A digest of Illinois Computer Science faculty, alumni, and students who are featured in the media.
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.
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.
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 (http://bit.ly/2o6Is7g), Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2snEsok), U.S. News & World Report (http://bit.ly/2nZ5ZrC), and many others.
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.
Popular Science -- CS Professor David Forsyth talks about AI and computer vision as they are used by these devices -- and about a technological pitfall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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: http://bit.ly/2kjAO8B
Payments Journal -- On the new release by Runtime Verification, Professor Grigore Rosu’s startup, of IELE, its new virtual machine for the blockchain.
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.