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Naoki Abe
Naoki AbeDistinguished Research Staff MemberIBM ResearchExternal Center
Narendra Ahuja
Narendra AhujaResearch ProfessorElectrical and Computer EngineeringFacultyAlgorithms and computational complexity; computed imaging systems; computer vision and pattern recognition; embedded, real-time, and hybrid systems; image, video, and multimedia processing and compression; machine learning; natural language processing; robotics and motion planning; speech recognition and processing
Elizabeth Ainsworth
Elizabeth AinsworthAdjunct ProfessorPlant BiologyFacultyPlant physiological and molecular responses to global change; photosynthesis and carbohydrate metabolism
Brian Aldridge
Brian AldridgeClinical ProfessorVeterinary Clinical MedicineFaculty
Kaustubh Bhalerao
Kaustubh BhaleraoAssociate ProfessorAgricultural & Biological EngineeringFacultyInstrumentation and analytics in agriculture
Martin Bohn
Martin BohnAssociate ProfessorCrop SciencesFacultyDr. Bohn breeds corn lines that contribute to economically efficient and sustainable, high-yielding production. He studies the genetic basis of biotic and abiotic stress responses, root development, and grain processing characteristics of corn using innovative, high-throughput phenotyping tools and genomic information.
David Bullock
David BullockProfessorAgricultural and Consumer EconomicsFacultyPolicy; trade; development
Maxwell Burnette
Maxwell BurnetteSenior Research ProgrammerNational Center for Supercomputing ApplicationsInternal Center
Carrie Butts-Wilmsmeyer
Carrie Butts-WilmsmeyerExternal CenterIntersection of predictive models; plant genetics; human health
Marco Caccamo
Marco CaccamoProfessorComputer ScienceFacultyDr. Caccamo research interests are centered on the area of embedded systems. He has worked in close collaboration with avionics, farming, and automotive industries developing innovative software architectures and toolkits for the design automation of embedded digital controllers, and low-level resource management solutions for real-time operating systems running on multicore architectures. More recently, he has begun to investigate real-time, security, and robustness problems in the software architecture of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Matthew Caesar
Matthew CaesarAssociate ProfessorComputer ScienceFacultyDr. Caesar's research focuses on the design, analysis, and implementation of distributed systems and networks on the extremely large scale, with an emphasis on network operations, measurement, and availability. I am particularly interested in improving availability and performance of the Internet infrastructure, including routing, DNS, and data centers.
Li-Qing Chen
Li-Qing ChenAssistant ProfessorPlant BiologyFacultyControl of sugar allocations to improve crop yield or biomass for food and biofuels
Girish Chowdhary
Girish ChowdharyAssistant ProfessorAgricultural and Biological EngineeringFacultyDr. Chowdhary is advancing how to design, build, and automate collaborative aerial and ground robotic systems. He advances machine learning and decision-making algorithms to enable drones and ground robots to collaboratively manage agricultural tasks. His work improves the robustness of robots utilized in fields, for agriculture, defense, home-land security, and remote environment exploration.
Lindsay Clark
Lindsay ClarkResearch SpecialistCrop SciencesInternal CenterDr. Clark uses genomics to address applied questions in agriculture and ecology, with the ultimate goal of sustainability and the preservation of biodiversity. I have a strong background in computer programming, and seek to bridge the gap between applied biology and bioinformatics, both by creating software that is easy for biologists to use, and by helping biologists to learn the fundamentals of programming.
Adam Davis
Adam DavisProfessorCrop SciencesFacultyDr. Davis uses innovative modeling tools to identify and test new management strategies to make cropping systems more productive, profitable, and environmentally friendly. His research on integrated weed management provides farmers tools to reduce their reliance on herbicides. His group’s data-mining analyses present new ways for farmers to improve yield resilience in a changing climate.
Neal Davis
Neal DavisTeaching Assistant ProfessorComputer ScienceFacultyComputers and education; incentivizing productive student behaviors; open source curricula; assessment; learning analytics
Brian Diers
Brian DiersProfessorCrop SciencesFacultyDr. Diers develops new soybean varieties and germplasm to help meet the growing global demand for protein and vegetable oil. He advances knowledge in soybean breeding and genetics by identifying genetic diversity using modern genetic tools with a goal of improving economically important traits in the crop.
Ryan Dilger
Ryan DilgerAssociate ProfessorAnimal ScienceFacultyDr. Dilger conducts interdisciplinary research involving nutrition, immunology, and neuroscience. Working with pig and chicken models, his research solves practical nutrition issues faced by modern animal agriculture, and use of a translational pig model to study early-life effects of nutrition on the microbiome, immune system, and brain to improve both human and animal health and well-being.
