WCS Explore CS @ Illinois Series

WCS Explore CS Series is an informative video series about the research our professors have done, using computer science applications, to impact different fields of work. We hope this series will allow young teenagers, and possibly even you reading this, to learn more about the opportunities available through studying computer science! We are bringing professors from all fields of expertise to talk about how they have used computer science to complete their research and how it affects the field they work in, as well as communities around the world! Stay tuned to our YouTube channel and check out our introductory article to learn more!

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We will be posting the videos in our series on our YouTube channel: https://tinyurl.com/illinoiswcsyoutube

If you would like to learn more, make sure to check out our introductory medium article, detailing what we hope students can gain from our series: https://medium.com/@illinoiswcs/explore-cs-illinois-series-29cfb2829b43

October Sessions

Stay updated by checking out our October Sessions article , detailing what videos we are posting throughout the month of October! We will be updating this throughout the month, so if you would like to get a monthly recap at the end of the month make sure to sign up for the newsletter!
Professor Sheldon Jacobson
Sheldon H. Jacobson is a Founder Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Simulation and Optimization Laboratory, and Founding Director of the Bed Time Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With a strong background in Computer Science, Industrial Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, and Medicine, he is well versed in applications of technology, and his research displays that. Most of Professor Jacobson’s research focuses on Vaccines and Immunizations, Data Science Applications (Computation Public Health), Aviation Security (TSA), Presidential Election Predictions, NCAA Basketball Predictions (and March Madness), Political Redistricting (Gerrymandering), and much much more! Make sure to watch Professor Jacobson’s video session to learn how you can use computer science to impact the fields mentioned above, and the world!
Premiere Date: Posted on 10/3. Click here to watch!
Professor Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider
Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider is a highly qualified and well-known Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has impacted thousands of students annually with his teachings on Data Science, Data Structures and Data Visualizations and has been recognized as a National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Education scholars and has been awarded the Collins Award for Innovation Teaching. His research and technical work has impacted various fields of study, as exhibited by the 91-DIVOC project (used by public health officials around the country), GPA visualizations, Queue (an open source resource for many cs classes), and more! Make sure to tune into Professor Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider’s session to learn about how these fields are affected by computer science!
Premiere Date: Posted on 10/12. Click here to watch!
Professor Roxana Girju
Roxana Girju is a Linguistics Professor here at the University of Illinois, as well as Computer Science affiliate and faculty member of the Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science and the Social and Emotional Dimensions of Well-Being Groups at the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology. Professor Girju has done much of her research around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Computational Linguistics. The focus of Professor Girju’s session here is Emotion AI, and why it is important to focus on the portrayal of empathy within language technology. Make sure to tune into this session to learn more about the importance of Empathetic AI, and how it can be used to bridge the gap within communication!
Premiere Date: Posted on 10/24. Click here to watch!