A digest of Illinois Computer Science faculty, alumni, and students who are featured in the media.
Phys.org -- Research from Illinois that includes work by CS Assistant Professor Jian Peng has provided a new technique for distinguishing between corn and soybeans in satellite data, crops that previously have been impossible to distinguish from space. Also covered by Farmers Advance.
WBEZ's Morning Shift -- Going into the NCAA Tournament, WBEZ sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout created her own bracket to compete with one created by CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson's Bracket Odds website. With the tournament now over, who had the better bracket?
Houston Chronicle -- A Texas Southern University Professor draws on research by CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson to argue that AI can help solve the problem of gerrymandering in drawing political boundaries.
The State Journal-Register -- The University of Illinois' innovative PLATO computer-based education system wins a spot in the Top 10 innovations and inventions from Illinois, part of the ongoing Illinois 200 project. The project is part of the state's celebration of its bicentennial.
The News-Gazette -- University of Illinois graduate Rachel Switzky is the first director of the Siebel Center for Design. The facility's construction and opening is being financed in part by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation. Thomas Siebel is an Illinois Computer Science graduate and CEO of C3 IoT.
WIRED -- A paper whose authors include ECE Assistant Professor and CS affiliate Andrew Miller finds that the cryptocurrency Monero's privacy protections are flawed.
WILL's The 21st -- CS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher joins the daily public radio talk show as fallout continues from news that Facebook users' private data was used to as part of a campaign to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Inside Higher Ed -- CS Professor and Director of Online and Professional Programs John C. Hart is interviewed in a story about Georgia Tech's online master's degree in computer science and online degree programs.
Chicago Tribune -- Among the highlights from the tournament's opening weekend, the Tribune notes that CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson's model for predicting long-shot winners correctly picked one of the biggest upsets of the competition so far.
Business Insider -- PayPal co-founders and Illinois alumni Max Levchin and Luke Nosek appear on a list of 23 entrepreneurs who are co-founders of the world's biggest tech companies.
Chicago Reader -- A handful of Twitter bots and propaganda accounts appear to be trying to influence Illinois's gubernatorial election on behalf of Republican candidate Jeanne Ives, according to an analysis by Ajay Jain, an Illinois Computer Science student.
The Associated Press -- AP interviews CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson about his model for upset prediction, a story that was picked up by The New York Times, the Washington Post, ESPN , ABC News, Fox Sports, Yahoo! Sports, the National Post, and dozens of others.
The News-Gazette/The Associated Press -- Coverage of the announcement that Illinois Computer Science graduate and PayPal Co-founder Max Levchin will deliver the address the spring commencement on May 12. Other coverage included WILL (http://bit.ly/2Gn0Fq1), and, via AP, the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2Fz3lnv), Seattle Times (http://bit.ly/2FRQv2Y), St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2InEGQh), and others.
USA Today -- CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson talks about his research and his Bracket Odds website in this story on the increasing use of mathematical models to predict winners in the NCAA Tournament.
ESPN Radio 93.5 -- CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson talks college basketball, the NCAA Tournament and bracketology. Audio starts at the 27:30 mark. Jacobson's recent research on the NCAA Tournament is also featured in the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga.: http://bit.ly/2tsQvkS
TechCrunch -- Coursera's partnership with the University of Illinois and four other schools expands its online degree offerings, including the new Illinois Computer Science Online Master of Computer Science. Other coverage included Inside Higher Ed (http://bit.ly/2FnVuc3), India's The Economic Times (http://bit.ly/2G2GkGu), and Nigeria's Daily Trust (http://bit.ly/2FCehfZ).
Crain's Chicago Business -- Based on the deep computer science talent pool produced by the University of Illinois and other area schools, ServiceNow plans hire 150 engineers, developers, designers and others at a new Chicago location. The company makes software that businesses use to automate tasks such as IT administration. CS @ ILLINOIS alumni Chirantan "CJ" Desai is ServiceNow's chief product officer and was heavily involved in the decision. Other coverage included an article from BuiltInChicago: http://bit.ly/2BRz1RJ
Crain's Chicago Business -- The article focuses on a University of Illinois career fair to examine the impact that Amazon choosing Chicago for its second headquarters would have for students studying CS and other tech disciplines. The article notes that brand-name West Coast companies draw talent. "We just need more of them in Chicago," says Vikram Adve, interim head of the Computer Science department at U of I. "If there were, it would give students a better reason to stay."
The Daily Illini -- Illinois baseball has added CS + Astronomy student Charlie Young to its staff, creating the team's first analytics program and hoping to draw on data-crunching similar to what Major League Baseball teams now commonly use.
HR Technologist -- In this interview, Spoke CEO and CS @ ILLINOIS alumni Jay Srinivasan (MS ’02 and PhD ‘05) talks about creating self-service portals for employees to access HR information for large and small companies.