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Computer Science Technology Services

People from all sectors depend on critical applications developed in the field of computer science. The UIC Department of Computer Science emphasizes a broad range of knowledge areas which are applied to the development of grid middleware and advanced applications such as bioinformatics, learning environments, manufacturing and transportation systems. We actively engage in interdisciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration, such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet trials, which positions UIC as a leading university worldwide in advanced network testing and technology development.

The computer science department has the capability and resources to provide industry support in the following interdisciplinary areas.


Artificial Intelligence

Our expertise includes building intelligent systems that use search and optimization techniques in the areas of transportation, molecular biology, electronics manufacturing optimization, and Natural Language Processing.

Faculty experts:

Pete Nelson, PhD, Dean and Professor
Barbara Di Eugenio, PhD, Associate Professor
Piotr Gmytrasiewicz, PhD, Associate Professor

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Computational Biology

In computational biology, we manage and analyze massive amounts of data from modern biology, furthering such diverse goals as finding cures for disease, understanding mechanisms of evolution, and protecting endangered species.

Faculty experts:

Tanya Berger-Wolf, PhD, Assistant Professor
Bhaskar DasGupta, PhD, Associate Professor

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Concurrent Software Systems

Our concurrent software systems experts thrive in distributed software engineering, model checking, distributed operating systems, and middleware.

Faculty experts:

Sol Shatz, PhD, Professor
Prasad Sistla, PhD, Professor
Ajay Kshemkalyani, PhD, Associate Professor

 

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Databases and Data Mining

Our expertise includes Web search engines; image and video retrieval; scalable content-based indexing and retrieval for audio and image data archives; visual queries and result presentation; data integration; text classification; and spatio-temporal information management.

Faculty experts:

Clement Yu, PhD, Professor
Isabel Cruz, PhD, Associate Professor
Ashfaq Khokhar, PhD, Professor
Bing Liu, PhD, Associate Professor
Ouri Wolfson, PhD, Richard and Loan Hill Professor

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Electronic Design Automation

Electronic design automation includes standard cell placement; device-level placement for analog design; dataflow analysis in the memory management of multidimensional processing systems; performance-driven interconnect synthesis; and chip-level timing optimization.

Faculty experts:


John Lillis, PhD, Associate Professor

 

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Security and Networking

Applied research in this area involves finding and implementing new methods of providing computer and network security that will apply to both stand-alone systems and networked and distributed systems. Specific research areas include authorization and authentication systems, safe execution of untrusted code, retrofitting legacy code for security and privacy.

Faculty experts:

Jon Solworth, PhD, Associate Professor
Robert Sloan, PhD, Department Head and Professor
Mitch Theys, PhD, Assistant Professor
V. Venkatakrishnan, PhD, Assistant Professor

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Software Engineering

Our experts in this area devise methods to aid in the design and analysis of software systems, particularly concurrent and network-based, real-time systems supporting advanced applications such as aviation, multimedia, teleteaching, telemedicine, and various client/server and Web-based systems.

Faculty experts:

Ugo Buy, PhD, Associate Professor
Jeffrey Tsai, PhD, Professor
Lenore Zuck, PhD, Associate Professor

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Scientific Visualization / Human-Computer Interaction /
Collaboration / High-Speed Networking

UIC’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) combines art and computer science, and specializes in advanced display systems, interactive computer graphics, scientific and information visualization, human-computer interaction, and high-speed networking. EVL invented the CAVE® virtual reality theater and the ImmersaDesk® both of which are used globally for tele-immersive scientific discovery, art exhibition and industrial prototyping. Recently developed visualization systems include the GeoWall, a passive stereo projection system; LambdaVison, a 100-megapixel, ultra-high-resolution tiled display; and Varrier, a scalable autostereo display. EVL is a leader in the OptIPuter project developing a new model of computing in which ultra-high-speed networks form the backplane of a planetary-scale computer, providing an unprecedented way to work with enormous data-sets in realtime.

Faculty experts:

Jason Leigh, PhD, Associate Professor
Tom DeFanti, PhD, Distinguished Professor
John Bell, PhD, Lecturer
Andrew Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor
Robert Kenyon, PhD, Associate Professor
Thomas Moher, PhD, Associate Professor

EVL Facilities and Special Equipment

  • LambdaVision 105-megapixel, 55-panel tiled LCD display (11x5) driven by a 28-node, 64-bit cluster.
  • Cylindrical Varrier Autostereoscopic 35-panel tiled LCD display (7x5) with an InterSense IS-900 precision motion tracker, driven by an 18-node cluster with dual Xeon processors.
  • C-Wall Two hand and head tracked, rear-projection, passive stereo VR systems.
  • ImmersaDesk4 Two four-megapixel passive stereo displays, each with two 30” Apple monitors and driven by a 64-bit graphics workstation; one system has a short-range Flock of Birds for head and hand tracking.
  • PARIS (Personal Augmented Reality Immersive System) Drafting table-sized augmented VR workstation with a short-range Flock of Birds for head and hand tracking and a PHANTOM haptic device for tactile force feedback.
  • CAVEwave™ A persistent 10-gigabit ethernet (GE) connection from UIC to the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of California in San Diego on its own private wavelength on the National LambdaRail infrastructure. The CAVEwave link is available to transport experimental traffic between federal agencies, international research centers, and corporate research projects that bring 1 GE-to-10 GE wavelengths to Chicago, Seattle and San Diego.
  • StarLightSM An advanced optical infrastructure and proving ground for network services optimized for high-performance, large-scale national and global applications. StarLight has 1GE and 10GE switch/router facilities and true optical switching for wavelengths.
  • I-WIRE Illinois Wired/Wireless Infrastructure for Research and Education I-WIRE is a State of Illinois-funded, dark-fiber network connecting Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois Century Network, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications. I-WIRE provides point-to-point lambda services between I-WIRE sites with a minimum of one 2.5Gbps lambda connectivity to StarLight.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Kenneth Brezinsky
UIC Engineering Corporate Relations 
Office 851 S. Morgan St. Rm 812
Chicago, IL 60607-7043 
Telephone: 312-996-5843 
Email: kenbrez@uic.edu