New Research from the International Computer Science Institute Reviews Browser Extensions Security and Government Use of Spyware in the Middle East

August 21, 2014
Researchers from the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) today presented two papers at the USENIX Security Symposium in San Diego examining two significant threats in modern cybersecurity: compromised browser extensions and the use of malware by oppressive governments.

ICSI Enters into a Visiting Agreement with University of Genoa to Support Internet of Things and Big Data Research

July 30, 2014
ICSI, a leading center for computer science research, will host members of the Research Center on Computer Platform Engineering, or CIPI, to work on research initiatives related to end-user computing, big data and the Internet of things. CIPI is a joint endeavor of the Universities of Genoa and Padua.

ICSI Works with Yahoo Labs and Lawrence Livermore Lab to Offer Analytics Tools for Over 100 Million Flickr Images and Videos

50TB computing program runs analysis on the entire Flickr Creative Commons dataset, one of the largest public multimedia datasets ever released to the public

July 3, 2014
ICSI today announced a collaboration with Yahoo Labs and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to process and analyze the recently released Yahoo Flickr Creative Commons 100 Million (YFCC100M) dataset, a publicly available corpus of user-generated content comprising more than 100 million images and videos.

Vern Paxson, Director of Networking and Security, Wins IEEE Internet Award

July 2, 2014
Professor Vern Paxson, who directs Networking and Security research, has been named a recipient of the 2015 IEEE Internet Award, given annually to recognize exceptional contributions to the advancement of Internet technology for network architecture, mobility, or end-use applications. Paxson and KC Claffy of the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis in San Diego, California, were recognized for their contributions to the field of Internet measurement, including security and network data analysis, and for distinguished leadership in and service to the Internet community by providing open-access data and tools.

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.

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.

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.