Media Coverage

A digest of Illinois Computer Science faculty, alumni, and students who are featured in the media. 

Incoming CS Department Head and Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering Nancy Amato

Nancy Amato To Lead Illinois Computer Science

July 19, 2018  

The Chronicle of Higher Education -- Nancy Amato, a professor of computer science and engineering at Texas A&M University, will become head of computer science and a professor of engineering at the University of Illinois.

CS Associate Professor Matthew Caesar

Internal Documents Show How Amazon Scrambled To Fix Prime Day Glitches

July 19, 2018  

CNBC -- “More people came in than Amazon could handle,” Matthew Caesar, a computer science professor at the University of Illinois and co-founder of cybersecurity firm Veriflow, said. “And Amazon couldn’t use all the resources they had available because there was a bug or some other issue with their software."


Assistant Professor Mohammed El-Kebir

Method Revolutionizes Tracking The Spread Of Cancer

July 17, 2018  

The University Network --  A team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Mohammed El-Kebir has developed a new method to track the spread of cancer cells, yielding a clearer understanding of cancer migration than ever before. Their algorithm, called MACHINA, tracks the spread of cancer cells.

Incoming CS Department Head and Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering Nancy Amato

U of Illinois Names Alum, 1st Woman To Head Computer Science

July 15, 2018  

Chicago Tribune via AP -- The Los Angeles Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, San Francisco Chronicle, and numerous others pick up coverage of Professor Nancy Amato being named the next Illinois CS department head.

Incoming CS Department Head and Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering Nancy Amato

Robotics Expert To Be First Woman To Lead UI Computer-Science Department

July 12, 2018  

The News-Gazette -- Nancy Amato is named the new head of Illinois Computer Science. “It’s an awesome place to do research, it’s a top-five CS program. ... I’m really honored and humbled, honestly,” Amato said in an interview with the Champaign newspaper. ASEE's First Bell and the CRA Bulletin also covered the news.

CS Professor Saurabh Sinha

New Informatics Tool Makes the Most of Genomics Data

July 12, 2018  

Technology Networks -- A new computational tool developed by University of Illinois researchers -- including CS Professor Saurabh Sinha -- and the Mayo Clinic combines genomic information to make stronger predictions about what genomic features are associated with specific drug responses.

CS Adjunct Professor Eyal Amir

2018’s Best & Worst Cities to Drive In

July 10, 2018  

WalletHub -- Some cities are better for those behind the wheel. To determine those places, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 29 key indicators of driver-friendliness. Adjunct Professor Eyal Amir adds his expertise on how to drive for less, autonomous vehicles, and more.

Andreessen Horowitz co-founder and General Partner Marc Andreessen

The 27 Books Marc Andreessen Recommends You Read This Summer

July 6, 2018  

Quartz -- Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Marc Andreessen (BS '94) has the kind of tech-industry clout that makes even his summer reading recommendations news, in this case a list of primarily politics, psychology, and history books that also marked his return to Twitter after two years. Also covered by CNBC.

CS Professor John C. Hart

Want A Job In Data Science? You Might Have To Take A Standardized Test When Applying

July 5, 2018  

Chicago Tribune -- Data scientists are in high demand, but some companies say they have struggled to find job candidates whose skills fit their needs. So eight have created a data science standards board. John C. Hart, professor and director of online and professional programs at Illinois Computer Science, says data science is exploding so it's no surprise companies are banding together to do such testing. Titus Fong, a recent graduate of the department's MCS-DS program, says he would have appreciated a standardized test to prove his skills to employers.

Myntra CTO Jeyandran Venugopal

Myntra CTO Jeyandran Venugopal Helped Set Up Amazon In India, Then Moved To A Firm That Rivals Amazon

June 28, 2018  

YourStory -- Now CTO of India’s online fashion market leader Myntra, Jeyandran Venugopal (MS CS ’01) worked at Amazon for almost eight years and has been a significant participant in the growth of India's e-commerce economy over the last 10 years.

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Police: Man Breaches Secure Area At Atlanta Airport, Rushes Delta Plane On Tarmac

June 28, 2018  

WXIA-TV Atlanta -- CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson is interviewed in this story on the arrest of a man who rushed a Delta Airlines plane on the tarmac at Atlanta's airport. "It doesn't scare me because there were enough checkpoints and layers in place ..." Jacobson appears at 1:42 in the video version of the story. 


Andreessen Horowitz co-founder and General Partner Marc Andreessen

Demystifying the Blockchain

June 27, 2018  

The New York Times -- A series devoted to blockchain technology's evolving place in the worlds of tech and finance notes the recent announcement by Andreessen Horowitz -- whose co-founders include Marc Andreessen (BS '94) -- of a $300 million investment fund devoted to blockchain technologies.


Andreessen Horowitz co-founder and General Partner Marc Andreessen

Andreessen Horowitz Hires Its First Female General Partner

June 25, 2018  

Recode -- One of Silicon Valley’s buzziest venture capital firms, Andreessen Horowitz, has hired its first female senior investing partner. Marc Andreessen (BS '94) is a director and co-founder of the firm.

CS Assistant Professor Aditya Parameswaran

Visual Data Exploration: A Fertile Ground for Data Management Research

June 25, 2018  

ACM SIGMOD Blog: CS Assistant Professor Aditya Parameswaran creates his own media with this blog post on the importance of information visualization in data science, and a couple of key problems in dealing with data as it increases in scale.

LLVM Foundation President Tanya Lattner

The 39 Most Powerful Female Engineers of 2018

June 21, 2018  

Business Insider --  Tanya Lattner (MS CS ’05), who is president of the LLVM Foundation, makes Business Insider's annual list of the most powerful women in engineering, at No. 37.

Illinois CS alum and Fullstack Academy co-found Nimit Maru

We Need More Women In Tech In Order To Get More Women In Tech

June 21, 2018  

Recode -- Current efforts either aren’t working or aren’t being applied on a grand enough scale, and need to start earlier, Illinois CS alum Nimit Maru (BS CS '04) and David Yang (BS EE ‘04) write in an op-ed. The two are co-founders of coding-education initiative Fullstack Academy

CS Professor Grigore Rosu

The K Framework – A Framework To Formally Define All Programming Languages

June 12, 2018  

Epicenter podcast -- CS Professor Grigore Rosu talks about the K framework, as well as his work to create a new virtual machine called IELE specifically tailored to blockchain. 

CS Assistant Professor Jian Peng

Algorithm Overcomes Compromise In Acquisition Of Satellite Imagery

June 5, 2018  

The Engineer -- CS Assistant Professor Jian Peng and other Illinois researchers have developed a new algorithm to eliminate the compromise between high resolution and high frequency in satellite imagery by fusing data into one integrated product. Coverage also by LaserFocusWorld and AgPro.

CS Professor Lawrence Angrave

Microsoft invests in UI program to help autistic students pursue STEM careers

June 5, 2018  

The News-Gazette -- A $200,000 grant from Microsoft will provide a pipeline to careers in technology for U of I students who have autism, promote digitally accessible classrooms, and encourage the creation and use of accessible software, including CS Professor Lawrence Angrave's ClassTranscribe project. Additional coverage by The Associated Press and

Why Has ‘Transgender’ Become a Trigger Word for YouTube?

June 2, 2018  

Daily Beast -- Professor Karrie Karahalios helps explain how machine learning algorithms at YouTube might restrict or demonetize LGBTQ video content. “The hard part as an outsider is figuring out if it is happening internally, meaning that explicit rules were set, or if it has to do with behavior from clicks from the outside world.”