ICSI Board of Trustees Select New Chairman

January 16, 2004
ICSI announces several changes to its Board of Trustees. After several years of service on ICSI's Board, Professor Elwyn Berlekamp has retired from his position as Chairman. Clifford Higgerson succeeded Professor Berlekamp as the Chairman of the Board. ICSI is grateful to both of them for their dedication and service to the Institute.

Meeting Corpus Released

January 15, 2004
The ICSI Meeting Corpus has now been released by the Linguistic Data Consortium. This corpus, which consists of 75 natural meetings recorded at ICSI from 2000 to 2002, was created with the intention of providing spontaneous multi-party speech data for use in development of speech recognition technology. Speech researchers at ICSI and many other sites (including our colleagues at IDIAP who are working on related material) are interested in developing technology capable of accurately transcribing multi-party meetings, and defiving higher-level information such as summaries from the meetings. The release of the Meeting Corpus marks the completion of the first stage of this kind of research.

For more information on the Meeting Corpus you can visit the LDC website.

ICSI Associate Appointed UCB Dean

January 15, 2004
AnnaLee Saxenian, an ICSI faculty associate, has been appointed dean of UC Berkeley's School of Information Management and Systems. The full story is online here. >>

Speech Research Makes Headlines

January 9, 2004
Liz Shriberg, a senior researcher at ICSI, was quoted on January 3, 2004 in a New York Times article about disfluencies in speech. She was subsequently interviewed live on the radio talk show "Adler On Line" with Charles Adler of CJOB 68 Radio in Winnipeg, Canada, on Friday, January 9.

Richard Karp Receives Benjamin Franklin Medal

January 5, 2004
Richard Karp, leader of ICSI's Algorithms Group, will be presented with the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science for his contributions to the understanding of computational complexity.

ICSI Group Leader Becomes ACM Fellow

January 5, 2004
Scott Shenker, leader of ICSI's Networking Group, has been selected as an ACM Fellow for his achievements in the field of information technology.

Scott McComas Joins SysAdmin Staff

December 2, 2003
ICSI has a new permanent staff member. Scott McComas joined the SysAdmin Staff at the beginning of December.