Thomas and Margaret Huang Fund for Graduate Research

Thomas and Margaret Huang smiling, dressed in formalwear.

Supporting graduate research the broad area of human-computer intelligent interaction at the Beckman Institute, in honor of Professor and Mrs. Huang's many contributions to science, engineering, and society at large.

The Thomas and Margaret Huang Fund for Graduate Research supports students in the broad area of human-computer intelligent interaction, including research in computer vision, image compression and processing, pattern recognition, multimodal signal processing, human perception and performance, and artificial intelligence at the Beckman Institute. The Fund was established by Image Formation and Processing Group alumni James J. Kuch (M.S. ECE ’94) and Chang Wen Chen (Ph.D. ’92). Professor Huang has advised over one hundred students during his career, which has spanned five decades and three major research universities (MIT, Purdue, and U of I).

Thomas Huang is the William L. Everitt Professor of Electrical Engineering and served as co-chair of the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction research theme at the Beckman Institute. Professor Huang is one of the leading figures in computer vision, pattern recognition, and human computer interaction in the world. His accomplishments include winning the 2010 "Most Cited Paper of the Decade Award" from the Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation (together with coauthors Dr. Yong Rui of Microsoft, and Professor Shih-Fu Chang of Columbia University). He also received the HP Innovation Research Award in 2009 and was named a Swanlund Chair at U of I in 2012.

Your Gift will Impact Future Generations. With your help, the fund honors Professor and Mrs. Huang's contributions to society and help us transform the lives of young scientists and engineers—fueling scientific discovery and innovation—for years to come. Your gift will help us support top-flight students who will become the leaders of tomorrow—the researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, teachers, and business innovators that will help society make breakthroughs in technology innovation. Please give generously to help this field grow, prosper and tackle the many challenges we face as a global community.

If you have any questions about support for this fund, please feel free to contact Allison Winter, Senior Director of Advancement, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (217) 244-8307 or via email at awinter@illinois.edu.


How to give

To make a secure online gift, simply fill out the form below. To make a gift by mail please send your check or money order payable to the University of Illinois Foundation. Please include a note (or memo on your check) stating the purpose of your gift as: Thomas & Margaret Huang Fund for Graduate Research and mail to: University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801. If you would like to make a gift by phone, please call the University of Illinois Foundation Cash Desk at 217-244-2706. You may also contact Allison Winter, Senior Director of Advancement, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (217) 244-8307 or via email at awinter@illinois.edu.


For more information please call 217-244-1176 or email giving@beckman.illinois.edu. Additional information about ways to give is available at the University of Illinois Foundation website.