A digest of Illinois Computer Science faculty, alumni, and students who are featured in the media.
ChicagoInno -- Violin-teaching app Trala, which was founded in 2017, has raised $1.29 million in seed funding. CTO and co-founder Vishnu Indukuri is an Illinois CS alum (CS CS '16).
Quartz -- A new report detailing the progress of artificial intelligence, the AI Index, the numbers of women in the faculty at what it bills as the top seven worldwide AI universities, among them the University of Illinois.
UC Merced News -- In recognition of his contributions to object tracking and face recognition research, UC-Merced Professor and Illinois CS alum Ming-Hsuan Yang has been named a Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
The News-Gazette -- Big 10 feature includes stories from Illinois CS Professors Bill Gropp and Tandy Warnow. "During one exam as an undergrad at Berkeley, I walked in, sat down at my desk, looked at the exam, and completely froze," Warnow said.
Crain's Chicago Business -- After a shift from pre-med, Ann Yeung graduated with a degree in math and computer science in 2001. That led to tech roles at major U.S. companies, including IBM. Now she is head of technology for Morningstar’s global retirement and workplace solutions division, and part of Crain's 40 Under 40. Also covered by the campus.
The Daily Dot -- A serial tech entrepreneur with a background in computer science, MassVR is Illinois CS alum Chris Lai’s most recent venture. While in undergrad in the mid-‘90s, he started his first, a game company. Its employees have since gone on to work on major gaming titles such as Halo and Deus Ex. Lai is also the COO of SafeSpeed, an operator of red-light cameras.
Harvest Public Media -- As the number of farm and ranch managers shrinks, there are still more students graduating from ag colleges. Some, like Omkar Manoj Haridas, plan to pursue the kinds of careers that are open to them with new degrees such as the University of Illinois' CS + Crop Science.
The News-Gazette -- "The Drive" is a new movie project from Jewel Ifeguni, a University of Illinois computer science minor, and her startup, YouMatter Studios.
The Daily Illini -- “I personally think that the literacy of the 21st century is going to be able to do meaningful things with data,” Teaching Assistant Professor Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider said. “So I think what we are starting right now will be something that you look back on in 10 years and think, ‘Yeah, everyone needs to know data science, almost like math and reading.’ And that’s the foundation we are setting.”
HPCWire -- National Center For Supercomputing Applications Director and Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science William Gropp has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Also covered in The Daily Illini.
The Daily Illini -- “I’m really excited. It’s a big honor,” incoming Illinois CS Department Head Nancy Amato said. “It’s also a little bit odd to come back to a place where you (were a) student and then join as the faculty member. It never occurred to me that I’d be able to do that.”
Chicago Tribune -- A story on cybersecurity badges and other efforts by the Girl Scouts to promote STEM fields to girls mentions increases in female enrollment at Illinois Computer Science as a bright spot in the region's technology ecosystem.
WIRED -- “In December 1994, a 23-year-old University of Illinois grad named Marc Andreessen released Netscape 1.0. The web browser featured a protocol called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), which let both sides of a transaction encrypt personal information. From there, e-commerce began to take off.”
The News-Gazette -- A new teaching facility for the University of Illinois College of Engineering would accommodate 10 to 15 percent enrollment growth in high-demand engineering programs such as computer science, said Mike Devocelle, associate engineering dean for finance and administration. The college turns down thousands of qualified computer science students each year, he said.
The Daily Illini -- Computer science is now combined with a variety of different majors through the CS + X degree program. “CS + X is a recognition that today, computing touches nearly everything, and as a result, the arts, science, business, medicine, and engineering are all changing,” Director of Undergraduate Programs Elsa Gunter said.
The News-Gazette -- The News-Gazette's regular Wired-In feature focuses on Tanay Vardhan, a University of Illinois senior majoring in aerospace engineering who is also an Illinois Computer Science minor. "He's passionate about web development and working on a startup called Turkbox."
CNET -- If baseball cards seem like old hat, here's a new twist: venture capitalist trading cards. Each pack comes with an assortment of five cards, and various iconic investors such as Illinosi CS alum Marc Andreessen are randomly placed in each pack. Also covered by Techcrunch.
HPC Wire -- As the 30th anniversary SC conference began, HPC Wire profiled the 19 people who have been at all 18 of the conferences. Known as Perennials, they include former NCSA Deputy Director Jim Bottum, Illinois CS graduate Allen Malony (PhD '90), and Illinois CS graduate Kenichi Miura (MS CS ’71, PhD ’73).
The News-Gazette -- Democrats have increased their slim majority on the Champaign County Board. The winners include Illinois Computer Science PhD student and new board member Pranjal Vachaspati.
Fortune -- C3 CEO and Illinois Computer Science graduate Tom Siebel hosts a weekend of events focused on the social implications of A.I., including debate among four experts who have authored books on the subject.