Media Coverage

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

Parisa Tabriz

Google’s Chrome Hackers Are About to Upend Your Idea of Web Security

November 4, 2016  

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.”

Sheldon Jacobson

Election Analytics: Clinton likely winner on Tuesday

November 2, 2016  

WCIA News - With just days until the election, Trump is gaining in the polls, but Election Analytics, led by Professor Sheldon Jacobson, still has Clinton leading in the Electoral College.

Beyond Silicon: Squeezing More Out of Chips

October 30, 2016  

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.

L.A.'s latest $1-billion tech company has a female CEO

October 28, 2016  

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.

Massive Cyber Attack Crashes Popular Websites In C-U And Across The Country

October 21, 2016  

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."

A member of the PayPal mafia says hiring for culture fit is completely overrated

October 20, 2016  

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..."

U Of I’s Election Analytics Predict Clinton Win, US Senate Up For Grabs

October 19, 2016  

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."

This student election forecast gives Clinton a 100% chance of winning

October 18, 2016  

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."

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Donald Trump Has a 0% Chance of Winning the Election, According to U of I Computer Scientists

October 10, 2016  

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.”

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University project predicts presidential election results

October 10, 2016  

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.'"

Tom Siebel

UI's new Siebel Center for Design: 'I think it's for everybody'

October 9, 2016  

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."

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'Dream Big, Start Small'

October 7, 2016  

Inside Higher Ed - The iMBA's success is cited as one reason that Coursera moved forward with the professional Masters of Computer Science track in Data Science with CS @ ILLINOIS.

MOOC-Based Credential Options Expand in Online Education

October 6, 2016  

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."

Bill Gropp

Bill Gropp to Receive Ken Kennedy Award

October 5, 2016  

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

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen explains how AI will change the world

October 5, 2016 - 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."

Thomas Siebel

U. of I. gets $25M from tech entrepreneur Thomas Siebel for new design center

October 4, 2016  

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,

Trump Says Profiling Has Protected Israel. It Probably Wouldn’t Work Here.

September 28, 2016  

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."

Women And Computer Science | The 21st Show

September 14, 2016  

Illinois Public Media - CS Professor Sarita Adve and Women in Computer Science President Corly Leung talked about the growth of women in CS. Listen to their interview starting at 17:15.

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New Money: IL Drone Startup Used in Sacramento Kings Arena Construction Raises $$

September 6, 2016  

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.

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46% of Incoming Computer Science Majors in UIUC's College of Engineering Are Women

August 25, 2016  

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."