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International Computer Science Institute
The International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) is a leading independent, nonprofit center for research in computer science.
With its unique focus on international collaboration and through its established international programs, ICSI brings together scientists from all over the world and at all stages of their career to work with established staff researchers, UC Berkeley professors, and their networks of academic, government, and industrial partners.
Current areas of research include computer networking, speech and language processing, bioinformatics, brain networks, computer vision, audio and multimedia analysis, and artificial intelligence. Algorithm development with application to genomics, video and speech processing, Internet routing and measurement, and machine learning is one of ICSIs particular strengths.
Since its inauguration in 1988, ICSI has maintained an affiliation with UC Berkeley. Many of ICSIs scientists hold joint faculty appointments at the university, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses and supervising students who pursue their doctoral thesis research at ICSI. ICSIs offices are located in downtown Berkeley, adjacent to the UC Berkeley campus and in close proximity to San Francisco and the Silicon Valley.
The executive director of the Institute is Maria Eugenia Quintana. The chief scientist of the Institute is Scott Shenker.
Audio and Multimedia
The Audio and Multimedia Group develops computational algorithms, systems, and methods to handle content composed of multiple types of data (such as news videos and social network posts). Multimedia research focuses on the scientific problems arising from the complementary nature of different data sources, each of which captures only partial information. The group takes a top-down viewpoint, studying how computer systems should be designed to integrate the different types of information in a document. These include metadata, such as geo-tags, and the context in which the content is presented, such as the social graph of an author. The top-down approach of multimedia computing succeeds in solving problems involving data whose scale and diversity challenge the current theory and practice of computer science.
Networking and security
The Networking and Security Group focuses on understanding the behavior and use of todays Internet and exploring new technology and designs for tomorrows Internet. Researchers interests range from fundamental architectural questions, new forwarding mechanisms and novel management approaches to network defenses, cybercrime, troubleshooting, and measurement and characterization. Security research includes development and maintenance of the open-source Bro intrusion detection system, along with studying censorship, abusive surveillance, mobile device privacy, and the TLS ecosystem. The Networking and Security Group has strong ties to UC Berkeley, with two of its members holding joint appointments, and also maintains close collaborative ties with UC San Diego and Stanford University. The Networking and Security Group also has numerous ties with start-ups and other businesses, allowing it to address topics of commercial and academic interest, and has been active in professional organizations and events such as ACM SIGCOMM, IMC, and HotNets, USENIX Security and FOCI, and IEEE Security and Privacy.
The Research Initiatives Group was established in 2013. The group expands ICSIs traditional research horizons and serves as an incubator of research outside ICSIs principal research areas, providing additional opportunities for cutting-edge and experimental work. Researchers perform work on topics including genomics, brain networks, and computer architecture. Other questions include privacy concerns related to advanced genetic sequencing.
Professor Scott Shenker, ICSIs chief scientist and a professor in UC Berkeleys Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, leads the group. He is the recipient of both the SIGCOMM and IEEE Internet awards. Along with Martin Casado and Nick McKeown, he has been a leader in the movement toward Software-Defined Networking. In terms of commercial activities, he was co-founder (with Casado and McKeown), founding CEO, and chief scientist of Nicira.
Researchers at ICSI regularly publish their work in conference proceedings, academic journals, technical reports, and occasionally entire books. Many of these papers are available to download in PDF format.
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