News Archive

TCIPG draws record attendance, star power to 2013 Summer School

07/31/2013 - 4:03am   In June, the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) project held its biannual summer school in St. Charles, Ill. The event drew a record 173 attendees, who came from academia, industry and government for a week-long course on cybersecurity for energy delivery systems, with a focus on the power grid.

Nahrstedt named acting director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory

07/24/2013 - 8:19am   Klara Nahrstedt, the Ralph M. and Catherine V. Fisher Professor in the Department of Computer Science, will serve as acting director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL).

Illinois-developed tool to help analyze, secure nation's power systems

07/23/2013 - 2:18am   NP-View was developed specifically to automate the analysis of utilities' computer networks, offering advanced modeling capabilities and a set of features that support compliance with industry regulations.

Experimental solar array gives Illinois unique research opportunities

07/12/2013 - 4:59am   In the last four years, solar generation in the U.S. has more than doubled, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In that same time, the costs of solar power systems have dropped by 80 percent. As interest in solar energy is increasing, the Illinois Center for a Smarter Electric Grid (ICSEG) is helping lead renewable energy research with the new installation of an experimental solar array on the south side of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

Sanders named interim head of ECE ILLINOIS

07/09/2013 - 9:40am   William H. Sanders, a Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering, has been named interim head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a researcher in and founding director of the Information Trust Institute.

Director's Message: Check out the new ITI newsletter

06/24/2013 - 6:19am   An estimated 137.4 million cyber attacks took place in 2012 alone, according to an IBM report, and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has forewarned of a coming cyber Pearl Harbor. And the need for more trustworthy systems is only likely to grow, as we increasingly rely on information technology to power our most critical infrastructure.

Andreas C. Cangellaris to lead the College of Engineering

06/20/2013 - 9:13am   Andreas C. Cangellaris, the head of the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been chosen to be the next dean of the College of Engineering.

Grad students awarded prestigious fellowship to secure embedded systems

06/07/2013 - 9:59am   Twenty years ago, most people didn't own a cell phone, let alone a phone that could connect to the Internet, take photos or memorize voice recordings. The computer chips in these old phones, or other devices such as appliances, cars or even power plants, weren't attractive targets to cyber intruders; however, as these devices have advanced, they have become a prime target for malicious attacks.

Pilawa receives Google Faculty Research Award

06/05/2013 - 4:00am   The series-connected voltage domain—a new structure for data center power delivery being developed by Assistant Professor Robert Pilawa-Podgurski—may curb power inefficiencies in search engine queries, and Google has recently presented Pilawa with a one-year Google Faculty Research Award to develop this system.

Meet Jana Diesner, expert on interplay and co-evolution of information and networks

05/08/2013 - 9:40am   Jana Diesner, an assistant professor at the iSchool, or Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has joined the Information Trust Institute.

ITI Center Spotlight: ICSEG delivers validation expertise to power grid

05/08/2013 - 9:00am   The Illinois Center for a Smarter Electric Grid (ICSEG) at ITI is leading the field in creating a smarter and more secure electric grid.

Overbye awarded BPA grant to verify, validate power grid

04/30/2013 - 11:15am   When the loss of a single power line in Arizona caused the September 2011 blackouts in Southern California and the Southwest, nearly seven million people were left without power for over 11 hours. The outage caused major traffic congestion and sewage pumping station failures, as well as resulting in millions of dollars of losses to restaurants and grocery stores.

Mitra to debug mobile-cloud applications

04/30/2013 - 4:00am   ITI researcher Sayan Mitra recently received a 1-year, $108,682 grant from Samsung's Global Research Outreach Program to look into the problem of debugging mobile-cloud applications.

Nicol invested as Woeltge Professor

03/26/2013 - 5:13am   ITI Director David Nicol, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, was invested as Franklin W. Woeltge Professors in Electrical and Computer Engineering on February 26, 2013, at the Beckman Institute.

TCIPG to host third summer school June 17-21

03/20/2013 - 4:48pm   The Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) center is excited to offer its third summer school, to be held June 17-21, 2013 at the Q Center in St. Charles, Ill. We invite and encourage utility and industry practitioners, researchers, and students to attend and explore the nexus between electrical energy systems and cybersecurity.

Vasudevan receives ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award

03/18/2013 - 6:22am   CSL professor Shobha Vasudevan was named the 2013 ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award recipient. Vasudevan, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, will be presented the award at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in June. DAC, the premier conference for design automation, is attended by several thousand of researchers, academics, engineers and designers each year.

ICSSP students advance to regional cyber defense competition

03/14/2013 - 9:30am   Students in the Information Trust Institute's Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program are headed to the Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition later this month after placing second at the state competition in February.

Overbye to examine impact of geomagnetically induced currents on power grid

03/12/2013 - 3:07am   ITI Researcher Thomas Overbye has been awarded a 5-month, $60,000 grant from the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) to research the impact of geomagnetically induced currents on the power grid.

Tesla Town teaches students about electricity system

02/26/2013 - 10:32am   From nuclear power plants to solar powered homes, TCIPG's free new iPad app, Tesla Town, allows young students to explore and learn about different energy sources used for electricity production today.

UI shaping curriculum to train digital sleuths

02/25/2013 - 2:35am   As the field of cybersecurity, which can include police officers, private investigators and government officials, is expected to grow in the coming years, a diverse team at the University of Illinois has begun to shape a curriculum to train future digital-forensics experts.

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