Media Coverage

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

CS Professor David Forsyth

Self-Driving Coalition Sought in Central Illinois

April 28, 2018  

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.

Ray Ozzie

Cracking The Crypto War

April 25, 2018  

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. 

Illini baseball using Flightscope tracking device to gather data.

Illini Baseball Team Not In ‘Dark Ages’ When It Comes To Analytics

April 25, 2018  

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.

Andreessen Horowitz co-founder and General Partner Marc Andreessen

Andreessen Horowitz Gears Up For Separate Crypto Asset Fund

April 24, 2018  

CNBC -- Illinois Computer Science alum Marc Andreessen’s (BS '94) Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firm plans to launch a crypto-only fund. Additional coverage from TechCrunch and Recode.

The plaque marking the invention of Mosaic at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

How Web Browsers Have Changed 25 Years After The Introduction Of Mosaic

April 24, 2018  

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.

C3IOT Chairman and Illinois Computer Science graduate Thomas M. Siebel

Tom Siebel Is Both Delighted And Worried About AI

April 23, 2018  

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. 

Google Director of Engineering Fabrisa Tabriz

An Alternative Security Conference Calls Out Lack Of Inclusion

April 18, 2018  

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.

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Chicago Sports Tech Firm Stats Looks To Bring AI To The Broadcast Booth And Sideline

April 17, 2018  

Chicago Tribune -- CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson is interviewed in this story on sports-data firm Stats and its expanding use of AI for analysis.

PhD student Tanmay Gupta

This AI Can Automatically Animate New Flintstones Cartoons

April 13, 2018  

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 TimesTheNextWeb, and BRG. You can also watch the researchers' video here.

CS Professor Karrie Karahalios

What Privacy Rights Facebook Users Give Up When Joining

April 11, 2018  

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.

CS + Astronomy major Charlie Young

New Approach For Illini Baseball, And CS + Astronomy Major Is Behind It

April 6, 2018  

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.

CS Assistant Professor Jian Peng

Satellites, Supercomputers, And Machine Learning Provide Real-time Crop-Type Data

April 4, 2018  

Phys.org -- Research from Illinois that includes work by CS Assistant Professor Jian Peng has provided a new technique for distinguishing between corn and soybeans in satellite data, crops that previously have been impossible to distinguish from space. Also covered by Farmers Advance.

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Whose NCAA Bracket Did Better? WBEZ Expert vs. The Machine

April 3, 2018  

WBEZ's Morning Shift -- Going into the NCAA Tournament, WBEZ sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout created her own bracket to compete with one created by CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson's Bracket Odds website. With the tournament now over, who had the better bracket?

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Technology Holds The Key To Redistricting Reform

April 3, 2018  

Houston Chronicle -- A Texas Southern University Professor draws on research by CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson to argue that AI can help solve the problem of gerrymandering in drawing political boundaries.

List Of Best Illinois Innovations, Inventions Includes PLATO

April 1, 2018  

The State Journal-Register -- The University of Illinois' innovative PLATO computer-based education system wins a spot in the Top 10 innovations and inventions from Illinois, part of the ongoing Illinois 200 project. The project is part of the state's celebration of its bicentennial.  

C3IOT Chairman and Illinois Computer Science graduate Thomas M. Siebel

UI Grad Named To Head New Siebel Center For Design

March 29, 2018  

The News-Gazette -- University of Illinois graduate Rachel Switzky is the first director of the Siebel Center for Design. The facility's construction and opening is being financed in part by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation. Thomas Siebel is an Illinois Computer Science graduate and CEO of C3 IoT. 

Professor Andrew Miller

The Dark Web's Favorite Currency Is Less Untraceable Than It Seems

March 27, 2018  

WIRED -- A paper whose authors include ECE Assistant Professor and CS affiliate Andrew Miller finds that the cryptocurrency Monero's privacy protections are flawed.

CS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher

Understanding Facebook, Privacy, And Your Data

March 27, 2018  

WILL's The 21st -- CS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher joins the daily public radio talk show as fallout continues from news that Facebook users' private data was used to as part of a campaign to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

CS Professor John C. Hart

Online, Cheap -- and Elite

March 20, 2018  

Inside Higher Ed -- CS Professor and Director of Online and Professional Programs John C. Hart is interviewed in a story about Georgia Tech's online master's degree in computer science and online degree programs.

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

NCAA Tournament Winners And Losers: TruTV, Sister Jean ... And Sheldon Jacobson

March 19, 2018  

Chicago Tribune -- Among the highlights from the tournament's opening weekend, the Tribune notes that CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson's model for predicting long-shot winners correctly picked one of the biggest upsets of the competition so far.

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