News - 2001

COSSACK Rides to the Aid of Web Operators

December 7, 2001 Computer attacks that flood Internet sites with monsoon-intensity deluges of bogus messages made headlines in 2000, when they took down high-profile portals like Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay for several hours — and continue unabated today. Now, a team from ISI is developing a sophisticated, automated process to make defense both more powerful and more automatic. Read More >

Behind the Scenes at Pixar

November 27, 2001 For more than a decade Pixar has been a leader in the area of computer animation. In this talk Pixar senior staff scientist Tony DeRose will highlight technical challenges addressed in the past, challenges of the present and likely challenges of the coming decade. Read More >

12 Companies Adopt ISI/Argonne Lab Globus Toolkit as Standard Grid Technology Platform

November 12, 2001 The open source Globus Toolkit(tm)developed by USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) and Argonne National Laboratory today became the de-facto international standard in the burgeoning field of grid computing as 12 leading computer vendors and software. Read More >

Information Society to Experience Society

October 30, 2001 Our society has evolved to become an information society. Dr. Ramesh Jain, CTO, PRAJA, Inc. and Professor Emeritus, UC San Diego will discuss his ideas about how it is now evolving to become an experience society. Read More >

Today the World Wide Web, Tomorrow the Great Global Grid

October 30, 2001 The Center for High Performance Computing and Communication's monthly seminar series continues at 1:30 p.m. November 9th in the Jefferson Conference Room (JEFF 124), when the dynamic Carl Kesselman of USC's Information Sciences Institute will review the current status of Grid computing. The lecture will also be available at ISI via web links. Read More >

Social Intelligence To Make Robots Less Robotic

October 19, 2001 A new ISI agent project aims to turn "user friendly" into more than a catchphrase. Read More >

Team Will Create Instant Macintosh Parallel Computer Oct. 19

October 12, 2001 The High Performance Computing and Communication Advisory Council's monthly seminar series continues at 1:30 p.m. October 19, when two faculty members from the department of Physics at UCLA will talk about and demonstrate "AppleSeed: Numerically-Intensive 'Plug-and-Play' Parallel Computing." The talk and all subsequent talks in the series will be available via video conferencing at ISI. Read More >

ISI Hosts Digital Government Conference

September 27, 2001 In Nebraska, a national drought prediction system prevents crop loss by telling farmers the best places to plant in each county next year. Tucson detectives use an artificial intelligence-based crime lead generator to help them investigate cases with so little starting information they used to consider them unsolvable. These and other innovative uses of information technology by government were the topic of a National Conference on Digital Government Research in Redondo Beach. Read More >

ISI Hosts Digital Government Conference

September 27, 2001 In Nebraska, a national drought prediction system prevents crop loss by telling farmers the best places to plant in each county next year. Tucson detectives use an artificial intelligence-based crime lead generator to help them investigate cases with so little starting information they used to consider them unsolvable. Read More >

PCEN Has First Visiting Faculty Scholar, Board Members, and Student Fellow

September 27, 2001 Barbara Denny arrived at the Postel Center for Experimental Networking in September to take her place as PCEN's first Visiting Scholar, PCEN director Joseph D. Touch announced. Read More >

ISI to Receive $2.1 Million for Next-Generation Computing

September 26, 2001 ISI will share as a major partner in a $12.1 million National Science Foundation grant to develop new ways of sharing one-of-kind scientific instruments, data, and programs. NSF announced the award Monday, September 24. Read More >

System-on-a-Chip Vision, New Division

September 21, 2001 Bob Lucas has a vision of a new breed of computing devices — cheaper, smaller, and much easier to use. He believes that advances made in embedded circuits show the way — and he is heading up a new Computational Sciences Division, Division 1, at ISI to move along this road. Read More >

Today the Web, Tomorrow the Grid

September 14, 2001 New Center for Grid Technologies at USC's Information Sciences Institute Will Develop Ways to Share Resources Via High Speed Networking. Read More >

Nikias Taps ISI for Central Role in USC Engineering

September 14, 2001 In a broad-ranging talk at ISI, Dean Max Nikias laid out his plans to bring the USC School of Engineering into the elite inner circle, and explained how Engineering's "hidden jewel," ISI, will be part of those plans, developing into a full-fledged "second Read More >

Digital Computing in 1951

September 14, 2001 This talk will present a selective overview of the state of digital computers and computing exactly fifty years ago, from today's vantage point. It will advance the thesis that 1951 was a watershed year in the development and use of "large-scale" digitial computers, and it will raise the question, "was computing more fun in 1951?" Read More >

Fast Decoding and Optimal Decoding for Machine Translation

July 18, 2001 **Winner of the ACL 2001 Best Paper Award** Read More >

Two veteran researchers win highest ISI honors

April 13, 2001 Bob Braden and Eduard Hovy are the newest ISI Fellows. Read More >

Peter Will Appointed to USC Professorship

April 13, 2001 Peter Will, the founder of ISI's Distributed Scalable Systems division, has added an appointment in the USC School of Engineering. Read More >

Four Win Merit Prizes

April 12, 2001 Zita Wenzel, Brenna Guthrie, Mark Carley and Dale Wong have received ISI Meritorious Service Awards, an honor created to recognize outstanding contributions to ISI's mission. Read More >

The First 30 Years of the Internet

April 12, 2001 Bob Braden offers a brief insider's survey of the evolution of the Internet communication protocols over the past 32 years, what we thought we were doing, what we did right as well as some things we did wrong. Read More >

The Hardest Working Elves in Cyberspace

April 12, 2001 Milind Tambe and members of his research group in the Intelligent Systems Division are using themselves as guinea pigs for a new system of computer software "agents," which they whimsically call Elves. Read More >

Modular Robots Grow By Melding

April 12, 2001 A generation of children grew up mesmerized by the animated exploits of Transformers — small, simple robots with the power to unite themselves to form a whole range of specialized giant ones. Now, the science of robotics is starting to catch up with Saturday morning TV. Read More >

dg.o 2001: The National Conference on Digital Government Research

April 12, 2001 ISI will host May 21-23 a national conference on making online government systems available to citizens. Read More >

Here Comes the Holodeck

April 12, 2001 Artificial Intelligence Agents Used to Create Challenging and Unpredictable VR Training Exercises Read More >

Touch Named Director of Postel Center for Experimental Networking

March 13, 2001 Joseph D. Touch, Ph.D. is the first Director of the USC/ISI Jonathan B. Postel Center for Experimental Networking. Read More >

First national earthquake engineering computer network takes shape

March 13, 2001 Leading members of the earthquake engineering community met recently with nationally recognized computer scientists in a workshop at the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute (ISI) to start designing the first-ever n Read More >

Jim Pepin Named USC Information Services Chief Technical Officer

March 12, 2001 An ISI Veteran has new missions on two USC campuses and a new title. Read More >