CS Faculty Wins 2022 Honors from Research Associations, University System and Tech Media | Computing


Working at the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and security research, Illinois CS professor Bo Li said it was especially important to learn earlier this month that it had won the Computers and Thought award from the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence.

Bo Li

This meaning came from reading the list of past winners, which has 32 past winners since 1971.

“I feel very honored to be part of this list because all the previous winners are names that I have respected for so long,” Li said. “So I feel very honored and happy to be part of this group. “

Beyond the honor of this particular recognition, however, Li also foresees a practical goal.

She will be in Vienna towards the end of July to present recent research at the conference. In front of this group of peers, Li thinks the conference is another great opportunity to explain the importance of his work and help its relevance in the AI ​​and security community.

Specifically, his current research aims to make “machine learning algorithms more robust, private, efficient, and interpretable with safeguards.” Through his secure learning lab, Li works with students to explore different adversarial attacks and defenses for the benefit of applying machine learning techniques through computer vision, natural language processing, audio recognition, autonomous vehicles and medical care.

“If we can’t assess or improve security and robustness, it will eventually lead to serious consequences,” Li said. Then we’re trying to improve the robustness of core applications like self-driving and medical care – to really help those safety-critical areas.

She highlighted the main inspirations for this line of work as mentors to her students and professors.

“All of the Illinois CS students I’ve worked with are awesome and really driven. We work on questions and problems that they find exciting solutions to. Often they ask me to try something that I don’t know about. hadn’t even thought of before, so I think it’s an environment that encourages growth in the field,” Li said. opened my world to collaborations with entities like Amazon, IBM, Meta, Microsoft and Nvidia.”

Derek Hoiem a new university scholarship holder

Derek Hoiem
Derek Hoiem

Earlier this spring, Professor Derek Hoiem learned that he was part of the university research program and he couldn’t stop thinking about his career so far.

The University Scholarship Program was created to honor and reward outstanding faculty members in the University of Illinois system and includes a $15,000 gift for winners over the next three years.

Hoiem felt honored to reflect on the significance of this recognition in relation to mentoring the “intelligent and passionate students” of Illinois CS, particularly through a primary research goal of “modeling the physical and semantic structure of the world , so that computers can better understand the scenes”. from pictures.

As he looks forward to using the gift associated with this honor, Hoiem couldn’t help but reflect on the role this university has played in his academic career – which began as a postdoctoral fellow at the Beckman Institute after earning his doctorate in robotics. at Carnegie Mellon University.

“My entire professional career has developed at the University of Illinois, since I joined the Beckman Institute at age 27 with a freshly prepared doctorate,” Hoiem said. “Even so, nothing is routine – the field has grown enormously, as has the department – ​​and the flexibility and support from the university has allowed me to explore all sorts of things; from being an expert witness to visiting Microsoft Cambridge to work on the new Kinect device to co-founding Reconstruct and watching it thrive and grow.

“Personally, I originally came here to be with my wife, now 20, and we are raising two daughters. My mother also joined us, so Urbana-Champaign and the university shaped my family and my life experience.

Lawrence Angrave Honored as Karen Wold Level the Learning Field Award Winner

Laurent Angrave
Laurent Angrave

After being nominated in 2020, Professor Lawrence Angrave of Illinois CS learned he had won the Karen Wold Level the Learning Field award last April – after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a pause in judging of this price.

Presented by the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this award was created in memory of Karen Wold. She was an Access Specialist at DRES and has spent her career fully engaging with students and their faculty to find solutions to academic challenges so that the area of ​​learning is more leveled and accessible.

The purpose of the award is to identify exemplary Illinois faculty and staff members for advocating for and/or implementing disability-related instructional strategies, technologies, and accommodations that provide students with disabilities a equal access to academic resources and programs.

Angrave’s nomination comes in support of his dedication to using captioning and transcriptions as a way to make classrooms more accessible. His work with tools like ClassTranscribe continues to meet students’ accessibility needs.

ClassTranscribe has made several classes more accessible and continues to grow; it has been used by over 7,000 students in classes in CS, BIOE, ECE, STATS, and other campus departments.

Angrave enjoys collaborating with others to advance accessibility at the U of I.

It works with the U of I system to ensure board and committee meetings are accessible via live audio descriptions. In collaboration with physics student Colin Lualdi, a third accessibility project, ScribeAR, creates live captions using lightweight augmented reality glasses.

Using the transcription and scene detection algorithm, Angrave is working with computer science professor Hongye Liu and others so ClassTranscribe can help create equivalent textbooks directly from video material. They are excited to use it in classes at Grainger College of Engineering in the fall of 2022.

In addition to his roles as a teaching professor, Gies RC Evans Innovation Fellow and CITL Fellow, Angrave has also pursued a research interest in computers and education. In this area, he focused on research with automatic speech recognition.

Jiawei Han Recognized by CDO Magazine as Academic Data Leader

Jiawei Han
Jiawei Han

In January, CDO Magazine released a 2022 list of academic data leaders, which included Illinois computer science professor Jiawei Han.

Throughout his illustrious career, Han has remained dedicated to research in data mining, text mining, information networks, data science, machine learning, AI and their vast apps. This came through his Data Mining Research Group and his work with the Data and Information Systems Research Lab. His dedication continues through a fascination with domain issues that create “high potential impact on computing, industry, and society.”

“In recent years, my group has focused on text mining and text-rich information exploration, with many new research problems posed and solved,” Han said. “We are still making good progress with 30-40 research papers generated each year. We are excited about our progress as well as the great progress made for the whole community over the past few years.

This recognition by CDO Magazine, gave Han a moment of pause, because of the other academicians listed.

“I think it’s nice to see the recognition from the community, especially when I noticed many well-known names listed together in the academic data community,” Han said. “For example, Professor Aditya Parameswaran, who was part of the same DAIS group as me in the CS department and now a professor at UC-Berkeley, is also on the list.

“It feels good to have many well-known peers on the same list.”

NCSA’s Daniel Katz named IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Contributor

Daniel S. Katz, Illinois CS Research Professor
Daniel S. Katz

In March, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications announced that Chief Scientist Daniel S. Katz had been named one of the first 66 Distinguished Contributors of the IEEE Computer Society in honor of his contributions to society and the occupation.

The IEEE Computer Society launched this new program to recognize its members with the most technical achievements and to showcase the immense combined technical expertise and innovative power of its members.

In addition to his role at NCSA, Katz is a Research Associate Professor in the Departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the School of Information Science, as well as an Affiliate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. . He is the author of several hundred peer-reviewed publications in addition to magazine articles and technical reports. He is a senior member of the IEEE and ACM, currently serves on the IEEE Board of Governors, and is a founding editor and current associate editor of the Journal of Open Source Software. He also co-founded the US Research Software Engineer Association (US-RSE) and the Research Software Alliance (ReSA).

Read the full IEEE-CS announcement.


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