ICSI Appoints Drexel Senior Vice Provost Deborah Crawford as New Director

May 15, 2014
ICSI announced today that it has appointed Dr. Deborah L. Crawford as its new director. Dr. Crawford is currently the senior vice provost of research at Drexel University, where she was instrumental in the creation of its College of Computing and Informatics. She will assume duties on August 15 of this year.

Crawford received her PhD from the University of Bradford, England, and worked at AT&T Bell Labs, UC Santa Barbara, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory before joining the National Science Foundation in 1993. During her 17-year tenure at NSF, she held a number of executive positions.

ICSI and University of Genoa Sign Visiting Agreement

May 12, 2014
Dr. Michele Stecca of the Research Center on Computer Platform Engineering (CIPI) in Italy will collaborate with the ICSI research initiatives group under the terms of a visiting agreement between the Institute and the University of Genoa. This work is under the supervision of Professor Massimo Maresca, head of the Scientific Office of the Italian Consulate in San Francisco. They will be investigating the application of the service composition paradigm to distributed applications, which can be treated as composite services made up of atomic services. The project also studies and characterizes the architecture and operation of service creation/execution platforms.

Registration Now Open for Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets

May 5, 2014
The Fifth Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets (MMDS 2014) is now accepting registrations and poster submissions at MMDS, to be held in Stanley Hall on the UC Berkeley campus June 17-20, addresses algorithmic, mathematical, and statistical challenges in modern statistical data analysis. Featuring four days of presentations, discussion, and a poster session, MMDS 2014 will explore novel techniques for modeling and analyzing massive, high-dimensional, and nonlinearly-structured scientific and Internet data sets.

Chief Scientist and Board Member Receive NSDI Test-of-Time Award

April 15, 2014
Chief Scientist Scott Shenker and Professor David Culler, a member of ICSI's board of trustees, are co-authors of a paper that has received a Test-of-Time Award at the Networked Systems Design and Implementation Symposium (NSDI). Their paper, “Trickle: A Self-Regulating Algorithm for Code Propagation and Maintenance in Wireless Sensor Networks,” won the best paper award when it appeared in 2004 and was also written by Philip Levis and Neil Patel. Culler is also a co-author of a second paper being honored, “Operating System Support for Planetary-Scale Network Services." This is the first year NSDI has given the Test-of-Time Award, which was presented during the symposium April 2-4 in Seattle, Washington.

Former Architecture Research Director Receives UC Berkeley Teaching Award

March 12, 2014
Professor Krste Asanović, the former director of architecture research, has received the 2014 Diane S. McEntyre Award for Excellence in Teaching from UC Berkeley's Computer Science Division. The award, given annually to a member of the computer science faculty, recognizes commitment to and respect for students. Asanović received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1998 while working as a student in the Realization Group (what is now the Speech Group) and founded the Architecture Group ten years later.

Chief Scientist Scott Shenker Wins UC Berkeley Undergraduate Teaching Award

March 12, 2014
Professor Scott Shenker, ICSI's chief scientist and the director of research initiatives, has won the 2013-2014 Jim and Donna Gray Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from UC Berkeley's Computer Science Division. The award is given annually to faculty who demonstrate excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Charles Fillmore, Founder of FrameNet, Dead at 84

February 18, 2014
We are sad to report that our esteemed colleague at ICSI, Charles J. Fillmore, died February 13 after a long struggle with cancer.  He passed away peacefully at home, with his wife Lily Wong Fillmore at his side.  A professor of linguistics at UC Berkeley for many years and head of the FrameNet Project at ICSI from 1997 until his death, he was one of the great figures in twentieth century linguistics, best known for his foundational work on case grammar, frame semantics, and construction grammar. We will not attempt to detail his enormous contributions to linguistics, but just say that everyone who was privileged to study or work with him will feel the loss of a gentle friend and wise mentor.

Vision Affiliate and Alum Co-Chair Workshop at ICCV

February 4, 2014
Professors Kate Saenko, a researcher affiliated with the Vision Group, and Brian Kulis, an alum, were among the co-chairs of the First International Workshop on Visual Domain Adaptation and Dataset Bias (VISDA) in December. The workshop focused on the challenges that arise when the data used to train a computer vision machine have different properties from the data the model is used on.

Speech Researchers Receive Best Paper Award at ASRU

January 31, 2014
Speech Research Director Steven Wegmann and his colleagues received a best paper award at the Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop (ASRU) in December in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Their paper, “The Tao of ATWV: Probing the Mysteries of Keyword Search Performance,” describes the keyword search system they’ve developed for conversational telephone speech. The work was done for their project under the IARPA Babel program, which funds teams to build keyword search systems under time constraints and using small amounts of transcribed audio as training data.

Networking and Security Researcher Sylvia Ratnasamy Receives Okawa Research Grant

January 9, 2014
Networking and Security researcher and UC Berkeley Professor Sylvia Ratnasamy has received a 2013 Okawa Foundation Research Grant. The grant is awarded annually by the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications and funds research in the field of information technology by faculty in the U.S., China, Japan, and Korea. Ratnasamy's award is for her research in building networks with rich traffic processing features implemented in software.