University of Southern California

About ISI

The Information Sciences Institute (ISI) is a world leader in research and development of advanced information processing, computer and communications technologies.

A unit of the University of Southern California’s highly ranked Viterbi School of Engineering, ISI is one of the nation’s largest, most successful university-affiliated computer research institutes. The Institute attracts nearly $60 million annually for basic and applied research from federal agencies and the private sector.

Our work ranges from theoretical basic research, such as core engineering and computer science discovery, to applied research and development, such as design and modeling of innovative prototypes and devices.

ISI’s focus: intelligent systems, including natural language, machine translation and information integration; Internet and networked systems, such as the highly regarded DETER cybersecurity research program; informatics focused on medical applications; computational systems and technology, including supercomputing approaches and quantum computation; and advanced electronics for space, biomimetics, and other purposes. We also partner with the USC Viterbi School on the Space Engineering Research Center, a hands-on effort that enables students to participate at every stage of space research, development and flight. Our MOSIS integrated circuit unit drives innovation through its shared-services model, and has brokered fabrication more than 50,000 integrated circuits for customers worldwide.

A pacesetter for more than 40 years, ISI helped conceive, design and implement the Internet, including communications protocols that remain fundamental to Net operations. We also developed the Domain Name System (DNS) and its now-familiar “.com”, “.net,” “.gov”, “.edu” and “.org” address system.

The Institute employs about 350 engineers, research scientists, graduate students and staff. About half of our researchers hold Ph.D.s, and about 40 serve as USC faculty. ISI’s executive director, Prem Natarajan, most recently was an executive vice president and principal scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies. ISI is based in Marina del Rey, California, and maintains a presence in Arlington, Virginia.