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Study: Many free Android VPN apps not secure

A recent study by researchers at CSIRO, ICSI, UC Berkeley, and University of New South Wales showed that many free Android VPN apps are not actually secure. The study looked at close to 300 apps, and found that 84% leaked traffic, while 18% didn't use encryption at all. Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, a scientist at ICSI and IMDEA who is a co-author of the study, was not surprised by the results, and in fact told The Verge that "the shocking fact was that people trust this kind of technology."

Vision Researchers Win Best Paper Award at Electronic Imaging 2017 Conference

Vision Researchers Stella Yu, Marius Pedersen, and Seyed Ali Amirshahi won the best paper award for their work on "Image Quality Assessment by Comparing CNN Features between Images (JIST-first)" at this year's Electronic Imaging Conference's Image Quality and System Performance track in Burlingame, California.

DTL Interviews with Irwin Reyes and Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez

ICSI researchers Irwin Reyes and Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez were recently interviewed at Data Transparency Labs 2016.

New ICSI PI Wins PECASE Award

Bérénice Mettler, a new vision researcher at ICSI, is one of 102 scientists honored in with the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the federal government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

ICSI Graduate Student Bill Marczak's Research Featured in Vanity Fair

ICSI graduate student Bill Marczak discovered spyware on the iPhone that exploited three separate zero-day vulnerabilities.

Wolfgang Wahlster Honored with 2016 ICMI Sustained Accomplishment Award

Wolfgang WahlsterICSI Board Member Wolfgang Wahlster has been honored with the 2016 ICMI Sustained Accomplishment Award and will deliver a keynote at ICMI 2016. This prestigious award is given to a senior scientist who has made innovative, long-lasting, and influential contributions to defining the field of multimodal/multimedia interaction, interfaces, and system development. Wolfgang Wahlster's contributions on multimodal architecture and practical multimodal systems are visionary and influenced many follow-up projects. Previous recipients are Sharon Oviatt and Eric Horvitz.

Remembering Norbert Szyperski, 1931 - 2016

by Ronald Kay, Co-Founder of ICSI

Among the many accomplishments which punctuated Norbert Szyperski’s life, the founding of ICSI took a special place.  It was an acknowledgement of what he had taken away from his year in the US as an Eisenhower Fellow in 1962 and the openness with which he was received in the course of his fellowship.

Michael Mahoney Explains RandNLA in CACM

RandNLA, or Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra, is "an interdisciplinary research area that exploits randomization as a computational resource to develop improved algorithms for large-scale linear algebra problems" according to Michael Mahoney and Petros Drinaes, co-authors of an article describing RandNLA and its applicati

In Memoriam: Norbert Szyperski

Norbert SzyperskiIt is with great regret that we announce the passing of one of ICSI's founders, Norbert Szyperski, on May 17th.

Usable Security and Privacy Researchers Win Three Awards at CHI 2016

Usable security and privacy researchers at ICSI received three awards for papers they submitted to CHI 2016. Along with their collaborators, Serge Egelman and postdoctoral researcher Marian Harbach wrote and submitted three papers to the conference, and all received awards.

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