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Davide Fossati receives the “50 for the Future” award from the Illinois Technology Foundation

Davide Fossati, Computer Science PhD student, received the prestigious "50 for the Future" award from the Illinois Technology Foundation. This award is designed to recognize and honor the most promising technology students in Illinois.

Davide is currently working in the Natural Language Processing Lab, directed by professor Barbara Di Eugenio. His research focuses on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, which are computer systems that can interact with students and help them learn. His latest project, iList, is a system that helps college students practice and learn linked lists, a fundamental topic in Computer Science curricula. The system has been already used in several classrooms at UIC and the US Naval Academy.

The Illinois Technology Foundation’s mission is to support the development of a technology talent pipeline that begins in elementary school, is refined in high school, and is fully developed in our region’s higher education graduates. The Foundation facilitates relationships and efforts across industry, academia, students, and government, developing and managing targeted programs within the talent pipeline. Through action, leadership, and collaboration, the Foundation supports and nurtures the technology talent to ensure a viable and a regional wealth creating economy. The Foundation is the philanthropy arm of the Illinois Technology Association (ITA), a membership organization of more than 500 Illinois technology companies who support the development of a stronger technology talent pipeline in the region.