Media Coverage

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

Affirm co-founder and CEO Max Levchin

Paypal Co-Founder Levchin To Illinois Grads: Take Risks And Don't Fear Failure

May 13, 2018  

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.

Affirm co-founder and CEO Max Levchin

A Few Things To Know About U of I Commencement Speaker Max Levchin

May 10, 2018  

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.

CS Professor John C. Hart

Are Universities Or Tech Companies Leading The Charge On New Technology?

May 10, 2018  

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.

C3IOT Chairman and Illinois Computer Science graduate Thomas M. Siebel

Technology Revolution Can Help or Harm Societies

May 8, 2018  

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).

Illinois CS graduate and Uber Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden

Uber Executives Talk Flying Taxis, And The Company's Future

May 8, 2018  

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.

CS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher

CS professor Tarek Adbelzaher On How Information Spreads Through Social Media

May 7, 2018  

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.

YouTube co-founder and Google Entrepreneur in Residence Steve Chen

YouTube Co-Founder Steve Chen Among Order Of Lincoln Inductees

May 6, 2018  

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.

CS student Anil Jason

Wired In: Illinois CS Student Anil Jason

May 6, 2018  

The News-Gazette -- Meet Anil Jason, an Illinois Computer Science student who is a co-creator of QuillBot, an artificial-intelligence program that can be used for writing and more. Jason discusses QuillBot in a video interview here.

In Quest For Tech Leadership Positions, Chicago Women Band Together To Challenge 'Bro Fest'

May 4, 2018  

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.

CS Professor John C. Hart

Interview: John Hart, On The University of Illinois' New Master of Computer Science In Data Science

May 1, 2018  

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.

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.

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