A digest of Illinois Computer Science faculty, alumni, and students who are featured in the media.
The News-Gazette -- You may recognize a few companies Max Levchin (BS CS '97) has been associated with over the years — PayPal (co-founder), Yelp (chairman), Yahoo (board of directors). He is one of the world’s most influential tech entrepreneurs, and will deliver Saturday’s commencement address.
Forbes -- Forbes highlights one question in a recent Quora discussion by CS Professor John C. Hart -- is it worth doing research in a university rather than working for a company like Facebook or Google? -- and Hart's nuanced answer. And here is the Quora session, in which he fields questions on the tech job landscape, CS programming concepts and more.
Voice of America -- As artificial intelligence is used in an increasingly connected world and societies become more and more dependent on the technology, experts say inherent risks need to be addressed. “It’s quite explosive what we’re seeing,” said Tom Siebel, chairman and CEO of C3 IoT and an Illinois graduate (BA History ’75, MBA ’83, MS CS ’85).
CBS News -- Uber's chief product officer, Jeff Holden (BS CS '90, MS '91), said Uber's program to develop flying taxis is still in the design phase and explained the technology works similar to a helicopter, with stacked rotors to create lift.
Illinois Innovators -- lllinois Computer Science Professor Tarek Abdelzaher joined the College of Engineering's podcast to talk about research on how information spreads through social media and the effects that information has on people’s beliefs as it moves. The work is financed by a $4 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) grant.
WNIU -- YouTube co-founder and Illinois Computer Science alum Steve Chen was inducted to the Order of Lincoln, the state's highest honor, as part of a class that included Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Dick Butkus. Other coverage included The Associated Press.
Chicago Tribune -- An article on what women who work in technology in Chicago say is needed to create a path for more female tech leaders notes Illinois Computer Science's success in attracting and retaining increasing numbers of female students.
insideBIGDATA -- CS Professor John C. Hart talks about the department's new MCS-DS program and working with Coursera to offer the data science track online.
Journal Star -- CS Professor David Forsyth talks about central Illinois' already important role in the development of autonomous vehicles in this article from the Peoria newspaper on the region's role in the industry.
WIRED -- Ray Ozzie thinks he has an approach for accessing encrypted devices that attains the impossible. The Illinois Computer Science graduate (BS '79, Hon. D. Eng. '12) and former chief software architect for Microsoft says his key proposal satisfies both law enforcement and privacy purists. But according to Ars Technica, critics says it has some key shortcomings.
The News-Gazette -- More coverage of the new Illini baseball analytics program, the creation of CS + Astronomy major Charlie Young. There's also video of the program in action.
NPR/All Things Considered -- It's been 25 years since Mosaic was launched at the University of Illinois and transformed access to the Web. But NPR says it took the network a couple of years to really notice the browser's rise.
Barron's -- Tom Siebel and his company, C3 IoT, are betting big on the future of artificial intelligence. But Siebel's outlook for AI is mix of enthusiasm and dread.
WIRED -- "The goal was just to make a statement," said Parisa Tabriz, one of the organizers of the Our Security Advocates conference, director of engineering at Google, and an Illinois Computer Science alum. OURSA was organized after the annual RSA conference featured an almost entirely male lineup of keynote speakers.
Chicago Tribune -- CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson is interviewed in this story on sports-data firm Stats and its expanding use of AI for analysis.
Gizmodo -- Researchers who include Illinois Computer Science PhD student Tanmay Gupta and Associate Professor Derek Hoiem have trained artificial intelligence to generate new clips of The Flintstones cartoon series based on text descriptions of what’s happening in a scene. Other coverage includes Tech Times, TheNextWeb, and BRG. You can also watch the researchers' video here.
Fox Illinois -- In an article on Facebook's ability to track its users, CS Professor Karrie Karahalios tells the TV station's website that online privacy and is a new and evolving concept, and that many people accept the company's default privacy settings rather than further restricting what information they allow access to.
Bandwagon podcast -- CS + Astronomy major Charlie Young talks baseball analytics and his work building Illinois Baseball's fledgling analytics program on WILL's Bandwagon sports podcast. Segment starts at 11:13.