News - 2004

Found in Space: $58 million

November 18, 2004 Researchers from the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) have won three grants totaling more than $58 million from NASA. Read More >

GamePipe Lab Plans to be R—-D Player

November 17, 2004 Noted interactive game creator and theorist Michael Zyda will join the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering to spearhead an ambitious and widely focused research effort to make game production faster and easier, and make games themselves more powerful, vivid, educational, and useful. Read More >

When War Games Meet Video Games

October 20, 2004 Urban Resolve is a combat simulation on a massive scale, capable of modeling the behavior of the nearly 1 million entities — the soldiers, civilians, cars, tanks and and more. The US Joint Forces Command uses it to try out new tactics. The Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute's Robert Lucas and Dan Davis played a key role in scaling it up to the million-vehicle level. Wired News reports. Read More >

Godiva's Speedy Ride: USC PIM Chip On Track to Beat Itanium

October 18, 2004 A critical benchmarking test indicates that a processing-in-memory (PIM) chip designed and prototyped at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute is delivering the speedup designers hoped. Read More >

The Wars of the Virtual Worlds

October 18, 2004 Every few months, a continent crackles into life on linked supercomputers. It is a place of huge cities and surrounding countryside with an intricate road network on which tens and even hundreds of thousands of trucks, tanks, mopeds, pedestrians and other vehicles move.

The newly created world is an electronic arena in which top military officers of the U.S. Joint Forces Command can develop tactics for the future - an arena that has taken a significant leap in complexity in the past three years, facilitated by the computer skills supplied by the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute. Read More >

New Postel Visiting Scholar Will Network the Past

August 19, 2004 Internet historian Chris Edmondson-Yurkanan, a senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, has been appointed Visiting Scholar at the Postel Center, Center Director Joseph D. Touch has announced. Read More >

'Expert Kernel Hacker' Returns to ISI

July 29, 2004 Annette DeSchon, a standout programmer who left ISI to create key elements of MacOS X and other software for Apple, has returned to build a more secure Internet Read More >

USC Smartens HP Server Memory

June 24, 2004 Researchers at the University of Southern California have successfully integrated a next-generation "smart memory" chip into a standard HP computer. Read More >

Thought for Food

June 18, 2004 A "Eureka moment" has led to an alliance between USC computer scientists and nutrition experts that promises better meals for the 24 million Americans who depend on community pantries. Read More >

Nature reports on Viterbi Robots for Space Contstruction

June 1, 2004 "Wei-Min Shen of the University of Southern California and his collegues described the robots.... Given the hazards of human space travel, they believe robots are the best bet for building structures in space." Read More >

A SuperMap for Soldiers - Or Business Travelers

May 28, 2004 Meet the military (and commercial traveler's) map of the 21st century.

Decades worth of detailed, accumulated geographical information is now available to front-line troops in a concentrated, portable, easy-to-use laptop package created by the University of Southern California. Read More >

Integration Sciences Division in Homeland Bio-threat Center

April 30, 2004 The USC Viterbi School of Engineering will partner with Texas A&M in a new Homeland Security Center aimed a biological threats — and ISI will be a part of the effort. Read More >

Ohlander Wins USC Viterbi School Service Award

April 29, 2004 Information Sciences Institute Deputy Director Ronald Ohlander received the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Service Award at a ceremony April 28 in USC's Town and Gown Foyer. Read More >

Intelligent Systems Researcher Wins IEEE/ACM Conference Honor

April 27, 2004 Sundeep Pattem, recently a research assistant with Dr. Kristina Lerman at ISI's Intelligent Systems Division, has won a prestigious best paper award at the recent ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN). Read More >

Six New AAAI Fellows Named - Two are From USC

April 21, 2004 The American Association for Artificial Intelligence has elected six new fellows - and two of them are from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Read More >

Wireless Networker Wins NSF Early Career Grant

April 7, 2004 Only two years after joining USC straight from graduate school at Cornell, Bhaskar Krishnamachari has won a prestigious NSF faculty early career development grant. Read More >

Degussa AG Will Work on USC 'House-Printing' Project System Will Build 2,000-Square-Foot House in 24 Hours, Says Inventor

March 17, 2004 Degussa AG, one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of construction materials, has announced its intention to collaborate in the development of a University of Southern California computer-controlled system designed to automatically "print out" full-size houses in hours. Read More >

$2 Million NSF Grant Funds Grid Security Research and Builds Self-Defense Toolkits at USC

February 23, 2004 Grid Computing, with its promise of worldwide sharing of computational power and resources is emerging as a major 21st century technology - and a possible target for pranksters, criminals or even terrorists.

Now, funded by a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, computer scientists at the University of Southern California and international collaborators are creating tools to enable the Grid to defend itself, automatically. Read More >

Mission to Arabic: It's Not Your Father's Language Lab

January 9, 2004 To teach soldiers basic Arabic quickly, University of Southern California computer scientists are developing a system that uses artificial intelligence and computer game techniques. Read More >