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University of Illinois


About University of Illinois

Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a global leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. With our land-grant heritage as a foundation, we pioneer innovative research that tackles global problems and expands the human experience. Our transformative learning experiences are designed to produce alumni who desire to make a significant, societal impact. Illinois is a pioneer in innovative distance and online education, led by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Illinois Computer Science has a global reputation for groundbreaking research across the spectrum of computer science.

About Illinois’ Computer Science Department

Illinois Computer Science is a U.S. News & World Report top-five CS graduate program.

Building upon a proud legacy stretching back to the 1940s, Illinois Computer Science stands at the forefront of computing innovation. Collectively, our alumni and faculty have birthed new industries, generated billions of dollars in commerce, created tens of thousands of jobs, and revolutionized the way that people communicate, shop, and conduct business. For more of this amazing story, please visit the CS History Timeline.

Featured Faculty

Jiawei Han

Jiawei Han

Michael Aiken Chair

Jiawei Han is the Michael Aiken Chair in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Sciences at University of Wisconsin in 1985. He worked as assistant professor in Northwestern University in 1986-1987 and as assistant, associate, full and university chair professor in Simon Fraser University in 1987-2001 before joining UIUC in 2001. He has been researching into data mining, information network analysis, and database systems, and their various applications, with over 600 publications. He served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD) (2007-2012). Jiawei has received ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award (2004), IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award (2005), IEEE Computer Society W. Wallace McDowell Award (2009), Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award at UIUC (2011), and Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching Award at UIUC (2012). He is a Fellow of ACM and a Fellow of IEEE. He has been serving as the Director of Information Network Academic Research Center (INARC) supported by the Network Science-Collaborative Technology Alliance (NS-CTA) program of U.S. Army Research Lab since 2009. His co-authored textbook "Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques" (Morgan Kaufmann) has been adopted popularly as a textbook worldwide.

Laxmikant V. Kale

Laxmikant V. Kale

Paul and Cynthia Saylor Professor

Professor Laxmikant Kale is the director of the Parallel Programming Laboratory and the Paul and Cynthia Saylor Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Kale has been working on various aspects of parallel computing, with a focus on enhancing performance and productivity via adaptive runtime systems, and with the belief that only interdisciplinary research involving multiple CSE and other applications can bring back well-honed abstractions into Computer Science that will have a long-term impact on the state-of-art. His collaborations include the widely used Gordon-Bell award winning (SC 2002) biomolecular simulation program NAMD, and other collaborations on computational cosmology, quantum chemistry, rocket simulation, space-time meshes, and other unstructured mesh applications. He takes pride in his group's success in distributing and supporting software embodying his research ideas, including Charm++, Adaptive MPI and the BigSim framework. He and his team won the HPC Challenge award at Supercomputing 2011, for their entry based on Charm++. L. V. Kale received the B.Tech degree in Electronics Engineering from Benares Hindu University, Varanasi, India in 1977, and a M.E. degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, in 1979. He received a Ph.D. in computer science in from State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1985. He worked as a scientist at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research from 1979 to 1981. He joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant Professor in 1985, where he is currently employed as a Professor. Prof. Kale is a fellow of the ACM and IEEE, and a winner of the 2012 IEEE Sidney Fernbach award.

John Hart

John Hart

Professor of Computer Science

John C. Hart is a Professor of Computer Science and an Associate Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for his work at the Electronic Visualization Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1991. He has taught and researched computer graphics and data visualization for over 25 years. His research has been supported by Adobe, DARPA, Intel, Microsoft, NSF, Nokia and NVIDIA, and has resulted in over 125 papers, patents and videos. Prof. Hart is a coauthor of the book "Real-Time Shading," a contributing author of "Modeling and Texturing, a Procedural Approach," and is under contract with Pearson for a new introductory computer graphics textbook. Prof. Hart has taught short courses on graphics and visualization at the SIGGRAPH Annual Conference, for Pratt & Whitney and for the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. He is a past Editor-in-Chief for ACM Transactions on Graphics and currently the graphics area editor for ACM Books. He is also a past member of the SIGGRAPH Executive Committee and an Executive Producer of the documentary "The Story of Computer Graphics."

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