November 8, 2004: Former CS PhD
student awarded UIC Outstanding Thesis
Dr. Haiping Xu, who received his PhD from the CS Department in 2003, has been
awarded a UIC Outstanding Thesis Award for 2004. This annual award is given
to the most outstanding dissertation in each of the four Graduate Program areas,
namely: Behavioral and Social Science; Engineering, Mathematics and Physical
Sciences; Fine Arts and Humanities; and Life Sciences. Dr. Xu's PhD dissertation
is entitled "A Model-Based Approach for Development of Multi-Agent Software
Systems." His PhD advisor was Professor Sol Shatz.
October 21, 2004: Seminar: Leslie Lamport: Thinking for Programmers
Title: "Thinking for Programmers" Speaker: Leslie Lamport
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2004
Abstract: Click Here
Host: Professor Ajay Kshemkalyani
October 13, 2004: Seminar: Tiziana Catarci "Searching for good
quality data? Trust us?
Title: "Searching for good quality data? Trust us?" Speaker: Tiziana
Catarci Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica
University di Roma a Sapienza, Roma, Italy
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Abstract: Click Here
Host: Professor Isabel Cruz
October 12, 2004: Seminar: Janet L. Kolodner "From Case-Based Reasoning
to Learning by Design to Design of Technology for Learning"
Title: "From Case-Based Reasoning to Learning by Design to Design of Technology
Speaker: Janet L. Kolodner
Georgia Institute of Technology
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Room: Room 1043 ERF
Abstract: Click Here
Host: Host: Professor Tom Moher
October 7, 2004: CS department hosted a Tech Talk with Google
The CS department hosted a Tech Talk with Google on Tuesday October 5th. Over
130 students attended to hear Vice President Alan Eustace give a talk on Google's
work environment, company goals, employment opportunities, and more! He shared
insider information about what it's really like to work for Google and what some
of their long term goals are. The talk was only open to CS BS, CS MS and CS PhD
students. Recruitment officer Lindsey Duran spoke about internship and scholarship
opportunities specifically for CS students. Google was very impressed with the
tremendous turn out of CS students and the quality of the discussions that took
place. It was a great success! Thanks to those who attended!
October 5, 2004: The CS department is excited to invite you to an upcoming
tech talk hosted by Google!
The CS department is excited to invite you to an upcoming tech talk hosted
On Tuesday October 5th from 11:30am-1:00pm Google will be hosting "Google's
Computer Scientists Playground Recruiting Tech Talk." Vice President, Alan Eustace
will be delivering the talk along with Lindsey Duran, Recruitment Coordinator.
The Recruitment coordinator will give tips on how to perform the best job search,
talk about what it's really like to work for Google, how they compare with the
rest of the market, what openings they have available, and what they're looking
for in a potential employee. The job market is extremely competitive, come take
advantage of this opportunity to get some insider tips and make some great connections!
The recruiting tech talk will be held in SEO Room 1000. Lunch will be served.
(Free t-shirts and other promotional items!)
This talk is only open to CS students so please RSVP via email to email@example.com
by Friday October 1.
August 16, 2004:
Professor Lenore Zuck joins the Department of Computer Science
Professor Lenore Zuck has joined the UIC Department of Computer Science as
Lenore D. Zuck has received her B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technion
(Haifa, Israel) in 1979 and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Weizmann
Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel) in 1987. She has spent ten years working
at Yale University’s Computer Science Department. Her research interests include:
theorem proving, formal methods, translation validation, formal analysis of
security protocols, temporal logic, semantics and verification of concurrent
programs, logics of programs, and semantics of programming languages.
July 10, 2004: CS Department Hires Two New Faculty
Two new faculty members will join the UIC Department of Computer Science as assistant
professors. V.N. Venkatakrishnan will join the department in December 2004, and
Tanya Berger-Wolf will be joining the department in August 2005.
V.N. Venkatakrishnan is a PhD candidate in the Dept. of Computer Science,
Stony Brook University (formerly SUNY at Stony Brook), and will be defending his
doctoral dissertation in August 2004. Venkat's research focuses on computer and
network security, with use of language based techniques and formal methods to
address security concerns in executing un-trusted programs, assuring privacy of
sensitive data handled by computer programs, and defending computer systems from
malicious attacks. Venkat holds Masters degrees in Computer Science (2000 - Stony
Brook University) and Mathematics (1997 - Birla Institute of Technology and Science
(BITS), Pilani, India).
