Craig Zilles

Craig Zilles
Craig Zilles he/him/his
  • Professor and Severns Faculty Scholar
(217) 244-0553
4112 Siebel Center for Comp Sci

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Craig Zilles is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His current research focuses on applying computing and data analytics to education, including the development of the Computer-based Testing Facility (CBTF). Historically, his research has focused on the interaction between compilers and computer architecture, especially in the context of managed and dynamic languages. He received his Ph.D. in 2002 from Wisconsin-Madison for his work with Guri Sohi on Speculative Slices and Master/Slave Speculative Parallelization. Prior to his work on computer architecture and compilers, he developed the first algorithm that allowed rendering arbitrary three-dimensional polygonal shapes for haptic interfaces (force-feedback human-computer interfaces). He has been widely recognized for excellent teaching at the undergraduate level; he has received the campus Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2018, the IEEE Education Society's 2010 Mac Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award, the College of Engineering's Rose Award and Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence, and Illinois Student Senate Teaching Excellence Award. He holds 5 patents, is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award, and his research has been recognized by best paper awards from ASPLOS in 2010 and 2013 and by selection for inclusion in the IEEE Micro Top Picks from the 2008 Computer Architecture Conferences.

Research Interests

  • computer-based testing, learning analytics, computer architecture, compiler construction, dynamic optimization, program profiling, speculation, general-purpose processors, managed languages, dynamic languages, computer science education, concept inventories

Research Areas

  • Compilers
  • Computer architecture
  • Computers and Education
  • Fault tolerance and reliability
  • Operating systems
  • Parallel processing

Recent Courses Taught

  • CS 105 - Intro Computing: Non-Tech
  • CS 225 - Data Structures
  • CS 296 33 - Honors Course
  • CS 500 - Topics in Comp Ed Rsrch
  • CS 591 CAE - Computers and Education
  • CS 591 CED - Computers & Edu Reading Grp
  • CS 591 CED (CS 591 CZ) - Advanced Seminar