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Traffic visualization research to help cities make data-driven decisions

A research project co-led by Professor Richard Sowers from ISE and Mathematics and Professor Dan Work from Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory has been awarded a seed grant from the Siebel Energy Institute. The grant, titled “Quantifying the Predictability of City-scale Urban Traffic,” could help cities better analyze traffic data and solve traffic-related problems. Read more.

New opportunities in PhD Careers

In light of the shortage of regular academic positions for recent PhDs and the underrepresented opportunities for mathematicians in industry, the department's model program called Program for Interdisciplinary
and Industrial Internships at Illinois (PI4), prepares young mathematicians for a broader range of careers. Learn more about our PI4 program in this AMS Notices article.

Karve wins People’s Choice Award at Research Live! competition

Vaibhav Karve, a second year PhD student, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2nd annual Research Live! competition held by the U of I Graduate College. Karve’s presentation “Recognizing patterns in New York traffic ... or what happens when you apply the Netflix algorithm to taxis” won based on votes by the audience at the event. This research was part of the work that Karve undertook with math graduate student Derrek Yager, Professor Richard Sowers (Mathematics and IESE departments) and Professor Daniel Work (CEE department). Their work aims to provide a better understanding of traffic in big and smart cities, specifically New York, via recognizing hidden patterns in traffic data, specifically that of taxis. View his presentation! Read more in Math Times.

Three faculty named 2017 AMS Fellows

Three faculty in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -- Marius Junge, Rui Loja Fernandes and Alexandru Zaharescu -- have been named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2017.  In its fifth year, the AMS Fellows program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Read more.

Illinois receives 2016 CAS University Award

The Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) has selected the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a recipient of the 2016 CAS University Award, recognizing its exemplary work in preparing students for a career in the property and casualty insurance industry. The UI has 430 students in its actuarial science program, with two full-time faculty members, Professor Runhuan Feng and Professor Shu Li, teaching actuarial science courses exclusively. Illinois impressed the award panel for its focus on property and casualty insurance across multiple areas including curriculum, research, industry engagement, and innovation. Winners of the 2016 CAS University Award Program were determined by a panel of judges from companies across the property and casualty insurance industry. Read more.

LAS Gallery of Excellence

Five math department achievements were recognized on the U of I LAS "Gallery of Excellence" in celebration of the College's 100th' anniversary. The math department honorees include the Four Color Theorem and four outstanding scholars, David Blackwell, Joseph Doob, Freeman Hrabowski, and Michio Suzuki. See LAS Gallery of Excellence for more information.

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Math Placement at Illinois

All new freshmen coming to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are required to take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam. All new transfer students who do not already have credit for Calculus I (or a higher level math course) are required to take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam. Information about the ALEKS Math Placement Exam is available on the Department of Mathematics website.