Tanya Berger-Wolf has received her B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics
from Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel) in 1995 and her Ph.D. in Computer Science
from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. She has spent two years
as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New Mexico working in computational
phylogenetics and is now at the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical
Computer Science (DIMACS) doing research in computational epidemiology. The focus
of Tanya Berger-Wolf's work in computational biology is the application of combinatorial
and algorithmic techniques to problems in population biology, both animal and
June 9, 2004: Bob
Sloan and Pat Troy - Receive National Science Foundation funding
The Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce that Bob Sloan and Pat
Troy will receive a grant from the Division of Undergraduate Education of the
National Science Foundation to develop two new undergraduate computer science
courses centered on multimedia that are designed, respectively, to introduce non-majors
to computer science and to increase retention in the computer science major of
beginning computer science students. The title of the project is "A Multimedia
Introduction to Computer Science: Two courses from one."
2004: Dale Reed - 2004 Silver Circle Award Winner
Congratulations to Dale Reed for being one of the 12 UIC recipients of the 2004
Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Read more about the award in the Campus Newspaper UIC News.
May 3, 2004: Seminar in Bioinformatics: Prof. Tao Jiang
Title: Efficient Rule-Based Haplotype Inference on Pedigrees
Professor Tao Jiang
Department of Computer Science
University of California
Time/Place: Monday, May 3, 2004 11:00 a.m. Room 1000 SEO
We discuss the problem of how to infer haplotypes from genotypes on pedigree
data under the Mendelian law of inheritance and the minimum recombination principle.
The problem is important for the construction of haplotype maps and genetic
linkage/association analysis. We prove that the problem of finding a minimum-recombinant
haplotype configuration is in general NP-hard. This is the first complexity
result concerning the problem to our knowledge. An iterative algorithm based
on blocks of consecutive resolved marker loci (called block-extension) is proposed.
It is very efficient and can be used for large pedigrees with a large number
of markers, especially for those data sets requiring few recombinants (or recombination
events). A polynomial-time exact algorithm for haplotype reconstruction without
recombinants is also presented. The algorithm first identifies all the necessary
constraints based on the Mendelian law and the zero-recombinant assumption,
and represents them as a system of linear equations over the cyclic group Z2.
By using a simple method based on Gaussian elimination, we could obtain all
possible feasible haplotype configurations. Finally, we describe an integrated
approach to haplotype inference and missing allele imputation based on integer
linear programming (ILP). We have implemented the block-extension ILP algorithms
and tested them on simulated data and real data. The results show that the programs
perform very well on both types of data and will be useful for large scale haplotype
(This is joint work with Jing Li)
About the speaker: Prof. Tao Jiang received B.S. in Computer Science and Technology
from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, P.R.China
in 1984 and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in 1988.
During Jan. 1989 - June 2001, he was a faculty member at Department of Computing
and Software, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. During 1995-96,
he was on a research leave at University of Washington, Seattle, and at Gunma
University, Kiryu, Japan. He joined University of California - Riverside as
Professor of Computer Science in Sept. 1999, and is a member of the Algorithms
and Computational Biology Lab, Genetics Graduate Program, Institute for Integrative
Genome Biology, and Center for Plant Cell Biology. He has published actively
in many computer science and bioinformatics/computational biology journals and
conferences. He is presently serving on the editorial boards of International
Journal of Foundations of Computer Science (IJFCS), Journal of Combinatorial
Optimization (JOCO), Journal of Computer Science and Technology (JCST), Journal
of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (JBCB), and IEEE/ACM Transactions
on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (TCBB), and program/technical committees
of RECOMB'2004, ICALP'2004, IEEE BIBE'2004, IEEE CSB'2004, COCOON'2004, and
Host: Bhaskar DasGupta
April 30, 2004: Distinguished Lecturer Seminar, Speaker
Speaker: Robert Schapire (Princeton University)
Title: Modern Approaches to Machine Learning
Date: Friday April 30, 2004
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Room 1000 SEO
This talk will focus on a general-purpose machine-learning method called boosting.
