Breaking news and information about projects related to the COVID-19 pandemic
MAY 15, 2020
Creativity in Crisis: Why design thinking is essential when the world turns upside down
Siebel Center for Design director Rachel Switzky talks with professor Bill King about creative thinking and the design process for Illinois RapidVent.
MAY 12, 2020
Belkin Works With The University Of Illinois On FlexVent™ Gas-Operated Ventilator In Response To The COVID-19 Crisis
Illinois RapidVent team are the experts who “guide the way” as Belkin announces they will produce at least 10,000 emergency ventilators based on the Illinois RapidVent design, pending FDA approval.
MAY 7, 2020
Aerospace student volunteers preparing vials for COVID-19 testing.
Aerospace engineering junior Zana Essmyer is a volunteer in the Department of Microbiology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale preparing the tubes for Coronavirus tests.
MAY 6, 2020
Holonyak Lab faculty members receive three NSF Rapid Grants to develop quicker tests for COVID-19
Three HMNTL faculty members have received NSF Rapid Response Research (RAPID) Program grants, all of which aim to shorten the amount of time it takes to process a COVID-19 test.
MAY 1, 2020
Study explains best fabric choices for COVID-19 masks
Mechanical science and engineering professor Taher Saif spoke about a study that he and his graduate students, Onur Aydin and Bashar Emon, performed on the effectiveness of common household fabrics for use in homemade masks.
APRIL 30, 2020
Q&A with epidemic-modeling expert Carolyn Beck
For many years, ISE professor Carolyn Beck has been building mathematical models to predict how epidemics spread through populations, and her research has gained renewed relevance in the wake of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Beck explains how epidemic models can inform policymaking and how her research improves their accuracy.
APRIL 28, 2020
Fagen-Ulmschneider featured as creating one of best data models for understanding Coronavirus
CS professor Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider's 91-DIVOC data visualization is featured in Popular Mechanics as one of the best ways to understand Coronavirus.
MARCH 24, 2020
Airport security in a post-COVID-19 world
CS professor and airport security expert Sheldon Jacobson writes an OP-ED for The Hill about the how airports might need to changes to keep travelers and employees safe after air travel picks back up.
APRIL 23, 2020
Grainger College of Engineering team introduces Illinois RapidAlarm
A team has released the design of an alarm and sensor package for emergency, pressure-cycled ventilators. Illinois RapidAlarm, it can be used with the Illinois RapidVent, as well as a wide range of commercial and developing emergency ventilators that would otherwise require constant monitoring by critical care staff.
APRIL 23, 2020
Inexpensive, portable detector identifies pathogens in minutes
ECE professor Brian Cunningham co-led a multi-institutional team to demonstrate an inexpensive and rapid smartphone-based pathogen testing device designed to ease pressure on testing laboratories during pandemics such as COVID-19.
APRIL 22, 2020
Abdelzaher repurposing social networking models to predict COVID spread under different social distancing policies
Covid-19 has served as an interesting case study for professor Tarek Abdelzaher, who for years has studied how information propagates through social media.
APRIL 20, 2020
Aerospace engineering faculty adapt to online learning, including lab work
Faculty in the Department of Aerospace Engineering are using a number of digital tools to help deliver students a quality instructional and lab experience while working remotely.
APRIL 14, 2020
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health team up to design and produce face shield for health care workers
A team of engineers, physicians, researchers and designers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health has developed and launched production of a face shield for health professionals responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
APRIL 13, 2020
Online Resources Make for Smoother Transition to Virtual Instruction as Faculty and Students Face Challenges Together
Our faculty and students have utilized a variety of online resources already in place before the pandemic shut down campus. Now more than ever, they are finding effective, and sometimes creative, ways to stay engaged.
APRIL 10, 2020
A desire for data accessibility sparked the creation of a viral visualization
Q&A with CS's Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider about his project to explore the global growth of COVID-19.
The project was also recently named to The Verge's list of "Best Graphs and Data for Tracking the Coronavirus Pandemic."
APRIL 5, 2020
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers developing smartphone app for COVID-19 testing
A team of University of Illinois researchers led by Illinois ECE Professor Brian T Cunningham are working on a smartphone application that would detect the novel coronavirus within 30 minutes, without the need for a diagnostic lab.
APRIL 2, 2020
Wang talks to Vox about why coronavirus scammers can send fake emails from real domains
CS professor Gang Wang and his colleagues interviewed email administrators in 2018 to investigate the low adoption rates of the authentication systems and found that “email administrators believe the current protocol adoption lacks the crucial mass due to the protocol defects, weak incentives, and practical deployment challenges.”
MARCH 27, 2020
The Grainger College of Engineering and Carle Health demonstrate working prototype of emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients
The Illinois RapidVent emergency ventilator was developed in less than a week. Preliminary tests show performance equivalent to commercial devices; additional tests ongoing.
MARCH 26, 2020
Grainger Engineering faculty to co-lead new $367 million C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute, early work will focus on pandemics
Thomas M. Siebel (BA History ’75, MBA ’83, MS CS ’85), founder and chief executive of C3.ai, said the public-private consortium would spend $367 million in its initial five years, aiming its first awards at finding ways to slow the new coronavirus that is sweeping the globe.
MARCH 26, 2020
Task Force brings A.I., machine learning, and simulation together to face the challenge of COVID-19
The COVID-19 Task Force is a collection of bright minds amongst health care and engineering at Illinois bringing together AI technologies, machine learning, health data analytics, and simulation to provide real-time solutions to the challenge of COVID-19. We invite you to collaborate with us and our faculty at Illinois, whether you’re in the healthcare industry or academia, to come together and fight COVID-19.
MARCH 26, 2020
University of Illinois System assisting state in COVID-19 response
The University of Illinois System is sharing expertise and resources from across its three universities and healthcare enterprise to support the state’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
MARCH 25, 2020
Hauser leads work on robotic avatar for hands-free medical care
Illinois Computer Science Associate Professor Kris Hauser and his team are creating a new type of avatar that could provide a similar ability to health care workers, who could treat patients remotely during a pandemic like the current COVID-19 crisis.
MARCH 25, 2020
Coronavirus Crisis: Silicon Valley green energy leader answers Gov. Newsom's call to action on ventilators
Bloom Energy CEO KR Sridhar (MS '84, PhD '90) has stepped up to deliver refurbished ventilators for California's growing need, with estimates that it could refurbish hundreds of ventilators a week to help meet the anticipated high demand.
MARCH 18, 2020
CS PhD student helps Reddit's coronavirus community become a destination for up-to-date, civil forums for information and discussion about the pandemic
As a moderator, CS PhD student Rick Barber has helped the Reddit message board /r/coronavirus grow to more than 1.2 million members — almost a million of whom signed up in the last two weeks.