Three new NSF-funded centers on campus

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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS — Three new campus centers are now getting money from the National Science Foundation. Researchers say they’re excited to get to work. With the state money situation the way it is, they say they’re grateful for grant money.

Elyse Rosenbaum is the principal investigator for the new Center for Advanced Electronics through Machine Learning. They work on designs for electronic circuits. There are billions of parts to some of their pieces, so she says it’s important to make sure things run as well as they can. They plan to develop new ways to test out models, using research from machine learning. Rosenbaum says the fact that three new centers are based on campus says a lot about the people doing the work.

“We work very hard,” said Rosenbaum. “We talk to people in the industry. We talk to people in government. We stay aware of what’s happening in the world so that we’re able to identify good opportunities for advanced research.”

There are two other centers that are also getting money from the NSF. Researcher at the Center for Computational Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine will look at issues like cancer and other diseases, and making agriculture more efficient. Workers at the Center for Advanced Research in Drying hope to develop energy efficient ways to dry things like food, paper products and fabric.

Each of those centers will get money for the next five years. Some of them have already gotten started.

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