Networking and Security Researcher Sylvia Ratnasamy Receives Okawa Research Grant

January 9, 2014
Networking and Security researcher and UC Berkeley Professor Sylvia Ratnasamy has received a 2013 Okawa Foundation Research Grant. The grant is awarded annually by the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications and funds research in the field of information technology by faculty in the U.S., China, Japan, and Korea. Ratnasamy's award is for her research in building networks with rich traffic processing features implemented in software.

Gerald Friedland Appointed to IEEE MultiMedia Editorial Board

November 4, 2013
Gerald Friedland, who directs Audio and Multimedia Research, has been appointed to the editorial board of IEEE MultiMedia Magazine. Friedland joins Professor Dan Ellis of Columbia University and ICSI's Speech Group, who also sits on the board. The appointment will be announced in the next issue of the magazine, which publishes research articles and reviews related to multiple media types.

NSF Funds Zeek Center of Expertise to Support Cybersecurity Operations in Research and Education

BERKELEY, Calif., October 1, 2013 – The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $3.4 million grant to cybersecurity experts at the ICSI and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They will provide training and technology for deploying the Zeek network security monitor at NSF-funded sites of all sizes. The project, which establishes the Zeek Center of Expertise, will also help members of the research community leverage Zeek as a deployment platform for their networking research.

External Fellow and Board Member Are Named ISCA Fellows

August 27, 2013
Board member Hervé Bourlard and external fellow Andreas Stolcke have been named fellows of the International Speech Communication Association. Fellows were announced at this year's Interspeech Conference, held this week in Lyon, France.

Researchers Develop Technique to Identify Spam Twitter Accounts

August 14, 2013
ICSI researchers and their collaborators at UC Berkeley, Twitter, and George Mason University have developed a technique to identify fraudulent Twitter accounts that are mass-created and then sold through an underground marketplace. Such accounts are used primarily to send spam but have also been employed to silence political protests. The approach could seriously undermine spam sent by social media; in the researchers’ study, it correctly identified millions of fraudulent accounts and helped Twitter disable 95 percent of those registered by 27 merchants tracked for the study. The researchers estimate these merchants are responsible for between 10 and 20 percent of all accounts flagged as spamming by Twitter. They are now working with Twitter to integrate the findings and other recommendations into the account creation process and Twitter's spam detection techniques.

FrameNet to Hold Workshop for NLP Developers and Researchers

August 8, 2013
The FrameNet Project, which is building a machine-readable lexicon based on the frame semantics work of Charles Fillmore, will host a five-day workshop September 9-13 at ICSI to help developers of natural language processing (NLP) applications and researchers in lexical semantics use FrameNet more effectively in real-world applications and research. Space at the workshop is limited, and organizers will maintain a balance between industry and academic participants.

Jerome Feldman Appointed to UOC Scientific Commission

July 15, 2013
Professor Jerome Feldman, a senior artificial intelligence researcher and the former director of ICSI, has been appointed to be a member of the Scientific Commission of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) in Barcelona, Spain. The UOC is one of the leading virtual universities in the world, with about 60,000 students.

ICSI Researchers Win Best Paper Prizes at ICML and ICRA

July 3, 2013
Stefanie Jegelka, an ICSI affiliate, and Jeff Bilmes, an ICSI alum, were co-authors of a paper that won a best paper award at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML). Jegelka is a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley and is affiliated with Vision. She helped organize a workshop, "Submodularity in Machine Learning - New Direction," at ICML.

Audio and Multimedia Researchers Win Competition with Crowdsourcing Proposal

July 2, 2013
Audio and Multimedia researchers Luke Gottlieb and Benjamin Martinez Elizalde have been selected as winners of the Ideas Competition sponsored by the Workshop on Crowdsourcing for Multimedia, which will be held in conjunction with ACM International Conference on Multimedia in October. The competition asked for short crowdsourcing proposals related to multimedia problems.

ICSI Launches Broala, a Services Company For Its Popular Open-Source Network Security System Bro

June 26, 2013
ICSI-funded Broala spinoff will provide enhanced services for large-scale deployments at top businesses, universities and supercomputing centers.

The International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), a leading center for research in computer science affiliated with UC Berkeley, today announced that it is spinning out a services company for Bro, a widely used open-source platform for network security analysis developed by a team of researchers and engineers at ICSI and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).