Media Coverage

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

Whatever Happened To Netscape? Catching Up With The Biggest Dot-Com Players From The '90s

January 7, 2019  

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 (subscription required).

Blackline CEO Therese Tucker

Smashing Through Barriers To Set Up A $2B Tech Firm

January 7, 2019  

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).

Professor and Education Innovation Fellow Jeff Erickson

Software: It Is All In The Details

January 6, 2019  

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."

Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen: VR Will Be “1000 Times Bigger” Than AR

January 6, 2019  

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."

Runtime Verification founder and Illinois CS Professor Grigore Rosu

Meet The Illinois Startup Helping NASA And Boeing Detect Errors In Their Software

January 3, 2019  

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. 

The Illinois Secondary Teacher Education and Computer Science initiative begins development this year

U. Illinois Embarks On 5-Year Plan To Train Next Generation Of CS Educators

January 3, 2019  

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.

Professor and Fulton Watson Copp Chair Emeritus Michael Heath

The 50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago Theater

January 2, 2019  

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. 



A terminal from the PLATO IV system

PLATO Gave Us The First Digital Public Forum -- And The First Time A President Threatened To Censor Online Speech

January 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.


U Of I Program Aims To Combat Lack Of Computer Science Teachers

December 29, 2018  

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.

Assistant Professor Girish Chowdhary

Autonomous Compact Robots Hold Potential For Growers

December 28, 2018  

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.

Free Tuition Program Likely Led To Jump In U of I Applications; CS + X Also A Factor

December 26, 2018  

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.


Passion Capital Founding Partner Eileen Burbidge

The Most Influential Women In Tech

December 21, 2018  

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.


How To Make Sweet-Sounding Music With A Hard Drive

December 17, 2018  

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.


Jim Kutsch To Step Down As Seeing Eye CEO

December 14, 2018  

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.

They Scaled YouTube -- Now They're Building PlanetScale

December 13, 2018  

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. 


Trala CTO Vishnu Indukuri

Violin Teaching App Trala Raises $1.3M From Origin, LinkedIn CEO

December 12, 2018  

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).


New Report Details Female Faculty Presence At Top AI Universities

December 12, 2018  

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 Professor Ming-Hsuan Yang

Computer Science Professor Named Fellow of Prestigious Institute

December 11, 2018  

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.


Professors Bill Gropp and Tandy Warnow

The Big 10: 10 U of I Educators Share Their Own Finals Adventures

December 9, 2018  

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.

Ann Yeung, head of Technology for Morningstar's Global Retirement & Workplace Solutions

The 2018 Class Of 40 Under 40 Is Reinventing What It Means To Do Business In Chicago

December 5, 2018  

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.