**Sessions will be updated as they are scheduled, so make sure to check in frequently to discover more interesting research topics!

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Professor Katherine Rose Driggs-Campbell

https://krdc.web.illinois.edu/

Katherine Rose Driggs-Campbell is a Professor in UIUC’s Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science Departments. Professor Driggs-Campbell focuses her research on developing tools for autonomous robotics, drawing from fields of human-robot interaction, optimization, learning & AI, and control theory. Professor…


Make sure to check out our introductory article to learn more about our series, and our October article to see what we posted last month!

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Professor Nan Jiang

https://nanjiang.cs.illinois.edu/

Professor Nan Jiang

Nan Jiang is a professor here at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with an extensive background in Machine Learning research. Within this field, Professor Jiang focuses mainly on Reinforcement Learning (RL), and algorithmic understandings of this phenomenon. His presentation with us today explains…


Make sure to check out our introductory article to learn more about our series!

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Professor Sheldon Jacobson

http://shj.cs.illinois.edu/

Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Sheldon H. Jacobson is a Founder Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Simulation and Optimization Laboratory, and Founding Director of the Bed Time Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With a strong background in Computer Science, Industrial Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, and Medicine, he is well versed in applications…


What is this series?

WCS is presenting an informative video series about the research our professors have done, using computer science applications, to impact different fields of work. This will allow young teenagers, and possibly even *you* reading this, to learn more about the opportunities available through studying computer science! We are bringing professors from all fields of expertise to talk about how they have used computer science to complete their research and how it affects the field they work in, as well as communities around the world!

information about the series from our flyer!

Why this series?

While many teens in the US have the potential to use computer science and do amazing…


This school year is going to be a new and intriguing experience for many, especially the many freshmen who have to learn how to navigate an almost entirely online college semester. Some incoming freshmen specifically expressed concern about learning how to code and keeping up with material in their computer science classes. To help alleviate some of these worries, the CS department held an optional week-long boot camp run by Professor Elsa Gunter from August 12th through August 19th, of which some WCS officers took part in. This camp helped familiarize students with resources that freshmen would be using on…


Hello! Welcome to Women in Computer Science (WCS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This will provide a brief overview of what Illinois WCS does, who the officers are, and how you can get involved this upcoming school year!

About Us

Women in Computer Science (WCS) is a non-profit educational student group under the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Computer Science Department. Our organization works to support the interests and efforts of young women interested in technology and those who wish to pursue a career in computer science. We aim to retain and provide a network of support for members to…


What is it?

The Illinois Women in Computer Science Corporate Chicago Trip is an annual day trip to Downtown Chicago and provides the opportunity for WCS members to visit the offices of world-class companies for networking, recruiting, and learning about their diversity initiatives. These companies fall under the branch of technology, consulting, finance, banking, and much more. Each year, the Chicago Trip is organized by the Women in Computer Science corporate chairs and their committee. Attendees get the opportunity to visit the offices of 3–4 different companies, go on office tours, enjoy meals at each company, and meet professionals working…


Illinois Women in Computer Science’s ChicTech is an annual overnight retreat for high schoolers to gain exposure to Computer Science, which was held this year from November 2nd to November 3rd.

ChicTech is a program that was founded by the Illinois CS department in 2005. Since then, it’s gone through dozens of changes, including WCS taking up a larger role in its planning. Regardless, its core goals have remained the same.

Our first goal was for students to experience computer science in a fun and interesting way, especially for those with less experience and from underrepresented groups. In order to…


The WCS Fall Alumni Banquet is an annual event meant to bring together current club members, student leaders, professors, and WCS alumni. The banquet includes dinner, a keynote speech, and a chance to share experiences and network with other attendees.

The banquet usually takes place in October, during the fall semester. This year, the banquet was on Thursday, October 17th.

WCS Officer Team at banquet!

What to expect?

For the Women in Computer Science Banquet, we have many events lined up for our guests to enjoy. We ask those attending to dress in business casual. This year, we started off the banquet with light appetizers and gave our…


What to expect?

If you are a woman pursuing a degree related to computer science, you most certainly have heard about the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC). Maybe you’ve heard that it’s one of the inspirational weeks you could ever have, or that it will give you one of the biggest headaches of your life. Although these are drastic, contrasting opinions, there’s no need to worry because as previous attendees of GHC and current undergraduate CS students, we are here to clear away most (if not all) of your inquires about this amazing conference!

  1. Make connections! You will walk…

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