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.

ICSI Adopts New Leadership Model

ICSI has adopted a new leadership model: Maria Eugenia Quintana is now the Institute’s Executive Director.  She, in conjunction with Chief Scientist Scott Shenker form a leadership council that includes Prof. Michael Mahoney, Controller Sharon Parker, and Prof. Vern Paxson.  Our previous Director Deborah Crawford is now the Vice President of Research at George Mason University.

Scott Shenker Elected as AAAS Fellow

Prof. Scott Shenker has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which encompasses over 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members and reflects the full range of disciplines and professions: mathematics, physical & biological sciences, medicine, the social sciences and humanities, business, government, public affairs, and the arts.

Researchers Find Large Gaps in Email Security

February 22, 2016

Researchers at The University of Sydney (Australia), ICSI (USA), Data61 (Australia), and the Technical University of Munich (Germany) have found that while email sent between users of major providers is relatively secure, email sent by other providers is poorly protected in transit, with weaknesses in cryptographic setups and authentication.

John Ohala Wins ASA Silver Medal in Speech

John Ohala, a distinguished scholar in the Speech Group, has received the Silver Medal in Speech Communication from the Acoustical Society of America, or ASA. In announcing the award, the ASA cited Ohala’s work in advancing the understanding of speech production and perception, and applying phonetic principles to the study of spoken language change over time. Ohala is an emeritus professor at UC Berkeley, which he joined in 1970 as a professor of linguistics. 

Audio and Multimedia Researchers Win ACM Grand Challenge

November 20, 2015

Using an application developed by the Audio and Multimedia Group and its collaborators, you can search a corpus of nearly 100 million photos and videos for media that relates to particular events, such as Occupy Wall Street protests or the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull.

Eric Friedman of Research Initiatives and Colleague Win SIGecom Test of Time Award

June 24, 2015
Eric Friedman of Research Initiatives has received the 2015 SIGecom Test of Time Award, given each year for a paper published 10 or more years in the past that has had significant impact on research or applications that exemplify the interplay of economics and computation.