CITRIS October 2006 Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends of CITRIS,

One of the great pleasures of working for CITRIS is the opportunity to see the technologies that will profoundly impact the Internet of tomorrow as they are being developed. This newsletter examines two such areas of research.

Our first feature looks at how researchers at the Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) are joining forces with law enforcement and industry to combat electronic identity theft. Thanks to their efforts, Internet users already have some new tools at their disposal to protect themselves against such problems as phishing schemes and malicious keylogging software.

In our second feature, CITRIS researchers discuss their contributions to the optical network of the future. It is difficult to imagine an Internet that is 10,000 times faster than the one we have today, but many are predicting it could be a reality as soon as five years from now.

As always, we appreciate your continued support of CITRIS and all the excellent work our researchers and partners are doing. We welcome your comments and ideas.

Professor Shankar Sastry
Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society

December 8: Gala and Dance Performance at UC Berkeley

Please mark your calendars for two exciting events at CITRIS on Friday, December 8th: The Resonance Projects presents The Reception and the CITRIS Holiday Gala, both in the Gordon and Betty Moore Lobby of the Hearst Memorial Mining Building on the UC Berkeley campus. Beginning at 4:00 p.m., the annual holiday party for members of the entire CITRIS community will feature carolers and refreshments. And then at 6:00 p.m., members of the CITRIS Resonance Project will give a dance performance involving participants dancing together in different and remote geographical regions, with the resulting presentation broadcast into the Moore Lobby.

December 14: CITRIS Symposium, “Engineering a Better World”
This event will be held Thursday, December 14, 2006, from 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm in the Bechtel Engineering Center on the Berkeley campus. This event will feature a panel discussion, led by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, on “The Role of University Research in California’s Future.” In addition, there will be distinguished faculty talks on CITRIS research focus areas, and a chance to participate in interactive demonstrations and discussions on some of our societal-scale projects aimed at improving the quality of life for everyone. For more information and to RSVP visit

Grants for Advanced Computing Awarded at UC Davis
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded two grants, worth $1.6 million and $1.2 million per year for five years, to projects in advanced computing led by researchers at UC Davis. Another four grants, from a total of 30 funded through the department’s SciDAC (Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing) program, include UC Davis scientists as team members.

Distinguished Speaker Series
There will be one CITRIS Distinguished talk on the UC Berkeley campus in November. On November 13, Dr Darlene Solomon from Agilent will speak on “Powering Future Growth: Innovating and Commercializing Breakthrough Technologies” in the HP Auditorium in Soda Hall at 4:00 p.m. This talk will be broadcast live online and archived on our website, as are all lectures in this series. Our most recent presentation featured Dr. Peter Norvig from Google, who gave an engaging presentation on managing the data deluge.

CITRIS Research Exchange
These popular talks are held every Wednesday at noon in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building on the UC Berkeley campus and are all free, open to the general public, broadcast live online, and archived on our website. Please see the 2006 Schedule for a complete list of speakers and to view archived talks.

UC Santa Cruz launches Knowledge Services and Enterprise Management
A new graduate certificate program in Knowledge Services and Enterprise Management (KSEM) offered by UCSC Extension and the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz focuses on building the skills required to design and manage technology-based enterprises. All courses in the program will be offered at UCSC’s Silicon Valley Center, located at the NASA Ames Research Center.

Tomlin wins “Genius Grant”
Claire Tomlin of UC Berkeley and Stanford is a new MacArthur Fellow for 2006, joining 24 other distinguished scientists and artists from across the country. Professor Tomlin is an aviation engineer who focuses on developing methods for analyzing hybrid control systems and applying these results to practical problems.