In The News Archive

This monthly summary includes excerpts from Illinois in the News, a daily service provided by the University of Illinois News Bureau and other media search tools. This collection of recent stories focuses on engineering topics and faculty contacted for their expertise by print and broadcast reporters around the world.

Crain's Chicago Business (March 22) -- Argonne is one of two places in Illinois with world-class supercomputers. The other is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Wired In: Rizky Wellyanto

News-Gazette (March 24) -- Rizky Wellyanto is the CEO and co-founder of Virtision allows college students to virtually tour their next apartment, through the web, from their own home. The University of Illinois startup is giving out-of-state and international students the opportunity to get a closer look inside an apartment unit using virtual reality. It also benefits real-estate firms.

Illinois professor creates women's NCAA Tournament simulator

Minneapolis Star-Tribune/Associated Press (March 20) -- For the past seven years, Sheldon Jacobson, a professor of computer science at Illinois, had a NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament bracket simulator. After getting many requests, Jacobson decided to put together one for the women’s tournament. It’s believed to be the first of its kind for the women’s tournament to predict all 63 games.

Can analytics help you win your NCAA tournament pool? Don't bet on it

Yardbarker (March 18) -- There is now apparently a cottage industry of mathematics professors who moonlight by toying around with NCAA Tournament analytics. Nnless you stumble onto brilliance, the way some dude named Brad Binder did a few years back when he picked every round of 64 game correctly, you’re still essentially engaging in educated guesswork. And this, says University of Illinois computer science professor Sheldon Jacobson — yet another member of the NCAA-tournament academia-industrial-complex — is where analytics can make a difference. Jacobson runs a website called Bracketodds, which allows you to generate a computer-aided bracket for both the NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments based on the historical performance of the seeds. His formula also predicts upsets twice as often as picking at random would

UI earns $5 million federal grant to expand project combining ag, tech

News-Gazette (March 16) -- Computer scientists and plant biologists combined their talents to create an elaborate computer model showing how soybean plants respond to higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Now, the University of Illinois-led project has been awarded $5 million to expand the effort to more plants and more scenarios, to help scientists understand how crops will respond to climate change.

Bracketology isn't just for March Madness. It can save lives, save money and solve problems

Fox News (March 17) -- Sheldon Jacobson, a professor of computational science and engineering at Illinois, writes about how the same sophisticated mathematical modeling that helps predict NCAA college basketball bracket results is also used to save lives and money and to solve problems.

Universities shift to startup mode

Crain's Chicago Business (March 8) -- University-backed med-tech and pharma startups have become more common as big companies grow increasingly reluctant to finance early-stage discoveries. The resulting investment gap could threaten universities' efforts to commercialize technologies developed in their research labs.

Wired In: Sibin Mohan

News-Gazette (March 11) -- Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a different high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet Sibun Mohan, a research assistant professor in computer science who with his students has been introducing young people to the technology behind computers, tablets and smartphones. And he has an important use for his own smartphone.

UI students unveil dog-human 'translator' at Engineering Open House

News-Gazette (March 9) -- Inspired by the adorable character from the movie "Up," a team of University of Illinois engineering students created their own talking dog for this year's Engineering Open House.

5 Amazing Projects That Will Change the Future of Healthcare

PC Magazine (March 6) -- Even when it's moving at a slow speed, Rohit Bhargava's 3D printer in action is mesmerizing. As the pointed tip of the printer head moves, it extrudes a thin, shining tube of what looks like plastic. The nozzle moves away and draws out another tube. Then suddenly they're connected; joined by other tubes to become a complex three-dimensional shape: A tiny, anatomically accurate replica of a heart.

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