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Collaboration based on Chicago’s South Side is first project in statewide plan for tech and economic development; U.S. Army Research Laboratory to join collaboration

Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Pinshane Huang has been awarded a 2017 Packard Fellowship. Each Fellow will receive $875,000 over five years to pursue their research. Huang’s research develops techniques that use electron microscopes to characterize matter with single atom precision, with the ultimate goal of enabling an era in which materials can be designed and perfected at the level of individual atoms.

Mass killings may have increasing news coverage, but the events themselves have happened at a steady rate for more than a decade, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers. Furthermore, some types of mass-killing events seem to occur randomly over time, making prediction difficult and response crucial. 

The University of Illinois was recently awarded a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center by the National Science Foundation. The new MRSEC center is supported by a six-year, $15.6M grant and will focus on two types of materials. 

Today’s historic joint announcement by the U.S.-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Europe-based Virgo detector of the first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars is doubly noteworthy. Well before the development of today’s innovative technologies supporting this simultaneous gravitational-wave and optical observation, early research in numerical relativity at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign helped to lay the theoretical foundation for it. In fact, many features of the discovery had been predicted in the early computational simulations of Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stuart Shapiro and his group.

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the first engineering-based medical school, has received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and is recruiting students for its first class. The first cohort of 32 students, who will begin classes in July 2018, will receive full four-year scholarships funded by donors and friends of the college.

In the spring of 2020, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will become the new home to the highly innovative Siebel Center for Design, due to the generous support of the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, which provided a $25 million gift to enable the project.

By mimicking the eye of the mantis shrimp, Illinois researchers have developed an ultra-sensitive camera capable of sensing both color and polarization. The bioinspired imager can potentially improve early cancer detection and help provide a new understanding of underwater phenomena, the researchers said.

In order to lay the groundwork for deep neural networks, and in turn study deep learning at a large scale, Principal Investigator William Gropp of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and co-principal investigators Roy Campbell of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Volodymyr Kindratenko and Jian Peng, also of NCSA, have been awarded over $2.7 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a Major Research Instrument (MRI), which will help to accelerate research to rapidly accelerate deep learning advancements.

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