Conference Highlights

Thank you everyone for participating in the 2020 CSL Student Conference! Here is a fun video summarizing key highlights from the event:

Welcome to CSLSC 2020!

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The Coordinated Science Laboratory Student Conference (CSLSC) is a student-organized annual flagship event of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The conference is held at the university campus and gathers scientists from academia and industry to discuss cutting-edge research problems from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Registration is now open! Click here to register. Registration is absolutely free but required.

This year, the conference will be kickstarted by a series of great workshops from Microsoft, Intel, Nvidia and Vail on the morning of Feb 26th, Wednesday in CSL. These companies will be joined by many others for the one-of-a-kind graduate-student job fair in the afternoon in ECEB. The crowning event of the day will be the plenary talk by Dr. Eyal Ofek from Microsoft Research on “VIRTUAL REALITY IN THE WILD” at the NCSA Auditorium at 5:30 pm. A welcome reception follows.

Plenary Talk

“Virtual Reality in the Wild”, Dr. Eyal Ofek, Microsoft Research

The rest of the conference features four technical sessions, all to be held in CSL B02:


Health Informatics and Computational Biology

Keynote by Prof. Sridevi Sarma of Johns Hopkins: Feb 27th, 9 am – 12 pm (Thursday)

Dr. Sridevi V. Sarma – Health Informatics and Computational Biology Session

Machine Learning for Signal Processing

Keynote by Prof. Michael Picheny of NYU-Courant Institute: Feb 27th, 2pm – 5pm (Thursday)

Dr. Michael Picheny – Machine Learning for Signal Processing Session

High Performance Computing

Keynote by Prof. Rich Vuduc of Georgia Tech: Feb 28th, 9 am – 12 pm (Friday)

Dr. Richard Vuduc – High Performance Computing Session

Decision, Control and Optimization

Keynote by Prof. Alex Olshevsky of Boston University: Feb 28th, 2pm – 5pm (Friday)


Dr. Alex Olshevsky – Decision, Control, and Optimization Session

But these are not all! Join us for the poster session on Thursday at ECEB 3002 and the robotics demonstrations on Friday at CSL Studio to learn more about the cool research being done by students of CSL and those around the Grainger College of Engineering. Lunch will be provided!

Lastly, don’t miss out on the new breakout sessions in this year’s conference: a workshop on communicating research to general public, a panel discussion on the future of AI, and a mentoring circles event. We also have a hackathon organized by VAIL on Thursday night. Follow us on our Facebook page to catch all the latest updates!

Other Sessions

  • Robotics Demonstration Session:
    Checkout cool robots over a quick lunch at CSL Studio on Friday 28th Feb, from 12 to 2 pm.
  • Poster Presentation:
    Interact with students as they present their research over lunch. This event is on Thursday 27th Feb, from 12 to 2 pm at ECEB 3002.
  • Panel Discussion
    “Impact of AI, What to Expect in the Next Decade”

    Join a group of experts as they debate and discuss the impacts of AI in the coming decade. Questions from audience are welcome! Panel moderated by CSL Director: Prof. Klara Nahrstedt. This event is on Thursday 27th Feb, from 5 to 6 pm, CSL B02.
  • Mentoring Circles
    Seek personalized advice regarding career or academic endeavours. Mentors lead discussions in small groups. Participants switch groups every 15 minutes. We will cover topics of industry versus academic research, women in STEM to planning a PhD and academic work-balance! This event is on Friday 28th Feb, from 5 to 6 pm, Beckman Atrium.
  • Communications Workshop
    Want to efficiently communicate your research online and on social media? Learn from the ECE and CSL communications teams on Wednesday 26th Feb, from 1:15 -2:30 pm at CSL 302.
  • Company Workshops
  • Graduate Student Job Fair A unique graduate-student only jobfair. You can submit your resume while registering! We will share these with the participating companies in advance. This is on Wednesday 26th Feb, from 2 – 5 pm in ECEB 3002.
  • Vail FreeClimb Hackathon CODE. FOOD. PRIZES. BE THERE. This Hackathon will make use of the FreeClimb API, which was developed to help developers do their jobs well by allowing them to integrate telephony technologies into their software with a simple to use. This event is on Thursday 27th Feb, from 6 pm in ECEB 3002.

Don’t miss out on the exciting talks, networking opportunities and free food! Register today!

For more information about the different sessions at the conference and its full schedule, please visit the Conference Program and Conference Schedule sections.



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For more information, please contact the general co-chairs, Suryanararyana Sankagiri or Vaishnavi Subramanian.