Ilan Shomorony

Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

324 Coordinated Science Lab

e-mail: ilans at illinois dot edu

About me

I recently joined the ECE department at UIUC as an assistant professor. Previously I was at the Data Science team at Human Longevity, Inc., where I did research on computational methods for analyzing genomic data, and in developing disease risk prediction models from multi-omic data.

From June 2015 to July 2017, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the NSF Center for Science of Information working with Prof. Tom Courtade at UC Berkeley and Prof. David Tse at Stanford University.

Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Simons Institute at UC Berkeley during Spring 2015. I completed my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University in August 2014, under the supervision of Prof. Salman Avestimehr. I was part of the Foundations of Information Engineering (FoIE) group. I received my B.S. in Mathematics and ECE from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, MA, in 2009. I spent the summer of 2011 as an intern at HP Labs, in Palo Alto, CA.

Research Interests

  • Computational biology
  • Information theory and applications
  • Algorithms for analyzing genomic data
  • Machine learning and applications

Prospective Students

I am currently looking for graduate students. Contact me if you are interested in information theory and applications, and/or if you are interested in developing computational biology algorithms.


  • Mar 21 2019: I organized a session on "Computational Methods for Genomics and Biological Data" at CISS 2019.
  • Feb 12 2019: I gave an invited talk at the ITA Workshop on "Capacity Results for the Noisy Shuffling Channel" (Manuscript)
  • Oct 19 2018: Two posters presented at ASHG2018: "Unsupervised integration of multimodal dataset identifies novel signatures of health and disease" and "Towards personalized health: Multimodal risk prediction models for dementia." (manuscript in preparation)
  • Oct 5 2018: Paper with collaborators from Human Longevity on an unsupervised approach to multi-modal data analysis is on bioRxiv!
  • Aug 16 2018: I joined the ECE department at UIUC as an assistant professor!
  • Nov 15 2017: I gave an invited talk at the IEEE IT Meeting at Stanford. Title: DNA Sequencing: From Information Limits to Genome Assembly Software.
  • Oct 30 2017: I gave an invited talk at the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers. Title: "Storing Information in Short DNA Molecules".
  • Oct 6 2017: I gave an invited talk at the Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing. Title: "Is Genome Assembly Really NP-Hard?".
  • July 17 2017: I joined the Data Science team at Human Longevity, Inc.
  • May 6 2017: One paper to appear at ISIT 2017:
    • Fundamental limits of DNA storage systems (arXiv)
  • Feb 17 2017: I gave a talk at the CSE Colloquium Lecture Series at UCSD.
  • Feb 16 2017: I gave a talk at the ITA Workshop on "Fundamental Limits of DNA Storage Systems".
  • Sep 28 2016: I gave a talk at the Allerton Conference on "Designing genome assembly algorithms from a rate-distortion perspective".
  • Aug 31 2016: Our paper "Information-optimal genome assembly via sparse read-overlap graphs" was published at Bioinformatics and will be presented at ECCB 2016.
  • Jul 6 2016: Our new long-read assembler HINGE is now available!
  • May 8 2016: Two papers to appear at ISIT 2016:
    • Overlap-Based Genome Assembly from Variable-Length Reads (link)
    • Partial DNA Assembly: A Rate-Distortion Perspective (arXiv)
  • Mar 28 2016: I gave an online talk at the Shannon Channel. (link)
  • Feb 10 2016: I gave a talk at the Machine Learning seminar at Duke University. Title: "The DNA Assembly Problem: Designing algorithms based on Information Limits"
  • Oct 15 2015: I gave a talk at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory meeting on Probabilistic Modeling in Genomics. Title: "Sparse String Graphs Achieve the Information Limit for de novo assembly"
  • Oct 1 2015: Paper "Informational Bottlenecks in Two-Unicast Wireless Networks with Delayed CSIT" at Allerton Conference (presented by Alireza).


Simons Fellowship for Spring 2015 - Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, 2013 (with Alireza Vahid)

ISIT Student Paper Award Finalist, 2011

Olin Fellowship - Cornell University, 2009-2010

Provost's MQP Award (Senior Thesis Award) - WPI Math Department, 2009