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CIRSS Seminar Series

The CIRSS Seminar Series will meet on most Friday afternoons when classes are in session. Meetings will be held from 4:00 - 5:00 in 126 LISB unless announced otherwise. The aim of the CIRSS Seminar Series is to provide a relaxed, no-prep venue for sharing our current research by presenting reruns of our recent conference presentations. All CIRSS faculty and student affiliates are welcome to present, and session attendance is open to the entire campus community. Announcements and meeting reminders for the CIRSS Seminar Series will be distributed widely via the regular iSchool email lists for faculty, students, and staff. If you have any questions regarding the CIRSS Seminar Series, or, if you would like volunteer to lead a future session, please contact Janet Eke at 217-333-4701 or

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Archived Seminars

The Center for Health Informatics, WHO, and COVID-19
Friday, May 8, 2020  4pm - 5pm
Session leaders: Ian Brooks, Director of the Center for Health Informatics and iSchool Research Scientist; and Jacob Jett, iSchool Post-doctoral Research Fellow
The Center for Health Informatics is currently working on more than a dozen projects related to COVID-19 with WHO, the Pan American Health Organization, Mayo Clinic, CUPHD, and other organizations.&nb...

Knowledge Is Power: The importance of relations in Artificial Intelligence
Friday, April 24, 2020  4pm - 5pm
Session leaders: Molham Aref, Chief Executive Officer of RelationalAI
In this talk, I will make the case for a first-principles approach to machine learning over knowledge graphs that exploits recent developments in database systems and theory. The input to learning cla...

Designing a Chatbot as a Mediator for Promoting Deep Self-Disclosure
Friday, April 17, 2020  4pm - 5pm
Session leaders: Yi-Chieh Lee, doctoral student at Illinois Computer Science
[Join via Zoom at]Chatbots have great potential ...

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