Media Coverage

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

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.

CS @ ILLINOIS alumni Anil Singhal (MS CS '79), who is the co-founder, CEO and chairman of NETSCOUT

The Secret to Midcareer Success

February 12, 2018  

The Wall Street Journal -- CS @ ILLINOIS alumni Anil Singhal (MS CS '79), who is the co-founder, CEO and chairman of NETSCOUT, is the focus of much of this career-oriented article.

CS Professors Jiawei Han and Tarek Abdelzaher

U of I Team Studying Spread of Information On Social Media

February 11, 2018  

The Associated Press/Los Angeles Times -- New DARPA-funded research from CS Professors Tarek Abdelzaher and Jiawei Han and ECE Professor David M. Nicol on how information is propagated by social media is the subject of this AP article. It also appears in the Seattle Times (, Chicago Tribune (, U.S. News & World Report (, and many others. 

CS Professor Steven M. LaValle

SIGGRAPH Spotlight: Technology Talk with Steven LaValle and Ben Malouf

February 9, 2018  

SIGGRAPH Spotlight -- CS Professor Steven M. LaValle talks about the history and future of computer graphics and changes in the field on the podcast from ACM SIGGRAPH. LaValle joins at about two minutes into the podcast.



CS Professor David Forsyth

Chinese Cops Are Using Facial-Recognition Sunglasses. Here’s How That Tech Works

February 8, 2018  

Popular Science -- CS Professor David Forsyth talks about AI and computer vision as they are used by these devices -- and about a technological pitfall. 

CS student Shubhankar Agarwal

Wired In: Shubhankar Agarwal

February 4, 2018  

The News-Gazette -- CS student Shubhankar Agarwal talks about the Illinois AUV Team (find out more here: and its work building autonomous submarines. There's also video:

U Of I Student Interns Partner With AGCO Pros

January 31, 2018  

AgriNews -- "It’s exciting to be in on the ground floor of this. We have a lot of big ideas," CS junior Hannah Parker says in an article on the opening of the new AGCO Acceleration Center in the Research Park at the University of Illinois.

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

DHS’s New Plan For Refugee Screening Looks A Lot Like TSA PreCheck

January 30, 2018  

Defense One -- CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson is interviewed in an article on the end of the Trump administration's ban on refugees from 11 countries and the similarities between new screening and TSA PreCheck.

CS Professor Carl Gunter

When You Play This Song Backwards, You Can Hear Satan. Play It Forwards, And It Hijacks Siri, Alexa

January 30, 2018  


The Register -- CS Professor Carl Gunter is interviewed on adversarial attacks on AI systems, in this case tweaking songs slightly to manipulate voice-recognition systems. 

CS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher

Army Takes on Wicked Problems With The Internet Of Battlefield Things

January 30, 2018  

MeriTalk -- Website devoted to government IT news takes a look at CS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher's Army Research Lab project on the Internet of Battlefield Things.

The new City Scholars program launched in January.

College of Engineering Launches City Scholars Program To Bring Engineers To Chicago

January 29, 2018  

Daily Illini -- Coverage of the new City Scholars program, which launched this month and sent 37 juniors and seniors to intern at 16 companies in Chicago while they continue to take classes.

Marcin Kleczynski

Interview: Marcin Kleczynski, Malwarebytes

January 25, 2018  

Infosecurity Magazine -- A Q & A with Computer Science alumni Marcin Kleczynski about starting Malwarebytes while he was still a student and then building out the security company.

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

The Weather-Related Struggles of New York's JFK

January 11, 2018  

French Morning -- The site for expatriate French living in the United States speaks to CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson about the recent weather-related problems at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City (in French).

C3IOT Chairman and Illinois Computer Science graduate Thomas M. Siebel

Why Digital Transformation Is Now On The CEO’s Shoulders

December 31, 2017  

McKinsey Quarterly -- Big data, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence hold such disruptive power that they have inverted the dynamics of technology leadership, writes C3IOT Chairman and Illinois Computer Science graduate Thomas M. Siebel writes.

Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Experts: Atlanta Blackout A Lesson For Other Airports

December 22, 2017  

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution -- CS @ ILLINOIS Professor Sheldon Jacobson talks about why an airport fire is a wakeup call for airports around the country. The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights also spoke to Jacobson as it looked for the potential for similar problems at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport:


CS Professor Grigore Rosu

Runtime Verification And IOHK Launch Virtual Machine for Blockchain

December 18, 2017  

Payments Journal -- On the new release by Runtime Verification, Professor Grigore Rosu’s startup, of IELE, its new virtual machine for the blockchain.

Teaching Professor Lawrence Angrave

Video Games Could Change How People View Reality

December 11, 2017  

Daily Illini -- A story on how video games can change how people view reality includes an interview with Teaching Professor Lawrence Angrave on the Elements of Game Design class he teaches with Teaching Assistant Professor Eric Shaffer.