Media Coverage

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

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: http://bit.ly/2kjAO8B

 

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.

Associate Head of Department & Director of Undergraduate Programs Lenny Pitt

UI's 'CS + X' Degrees Add Up On Many Levels: 'Over 13 Percent Of Applications To The University Are For The Computer Science Major. That's Nuts.'

December 10, 2017  

The News-Gazette -- An in-depth look at the growing list of CS + X degrees being offered at the University of Illinois, including new CS + Crop Sciences and CS + Music.

CS Professor Ranjitha Kumar

Can A Machine Be Creative?

December 8, 2017  

The Christian Science Monitor -- In this look at the potential for artificial intelligence to impact the arts, CS Professor Ranjitha Kumar talks about the short-term limits on how artistic AI can be.

CS @ ILLINOIS has joined with the University of Illinois School of Music and the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences’ Department of Crop Sciences to add two new bachelor’s degrees.

University Of Illinois Degrees Combine Computer Science and Ag, Music

November 20, 2017  

The Associated Press -- Article focuses on the announcement of new CS + Crop Sciences and CS + Music degrees at the University of Illinois. The article was widely reproduced, including appearances in U.S. News & World Report, the Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, the Chicago Tribune, and dozens of others.

CS Professor Sarita Adve

A Q & A With Women Behind A Statement On The Importance Of Diversity In Tech

November 13, 2017  

AnitaB.org -- CS @ ILLINOIS Professor Sarita Adve and Princeton University colleague Margaret Martonosi authored a statement on the importance of diversity in tech at an October symposium. They discuss their reasons and what they hope to help achieve.

Former CS @ ILLINOIS Teaching Professor Cinda Heeren

Expanding The Pipeline: Toward Gender Parity in CS @ ILLINOIS

November 13, 2017  

Computing Research News -- Former CS @ ILLINOIS Teaching Professor Cinda Heeren, Assistant Engineering Dean Susan Larson, and Associate Head of Department Lenny Pitt explain how the department works to increase the number of women it enrolls. 

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Study Finds Mass Killings Happen Randomly, And At A Steady Rate

October 18, 2017  

The Daily Mail (UK) - A study led by CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson finds that mass killings in the United States have happened at a steady rate over the past decade. The study was widely covered, included other reports by CBS Chicago, Chicago Tonight on WTTW, and ACM Tech News.

CS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher

Bringing IOT To The Battlefield

October 17, 2017  

WILL’s The 21st -- CS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher joins the daily talk show to discuss his new work for the Army Research Laboratory on bringing the Internet of Things to combat. Professor Abdelzaher also spoke at length on the Internet of Battlefield Things with the STACEY ON IOT podcast (interview begins at 31 minutes): http://bit.ly/2BVzzE0

Eight new faculty members have joined the Department of Computer Science.

CS Department Hires 8 Faculty Members To Meet An Increasing Number Of Freshmen

October 11, 2017  

 

Daily Illini -- Coverage of the department's addition of eight new faculty members as demand for CS degrees from Illinois drives enrollment increases.

CS Associate Professor Matthew Caesar

Websites Hacked To Mint Crypto-cash

October 9, 2017  

BBC.com -- Assistant Professor Matthew Caesar talks about hackers surreptitiously installing code that allows them to use cloud-based computing power to mine cryptocurrencies, and work Caesar and Illinois Computer Science PhD student Rashid Tahir are doing to develop a monitoring system to detect mining software. 

CS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher

University of Illinois Leads $25 Million Military Technology Initiative

October 6, 2017  

Chicago Tribune -- CS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher is leading a new $25 million effort for the Army Research Laboratory to bring the Internet of Things to the battlefield. The news was also widely reported elsewhere, including by The Associated Press: http://bit.ly/2CYozK1

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