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PURE returns this semester, offers more for undergrads

09/11/2014 - 19:00   The concept of doing research may be a daunting task for undergraduates, who typically have little technical experience. However, the Promoting Undergraduate Research in Engineering (PURE) program has been designed to give freshmen and sophomores a chance to work as mentee on a research project with a graduate student.
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Kesavadas appointed first director of Illinois' Health Care Engineering Systems Center

09/03/2014 - 19:00   Thenkurussi Kesavadas will guide the center in developing new technologies and cyber-physical systems with JUMP in Peoria.
Klara Nahrstedt

Nahrstedt Receives SIGMM Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions

09/03/2014 - 19:00   The 2014 winner of the prestigious ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications is CS Professor and CSL Acting Director Klara Nahrstedt.
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Illinois partners with NTU to develop new generation of Asian academic leaders

08/24/2014 - 19:00   The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is partnering with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore to develop higher education’s next crop of leaders into more ethical and evidence-based decision-makers. With a $2.7 million grant, Illinois is collaborating with NTU to conduct research, develop curricula, provide guidance and create tools to train current and future executives of major research universities as part of a new NTU academy focusing on leadership, expected to launch next year.
Pramod Viswanath

Viswanath searches for solution to interference in wireless networks

08/12/2014 - 19:00   CSL Professor Pramod Viswanath was recently awarded a three-year, $360,000 grant from the Army for his project titled “Wireless Networks as Polymatroidal Graphs: Embeddings, Multicommodity Flows, Cuts and Function Computation.” This project will address interference in wireless networks and how to manage that interference in a distributed way.
Pramod Viswanath

Multi-university team works on edge-cloud to help scale big data

08/06/2014 - 19:00   According to Cisco Systems, Internet video currently accounts for 66 percent of global Internet traffic, and that number is projected to rise to 79 percent by 2018. In North America, these numbers may be even higher, with YouTube and Netflix alone accounting for more than 50 percent of all Internet traffic. For CSL Professor Pramod Viswanath, those statistics mean there’s an enormous amount of data that needs to be stored and transported to make the growing amount of video streaming possible.
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ECE ILLINOIS remembers more than six decades in Everitt Lab

08/04/2014 - 19:00   Outside an unassuming room in Everitt Laboratory, which most recently served as the business office, there’s a small plaque, set in a wood frame. “In this room,” the inscription reads, “during the spring semester of 1952, John Bardeen—the two-time Nobel laureate—taught the first course on semiconductors and transistors ... offered at any university.”
Paul Scott Carney

Beckman team places in top three in Alan Alda Flame Challenge

07/22/2014 - 19:00   A Beckman Institute team, which included CSL and ECE Associate Professor Scott Carney, decided to enter this year's Flame Challenge, a competition from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, and was named one of the top three finalists in the visual category, out of hundreds of applicants.
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Researchers receive Best Paper Award, Carter Award for RnS monitoring research

07/16/2014 - 19:00   CSL researchers received the inaugural Best Paper Award at last month’s 2014 IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN). Additionally, graduate student Cuong Pham was recognized for his outstanding PhD research in this area and was awarded the William C. Carter Award at DSN.
Cristina L. Abad

In the News: USENIX researchers get a grip on Hadoop performance

07/14/2014 - 19:00   Cristina Abad, a May 2014 computer science Ph.D. graduate at Illinois, has developed a benchmark designed to model the performance of next-generation storage systems, called MimesisBench, which was featured in ITWorld and PCWorld.
CSL faculty bring home Engineering at Illinois awards

CSL faculty bring home Engineering at Illinois awards

07/13/2014 - 19:00   Several CSL faculty were honored at the 50th-annual faculty award ceremony for Engineering at Illinois.

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.
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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.