A digest of Illinois Computer Science faculty, alumni, and students who are featured in the media.
AdWeek -- Silicon Valley has always had sky-high ambitions—and the flameouts to match. Below, we examine the fate of three of the original dot-com boom’s most prominent companies: Netscape (the creation, in part, of Marc Andreessen), Pixelon and theglobe.com (subscription required).
BBC -- The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles a different business leader from around the world. This week, it's Therese Tucker, CEO and founder of BlackLine and an Illinois CS graduate (BS Math & CS '84).
HACKADAY -- "We were excited to see Jeff Erickson is publishing his algorithms book distilled from teaching at the University of Illinois. ... There are worse places to learn about algorithms than UIUC; they have a long history in both real and fictional computing."
UploadVR -- "I think AR has tons of potential applications, both at work and at home. … I think VR is going to be like 1000 times bigger. In the valley right now this is a very contrarian view."
ChicagoInno -- A startup born at the University of Illinois has built technology that identifies problems in a company’s software, and it’s helping some of the biggest players in aerospace, automotive and blockchain with their code. Professor Grigore Rosu's Runtime Verification has developed tools to improve the safety and reliability of software systems.
EdScoop -- The University of Illinois has launched a five-year initiative to address the workforce gap in high school computer science educators. The Illinois Secondary Teacher Education and Computer Science initiative, which includes Associated Department Head Lenny Pitt and Associate Professor Craig Zilles, begins development this year.
NewscityStage -- No. 6: Michael and Mona Heath see more theater than you—330 shows in 2018 alone. If their name sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it in the back of a program ... or, in their highest-profile project to date, the Den Theatre’s Heath Main Stage. Yes, they are those Heaths.
PLATO Gave Us The First Digital Public Forum -- And The First Time A President Threatened To Censor Online SpeechJanuary 2, 2019
Slate -- During Watergate, Illinois graduate students Valarie Lamont and Stuart Umpleby explored ways that PLATO might be used as a digital public commons for civic discussion. It didn’t take long for both the National Science Foundation and the Pentagon to track down and call Don Bitzer, the founder of PLATO, to tell him that its funding had been threatened by the White House.
The Associated Press -- The University of Illinois has launched a new initiative to educate and certify high school computer science teachers. The five-year program is aimed at addressing a shortage of high school computer science teachers in Illinois and nationwide.
PrairieFarmer -- A lab at the University of Illinois, led by Assistant Professor Girish Chowdhary, is building 3-D-printed robots to collect data on individual crops. Over years of prototyping, these robots have gotten skilled at using code and sensors to differentiate individual crops from background noise and weeds.
The News-Gazette -- Early applications at the University of Illinois' flagship campus jumped 24 percent this fall to a record high, and the new "CS+X" programs, degrees that combine computer science with other disciplines, were among the factors generating interest among applicants.
Alphr -- The technology industry has long been known, lampooned and lamented as a man’s world. A growing number of women are challenging the stereotype. That includes Illinois CS graduate and Passion Capital Founding Partner Eileen Burbidge.
BBC -- Songwriters are starting to turn to machines to help them come up with chords and even pen lyrics. The first computer music was the “Illiac Suite,” composed at the University of Illinois. The piece caused “confusion bordering on hysteria” among music aficionados, one of whom likened it to the sounds of a barnyard.
MorristownGreen -- Jim Kutsch (PhD ’76) is retiring as CEO of The Seeing Eye, an advocacy group and education group for the blind in New Jersey. That follows working as a vice president at Convergys Labs, Vice President of Computing and Network Services at AT&T Universal Card Services, and a professor of computer science at West Virginia University.
TechCrunch -- New cloud-computing startup PlanetScale raised a $3 million seed round, in part from a who’s who of engineering luminaries. They include Illinois CS alums such as YouTube co-founder and CTO Steve Chen, PayPal and Affirm co-founder Max Levchin, and Google director of engineering Parisa Tabriz.
ChicagoInno -- Violin-teaching app Trala, which was founded in 2017, has raised $1.29 million in seed funding. CTO and co-founder Vishnu Indukuri is an Illinois CS alum (CS CS '16).
Quartz -- A new report on the progress of artificial intelligence, the AI Index, details the number of women faculty members at what it bills as the top seven worldwide AI universities, among them the University of Illinois.
UC Merced News -- In recognition of his contributions to object tracking and facial recognition research, UC-Merced Professor and Illinois CS alum Ming-Hsuan Yang has been named a Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
The News-Gazette -- The paper's regular "Big 10" feature focuses on faculty experiences as students and includes Illinois CS Professors Bill Gropp and Tandy Warnow. "During one exam as an undergrad at Berkeley, I walked in, sat down at my desk, looked at the exam, and completely froze," Warnow said.
Crain's Chicago Business -- After a shift from pre-med, Ann Yeung graduated with a degree in math and computer science in 2001. That led to tech roles at major U.S. companies, including IBM. Now she is head of technology for Morningstar’s global retirement and workplace solutions division, and part of Crain's 40 Under 40. Also covered by the campus.