Media Coverage

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

The planned Engineering Instructional Facility.

U of I Is Engineering A New Way To Finance Construction Projects

November 15, 2018  

The News-Gazette -- A new teaching facility for the University of Illinois College of Engineering would accommodate 10 to 15 percent enrollment growth in high-demand engineering programs such as computer science, said Mike Devocelle, associate engineering dean for finance and administration. The college turns down thousands of qualified computer science students each year, he said.

Director of Undergraduate Programs Elsa Gunter

CS+X Degree Programs Cater To Growing Job Demands For Technical Skills

November 14, 2018  

The Daily Illini -- Computer science is now combined with a variety of different majors through the CS + X degree program. “CS + X is a recognition that today, computing touches nearly everything, and as a result, the arts, science, business, medicine, and engineering are all changing,” Director of Undergraduate Programs Elsa Gunter said.


Tarnay Vardhan

Wired In: Tanay Vardhan

November 11, 2018  

The News-Gazette -- The News-Gazette's regular Wired-In feature focuses on Tanay Vardhan, a University of Illinois senior majoring in aerospace engineering who is also an Illinois Computer Science minor. "He's passionate about web development and working on a startup called Turkbox."

Venture capitalist and Illinois CS graduate Marc Andreessen

Swap Marc Andreessen For Mary Meeker With VC Trading Cards

November 10, 2018  

CNET -- If baseball cards seem like old hat, here's a new twist: venture capitalist trading cards. Each pack comes with an assortment of five cards, and various iconic investors such as Illinosi CS alum Marc Andreessen are randomly placed in each pack. Also covered by Techcrunch.

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.