Media Coverage

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

Chris Lattner

Tesla is snatching Apple's stars to make itself the new Apple

January 13, 2017  

Wired - Chris Lattner (MS ’02, PhD ‘05), creator of LLVM and Swift, described as “a rock star among software engineers,” is one of several former Apple employees joining Tesla Motors.

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Tesla hires Apple’s creator of Swift as new VP of Autopilot Software

January 10, 2017  

TechCrunch - Chris Lattner (MS ’02, PhD ’05), creator of LLVM and Swift, has joined Tesla Motors as Vice President of Autopilot Software.

How secure are our airports?

January 6, 2017  

CNN - In the wake of the Ft. Lauderdale shooting, CS Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson's op-ed explains why airports will continue to be targets.

Forbes 30 Under 30

January 3, 2017  

Forbes - Former CS student Cory Levy, co-founder and COO of After School, was named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.


HackIllinois, UIUC's Student-Run Hackathon, Returns in 2017 With a Twist

December 28, 2016  

Chicago Inno - HackIllinois is heading into its fourth year this February. But this year, students are trying something a little different, and unique among collegiate hackathons--they're challenging participants to create sustainable open source projects.

Veriflow Systems

Veriflow announces expansion to One Main in Downtown Champaign

December 9, 2016  

Smile Politely - University of Illinois Research Park startup Veriflow Systems is expanding to One Main Plaza in downtown Champaign. Veriflow was co-founded by CS Professors Brighten Godfrey & Matthew Caesar and Dr. Ahmed Khurshid (PhD CS ’15).

This IL University Is One of the Best Schools for Coders in the World

December 8, 2016  

Chicago Inno - Illinois ranks 3rd in the US, and 14th in the world, for best student coders, according to a new list from HackerRank.

Sheldon Jacobson

Making airport PreCheck free could save TSA millions: report

December 5, 2016  

Chicago Tribune - A study from CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson shows that making PreCheck free for all travelers could save the TSA millions of dollars.


These 19-Year-Old Engineering Students Predicted Trump's Win. Here's How.

November 9, 2016  

Chicago Inno- In June, Tweetsense, an Illinois startup by Cody Pawlowski (attended CS) and William Widjaja (ECE), correctly predicted Brexit. They also correctly predicted Donald Trump’s win.

UI pollster: 'Once in a lifetime' upset

November 9, 2016  

The News-Gazette - CS Prof. Sheldon Jacobson talked about the aftermath of the presidential election. A near-total swing in undecided voters to Trump was 1 of 21 scenarios laid out at the Election Analytics website, but most analysts discounted it.

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.'"