A digest of Illinois Computer Science faculty, alumni, and students who are featured in the media.
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."
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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."
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."
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.
Ag Professional -- Weeds sometimes dodge herbicides, but can they avoid robots? University of Illinois researchers want to find out. “Robots could autonomously and continuously go through and take care of the weeds underneath the canopy,” said Girish Chowdhary, assistant professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering with an appointment in Illinois Computer Science.
New Scientist -- The roadmap for exascale hardware is fairly well laid out. Software and algorithms to run across potentially billions of cores may be trickier. “Every generation of supercomputers leaves some users behind,” says William Gropp, CS professor and director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. “That’s been a constant problem and I think we’re going to see it again.” (behind paywall)