Media Coverage

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

Assistant Professor Adam Bates

Researchers Show Alexa “Skill Squatting” Could Hijack Voice Commands

August 30, 2018  

Ars Technica -- The success of Internet of Things devices such as Amazon's Echo and Google Home has created opportunities for developers, but, according to research by Profs. Adam Bates and Michael Bailey from the University of Illinois, also the potential to exploit some of the idiosyncrasies of voice-recognition machine-learning systems for malicious purposes.

Proposed new DPI campus

Even With $500 Million, How Real Is U Of I Tech Campus?

August 29, 2018  

Crain's Chicago Business -- "The Department of Computer Science isn’t moving to Chicago. We’re not creating a fourth campus. We’re creating something new and innovative," said Bill Sanders, a University of Illinois Engineering professor and the new interim director of the Discovery Partners Institute.

Assistant Professor Adam Bates

Fitness Trackers Not The Safest Route

August 28, 2018  

The (Champaign) News-Gazette -- If you use a fitness tracker and post workouts online, you may be sharing the location of your home. University of Illinois computer science professor Adam Bates says, “Everyone is becoming much more aware of the privacy risks on social networks. But no one is talking about fitness networks."

CS student Asher Dale

This Student’s App Will Make You Happy

August 27, 2018  

Boston Magazine -- Asher Dale has good reasons to be happy. For one, he’s celebrating the release of his first app, based on the “Three Good Things” method (originally published in 2017).

CS Assistant Professor Adam Bates

Researchers, Police Caution Against Sharing Exercise Routes Online

August 27, 2018  

The Daily Illini -- Tens of millions of users post their running, walking or biking routes online through Strava, a fitness-tracking app, while using a privacy feature they believe would hide their home address. However, their locations could be revealed by a geometry problem so simple a high school freshman could solve it, said Adam Bates, professor in Computer Science.

CS Professor Grigore Rosu

The Security Risks Of Smart Contracts

August 24, 2018  

Computing -- Blockchain-based smart contracts present a unique risk, and companies should be wary of deploying them, according to CS Professor Grigore Rosu. "There are two big problems ... The code is public so you can work out how to attack it. Secondly, once you have a smart contract - that's it. It deploys and you cannot change it."

Illinois CS alum and Monk's Hill Ventures Managing Partner Peng Ong

For This VC, Being An Investor Wasn’t An Obvious Career Choice

August 24, 2018  

TECH IN ASIA -- “I don’t know why, but I asked myself this question very early on: What is the purpose of my life? What can I do that will be meaningful? I realized that I’m a tech geek but I also like to work with people and build things like companies and teams," said Monk's Hill Ventures Managing Partner and Illinois CS graduate Peng Ong.

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

Amato Named Department Head At Illinois Computer Science

August 22, 2018  

Diverse Issues In Higher Education -- Nancy Amato was selected head of the Department of Computer Science and an Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois. Amato will be the first woman to lead the department.

CS student Ajay Shekar

Artificial Intelligence And Healthcare: The Role Of The Computer Scientist

August 21, 2018  

Smile Politely -- Ajay Shekar is a master's student in Computer Science working on applying machine-learning and deep-learning techniques on medical image datasets. He wants to create a tool that can help predict Parkinson’s Disease.


Assistant Professor Adam Bates

U of I Researchers Find, Fix Fitness App Security Flaws

August 20, 2018  

WAND-TV -- A team of computer science researchers at the University of Illinois, including Assistant Professor Adam Bates, uncovered security flaws in several fitness tracking apps and developed solutions.

Illinois CS Student Mrinaal Mittal

Wired In: Mrinaal Mittal

August 12, 2018  

The (Champaign) News-Gazette -- Meet Mrinaal Mittal, a University of Illinois senior pursuing degrees in, among other things, computer science, with minors in business and South Asian studies. He has already created several startups. "The best advice I have for others is what my father gave me ... don't be scared to fail."

CS Professor Saurabh Sinha

Mayo, University Of Illinois Tap Genomic Data With New Informatics Tool

August 8, 2018  

Health Data Management -- A newly developed tool combines different types of genomic data to predict patients’ responses to therapeutic drugs. The University of Illinois, including CS Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar Saurabh Sinha, worked with the Mayo Clinic to create a Center of Excellence to tap the wealth of information contained in genomic data.

Experts Warn Of New ‘Snail Mail’ Malware Attack That’s Surprisingly Effective

August 3, 2018  

MarketWatch -- A new threat to plant malware on computers comes via CDs sent through the mail, and the story cites a 2016 study conducted by researchers that included some from Illinois CS as evidence that people are surprisingly open to attacks you might not think would work.

MIT researcher and Illinois CS alum Mark Klein

The Future Role Of AI In Fact Checking

August 1, 2018  

betanews -- MIT researcher and Illinois CS alum Mark Klein (MS CS '86, PhD CS '90) says an AI fact-checker remains a long way off. "It's a much bigger problem than being able to parse the words, make a syntax tree, and use the standard Natural Language Processing approaches."

Illinois CS alum and Elastos Foundation Chairman Rong Chen

Origin Agritech Strengthens Its Board Of Directors

July 30, 2018  

Markets Insider -- Illinois CS alum and Elastos Foundation Chairman Rong Chen (MS CS '87) joins the board of agricultural biotechnology firm Origin Agritech Ltd.

Assistant Professor Adam Bates

Cybersecurity: Preventing Hackers From Achieving Their Goals

July 26, 2018  

Illinois Innovators podcast -- When you think cybersecurity, you’re probably thinking about measures to keep hackers out of your network. Illinois CS Assistant Professor Adam Bates is focused on next steps, after an attack begins.


CS Professor John C. Hart

Ivy League Degree for the Nontraditional Student

July 25, 2018  

Inside Higher Ed -- Coursera is expanding partnerships with traditional universities, this time its first Ivy League degree, at Penn. The degree follows the three master's degrees offered through Coursera by Illinois, where Professor John C. Hart says “people come to this degree for the Illinois brand.

YouTube co-founder and Google Entrepreneur in Residence Steve Chen

40 Under 40 Where Are They Now? Revisiting Ad Age's First 40-Under-40 List

July 24, 2018  

Ad Age -- The magazine revisits the members of its 2006 40-Under-40 list, which included YouTube co-founder and Illinois CS alum Steve Chen.


UI Awards $5 Million In 2nd Round Of 'Investment for Growth' Grants

July 23, 2018  

The News-Gazette -- New "Investment for Growth" grants will provide $5 million for 14 projects at the University of Illinois, among them three that involve CS: the Center for Smart Agriculture, the Illinois Center for Autonomy, and the Illinois Secondary Teacher Education and Computer Science Initiative. Also covered by WAND-TV.

Illinois AUV team leader and student Shubhankar Agarwal

UI Submarine Goes To National Competition

July 23, 2018  

WCIA-TV -- A submarine created by Illinois Computer Science students and other students from the College of Engineering is headed to a national competition. The autonomous submarine will compete in the International Robosub Competition in San Diego.