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

Gerald DeJong explanation-based machine learning 
Margaret Fleck computational linguistics, programming language tools 
David A. Forsyth computer vision, object recognition, scene understanding
Julia Hockenmaier natural language processing, computational linguistics 
Derek Hoiem computer vision, object recognition, spatial understanding, scene interpretation 
Oluwasanmi Koyejo, joining fall 2016 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 
Dan Roth machine learning, natural language processing, knowledge representation, reasoning 
Mark Sammons natural language processing, textual inference
Paris Smaragdis machine listening, signal processing, music information retrieval, and speech and audio analysis 

Affiliate Faculty

Timothy Bretl, Aerospace Engineering motion planning and control
Jennifer Cole, Linguistics natural language processing, computational linguistics
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   

Adjunct Faculty

Kenton McHenry, NCSA cyberinfrastructure for digital preservation, auto-curation, and managing unstructured digital collections 


Artificial Intelligence Research Efforts and Groups

Artificial Intelligence Research News

There's a lot of excitement about the promise of Data Science: new statistical and computational tools capable of extracting knowledge from the Digital Revolution’s massive deluge of data.

Harnessing the Power of the Data Revolution

August 1, 2016   There's a lot of excitement about the promise of Data Science: new statistical and computational tools capable of extracting knowledge from the Digital Revolution’s massive deluge of data.
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Interdisciplinary Team Receives Turner Innovation Award

February 29, 2016   An interdisciplinary team that includes CS Associate Professor Derek Hoiem received a Turner Innovation Award.
Paris Smaragdis

Smaragdis Receives CAREER Award to Study Scaling Source Separation to Big Audio Data

December 17, 2015   CS and ECE Assistant Professor Paris Smaragdis recently received an NSF CAREER award.

CS Welcomes Seven New Faculty Members

September 28, 2015   Seven new faculty members will be joining CS @ ILLINOIS over the coming year.
Dan Roth

Roth One of Six Illinois Faculty Elected AAAS Fellows

November 24, 2014   Dan Roth was elected a 2014 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.