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New research looks at how information on Internet can be manipulated

11/04/2014 - 9:19am   With a tight gubernatorial race in Illinois, voters are being bombarded today with TV ads, yard signs and robo calls. But what if candidates could use their campaign dollars to subtlety influence your vote on social media? It might as simple as paying to promote the status of a friend who just voted or downplaying negative status posts on Facebook.

In the News: Cybersecurity - It's about way more than countering hackers

11/03/2014 - 4:40am   It's tense in the situation room. A cyber attack on the electrical grid in New York City has plunged Manhattan into darkness on a day that happens to be the coldest in the year. Concurrently, the cellular phone network has been attacked, silencing smartphones and sowing confusion and panic. A foreign power has claimed responsibility for the attacks and says more are coming. Your job is to look at geopolitical factors, intelligence feeds, military movements and clues in cyberspace to predict what may be happening next. Your goal is to make a recommendation to the President.

New paradigm enables more secure, reliable control networks for power grid

10/22/2014 - 9:20am   When an energy company sustains a cyber attack, control system operators must quickly identify, isolate and reroute around the affected network areas in order to maintain critical energy delivery functions. A global view of all communication flows would make that task much easier, but unfortunately, such an overview map isn't available to the energy sector at this time.

Yutian Lei wins prize for paper at IEEE COMPEL workshop

10/21/2014 - 9:57am   Graduate student Yutian Lei won the award for best paper out of 128 peer-reviewed contenders at the 2014 IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics, or COMPEL, which took place at the University of Cantabria in Spain. Lei's publication, co-written with former graduate student Ryan May (now at Texas Instruments) and ITI researcher and Assistant Professor Robert Pilawa-Podgurski, explored their research into switched-capacitor power converters.

Illinois wins $1.5 million NSF Data Infrastructure Building Blocks grant to accelerate materials-to-device processes

10/08/2014 - 7:50am   Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are seeking to accelerate the technology transfer processes – perhaps by as much as 50 percent – through a new grant funded by the National Science Foundation.

Nahrstedt Receives SIGMM Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions

09/04/2014 - 5:48am   The 2014 winner of the prestigious ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications is CS Professor, CSL Acting Director and ITI researcher Klara Nahrstedt.

Paper: To deter cyberattacks, build a public-private partnership

08/25/2014 - 10:46am   The best way to combat cyberattacks may be a joint public-private partnership between government and business, says a new paper from Jay Kesan, the H. Ross and Helen Workman Research Scholar at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Researchers receive Best Paper Award, Carter Award for RnS monitoring research

07/17/2014 - 6:47am   CSL researchers received the inaugural Best Paper Award at last month's 2014 IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN). Additionally, graduate student Cuong Pham was recognized for his outstanding PhD research in this area and was awarded the William C. Carter Award at DSN.

In the News: USENIX researchers get a grip on Hadoop performance

07/15/2014 - 10:37am   Cristina Abad, a May 2014 computer science Ph.D. graduate at Illinois, has developed a benchmark designed to model the performance of next-generation storage systems, called MimesisBench, which was featured in ITWorld and PCWorld.

ITI faculty bring home Engineering at Illinois awards

07/14/2014 - 6:50am   Several ITI faculty were honored at the 50th-annual faculty award ceremony for Engineering at Illinois.

Pilawa earns PELS young engineer award

07/11/2014 - 7:10am   Assistant Professor Robert Pilawa-Podgurski has received the Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award from the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS).

Dominguez-Garcia invited to attend NAE's U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

07/10/2014 - 5:27am   ECE Assistant Professor Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia has been selected by the National Academy of Engineering to attend the United States Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, along with 82 other engineers who have all been determined by the academy to be future leaders of the engineering field. The event will be Sept. 11-13 in Irvine, California.

In the News: Can Software Make Health Data More Private?

07/10/2014 - 5:06am   Software could prevent sensitive medical data from being inadvertently shared as health records get passed around.

Sanders named ECE ILLINOIS department head

07/08/2014 - 6:09am   Professor William H. Sanders is ECE ILLINOIS' new department head, Engineering at Illinois Dean Andreas C. Cangellaris announced Thursday. His appointment is effective August 16, 2014.

Blahut retires after 20 years with Illinois

07/03/2014 - 8:08am   According to Professor Richard E. Blahut, a former department head of ECE ILLINOIS, the Henry Magnuski Professor and a CSL professor, the best innovations are accomplished when idea-generators and administrators are a cohesive force.

Vasudevan wins Best Paper Award at top conference in design automation

07/01/2014 - 5:33am   Shobha Vasudevan, along with her students, Viraj Athavale, Sai Ma and Samuel Hertz, recently received the Best Paper Award at the 2014 Design Automation Conference (DAC), for their research in code coverage of assertions using register transfer level (RTL) source code analysis, which will help with accuracy and speed during the verification process.

Nahrstedt appointed to CRA's Computing Community Consortium Council

06/24/2014 - 6:12am   CSL Acting Director and ITI researcher Klara Nahrstedt, the Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, is one of six new members selected to the Computing Research Association's Computing Community Consortium Council.

In the News: Amazon unveils its 3D Fire Phone

06/23/2014 - 4:20am   ITI Researcher Sanjay Patel weighs in on Amazon's first foray into the smartphone market -- a new device called the Fire Phone that features 3D display capabilities.

Mitra develops verification tool for trustworthy cyber-physical systems

06/17/2014 - 4:26am   Over the past few decades, information systems have increasingly replaced human operators and processes, with technology assisting in everything from flying aircraft to regulating heartbeats. As the movement toward more autonomous systems continues, there is a growing need to ensure that these systems are safe and reliable before they are deployed – especially in fields where failure could be fatal.

Framework configures, secures remote access to legacy and emerging energy devices for utilities

06/13/2014 - 9:02am   Due to a variety of attacks on the energy sector in the last decade, utilities are on high alert for possible infiltrations to their security. Having incorrect or inconsistent configuration of energy sector devices is just one of the areas attackers could leverage to thwart the security measures energy companies have set up. Applying a uniform security policy across electric sector devices is one way that ITI's Tim Yardley, along with co-PIs David Nicol, Bill Sanders and Klara Nahrstedt, have identified to help mitigate these attacks.

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