News - 2006

Software Speeds and Enhances Access to Print Brain Atlases

December 15, 2006 A Viterbi computer scientist led an effort to perfect a cheap, quick and copyright-respecting way to turn existing printed brain atlases into multimedia resources. Read More >

Software Speeds and Enhances Access to Print Brain Atlases

December 11, 2006 An ISI computer scientist led an effort to perfect a cheap, quick and copyright- respecting way to turn existing print brain atlases into multimedia resources. The software, now available in an experimental beta version for free download, is a robust and user-friendly interface that works on all the most popular computer operating systems. Read More >

ISI Researcher Awarded Defense Meritorious Service Medal

December 4, 2006 Vicente C. Garcia Jr., who is Director of the ISI Center for Information Operations, has received a high military honor for peacetime service. Read More >

ISI-Developed Tactical Iraqi Now a Standard Tool for Troops

December 4, 2006 Following extensive evaluations by the U.S. Armed Forces, a novel PC-based videogame originally conceived at the University of Southern California Information Sciences Insitute is educating thousands of officers and enlisted personnel how to communicate in Iraq safely, effectively, and with cultural sensitivity. Read More >

ISI Researcher Awarded Defense Meritorious Service Medal

November 30, 2006 Vicente C. Garcia Jr., who is Director of the ISI Center for Information Operations, has received a high military honor for peacetime service. Read More >

Viterbi Engineers Present Energy Ideas to $500 Million Research Consortium

November 29, 2006 The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, a non-profit consortium that includes USC, will fund more than $50 million of research annually beginning early next year. The Viterbi School, which hosted a RPSEA forum November 29, has a good chance of securing its share. Read More >

Breaking the medical image communication barrier

November 26, 2006 Using a new grid computing system, physicians at 40 hospitals all over North America are already quickly and securely exchanging high-resolution medical images. An expansion of the system could allow instant outsourcing of radiology expertise. Read More >

Breaking the Medical Image Communication Barrier

November 26, 2006 Using an ISI-developed new grid computing system, physicians at 40 hospitals all over North America are now quickly and easily exchanging high-resolution medical images. Read More >

Mission: Moon Lander

November 21, 2006 It's called LEAPFROG, and Viterbi students have been jumping to get it done. David Barnhart's dedicated undergrad/graduate research project to create a Lunar Lander Prototype Vehicle began in September 1 and will proudly show off its hardware December 4th at the 2nd Space Exploration Conference in Houston. Read More >

ISI Veterans Win Internet Society's Top Honor

November 13, 2006 ISI Fellow Bob Braden and his longtime colleague Joyce K. Reynolds are this year's recipients of the Internet Society's prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award, the society announced November 12. Read More >

USC Videogame Education Programs Shine on Fox 11 News

November 13, 2006 "In universities around the country, you can earn a degree in game design technology, and make a lot of money. About 80 universities nationwide have some sort of video gaming curriculum, with the University of Southern California among the top three." Mike Zyda introduces the Viterbi Schools' GamePipe program at length. (video link) Read More >

ISI Veterans Win Highest Internet Society Honor

November 13, 2006 ISI Fellow Bob Braden and his longtime colleague Joyce K. Reynolds are this year's recipients of the Internet Society's prestigeous Postel Award, the society announced November 12. Read More >

Six Viterbi Students Attend Women in Computing Conference

October 31, 2006 "In other conferences, women are so few. But here, everywhere you look it is just women. You suddenly realize that there are many in the field. And you think, if they go there, I can do it too." Read More >

ISI Prepares Party for Prime Pixel Patent

October 9, 2006 A modest celebration will take Nov. 3 at the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute to mark the 35th anniversary of the filing, by ISI's Peter Will and others, of the very first patent using the word "pixel." Read More >

ISI Building $1.5 Million NASA Satellite Sensornet Gateway

September 18, 2006 The Viterbi School will play the lead role in a NASA project that will use space satellites to capture data from sensor networks, and flexibly structure the data for effective use by scientists. Read More >

ISI Building $1.5 Million NASA Satellite Sensornet Gateway

September 15, 2006 The USC Information Sciences Institute will play the lead role in a NASA project that will use space satellites to deliver data from sensor networks, and then speedily and flexibly structure this data for effective use by scientists. One possibility for early investigation is much more detailed monitoring of microclimates. Read More >

ISI to Play Major Role in 5-year $300 Million DOE Supercomputing Research Program

September 8, 2006 The USC Viterbi School of Engineering will take the lead on more than $20 million in new research programs announced September 7 by the US Department of Energy, and share in two more - and ISI is involved in three of the four USC projects. Read More >