The main idea of this method is to produce a very accurate classification rule
by combining rough and moderately inaccurate “rules of thumb? While rooted in
a theoretical framework of machine learning, boosting has been found to perform
quite well empirically. In this talk, I will introduce the boosting algorithm
AdaBoost, and explain the underlying theory of boosting, including our explanation
of why boosting often does not suffer from overfitting, as well as some of the
myriad other theoretical points of view that have been taken on this single
algorithm. I also will describe some recent applications of boosting.
Host: Professor Bob Sloan
April 27, 2004: Isabel Cruz appointed as a member of the
Mapping Science Committee
Isabel Cruz has been appointed as a member of the Mapping Science Committee by
the President of the National Academies and by the Chairman of the Board on Earth
Sciences and Resources, for three years. The Mapping Science Committee, which
is part of the National Research Council, provides independent advice to society
and to government at all levels on scientific, technical, and policy matters relating
to spatial data.
April 15, 2004: Scholarships - Dean Kennedy Awards
The Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce that beginning Fall
2004 it will award several $3000 Kennedy Scholarships in honor of retiring Engineering
Dean Lawrence Kennedy.
April 9, 2004: Seminar, Speaker Professor Marianne Winslett
Speaker: Professor Marianne Winslett (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Title: An Introduction to Trust Negotiation
Date: Friday April 9, 2004
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Room 1000 SEO
Automated trust negotiation is a new approach to access control and authentication
for the open, flexible systems formed by sets of organizations that must dynamically
form coalitions and work together to respond to unforeseen needs and opportunities.
Automated trust negotiation enables open computing by assigning an access control
policy to each resource that is to be made accessible to "outsiders"; an attempt
to access the resource triggers a trust negotiation, consisting of the iterative,
bilateral disclosure of digital credentials and related information. In this
talk, I will motivate the need for trust negotiation, explain how it works in
simple situations, describe how it can be used in example applications, and
present recent research directions and opportunities for future research.
About the Speaker:
Host: Professor Ouri Wolfson
Marianne Winslett has been a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
since 1987. Her current research interests include security in open systems
and data management for high-performance parallel scientific applications. She
has been an editor for ACM Transactions on Database Systems since 1994, and
the vice-chair of ACM SIGMOD since 2000. She received an NSF Presidential Young
Investigator Award in 1989.
April 1, 2004:
Bhaskar DasGupta receives National Science Foundation Career Award
The Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce that Bhaskar DasGupta
has received a National Science Foundation Career Award for $400K. The title of
the project is "Efficient Algorithms for Computational Problems in Bioinformatics
via Combinatorial and Geometric Techniques." Professor DasGupta is the eighth
UIC CS Professor to receive a prestigious NSF Career Award.
March 31, 2004: Distinguished Lecturer Seminar, Speaker Stuart Russell
Speaker: Stuart Russell (University of California, Berkeley)
Title: Identity Uncertainty
Date: Wednesday March 31, 2004
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Room 1000 SEO
We are often uncertain about the identity of objects. This phenomenon appears
in theories of object persistence in early childhood; in the well-known Morning
Star/Evening Star example; in tracking and data association systems for radar;
in security systems based on personal identification; and in many aspects of
our everyday lives. I will present a probabilistic approach to reasoning about
identity under uncertainty, with applications to wide-area freeway traffic monitoring
and bibliographic citation databases. The approach is embodied within a formal
language for representing probability models that include identity uncertainty.
March 23, 2004:
Professor Ouri Wolfson delivers plenary speech at the 2004 IEEE International
Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control in Taipei, Taiwan
Professor Ouri Wolfson delivered a keynote speech at the 2004 IEEE International
Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control. The conference was held in
Taipei, Taiwan from March 19 to March 23, 2004. The title of his talk was "DRIVE
- Dissemination of Resource-Information in Vehicular peer-to-peer networks."
Visit the conference website.
March 16, 2004: Seminar, Speaker Tanya Berger-Wolf
Speaker: Tanya Berger-Wolf (University of New Mexico)
Title: How to See a Tree for a Forest? Combining Phylogenetic Trees: Reasons,
Methods, and Consequences.
Date: Tuesday March 16, 2004
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Room 1000 SEO
The study of the evolutionary relationships between living organisms, or phylogeny,
is central to biology. Relationships among the organisms (or taxa) are modeled
as a phylogenetic tree. Phylogeny reconstruction usually produces multiple trees.
