New App Warns Users of Potential Hazards

David Tcheng, co-founder of the start-up One Llama, was recently interviewed by MIT Online Review  regarding the development of  smartphone technology to alert people of audible threats.  The new app is called Audio Aware and it alerts users wearing headphones to potential hazards  that they might otherwise not hear.  In his interview, Tcheng explains:

“It will work by listening through your smartphone’s microphone … constantly comparing what it hears to stored templates of alert sounds it needs to recognize. When a sufficient match, such as a car horn, is detected, it will cancel any audio you’re hearing and pipe in an amplified version of the sound it’s picking up, or perhaps a cartoon-like version of that sound that is easier to recognize.”

David is a research scientist in the Illinois Informatics Institute, and a graduate student in the Informatics PhD program.  To read more about Audio Aware see the linked MIT Review article, or one of the following:

Conference Presentation by Scott Nixon, PhD Student

Scott Nixon, an Informatics PhD student, attended the conference for International Plant & Animal Genome XXII in San Diego, CA from January 11-15, 2014. There he presented “Modifications in the gene expression of microglia following peripheral mycobacterium challenge“, as well as being co-author on a second presentation entitled “Characterization of the microglia transcriptome in IDO1 knockout and wild-type mice“. This was the first presentation on Scott’s doctoral research involving transcriptomic analysis & functional clustering to explore the biological responses connecting inflammatory events to depression.

Internship: User Interface Designer, Anheuser-Busch

Internship Available: User Interface Designer, Anheuser-Busch, Research Park

Objective is to design mobile dashboards to display and analyze key performance metrics for one of our business functions.

Need to design a user friendly and intuitive interface to increase adoption of the redesigned application.

Initially the position is a part-time internship for 3 months, but depending on the outcome of the application redesign it could be extended. We are also looking to extend this design to build a framework for better user experience around business intelligence and analytics delivered via desktop and mobile.

Send resume, cover letter, and portfolio (link) to Ayyappadas Sreenivasan, Director – Business Intelligence.


New Publication by Arshan Nasir, PhD Student

Arshan Nasir, an Informatics PhD Student,  has published a new article titled “Global Patterns of Protein Domain Gain and Loss in Superkingdoms” in PLOS Computational Biology. This is Arshan’s first publication from his PhD Research.  He is currently spending the Spring 2014 semester conducting research at the Universitié Paris-Sud, Institute Génétique et Microbiolgie as a recipient of the Chateaubriand Fellowship.

Big Data Summit 2013

Date: Friday, December 6, 2013
Time: Registration/breakfast at 8:30 a.m.; concludes with networking reception at 4 p.m.
Location: I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign
Thought leaders from the University of Illinois Research Park, industry, and academia

To address the challenges of moving from the Buzz to the Biz of Big Data the University of Illinois Research Park (UIRP) would like to invite you to Big Data Summit 2013. The Big Data Summit will bring together thought leaders from the UIRP, industry, and academia for a highly interactive event to address topics surrounding big data. Just as new information technologies and the Internet itself fundamentally transformed business and industrial competitiveness over the past 25 years, big data is posed to bring the next wave of innovation, productivity, and growth. The coupling of big data and advanced analytics has the potential to raise the efficiency and create value in almost all business sectors. Exploiting big data and advanced analytics enables companies to create new products and services, enhance existing ones, and invent entirely new business, models.



Google PhD Fellowship Program

The 2014 Google Fellowship Program is now accepting applications from students in computer science and related disciplines. They will award approximately 12 Fellowships from these possible areas: Market Algorithms, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Computer Security, Distributed Computing, Programming Technology, Machine Translation, Speech Technology, Human Computer Interaction, Cloud Computing, Computer Architecture, Search and Information Retrieval, Energy Aware Computing, Mobile Computing, Computer Vision, Social Computing, Computer Networking, Systems Management, Statistics, Graphics, Data Sciences and Optimization. The Fellowships offer 2 years of support (with a possible 3rd year), a generous stipend, levitra.

Informatics can submit up to two candidates for university nomination.  For eligibility and specific application information please see: .  All application materials must be submitted to the Informatics Education Coordinator in pdf format (following the graduate college format) no later than 5 pm on Friday, January 3, 2014.

Graduate Research Positions Available in GSLIS

50% Graduate Research Assistants are available for the spring 2014 or fall 2014 semester to pursue interdisciplinary research at the interface of psychology, digital information, and society. The research will have a particular focus on how privacy, trust, and cognitive factors intersect with information technology from a psychological point of view. The position is available to students who are interested in pursuing their PhD in Information Sciences, Informatics, Psychology, Computer Science or related disciplines. Applicants must have excellent written and oral communication skills and have an interest in the cognitive, social, and human aspects of information technology.

Please send CV to Prof. Masooda Bashir, Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Email:

Facebook Graduate Fellowship Program 2014-2015

Facebook has just launched their 2014-2015 Graduate Fellowship Program and are accepting applications in the following areas:

• Architecture
• Compilers
• Data Mining
• Databases
• Distributed Systems
• Computer Vision & Graphics
• Human-Computer Interaction
• Internet Economics
• Machine Learning
• Natural Language Processing
• Networking Operating Systems
• Programming Languages
• Security/Privacy

Applications must be submitted by December 13th, 2013. Each Fellowship Award will include payment of tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 academic year, a $30,000 unrestricted grant, $2,500 for a personal computer and accessories, $5,000 toward conference attendance and travel, and a visit to Facebook’s HQ in Menlo Park to present your research.

For more details and application information, visit:

Grad Student Spotlight: Kyungho Lee

The work of Kyungho Lee, a graduate student in Informatics, was one of five artists featured during the art show at VizWeek 2012, held in last October in Seattle. VizWeek is the premier forum for computer scientists working in scientific and information visualization. Lee's work deals with the compression and data loss caused by our digital world.  More