A digest of Illinois Computer Science faculty, alumni, and students who are featured in the media.
Vox.com - Marc Andreessen (BS '94) "argues that recent breakthroughs mean artificial intelligence has the potential to spawn a new generation of big, important technology companies. At the same time, he acknowledges that certain industries have proven stubbornly resistant to technological change — and he argues that more work is needed to bring the power of software to every corner of the economy."
Chicago Tribune - "The two-story building, called the Siebel Center for Design, will feature a variety of spaces, including workshops for things like 3D printing and laser cutting, digital media studios for audio recording, and immersive technologies for virtual reality." Additional Coverage: WAND News, News-Gazette,
FiveThirtyEight - CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson is quoted in this article discussing whether Israeli-style security methods would work in the United States. "The scale of security needed in Israel is also much more limited. For example, the U.S. has more than 100 times the number of air passengers as Israel does. 'It would be impossible to scale what they’re doing,' Jacobson said."
Chicago Inno - Reconstruct, a startup co-founded by CS Associate Professor Derek Hoiem, has raised $850,000 in seed funding. Reconstruct uses drones to create 3D modeling for construction management.
Chicago Inno - "Computer science classes at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are going to look a little different this fall than they have in the past. Nearly half--46 percent--of the 190 incoming freshman computer science students in UIUC’s College of Engineering are women."
HPCwire - "Dr. William 'Bill' Gropp, has been named acting director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
MIT Technology Review - Alumni Luis Ceze (PhD CS '07) and Karin Strauss (PhD CS '07) set a new record for DNA storage by writing a record 200 megabytes of data. Additional coverage: Nature, Engadget, US News & World Rep