March 2022 E-News – IBM-Illinois Discovery Accelerator Institute, Machine Learning for 5G/6G, HackIllinois 2022


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18 Illinois CS faculty are involved in research projects through the new IBM-Illinois Discovery Accelerator Institute

Each project pairs faculty and students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, housed within the Grainger College of Engineering, with IBM researchers to form large-scale research collaborations in cloud domains hybrid and AI, quantum computing, materials discovery and sustainability. .

Nancy M. Amato, Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering and head of the Illinois Department of Computer Science, was quick to describe her work associated with the new IBM-Illinois Discovery Accelerator Institute as “one of the the largest I have ever been associated with”. ” Read more →

Illinois CS teachers Deepak Vasisht, left in a blue suit, and Gagandeep Singh, right in a patterned shirt.

Collaborative work combines wireless networks and machine learning experts to improve 5G and 6G performance

Earlier work by Deepak Vasisht indicated that more could be done to improve a problem seen in 5G performance. He then connected with fellow professor Gagandeep Singh and PhD student Zikun Liu to produce a system based on machine learning. Read more →

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Student co-directors explain the enthusiasm and sense of community behind HackIllinois 2022

Raghav Saini and Yi Shian Ho share details of all the work that went into making this year’s hackathon a success, including leaning on past directors, who remain committed and helpful mentors. Read more →

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Illinois CS papers take top honors at conferences

Topics awarded include Heng Ji’s construction of knowledge graphs on COVID-19 literature, two topics from Josep Torrellas’ i-acoma research group, Sarita Adve’s efforts with ILLIXR, Madhusudan Parthasarathy’s seminal study on the exact learning of logical formulas, and more. Read more →

Dakshita Khurana, computer science professor from Illinois

Quantum All-Star: Dakshita Khurana

Two years ago, a twist of fate transformed an expert in classical cryptography into a budding leader in quantum cryptography. As the new world of quantum information science dawns, it shows enormous potential for solving old challenges in novel ways – and cybersecurity is one area where quantum promises to shake things up. Read more →

Illinois CS Professor Derek Hoiem in a blue striped shirt

Rebuild the construction industry

Based on ideas and technology developed at Grainger College of Engineering, early-stage technology company Reconstruct — co-founded by Illinois CS Professor Derek Hoiem — brings computer vision and AI to buildings, infrastructure and retail stores around the world. Read more →

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A method for diagnosing PIR sensor failures could cut unnecessary smart building expenses

Answering questions about Passive Infrared (PIR) sensors could reduce unnecessary expense for smart building operations. Sibin Mohan, adjunct research assistant professor at Illinois CS, is exploring this question with CSL PhD student Ashish Kashinath. Read more →

University of Illinois researchers, including Illinois CS graduate Carla Scalettie, right

Illinois musicians and chemists use sound to better understand science

A team of researchers – including composer and software designer Carla Scaletti (CS MS ’88) – from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using sonification, the use of sound to convey information, to describe biochemical processes and better understand how they occur. Read more →

Apply to iCAN, the computer science certificate program for non-cs university graduates

Prepare for a cyberattack
Gang Wang, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and affiliated with the Security and Privacy Research Center, spoke with Jon Hansen about growing concern over the potential spread of a cyberwar between Russia and Ukraine to other countries. WGN Radio

You must always wear a mask on airplanes. Here’s why it’s a good idea
If someone on a flight has COVID-19, you obviously don’t want to sit next to them, but you don’t want to sit behind them either, the researchers concluded. “You have to look at not just east-west transmission, but also north-south transmission,” says co-author Sheldon Jacobson, a computer scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who studies public health and safety. airline and received funding. of the Office of Scientific Research of the United States Air Force. Time

Almost broke at $1.5 billion: How they built Loom and took it to 14 million users
Two years in college, Vinay Hiremath (former Illinois CS student) dropped out, attracted by the lure of startups, which would take him from a small college town in Illinois to Palo Alto, California . A little over three years later, he co-founded his own. Today we know it as Loom, the asynchronous video messaging company that now serves over 14 million users and 200,000 businesses. Forbes →

Computer Architecture Podcast, Ep. 7: Domain-Specific Systems for AR/VR and Extended Reality
with Dr. Sarita Adve

Dr. Sarita Adve is the Richard T. Cheng Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests span the system stack, including hardware, programming languages, operating systems, and applications. His group recently launched the Illinois Extended Reality Testbed (ILLIXR), the first fully open-source extended reality system to democratize research and development of XR systems.
Computer Architecture Podcast

Hoop Hype: March Madness parentheses have America talking again
Sheldon Jacobson, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has spent the past decade trying to build the best mousetrap for predicting brackets. Last year, he narrowed it down to three models. His computers produced 1 million media using each. Two of the models produced combinations that would have won the ESPN pool competition which included approximately 17 million entries. Associated Press →

Generate and identify propaganda with machine learning
New research from the United States and Qatar offers a new method for identifying fake news written in the same way humans actually write fake news – by embedding inaccurate statements in a largely truthful context and using techniques to popular propaganda such as appeals to authority and loaded language. Unite.ai

UI advancements change the focus of VR
Sarita V. Adve, professor of computer science, explained how the University is currently looking into extended reality initiatives. Adve is also involved with the Illinois eXtended Reality Benchmark and Consortium. ILLIXR aims to understand and apply extended reality technology. “XR promises to be the next computing interface and has the potential to transform virtually every aspect of our lives,” Adve said. Illini Daily

User Interface Professors Discuss Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision
AI is becoming more and more common in the contemporary technological landscape. However, misconceptions on the ground remain. David Forsyth, professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, noted that despite recent startup fervor around AI and computer vision, most systems applications are less flashy. and practices. … Computer science professor Derek Hoiem has spent most of his career studying how AI and computer vision can make the world a better place. Illini Daily →

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Illinois Computing Lecture Series
Check the schedule for upcoming speakers!
The Illinois Computer Science Speaker Series brings prominent leaders and experts to campus to share insights and promote conversations on important challenges and topics in the discipline. Join us online: conferences are virtual this year! See the calendar →

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SAILING 2022
April 1-2, 2022
High school students get a taste of what it’s like to be an Illinois CS student by attending this hybrid student-run, virtual and in-person event. Chat with professors, counselors, and student leaders and attend a variety of short courses! More information

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Engineering Open House
April 8-9, 2022
The University’s largest student-organized event features student and corporate exhibits, design competitions, guest speakers and campus tours. More information

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Celebrate Illinois Computing
April 12, 2022, 4 p.m.
Each year we come together as a department to celebrate Illinois Computing. This year, we highlight the paths Illinois CS has built and share the path we are charting. All faculty, staff and computer science students are welcome to attend. More information

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Utpal Banerjee Distinguished Lecture in High Performance Computing
April 14, 2022, 3:30 p.m.
Join us for the inaugural Utpal Banerjee Distinguished Lecture in High Performance Computing with speaker David J. Kuck. The conference will take place in the auditorium of the NCSA. More information

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Celebration of Excellence
April 26, 2022, 5 p.m.
Illinois CS students, alumni, and faculty have long been recognized for their leadership contributions to computing and information technology in the classroom, research labs, and industry. We are honored to celebrate these achievements. More information

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Inauguration celebration for Jeff Erickson, Svetlana Lazebnik and Craig Zilles
April 27, 2022, 4 p.m.
Join us for the investiture ceremony of Professor Jeff Erickson of Sohaib and Sara Abbasi, Faculty Researcher Donald Biggar Willett Svetlana Lazebnik, and Faculty Researcher Severs Craig Zilles. More information