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.

Gerald Friedland Appointed to IEEE MultiMedia Editorial Board

November 4, 2013
Gerald Friedland, who directs Audio and Multimedia Research, has been appointed to the editorial board of IEEE MultiMedia Magazine. Friedland joins Professor Dan Ellis of Columbia University and ICSI's Speech Group, who also sits on the board. The appointment will be announced in the next issue of the magazine, which publishes research articles and reviews related to multiple media types.

NSF Funds Bro Center of Expertise to Support Cybersecurity Operations in Research and Education

BERKELEY, Calif., October 1, 2013 – The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $3.4 million grant to cybersecurity experts at the ICSI and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They will provide training and technology for deploying the Bro network security monitor at NSF-funded sites of all sizes. The project, which establishes the Bro Center of Expertise, will also help members of the research community leverage Bro as a deployment platform for their networking research.

External Fellow and Board Member Are Named ISCA Fellows

August 27, 2013
Board member Hervé Bourlard and external fellow Andreas Stolcke have been named fellows of the International Speech Communication Association. Fellows were announced at this year's Interspeech Conference, held this week in Lyon, France.