Media Coverage

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

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Can Analytics Help You Win Your NCAA Tournament Pool?

March 18, 2019  

Yardbarker -- When you fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket, you’re essentially engaging in educated guesswork. And this, says University of Illinois computer science Professor Sheldon Jacobson, is where analytics can make a difference.


CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Bracketology Isn't Just for March Madness. It Can Save Lives, Save Money, and Solve Problems

March 17, 2019 -- In an opinion piece that he authored, Illinois CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson says that the sophisticated mathematical modeling used to increase the odds of creating a solid NCAA Tournament bracket can also be used to solve the most complex challenges in both industry and government.

U of I to Hire Hundreds More Faculty Over Next 5 Years to Handle Rise in Enrollment

March 15, 2019  

The News-Gazette -- "Most of the new positions would be targeted at graduate and professional programs that have fueled enrollment growth. But other hires would aim to reduce high student-faculty ratios in undergraduate areas such as engineering and computer science." Also coverage from The Associated Press.


YouTube co-founder Steve Chen

YouTube Founders to Get Emmys For Lifetime Achievement

March 14, 2019  

Deadline Hollywood -- YouTube co-founders Steve Chen, an Illinois CS alumnus, and Chad Hurley will receive the Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 70th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards in Las Vegas, Nev., in April. Chen and Hurley founded the company with another Illinois CS alum, Jawed Karim (BS CS '04).

Professor C. David Page

Illinois CS Alum Named Chair of Duke Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Department

March 11, 2019  

The (Duke) Chronicle -- Illinois CS graduate C. David Page (PhD '93), who is now a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will take over in June as chair of Duke University's Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics.

Assistant Professor Sibin Mohan

Wired In: Sibin Mohan

March 10, 2019  

The News-Gazette -- Illinois CS Assistant Professor Sibin Mohan is the subject of the News-Gazette's regular feature. He talks about teaching computer science to middle school students, using a curriculum developed in part by Professor Lenny Pitt.


U of I Students Unveil Dog-Human 'Translator' at Engineering Open House

March 9, 2019  

News-Gazette -- Dug the Dog has nothing on Alma. Inspired by the character from the movie "Up," a team of University of Illinois engineering students created their own talking dog for this year's Engineering Open House. The group include Illinois CS student Bliss Chapman.

Amit Mathur

Amit Mathur Joins Sinclair as VP of Product Engineering

March 8, 2019  

TVTechnology -- Illinois Computer Science graduate Amit Mathur (BS CS '98) has joined Sinclair Broadcast Group as vice president of product engineering, where he will continue scaling the station group’s digital publishing as well as expanding its suite of digital products and services.


Bliss Chapman

This Experiment Created A Real-Life Dug the Dog From 'Up'

March 6, 2019  

Mashable -- A team from the University of Illinois that includes Illinois CS student Bliss Chapman built an interface that reads the neural responses of Alma, a golden retriever. Those responses are translated into pre-recorded vocal responses. Also in Mahomet Daily.

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Computer Science and College Basketball

March 5, 2019  

Resoundingly Human podcast -- Professor Sheldon Jacobson joins the The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences' podcast to talk about the science behind his NCAA basketball bracket generators.

A New Summer Program Pays Students To Improve Math, Science Skills

February 28, 2019  

Chicago Sun-Times -- “Not everyone is ready for college right out of high school. I think this is a really great way to show that faculty cares not only about students graduating but also giving opportunities to everyone.” -- Illinois CS junior Jocelyn Collado, a junior who transferred to Illinois from a community college. 


C3 Chairman and CEO Tom Siebel

Don't Make These AI Blunders

February 23, 2019  

Forbes -- Entrepreneur Tom Siebel has a knack for anticipating megatrends in technology. His latest venture, C3, is focused on AI. He says it will have huge benefits, but says there are major risk factors in privacy and security. “What we saw with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica was just a dress rehearsal.”

Junior Ajay Jain

What's It Like to Intern in Washington?

February 18, 2019  

The 21st -- WILL's talk show includes a segment on students interning in Congress, among them Ajay Jain, who is majoring in CS + Stats and political science. He is interning for Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi. "Within the first hour and a half ... I all the sudden had to start taking constituent callers, in the middle of the shutdown."


Professor Klara Nahrstedt

The Future of Artificial Intelligence Will Be Charted By Man, Not Machine

February 14, 2019  

BuiltIn -- AI is poised to have a major effect on environmental issues. Sensors could help make cities more liveable. Such sensors on cars could predict potential traffic problems and optimize the flow of cars. “Years down the road, it will play a really big role,” Professor Klara Nahrstedt said.

Subho S. Banerjee

How Machine Learning Is Crafting Precision Medicine

February 11, 2019  

Forbes -- AI-based precision medicine combines medicine, biology, statistics, and computing. The most promising research is characterized by collaboration like that of a team that developed a machine-learning algorithm to predict presciptions for depression patients. The team included Illinois CS student Subho S. Banerjee and his advisor, Professor Ravishankar Iyer.

Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen Shares The 4 Realities Facing Every Entrepreneur Today

February 5, 2019  

Fast Company -- Fast Company's new podcast, Zero to IPO, focuses on building a company from idea to IPO. The first guest is Illinois CS graduate Marc Andreessen. Listen or read a short Q & A from the interview.

Fulton Watson Copp Chair in Computer Science David Forsyth

Your Next Game Night Partner? A Computer

February 5, 2019  

WIRED -- The Allen Institute has designed an AI that can play a game much like the drawing game Pictionary. Illinois CS Professor David Forsyth says software able to understand novel combinations of imagery could help computers venture out into the messiness of the real world.


Illinois CS alum Ali Farhadi (PhD '11)

An AI Is Playing Pictionary To Figure Out How The World Works

February 5, 2019  

MIT Technology Review, Science and others -- Researchers at the Allen Institute, led by Illinois CS alum Ali Farhadi (PhD '11), believe Pictionary could push machine intelligence beyond its current limits and have developed a version of the game that pairs a human player with an AI.


Tuition, Fees Just The Start Of Semester's Financial Costs

February 4, 2019  

The News-Gazette -- About two dozen students have crafted a resolution calling for low-cost school materials from the University of Illinois. Vikram Sardana, a computer science and statistics major, is one of 23 sponsors.

Head of Department Nancy Amato

Seven New Researchers Added In Effort To 'Reimagine' U of I

February 4, 2019  

The News-Gazette -- “One of the seven is Nancy Amato, announced last fall as the new head of the highly ranked Department of Computer Science. The award-winning researcher is widely recognized for her work in motion planning in robotics, used in such applications as autonomous driving and manufacturing.”