Having more than one tree is unsatisfactory and the trees are typically combined
into one "representative" tree using a consensus method.
In particular, computational methods construct numerous trees with the same
objective score. A consensus of the top scoring trees is returned as the answer.
Our experiments indicate that the consensus of trees with near optimal scores
is sufficiently close topologically to the consensus of trees with the best
known scores. Thus, the phylogenetic search heuristics can be stopped significantly
earlier than is currently done. This can save weeks of computation for large
datasets. We propose an objective criterion that allows a user to decide when
the trees are "good enough" and present online consensus algorithms in aid of
the implementation of this criterion.
Another source of multiple phylogenetic reconstructions is different types
of data, such as morphology, geography, paleontology. The data can be viewed
as constraints imposed on the structure of phylogeny. We present a new constraint-based
approach for phylogeny reconstruction that is capable of handling heterogeneous
data. We view tree consensus methods as techniques for combining various types
of constraints and analyze their properties in this context.
This work is joint with Bernard M. E. Moret, Usman Roshan, Tandy J. Warnow,
and Tiffani L. Williams.
March 11, 2004: Seminar, Speaker Tiffani L. Williams
Speaker: Tiffani L. Williams (University of New Mexico)
Title: Phylogeny Reconstruction and Experimental Algorithmics
Date: Thursday March 11, 2004
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Room 1000 SEO
Phylogenetic trees, also known as evolutionary trees, model the evolution of
biological species or genes from a common ancestor. Heuristics for the NP-hard
maximum parsimony (MP) problem constitute the principle mechanism for estimating
phylogenies on large datasets. Traditional MP heuristics spend an enormous amount
of computational time searching for the optimal solution; on large datasets,
MP searches may require months or even years to solve optimally. My work centers
on using experimental algorithmics to design and test algorithms for large-scale
In this talk, she will discuss Disk-Covering Methods (DCMs), a suite of techniques
for reconstructing phylogenetic trees quickly and accurately. DCMs reduce the
time to optimal by an order of magnitude on many datasets. Yet, is it necessary
to solve MP optimally? Her work shows that near-optimal solutions to MP give
highly accurate estimations of optimal tree topologies. Moreover, they can be
obtained in a fraction of the time needed to solve to optimality. Thus, the
talk will conclude with a discussion of a stopping criterion for phylogenetic
Tiffani L. Williams is an Alfred P. Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department
of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico. She received her Ph.D.
in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida in 2000. Her research
interests are in the areas of computational biology and high-performance computing,
with particular emphasis n applying high-performance techniques to large-scale
March 9, 2004: Seminar, Speaker Mark Guzdial
Speaker: Mark Guzdial (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Title: Collaborative Dynabooks: A Research Agenda on Building Systems to
Support Learning through Multimedia
Date: Tuesday March 9, 2004
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Room 1000 SEO
The desktop user interface was invented at Xerox PARC in the 1970's in pursuit
of Alan Kay's vision of the Dynabook. A Dynabook is a platform for learning
through creation and exploration of multimedia. 30 years of cognitive and learning
sciences research suggests that the Dynabook vision holds promise for improving
education, but it will work most powerfully in a collaborative context. In Georgia
Tech's Collaborative Software Lab in the College of Computing, we are building
forms of Collaborative Dynabooks that we are using in Computer Science classes.
Our research suggests that we are impacting student learning, but more importantly,
we are also finding that Collaborative Dynabooks offer us a new way of structuring
how and what we teach. This talk presents our research in Collaborative Dynabooks
and points toward the questions still to be answered.
Dr. Mark Guzdial is an Associate Professor in the College of Computing/GVU at
Georgia Institute of Technology and Director of the Collaborative Software Laboratory.
His lab developed and supports CoWeb/Swiki, one of the most popular of the WikiWikiWeb
implementations. He is the author and co-editor of two books on Squeak, a language
designed for multimedia and learning. He is just completing a book on introducing
programming in a media context with collaborative infrastructure. He is on the
editorial boards of "Interactive Learning Environments" and "Journal of the
March 3, 2004: Web-based Computer Support for UIC Students, Staff,
MsVision, a student-run Microsoft Support Group, has announced that they are offering
computer support to all students, staff and faculty. Also, throughout the semester,
msVision will be holding training sessions, seminars, and discussions that will
be open for any UIC student, staff member, or faculty member.
