Media Coverage

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

Tom Siebel

Employers Need To Take A Proactive Approach To Learning At Work

June 24, 2019  

Forbes -- A column on employers and learning at work includes the new partnership with Illinois CS. “With this new opportunity for employees to earn a company-funded Master’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, we are extending our efforts to create a culture of self-learning," C3 CEO Tom Siebel says.

Associate Professor Derek Hoiem

50 Hot Tech Companies Globally in 2019

June 20, 2019  

Crunchbase -- Reconstruct, co-founded by Associate Professor Derek Hoiem, makes Crunchbase’s list of 50 Hot Global Tech Companies (at No. 35). "Reconstruct’s platform provides analytics to construction managers including current, past, and future performance issues in 3D."

Professor Sheldon Jacobson

This Isn’t How It Was Supposed to Work: Has PreCheck Become Unchecked?

June 20, 2019  

RealClear Defense -- Professor Sheldon Jacobson writes an opinion piece on airport security and TSA PreCheck. "Long airport lines, intensive airport screening, and the summer travel season tend to go together. Already, this year seems to be keeping with that tradition, but what if it didn't have to be that way?"

Professor Dongyan Xu

Purdue Announces New Computer Science Department Head

June 17, 2019  

The Exponent -- The student newspaper at Purdue University covers the appointment of Illinois CS alum Dongyan Xu (PhD '01) as head of the CS department.

UCLA Professor Jason Cong

University of Illinois: 150 Years & Beyond

June 17, 2019  

The News-Gazette -- The News-Gazette talks to Illinois CS alum Jason Cong (MS ’87, PhD ’90) as part of its 150th anniversary series on the U of I. Now a professor at UCLA, Cong explains one thing that brought him to Illinois. “When I was an undergraduate student at the Peking University in early 1980s, we used the textbook by Professor (C.L. Liu)."

Brave Founder Brendan Eich

It's Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser

June 16, 2019  

WIRED -- Wired’s recommendation for privacy-focused browsers includes Brave, created by Brendan Eich (MS CS ’86): "Brave is a project from Brendan Eich, once of Firefox developer Mozilla, and its mission includes both keeping you from being tracked on the web, and finding a better way to serve you advertisements."

Best Colleges in the US for MS in Machine Learning?

June 14, 2019  

Deccan Herald -- An advice column on studying abroad in the Indian publication advises a student that Illinois CS is among the top choices for studying for a master's degree in machine learning.

Jingjing Huang

How 7 Women in Chicago Tech Found Their Calling in Code

June 13, 2019  

BuiltInChicago -- An article on women engineers in Chicago includes Jingjing Huang (BS Math & CS, ’17), a software engineer at Vail Systems. "She enjoys working with her team on their current app-based project because it allows them to use a wide variety of new tools."

Tom Siebel

Billionaire Tom Siebel Now Offering Employees This Huge Perk

June 5, 2019  

Fox Business -- CEO Tom Siebel is offering employees some of the best education benefits of any company. will pay for employees to earn an online master’s degree in computer science from his alma mater, the University of Illinois. Also covered by The Daily Illini.

Vikram Sardana

UI's Chief Illiniwek Panel Finishes Work; Report Not Yet Made Public

June 5, 2019  

The News-Gazette -- A commission asked to lay the groundwork for a post-Chief Illiniwek future at the University of Illinois has wrapped up its work. "As we saw with the spring referendum on Alma Otter, the issue of a new mascot is an ongoing one," said Vikram Sardana, a former student senator who just graduated with a computer science degree.

Tom Siebel

Billionaire Tom Siebel Is Offering His Employees The Most Generous Education Benefit Ever

June 5, 2019  

Forbes -- Tom Siebel is announcing that his company,, will cover the cost for employees to earn a master’s degree in computer science from his alma mater, the University of Illinois. Those who complete the degree get three more big perks—a $25,000 cash bonus, a guaranteed 15 percent raise and a stock grant. Siebel, 66, got his own master’s in computer science from the highly ranked program at the U of I. 

Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science

U of I's State Funding a Match Made in Chicago

June 2, 2019  

The News-Gazette -- The state budget includes $500 million for the Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago, and the Urbana campus would get $100 million of that. That includes $20 million for an expansion of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science; and $15 million for expansion of the Research Park.

Symmetric Games CEO Dan Nikolaides

Symmetric Games CEO On Trends in Video Gaming

May 31, 2019  

WGN Radio -- Symmetric Games CEO Dan Nikolaides (BS CS ’05) talks with WGN radio’s Wintrust Business Lunch about the video gaming industry. "You see a lot more participation by young women. The advent of games on mobile phones, it's ... democratizing."

Professor Sarita Adve

Famous Female Alumni of IIT

May 19, 2019  

Yahoo News/NewsBytes -- Professor Sarita Adve makes a list of well-known and accomplished female graduates of the Indian Institutes of Technology. A graduate of IIT-Bombay, Adve, the Richard T. Cheng Professor of Computer Science, is No. 2 on the list.

Assistant Professor Bo Li

Scientists Help Artificial Intelligence Outsmart Hackers

May 14, 2019  

Science -- Researchers say they have found a new way to give AI a defensive edge against adversarial attacks based on patterns hidden in images. Bo Li, a computer scientist at the University of Illinois who was not involved in the work, says distinguishing apparent features from hidden features is a “useful and good research direction” but also still needs more work.

Associate Professor Derek Hoiem

Cultivation Leads $7.7 Million Investment In Construction Software Firm

May 14, 2019  

ChicagoInno -- Champaign-based startup Reconstruct raised a $7.7 million Series A round led by Cultivation Capital. Reconstruct was co-founded by Illinois CS Associate Professor Derek Hoiem. Also covered by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Assistant Professor Bo Li

AI Can Now Defend Itself Against Malicious Messages Hidden In Speech

May 10, 2019  

Nature -- Bo Li, a computer scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her co-authors wrote an algorithm that transcribes a full audio clip and, separately, just one portion of it. If the transcription of that single piece doesn’t closely match the corresponding part of the full transcription, the program throws a red flag — the sample might have been compromised.

Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Marc Andreessen

Espresso Royale Location With Link To Mosaic Closing

May 2, 2019  

Smile Politely -- The Espresso Royale coffee shop on campus that closed in May was reportedly the site of a small-but-important piece of computer science history. Illinois CS alum Marc Andreessen has said it's the spot where he had the idea that he could create what would eventually become the Mosaic browser.

Online Education Provider Coursera Is Now Worth More Than $1 Billion

April 25, 2019  

Forbes -- Coursera, the seven-year-old online education provider, is worth more than $1 billion, according to CEO Jeff Maggioncalda. Coursera's offerings include 14 online masters degrees in computer science and other disciplines from schools like the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Brave co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich

The Brave Browser Launches Ads that Reward Users for Viewing

April 24, 2019  

TechCrunch -- With the latest desktop version of the Brave browser, users can now opt-in to the Brave Ads program. Brave is an ad-blocking web browser startup led by Brendan Eich (MS CS '86), creator of the JavaScript programming language and former Mozilla CEO. He’s long maintained that the vision is “bigger than an ad blocker.”