ISI Associate Named to Prestigious NSF Advisory Board

August 23, 2006 The USC Information Science Institute's Yolanda Gil has been has been appointed to the Advisory Committee of the Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation. Read More >

Viterbi Associate Named to Prestigious NSF Board

August 23, 2006 Following closely on her role in organizing a strikingly successful scholarly conference, the USC Information Science Institute's Yolanda Gil has won a post "with the potential for great impact on the computer science research community and on the future direction of computer science in the United States" Read More >

ISI Graduate Student Symposium Showcases Young Researchers' Skills

August 20, 2006 A new tradition began vigorously August 18 at the Information Sciences Institute Intelligent Systems Division, when eight grad students specializing in artificial intelligence presented their research in a prize competition. Martin Michalowski left won the best paper prize Read More >

First Annual Graduate Student Symposium Showcases Young Researchers' Skills

August 18, 2006 A new tradition kicked off vigorously August 18 at the Information Sciences Institute Intelligent Systems Division, as eight grad students specializing in AI presented their research in a prize competition. Read More >

All the World's a Videogame - and USC is Where They're Made

August 2, 2006 California Connected reports on the widening impact of games Ś and USC's widening impact in the game world. "At the University of Southern California, researchers are hard at work applying video game technology to areas like education, science and the arts...." Read More >

Viterbi School Wins Share of $10.2 Million Homeland Security Effort

July 27, 2006 Eduard Hovy (left) of the Information Sciences Institute will lead USC's partnership with three other universities and the Institute for Discrete Sciences on a new Department of Homeland Security initiative on advanced information analysis. Read More >

ISI Wins Share of $10.2 Million Homeland Security Effort

July 27, 2006 The USC Information Sciences Institute and the USC Viteribi School department of computer science will partner with three universities and the Institute for Discrete Sciences in a new Department of Homeland Security initiative on advanced information analysis. Read More >

Biologist Brings NeuroScholar Project to ISI

July 20, 2006 His mission: conquering neurobiology information overload. Gully A. P. C. Burns, a British specialist in neuroinformatics, has arrived in the Institute's Intelligent Systems Division. Read More >

Six ISI papers presented at AI 2006 conference

July 20, 2006 The 21st National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, held in July in Boston, featured six papers by USC Information Sciences researchers, and was co-chaired by ISI's Yolanda Gil Read More >

ISI SuperBot Lab Gets a Visit from ABCNews/PC.com's Future Tech

July 20, 2006 The Viterbi School's Wei-Min Shen "spent the past year building what he calls superbots, modular automatons that can break themselves apart and re-form as entirely new devices capable of entirely new things...'Our dream is to build a robot that changes shape and size by itself, depending on the environment and the task at hand,' Shen says." Read More >

Real-Time Pediatric Disaster Response System Takes Shape at USC

July 19, 2006 A pediatrician and a computer scientist are creating a powerful tool to save young lives in large-scale emergencies. Read More >

Fitting Software to Students

July 17, 2006 Instead of learning, some students "game" computer-based teaching programs. New research at the USC Information Sciences Institute is looking at ways of predicting this behavior, and using such predictions to adapt the systems to fit individual student needs. Early results are promising. Read More >

A New Way to Build Houses

July 14, 2006 The Internet radio program Science and Society interviews Behrohk Khoshnevis of the Epstein Department and ISI about his Contour Crafting robotic construction system. Read More >

Fitting Software to Students

July 11, 2006 Instead of learning, some students "game" computer-based teaching programs. New research at the USC Information Sciences Institute is looking at ways of predicting this behavior, and using such predictions to adapt the systems to fit individual student needs. Early results are promising. Read More >

Air Force Funds "Surprise Learning Project" to Aid Decisionmakers

July 10, 2006 The Air Force Office of Scientific Research is funding research by Wei-Min Shen of the Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute designed to improve defense planners' ability to make accurate predictions. Read More >

Viterbi School Leadership Changes

July 5, 2006 Dean Yannis Yortsos announces changes in the USC Viterbi School leadership team including several new senior associate deans and some new department chairs. Read More >

Air Force Funds Surprise-Based Learning Project at ISI

July 5, 2006 The Air Force Office of Scientific Research is funding research at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute designed to improve defense planners' ability to make accurate predictions. Read More >

DETER Publishes Latest Community Workshop Papers

June 26, 2006 DETER, an NSF/DHS-funded Internet security research consortium headquartered at ISI, held a two-day symposium June 15-16 in Arlington, VA to discuss ongoing activity and research. The papers presented at that event are now available on-line. Read More >

