Engineering at Illinois News http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/recent-news.html News from Engineering at Illinois Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:03:00 CDT 5 SWE Illinois Brings Home Hardware at National Conference http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/9946 <p> The University of Illinois chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) picked up several honors at the recently completed SWE National Conference in Los Angeles, which annually attracts more than 7,000 female engineers and scientists from around the world.</p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:03:00 CDT NPRE gains major plasma/fusion facility from German institute http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/9943 <p> The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will soon join a short list of universities worldwide that has an operating fusion device on its Earlier this year, the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics gifted its multi-million dollar plasma/fusion WEGA advanced physics testing facility to the University of Illinois as a result of the relationship the Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering (NPRE) plasma/fusion group has developed with the German institute. The machine, renamed the Hybrid Illinois Device for Research and Applications, or HIDRA, will make NPRE one of a handful of U.S. nuclear departments offering such a significant facility for plasma/fusion research and education.</p> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT ISE Student Claims Levengood Award at John Deere Conference http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/9930 <p> A senior in the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Engineering (ISE) at Illinois, Amy Doroff along with fellow part-time student Andrew Borders, earned the Dan Levengood Excellence in Ergonomics Award at John Deere’s annual conference in late September, which brings together the organization’s leadership from around the world. </p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT Miss Possible headlines Postmarks http://news.illinois.edu/postmarks/fall_2014/miss_possible.html <p> Miss Possible, whose line of dolls and apps was created by Illinois engineering students Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves aims to help young girls explore the realm of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The entrepreneurs have received considerable support for the Technology Entrepreneurship Center within the College of Engineering. Their story is featured in "Postmarks," the University's newsletter for parents and friends.</p> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT Illinois Students Claim Top Prize at HackGT2014 http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/9850 <p> A group of four University of Illinois students claimed top prize at the HackGT2014, a hackathon held at Georgia Tech and sponsored by Tech Square Labs. The group of Kevin Jasieniecki, Keegan McClelland, Kevin Scheer and Nathan Dolph was one of three teams from Illinois that finished among the top 10 in a contest that attracted about 1,000 college students.</p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT Research combines simulations and static analysis to verify cyberphysical systems http://csl.illinois.edu/news/research-combines-simulations-and-static-analysis-verify-cyberphysical-systems <p> Because of the widespread presence of embedded controllers in vehicles, medical devices, and water, power and gas supply systems, there is an urgent need for efficient and accurate ways to ensure those systems’ reliability. CSL Professor Sayan Mitra (ECE) and CS Professor Mahesh Viswanathan were recently awarded $500,000 from the National Science Foundation to support a grant entitled “From Simulations to Proofs for Cyberphysical Systems” that will seek additional ways to verify such systems in conjunction with simulations.</p> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT ECE Alums Crowdfunding the First Artificially Intelligent Cat Toy http://www.ece.illinois.edu/mediacenter/article.asp?id=9840 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT Microtubes create cozy space for neurons to grow, and grow fast http://news.illinois.edu/news/14/1111neuronmicrotubes_XiulingLi.html <p> Tiny, thin microtubes could provide a scaffold for neuron cultures to grow so that researchers can study neural networks, their growth and repair, yielding insights into treatment for degenerative neurological conditions or restoring nerve connections after injury. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Wisconsin-Madison created the microtube platform to study neuron growth. They posit that the microtubes could one day be implanted like stents to promote neuron regrowth at injury sites or to treat disease.</p> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT Supercomputing Speeds Advances in Deep Neural Networks http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/9827 <p> Thomas Huang's research team is developing algorithms for image recognition for those unlabeled images with research spilling over to multimedia.  The focus is on biometrics (face recognition, emotional recognition), human computer interface (avatars), and multimedia retrieval (search, ranking). The advances are made possible because of the recent advances in supercomputing. In short, Huang’s research lies at the intersection of deep learning, Big Data, and high-performance computing.</p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT Hwu's MulticoreWare ranks in top 110 fastest-growing private companies http://csl.illinois.edu/news/hwus-multicoreware-ranks-top-110-fastest-growing-private-companies <p> Since CSL professor Wen-mei Hwu co-founded MulticoreWare six years ago, the company has grown from a small startup to the leading provider of GPU-accelerated software and GPU-computing infrastructure software, used by such tech giants as Amazon and Google.</p> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT DOE Assistant Secretary Lyons to present first NPRE Leadership Speaker Series talk http://npre.illinois.edu/news/doe-assistant-secretary-lyons-present-first-npre-leadership-speaker-series-talk <p> Dr. Peter B. Lyons, US Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, will present the inaugural NPRE Leadership Speaker Series talk on Thursday, November 20. Lyons' talk, "Past, Present, and Future of Nuclear Power in the US," will be presented at 3 p.m. in Room 1122 National Center for Supercomputing Applications and is open to the public.