May 10, 2011: CS PhD Student Jalal Alowibdi Receives Prestigious Yahoo! Award

Jalal Alowibdi is the first UIC recipient of Yahoo!?s prestigious Key Scientific Challenges (KSC) Award for 2011. This award includes seed funding of $5,000, access to Yahoo!?s datasets, the opportunity to collaborate with Yahoo!?s scientists, and the opportunity to participate to the KSC Graduate Student Summit. Since joining UIC in the Fall 2009 term, Jalal has been involved in five research projects in software engineering, computer security and real-time network monitoring. Currently his main research focus is the definition of techniques and tools for deception detection in online social networks.

According to the Yahoo! web site (, "twenty-seven exceptional PhD students" receiving the award this year include students from the University of Washington, MIT, UIUC, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Harvard, Stanford, and Georgia Tech, among others. Jalal's award will not only promote his research but also enhance UIC?s visibility in the CS research community. Congratulations Jalal!

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