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.
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 processes10/08/2014 - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
06/12/2014 - 9:30am Often the gap between design specification and implementation seems small. A graphic designer is designing and simultaneously creating the finished product. A fashion couturier is taking measurements, making sketches and patterns, and then, voila!, the finished dress is ready. In electrical and computer engineering, however, specification and implementation can seem like remote and isolated processes.
06/05/2014 - 9:41am Because of the vulnerability of IT infrastructures, the power industry has mandated critical infrastructure protection regulations that must be followed by all large electric utilities. Utilities are audited every three years and the price of non-compliance is steep: If they're found to be in violation of any of the regulations, they can face penalties of up to $1 million per day.