Media Coverage

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

CS Assistant Professor Jian Peng

Satellites, Supercomputers, And Machine Learning Provide Real-time Crop-Type Data

April 4, 2018 -- 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.

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Whose NCAA Bracket Did Better? WBEZ Expert vs. The Machine

April 3, 2018  

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?

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Technology Holds The Key To Redistricting Reform

April 3, 2018  

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.

List Of Best Illinois Innovations, Inventions Includes PLATO

April 1, 2018  

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.  

C3IOT Chairman and Illinois Computer Science graduate Thomas M. Siebel

UI Grad Named To Head New Siebel Center For Design

March 29, 2018  

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. 

Professor Andrew Miller

The Dark Web's Favorite Currency Is Less Untraceable Than It Seems

March 27, 2018  

WIRED -- A paper whose authors include ECE Assistant Professor and CS affiliate Andrew Miller finds that the cryptocurrency Monero's privacy protections are flawed.

CS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher

Understanding Facebook, Privacy, And Your Data

March 27, 2018  

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.

CS Professor John C. Hart

Online, Cheap -- and Elite

March 20, 2018  

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.

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

NCAA Tournament Winners And Losers: TruTV, Sister Jean ... And Sheldon Jacobson

March 19, 2018  

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.

Levchin, Nosek Among List Of Co-founders Of Tech's Biggest Companies

March 15, 2018  

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.

Illinois CS student Ajay Jain

Analysis: Twitter Bots Appear To Be Pumping Up Campaign For Governor

March 14, 2018  

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.

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Science Of Upsets: Prof Has Formula That Doubles Your Shot

March 14, 2018  

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 SportsYahoo! Sports, the National Post, and dozens of others.

Max Levchin will deliver the spring commencement address.

PayPal Co-founder To Speak At UI Commencement

March 13, 2018  

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 (, and, via AP, the Chicago Tribune (, Seattle Times (, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (, and others. 

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

March Madness: Analytics Are Making Picking Winning Brackets Easier

March 12, 2018  

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.


CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Sheldon Jacobson On March Madness

March 9, 2018  

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.:

Illinois Computer Science Adds Online MCS Degree

Coursera Teams With 5 Universities To Expand Its Full Masters And Bachelors Degree Programs

March 6, 2018  

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 (, India's The Economic Times (, and Nigeria's Daily Trust (

ServiceNow Chief Product Officer Chirantan "CJ" Desai

Silicon Valley Firm Picks Chicago For Engineering Center

February 23, 2018  

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:

CS Professor and Interim Department Head Vikram Adve

Amazon's HQ2 In Chicago? These Students Would Be So Psyched

February 23, 2018  

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."

CS + Astronomy Student Charlie Young

Illinois Baseball Draws on CS + X Student To Take Advantage Of Analytics

February 15, 2018  

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. 


Spoke CEO and CS @ ILLINOIS alumni Jay Srinivasan

Demystifying ESS To Help HR Succeed: In Conversation With Jay Srinivasan, CEO At Spoke

February 13, 2018  

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.