Bob Graybill a 2006 HPCWire Person to Watch

June 20, 2006 HPCWire has named Bob Graybill, an ISI division director working in the organization's Arlington Office, as one of 16 "People to Watch."This is the second time Graybill has been so designated. Read More >

USC Announces B.S. and M.S. Computer Science Game Degrees

June 20, 2006 Dean Yannis Yortsos of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering announced today two new degrees: a B.S. in Computer Science (Games) and an M.S. in Computer Science (Game Development). The Viterbi School is the first engineering school to offer both. Read More >

ISI Robot Submarine Tries to Look in on Re-Pressurized Rockfish

June 9, 2006 Wei-Min Shen's ISI Polymorphic Robotics Lab had a new assignment for its underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV): viewing the results of a marine biology experiment with pressure-shocked rockfish. Read More >

Unpacking Pecking Orders to Get the Gist of Web Gab

June 5, 2006 A USC Information Sciences Institute system pulls answers from online conversations by identifying the alpha chatterers. Read More >

Viterbi SuperBot Featured on Discovery News

May 25, 2006 Coverage of ISI's Wei-Min Shen's demonstration of "a locomotive jack-of-all-trades, designed to cope with a variety of terrains and be versatile enough to function in unpredictable environments" at an Orlando, Fla robotics conference Read More >

Science and Society: The State of the Art of Machine Translation

May 25, 2006 A 20-minute Internet radio interview with ISI Fellow Kevin Knight on computer systems to turn one language into another, including why computers have so much trouble understanding what a verb is &emdash; and what he's doing to help them. Read More >

ISI Command System Excels in Competitive Trials

May 23, 2006 In a competition that pitted a number of different DARPA- funded approaches to "Criticality Sensitive Coordination" against each other, Robert Neches' ISI team took the prize. Read More >

Yannis Yortsos Named Dean of the Viterbi School

May 22, 2006 Yannis Yortsos, who had been serving as dean on an interim basis, has been chosen for the position of Dean of the USC Viterbi School. Read More >

Emotional Intelligence for Interactive Media

May 15, 2006 Video games that can tell what you're feeling and even alter how the game reacts to you based on your emotional state are on the horizon, says Mike Zyda, who heads up the USC Viterbi School's video game development program. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev (left) tries out an early prototype of this emotion-reading technology. Read More >

Newest ISI Fellows Feted - and Listened To

May 15, 2006 The title of ISI Fellow was instituted in 1999 to honor a limited number of ISI personnel who have achieved a high level of external distinction through notable contributions to science and/or technology. Jerry Hobbs and Kevin Knight, the fifth and sixth recipients of this honor, were honored at a reception May 15 at ISI. Read More >

Commencement Day 2006

May 12, 2006 Viterbi School awards 1,734 engineering degrees in 2006 graduation day ceremonies. Read More >

2006 Commencement

May 12, 2006 A complete roundup of all the 2006 USC Viterbi School Commencement news, including a photo gallery. Read More >

USC GamePipe Laboratory Shows Off Latest Class Projects

May 8, 2006 Students in courses on serious games, advanced game projects, and networked artificial intelligence demonstrated live games including Erm's Migration, Dying, Corporashun, Origin, Cahokia, Tame Tom, Warmaster, the Last Battle, Incident Commander, Cloud, and the NSF-funded Immune Attack and Fish Quest games. Read More >

4 x 3 = Exceptional USC achievement

May 5, 2006 Andrew J. Viterbi and Solomon W. Golomb have been members of the NAS, the NAE, and the AAAS for years. This year, new academy elections gave two more USC faculty members, Leonard M Adleman and Robert Willis Hellwarth, the same rare distinction. Read More >

The Next 100 Years Essay Competition

May 1, 2006 In the "Next 100 Years Essay Contest," Viterbi School students make their predictions on what the next century of engineering holds. Read More >

Two USC Faculty Elected to Nation's Top Scientific and Arts Academies

April 30, 2006 Professors Leonard M. Adleman and Robert Willis Hellwarth have been elected to two of the nation's most prestigious scientific and arts academies for their research accomplishments and contributions to society at large. Read More >

2006 Staff and Faculty Awards

April 28, 2006 The Viterbi School takes a moment to recognize its own during this year's awards luncheon at Town and Gown. Read More >

And The 'Viterbi' Goes To...

