Researcher Gerald Friedland Comments on Internet Privacy on CBS5

November 21, 2012
In a recent news spot on CBS5 San Francisco, senior researcher Gerald Friedland warns that publicly available statistics from surveys, the census, and other sources may have unintended negative consequences. The news spot is about the Palo Alto Open Data Platform, a city program that allows users to access a wealth of information, from local demographics to street conditions. Friedland points out that this information could be used in ways that harm consumers.

Speech Researcher Nikki Mirghafori Attends Prestigious NAKFI Conference

November 20, 2012
Dr. Nikki Mirghafori, a senior research scientist in the Speech Group at ICSI, attended the prestigious National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) conference November 14-17 in Irvine, California. Participants in the conference, which is held once a year, are selected through a highly competitive process and come from a range of scientific backgrounds.

New Service Checks Users' SSL Certificates

November 7, 2012
Networking Group researchers have made available a new service that provides near real-time reputation information on TLS/SSL certificates. The ICSI Certificate Notary improves the security of users' Internet activity by allowing clients to compare certificates they encounter while browsing the Web against a third-party database. Such checks help avoid man-in-the-middle attacks where an adversary assumes the identity of a well-known secure site (for example, a bank or email provider) by serving a malicious certificate.

ICSI Appoints New Members to Board of Trustees

October 15, 2012
ICSI has announced the appointment of six members to its board of trustees, growing the diverse group of academic and corporate leaders to 16 members. The expanded board held its annual meeting on Friday, when the new trustees officially assumed their duties.

Video Location Estimation System Receives Honorable Mention at MediaEval

October 9, 2012
Speech Group researchers and their collaborators at UC Berkeley received distinctive mention at the MediaEval 2012 Workshop for their video location estimation system. Their system was named the most novel theoretical approach to addressing the workshop's placing task, which challenged participants to find the latitude and longitude of consumer-produced videos and photos pulled from Flickr and YouTube.

NSF Awards $10 Million Grant to ICSI and Collaborators to Study Human Element of Cybercrime

September 25, 2012
ICSI, the University of California, San Diego, and George Mason University have received a $10 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the roles played by economics and social interactions in Internet security. While security research has tended to focus on the technologies that enable and defend against attacks, the new project emphasizes the profits that motivate the majority of Internet attacks, the elaborate marketplaces that support them, and the relationships among cybercriminals, who rely upon each other for services and expertise.

Speech Leader Nelson Morgan Interviewed on Marketplace Tech

August 13, 2012
Speech Group leader Nelson Morgan commented on speech recognition technology in a Marketplace Tech podcast. He said improvements to speech recognition technology are slow to arrive slowly because research relies on algorithms that have been used for decades.

Networking Leader Scott Shenker Appointed Chief Scientist of ICSI

August 10, 2012
ICSI has appointed Scott Shenker as its first chief scientist. Shenker, who has led ICSI's Networking Group since 1998, will help set its research agenda and represent the interests of its researchers. He is the first to serve as chief scientist of ICSI.

Postdoc Nils Peters Wins Best Paper Award

July 27, 2012
Postdoctoral fellow Nils Peters won a best paper award at the Sound and Music Computing Conference for a paper on the Spatial Sound Description Interchanges Format (SpatDIF). Peters's research in signal processing and spatial acoustics aims to analyze and semantically describe fields of sound.