Media Coverage

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

Why tech leaders should always keep an eye on academia

February 23, 2017  

The Enterprisers Project — Q & A with CS @ ILLINOIS faculty member Brighten Godfrey, who co-founded Veriflow and serves as the company’s CTO.  

43 most powerful women engineers

February 22, 2017  

Business Insider — LinkedIn Senior Software Engineer Kamilah Taylor (MS CS '10) was recognized as one of the most powerful women in technology. In addition to her contributions to enhancing LinkedIn products, Taylor is perhaps best known as an advocate for women and people of color in the tech industry. 

Airport security expert weighs in

February 21, 2017  

CBS News — CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson comments on airport security measures and a recent breach at JFK airport in February. 

Google's chief white-hat hacker

February 21, 2017  

The Weekend Austrailian — Parisa Tabriz (BS CS '06), security chief for Google Chrome, discussed a variety of security issues like http vs https web sites, Internet of Things hacking risks, and password management. 

Sports equipment sensors send data directly to coach's smartphone

February 16, 2017  

R&D Magazine — CS Affiliate faculty member Romit Roy Choudhury has developed advanced motion tracking algorithms that precisely track movement and accurately characterize 3D ball motion.

Girls Who Code

February 15, 2017  

The Daily Illini — In partnership with CS @ ILLINOIS, a Champaign-Urbana chapter of Girls Who Code has launched this semester, encouraging middle and high school girls to learn about computer programming.

Picking the perfect March Madness bracket

February 15, 2017 — Arash Khatibi (MS CS '16) discusses how difficult it is to pick a perfect bracket in men's NCAAA basketball.

A high-tech difference maker

February 12, 2017  

The News-Gazette — Doctoral student Cosmin Radoi describes his work on automatic code evolution, a technology he is developing in CS Professor Grigore Rosu's research lab.

Chris Lattner

Tesla is snatching Apple's stars to make itself the new Apple

January 13, 2017  

Wired - Chris Lattner (MS ’02, PhD ‘05), creator of LLVM and Swift, described as “a rock star among software engineers,” is one of several former Apple employees joining Tesla Motors.

Chris Lattner

Tesla hires Apple’s creator of Swift as new VP of Autopilot Software

January 10, 2017  

TechCrunch - Chris Lattner (MS ’02, PhD ’05), creator of LLVM and Swift, has joined Tesla Motors as Vice President of Autopilot Software.

How secure are our airports?

January 6, 2017  

CNN - In the wake of the Ft. Lauderdale shooting, CS Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson's op-ed explains why airports will continue to be targets.

Forbes 30 Under 30

January 3, 2017  

Forbes - Former CS student Cory Levy, co-founder and COO of After School, was named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.


HackIllinois, UIUC's Student-Run Hackathon, Returns in 2017 With a Twist

December 28, 2016  

Chicago Inno - HackIllinois is heading into its fourth year this February. But this year, students are trying something a little different, and unique among collegiate hackathons--they're challenging participants to create sustainable open source projects.

Veriflow Systems

Veriflow announces expansion to One Main in Downtown Champaign

December 9, 2016  

Smile Politely - University of Illinois Research Park startup Veriflow Systems is expanding to One Main Plaza in downtown Champaign. Veriflow was co-founded by CS Professors Brighten Godfrey & Matthew Caesar and Dr. Ahmed Khurshid (PhD CS ’15).

This IL University Is One of the Best Schools for Coders in the World

December 8, 2016  

Chicago Inno - Illinois ranks 3rd in the US, and 14th in the world, for best student coders, according to a new list from HackerRank.

Sheldon Jacobson

Making airport PreCheck free could save TSA millions: report

December 5, 2016  

Chicago Tribune - A study from CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson shows that making PreCheck free for all travelers could save the TSA millions of dollars.


These 19-Year-Old Engineering Students Predicted Trump's Win. Here's How.

November 9, 2016  

Chicago Inno- In June, Tweetsense, an Illinois startup by Cody Pawlowski (attended CS) and William Widjaja (ECE), correctly predicted Brexit. They also correctly predicted Donald Trump’s win.

UI pollster: 'Once in a lifetime' upset

November 9, 2016  

The News-Gazette - CS Prof. Sheldon Jacobson talked about the aftermath of the presidential election. A near-total swing in undecided voters to Trump was 1 of 21 scenarios laid out at the Election Analytics website, but most analysts discounted it.

Parisa Tabriz

Google’s Chrome Hackers Are About to Upend Your Idea of Web Security

November 4, 2016  

Wired - Coming soon to Chrome: revamped security warnings, thanks to the Security Team led by “Director of Chromeland Security” Parisa Tabriz (BS ’05, MS ‘07). “In our impatient moments, we just want to mark everything as insecure,” Tabriz says. “A huge fraction of the web isn’t HTTPS, and that’s embarrassing to me. It’s not going to solve itself.”

Sheldon Jacobson

Election Analytics: Clinton likely winner on Tuesday

November 2, 2016  

WCIA News - With just days until the election, Trump is gaining in the polls, but Election Analytics, led by Professor Sheldon Jacobson, still has Clinton leading in the Electoral College.