ICSI Launches Two New Groups for Audio/Multimedia and Research Initiatives in Computer Science

February 14, 2013

ICSI, a leading center for research in computer science affiliated with UC Berkeley, today announced that it is launching two research groups, one for audio and multimedia and one for research initiatives. The Audio and Multimedia Research Group is led by Dr. Gerald Friedland, while the Research Initiatives Group is led by Professor Scott Shenker, also ICSI’s chief scientist.

Vern Paxson Is New Director of Networking and Security

January 28, 2013
ICSI is pleased to announce that, as of January 1, 2013, Professor Vern Paxson is the director of Networking and Security research. Paxson was previously a senior researcher in Networking. He takes the role of director over from Professor Scott Shenker, who directs the recently established Research Initiatives area and serves as chief scientist. Networking and Security research scientists will conduct research on Internet security issues, including investigating the underground economy.

Steven Wegmann Is New Leader of Speech Group

January 23. 2013
ICSI is pleased to announce that, as of January 1, 2013, Steven Wegmann is the new leader of the ICSI Speech Group. Professor Nelson Morgan, the founder and leader of the group for more than 24 years, will be focusing on research activities, passing on the leadership of the team to Wegmann.

“Morgan has led this group for 24 years and it's in great shape,” Wegmann said. “I'm honored to take on this role and excited about the research that we as a group are undertaking.”

Interactive Graph of Relationships Between Root and Intermediate Certificate Authorities Is Released, Featured on SlashDot

December 17, 2012
An interactive graph created by DAAD postdoctoral fellow Johanna Amann shows the relationships between root and intermediate certificate authorities (CAs) of institutions around the world. The graph was featured on SlashDot. Amann extracted from each certificate chain the path of intermediate CAs up to the root and then merged all paths into a graph. Amann works in the Networking and Security Group.

ICSI Leads Team Researching Ways to Build Speech Recognition Systems for New Languages Under Severe Data and Time Constraints

November 28, 2012
ICSI is leading a research team under the IARPA Babel Program that is focused on building speech recognition solutions with self-imposed time and data limitations for a variety of languages. The work aims to better understand fundamental challenges and discover new methods for development of speech models for languages that could emerge as important in the future.

Networking Researcher Sylvia Ratnasamy Receives Yahoo! ACE Award

November 26, 2012
Sylvia Ratnasamy has received a Yahoo! Academic Career Enhancement (ACE) Award for the 2012-2013 academic year. Ratnasamy is a researcher in the Networking and Security Group and an assistant professor at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on the design and implementation of networked systems.

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.