A digest of Illinois Computer Science faculty, alumni, and students who are featured in the media.
WTKF-FM -- The Coastal Daybreak show on WTKF in Morehead City, N.C., talks with Professor Sheldon Jacobson about his reserach on redistricting, a hot-button issue in North Carolina and the subject of an ongoing court case in the state.
Yahoo! Finance -- Investors’ eyes are pinned on the trade war between the United States and China. But according to billionaire CEO of artificial intelligence company C3.ai Tom Siebel, investors’ focus is in the entirely wrong place. He says they should be looking at AI.
Roll Call/Congressional Quarterly -- The Pentagon’s cybersecurity mission is facing a classic supply and demand problem: There’s a nationwide shortage of tech talent and an oversupply of jobs. “It’s hard to beat the pay,” says Sibin Mohan, a professor of computer science at Illinois whose 2018 graduates – the talent the Pentagon struggles to recruit and retain – earned an average starting salary of $99,741.
Broadway World -- Australia's Sydney Theatre Company has appointed Illinois CS alum Michael Triguboff (MCS '02) to its board. Triguboff is the Managing Director at Triguboff Investments, and is the CEO of Pyrolyx AG. He also was the founder and managing director of the MIR Group of companies.
CNBC -- C3.ai CEO and Illinois CS alum Tom Siebel joins "Squawk Alley" to discuss his new book, "Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction." "Fifty-two percent of the Fortune 500 companies have disappeared (from that list) in the last 18 years," he said.
Columbus Dispatch -- An opinion piece uses Illinois' engineering and CS prowess to help argue that the Midwest has real tech strength. "The Midwest is home to 25 percent of America’s computer science grads. Great schools like Ohio State University, University of Michigan, Indiana University, Miami University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pump huge classes of young engineers into the region’s innovation economy."
The News-Gazette -- A $100 million investment in a quantum engineering project designed to make Illinois a world leader in that emerging technology is among $3 billion in higher education allocations in the new Rebuild Illinois infrastructure plan. NCSA Director and Illinois CS Professor William Gropp said quantum computing won’t replace supercomputing but augment it. "It’s going to give us ways to do things that we haven’t been able to solve at all.”
Poynter Institute -- Professor Karrie Karahalios provides the journalism think tank with advice for journalists and news consumers to help spot and avoid biased or misleading charts and graphics in media.
CFO -- Most of us have a mental image of technology’s development curve as a progressively steep incline. That’s not the way Tom Siebel sees it. “We often think about Moore’s Law providing the foundation for constantly increasing change. ... But that’s not the way revolutionary evolution works,” Siebel writes in his new book, “Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction.”
Genome Web -- Genome Web highlights new research from Assistant Professor Jian Peng and colleagues at the University of California-San Diego that yielded scHiCluster, a single-cell clustering algorithm.
NPR -- NPR’s “How I Built This” podcast features Yelp co-founders Jeremy Stoppelman (BS Computer Engineering ’99) with a shoutout to fellow co-founder AND Illinois CS alum Russ Simmons (BS CS ’98). "In 2004, two former Paypal engineers, Jeremy Stoppelman and Russ Simmons, were spit-balling new internet ideas. Out of their brainstorm came a site where you would email your friends asking for local business recommendations."
Illinois Innovators Podcast -- The College of Engineering's podcast talks with first-year Department Head Nancy Amato about the upcoming Rising Stars conference, the success of the CS + X majors, and plans for the department's growing emphasis on security, robotics, and other areas.
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."