Media Coverage

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

Richard T. Cheng Professor Sarita Adve

Sarita Adve Named Recipient of the ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

October 31, 2018  

HPCWire -- The Association for Computing Machinery and IEEE Computer Society have named Sarita Adve as the recipient of the 2018 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. Also covered by CRA Bulletin.

Illinois CS graduate and ChicagoNEXT Chairman Mark Tebbe

UChicago's relationship with U of I grows cozier

October 31, 2018  

Crain's Chicago Business -- The Chicago Quantum Exchange is just the latest way the University of Chicago and University of Illinois are quietly testing ways to collaborate. "It started innocently and morphed and grew," said Mark Tebbe, a U of I computer science grad who teaches entrepreneurship at the U of C.

Rendering of the proposed Discovery Partners Institute

Chicago Needs This Rauner Initiative

October 26, 2018  

Crain's Chicago Business -- Discovery Partners Institute can provide what Chicago currently lacks. U of I is good at the federal grant game and its computer science and engineering programs have turned out bold thinkers: Mosaic co-creator Marc Andreessen, YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, Oracle founder Larry Ellison and PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, just to name a few.

Illinois To Develop Testing Program For Self-Driving Vehicles

October 25, 2018  

Chicago Tribune -- Illinois is taking the first step toward putting self-driving vehicles on the road with Gov. Bruce Rauner's Autonomous Illinois Initiative. The state is working with universities that include the University of Illinois on a test track in Rantoul. Also covered by ChicagoInno.


University of Hawaiʻi System President David Lassner

University of Hawai'i President Recognized By His Alma Mater

October 24, 2018  

University of Hawai'i News -- The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign honored David Lassner, president of the University of Hawaiʻi System and interim chancellor of UH Mānoa, with its 2018 Computer Science Distinguished Educator Alumni Award on October 20.


CS Associate Professor Matthew Caesar

Amazon's Move Off Oracle Caused Prime Day Outage In One Major Warehouse

October 23, 2018  

CNBC -- "It's quite possible the outage would not have occurred if Amazon had stuck with Oracle," said Matt Caesar, a computer science professor at the University of Illinois. "Also, it appears they would have been able to diagnose the problem sooner if they were using Oracle's database."


CS Assistant Professor Jian Peng

AI Crowdsources Data To Speed Up Drug Discovery

October 18, 2018  

ScienceNews -- A new cryptographic system could allow pharmaceutical companies and academic labs to work together to develop new medications more quickly. “This work is visionary,” says Jian Peng, a computer scientist at the University of Illinois. “I think [it] will lay the groundwork for the future of collaborations in biomedicine."

C3 Chairman and CEO Tom Siebel

C3 Forges HPE Partnership, Launches AI Appliance

October 16, 2018  

ZDNet -- C3 and Hewlett Packard Enterprise will combine forces to launch an appliance designed for artificial intelligence and Internet of things deployments. The C3 AI Appliance bundles C3's platform-as-a-service with HPE's integrated systems running on Intel Xeon chips.Tom Siebel  (BA History '75, MBA '83, MS CS '85) is the chairman and chief executive officer of C3.

Assistant Professor Girish Chowdhary

Killer Robots: Weeds Won’t Know What Hit 'Em

October 15, 2018  

Ag Professional -- Weeds sometimes dodge herbicides, but can they avoid robots? University of Illinois researchers want to find out. “Robots could autonomously and continuously go through and take care of the weeds underneath the canopy,” said Girish Chowdhary, assistant professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering with an appointment in Illinois Computer Science.

William Gropp, the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science and Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications

BIG BLACK BOX: We Are On The Verge Of Building An Exascale Computer. But What Does That Mean?

October 13, 2018  

New Scientist -- The roadmap for exascale hardware is fairly well laid out. Software and algorithms to run across potentially billions of cores may be trickier. “Every generation of supercomputers leaves some users behind,” says William Gropp, CS professor and director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. “That’s been a constant problem and I think we’re going to see it again.” (behind paywall)

Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar Tarek Abdelzaher

Professor Abdelzaher Joins The Internet of Things Podcast

October 3, 2018  

The Internet of Things Podcast -- CS Professor Tarek Adbdelzaher discusses his work on cyber-physical systems, including IoT, with host Mike Green. "With IoT, you can think of smart cities. ... There are great opportunities on the horizon."

Eight Master's Degree Programs From Top Universities That Are Available Entirely Online

October 2, 2018  

Business Insider -- If you're looking to add a masters degree to your résumé, online classes may quickly reveal themselves as your most convenient and cost-effective option. The Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS) is designed for students to gain access to the computational and statistical knowledge needed to turn big data into meaningful insights.

Assistant Professor Adam Bates

UI Strengthens Online Security Measures

October 1, 2018  

The Daily Illini -- “If someone found out your password, they’d be able to access all of your data. Now, with 2FA, they also need to break into your house and get your phone," Assistant Professor Adam Bates said.

C3 IoT Chairman and CEO Tom Siebel

Unregulated Social Media 'Threatens The Very Roots Of Freedom'

September 28, 2018  

CNBC -- Tom Siebel, C3 IoT chairman and CEO and a graduate of Illinois Computer Science, discuss the prospects for regulation of tech and social media companies.

Incoming CS Department Head and Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering Nancy Amato

Study: Men Outnumber Women Nearly 2-to-1 In STEM Roles On TV, Movies, Which May Discourage Girls From Tech Careers

September 27, 2018  

Chicago Tribune -- Nancy Amato was in graduate school when “The X-Files” was a staple. Now Amato is set to become the first woman to head the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois. She says she was probably influenced by both real-life role models in science and those on TV and in movies. The story also was carried by and The Virginian-Pilot.

Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science

Illinois College Road Trip: University of Illinois

September 26, 2018  

U.S. News & World Report -- "There are ample opportunities for cross-disciplinary study, such as with the programs in agricultural and consumer economics or interdisciplinary health sciences. In a recently developed set of degrees called CS + X, students explore computer science through the lens of another subject, such as chemistry, linguistics or music."

CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson

American Life Expectancy Vs. European: It's Not About 'Socialized Medicine'

September 25, 2018  

Mises Wire -- "When you are sitting in a car, you are doing nothing, so your body is burning the least amount of energy possible. And if you are eating food in your car, it becomes even worse." -- Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson, in a column that cites a paper he co-authored in 2011.

CS Assistant Professor Edgar Solomonik

Millions In Federal Funding Awarded For Quantum Research

September 25, 2018  

Pasadena Now -- The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy have announced new funding awards for quantum-related research. Co-PIs include Illinois CS Assistant Professor Edgar Solomonik. co-founder and CEO Adam Odessky

The Ultimate Physician’s Assistant

September 21, 2018  

Forbes -- “Virtual nurses add value by allowing doctors and nurses to do their jobs more efficiently by handling workflow communications tasks [for them]. A lot of those tasks could be automated." -- Adam Odessky (BS CS '00), co-founder and CEO of

Director of External Relations Cynthia J. Coleman

No Suits, No Resumes: Chicago Companies Go Beyond Career Fairs To Woo Next Generation Of Tech Talent

September 20, 2018  

Chicago Tribune -- The interview process is not enough to sway Illinois CS junior Joseph Sieger to accept a job. Students like him are in high demand. In the search for tech talent, Chicago companies woo students with trips or even treats like coffee and doughnuts to compete with Google and Facebook. "They have to do multiple different things to get their branding in front of the students,” department Director of External Relations Cynthia J. Coleman said.