Media Coverage

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

Gems Computer Science Camp for Girls

How Data Can Drive 'Women In Tech' Policies For Higher Ed

November 9, 2018  

EdScoop -- The computer science department at University of Illinois, which was the 2017 NCWIT NEXT Award Grand Prize recipient, used surveys to find out what experiences influenced students’ decisions to enroll. The survey data confirmed the faculty’s initial hunch that personal interactions often convinced women to enroll.


Illinois CS graduate Kenichi Miura and other SC Perennials

SC 30th Anniversary Perennials 1988-2018

November 8, 2018  

HPC Wire -- As the 30th anniversary SC conference began, HPC Wire profiled the 19 people who have been at all 18 of the conferences. Known as Perennials, they include former NCSA Deputy Director Jim Bottum, Illinois CS graduate Allen Malony (PhD '90), and Illinois CS graduate Kenichi Miura (MS CS ’71, PhD ’73).



Illinois Computer Science PhD student Pranjal Vachaspati

Democrats, Including an Illinois CS Student, Increase Majority on County Board

November 7, 2018  

The News-Gazette -- Democrats have increased their slim majority on the Champaign County Board. The winners include Illinois Computer Science PhD student and new board member Pranjal Vachaspati.


C3 Chairman and CEO Tom Siebel

The Social Implications of AI

November 5, 2018  

Fortune -- C3 CEO and Illinois Computer Science graduate Tom Siebel hosts a weekend of events focused on the social implications of A.I., including debate among four experts who have authored books on the subject.


Chicago-Area Researchers Study Quantum Computing

November 4, 2018  

The Associated Press -- The University of Illinois is joining the Chicago Quantum Exchange to explore quantum technology, an emerging field of physics and engineering that involves studying matter and energy at a small scale. Experts believe work in the field could eliminate cybersecurity risks and further pharmaceutical discoveries.


CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

INFORMS Podcast Features Illinois CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

November 2, 2018  

Resoundingly Human podcast -- Illinois CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson appears on the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences' podcast to discus his IMPACT Prize from the group. The prize recognized work by Jacobson and his students that helped transform air-travel security.

Incoming Department Head Nancy Amato

Watch the 50 on Fire Recap Video

November 2, 2018  

Chicago Inno’s 50 on Fire celebration identifies the city’s hottest companies, organizations and people across a variety of categories. The winners, including incoming Illinois CS Department Head Nancy Amato, were announced a few weeks ago. This video shown at the event includes Amato at about 7:35.

U of I Teaming Up With 3 Chicago Institutions On Quantum Research

October 31, 2018  

The News-Gazette -- The University of Illinois joins the Quantum Computing Exchange and announces the new Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center. Also covered by the Chicago Tribune and ChicagoInno.


Richard T. Cheng Professor Sarita Adve

Sarita Adve Named Recipient of the ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

October 31, 2018  

HPCWire -- The Association for Computing Machinery and IEEE Computer Society have named Sarita Adve as the recipient of the 2018 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. Also covered by CRA Bulletin.

Illinois CS graduate and ChicagoNEXT Chairman Mark Tebbe

UChicago's relationship with U of I grows cozier

October 31, 2018  

Crain's Chicago Business -- The Chicago Quantum Exchange is just the latest way the University of Chicago and University of Illinois are quietly testing ways to collaborate. "It started innocently and morphed and grew," said Mark Tebbe, a U of I computer science grad who teaches entrepreneurship at the U of C.

Rendering of the proposed Discovery Partners Institute

Chicago Needs This Rauner Initiative

October 26, 2018  

Crain's Chicago Business -- Discovery Partners Institute can provide what Chicago currently lacks. U of I is good at the federal grant game and its computer science and engineering programs have turned out bold thinkers: Mosaic co-creator Marc Andreessen, YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, Oracle founder Larry Ellison and PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, just to name a few.

Illinois To Develop Testing Program For Self-Driving Vehicles

October 25, 2018  

Chicago Tribune -- Illinois is taking the first step toward putting self-driving vehicles on the road with Gov. Bruce Rauner's Autonomous Illinois Initiative. The state is working with universities that include the University of Illinois on a test track in Rantoul. Also covered by ChicagoInno.


University of Hawaiʻi System President David Lassner

University of Hawai'i President Recognized By His Alma Mater

October 24, 2018  

University of Hawai'i News -- The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign honored David Lassner, president of the University of Hawaiʻi System and interim chancellor of UH Mānoa, with its 2018 Computer Science Distinguished Educator Alumni Award on October 20.


CS Associate Professor Matthew Caesar

Amazon's Move Off Oracle Caused Prime Day Outage In One Major Warehouse

October 23, 2018  

CNBC -- "It's quite possible the outage would not have occurred if Amazon had stuck with Oracle," said Matt Caesar, a computer science professor at the University of Illinois. "Also, it appears they would have been able to diagnose the problem sooner if they were using Oracle's database."


CS Assistant Professor Jian Peng

AI Crowdsources Data To Speed Up Drug Discovery

October 18, 2018  

ScienceNews -- A new cryptographic system could allow pharmaceutical companies and academic labs to work together to develop new medications more quickly. “This work is visionary,” says Jian Peng, a computer scientist at the University of Illinois. “I think [it] will lay the groundwork for the future of collaborations in biomedicine."

C3 Chairman and CEO Tom Siebel

C3 Forges HPE Partnership, Launches AI Appliance

October 16, 2018  

ZDNet -- C3 and Hewlett Packard Enterprise will combine forces to launch an appliance designed for artificial intelligence and Internet of things deployments. The C3 AI Appliance bundles C3's platform-as-a-service with HPE's integrated systems running on Intel Xeon chips.Tom Siebel  (BA History '75, MBA '83, MS CS '85) is the chairman and chief executive officer of C3.

Assistant Professor Girish Chowdhary

Killer Robots: Weeds Won’t Know What Hit 'Em

October 15, 2018  

Ag Professional -- Weeds sometimes dodge herbicides, but can they avoid robots? University of Illinois researchers want to find out. “Robots could autonomously and continuously go through and take care of the weeds underneath the canopy,” said Girish Chowdhary, assistant professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering with an appointment in Illinois Computer Science.

William Gropp, the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science and Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications

BIG BLACK BOX: We Are On The Verge Of Building An Exascale Computer. But What Does That Mean?

October 13, 2018  

New Scientist -- The roadmap for exascale hardware is fairly well laid out. Software and algorithms to run across potentially billions of cores may be trickier. “Every generation of supercomputers leaves some users behind,” says William Gropp, CS professor and director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. “That’s been a constant problem and I think we’re going to see it again.” (behind paywall)

Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar Tarek Abdelzaher

Professor Abdelzaher Joins The Internet of Things Podcast

October 3, 2018  

The Internet of Things Podcast -- CS Professor Tarek Adbdelzaher discusses his work on cyber-physical systems, including IoT, with host Mike Green. "With IoT, you can think of smart cities. ... There are great opportunities on the horizon."

Eight Master's Degree Programs From Top Universities That Are Available Entirely Online

October 2, 2018  

Business Insider -- If you're looking to add a masters degree to your résumé, online classes may quickly reveal themselves as your most convenient and cost-effective option. The Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS) is designed for students to gain access to the computational and statistical knowledge needed to turn big data into meaningful insights.