Welcome to Rising Stars 2019

Rising Stars is an intensive workshop for women graduate students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing academic careers in computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. Launched at MIT in 2012, the annual event has since been hosted at the University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, MIT and Stanford University. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is delighted to host the 2019 workshop. This year, we are excited to welcome 90 Rising Stars participants, the largest class of participants to date!

PLEASE NOTE: On November 9-10, 2020, the University of California, Berkeley will virtually host the Rising Stars 2020 Academic Career Workshop for Women in EECS. Please visit the workshop website or email risingstars@lists.eecs.berkeley.edu for more information.

“The Rising Stars workshop was an incredible opportunity to learn from the best of the best in academia, interact with phenomenal mentors, and connect with outstanding peers.”

– Illinois CS Assistant Professor Dakshita Khurana

Introducing the Rising Stars Career Center!

New in 2019, Rising Stars will be offering a variety of professional development resources that will run in tandem with workshop sessions. With a focus on one-to-one mentoring, the Rising Stars Career Center will allow participants to personalize their workshop experience to best meet their professional and career needs. Head shot and research highlight video shoot sessions will also be available. Learn more about the Career Center here!

Congratulations to the Rising Stars 2019 Pitch Competition Winners!

  • Natasha Jaques, “Social and Affective Machine Learning” (MIT)
  • Pardis Emami Naeini, “Privacy and Security Label for IoT Devices” (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Shuang Chen “Managing Interactive Cloud Services on Current and Future Server Platforms” (Cornell University)
  • Elahe Soltanaghaei, “Sensing the Physical World Using Pervasive Wireless Infrastructure” (Carnegie Mellon University)

Accommodations and Travel

The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will cover meals and shared accommodations for three nights, and will cover reasonable travel expenses (e.g., air, rail).

Conference Hotel:
The Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana

217 N. Neil Street
Champaign, Illinois
United States, 61820

Contact Us

Email inquiries can be directed to: risingstars2019@illinois.edu

2019 Workshop Co-Chairs

Nancy Amato

Nancy M. Amato
Abel Bliss Professor and Head
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2232 Siebel Center
201 N. Goodwin Ave., Urbana IL 61801

Wen-mei Hwu

Wen-mei Hwu
AMD Jerry Sanders Chair
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2090 ECE Building
306 N. Wright St., Urbana, IL 61801

Organizing Committee