A digest of Illinois Computer Science faculty, alumni, and students who are featured in the media.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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)
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."
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.
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.
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.
Study: Men Outnumber Women Nearly 2-to-1 In STEM Roles On TV, Movies, Which May Discourage Girls From Tech CareersSeptember 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 Phys.org and The Virginian-Pilot.
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."
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.
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.
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 Sense.ly.
No Suits, No Resumes: Chicago Companies Go Beyond Career Fairs To Woo Next Generation Of Tech TalentSeptember 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.