April 21, 2006 The Viterbi School Freshman Academies host a night at the Academy Awards. Read More >

HDTV UltraGrid Pioneers Look Forward to Videoconferencing in 3D

April 13, 2006 After years of demonstrations of a highly successful technique for sending high-definition video over network connections, researchers at USC's Information Sciences Institute are preparing to go 3D. But it won't be easy. Read More >

USC President Steven B. Sample Awarded Viterbi School Centennial Medal

April 6, 2006 The Viterbi School of Engineering presents President Steven B. Sample with a special Centennial Medallion during the 28th annual Engineering Awards Luncheon, coinciding with 100 years of engineering at USC. Read More >

Viterbi Engineer in Finals for National Invention Prize

March 25, 2006 Behrokh Khoshnevis's contour crafting process will be on display at the California Science Center April 7-14, as part of an exhibit of semifinalists in the Modern Marvels Invent Now® Challenge. Read More >

Viterbi Language Teaching Skills Attract Red Herring's Attention

March 24, 2006 W. Lewis Johnson's work at ISI on a series of "Tactical Language" videogames that quickly teach Iraqi and other tongues to non-linguists is the subject of a feature in March 20 issue of the entrepreneur/techologist-focused magazine. Read More >

ISI Technology Competing for History Channel Invention Award

March 24, 2006 ISI's Behrokh Khoshnevis's contour crafting process was on display at the California Science Center April 7-14, as part of an exhibit of semifinalists in the Modern Marvels Invent Now® Challenge. Read More >

Australian TV's "Beyond Tomorrow" Reports on ISI Transformer Robots

March 23, 2006 "These self-configuring autonomous robots can transform themselves to climb stairs, fit through tight spaces and even alter their size." (Video .mov file) Read More >

Former ISI Researchers Win NAE Memberships

March 2, 2006 The National Academy of Engineering has named Danny Cohen and Paul V. Mockapetris as members, in large part for work done by them at the Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute. Read More >

Viterbi School's ISI leads in Machine Translation

February 27, 2006 An article in the March issue of Scientific American on "The Elusive Goal of Machine Translation" identifies Kevin Knight of ISI as 'the pioneer in statistical translation,' and extensively quotes him on the future of the discipline. The work of Franz Och, formerly at the institute and identified in the story with USC/ISI, is also a major topic of consideration. Read More >

Between Moore's Law and a Hard Place

February 27, 2006 Moore's Law has hit a slippery patch according to Stanford University's charismatic electrical engineer-president speaking at the fourth Viterbi centennial lecture. Read More >

Two ISI alumni elected to NAE

February 20, 2006 The National Academy of Engineering has named Danny Cohen and Paul V. Mockapetris as members, in large part for work done by them at the USC Information Sciences Institute. Read More >

Singapore's Nanyang Technological University Tours Viterbi School Labs

February 18, 2006 A delegation from Nanyang Technological University visits Viterbi School labs to explore possible collaboration in research and education. Read More >

Computer Expression Engine Automates Sneers, Smiles, Stares, Shrugs

February 17, 2006 On the screen, computer generated game characters shrug, wink, nod, wave, or cross their arms with skeptical hostility as they follow your every move with attentive gaze. A University of Southern California-developed system module called "Social Puppet" is pulling the strings. Read More >

Information Sciences Institute Sees Growth in Corporate Projects

February 16, 2006 Los Angeles Times "Golden State" business columnist Michael Hiltzik reports in detail on the Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute and its plans for expansion of its portfolio of corporate-funded research. Includes quotes from ISI executive director Herbert Schorr and USC Provost C. L. Max Nikias. Read More >

Distinguished DARPA Program Manager Will Represent ISI in New Federal Tech Initiative

January 27, 2006 Robert Graybill is bringing his wide-ranging expertise in computing systems to ISI's Arlington, Virginia campus, where he will guide the Institute's participation in a national project aimed at ensuring continued U.S. competitiveness in world markets. Read More >

ISI Grid Pioneer Wins Honorary Degree

January 11, 2006 Computer scientist Carl Kesselman, the co-inventor of open source grid software now widely used all over the world, received an honorary doctorate Jan. 9 from the University of Amsterdam. Read More >

Viterbi Grid Pioneer Wins Honorary Degree

January 11, 2006 Computer scientist Carl Kesselman, the co-inventor of open-source grid software now widely used all over the world, received an honorary doctorate Jan. 9 from the University of Amsterdam. Read More >

The Language of Schemas Meets the Philosopher of War

January 10, 2006 Artificial intelligence researcher Paul Cohen is fascinated by the ability of human infants to learn how the physical world works. He hopes to give machines some of this ability, as part of a multipart $4 million research program now underway at the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute, a program that will attempt to watch computer agents learn elements from the classic On War Read More >

USC Viterbi School Centennial Lectures

January 9, 2006 The Viterbi School's celebration of 100 years of engineering at USC continues as departments host a series of distinguished lectures during the Spring Semester. Read More >