Media Coverage

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

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.


The Future Of VR Is Gaming In Arenas

December 3, 2018  

The Daily Dot -- Illinois CS alum Chris Lai is a serial tech entrepreneur. MassVR is his most recent venture. It's a 6,000-square foot warehouse on the northwest side of Chicago. While based on some of the same technology as VR releases from Oculus and HTC, MassVR has a different vision for the future of VR. Think multiplayer VR meets laser tag arena.

CS + Crop Science degrees are among new academic offerings transforming ag career options.

Beyond The Farm: A Look At The Wide World Of Ag Degrees

November 30, 2018  

Harvest Public Media -- As the number of farm and ranch managers shrinks, there are still more students graduating from ag colleges. Some, like Omkar Manoj Haridas, plan to pursue the kinds of careers that are open to them with new degrees such as the University of Illinois' CS + Crop Science.

Jewel Ifeguni

U of I Student's Startup Creating 'Healing' Film On Police-Minority Relations

November 29, 2018  

The News-Gazette -- "The Drive" is a new movie project from Jewel Ifeguni, a University of Illinois computer science minor, and her startup, YouMatter Studios.

Teaching Assistant Professor Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider

University Pilots New Data Science Course

November 28, 2018  

The Daily Illini -- “I personally think that the literacy of the 21st century is going to be able to do meaningful things with data,” Teaching Assistant Professor Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider said. “So I think what we are starting right now will be something that you look back on in 10 years and think, ‘Yeah, everyone needs to know data science, almost like math and reading.’ And that’s the foundation we are setting.” 

National Center For Supercomputing Applications Director and Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science William Gropp

NCSA Director William Gropp Named AAAS Fellow

November 27, 2018  

HPCWire -- National Center For Supercomputing Applications Director and Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science William Gropp has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Also covered in The Daily Illini.

Incoming Department Head Nancy Amato

Computer Science Hires First Female Department Head

November 26, 2018  

The Daily Illini -- “I’m really excited. It’s a big honor,” incoming Illinois CS Department Head Nancy Amato said. “It’s also a little bit odd to come back to a place where you (were a) student and then join as the faculty member. It never occurred to me that I’d be able to do that.”

Incoming Illinois CS Head of Department Nancy Amato with students at a recent ChicTech event.

Men Still Outnumber Women In STEM Fields. The Girl Scouts Is Trying To Change That.

November 21, 2018  

Chicago Tribune -- A story on cybersecurity badges and other efforts by the Girl Scouts to promote STEM fields to girls mentions increases in female enrollment at Illinois Computer Science as a bright spot in the region's technology ecosystem.

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The WIRED Guide To Online Shopping (And Digital Retail, Too)

November 19, 2018  

WIRED -- “In December 1994, a 23-year-old University of Illinois grad named Marc Andreessen released Netscape 1.0. The web browser featured a protocol called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), which let both sides of a transaction encrypt personal information. From there, e-commerce began to take off.”