A digest of Illinois Computer Science faculty, alumni, and students who are featured in the media.
Computing Research News -- Former CS @ ILLINOIS Teaching Professor Cinda Heeren, Assistant Engineering Dean Susan Larson, and Associate Head of Department Lenny Pitt explain how the department works to increase the number of women it enrolls.
The Daily Mail (UK) - A study led by CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson finds that mass killings in the United States have happened at a steady rate over the past decade. The study was widely covered, included other reports by CBS Chicago, Chicago Tonight on WTTW, and ACM Tech News.
WILL’s The 21st -- CS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher joins the daily talk show to discuss his new work for the Army Research Laboratory on bringing the Internet of Things to combat. Professor Abdelzaher also spoke at length on the Internet of Battlefield Things with the STACEY ON IOT podcast (interview begins at 31 minutes): http://bit.ly/2BVzzE0
Daily Illini -- Coverage of the department's addition of eight new faculty members as demand for CS degrees from Illinois drives enrollment increases.
BBC.com -- Assistant Professor Matthew Caesar talks about hackers surreptitiously installing code that allows them to use cloud-based computing power to mine cryptocurrencies, and work Caesar and Illinois Computer Science PhD student Rashid Tahir are doing to develop a monitoring system to detect mining software.
Chicago Tribune -- CS Professor Tarek Abdelzaher is leading a new $25 million effort for the Army Research Laboratory to bring the Internet of Things to the battlefield. The news was also widely reported elsewhere, including by The Associated Press: http://bit.ly/2CYozK1
Motherboard - Research from CS Professor Sheldon Jacobson and others finds that algorithms could provide the bipartisan answer to the question of how to draw up congressional districts. The research was also covered elsewhere, including this article in Pacific Standard: http://bit.ly/2CZF4od
Techcrunch -- Anna Patterson, Google’s vice president of engineering and a CS @ ILLINOIS alumni (PhD '98), talks about Gradient Ventures, the company's new investment fund targeting AI-related startups. Patterson also is Gradient's managing partner. “The biggest benefit for Google is spurring innovation in the AI space,” she says.
The Enterprisers Project — Q & A with CS @ ILLINOIS faculty member Brighten Godfrey, who co-founded Veriflow and serves as the company’s CTO.
Business Insider — LinkedIn Senior Software Engineer Kamilah Taylor (MS CS '10) was recognized as one of the most powerful women in technology. In addition to her contributions to enhancing LinkedIn products, Taylor is perhaps best known as an advocate for women and people of color in the tech industry.
The Weekend Austrailian — Parisa Tabriz (BS CS '06), security chief for Google Chrome, discussed a variety of security issues like http vs https web sites, Internet of Things hacking risks, and password management.
R&D Magazine — CS Affiliate faculty member Romit Roy Choudhury has developed advanced motion tracking algorithms that precisely track movement and accurately characterize 3D ball motion.
The Daily Illini — In partnership with CS @ ILLINOIS, a Champaign-Urbana chapter of Girls Who Code has launched this semester, encouraging middle and high school girls to learn about computer programming.
The News-Gazette — Doctoral student Cosmin Radoi describes his work on automatic code evolution, a technology he is developing in CS Professor Grigore Rosu's research lab.
Wired - Chris Lattner (MS ’02, PhD ‘05), creator of LLVM and Swift, described as “a rock star among software engineers,” is one of several former Apple employees joining Tesla Motors.
TechCrunch - Chris Lattner (MS ’02, PhD ’05), creator of LLVM and Swift, has joined Tesla Motors as Vice President of Autopilot Software.