News - 2007

Engineering Freshman Academy Students Visit ISI

December 4, 2007 Dozens of Viterbi freshmen poured off a bus and explored the corridors of the Information Sciences Institute on a recent Friday, part of the School's Freshman Engineering Academies' continuing efforts to expose beginning engineers to exciting research. Read More >

Freshman Engineering Academy Students Visit ISI

November 30, 2007 Dozens of Viterbi School of Engineering freshmen poured off a bus and explored the corridors of the School's Information Sciences Institute on a November Friday. Read More >

President and Provost Garner IEEE National Awards

November 27, 2007 Engineering society honors USC's president and provost for their exceptional leadership and contributions. Read More >

ISI Map/Data Mashup Tech Fuels Startup

November 1, 2007 Grants from four separate government agencies totally approximately $1 million are funding research carried on both at ISI and an ISI/Viterbi USC spin-off company, Geosemble Technologies, Inc., located in El Segundo, California. Read More >

Jump-Starting New Directions in Research

October 30, 2007 The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has awarded 13 USC engineers 2007 Zumberge interdisciplinary research grants for projects in quantum computing and new educational technologies to ultrasonic image-guided surgery. Read More >

Viterbi Applications Combine Satellite Views With Data Resources

October 29, 2007 The Los Angeles Business Journal reports on "El Segundo-based Geosemble Technologies Inc., a three-year-old spinoff from USC Viterbi School of Engineering," set up by computer scientists Cyrus Shahabi and Craig Knoblock. "Ten engineers have nurtured the baby technology since its inception in a USC classroom in 2000." Read More >

Two Viterbi School Engineers Named AAAS Fellows

October 26, 2007 The American Association for the Advancement of Science recognizes Senior Associate Dean Maja Mataric and USC Provost C.L. Max Nikias for distinguished contributions in science and engineering. Read More >

Viterbi Expanding Good Neighbors Participation

October 23, 2007 Fundraising leaders in Viterbi's arm of the Good Neighbors Campaign hope to increase participation in the annual USC funding drive. Read More >

Spinning Off and Funding Back

October 23, 2007 Computer scientists at the University of Southern California and the start-up company they created are creating new generations of multi-dimensional world and local maps using an emerging mixed private-academic research model as they do it. Read More >

Grid Expertise Undergirds Climate Change Nobel

October 15, 2007 The Grid, co-developed at ISI and Argonne National Laboratories, has played a key role in IPCC climate change research, recognized October 11 by a Nobel Peace Prize shared with former Vice President Al Gore. Read More >

62 Days + Almost 3 Billion Pings + New Visualization Scheme = the First Internet Census Since 1982

October 8, 2007 Researchers have just completed and plotted a comprehensive census of the more 2.8 billion allocated addresses on the Internet &emdash; the first complete effort of its kind in more than two decades, they believe. Read More >

$5M DHHS Grant to Childrens Hospital Will Spur Viterbi Research on Pediatric Emergency Response

October 8, 2007 Childrens Hospital's Jeffrey S. Upperman, who has long collaborated with ISI's Robert Neches on designs for next-generation pediatric emergency response systems, has just received a $5 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to develop such a system. Read More >

62 Days + Almost 3 Billion Pings + New Visualization Scheme = the First Internet Census Since 1982

October 8, 2007 Researchers at the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute, one of the birthplaces of the Internet decades ago, have just completed and plotted a comprehensive census of all of the more 2.8 billion allocated addresses on the Internet — the first complete effort of its kind in more than two decades, they say. Read More >

Viterbi/CREATE Collaboration on Airport Security Makes International News

October 5, 2007 Research on airport security led by Milind Tambe of the Viterbi School department of computer science working with USC's Homeland Security-funded Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events received worldwide media attention. Read More >

$5M DHHS Grant to Childrens Hospital Will Spur ISI Research on Pediatric Emergency Response

October 5, 2007 Childrens Hospital's Dr. Jeffrey S. Upperman, who has long collaborated with ISI's Robert Neches on designs for next- generation pediatric emergency response systems, has just received a $5 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to develop such a system. Read More >

Air Force Visitor Travels to ISI to Mark Transition for Tran

September 28, 2007 ISI researcher John Tran, also known as Captain John J. Tran, California National Guard Ready Reservist, finished five years in the Computational Services Division with a martial flourish. Read More >

ISI's Pegasus Grid Workflow System Sprouts $1.7 Million NSF Wings

September 20, 2007 The U.S. Office of CyberInfrastructure recently gave a 3-year grant to Ewa Deelman's project, which, says Deelman, "automatically chains dependent tasks together, so that a single scientist can complete complex computations that once required many different people." Read More >

