News - 2008

USC and UNAM Engineering Sign Cooperation Agreement

December 20, 2008 Viterbi School faculty and administrators traveled to Mexico City to initiate a collaborative agreement with the National Autonomous University of Mexico Read More >

Three Viterbi Engineers Named AAAS Fellows

December 19, 2008 Michael Arbib, Terence Langdon and Aristides Requicha share honor from leading scientific society. Read More >

ISI Expands Genomics Collaboration into Mental Health Research

December 11, 2008 ISI will be part of a new national Center for Genomic Studies on Mental Disorders, funded by a five-year, $42.4-million grant. Read More >

ISI Robotics Researcher Wins Army Best Paper Award

December 8, 2008 Wei-Min Shen returned from the 26th Army Science Conference with an award plaque for research that created an improved "self-healing" linkage system for his SuperBot modular robot system. Read More >

ISI Expands Genomics Collaboration into Mental Health Research

December 8, 2008 ISI will be part of a new Center for Genomic Studies on Mental Disorders funded by a five-year $42.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health. Read More >

Infosys COO Visits Viterbi School

December 8, 2008 S.D. Shibulal, co-founder and chief operating officer of Infosys Technologies, Ltd., spent a full day meeting with Viterbi people - the dean, BOC members, faculty, researchers and students. Read More >

ISI Robotics Researcher Wins Army Best Paper Award

December 5, 2008 Wei-Min Shen returned from the 26th Army Science Conference with an award plaque for research which created a improved linkage system for his SuperBot modular robots Read More >

ISI Security Expert Speaks to L.A. Times About Career Training

November 30, 2008 In an extended interview, Cliff Neuman, director of the Viterbi School's Center for Computer Systems Security, discusses job prospects and USC course offerings Read More >

Megacities: 'A New Dynamic Organism'

November 17, 2008 The first in a series of conferences 'to promote the renaissance of large urban areas' sparks discussions of innovative research, technology and planning for mega growth. Read More >

Viterbi Digital Archive Documents Origins of Communications Revolution

November 10, 2008 Andrew J. Viterbi, USC trustee and benefactor of the Viterbi School, makes his research and personal papers available online at USC. Read More >

USC Salutes Andrew J. Viterbi

November 2, 2008 Top university officials gather to honor USC trustee and Viterbi School namesake for winning the National Medal of Science. Read More >

ISI rubs GENI funding lamp

October 30, 2008 An ambitious NSF project to create a vast interactive network testbed is moving forward into a $12 million prototyping phase in which ISI division director John Wroclawski will continue and deepen his involvement. Read More >

When Viterbi Met Keck

October 21, 2008 More than 100 faculty from USC's medical and engineering schools spent a weekend together Oct. 17-19, exploring opportunities for enhanced collaboration. Read More >

Viterbi School Engineering Program Moves Up to #11 in the World

October 9, 2008 The Viterbi School of Engineering moved from 12th to 11th in the world in engineering, technology and computer science programs in the recently released 2008 Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings. Read More >

3rd Grad Research Symposium Shines

October 6, 2008 The ISI Intelligent Systems Division continued a tradition by holding its competitive symposium, with prizes for best papers, presentations, and posters. Read More >

Journal of Petroleum Technology Extols Viterbi School's "Digital Petroleum Engineers"

October 2, 2008 A guest editorial by a Schlumberger executive quotes the Mork Department's Iraj Ershaghi and praises "innovative programs, such as those offered at USC," as key to "a major transformation" in the industry Read More >

Dr. Andrew J. Viterbi Receives 2007 National Medal of Science

October 2, 2008 Comprehensive coverage of the award of the 2007 National Medal of Science to USC Trustee and Engineering School namesake Dr. Andrew J. Viterbi, including the White House ceremony and preceding black-tie reception. Read More >

ISI Rubs GENI Funding Lamp

October 1, 2008 ISI division director John Wroclawski is part of a $12 Million NSF effort to build a "Global Environment for Network Innovations." Read More >

ISI Contract Update: $6.93 Million

September 26, 2008 Information Sciences Insitute project leaders in 2008 have won nearly $7 million in research awards. Read More >

Captain Garcia Adds Ret. to His Title with a Bang

September 12, 2008 ISI project director Vicente Garcia Jr. joined the navy in 1978 fresh out of New Mexico State University. In a solemn 2008 ceremony keynoted by two flag-rank officers he retired from it. Read More >

Indian IT Giant Strides Across Flat World to Fund Viterbi School Research

September 8, 2008 V.P. Subrahmanyam "Subu" Goparaju of Infosys Technologies and Viterbi School Dean Yannis C. Yortsos joined in a toast September 5 to launch the company's first-ever research center outside of India. Read More >

IT Aloha!

