News - 2020

Move Over, Siri! USC Viterbi Researchers Develop Improv-based Chatbot

July 1, 2020 What would conversations with Alexa be like if she was a regular at The Second City? Read More >

USC Renews Quantum Computing Collaboration with D-Wave, Lockheed Martin

June 25, 2020 The USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center (QCC), hosted at USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, renewed its long-term relationship with D-Wave and Lockheed Martin, leading to important upgrades at the facility. Read More >

Craig Knoblock Named Michael Keston Executive Director of the USC Information Sciences Institute

June 16, 2020 Dr. Craig Knoblock's appointment as the Michael Keston Executive Director of USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) and concurrently as Vice Dean of Engineering, was extended for the next fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2020. Dr. Knoblock has been serving as the interim ISI director since 2018. Read More >

Sensors and Sensibility: USC Researchers Develop State-of-the-Art Biometric Security Systems

June 15, 2020 Biometrics systems like iris scanning or fingerprint recognition are no longer fantastical concepts of a distant sci-fi future. From iPhone fingerprint locking to facial authentication systems in airports, it's safe to say that the future is very much right now. Read More >

USC-Designed Smartphone App Aims to Get Older Adults "Moving Up"

June 3, 2020 Stacey Schepens Niemiec has long been passionate about using technology to improve the health and wellness of older adults. She became concerned with the widening of a "digital divide" among older adults that was limiting their access to technology-based health resources and services that are typically more widespread with younger populations. Read More >

Your Social Media Feed is Biased

April 15, 2020 Kristina Lerman, a principal scientist at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Information Sciences Institute (ISI), and her team have found that for most social media users, their feeds expose them to a biased representation of reality. Read More >

USC ISI Senior Director Honored with AAAI Senior Member Status

April 14, 2020

Dr. Yigal Arens, Senior Director for Administrative Affairs at USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) and research professor in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, was designated AAAI Senior Member status at this year's Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence conference in February.

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5 Tips to Stay Cyber Secure When Working Remotely

March 24, 2020 With more companies encouraging their employees to work from home to mitigate the spread and effects of COVID-19, cyber hygiene is as important as ever. Read More >

That Chatbot May Be Chatty, But Is It Engaging?

March 12, 2020 From purchases to therapy to friendship, it seems as though there's a chatbot for just about everything. Read More >

Researchers Develop Platform to Improve Weather Forecasting

March 12, 2020 The beginning of 2020 was the hottest January in recorded history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Read More >

Carl Kesselman Honored with IEEE Medal for Career Achievements in Computing

March 3, 2020 Dean's Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Information Sciences Institute Fellow has been awarded the Harry H. Goode Memorial Award. Read More >

Students Find New Opportunities, Focus through ISI Summer Internship Program

February 25, 2020 Summer internships are a great way for students to gain skills and experience in their field of study. And for students interested in the impacts of digitization, AI, cybersecurity, and other topics at the forefront of science and society, USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) has got you covered. Read More >

It's Not Magic, It's Science: Predicting the Future

February 21, 2020 It could be argued that scientists create superpowers in their labs. If Aram Galstyan, director of the Artificial Intelligence Division at the USC Viterbi Information Sciences Institute (ISI) had to pick just one superpower, it would be the ability to predict the future. What will be the daily closing price of Japan's Nikkei 225 index at the end of next week? How many 6.0 or stronger earthquakes will occur worldwide next month? Galstyan and a team of researchers at USC ISI are building a system to answer such questions. Read More >

In Memoriam: Bill Manning, Distinguished Computer Scientist at ISI and Internet Visionary

February 14, 2020 Renowned computer scientist Dr. Bill Manning, whose work was fundamental to developing the internet as we know it today, passed away January 25, 2020. Read More >

How To Reduce Bias in AI? Selective Amnesia

February 12, 2020 Imagine if the next time you apply for a loan, a computer algorithm determines you need to pay a higher rate based primarily on your race, gender or zip code. Read More >

Pegasus Research Team Discovers Errors for a Win

January 15, 2020 At the PEARC19 conference this past summer, researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering won a transformative research award in addition to the best technical paper. The work focused on providing scientists extra assurances that their data is not inadvertently corrupted when executing their analysis on multiple computers in a distributed computing environment. Read More >

USC Earth Scientists and AI Researchers Join Forces on New Semantic Web Technology

January 6, 2020 Sometimes the most unrelated things can produce the most innovative results. Take, for instance, aikido—a Japanese martial art that can be translated as the "way of unifying energy"—and paleoclimatology, a scientific field examining climate evolution. Read More >