Iwona Dobrucka
Iwona DobruckaSenior Research ScientistBeckman Institute for Advanced Science and TechnologyInternal CenterBioimaging at multi-scale
Katherine Driggs-Campbell
Katherine Driggs-CampbellAssistant ProfessorElectrical and Computer EngineeringFacultyDr. Driggs-Campbell research focuses on developing tools for autonomous robotics that operate out in the real world with people. I draw from the fields of human-robot interaction, optimization, learning & AI, and control theory.
Laura Gentry
Laura GentryDirectorIllinois Corn Growers AssociationInternal CenterDr. Gentry work focuses on watershed research to support agriculture water quality initiatives and nutrient management, with a primary responsibility being the Precision Conservation Management program.
George Gollin
George GollinProfessorPhysicsFacultyParticle physics
Angela Green-Miller
Angela Green-MillerAssociate ProfessorAgricultural and Biological EngineeringFacultyDr. Green advances our understanding of animal husbandry issues in order to address production and sustainability challenges. Using a systematic “speaking animal” approach to explore the interactions of animals with their environment, she designs housing systems and management strategies to simultaneously promote animal welfare and more efficient resource utilization.
Tony Grift
Tony GriftAssociate ProfessorAgricultural and Biological EngineeringFacultyDr. Grift develops robotics and sensing technologies that aid agriculture with efficiently reaching its production potential while minimizing its environmental impact. The grand challenge is to set humanity on a trajectory where it can feed itself sustainably, indefinitely, and from renewable sources alone.
Kaiyu Guan
Kaiyu GuanAssistant ProfessorNatural Resources and Environmental SciencesFacultyDr. Guan provides solutions for real-life problems, such as large-scale crop monitoring and forecasting, water management and sustainability, and global food security. He uses satellite data, computational models, field work, and machine learning approaches to address how climate and human practices affect crop productivity, water resource availability, and ecosystem functioning.
John Hart
John M. HartPrincipal Research EngineerCoordinated Science LaboratoryInternal CenterDr. Hart research interests include projects with experimental design and development of system prototypes involving automated visual inspection systems, novel video and imaging camera technologies, embedded microcontroller systems, information technology and wireless sensor systems, electromechanical equipment designs, and biomimetic robotics. Development of prototypes in the laboratory and system testing through field research and on-site implementation.
Naira Hovakimyan
Naira HovakimyanProfessorMechanical Science and EngineeringFacultyDr. Hovakimyan research interests are in control and optimization, autonomous systems, machine learning, neural networks, game theory, and their applications in aerospace, robotics, mechanical, agricultural, electrical, petroleum, biomedical engineering, and elderly care.
Eliu Huerta Escudero
Eliu Huerta EscuderoSenior Research ScientistNational Center for Supercomputing ApplicationsFacultyMachine and deep learning for gravitational wave astrophysics; machine and deep learning for astronomical surveys (DES/LSST); fusion of deep learning and high performance computing for multi-messenger astrophysics; analytical and numerical relativity; gravitational wave source modeling at the interface of post-Newtonian theory, black hole perturbation theory, self-force, numerical relativity; high performance computing for large scale gravitational wave data analysis; open source software development for gravitational wave data analysis and large scale numerical relativity campaign
Chongya JiangPostdoctoral Research AssociateInstitute for Sustainability, Energy, and EnvironmentFaculty
Nathan Kleczweski
Nathan KleczweskiResearch Assistant ProfessorCrop SciencesFacultyDr. Kleczweski identifies and addresses plant diseases impacting soybean, corn, and small grain production. His research increases producer productivity and profitability across the globe. He currently has openings for students interested in pursuing a Master's degree in management of Fusarium head blight in wheat, Red crown rot in soybeans, and tar spot in corn.
Praveen Kumar
Praveen KumarProfessorCivil and Environmental EngineeringFacultyDr. Kumar's research deals with Hydrocomplexity, the quantitative understanding and prediction of emergent patterns of form and function that arise from complex non-linear multi-scale interactions between soil, water, climate, vegetation and human systems; and how this understanding can be used for innovative solutions to water and sustainability challenges. He has made extensive, deep and signature contributions pertaining to Critical Zone science for intensively managed landscapes, biosphere-hydrosphere interactions, multi-scale variability of hydrologic processes, hydro-geomorphology, hydroinformatics, and information theory in geosciences.
Ranjitha Kumar
Ranjitha KumarAssistant ProfessorComputer ScienceFacultyInteractive computing; data-drive design; design mining; user-centered machine learning; UI/UX; mobile/web applications; social networks; fashion; emoji
Andrew Leakey
Andrew LeakeyProfessorPlant BiologyFacultyIntegrative plant physiology; genetics and genomics; plant water use efficiency; photosynthesis and carbon metabolism; crop responses to elevated CO2; drought; temperature and ozone; crop sustainability and responses to global environmental change
D.K. Lee
D.K. LeeAssociate ProfessorCrop SciencesFacultyDr. Lee improves perennial grass production systems for sustainable biomass and bioenergy feedstocks. His research focuses on increasing genetic and abiotic stress tolerances of perennial grasses. He is finding new ways to integrate perennial grasses into row cropping systems to improve sustainability, ecosystem services, and water quality.
