Artificial Intelligence

a snow dragonThe study of systems that behave intelligently, artificial intelligence includes several key areas where our faculty are recognized leaders: computer vision, machine listening, natural language processing, and machine learning.

Computer vision systems can understand images and video, for example, building extensive geometric and physical models of cities from video, or warning construction workers about nearby dangers. Natural language processing systems understand written and spoken language; possibilities include automatic translation of text from one language to another, or understanding text on Wikipedia to produce knowledge about the world. Machine listening systems understand audio signals, with applications like listening for crashes at traffic lights, or transcribing polyphonic music automatically. Crucial to modern artificial intelligence, machine learning methods exploit examples in order to adjust systems to work as effectively as possible.

CS Faculty and Their Research Interests

Nancy Amato motion planning, robotics, computational biology, computational geometry, animation, CAD, VR
Margaret Fleck computational linguistics, programming language tools 
David A. Forsyth computer vision, object recognition, scene understanding
Julia Hockenmaier natural language processing, computational linguistics 
Kris Hauser joining fall 2019; robot motion planning and control, semiautonomous robots
Derek Hoiem computer vision, object recognition, spatial understanding, scene interpretation 
Nan Jiang reinforcement learning
Bo Li secure machine learning
Oluwasanmi Koyejo machine learning, neuroscience, neuroimaging
Steven M. LaValle robotics, motion planning, and virtual reality 
Svetlana Lazebnik computer vision, object recognition, scene interpretation, modeling and organization of  large-scale image collections
Jian Peng machine learning and optimization 
Mark Sammons natural language processing, textual inference
Paris Smaragdis machine listening, signal processing, music information retrieval, and speech and audio analysis 
Matus Telgarsky machine learning theory

Affiliate Faculty

Timothy Bretl, Aerospace Engineering motion planning and control
Girish Chowdhary, Agricultural and Biological Engineering control, autonomy and decision making, vision and LIDAR based perception, GPS denied navigation
Roxana Girju, Linguistics computational linguistics
Mani Golparvar-Fard, Civil Engineering computer vision analytics for building and construction performance monitoring
Mark Hasegawa-Johnson, Electrical & Computer Engineering statistical speech technology
Seth Hutchinson, Electrical & Computer Engineering computer vision, robotics   
Kenton McHenry, NCSA cyberinfrastructure for digital preservation, auto-curation, and managing unstructured digital collections 
Alexander Schwing, Electrical & Computer Engineering machine learing, computer vision

Adjunct Faculty

Eyal Amir, Parknav machine learning, automatic reasoning
Dan Roth, University of Pennsylvania machine learning, natural language processing, knowledge representation, reasoning 

Artificial Intelligence Research Efforts and Groups


Artificial Intelligence Research News

Professor Nancy Amato

Illinois Innovators Podcast: Nancy Amato on Robotics, Security, and More

June 26, 2019   Amato discusses her research in robotics, how computer science has become even more interdisciplinary, the success of CS + X, and the upcoming Rising Stars Workshop.
Department Head Nancy Amato

Illinois Innovators: An Interview With Illinois Computer Science Department Head Nancy Amato

June 24, 2019  

Illinois Innovators Podcast -- The College of Engineering's podcast talks with first-year Department Head Nancy Amato about the upcoming Rising Stars conference, the success of the CS + X majors, and plans for the department's growing emphasis on security, robotics, and other areas.

Associate Professor Derek Hoiem

50 Hot Tech Companies Globally in 2019

June 20, 2019  

Crunchbase -- Reconstruct, co-founded by Associate Professor Derek Hoiem, makes Crunchbase’s list of 50 Hot Global Tech Companies (at No. 35). "Reconstruct’s platform provides analytics to construction managers including current, past, and future performance issues in 3D."

Founder Professor on Engineering Tandy Warnow

Linguistics Paper Co-authored By Warnow Settled Key Questions, Honored for Its Influence

June 11, 2019   Tandy Warnow and collaborator Donald Ringe developed mathematical models that assumed language evolution followed a treelike pattern.
Professor Roy Campbell

After 43 Years, Roy Campbell Retires, But Legacy of Innovation, Leadership Will Remain

June 7, 2019   Campbell's research reflects a knack for knowing where technology is headed, but he has also been a tireless teacher, administrator, and problem-solver.