</p> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT MechSE professor joins leaders for DMDII groundbreaking http://mechanical.illinois.edu/news/mechse-professor-joins-leaders-dmdii-groundbreaking <p> Work has officially begun on the 94,000-square-foot Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. MechSE professor <a href="http://mechanical.illinois.edu/directory/faculty/wpk">William King</a> was on hand for the shovel-in-dirt ceremony and took time to explain some of the institute's details to state and national government leaders, including U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.</p> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT New research looks at how information on Internet can be manipulated http://csl.illinois.edu/news/new-research-looks-how-information-internet-can-be-manipulated <p> 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. Those actions might seem innocuous, but it could selectively nudge the turnout. “You can envision the possibility,” said Michael Bailey, a new Illinois ECE and CSL faculty member. “Where turnouts are only a couple hundred votes, could one use the sciences of influence and persuasion and a knowledge of Facebook and Google customization and personalization to actually influence the outcome?”</p> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT Gao Group's GPS work earns Best Presentation awards http://aerospace.illinois.edu/news/gao-group%E2%80%99s-gps-work-earns-best-presentation-awards <p> Assistant Prof. Grace Gao and her students at Illinois are developing technology to improve the robustness of the Global Positioning System (GPS) with applications to the cybersecurity of the power grid. Two papers from Gao’s group garnered Best Presentation of the Session Awards at the recent Institute of Navigation Global Navigation Satellite System (ION GNSS+) conference.</p> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT Hsiao-Wecksler named ASME Fellow http://mechanical.illinois.edu/news/hsiao-wecksler-named-asme-fellow <p> Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler, an associate professor of mechanical science and engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Her research program uses methods from control theory, movement analysis, design, and dynamic systems modeling to investigate issues related to musculoskeletal biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering.</p> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT Alleyne receives ASME Paynter Award http://mechanical.illinois.edu/news/alleyne-receives-paynter-award-asme <p> Andrew Alleyne, the Ralph M. and Catherine V. Fisher Professor and associate head for undergraduate programs in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, has been awarded the Henry M. Paynter Outstanding Investigator Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This award is given biennially by the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME to a Dynamic Systems and Control Division member who has demonstrated sustained outstanding research contributions, either basic or applied, as a mechanical engineering professional to fields of interest to the DSCD. Alleyne's research addresses a range of issues within controls: the analysis and design of control systems in a dimensionless framework, advanced motion control through iterative learning control and adaptive feedforward techniques, and robust control approaches to gain-scheduling as they relate to vehicle dynamics, large- and small-scale manufacturing systems and fluid power.</p> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT New paradigm enables more secure, reliable control networks for power grid http://csl.illinois.edu/news/new-paradigm-enables-more-secure-reliable-control-networks-power-grid <p> 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. A team of researchers at Illinois is developing a flow controller—including both a hardware device and supporting software—that will monitor, configure and maintain safe, reliable network traffic flows in energy system control networks.</p> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT ECE team wins $950,000 Big Data grant http://www.ece.illinois.edu/mediacenter/article.asp?id=9726 <div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;"> <div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;"> A team led by ECE Professor <a href="http://www.ece.illinois.edu/directory/profile.asp?ybresler">Yoram Bresler</a> has won an almost $950,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop more efficient algorithms and computational methods for analyzing Big Data and extracting useful information. - See more at: http://www.ece.illinois.edu/mediacenter/article.asp?id=9726#sthash.KmvXK6nB.dpuf</div> A team led by ECE Professor <a href="http://www.ece.illinois.edu/directory/profile.asp?ybresler">Yoram Bresler</a> has won an almost $950,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop more efficient algorithms and computational methods for analyzing Big Data and extracting useful information. - See more at: http://www.ece.illinois.edu/mediacenter/article.asp?id=9726#sthash.KmvXK6nB.dpuf</div> <p> A team led by ECE Professor Yoram Bresler has won an almost $950,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop more efficient algorithms and computational methods for analyzing Big Data and extracting useful information.</p> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT NY Times article: Putting Art in STEM http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/education/edlife/putting-art-in-stem.html?_r=0 <p> Engineering and art were not always completely separate disciplines. Take Leonardo da Vinci, who seamlessly combined the two. “Five hundred years ago, you couldn’t really tell the difference between artists and engineers,” says James Michael Leake, a senior lecturer in the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering and director of engineering graphics at Illinois. Few schools actually require engineering students to take art, but Illinois comes close. Leake incorporates freehand sketching and computer-aided design in his engineering graphics class.</p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Hoeft T&M student conducts pilot internship program in China https://business.illinois.edu/peter-ninchich <p> For Peter Ninchich, persistence pays off. <span style="line-height: 1.428571429">In fact, the senior accountancy major’s tenacity is what made him The Hoeft Technology & Management Program’s first international intern in Beijing this past summer.</span></p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT