A digest of Illinois Computer Science faculty, alumni, and students who are featured in the media.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
WIRED -- A paper whose authors include ECE Assistant Professor and CS affiliate Andrew Miller finds that the cryptocurrency Monero's privacy protections are flawed.
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.
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.
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.