|[February 27, 2012]
Roberto Pieraccini Named New Director of the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI)
BERKELEY, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
The International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), an independent
center for advanced computer science research associated with the
University of California at Berkeley and with a strong focus on
international collaboration, has appointed Roberto Pieraccini as its new
director. A renowned leader in science and technology, Pieraccini brings
to ICSI expertise in both academic and corporate research as well as
enterprise business leadership.
"The International Computer Science Institute brings together incredibly
talented word-class computer scientists, including some of the most
widely cited senior and accomplished younger researchers, to tackle some
of our society's most pressing intellectual challenges," said
Pieraccini. "I am honored to continue in the footsteps of my predecessor
Nelson Morgan, who fostered a stimulating international environment and
helped ICSI grow as one of the preeminent centers of theoretical and
applied research in computer science."
Pieraccini succeeds Professor Nelson Morgan, who served as director for
13 years and helped found ICSI's Computer Speech Group in 1988. Morgan
will now serve as Deputy Director and continue to lead the Speech Group.
"Roberto brings broad scientific and technological interests, a vision
for industrial and internationl collaboration and a deep understanding
of ICSI's mission," said Morgan. "We welcome him as our new director and
look forward to a bright future ahead."
"Roberto's blend of management and in-depth research expertise makes him
an ideal leader for the International Computer Science Institute. His
diverse background is a great fit to ICSI's intellectual environment and
for interactions with current and prospective sponsors," said Prabhakar
Raghavan, head of Yahoo! Labs and Chairman of ICSI's Board of Trustees.
Pieraccini has had an illustrious career in computer science, with a
focus on speech and language technology. Before joining ICSI,
Pieraccini, as the Chief Technology Officer, of SpeechCycle (News - Alert), a company
focused on advanced speech and multimodal solutions, was instrumental to
the most recent advancements in spoken dialog interaction technology.
Prior to that he was a research staff member at IBM's T.J. Watson
Research and before that a director of Research & Development for
SpeechWorks. He served as the chair of IEEE's (News - Alert) Speech and Language
Technical Committee and has worked for AT&T Laboratories and Bell Labs.
He started his career as a researcher at CSELT, the research labs for
the Italian telephone company in the 1980s.
Pieraccini is also the author of the upcoming book The Voice in the
Machine (MIT (News - Alert) Press, April 2012), a historical look at computers that
understand speech. He is actively involved in numerous industry
associations, serves on the editorial boards for several science and
technology magazines, and is a Fellow of IEEE and ISCA (the
International Speech Communication Association).
The International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) is a leading center
for research in computer science and one of the few independent,
non-profit research institutes in the United States. With its unique
focus on international collaboration and its affiliation with the
University of California at Berkeley, ICSI brings together the most
influential US scientists and experts from around the world in areas
such as computer networking and security, speech and language
processing, algorithms, bioinformatics, computer architecture, computer
vision, and artificial intelligence. For more information go to http://www.icsi.berkeley.edu/.
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