2007 State of the Viterbi School

September 20, 2007 Dean Yannis C. Yortsos delivers his annual state of the school address and sets new goals for the coming year. Read More >

NSF Funds Rev Up Pegasus Grid Workflow Engine

September 20, 2007 Ewa Deelman's ISI team will use its share of a 3-year $1.7 million NSF Office of Cyberinfrastructure grant to improve the usability and breadth of support of their automated task organization and execution system. Read More >

Celebrating 50 Years of Spaceflight

September 16, 2007 Astronautics Professor Mike Gruntman looks back at the Sputnik era and ahead to interstellar space exploration during AIAA anniversary celebration of space. Read More >

ISI Software to Blow Away the Fog of War Excels in Trials

September 13, 2007 The plan was for company A to secure the northern approach to the target, a suspected enemy concentration, but company A is bogged down in traffic. The commander frowns at the map visible on his combat computer; but opens an option screen. And the USC Viterbi School Information Sciences Institute Coordinators system has suggestions, complete with pre-set orders for all the units that will be affected. Read More >

Forbes names Contour Crafting One of "Six High-Tech Disruptors Ready To Hatch"

August 31, 2007 Viterbi School engineer Behrokh Khoshnevis' house-in-a-day automated construction technique makes the influential business magazine's short list of potentially revolutionary innovations. Read More >

ISI Student Competition Shows Off Artificial Intelligence Research

August 29, 2007 Impressive scientific imagination and effective showmanship by graduate students doing research in the Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute's Intelligent Systems Division were on view at the August 24 event. Read More >

Presentations Shine at 2nd Annual ISD Grad Student Symposium

August 29, 2007 Impressive scientific imagination and effective showmanship by graduate students working at the ISI Intelligent Systems Division were on view at an August 24 competition, the second of its kind. Read More >

Fifteen Win Viterbi Masters Scholarships to Inaugurate New Program

August 28, 2007 The first batch of Viterbi Masters Scholars have their grants and are starting their studies. The basic grant remits tuition for six graduate units, three units in each of two successive semesters. Students from the whole range of Viterbi departments received the awards. Read More >

MEDICUS grid image-sharing system wins Computerworld Horizon Award

August 23, 2007 MEDICUS, developed by Carl Kesselman and Ann Chervenak of ISI in connection with Stephan Erberich of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles was named one of "10 cool cutting- edge technologies on the horizon now" by the influential IT publication. Read More >

ISI Grid Image-Sharing Tool Wins Computerworld Horizon Award

August 20, 2007 The Medicus System for sharing X-ray and other medical images, created in a collaboration with Childrens Hospital and the Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute, was named one of "10 cool cutting-edge technologies on the horizon now" by the influential IT publication. Read More >

New Terrorist Study Analyzes Attacks on Ports and Power Grids

August 9, 2007 Conclusions from a CREATE risk analysis could help local authorities with emergency planning at Los Angeles ports and electric systems. Read More >

GamePipe Director Creates CACM Special Issue on "Creating a Science of Games"

July 13, 2007 The Viterbi School's Mike Zyda is the guest editor of the July issue of the prestigious journal Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, for which he commissioned and wrote an introduction to essays illustrating how 3D games can be entertaining, effective in education, training and other more serious applications. Read More >

Postcards from Paris

July 12, 2007 Undergraduate engineers wrote postcards home over the past seven weeks while studying in Paris, France on the Viterbi Overseas Program. Read More >

ISI Pioneer's Internet Legacy Celebrated in Computerworld

July 10, 2007 Jon Postel is saluted as one of "the 10 IT People Who Mattered in the Past 40 Years" in the 40th anniversary issue of the widely-read publication Read More >

ISI Net Savant Among "10 IT People Who Mattered in the Past 40 Years"

July 10, 2007 A spread page in Computerworld's 40th anniversary issue celebrates the contributions of the Information Sciences Institute Internet architect Jon Postel, who "helped create and document numerous standards and protocols including TCP/IP, SNMP and DNS [and] is hailed as "the shepherd of the Internet." Read More >

ISI to Host AI in Education Conference

July 9, 2007 The USC Information Sciences Institute is playing a key role in the 13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2007) which will take place July 9-13 at a hotel close to the Institute's Marina del Rey Southern California campus. Read More >

The Newest AI Computing Tool: People

July 3, 2007 A USC Information Sciences Institute researcher thinks she has found a new source of artificial intelligence computing power to solve difficult IT problems of information classification, reliability, and meaning. People. Read More >

