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  News for Alumni and Friends March 2018  

Illinois Computer Science is partnering with Coursera to offer a fully-fledged MCS on the company’s platform, with the first cohort starting this fall.

Illinois Computer Science is partnering with Coursera to offer a full-fledged professional Master of Computer Science (MCS) on the company’s platform, with the first cohort starting this fall. This affordable and flexible degree expands upon the MCS Data Science Track, allowing students to select other areas of emphasis, like software engineering, parallel programming, and high performance computing. Read more.




Assistant Professor Ruta Mehta has won a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, which she hopes to use to develop a stronger understanding of a class of problems in equilibrium computation that lie in NP intersect coNP.


Founder Professor Tandy Warnow's new textbook, “Computational Phylogenetics: An Introduction to Designing Methods for Phylogeny Estimation,” grew out of a class on algorithms and phylogenetic estimation that she has long taught.


Cloud-computing firm ServiceNow and its chief products officer, Illinois Computer Science graduate Chirantan "CJ" Desai, open a new Chicago center expected to eventually employ 150 engineers.


More than 1,100 students from the University of Illinois and far beyond spent three days working on a wide range of open-source problems as part of the most recent HackIllinois.


CS alumnus Scott Fisher establishes teaching excellence award.


New Media Coverage

The Associated Press

In an interview with The Associated Press, Founder Professor Sheldon Jacobson talks about his model for predicting upsets in the NCAA Tournament. The story was picked up by The New York Times, the Washington Post, ESPN, ABC News, Yahoo! Sports and dozens of others.

Chicago Reader

A handful of Twitter bots and propaganda accounts appear to be trying to influence Illinois's gubernatorial election on behalf of Republican candidate Jeanne Ives, according to an analysis by Ajay Jain, an Illinois Computer Science student.

Crain's Chicago Business

There was no mistaking where the action was at a recent tech job fair at the University of Illinois: where Amazon had set up shop. Chicago is in the running for Amazon's second headquarters, a potentially huge talent magnet. "We just need more of them in Chicago," says Vikram Adve, interim head of the Computer Science department. 

McKinsey Quarterly

Big data, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence hold such disruptive power that they have inverted the dynamics of technology leadership, writes C3 IoT Chairman and Illinois Computer Science graduate Thomas M. Siebel.



Featured Events

Apr. 1

Registration for the Gems CS summer day camps for middle and high school girls opens April 1, 2018. The free weeklong camps include coding, group project work, field trips, problem solving, and social networking with peers.

Apr. 7

Organized by current Illinois Computer Science students, this free, daylong showcase allows high school students, especially admitted students, to get a glimpse of what it is like to be a CS student at Illinois.

Apr. 9, 4 pm, 1404 Siebel Center

As part of the Illinois Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series, ACM A.M. Turing Award winner Michael Stonebraker will give the 2018 Donald B. Gillies Memorial Lecture.  Stream the lecture live on YouTube.

Illinois Computer Science Graduation Celebration
May 12, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, Siebel Center Atrium

Save the date! The Department of Computer Science will congratulate the class of 2018 with this annual reception for graduating students and their parents.

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