
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Research shows smartphone sensors leave trackable fingerprints

04/27/2014 - 19:00   Fingerprints — those swirling residues left on keyboards and doorknobs — are mostly invisible. They can affirm your onetime presence, but they cannot be used to track your day-to-day activities. They cannot tell someone in real time that after exercising at the gym, you went to office in a bus and played video games during lunch. But what if our hand-held electronics are leaving real-time fingerprints instead? Fingerprints that are so intrinsic to the device that, like our own, they cannot be removed?
Mohamed Ali Belabbas

Belabbas receives NSF CAREER Award

04/24/2014 - 19:00   A new paradigm has emerged for control systems. During the past 20 years, engineers and theorists have shifted away from control systems that are centralized, where one agent, the leader or control center, broadcasts commands and information to every other agent. Increasingly, researchers are realizing that many control systems – from decentralized power distribution systems to auction systems – can be configured as a collection of interacting autonomous agents.
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ADSC in the news: Intelligent Scribbles software edits out images in real time

04/24/2014 - 19:00   Illinois associate professor Minh Do, along with researchers at ADSC, have developed a software called Intelligent Scribbles, which allows for an object in an image to be etched out in real time. The software has been licensed by SnapClip, which is commercializing the technology.
Adam Tilton

Device helps athletes monitor practice

04/21/2014 - 19:00   CHAMPAIGN — Adam Tilton has developed a gesture-recognition device to help athletes monitor what they've done in practice.
Oculus VR

CSL Prof. LaValle central to Oculus' $2 billion success

04/16/2014 - 19:00   On March 25, both the business and technology news pages excitedly announced Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, the maker of a virtual reality gaming headset called Oculus Rift.
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Awareness week cultivates conversations about ethics in research

04/07/2014 - 19:00   There are thousands of examples of unethical behavior in today’s society, ranging from cheating on homework to medical experiments to falsifying research results—and even more examples of ethical conduct, many that go unheralded. Each year, Illinois celebrates Ethics Awareness Week to educate and bring awareness to the ethical issues surrounding students, staff and faculty, focusing on learning, scholarship and research.
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Power Park toy encourages curiosity for the sciences in children

04/06/2014 - 19:00   A child’s first encounter with science may be as a toddler catching lightening bugs in jars, followed up by taking apart and putting back together an old cell phone when he or she is older. But some children are spending more time in front of a television or computer and less time digging in the dirt at their neighborhood park or mixing kitchen chemicals, and they’re missing out on great opportunities to foster their curiosity and imagination.
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Study questions safety of popular robotic surgical device

04/02/2014 - 19:00   Minimally invasive robotic surgeries using the da Vinci surgical system have become a popular option for many types of surgery, and in fact are now the most commonly used minimally invasive surgical option for hysterectomies in the U.S., according to Intuitive Surgical Inc., the manufacturer of the da Vinci surgical robot.
Tim Yardley

ARMORE project works to create safer grid for utility companies

03/19/2014 - 19:00   Due to advancement in cyber attack methodology, many companies are being encouraged to employ thorough security measures to combat the increasingly widespread attacks. This is evident in the release of cyber security frameworks such as the NIST Cyber Security Framework that was created from Presidential Executive Order 13636. For instance, utility companies, in particular, need to go beyond just guarding their networks at the edge, and begin protecting at deeper network levels as well. The current edge-based firewall approach, as well as the lack of widely deployed security protections in existing protocols, presents problems that require new, resilient and intelligent protection schemes.
Peter Sauer

Educational program to advance electric power microgrid engineering curriculum

03/13/2014 - 19:00   If Alexander Graham Bell came back today and saw the improvement technology has made on his first telephone, he would be astonished. But according to CSL Professor Peter Sauer, if Thomas Edison came back, he wouldn’t be all that surprised at what has developed in the power industry.
Jose E. Schutt-Aine

Schutt-Aine wins Best Paper Award at EDAPS 2013

03/10/2014 - 19:00   CSL Professor Jose E. Schutt-Aine received the Best Paper Award at EDAPS 2013, the IEEE Electrical Design of Advanced Packaging & Systems Symposium. The symposium took place in Nara, Japan. He won the award for his paper titled, “Comparing Fast Convolution and Model Order Reduction Methods for S-Parameter Simulation.” Simulation is integral to the design of circuits, as it allows the designer to quickly, efficiently, and economically characterize a circuit before physically producing it.
Jungwook Choi presenting at MEMOCODE last fall.

Speeding up 3-D video for computers

03/05/2014 - 18:00   Most mammals have binocular vision. It helps squirrels, in the trees on campus, determine the distance between branches and make the leap. It helps basketball players toss buzzer-beaters from half court.