Media Coverage

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

Levchin, Nosek Among List Of Co-founders Of Tech's Biggest Companies

March 15, 2018  

Business Insider -- PayPal co-founders and Illinois alumni Max Levchin and Luke Nosek appear on a list of 23 entrepreneurs who are co-founders of the world's biggest tech companies.

Illinois CS student Ajay Jain

Analysis: Twitter Bots Appear To Be Pumping Up Campaign For Governor

March 14, 2018  

Chicago Reader -- A handful of Twitter bots and propaganda accounts appear to be trying to influence Illinois's gubernatorial election on behalf of Republican candidate Jeanne Ives, according to an analysis by Ajay Jain, an Illinois Computer Science student.

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Science Of Upsets: Prof Has Formula That Doubles Your Shot

March 14, 2018  

The Associated Press -- AP interviews CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson about his model for upset prediction, a story that was picked up by The New York Times, the Washington Post, ESPN , ABC News, Fox SportsYahoo! Sports, the National Post, and dozens of others.

Max Levchin will deliver the spring commencement address.

PayPal Co-founder To Speak At UI Commencement

March 13, 2018  

The News-Gazette/The Associated Press -- Coverage of the announcement that Illinois Computer Science graduate and PayPal Co-founder Max Levchin will deliver the address the spring commencement on May 12. Other coverage included WILL (, and, via AP, the Chicago Tribune (, Seattle Times (, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (, and others. 

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

March Madness: Analytics Are Making Picking Winning Brackets Easier

March 12, 2018  

USA Today -- CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson talks about his research and his Bracket Odds website in this story on the increasing use of mathematical models to predict winners in the NCAA Tournament.


CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Sheldon Jacobson On March Madness

March 9, 2018  

ESPN Radio 93.5 -- CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson talks college basketball, the NCAA Tournament and bracketology. Audio starts at the 27:30 mark. Jacobson's recent research on the NCAA Tournament is also featured in the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga.:

Illinois Computer Science Adds Online MCS Degree

Coursera Teams With 5 Universities To Expand Its Full Masters And Bachelors Degree Programs

March 6, 2018  

TechCrunch -- Coursera's partnership with the University of Illinois and four other schools expands its online degree offerings, including the new Illinois Computer Science Online Master of Computer Science. Other coverage included Inside Higher Ed (, India's The Economic Times (, and Nigeria's Daily Trust (

ServiceNow Chief Product Officer Chirantan "CJ" Desai

Silicon Valley Firm Picks Chicago For Engineering Center

February 23, 2018  

Crain's Chicago Business -- Based on the deep computer science talent pool produced by the University of Illinois and other area schools, ServiceNow plans hire 150 engineers, developers, designers and others at a new Chicago location. The company makes software that businesses use to automate tasks such as IT administration. CS @ ILLINOIS alumni Chirantan "CJ" Desai is ServiceNow's chief product officer and was heavily involved in the decision. Other coverage included an article from BuiltInChicago:

CS Professor and Interim Department Head Vikram Adve

Amazon's HQ2 In Chicago? These Students Would Be So Psyched

February 23, 2018  

Crain's Chicago Business -- The article focuses on a University of Illinois career fair to examine the impact that Amazon choosing Chicago for its second headquarters would have for students studying CS and other tech disciplines. The article notes that brand-name West Coast companies draw talent. "We just need more of them in Chicago," says Vikram Adve, interim head of the Computer Science department at U of I. "If there were, it would give students a better reason to stay."

CS + Astronomy Student Charlie Young

Illinois Baseball Draws on CS + X Student To Take Advantage Of Analytics

February 15, 2018  

The Daily Illini -- Illinois baseball has added CS + Astronomy student Charlie Young to its staff, creating the team's first analytics program and hoping to draw on data-crunching similar to what Major League Baseball teams now commonly use. 


Spoke CEO and CS @ ILLINOIS alumni Jay Srinivasan

Demystifying ESS To Help HR Succeed: In Conversation With Jay Srinivasan, CEO At Spoke

February 13, 2018  

HR Technologist -- In this interview, Spoke CEO and CS @ ILLINOIS alumni Jay Srinivasan (MS ’02 and PhD ‘05) talks about creating self-service portals for employees to access HR information for large and small companies.

CS @ ILLINOIS alumni Anil Singhal (MS CS '79), who is the co-founder, CEO and chairman of NETSCOUT

The Secret to Midcareer Success

February 12, 2018  

The Wall Street Journal -- CS @ ILLINOIS alumni Anil Singhal (MS CS '79), who is the co-founder, CEO and chairman of NETSCOUT, is the focus of much of this career-oriented article.

CS Professors Jiawei Han and Tarek Abdelzaher

U of I Team Studying Spread of Information On Social Media

February 11, 2018  

The Associated Press/Los Angeles Times -- New DARPA-funded research from CS Professors Tarek Abdelzaher and Jiawei Han and ECE Professor David M. Nicol on how information is propagated by social media is the subject of this AP article. It also appears in the Seattle Times (, Chicago Tribune (, U.S. News & World Report (, and many others. 

CS Professor Steven M. LaValle

SIGGRAPH Spotlight: Technology Talk with Steven LaValle and Ben Malouf

February 9, 2018  

SIGGRAPH Spotlight -- CS Professor Steven M. LaValle talks about the history and future of computer graphics and changes in the field on the podcast from ACM SIGGRAPH. LaValle joins at about two minutes into the podcast.



CS Professor David Forsyth

Chinese Cops Are Using Facial-Recognition Sunglasses. Here’s How That Tech Works

February 8, 2018  

Popular Science -- CS Professor David Forsyth talks about AI and computer vision as they are used by these devices -- and about a technological pitfall. 

CS student Shubhankar Agarwal

Wired In: Shubhankar Agarwal

February 4, 2018  

The News-Gazette -- CS student Shubhankar Agarwal talks about the Illinois AUV Team (find out more here: and its work building autonomous submarines. There's also video:

U Of I Student Interns Partner With AGCO Pros

January 31, 2018  

AgriNews -- "It’s exciting to be in on the ground floor of this. We have a lot of big ideas," CS junior Hannah Parker says in an article on the opening of the new AGCO Acceleration Center in the Research Park at the University of Illinois.

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

DHS’s New Plan For Refugee Screening Looks A Lot Like TSA PreCheck

January 30, 2018  

Defense One -- CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson is interviewed in an article on the end of the Trump administration's ban on refugees from 11 countries and the similarities between new screening and TSA PreCheck.

CS Professor Carl Gunter

When You Play This Song Backwards, You Can Hear Satan. Play It Forwards, And It Hijacks Siri, Alexa

January 30, 2018  


The Register -- CS Professor Carl Gunter is interviewed on adversarial attacks on AI systems, in this case tweaking songs slightly to manipulate voice-recognition systems. 

CS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher

Army Takes on Wicked Problems With The Internet Of Battlefield Things

January 30, 2018  

MeriTalk -- Website devoted to government IT news takes a look at CS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher's Army Research Lab project on the Internet of Battlefield Things.