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High power, low energy: Agha strives to identify optimal computer performance

07/15/2010 - 19:00   Recall the first personal computers, released back in the mid-1980s. The adjectives “clunky” and “slow” may come to mind. Since their debut, computer scientists have been competing to consistently release sleeker computers and software applications with increasingly faster performance.

NSF grant to fund parallel research program for women, minorities

07/11/2010 - 19:00   What factors impact the start-up and success of small businesses? Can someone control a machine using only his or her thoughts? These are just a couple of the questions students in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) aim to answer using parallel computing.

Huang wins most cited paper of the decade award

07/11/2010 - 19:00   CSL researcher Tom Huang and his co-authors recently received the “Most Cited Paper of the Decade Award” from the Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation.

Borisov wins NSF CAREER award

07/05/2010 - 19:00   CSL researcher Nikita Borisov won an NSF CAREER award for his research on anonymous communication in Internet privacy. Read more.

In the News: Illinois adaptive flight-control technology

06/27/2010 - 19:00   Naira Hovakimyan's research is featured in the June 29 issue of Flight International, a UK-based aerospace publication. Hovakimyan, mechanical science and engineering, and her team have created innovative algorithms that give pilots an extra few seconds to recover an uncontrollable plane.

Qualcomm tunes into students' radio research with $25,000 award

06/14/2010 - 19:00   ECE graduate students Sreekanth Annapureddy, Sreeram Kannan, Adnan Raja and Jayakrishnan (Jay) Unnikrishnan won the 2010 Qualcomm Cognitive Radio Contest for developing algorithms and software to make radio spectrum use more efficient. The prize carries a $25,000 monetary award. In addition, the group’s research will be included in a book on cognitive dynamic systems.

Rockett identifies potential key to creating more efficient solar energy material

06/09/2010 - 19:00   In Angus Rockett’s lab, researchers are discovering that the secret to harnessing more solar power may be more “imperfect” materials.

Media expert Christian Sandvig breaks down Facebook privacy controversy

05/31/2010 - 19:00   CSL researcher Christian Sandvig talks about Facebook privacy settings and whether users have a right to expect privacy in a digital age in "A Minute With..." and on St. Louis-based radio station KMOX.

New technology creates virtual green screen for videoconferencing

05/31/2010 - 19:00   You and a friend are sitting side-by-side, watching Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final together – only he’s in Chicago and you’re in New York.

Mistakes in silicon chips to help boost computer power

05/24/2010 - 19:00   CSL researcher Rakesh Kumar says perfect computer chips aren't, well, perfect and could ultimately compromise performance. He discusses his research findings with the BBC's Mark Ward.

Remote sensing research may lead to better understanding of atmospheric movement

05/23/2010 - 19:00   CSL researcher Gary Swenson’s research has taken him to great heights – literally. Swenson and his research team have been making final preparations for two remote sensing projects using innovative technologies exploring the upper atmosphere.

Senior student helps develop real-time spatial audio technology

05/16/2010 - 19:00   The advent of Skype and other video chat applications enabled people to see friends and family in real-time while virtually communicating.

Vasudevan receives NSF CAREER Award worth $450,000

05/12/2010 - 19:00   Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Shobha Vasudevan has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award totaling $450,000 and spanning 5 years. CAREER Awards provide resources to promising new professors who submit innovative proposals.

Hu secures NSF Career Award for wireless network security research

05/05/2010 - 19:00   CSL researcher Yih-Chun Hu enjoys breaking things so he can fix them. That is, Hu, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is interested in developing a bottom-up mechanism to secure wireless networks against “layer-violating” attacks.

Metra leaves search engines at the station

04/28/2010 - 19:00   Unlike many other major city transportation systems, Chicago's Metra doesn't provide wireless service for riders. CSL's Ramavarapu "RS" Sreenivas led an IDOT study that concluded that providing broadband Internet access on Metra and Amtrak could "have positive impacts on traffic congestion, traffic safety, the economy, and other aspects of the quality of life Illinoisans enjoy."

Mitra works to improve reliability in embedded systems

04/28/2010 - 19:00   Sometimes, cars or aircrafts are recalled because some bug in the system is found that compromises the reliability of the vehicle. ECE Assistant Professor Sayan Mitra, a CSL member, research may make these problems less frequent. fuses music, fan experience in new web application

04/27/2010 - 19:00   According to Adam Steele, there are three things most important to musicians in a local band: getting their music heard, playing a good show, and writing a great song.

Illinois student wins NVIDIA fellowship

04/20/2010 - 19:00   University of Illinois computer science Ph.D. student Albert Sidelnik has been awarded an NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship, one of 10 awards given by the company this year. The NVIDIA Fellowships are intended to help solve complex visual and parallel computing challenges. Sidelnik will receive $25,000, as well as engineering and technical support, to further his advanced research in these fields.

NASA launches Hovakimyan's novel flight control system

04/14/2010 - 19:00   Mechanical Engineering Professor Naira Hovakimyan pioneered the first successful flight of an all-adaptive flight control system on NASA’s AirSTAR test vehicle on March 24 in Fort Pickett, Va. The AirSTAR is a twin-engine commercial jet dynamically-scaled to 5.5 percent of an actual aircraft.

Illinois researchers study a humanoid robot that learns like a child

04/08/2010 - 19:00   Steve Levinson and his team of researchers are working with an iCub robot, which could yield a robot capable of making independent decisions about household chores or care-giving. More at Discovery News.