Visit msVision's website here.
February 5, 2004: CS Professor Jason Leigh in UIC News
Jason Leigh was featured in this week's UIC News. His "Renaissance Computing"
course is a nice example of the very positive impact our research programs have
on our educational programs.
Read the article here.
December 20, 2003: Holiday Party
Thanks to Maxine Brown, the pictures of the Faculty and Staff holiday party are
available. The event was held at Harray Caray's on December 16th.
Take a look at them here.
December 2, 2003: Distinguished Lecturer Seminar, Speaker Prof. Tandy Warnow
Speaker: Prof. Tandy Warnow (University of Texas, Austin)
Title: Computational Challenges In Assembling The Tree Of Life
Date: Thursday December 4, 2003
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Room 1000 SEO
Phylogenetic trees, also known as evolutionary trees, model the evolution of
biological species or genes from a common ancestor. Major advances in biology
have been enabled by molecular systematics (the inference of evolution from
molecular sequences), but accurate estimations of deep evolutionary histories
are still difficult: data are not often sufficient in quality or quantity, and
methods have not yet scaled up to handle dataset sizes such as will be needed
to infer the Tree of Life. Worse still, the Tree of Life is clearly not a tree--but
rather a reticulate network, due to the occurrence of speciating hybridization
and horizontal transfer of genetic material. In this talk, she will discuss
several of her research projects, which are collaborative with other computer
scientists and biologists, and which are making some progress on these problems.
In particular, she will talk about gene order phylogeny, reticulate evolution
detection and representation, and large-scale phylogeny reconstruction.
November 20, 2003: Faculty Position Available
We invite applications for one or more anticipated open rank faculty positions,
starting August 16, 2004. A Ph.D. degree or equivalent in Computer Science is
required. Candidates at the assistant professor level should have a strong research
and teaching potential and senior candidates should have a proven record of outstanding
research and teaching. Candidates in all areas of Computer Science will be considered
so as to either strengthen or complement the department’s current research.
UIC is a research university with 15 colleges offering ample opportunities for
interdisciplinary research. The University is in the midst of a $500 million campus
development project. The UIC campus is located near downtown Chicago, and is close
to other research institutions and universities. Chicago offers all the cultural
amenities of a major city, a wide range of affordable housing and plenty of job
The Department of Computer Science, which belongs to the College of Engineering,
has 31 faculty members, and more than 80 PhD students. The faculty includes five
new hires since 2001, with three more hires being planned by 2006. Four faculty
members are IEEE or ACM fellows and seven are NSF CAREER award winners. The department
is one of the fastest growing departments in terms of scholarly research and grant
productivity. Last year’s external research expenditures exceeded $9 million. The
department has state of the art computing resources for research and teaching.
Applications must be submitted in hard copy. Send a vita and the names and addresses
of at least three references to Prof. Isabel F. Cruz, Search Committee Chair,
The University of Illinois at Chicago, Dept. of Computer Science (M/C 152), 851
S. Morgan Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7053. Review of applications will begin
on January 6, 2003 and will continue until the positions are filled. Inquiries
may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
October 31, 2003: Di Eugenio receives ONR funding for research
on Natural Language interfaces to intelligent tutoring systems
Barbara Di Eugenio has received a three year, $382,00 research award from the
Office of Naval Research that will support collaborative research with Stellan
Ohlsson (Psychology). The project will investigate the techniques that human tutors
use to tutor students on data structures and algorithms. The findings will be
implemented in a Natural Language interface to an intelligent tutoring system
for basic computer science. For more information, please contact Barbara Di Eugenio
October 24, 2003: 2nd Annual CS Scavenger Hunt
Due to the success of the first scavenger hunt, the CS deparment hosted another
CS scavenger hunt on Friday Oct. 24th. It was held in ERF 1043, and took place
from 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM.
List of Prizes:
4-in-1 pocket mp3 player/128MB thumbdrive/FM radio/voice recorder
Amazon.com gift certificates
Only UIC CS Department undergraduates were eligible to participate. Pictures from
the event are here.