Alex Lipka
Alex LipkaAssistant ProfessorCrop SciencesFacultyDr. Lipka accelerates the development of high-performing crops by identifying specific DNA regions associated with agronomically important traits. He uses statistical approaches for quantitative genetic analyses in crops.
Aurelie Lozano
Aurelie LozanoResearch Staff MemberIBM ResearchExternal CenterAlgorithms and theory; computational biology; knowledge discovery and data mining; operation research; statistics
Ting Lu
Ting LuAssociate ProfessorBioengineeringFacultyDr. Lu's research focuses on the analysis, modeling and construction of microbial gene circuits for uncovering biological design principles and advancing biotechnological applications.
Yi Lu
Yi LuProfessorChemistryFacultyDr. Lu's research focuses on biosynthetic inorganic chemistry; DNAzyme; aptamer-based sensing; imaging agents; functional DNA nanotechnology
Zeynep Madak-Erdogan
Zeynep Madak-ErdoganAssistant ProfessorFood Sciences and Human NutritionFacultyDr. Madak-Erdogan improves the quality of life for postmenopausal women and breast cancer survivors by understanding how diet and nutrition affect hormone action. Her lab uses multiscale modeling of –omics data from patient samples, animal models, and cell lines to understand the molecular basis of metabolic regulation by nuclear receptors and therapy resistance.
Liudmila Mainzer
Liudmila MainzerTechnical Program ManagerNational Center for Supercomputing ApplicationsInternal CenterWith a background in biophysics and computational biology, Dr. Mainzer is currently studying performance of high-throughput bioinformatics workflows on computer clusters.
Andrew Margenot
Andrew MargenotAssistant ProfessorCrop SciencesFacultyDr. Margenot addresses the literal foundation of all cropping systems: soils. He is advancing how we monitor and manage soils as natural capital. His research team evaluates how human activities can enhance or compromise soil services to human societies, with an emphasis on food security from urban and rural agroecosystems in the U.S. Midwest and East Africa.
Nicolas Martin
Nicolas MartinAssistant ProfessorCrop SciencesFacultyDr. Martin improves long-term profitability and stability of cropping systems by exploring applications of quantitative methods on big data. He leverages interdisciplinary efforts to expand the frontiers of agricultural research; investigates quantitative methods on processes at multiple spatial and temporal scales; and studies effective approaches to implement new insights and discoveries in agricultural decisions and operations.
Josh McCann
Josh McCannAssistant ProfessorAnimal SciencesFacultyDr. McCann current research goal is to leverage new nutritional insights to improve the efficiency, sustainability, and profitability of feedlot cattle operations. Ongoing research includes: determining rumen degradable protein requirements in growing cattle, evaluating changes in feed intake pattern during the finishing phase, understanding susceptibility to ruminal acidosis, describing the effect of implants on muscle development, and evaluating dietary transition protocols for cattle onto finishing diets.
Kenton McHenry
Kenton McHenryDeputy Director of Scientific Software ApplicationsNational Center for Supercomputing ApplicationsInternal CenterArtificial intelligence; data and information systems
Hope Michelson
Hope MichelsonAssistant ProfessorAgricultural and Consumer EconomicsFacultyDr. Michelson studies the dynamics of poverty and food security in low-income countries where market failures are a fact of life. One of her key subjects is the interaction of international development efforts with local and large-scale agribusiness. She investigates how small farmers respond to the expansion of international supply chains, the sourcing of agricultural products, and the buying and selling of agricultural inputs.
Sasa Misailovic
Sasa MisailovicAssistant ProfessorComputer ScienceFacultyArchitecture, compilers, and parallel computing; programming languages/formal methods/software engineering; security and privacy
Sayan Mitra
Sayan MitraAssociate ProfessorElectrical and Computer EngineeringFacultyDr. Mitra research focuses on developing algorithms and software tools for safe autonomous systems. We use techniques from theoretical computer science and control theory.
Margaret Yee Man Ng
Margaret Yee Man NgAssistant ProfessorJournalismFacultyDr. Ng research areas include journalism, communication technology, and social media. Methodologically, she takes a hybrid approach that combines big data, machine learning, as well as survey, and experimental research on media platforms. Her current research seeks to extend the diffusion of innovations theory by studying social media users’ post-adoption behavior and examining the mechanisms that drive user discontinuance and readoption.
