News Stories

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.

Silver pen has the write stuff for flexible electronics

07/06/2011 - 19:00   The pen may have bested the sword long ago, but now it’s challenging wires and soldering irons.

Research to improve reliability of advanced weapon, other computer systems

07/04/2011 - 19:00   CSL researchers Zbigniew Kalbarczyk and Ravi K. Iyer have received a four-year, $300,000 grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) for their project entitled, “Globally-Optimization Protection for Soft Error Resilient Robust.”

Valdes to direct "Smart Grid@Illinois" research

07/04/2011 - 19:00   Alfonso Valdes, a longtime leader of national cyber security efforts in the electricity sector, is set to become the first managing director of the expanding "Smart Grid @ Illinois" research efforts housed in the Information Trust Institute (ITI) at the University of Illinois.

Lyding spreads word of chemistry discovery

06/26/2011 - 19:00   ECE Professor Joseph W. Lyding is using his expertise in microscopy to help communicate new findings in chemistry. Lyding, a researcher with the Coordinated Science Laboratory and Beckman Institute, recently published an invited News and Views article analyzing a potential breakthrough in Nature Chemistry, one of the field’s highest impact journals.

Coleman receives SPIE Technology Award

06/21/2011 - 19:00   ECE Professor James J. Coleman recently received the 2011 Technology Achievement Award from SPIE – International Society for Optics and Photonics. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in optics, electro-optics, photonic engineering, or imaging. The citation reads “for seminal contributions to the methods, designs, and demonstrations of selectively grown discrete and monolithically integrated compound semiconductor lasers and photonic devices.”

DNA sequencing assembly research could speed up disease identification

06/20/2011 - 19:00   In the future, when physicians need to verify a patient diagnosis, they may find their answer by analyzing DNA and checking it against an online disease database.