October 14, 2003: UIC the lead institution on a $2M NSF Information
UIC is the lead institution on a prestigious NSF Information Technology Grant
for a $2M project entitled Context-Aware Computing with Applications to Public
Health Management. The PI is Isabel F. Cruz and the co-PIs are Ouri Wolfson and
Aris Ouksel. This project is in collaboration with Roberto Tamassia at Brown University
and with Peter Scheuermann at Northwestern University.
September 28, 2003: Faculty Members Promoted to Associate
The UIC Computer Science department is pleased to announce the promotion of both
Andy Johnson and John Lillis to Associate Professor with tenure.
Congratulations to both on their achievement.
September 16, 2003: $2 Million NIST Advanced Technology
The Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce that David
Naylor has received a $2 million grant from the National Institute of Standards
and Technology's Advanced Technology Program. The grant is being awarded to Starthis,
Inc., a start-up company founded by David Naylor (Associate Professor, Department
of Computer Science) and Stephen Werges (Alumnus, Department of Computer Science).
Starthis is commercializing technology and software developed at UIC.
The title of the project is "A Service-oriented Industrial Automation Middleware
for Adaptable, Reconfigurable Control Systems." The project will include UIC subcontracts
to Professors Ugo Buy (Department of Computer Science) and Houshang Darabi (Department
of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering).
September 11, 2003: CS PhD Student Receives IBM Fellowship
Milos Hrkic who is pursuing his PhD in Computer Science has been awarded the prestigious
IBM graduate fellowship for the 2003-2004 academic year. In addition to a stipend
and tuition and fees, Milos will receive an IBM notebook computer. He will continue
his research in Electronic Design Automation under the support of the fellowship.
September 1, 2003: Women Undergraduates Conduct Research
in Computer Science
Dhira Mahesh Amin, Rupal Mehta, Krupa Patel, and Amy May Yang participated in
computer science research projects during the spring and summer of 2003 and worked
in the ADVIS lab under the direction of Professor Isabel Cruz. Their projects
were sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Congratulations to the successful completion of their research projects.
2003: Scholarships - Irene N. Jones Estate Scholarship Fund Awards
Czarnota, Pawel received $1,500 from the Irene N. Jones Estate Scholarship Fund.
2003: Scholarships - Olive Chacey Kuehn and Alfred F. Kuehn Scholarships
The Olive Chacey Kuehn and Alfred F. Kuehn Scholarship was awarded to the following
-- Chen, Yu Qing received $1,500
-- Mikus, Nick received $1,500
2003: Scholarships - Anne Sluzas Martin Engineering Scholarship
Sunghee Choi received $1000 from the Anne Sluzas Martin Engineering Scholarship.
2003: Scholarship - Deans and Donors Award
The Deans and Donors Awards are as follows:
-- Anaglate, David received a $500 scholarship from the Susan S. Tonon Dean and
Donors 2003 Award
-- Klueppel, Scott received a $500 scholarship from the Robert C. Kozuch Dean
and Donors 2003 Award
-- Mehta, Rupal received a $500 scholarship from the Maxine Brown Dean and Donors
2003: Scholarship/Fellowship Awarded to Zhaoxia Hu
Graduate student Zhaoxia Hu received a scholarship/fellowship from the graduate
college on June 17th. The scholarship is only awarded to those who demonstrate
excellent academic abilities, as well as dedication to their studies. The graduate
college chose Zhaoxia Hu for the award, as she excels in these two areas.
Zhaoxia received her Masters degree in the Department of Computer Science at the
University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D degree.
Her research area focuses on the formalization of UML (Unified Modeling Language).
Zhaoxia has fulfilled the course requirement and passed the Ph.D. Competency Exam.
Her main focus is on her dissertation research and preparing for the Ph.D prelimilary
May 23, 2003:
Congratulations to Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Winners
The Department of Computer Science is happy to announce the winners of the first-ever
Computer Science Department Outstanding Teaching Assistants Award. The winners
are graduate students Feihong Hsu, Lu Ma, and Bartlomiej Sieka, and undergraduate
student Angelo Poulikakos. Being an outstanding TA requires a tremendous amount
of time and dedication, and the faculty and students who have benefited from their
hard work really appreciate their efforts.