William Norris
William (Bob) NorrisClinical Associate ProfessorIndustrial & Enterprise Systems EngineeringFacultyMechatronics; control systems; expert systems; decision analysis; adaptive systems; deep learning; machine learning; robotics; systems engineering; autonomous/unmanned systems
Jian Peng
Jian PengAssistant ProfessorComputer ScienceFacultyComputational biology and medicine; functional and structural genomics; systems biology; pharmacogenomics; neurodegenerative diseases; machine learning; deep learning; reinforcement learning; applications to biology and cheminformatics
Luis Rodriguez
Luis RodriguezAssociate ProfessorAgricultural and Biological EngineeringFacultyDr. Rodriguez specializes in biological system modeling, simulation, and analysis. He works to ensure that complex food and agricultural systems can operate efficiently, with minimal wastage, while managing costs for the benefit of both society and the environment.
Sandra Rodriguez Zas
Sandra Rodriguez ZasProfessorAnimal SciencesFacultyDr. Rodrigues-Zas is helping find ways to prevent and cure diseases in both livestock and humans. She uses biostatistics and computational approaches to identify biomarkers and molecular pathways associated with health, reproduction, and performance in livestock species, and cancers in humans.
Alex Schwing
Alex SchwingAssistant ProfessorElectrical and Computer EngineeringFacultyMachine learning; computer vision and pattern recognition
Nicholas Seiter
Nicholas SeiterResearch Assistant ProfessorCrop SciencesFacultyPlant protection; entomology
Diwakar Shukla
Diwakar ShuklaBlue Waters Assistant ProfessorChemical and Biomolecular EngineeringFacultyMedicine; plant biology; energy; climate change
Rebecca Smith
Rebecca SmithAssistant ProfessorPathobiologyFacultyDr. Smith research focuses on epidemiology, specifically the mathematical and statistical modeling of disease, with an emphasis on control. Dr. Smith is particularly interested in the ways that data can be used for real-time response to disease.
Aiman Soliman
Aiman SolimanResearch ScientistNational Center for Supercomputing ApplicationsInternal CenterData fusion; geospatial data science; remote sensing; social sensing; surface temperature; sustainability; urban GIS
Stanley Solomon, Jr.
Stanley Solomon, Jr.Environment and Energy Stewardship EducatorUniversity of Illinois ExtensionInternal CenterIndoor air quality; energy management; water quality
Richard Sowers
Richard SowersProfessorIndustrial & Enterprise Systems EngineeringFacultyData analytics
Adam StewartPh.D. studentComputer ScienceInternal Center
Dena StrongSenior Information Design SpecialistTechnology ServicesInternal Center
Leona Yi-Fan Su
Leona Yi-Fan SuAssistant ProfessorAdvertisingFacultyDr. Su's research focuses on examining the interplay between media and society, particularly how social media and new technologies influence human communication and social behaviors in the context of scientific and health topics. Her research has appeared on New Media & Society, Information, Communication & Society, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Science Communication, and Science and Public Policy among others.
Carmen Ugarte
Carmen UgarteResearch SpecialistNatural Resources and Environmental SciencesInternal CenterDr. Ugarte research focuses on understanding the effects of soil management practices on soil quality and function. Dr. Ugarte is especially interested in studying the dynamics of soil food webs and their influence on soil ecosystem services such as nutrient cycling, carbon storage, and the regulation of population densities of deleterious soil organisms. Our ability to gain insight on these relationships and processes is fundamental to improving soil management and ensuring sustainability of our natural resources. My work includes basic and applied research at different scales (e.g., experimental and replicated trials, on-farm research) at the regional and national levels in agronomic and natural systems.
Lav Varshney
Lav VarshneyAssistant ProfessorElectrical and Computer EngineeringFacultyCoding theory and applications; communications; fault tolerance and reliability; image, video, and multimedia processing and compression; information theory; machine learning and pattern recognition; nanotechnology; signal detection and estimation; signal processing; VLSI in communications
Michelle Wander
Michelle WanderProfessorNatural Resources and Environmental SciencesFacultyDr. Wander works with farmers, educators, and policymakers to quantify the benefits of diversified and organic production, precision conservation and woody perennial polycultures, and determine how standards, voluntary marketing, and decision support tools can encourage soil stewardship.
Shen WangPostdoctoral ResearcherInstitute for Sustainability, Energy, and EnvironmentInternal Center
Yi-Cheng Wang
Yi-Cheng WangAssistant ProfessorFood Science & Human NutritionFacultyThe development of novel biosensors to address food-safety issues; the design and fabrication of advanced materials-based active/intelligent packaging; the synthesis and characterization of functional foods
Wendy H. Yang
Wendy H. YangAssociate ProfessorPlanet Biology and GeologyFacultyTerrestrial biogeochemistry; ecosystem ecology; stable isotope ecology; soil-atmosphere greenhouse gas dynamics; climate change