The Newest AI Computing Tool: People

June 28, 2007 A USC Information Sciences Institute researcher thinks she has found a new source of artificial intelligence computing power to solve difficult IT problems of information classification, reliability, and meaning. Read More >

Viterbi Effort for CREATE Attempts to Bring Order to "What If"

June 1, 2007 A Viterbi School team at the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) is creating a system to help policymakers with a faster more consistent way of quantifying risk estimates. Read More >

Farewell Lisa, Hello Sharon

June 1, 2007 After more than three decades at ISI, Lisa Moses retires as Human Resources Director, and Sharon Nealon comes aboard Read More >

RAW Talent Tackles Risk Analysis

May 29, 2007 An ISI team working under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security-funded Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) is creating a system that will speed and help make more consistent the difficult task of quantifying risk estimates to guide policymakers. Read More >

Pomp and Pageantry: Commencement Day 2007

May 11, 2007 Viterbi School graduates 1,762 Viterbi School engineers during the 79th annual commencement ceremonies in Archimedes Plaza. Read More >

Online Students Win Record Number of Viterbi M.S. Degrees

May 11, 2007 The USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Distance Education Network (DEN) granted Master of Science degrees to a record 272 students located all over the U.S., most of whom earned their degrees while working full-time. Read More >

SuperBots Show Off on Fox News

May 1, 2007 Fox News visits Wei-Min Shen's Information Science Institute lab and a nearby park to report on SuperBots, modules that assemble themselves into different shapes for different purposes. Read More >

Wireless: Not Just for People Anymore

April 27, 2007 ISI Director Herbert Schorr in Wireless Wave magazine: "Here at the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute (ISI),we are pursuing basic research on a vision of a wireless that doesn't link individual human users, but rather swarms or committees of machines." Read More >

MEDICUS project wins 2007 Internet2 Idea Award

April 25, 2007 The MEDICUS project, created by researchers at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering, was one of two projects honored by the Internet2 research consortium. Read More >

MEDICUS image sharing system honored at Internet2 meeting

April 25, 2007 Created by ISI researchers and collaborators, MEDICUS, which uses grid technology to allow researchers and physicians to share medical images easily and securely, was one of two projects receiving 2007 Internet2 IDEA Awards. Read More >

ISI's Carole Beal discusses her K-12 tutoring software on SCIENCE AND SOCIETY Internet radio

April 12, 2007 "I see the potential of this incredible technology in artificial intelligence. For a long time we've benefited from AI in military and industrial areas, but we're only beginning to bring it into the K-12 world." Read More >

ISI's Craig Knoblock Wins Microsoft Virtual Earth Award

April 10, 2007 The researcher's proposal was one of 21 winners selected from more than 140 entries. Read More >

ISI's Craig Knoblock Wins Microsoft Virtual Earth Award

April 10, 2007 Craig Knoblock is one of 21 researchers selected from more than 140 competitors for grants from the software giant. Read More >

ISI Leads $13.8 Million E-Science Effort to Tame Terabyte Torrents

April 8, 2007 A growing number of scientific fields suffer from a stifling embarrassment of riches: data pile up much faster than they can be analyzed. A team of researchers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering's Information Sciences Institute is now building a prototype of a system that will address the problem by automating scientific workflows. Read More >

Inaugural Bekey Lecturer Challenges - and Offers Praise for Viterbi Work

April 6, 2007 Ed Lazowska, the University of Washington professor famous for his indefatigable efforts to advance the discipline of computer science while preserving its conscience, appeared before a capacity crowd to deliver the first in a series of lectures named after USC's amazingly versatile roboticist/computer scientist/electrical engineer George Bekey. Read More >

Viterbi School Rated Seventh in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

April 2, 2007 The USC Viterbi School of Engineering climbed to seventh place among the best public and private engineering schools in the nation in this year's U.S. News & World Report guide to "America's Best Graduate Schools." Read More >

Viterbi robot experts discuss their work in The New York Times

March 27, 2007 "A blended approach helps to guide researchers at the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California, where the 'Superbot' can configure itself to squirm like a worm, crawl like a turtle, roll like a tire and more.... Wei-Min Shen, the director of the institute's polymorphic robotics laboratory [discussed] communication among robots that is inspired by hormones. 'Because there's no fixed brain, we need a signal that will circulate within the system.'" Read More >

Viterbi School's "Memory Hacker" Research Featured in Popular Science

March 23, 2007 Neuroscientist Ted Berger thinks he can upgrade that big computer we call the brain. An eight-page story in Popular Science discusses work at the Center for Neural Engineering by Berger, and work at the Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute with colleagues including Vijay Srinivasan, John Granacki, and Jeff LaCoss. Read More >