May 15, 2003: CS Department Webmaster Hired
The Computer Science department is pleased to announce that a new webmaster has
been hired. Any questions, comments, or requests regarding this website can now
be sent to him here.
May 9, 2003: Congratulations to May 2003 CS Ph.D. graduates Chi Zhou
and Haiping Xu
Congratulations to the 2003 Computer Science graduate students, Chi Zhou, and
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November 19, 2002: Computer Science Graduate Students Place Second
Ph.D. students Devang Jariwala and Milos Hrkic took 2nd place out of 16 teams
in the ACM sponsored CADAthlon programming contest held in San Jose on November
10, 2002 during the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design. The CADAthlon
was a ten hour ordeal in which participants were asked to solve six programming
problems drawn from the CAD literature. Devang and Milos received $500 each for
their performance. First place went to a team from the University of Michigan.
Among the other schools represented were UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, University
of Wisconsin, MIT, University of Texas and Northwestern. Click here for more information.
July 9, 2002: Di Eugenio receives NSF CAREER Award
June 15 Barbara Di Eugenio receives an NSF CAREER award.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a 5 year, $330,000 CAREER grant to
Barbara Di Eugenio. The project, "Automatic Knowledge Acquisition for Natural
Language Interfaces to Educational Applications", is designed to develop fundamental
principles for natural language interfaces for the next generation of intelligent
tutoring systems. Natural language interfaces to intelligent tutoring systems
need both knowledge about how to act in a domain and communication knowledge about
how to talk about acting in the domain. This project seeks to overcome the domain
dependence of natural language interfaces that prevents them from being portable
to other domains by developing a methodology, algorithms and tools to semi-automatically
derive domain and communication knowledge from text and dialogues.
In addition, Dr. Di Eugenio has recently received a UIC Campus Research Board
award for a two year project on "Design of On-line Feedback for Instructional
Applications". This interdisciplinary research investigates the features of the
feedback students receive from human tutors, and is a collaboration with Dr. Stellan
Ohlsson of the UIC department of Psychology.
July 9, 2002: Murata
named UIC Distinguished Professor
Professor Murata is one of four professors (the only one from the College of Engineering)
at the University of Illinois at Chicago who was selected to receive the honorific
title of "UIC Distinguished Professorship" this year. The Distinguished Professor
title was created to recognize and honor full professors who have made a significant
impact upon their field through scholarship, creativity, and leadership. Professor
Murata is a world authority on the theory and applications of Petri nets. He is
the first recipient of the Carl Adam Petri Distinguished Technical Achievement
Award. Dr. Murata's 1989 award-winning paper "Petri Nets: Properties, Analysis
and Applications" published in the Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineering, is one of the most highly referenced papers in the
field of Petri nets.
May 6, 2002: Sistla
receives recognition from ISI-Thomson Scientific
Professor A. Prasad Sistla was recognized of his outstanding achievements and
contributions to the international research community. ISI presented a Highly
Cited Researchers database certificate to him and honors Professor Sistla's
accomplishments as one of the most highly cited, influential researchers in his
May 1, 2002: Balasa
receives NSF CAREER Award start date: 6/01/02; 5 years long
CAREER: Data-flow Analysis in the Memory Management of Real-Time Multimedia Processing
This research focuses on devising novel techniques based on data-flow analysis
in the memory management of real-time multidimensional signal processing. Data-flow
analysis is the steering exploration mechanism along this project, allowing more
exploration freedom than the traditional scheduling -based investigation, since
the memory management tasks usually need only relative (rather than exact) lifetime
information. Moreover, data-flow analysis enables the study of memory management
tasks at the desired level of granularity -- between whole array and the scalar
level -- trading-off computational effort and solution optimality.
Part of this project investigates non-scalar methods for computing the memory
size in real-time multimedia algorithms. This research addresses novel memory
computation topics: dealing with a large class of parametric specifications,and
dealing with parallelism in high-throughput applications. This project addresses
also the problem of deriving a multilevel memory architecture optimized for area
and/or power, subject to performance constraints. Another research direction is
the optimized mapping of data from an embedded application code into the on-chip
SRAM or the off-chip DRAM for maximizing the overall memory access performance
of the application.
