A digest of Illinois Computer Science faculty, alumni, and students who are featured in the media.
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.
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.
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 Sports, Yahoo! Sports, the National Post, and dozens of others.
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 (http://bit.ly/2Gn0Fq1), and, via AP, the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2Fz3lnv), Seattle Times (http://bit.ly/2FRQv2Y), St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2InEGQh), and others.
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.
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.: http://bit.ly/2tsQvkS
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 (http://bit.ly/2FnVuc3), India's The Economic Times (http://bit.ly/2G2GkGu), and Nigeria's Daily Trust (http://bit.ly/2FCehfZ).
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: http://bit.ly/2BRz1RJ
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 (http://bit.ly/2o6Is7g), Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2snEsok), U.S. News & World Report (http://bit.ly/2nZ5ZrC), and many others.
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.
Popular Science -- CS Professor David Forsyth talks about AI and computer vision as they are used by these devices -- and about a technological pitfall.
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.
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.
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.
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.