A digest of Illinois Computer Science faculty, alumni, and students who are featured in the media.
Forbes -- A column on employers and learning at work includes the new C3.ai 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.
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."
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?"
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.
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)."
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."
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.
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."
Fox Business -- C3.ai CEO Tom Siebel is offering employees some of the best education benefits of any company. C3.ai 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.
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.
Forbes -- Tom Siebel is announcing that his company, C3.ai, 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.