International Computer Science Institute (ICSI)

1947 Center St. Ste. 600 Berkeley, CA 94704

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 ICSI's particular strengths.

Since its inauguration in 1988, ICSI has maintained an affiliation with UC Berkeley. Many of ICSI's scientists hold joint faculty appointments at the university, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses and supervising students who pursue their doctoral thesis research at ICSI. ICSI's offices are located in downtown Berkeley, adjacent to the UC Berkeley campus and in close proximity to San Francisco and the Silicon Valley.

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Hotel Shattuck Plaza (Welcome reception and banquet location)

2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, California 94704

A mission-style building from 1910, Hotel Shattuck Plaza is a downtown Berkeley landmark. Reflecting California's architectural heritage and re-designed with a contemporary aesthetic, this historic boutique hotel is the jewel of Downtown Berkeley. Around the corner from the BART to San Francisco, and two blocks from UC Berkeley, the hotel is surrounded by wonderful shops, theaters and dining.

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San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf is a neighborhood and popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, California. It roughly encompasses the northern waterfront area of San Francisco from Ghirardelli Square or Van Ness Avenue east to Pier 35 or Kearny Street. The F Market streetcar runs through the area, the Powell-Hyde cable car lines runs to Aquatic Park, at the edge of Fisherman's Wharf, and the Powell-Mason cable car line runs a few blocks away.

One of the busiest and well known tourist attractions in the western United States, Fisherman's Wharf is best known for being the location of, the Cannery Shopping Center, Ghirardelli Square, a Ripley's Believe it or Not museum, the Musee Mecanique, Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf, and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
The venue is not far from Silicon Valley, a home to many of the world's largest high-tech corporations, as well as thousands of tech startup companies. The region occupies roughly the same area as the Santa Clara Valley where it is centered, including San Jose and surrounding cities and towns. The term originally referred to large numbers of silicon chip innovators and manufacturers of the region, but eventually came to refer to all high tech businesses in the area, and is now generally used as a metonym for the American high-technology economic sector.
Silicon Valley is a leading hub for high-tech innovation and development, accounting for one-third of all of the venture capital investment in the United States. Geographically, Silicon Valley is generally thought to encompass all of the Santa Clara Valley, the southern half of the Peninsula, and southern portions of the East Bay.