Research Initiatives

The Research Initiatives Group was established in 2013. The group expands ICSI's traditional research horizons and serves as an incubator of research outside ICSI's principal research areas, providing additional opportunities for cutting-edge and experimental work. Researchers perform work on topics including genomics, brain networks, and computer architecture. Other questions include privacy concerns related to advanced genetic sequencing.

Professor Scott Shenker, ICSI's chief scientist and a professor in UC Berkeley's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, leads the group. He is the recipient of both the SIGCOMM and IEEE Internet awards. Along with Martin Casado and Nick McKeown, he has been a leader in the movement toward Software-Defined Networking. In terms of commercial activities, he was co-founder (with Casado and McKeown), founding CEO, and chief scientist of Nicira.