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Podcast: AI Agricultural Robotics with Girish Chowdhary & Earthsense

December 16, 2020

A conversation with professor Girish Chowdhary from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his team at EarthSense. They share about their work in AI robotics, sustainable agriculture, and how to address labor shortages in ag.

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21 Chicago Startups to Watch in 2021

December 15, 2020

Chicago Inno -- The list highlights "Chicago startups that are poised to make big moves in the next year," including Trala, co-founded by Vishnu Indukrui (BS CS '16). Trala, which has raised $3.5 million in seed funding, is an app that helps you learn to play the violin, providing instant feedback on rhythm and pitch mistakes.

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What Will Spring 2021 Semester Look Like?

December 14, 2020

Newsday -- An expected January infection surge, more widespread surveillance testing, and warming weather are a few of the factors that will determine how the spring semester will play out for college students, write Sheldon H. Jacobson, professor of computer science, and Janet A. Jokela, acting regional dean of the U. of I.'s College of Medicine, in this op-ed.

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30 Under 30: 2021 | Consumer Technology

December 11, 2020

Forbes -- Illinois CS alumnus Matthew Rastovac is co-founder and head of engineering at Atmos, a start to finish homebuilding platform that has attracted $6 million in venture funding. Rastovac and his co-founders were recently named to this annual list of "young innovators on the verge of making it big."

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After Health Care Workers, Who's Next In Line for the Vaccine?

December 7, 2020

St. Louis Post-Dispatch -- In this op-ed, professor Sheldon H. Jacobson, who served as a member of the National Academy of Medicine's standing committee for the Strategic National Stockpile from 2015 to 2017, discusses how complicated it can be to determine a vaccination schedule, as well as the need for everyone to continue to take steps to mitigate the coronavirus.

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Affirm Files to Go Public: Rising Revenue, Slimming Losses Amid an E-Commerce Boom

November 18, 2020

TechCrunch -- A consumer finance business founded by PayPal mafia member Max Levchin (BS CS '97) in 2012 has filed to go public. The company’s financial results show that Affirm, which doles out personalized loans on an installment basis to consumers at the point of sale, has an enticing combination of rapidly expanding revenues and slimming losses.

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November 16, 2020

CNBC -- Launched in 2009 by Tom Siebel (MS CS '85),’s software can read massive amounts of data and tell its owners — companies in industries such as aerospace, financial services, health care, retail and utilities — if something is about to break down, or the most efficient ways to use sensor data in their supply chain management.

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Thanksgiving Will Soon Empty Campuses. Will Students Bring Coronavirus Home?

November 9, 2020

The New York Times -- Colleges and universities are implementing a patchwork of policies to reduce the chances that students might carry the coronavirus home. "Most of the students will be going to communities with higher infection rates than where they're leaving," said professor Sheldon H. Jacobson.

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How to Approach Technology From a Non-Computing Background

November 4, 2020

Dice -- In June, the University of Illinois launched the Illinois Computing Accelerator for Non-Specialists (iCAN), a one-year certificate program for people with a bachelor’s degree in a program other than computer science.

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Online School Challenges UI Transcription Software

October 28, 2020

The Daily Illini -- “It started over five years ago when I had a student walk into my office and said ‘I want to be able to search lecture videos and find content because often I don’t learn it the first time,’” said professor Lawrence Angrave, discussing the genesis of the ClassTranscribe transcription app.

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