PhD Student Daniela Markazi a 2021 SIGHPC Fellowship Winner

PhD Student Daniela Markazi was selected from over 200 students as one of the 2021 SIGHPC Fellowship winners. The Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (SIGHPC) has announced the eleven recipients of the ACM SIGHPC Computational and Data Science Fellowships for 2021. Funded by SIGHPC, the fellowships are highly […]

James Balamuta Defends Dissertation

Doctoral Candidate James Balamuta successfully defended his dissertation, “Bayesian Estimation of Restricted Latent Class Models: Extending priors, link functions, and structural models” on June 30th and will graduate August 2021. Program Area: Data Analytics and Information Visualization Research: My research interests lie primarily in the cross-sections of computational statistics, psychometric modeling, and large scale data […]

Brandi Smith Defends Dissertation

Doctoral Candidate Brandi Smith successfully defended her dissertation, “Health Disparities, Environmental Toxicants and Midlife Women’s Health Outcomes” on June 25th and will graduate August 2021. Program Area: Health and Medical Informatics Research: My research focuses on racial differences in environmental toxicant exposure and how this effects adverse health outcomes in menopausal women. Additionally I am […]

PhD Student Daniela Markazi a 2021 Generation Google Scholarship winner

Second year PhD student Daniela Markazi is a 2021 Generation Google Scholarship winner. This select group of winners will receive 10,000 usd to continue their work in technology driven fields with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Daniela’s research focuses on how technology can be utilized for social good and she currently works as […]

Outstanding Advising Professional Awarded to Karin Readel

Informatics is excited to announce that Senior Coordinator for Informatics Educational Programs, Karin Readel, was selected for the Outstanding Advising Professional award for the 2020-2021 academic year by IlliAAC. Karin has been with Informatics for 8 years and during that time has boosted awareness and enrollment in educational programs and consistently been a leader in […]

Kelechi Ikegwu Defends Dissertation

Doctoral Candidate Kelechi Ikegwu successfully defended his dissertation, “Machine Learning and Information-Theoretic Approaches for Financial Applications” on May, 6th and plans to graduate May 2021. Program Area: Cognitive Science and Language Processing Research: My research interests are in the field of Machine Learning and recently I have become interested in how Deep Neural Networks learn. […]

PhD student Daniela Markazi presents at iConference 2021

Second year Informatics PhD student Daniela Markazi presents at iConference 2021. Her research focuses on how technology is designed to contribute to, enhance, and influence social change and development. The theme of this year’s conference is “Diversity, Divergence, Dialogue.” Daniela has authored two papers that are being presented at this conference, and she is presenting […]

PhD Student Brandi Patrice Smith Awarded a Post-Doctoral Position through the CDC

Informatics PhD candidate Brandi Patrice Smith and member of Dr. Rebecca L. Smith’s Modeling for Disease Control Lab, has recently been awarded a post-doctoral position through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship. Brandi has been assigned to the National Center of Injury Prevention and Control, Office of Strategy […]

PhD student Colter Wehmeier receives The Fiddler Innovation Fellowship

Informatics PhD student Colter Wehmeier receives the The Fiddler Innovation Fellowship. The Fiddler Innovation Fellowship is an annual student scholarship awarded by eDream. My PhD is joint between CYI and UIUC. Arts and Cultural Informatics here, and Science & Technology in Cultural Heritage there. I hope to study the design and social dynamics of public […]

Siva Ratna Kumari Narisetti Defends Dissertation

Doctoral Candidate Siva Narisetti successfully defended her dissertation, “Utility of Agricultural Mobile Apps Among Rural Indian Farmers”, on April, 1st and plans to graduate December 2020. She is currently a faculty member at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University in Computer Science. Program Area: Data Analytics and Information Visualization & Design, Technology and Society Research: My research […]