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CS recognizes research projects receiving best paper awards


Aaron Seidlitz, computer sciences

As Illinois CS research continues to sustain high levels of success, one indicator is that the papers produced here earn best paper awards at some of the most prominent computing conferences.

From the faculty guiding these projects to the students learning what it takes to develop well-regarded research, these honors are representative of the effort and dedication given to research at Illinois CS.

The following projects are the ones with CSL affiliations. Read the full story here.

Best Paper Award, IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering 2020

Saurabh Jha

AV-Fuzzer: Finding Safety Violations in Autonomous Driving Systems,” earned the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE) 2020. Authors include Guangpeg Li, Yiran Li, Illinois CS PhD student Saurabh Jha, Timothy Tsai, Michael Sullivan, Siva Kumar Sastry Hari (PhD CS ’13), and CSL/Illinois ECE professors Zbigniew Kalbarczyk and Ravishankar Iyer.

The work tested production autonomous vehicle technology to find nominal safety bugs.

Josep TorrellasIEEE Micro Top Picks 2021

Two Illinois CS papers received an award from IEEE Micro Top Picks 2021:

  • First is a paper from Illinois CS PhD graduate Dimitrios Skarlatos, titled “BabelFish: Fusing Address Translations for Containers,” which earned top pick recognition. Skarlatos authored the paper with CSL/ CS professor Josep Torrellas, CSL/ECE professor Nam Sung Kim, Illinois CS PhD graduate Bhargava Gopireddy, and ECE graduate Umur Darbaz. Their work proposes BabelFish as a “novel architecture to share page translations across containers in the TLB and in page tables.” Their findings reported reduced “latency of containerized data-serving workloads,” and lowered “execution time of containerized compute workloads.”
  • The second paper, titled “Elasic Cuckoo Page Tables: Rethinking Virtual Memory Translation for Parallelism,” earned honorable mention. Skarlatos was again the first author, this time working with Torrellas, Illinois CS professor Tianyin Xu and Illinois CS PhD student Apostolos Kokolis. Their research proved a new method to conduct address translations at a faster rate.

Best Paper Award, IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia 2020

Klara Nahrstedt

Professor Klara Nahrstedt worked with a team of Illinois CS students, including Mingyuan Wu, Bo Check, and Eric Lee, to produce a paper titled: “SEAWARE: Semantic-Aware View Prediction System for 360-degree Video Streaming.”

The work was done jointly with University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty, and earned Best Paper at the IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia 2020. Its focus is on navigation of streaming video content for viewers who are watching 360 video with HMD (Head-Mounted Displays) using view and object predictions.