A digest of Illinois Computer Science faculty, alumni, and students who are featured in the media.
The New York Times -- "Talk about college majors is loud and contentious these days. There’s concern about whether schools are offering the right ones. ... Illinois is pairing certain majors in the liberal arts — for example, anthropology and linguistics — with computer science."
CNBC -- Therese Tucker created software company BlackLine. It currently has a market cap of $2.17 billion. But before that she fell in love with computing at the University of Illinois.
The Register -- The Eudora email client was created by Illinois CS alumnus Steve Dorner (BS '83) and later licensed by Qualcomm. It was last released in 2007 but the Computer History Museum has just released the source code under a BSD license.
CNBC, ZDNet and eWeek -- A flurry of publicity about Illinois CS alumnus Thomas M. Siebel and the company he leads, C3 IoT: CNBC's Disruptor Companies; C3 IoT, Intel partner; C3 IoT's new Microsoft partnership.
ESPN -- When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, it opened the gates to widespread legal sports gambling in the United States. This timeline of the more-recent history of sports betting in the country includes the introduction of Mosaic, the web browser that made the Internet widely accessible.
Forbes -- “Take Risks To Find You Who You Really Are,” Max Levchin told graduates at the University of Illinois' commencement ceremony. Taking risks is at the heart of Levchin’s life story. But risk for the entrepreneur started long before he took professional risk.
The Chronicle of Higher Education -- The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is updating and reinvigorating a number of traditional majors by combining them with computer science in its CS + X program. Liberal-arts, arts, and agricultural fields increasingly encompass data analysis that requires computer-science skills.
USA Today/The Associated Press -- CS + Astronomy major Charlie Young was at the right place at the right time when the Fighting Illini became one of the increasing number of college baseball teams to delve into analytics.
iProgrammer -- Both the University of Illinois and Arizona State University are now offering Master's degrees in Computer Science in partnership with Coursera.
The News-Gazette -- Illinois Computer Science graduate Max Levchin (BS '97) told Saturday's commencement crowd, "Whatever your definition of risk is, go experience it now, while your entire life is ahead of you, and you have almost nothing to lose." The text of his address is available here.
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.