November 26, 2001: Wolfson tracking software in the news
Professor Ouri Wolfson is the founder and chief scientist at Mobitrac, a one-year-old
Chicago-based company that was set up to commercialize technology developed through
basic research at UIC. The university holds an equity stake in the company, which
recently received seed funding from a venture capital firm, Arch Development Partners,
and the Illinois Coalition, an agency that funds and supports high-tech start-up
companies in the state. Last week, Mobitrac was named one of this year's top 50
emerging tech companies by the publication i-Street.
Stories on Wolfson's software and Mobitrac appear in today's Chicago Tribune and on the UIC home page.
November 12, 2001:
Murata receives first Petri award
Professor Tad Murata and other UIC faculty members who recently received major
awards were honored at the Annual Faculty Award Banquet hosted by President
Stukel and Chancellor Manning on Nov. 8, 2001.
Professor Murata was recently selected as the First Recipient of the Carl Adam
Petri Distinguished Technical Achievement Award "in recognition of distinguished
and meritorious achievement in the development and application of scientific knowledge
to the solution of complex technical and organizational problems".
7, 2001: Shatz named program committee co-chair for ICDCS 2003
Professor Sol Shatz will serve as Co-Chairman of the Program Committee for the
23rd IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems.
The conference will be held in early Summer of 2003 in Providence, RI. The other
Co-Chair of the PC Committee is Professor Phil McKinley from Michigan State University.
November 2, 2001:
Brown receives UIC Award of Merit 2001
Maxine Brown, Associate Director of Electronic Visualization Lab-Computer Science,
was selected to receive this year's UIC Award of Merit, a $2,500 cash prize
presented to outstanding employees.
November 2, 2001: Service Recognition 2001
Service recognition were given to the following CS staff members for their years
of loyal and faithful service to the University and to the cause of higher education:
Ralph Orlick-25 years of service
Maxine Brown-15 years of service
Dana Plepys- 10 years of service
Doug Rorem-10 years of service
Santhi Nannapaneni- 5 years of service
Alan Verlo-5 years of service
November 2, 2001: NSF Funds Quanta Research at EVL
The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $540,000 grant to Jason
Leigh and Oliver Yu of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) to develop
Quanta-- a software system for supporting adaptive quality-of-service (QoS) over
extremely high-speed optical networks. The goal of Quanta is to allow scientists
to take full advantage of emerging national and international optical networks.
For more information, please contact Jason Leigh at mailto:email@example.com
November 1, 2001: Who's Who in America 2002
Barbara Di Eugenio's biography will appear in "Who's who in America 2002." She
recently contributed a chapter on "Discourse Processing" to the Encyclopedia
of Cognitive Science (Nature Publishing Group, 2002) and an article on "Natural
Language Processing for Computer Supported Instruction" to the ACM magazine Intelligence.
October 20, 2001: Outstanding CS alumnus recognized
An Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award was presented to Daniel J. Branda (BS'71)
by the College of Engineeringand Department of Computer Science. During the last
29 years Mr. Branda has held numerous positions with Hewlett-Packard. He is currently
General Manager for Hewlett-Packard Services North America West Region. Prior
to this, he was President of Hewlett-Packard Canada, where he was also Chairman
of the Board.
August 8, 2001: New CS web pages
The new Department of Computer Science web pages were introduced today. For more
information, please contact the Webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org
August 8, 2001:
NSF funds AGAVE research at EVL
The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $700,000 equipment grant
to the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois
at Chicago to develop the AGAVE: Access Grid Autostereo Virtual Environment.
To this end, EVL has prototyped the Varrier(TM) technique for displaying high-quality,
computed autostereograms-in-motion, made possible by the advent of relatively
high-resolution, dimensionally stable LCD panel technology. With PC graphics in
clusters now allowing affordable design and implementation of arrays of displays,
very high resolution can be achieved by tiling these panels.
The AGAVE, tiled, high-resolution autostereo display will be built and tested
over the next three years, and will integrate well with high-speed networks. For
more information, please contact Laura Wolf at email@example.com or call 312.996.3002
July 1, 2001: UIC Computer Science: it's official!
Today marks the first day of the new Department of Computer Science at the University
of Illinois at Chicago. We are pleased to announce that Prof. Peter Nelson
has been selected as the new Department Head. For more information, please contact
Imelda Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312.996.4562