Media Coverage

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

CS Professor John C. Hart

Want A Job In Data Science? You Might Have To Take A Standardized Test When Applying

July 5, 2018  

Chicago Tribune -- Data scientists are in high demand, but some companies say they have struggled to find job candidates whose skills fit their needs. So eight have created a data science standards board. John C. Hart, professor and director of online and professional programs at Illinois Computer Science, says data science is exploding so it's no surprise companies are banding together to do such testing. Titus Fong, a recent graduate of the department's MCS-DS program, says he would have appreciated a standardized test to prove his skills to employers.

Myntra CTO Jeyandran Venugopal

Myntra CTO Jeyandran Venugopal Helped Set Up Amazon In India, Then Moved To A Firm That Rivals Amazon

June 28, 2018  

YourStory -- Now CTO of India’s online fashion market leader Myntra, Jeyandran Venugopal (MS CS ’01) worked at Amazon for almost eight years and has been a significant participant in the growth of India's e-commerce economy over the last 10 years.

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

Police: Man Breaches Secure Area At Atlanta Airport, Rushes Delta Plane On Tarmac

June 28, 2018  

WXIA-TV Atlanta -- CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson is interviewed in this story on the arrest of a man who rushed a Delta Airlines plane on the tarmac at Atlanta's airport. "It doesn't scare me because there were enough checkpoints and layers in place ..." Jacobson appears at 1:42 in the video version of the story. 


Andreessen Horowitz co-founder and General Partner Marc Andreessen

Demystifying the Blockchain

June 27, 2018  

The New York Times -- A series devoted to blockchain technology's evolving place in the worlds of tech and finance notes the recent announcement by Andreessen Horowitz -- whose co-founders include Marc Andreessen (BS '94) -- of a $300 million investment fund devoted to blockchain technologies.


Andreessen Horowitz co-founder and General Partner Marc Andreessen

Andreessen Horowitz Hires Its First Female General Partner

June 25, 2018  

Recode -- One of Silicon Valley’s buzziest venture capital firms, Andreessen Horowitz, has hired its first female senior investing partner. Marc Andreessen (BS '94) is a director and co-founder of the firm.

CS Assistant Professor Aditya Parameswaran

Visual Data Exploration: A Fertile Ground for Data Management Research

June 25, 2018  

ACM SIGMOD Blog: CS Assistant Professor Aditya Parameswaran creates his own media with this blog post on the importance of information visualization in data science, and a couple of key problems in dealing with data as it increases in scale.

LLVM Foundation President Tanya Lattner

The 39 Most Powerful Female Engineers of 2018

June 21, 2018  

Business Insider --  Tanya Lattner (MS CS ’05), who is president of the LLVM Foundation, makes Business Insider's annual list of the most powerful women in engineering, at No. 37.

Illinois CS alum and Fullstack Academy co-found Nimit Maru

We Need More Women In Tech In Order To Get More Women In Tech

June 21, 2018  

Recode -- Current efforts either aren’t working or aren’t being applied on a grand enough scale, and need to start earlier, Illinois CS alum Nimit Maru (BS CS '04) and David Yang (BS EE ‘04) write in an op-ed. The two are co-founders of coding-education initiative Fullstack Academy

CS Professor Grigore Rosu

The K Framework – A Framework To Formally Define All Programming Languages

June 12, 2018  

Epicenter podcast -- CS Professor Grigore Rosu talks about the K framework, as well as his work to create a new virtual machine called IELE specifically tailored to blockchain. 

CS Assistant Professor Jian Peng

Algorithm Overcomes Compromise In Acquisition Of Satellite Imagery

June 5, 2018  

The Engineer -- CS Assistant Professor Jian Peng and other Illinois researchers have developed a new algorithm to eliminate the compromise between high resolution and high frequency in satellite imagery by fusing data into one integrated product. Coverage also by LaserFocusWorld and AgPro.

CS Professor Lawrence Angrave

Microsoft invests in UI program to help autistic students pursue STEM careers

June 5, 2018  

The News-Gazette -- A $200,000 grant from Microsoft will provide a pipeline to careers in technology for U of I students who have autism, promote digitally accessible classrooms, and encourage the creation and use of accessible software, including CS Professor Lawrence Angrave's ClassTranscribe project. Additional coverage by The Associated Press and

Why Has ‘Transgender’ Become a Trigger Word for YouTube?

June 2, 2018  

Daily Beast -- Professor Karrie Karahalios helps explain how machine learning algorithms at YouTube might restrict or demonetize LGBTQ video content. “The hard part as an outsider is figuring out if it is happening internally, meaning that explicit rules were set, or if it has to do with behavior from clicks from the outside world.”

How One Chicago Tech Firm is Out-Recruiting the Big Four

May 30, 2018  

Crain's Chicago Business -- 75% of Ocient's interns and new hires this summer are from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, thanks to the Chicago startup's tight relationship to the University and programs like City Scholars.

Illinois' CS + X Program And The Debate Over College Majors

May 26, 2018  

The New York Times -- "Talk about college majors is loud and contentious these days. There’s concern about whether schools are offering the right ones. ... Illinois is pairing certain majors in the liberal arts — for example, anthropology and linguistics — with computer science."

Blackline founder and CEO Therese Tucker

The Pink-Haired CEO Of A $2 Billion Tech Company Talks Glass Ceilings, #MeToo, And More

May 25, 2018  

CNBC -- Therese Tucker created software company BlackLine. It currently has a market cap of $2.17 billion. But before that she fell in love with computing at the University of Illinois.

Eudora was created by Illinois CS alumnus Steve Dorner

Finally: Historic Eudora Email Code Goes Open Source

May 23, 2018  

The Register -- The Eudora email client was created by Illinois CS alumnus Steve Dorner (BS '83) and later licensed by Qualcomm. It was last released in 2007 but the Computer History Museum has just released the source code under a BSD license.


C3IOT Chairman and Illinois Computer Science graduate Thomas M. Siebel

New Partnerships And Accolades For Siebel and C3 IoT

May 22, 2018  

CNBC, ZDNet and eWeek -- A flurry of publicity about Illinois CS alumnus Thomas M. Siebel and the company he leads, C3 IoT: CNBC's Disruptor Companies; C3 IoT, Intel partner; C3 IoT's new Microsoft partnership.

Mosaic was created at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Sports Betting Legalization: How We Got Here

May 22, 2018  

ESPN -- When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, it opened the gates to widespread legal sports gambling in the United States. This timeline of the more-recent history of sports betting in the country includes the introduction of Mosaic, the web browser that made the Internet widely accessible. 

Affirm co-founder and CEO Max Levchin

Shooting For The Moon: Max Levchin On Taking Risk

May 22, 2018  

Forbes -- “Take Risks To Find You Who You Really Are,” Max Levchin told graduates at the University of Illinois' commencement ceremony. Taking risks is at the heart of Levchin’s life story. But risk for the entrepreneur started long before he took professional risk.


CS Professor, Associate Head of Department, and Director of Undergraduate Programs Lenny Pitt

Should Colleges Let Ailing Majors Go or Revamp Them?

May 21, 2018  

The Chronicle of Higher Education -- The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is updating and reinvigorating a number of traditional majors by combining them with computer science in its CS + X program. Liberal-arts, arts, and agricultural fields increasingly encompass data analysis that requires computer-science skills.