The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is considered one of the world's great institutions of higher learning, and paramount among its strengths is the College of Engineering. The College has been part of the University since its opening in 1868. Since then it has become a world leader in engineering research and education, not only because of its outstanding faculty (over 400 strong), highly selective student admissions, and ability to attract research funding and partnerships with industry and government, but also because of its cutting-edge research facilities.
Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of ITI's activities and research interests, its research is conducted in a variety of departments and units across campus, including the Coordinated Science Laboratory, the Siebel Center for Computer Science, Everitt Laboratory, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Micro and Nano Technology Laboratory (MNTL), and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), among others. More information on some of these facilities is given below:
Coordinated Science Laboratory
Established in 1951, the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) is an internationally respected leader in telecommunications and information technology research. CSL maintains a very rich computing environment of approximately 800 machines encompassing nearly every major type of server, workstation, and personal computer and running a wide variety of operating systems and application software.
Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science
The Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, which opened in 2004, is reshaping the nature of computing education and research at one of the country’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious computer science departments. Siebel Center is a laboratory for students and researchers to explore and evaluate 21st-century computing; everyday devices have embedded intelligence and are able to adapt to context and use, sharing information and user preferences by means of ubiquitous communication networks. Information technology infrastructure was "designed in" from the beginning, with embedded computers in doors, offices, and laboratories, ubiquitous wearable devices, streaming multimedia and tracking, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and stereolithographic fabrication, all connected by wireless and high-speed wired networks for distributed collaboration and adaptation.
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has provided high-performance computing to academic and industrial researchers since its inception in 1985. NCSA, over nearly two decades of running a production-quality high-end computing center attached directly to the Internet, has developed considerable expertise in preventing, detecting, and recovering from cyberattacks, particularly in regard to Unix-based systems. NCSA works with research centers nationwide to build cyberinfrastructure, tools, and applications in support of scientific research.
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is an interdisciplinary research institute devoted to leading-edge research in the physical sciences, computation, engineering, biology, behavior, cognition, and neuroscience. More than 600 researchers from 40 University of Illinois departments as far-ranging as psychology, computer science, and biochemistry work within and across these overlapping areas. The 313,000-square-foot building offers more than 200 offices and specialized, state-of-the-art laboratories and other facilities for research on nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy; advanced imaging technologies; remote scientific instrumentation; visualization; and human multi-modal perception and cognition, cognitive and motor development.
Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
The Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL) is a multidisciplinary research facility that houses one of the nation's largest and most sophisticated facilities to support research in photonics, microelectronics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. MNTL contains over 8,000 square feet of class 100 and class 1000 clean room laboratory and state-of-the-art ultra-high-speed optical and electrical device and circuit measurements.
In-house, ITI has assembled a unique Smart Grid Lab supported in part by funds from the TCIP and TCIPG centers, the Illinois Center for Smarter Electric Grid (ICSEG), and the Center for Assured Critical Application & Infrastructure Security (CACAIS), supplemented by donations from major equipment manufacturers. It couples physical power and cyber security systems along with emulation and simulation to enable scaled research for the power grid.
ITI's administrative offices are housed inside the Coordinated Science Laboratory.