a byte of ICSI, April 2015

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Uncharted Lecture Series: Using Artificial Intelligence to Protect Privacy

Michael Tschantz, ICSI
Thursday, April 16, 2015
4:00 p.m., Lecture Hall

in the press

"... the question of just who ultimately controls the information presented to users is of great and increasing importance – it’s one of the most vital issues the digital world faces ...."

Vern Paxson in “Google Says 5% Of Visitors To Its Sites Have Ad Injectors Installed,” March 31, 2015, Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch

See full list of press coverage.

What We're Writing

J. Bernd, D. Borth, B. Elizalde, G. Friedland, H. Gallagher, L. Gottlieb, A. Janin, S. Karabashlieva, J. Takahashi, and J. Won. The YLI-MED Corpus: Characteristics, Procedures, and Plans. ICSI Technical Report TR-15-001, March 2015
J. Feldman, S. Trott, and H. Khayrallah. Natural Language For Human Robot Interaction. Proceedings of the Workshop on Human-Robot Teaming at the 10th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Portland, Oregon, March 2015
G. Friedland, S. Egelman, and D. Garcia. Teaching Privacy: What Every Student Needs to Know. Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE ‘15), p. 713, Kansas City, Missouri, March 2015
S. Egelman and E. Peer. Scaling the Security Wall: Developing a Security Behavior Intentions Scale (SeBIS). To appear in the proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’15), New York, New York, April 2015
R. S. Portnoff, L. N. Lee, S. Egelman, P. Mishra, D. Leung, and D. Wagner. Somebody’s Watching Me? Assessing the Effectiveness of Webcam Indicator Lights. To appear in the proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’15), New York, New York, April 2015
S. Egelman, R. Kannavara, and R. Chow. Is This Thing On? Crowdsourcing Privacy Indicators for Ubiquitous Sensing Platforms. To appear in the proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’15), New York, New York, April 2015


a symposium in honor of Nelson Morgan

On March 13 and 14, 2015, ICSI researchers, alumni, and friends gathered to celebrate the career of Nelson Morgan, the founding leader of ICSI’s Speech Group and the director of ICSI for 12 years. Ten of his former students and current colleagues gave talks inspired by Morgan’s contributions both to science and to ICSI.
Speakers included:

  • Dan Jurafsky, Professor and Chair of Linguistics & Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University
  • Krste Asanovic, Professor of Computer Science, UC Berkeley
  • Steve Renals, Professor of Speech Technology, University of Ediburgh
  • Brian Kingsbury, Thomas J. Watson Research Center
  • Hervé Bourlard, Director, Idiap Research Institute, & Professor, EPFL
  • Mari Ostendorf, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington
  • Dan Ellis, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University
  • Hynek Hermansky, Professor, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Steven Wegmann, Director of Speech Research, ICSI
  • Horacio Franco, Elizabeth Shriberg, SRI International, with Andreas Stolcke, Microsoft Research

Videos of all talks are now available at

Recent Seminars

Oliver Kramer, now a juniorprofessor at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, was a postdoc sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service, or DAAD, in 2011.

Florian Michahelles of Siemens gave the first talk in a new series, the Rubric, that features our senior researchers.

Professor Paul Müller of the University of Kaiserslautern dropped by to speak about his institution’s virtual laboratory for distributed systems research.

Teaching Privacy at NSF Showcase

The Teaching Privacy project was one of 20 groups invited by the National Science Foundation to present their work at the NSF Showcase at the SIGCSE Technical Symposium, the flagship meeting of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education held March 4-6. Read more.

Who's Visiting

  • Manfred Eppe, Artificial Intelligence, DAAD Postdoc (4/13/2015 - 03/31/2016)
  • Tiago Torrent, Artificial Intelligence, Visiting Researcher, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil (4/20 - 5/2)
  • Alex Gittens, Initiatives, Postdoc (04/06/2015 - 07/17/2017)
  • Martha Larson, Audio and Multimedia, Visiting Researcher, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands (03/26 - 9/15)
  • Marco Caselli, Networking and Security, Graduate Student at the University of Twente, Netherlands (04/20 - 7/25)