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July 10, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jeff Rickel, a computer scientist at USC who made significant contributions in the field of artificial intelligence, died Sunday of cancer. He was 40. An assistant professor at the USC School of Engineering's department of computer science, Rickel also was program director in the intelligent systems division of USC's Information Sciences Institute. Rickel was born in Madison, Wis. He earned his bachelor's degree at Texas A&M and a master's and doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.
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July 27, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN
Praise for Postel: The International Telecommunications Union has bestowed its silver medal on Jon Postel last week for his central role in the Internet's success. Postel, head of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority at USC's Information Sciences Institute, received the award last week at INET '98, the Internet Society's annual meeting.
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June 23, 1999 | Karen Kaplan
Cisco Systems will fund a $1-million computer-networking research laboratory in memory of Internet pioneer Jonathan Postel at USC's Information Sciences Institute in Marina del Rey. Cisco Chief Technology Officer Judy Estrin will announce today at the Internet Society's INET '99 conference in San Jose the formation of the Jon Postel Center for Experimental Networking, which will open in the fall.
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October 3, 1998 | Karen Kaplan
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority submitted its plan for a self-governing Internet to Commerce Secretary Bill Daley. The plan to create an independent, nonprofit group, called Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, represents the consensus of the global Internet community and calls for an open decision-making process, said Jon Postel, who heads the authority at USC's Information Sciences Institute in Marina del Rey. Internet Corp.
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April 26, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN
A team of engineers at USC's Information Sciences Institute has built what may be the world's narrowest metal chain--as slim as about five human hairs. But the most remarkable thing about the chain is not its size, but the process used to build it. Microelectrical mechanical devices, or MEMS, like the tiny chain are usually produced in so-called clean rooms. But the USC team has devised a less expensive way to make tiny devices.
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June 22, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN
Following the suggestion of the Clinton administration's white paper on the administration of Internet addresses, the Internet Society has scheduled a summit so all interested parties--at least those willing to travel to Switzerland--can debate the future of the global computer network. The Internet Summit, set for July 24-25 in Geneva, will focus on developing a "new" Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, or IANA, to administer domain names, addresses and network protocols.
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April 20, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN
Web sites focusing on health, government and investing won this year's Global Information Infrastructure Awards, which will be announced today in Chicago at the Comdex Spring '98 trade show. Eleven sites were selected for awards from among more than 800 entries by a panel of judges, including Internet architect Vint Cerf, computer guru Esther Dyson and former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt. Among the sites being honored are OncoLink (http://www.oncolink.upenn.
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June 8, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN
The day the White House released its white paper calling for a nonprofit group to administer Internet addresses, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority said it was moving ahead with its plans to become an international nonprofit entity. The IANA, based at USC's Information Sciences Institute in Marina del Rey, has coordinated the Internet's address system, domain names and protocols since the early 1970s and receives funding under a U.S. government contract.
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October 21, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Clinton administration Tuesday tentatively endorsed a plan for transferring control of the Internet from the federal government to a nonprofit corporation based in Los Angeles, but asked its organizers to make some changes to elicit a broader consensus among backers of alternate proposals. In particular, the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration would like to see the proposed Internet Corp.
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October 12, 2002 | JOSEPH MENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Keith Uncapher, who founded USC's Information Sciences Institute, died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 80. Uncapher conducted or supervised pioneering work on a number of issues central to the development of the Internet, both at the Rand Corp. in Santa Monica and at the USC institute, which he began in 1972 with a staff of three. At Rand, Uncapher worked on "packet-switching," a system for breaking down digital messages into parts and reassembling them at their destination.
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