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i5 Digital Appoints Professor David Notkin as Principal Scientist and Adds to Advisory Board.

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SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 21, 2001

Recognized Leader in Software Development Selected to Oversee

Intellectual Property Assessment and Development

i5 Digital LLC, an intellectual property development firm that builds and commercializes technologies for the media industry, appointed University of Washington Boeing Professor of Computer Science David Notkin, Ph.D. as principal scientist and selected professors Nikos P. Papanikolopoulos, Ph.D and Samuel Leinhardt, Ph.D. as the most recent additions to its world-class advisory board.

"i5 Digital is very pleased to add such high-caliber experts in computer science to join our active advisory group," said Liad Meidar, CEO of i5 Digital. "David, Sam and Nikos all possess superior knowledge that will prove critical when evaluating technologies for potential commercial applications."

Notkin, already a member of the advisory board, will expand his involvement in selecting and developing emerging technologies for i5 Digital in his executive position as principal scientist. With more than 16 years experience as professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington, Notkin now serves as associate chair. He has held visiting positions at IBM's Haifa Research Laboratory, the Tokyo Institute of Technology as the Toshiba endowed chair of intellectual information systems and at Osaka University as the endowed chair of intelligent information processing systems. He also received the University of Washington distinguished graduate mentor award, an ACM fellow award and a National Science Foundation presidential young investigator award, among others.

Leinhardt, a successful high tech entrepreneur, scientist and educator offers his expertise as the founder of three successful technology companies in his advisory position with i5 Digital.

Leinhardt's first company, Leinhardt-McCormick Associates, provided computer graphics tools for statistics, exploratory data analysis and data mining. Formtek, Inc., Leinhardt's second company, was a spinout of Carnegie Mellon University's (CMU) CAD-Graphics Laboratory. Formtek developed and marketed computer-assisted design (CAD) and distributed engineering data management applications. Storm, LLC, the third company Leinhardt co-founded, developed and marketed Internet infrastructure software. Leinhardt holds a bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago. He is also the author and editor of numerous academic books, articles and journals in sociology, economics and statistics. Leinhardt currently is an adjunct professor at CMU's School of Computer Science.

Papanikolopoulos, who serves as associate professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Minnesota and director of the center for distributed robotics brings extensive knowledge in the field of computer science to his advisory position at i5 Digital. Papanikolopoulos received a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens as well as master's degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Papanikolopoulos has been a consultant to more than 10 companies in the areas of computer vision, robotics and sensors for transportation applications.

"i5 Digital is poised to leverage the wealth of technologies and intellectual property around the globe that hasn't been fully utilized," said Dr. Leinhardt. "I look forward to participating in the process of selecting, evaluating and re-purposing these underdeveloped technologies."

i5 Digital has developed key relationships with many of the world's leading technology firms and research institutions. In addition to its offices in Seattle and Israel, i5 Digital has built a network of intellectual property development specialists across the globe.

About i5 Digital

i5 Digital is an intellectual property development company that locates and evaluates technologies worldwide to build solutions for problems faced in today's media industry. With offices in Seattle and Israel, i5 Digital has 21 employees worldwide. Investors in i5 Digital include Ackerley Ventures and eFund LLC. Headquartered in Seattle, i5 Digital is located at 300 Elliott Avenue West, Suite 510, Seattle, WA 98119. More information on i5 Digital can be found at www.i5digital.com.
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