A digest of Illinois Computer Science faculty, alumni, and students who are featured in the media.
Wired - Coming soon to Chrome: revamped security warnings, thanks to the Security Team led by “Director of Chromeland Security” Parisa Tabriz (BS ’05, MS ‘07). “In our impatient moments, we just want to mark everything as insecure,” Tabriz says. “A huge fraction of the web isn’t HTTPS, and that’s embarrassing to me. It’s not going to solve itself.”
The New York Times - Researchers are turning to more efficient algorithms as chipmakers approach the physical limits of silicon. CS Professor Marc Snir and collaborators at Argonne National Lab look to trade precision for efficiency to realize energy savings in supercomputing, while Ali Farhadi (PhD CS ’11) leads work on efficient neural networks.
Los Angeles Times - Therese Tucker (BS Math & CS '84) is the founder and CEO of BlackLine, Inc., a cloud-based accounting software company, which went public on October 28 and is now valued at over $1.1 billion.
Fox Illinois - CS Professor Brighten Godfrey discussed a massive Denial of Service attack that took down hundreds of popular websites. "The scale of the attacks is increasing, and it’s increasing rather quickly. DNS defenses haven't kept pace,” Godrey said. “We need to limit the sources of the attacks directly."
Quartz - According to CS alumnus Max Levchin (BS CS '97), that the key quality that made PayPal successful was trust. "What made PayPal different was that in the crucible of a really difficult moment we’d say, ‘you’re the best in finance, you’re the best in engineering. We’re going to completely trust your opinion..."
WILL - "The U of I’s Election Analytics show the state of Illinois comfortably in the Democrats’ column in the races for both president and U-S Senate."
USA Today College - CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson's Election Analtyics website "doesn’t predict the future; instead, the analytic tool provides a snapshot of the 2016 presidential election if it were held today."
ChicagoInno - Predictions from CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson’s Election Analytics have historically been about 12% more accurate than FiveThirtyEight. Jacobson: "If the election were held today, I can guarantee you Hillary Clinton would win.”
The Daily Illini - "RealClearPolitics and FiveThirtyEight are similar websites but the University’s group believes it can actually predict the election better than these giants. The site’s goal is to provide a clear idea of which candidate is statistically ahead, said Sheldon Jacobson, a computer science professor who created the website before the 2008 election. 'We’re nonpartisan; we don’t have any biases,' Jacobson said. 'We don’t blog about it; we simply give you the facts.'"
The News Gazette - Alumnus Thomas Siebel talked about the new Siebel Center for Design, his time at the University, why he gives, and predictions for the future. "I'm a strong believer in education. I think the University of Illinois is unquestionably one of the great education and research institutions on the planet. They provide unlimited resources for people to learn to explore, to develop their skills and to go out and make the world a better place, create jobs, create products, create companies, cure disease and contribute to lower environmental impact."
U.S. News & World Report - "Coursera, another major MOOC provider, currently offers two similar MOOC-based options in conjunction with the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign: an iMBA, which can be completed in 23 to 36 months, and a Master of Computer Science in data science, which can take as little as a year."
insideHPC - CS Professor William D. Gropp has been named the winner of the 2016 ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award, "for highly influential contributions to the programmability of high performance parallel and distributed computers." Additional Coverage: HPCwire
Vox.com - Marc Andreessen (BS '94) "argues that recent breakthroughs mean artificial intelligence has the potential to spawn a new generation of big, important technology companies. At the same time, he acknowledges that certain industries have proven stubbornly resistant to technological change — and he argues that more work is needed to bring the power of software to every corner of the economy."
Chicago Tribune - "The two-story building, called the Siebel Center for Design, will feature a variety of spaces, including workshops for things like 3D printing and laser cutting, digital media studios for audio recording, and immersive technologies for virtual reality." Additional Coverage: WAND News, News-Gazette,
FiveThirtyEight - CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson is quoted in this article discussing whether Israeli-style security methods would work in the United States. "The scale of security needed in Israel is also much more limited. For example, the U.S. has more than 100 times the number of air passengers as Israel does. 'It would be impossible to scale what they’re doing,' Jacobson said."
Chicago Inno - Reconstruct, a startup co-founded by CS Associate Professor Derek Hoiem, has raised $850,000 in seed funding. Reconstruct uses drones to create 3D modeling for construction management.
Chicago Inno - "Computer science classes at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are going to look a little different this fall than they have in the past. Nearly half--46 percent--of the 190 incoming freshman computer science students in UIUC’s College of Engineering are women."