MONARCH System-On-a-Chip Excels in Early Testing

March 23, 2007 A revolutionary processor package co-designed by Viterbi computer scientists, one that changes its architecture to adapt to the demands of different computing tasks more than met design expectations in recent trials. Read More >

MONARCH System-On-a-Chip Excels in Early Testing

March 22, 2007 A revolutionary processor package that changes its architecture to adapt to the demands of different computing tasks more than met design expectations in recent trials. Read More >

ISI K-12 Education Initiative Reaches KRTH/KTWV Radio Audiences

March 20, 2007 Joe Sullivan and Carole Beal from the Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute discussed their work to create new ways to teach science and math to middle school students. (.mp3 file) Read More >

ISI Director Wins Top USC Honor

March 9, 2007 Herbert Schorr, executive director of the Information Sciences Institute since 1988, has won the Presidential Medallion, the University of Southern California's highest honor. Read More >

ISI Director Wins Top USC Distinction

March 9, 2007 Herbert Schorr, executive director of ISI since 1988, has won the Presidential Medallion, the University of Southern California's highest honor. Read More >

Videos Demonstrate SuperBot Progress to NASA

March 6, 2007 Wei-Min Shen of the USC Information Sciences Institute recently reported to NASA significant progress in developing "SuperBot," identical modular units that plug into each other to create robots that can stand, crawl, wiggle and even roll, illustrating his comments with striking video of the system in action Read More >

CiSoft Going Strong into Fourth Year

March 5, 2007 Viterbi researchers and front-line Chevron personnel gathered recently at USC to take stock of more than two years of cooperation, and plan their next steps. Read More >

CBS News: Could This Robot Build A House In A Day?

March 1, 2007 "A California academic named Behrokh Khoshnevis is sure he can do it. Khoshnevis an inventor, engineering professor and director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies at the University of Southern California [Viterbi School of Engineering] — says the idea is a simple one. ..." Read More >

Monitoring with Minimum Power

February 15, 2007 A new communication protocol for wireless sensor networks just released by the Information Sciences Institute is the most efficient yet, more than a tenfold improvement on previous versions. Read More >

Show to Tell: Videos Demonstrate SuperBot Progress

February 13, 2007 On February 13, ISI's Wei-Min Shen reported to NASA significant progress in developing "SuperBot," identical modular units that plug into each other to create robots that can stand, crawl, wiggle and even roll, illustrating his comments with striking video of the system in action. Read More >

'Road to Space' Webcast Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Spaceflight

February 5, 2007 Viterbi School astronautics professor Mike Gruntman chronicles the history of spaceflight in this special Distance Education Network (DEN) space anniversary webcast. Read More >

Provost's Office Establishes Games Institute

February 2, 2007 The University of Southern California is establishing a new USC Games Institute, which will be "an umbrella of activity" for the many schools and departments, including the Viterbi School, now involved in games research, according to Vice Provost for Research Advancement Randolph Hall Read More >

Fall 2006 Deans List

February 1, 2007 Check out all USC Viterbi undergraduates who achieved a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the Dean's List. Read More >

Ohlander Takes the Cake

January 25, 2007 ISI acknowledged the longtime outstanding service of retiring Deputy Director Ron Ohllander with a reception January 24 that drew a capacity crowd of about 100 well-wishers. Read More >

ISI Division Directors Contribute to National Academy Report on IT for Disaster Response

January 23, 2007 Readily available information and communications systems systems could greatly enhance rescue and rapid response: specialized sophisticated applications especially created for emergency response purposes could do much more, a new National Research Council Report finds. Read More >

LEAPFROG UPDATE: Engine test a success

January 22, 2007 It's a model lunar lander, and Viterbi School astronautical engineering grads and undergrads have been jumping to get it designed and built - with substantial ISI help. Read More >

ISI (and ICT) Women WiSE up

January 19, 2007 ISI's impressive roster of non-male IT professionals hosted a delegation from USC's Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) organization. Read More >

The Route from Research to Start-Up

January 18, 2007 A New York Times story describes how university technology finds its way to market and features the USC Stevens Institute and the Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute Read More >

USC Automatic Housebuilding System Makes News in London

January 16, 2007 The Times of London reported on work on robotic systems for house construction at the Viterbi School and in England. "The architectural options will explode," predicted Dr Behrokh Khoshnevis at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles... "We will be able to build curves and domes as easily as straight walls." Read More >

Viterbi Departments Establish Endowed Keynote Lectures

January 5, 2007 Endowed departmental lectures will honor the Viterbi School's illustrious past while providing incisive looks at the new frontiers of science and technology. Read More >