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The C3SR Center is partnering with Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research (ISUR) Program to launch a new innovative program, titled Undergraduate Research in Artificial Intelligence (URAI). The new initiative, ISUR C3SR-URAI, will provide two-semester research experiences to domestic and international students. C3SR-URAI scholars will be assigned to research projects focusing on fundamental cognitive computing and AI science, applied AI engineering and technologies, and practical AI solutions and systems. They will receive the same benefits as any ISUR scholar, such as $1000 research scholarship for the academic year ($500/semester), participation in research seminar series luncheons, and presentation of research projects in the year-end ISUR Poster Expo.

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On Nov 16, 2018, IBM VP, Ms. Radha Ratnaparkhi, and Director, Dr. Lisa Amini, as representatives of the IBM AIHN program came to the C3SR center and conducted the year-end C3SR Executive Review.

You can find more details about the IBM AI Horizons Network here.

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One of the joint research work between the C3SR team and the IBM China Research Lab, titled “DNNBuilder: an Automated Tool for Building High-Performance DNN Hardware Accelerators for FPGAs,” won IEEE/ACM William J. McCalla Best Paper Award at the 2018 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD).

The winning team members were Xiaofan Zhang, Junsong Wang, Chao Zhu, Yonghua Lin, Jinjun Xiong, Wen-mei Hwu and Deming Chen.

Congratulations!

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On Nov 1, 2018, two of IBM’s Fellows, Dr. Steve Fields and Dr. Hillery Hunter visited C3SR and reviewed the Center’s AI Systems work, in particular, the Erudite system where we make storage-class memory via FLASH possible and Acceleration of AI Workloads via FPGA in the Cloud and at the Edges.

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On Dec 31, 2018, one of IBM’s Executive Sponsors for C3SR,
Dr. Hillery Hunter, IBM Fellow, VP and CTO of Cloud Infrastructure, IBM Hybrid Cloud, gave an invited presentation at the ECE ILLINOIS Explorations.

Her talk was titled “Making AI Work for Real,” in which she also mentioned how the C3SR center’s AI research work can make a difference and encouraged interested students to apply C3SR’s AI research.

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The C3SR team won the Best Poster Award at the the IBM AI Research Week for their work, titled “DNNBuilder: an Automated Tool for Building High-Performance DNN Hardware Accelerators for FPGAs.”

The winning team members were Xiaofan Zhang, Junsong Wang, Chao Zhu, Yonghua Lin, Jinjun Xiong, Wen-mei Hwu and Deming Chen.

Congratulations!

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The C3SR team attended the week-long IBM AI Research Week in Boston from Oct 1 - 5, 2018. More than 20 C3SR graduate and undergraduate students along with Prof. Kevin Chang, Prof. Deming Chen and Center Co-directors Prof. Wen-mei Hwu and Dr. Jinjun Xiong represented the C3SR Center attended this event and presented the Center’s work. During one of the lunch breaks, some C3SR participants went out for a special ICE Cream treat (see the picture above).

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The C3SR hosted its inaugural Open House Event at ECE Building’s Lobby on Sept 28 from 11 - 2 PM. C3SR students prepared more than 18 posters on a wide range of AI research topics currently going on at the center. We also had a live demo on deep neuron network based object detection running on an FPGA platform. The event was a huge success with many students and faculty stopped by at the posters, learned about the center’s AI research, and discussed potential collaborations and engagement with the center.

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C3SR Co-directors Prof. Wen-mei Hwu and Dr. Jinjun Xiong were invited to speak about C3SR research at the inaugural Illinois Ignite event on September 27, 2018 in Chicago, IL. The talk has generated a lot of interests from audiences consisting of well-known VCs, prominent researchers from universities in Illinois, and innovators and entrepreneurs. It was a great showcase of C3SR’s broad and impactful research porforlio.

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The C3SR sent two teams to participat the IEEE HPEC 2018 Graph Challenge. The first team won as one of the Finalists for their work, titled “Collaborative (CPU + GPU) Algorithms for Triangle Counting and Truss Decomposition,” and the winning team members were Vikram S. Mailthody, Ketan Date, Zaid Qureshi, Carl Pearson, Rakesh Nagi, Jinjun Xiong and Wen-mei Hwu. The second team won as one of the Student Innovation Award for their work, titled “Triangle Counting and Truss Decomposition using FPGA,” and the winning team members were Sitao Huang, Mohamed El-Hadedy, Cong Hao, Qin Li, Vikram S.

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