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For the second time in three years, a team from the University of Illinois has placed high in the global ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge (ILSVRC 2017). Honghui Shi, a PhD student in electrical and computer engineering with affiliation at Beckman Institute and the Coordinated Science Lab, led a team that placed second in all four categories of object detection and tracking from video.  

Champaign-Urbana is the quintessential Midwestern college town. It ranks very high in diversity for its category. Thanks to city projects such as Bike Champaign! it is the most accessible of our college towns. With such a large share of commuters who either walk, bike, or use public transportation, Champaign-Urbana outranks even major metros in city accessibility, coming in fourth overall. Champaign is economically appealing, with great labor market conditions. The University of Illinois I-STEM initiative brings high levels of innovation to this college town.

The Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) has awarded NPRE Assistant Professor Zahra Mohaghegh and her research team, the Socio-Technical Risk Analysis (SoTeRiA) Laboratory, a three-year, $800,000 grant to pursue this vision for a future in which nuclear power companies use intelligent decision-making support systems to estimate scenarios of system failure or revenue loss. 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is doubling down on energy research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, funding a multimillion-dollar Bioenergy Research Center to provide scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective biofuels and bioproducts.

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed bio-inspired dynamic templates used to manufacture organic semiconductor materials that produce printable electronics. It uses a process similar to biomineralization – the way that bones and teeth form. This technique is also eco-friendly compared with how conventional electronics are made, which gives the researchers the chance to return the favor to nature.  

Rizwan Uddin, distinguished professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at Illinois, has been named the new NPRE Department Head, effective August 16.

Researchers at the Health Care Engineering Systems Center, have developed an ECMO training simulator. Built to resemble the elasticity of arteries and pumped by an artificial heart, the simulator replicates the femoral artery leading to the heart that doctors need to operate on for the surgery.

Tovala, co-founded by a University of Illinois graduate with a PhD in mechanical science and engineering (Bryan Wilcox) and an MBA graduate of the University of Chicago’s Booth School (David Rabie), officially launches its smart oven to the public July 11 after several rounds of seed funding and months of Beta testing. 

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