Poster Session at ICSE '97 by the
Annals of Improbable Research

Tuesday 20 May 1997, 12:45-13:45
Wednesday 21 May 1997, 12:15-13:15

This is just for fun. In case you don't know, the Annals of Improbable Research is a rousing scientific satire journal.

The journal sponsors the annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, honoring scientific achievement that cannot or should not be reproduced. The Igs (as they are fondly called) should not be confused with those other prizes, awarded by the Swedish Academy. The prize is named after Alfred Nobel's little known brother Ignatius, known as Ig to his friends (and enemies).

The journal's web site is


Advances in Improbable Research


Marc Abrahams, editor of "The Annals of Improbable Research" (AIR) and humor columnist for Byte Magazine.


A seminar/slide show presenting outstandingly improbable research, a surprising amount of it genuine, from The Annals of Improbable Research. The talk includes highlights from the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremonies held annually at Harvard. Topics span the full range of the sciences and beyond, including: Internet Barbie; The Taxonomy of Barney; a Spectrographic Comparison of Apples and Oranges; Xerox Micrography; Tabletop Fusion; Feline Reactions to Bearded Men; and diverse other areas of research. Heckling is encouraged, as are lab coats and other appropriate and inappropriate regalia.


The host is ICSE frequenter Daniel M. Berry, from the Technion, who has a beard and is concerned about feline reactions to him.