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News Update 07-08-2003

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* Education Technology Companies to Exhibit at Syllabus2003

* Syllabus2003 Early Bird Deadline Ends Today

Internet 2 Unveils Shibboleth 1.0 Authentication Architecture

The Internet2 consortium announced the availability of Shibboleth 1.0, the first production version of software implementing a leading online authorization architecture. Shibboleth, which is standards-based and open source, incorporates active privacy management while enabling inter-institutional sharing of Web resources subject to access controls. Leading educational tech companies, including Blackboard, EBSCO, JSTOR, SFX, WebAssign and WebCT, have already begun to incorporate Shibboleth technology into their products and services. SWITCH, the Swiss research and education networking organization, also is using Shibboleth as their official authentication and authorization architecture.

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SPONSOR: Education Technology Companies to Exhibit at Syllabus2003

Syllabus2003 celebrates its 10th annual summer conference July 27-31 in San Jose, Calif., and on the campus of Stanford University. In addition to cutting-edge keynotes, breakout sessions, and panel discussions, attendees will see the latest products for campus technology during designated exhibit hall hours. Some of the companies attending include: Hoffman Video Systems, a full-service audio-visual systems integration firm offering design, engineering, installation, maintenance, and more; Netopia Inc., a global leader providing real-time technical support technologies for the multi-channel call center, network operations center, and the enterprise help desk; Optx International, developer of ScreenWatch Lecture, presentation and live Webcasting software to quickly and easily record lectures; and Sony Electronics Inc., providing advanced audio and video delivery systems tailored to the needs of the education community. To view the entire exhibitor list, as well as to register for Syllabus2003, go to

USC Researchers Build Machine Translation System for Hindi

Researchers at USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) and collaborators nationwide have built a system to translate Hindi text into English and query Hindi databases using English questions. The effort was part of the "Surprise Language" project, a test of the computer science community's ability to quickly create translation tools for previously non-researched languages. The exercise was sponsored by the Defense Advance Research Project Agency (DARPA) and ended July 1. "A month ago, we didn't even know what language we would be working on," said Ulrich Germann, a computational linguist at ISI, part of USC's School of Engineering.

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SPONSOR: Register Today and Save Up to $200!

This summer's 10th annual Syllabus Conference offers five days of not- to-be-missed keynotes, general sessions, breakouts, and more for education technology professionals. Join us July 27-31 at the San Jose Marriott and enjoy five new program tracks on topics of strategic importance. Plus, a special day on the Stanford University campus will allow you to experience the latest technology innovations first hand. All this, including networking and exhibits, in Syllabus' traditional collegial atmosphere. Today is your last chance to save up to $200 in Early Bird discounts. For details and to register now go to:

Westwood to Offer Bachelor's in Information Systems Security

Denver-based Westwood College of Technology became the latest higher ed organization to offer a degree program in information system security. The company, which operates a national system of private colleges focusing on career education, will offer a bachelor's degree program in Information Systems. The curriculum will cover a wide swath of security topics, focusing on both the global and local level. Students will also take a "career-focused, hands-on approach rather than large classes and lectures," said Westwood president Jamie Turner. Classes in the new degree program start in August at its Denver campuses. "As technology grows, so will the demand for highly skilled workers in this field," said Turner, adding that graduates will have, "marketable skills that most of their peers won't have."

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MIT, Software Firm, to Create 'Living Lab' for Behavior Studies

MIT and collaborative software firm TIAX said they would create "the PlaceLab," a "living laboratory that will allow researchers and companies to study how new technologies, materials, and design strategies will change the way people live. The PlaceLab, located in a condominium building in Cambridge, Mass., is an apartment-scale facility that will be occupied by families who volunteer to participate in experiments ranging from one week to several months. The first of a series of research projects will be launched in early fall 2003. As a shared research facility operated jointly by TIAX and MIT, proposals will be accepted from academic researchers and industry to take advantage of the resources of the PlaceLab.

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IBM Launches New Funding and Grant Model for University R&D

IBM Corp. launched a new funding and grant model for universities doing research in technology and life sciences. The new IBM Life Sciences Institutes of Innovation program is project-focused and represents a multi-year commitment. It offers a comprehensive package of benefits, ranging from technical support and IBM-funded research assistantships to funding for project reports, conference participation, joint R&D projects, and assistance with external funding applications. IBM chose Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University as the first two enrollees in the program. As Institutes of Innovation, researchers at the two universities will collaborate with IBM on life sciences research projects of mutual interest. In addition, they are eligible for early access to next-generation IBM technologies, post-doctoral and research associate opportunities, software through the IBM Scholars university product portal, and participation in the competition for IBM's university award programs.

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