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 […]

PhD Student Gerry Derkson named TIER-ED Graduate Fellow for 2020-2021

Informatics PhD student Gerry Derkson was named a TIER-ED Graduate Fellow for 2020/2021. My PhD research topic centers on using data taken from toys that aids children who have difficulty making decisions or suffer mild forms of autism. Particularly, I am interested in designing toys that are couched in stories that can extend their narratives […]

Santiago Nuñez-Corrales Defends Dissertation

Doctoral Candidate Santiago Nuñez-Corrales successfully defended his dissertation, “A Generalized Theory of Interactions and Related Computational Infrastructure for their Universal and Efficient Investigation”, on September, 30th. Program Area: Cognitive Science and Language Processing Research: My current research work is aimed at understanding Complex Multiscale Stochastic Systems -systems with irreducible noise that can be described at […]

Bashir and Sharma author article in Nature Medicine on privacy protection and COVID-19

iSchool Associate Professor Masooda Bashir and Informatics PhD student Tanusree Sharma have published a paper, “Use of Apps in the COVID-19 Response and the Loss of Privacy Protection,” in Nature Medicine. In the paper, they examine how digital surveillance used to contain the spread of COVID-19 may impact privacy rights. Read the full story on […]