September 5, 2008 ISI executive director Herbert Schorr and researcher Dan Davis went to Hawai'i to renew long-standing ties with people and institutions on the island of Maui, and explore new opportunities for IT in education Read More >

USC's Andrew Viterbi Receives National Medal of Science

August 25, 2008 President George W. Bush has announced that USC trustee and namesake of the Viterbi School of Engineering Andrew J. Viterbi is one of the recipients of the nation's highest honor for science and technology. Read More >

DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff Visits Campus

August 18, 2008 Speaking about identity security earlier this month, Chertoff also met with university officials, including Dean Yortsos and CREATE Director Detloff von Winterfeldt. Read More >

Bulletin of College of Surgeons Highlights Viterbi role in $5 million pediatric disaster planning study

August 11, 2008 Childrens Hospital "is working closely with Robert Neches, a division director at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute, on ways to revolutionize disaster-preparation training." Read More >

ISI Role in Pediatric Disaster Planning Study Highlighted

August 11, 2008 An extensive feature in a prominent medical journal documents the ongoing $5 million effort led by Dr. Jeffrey Upperman of Childrens Hospital, an project in which ISI's Division 2 plays a key role. Read More >

Postcards from Rome

July 25, 2008 Undergraduate engineering students fulfill course requirements while getting a taste of Rome's timelessness, turbulent history and engineering marvels in overseas study program. Read More >

ISI To Play $1.5 Million Role in NIH Genetic Epidemiology Initiative

July 17, 2008 A team from the Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute will structure data to allow health scientists to quickly and consistently test hypotheses. Read More >

ISI To Play $1.5 Million Role in NIH Effort to Understand Hereditary Roots of Disease Vulnerability

July 17, 2008 Jose-Luis Ambite and Ewa Deelman will be part of a 4-year, $31 million initiative aimed at understanding how genetic variation influences the risk of diabetes, heart pathologies, cancer and other common diseases. Read More >

High Marks for USC-IIT Kharagpur Exchange Program

July 16, 2008 Students in this year's USC-IIT Kharagpur summer exchange program said the hands-on work was valuable and, in some cases, helped them decide whether to pursue an advanced degree. Read More >

DSS Division Names New Project Leader

July 14, 2008 Ke-Thia Yao, an expert on systems acquisition, mining, and management of large and complex data sets, is the newest project leader in ISI's Distributed Scalable Systems Division. Read More >

Will Wei-Min Shen's SuperBots Find a Home in the K-12 Classroom?

June 30, 2008 The British tech-in-education magazine Vision takes a long look at how young students might profit from hands-on experience with the modular shape-changing robots developed at ISI Read More >

USC HPCC Supercomputer Ranks in U.S. Top 10

June 25, 2008 Viterbi contributes expertise and leadership to the university's High Performance Computing Center Read More >

WIRED Highlights ISI Role in Creation of Internet Address System

June 23, 2008 A 25th anniversary story describes "brilliant" 1983 work by Paul Mockapetris and Jon Postel in creating the now-universal .com, .edu, .gov, .org domain name system at the Viterbi School of Engineering's Information Sciences Institute. Read More >

ISI Team Builds Bot in 5 Hours to Best MIT and 4 Others

May 23, 2008 An ISI team led by Dr. Behnam Salemi won the Planetary Robotic Contingency Challenge competition at the 2008 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (IRCA- 2008) in Pasadena, May 21-22. Read More >

Los Angeles Times Sheds Light on Indian Community at USC

May 20, 2008 The newspaper portrays the Viterbi School as the destination for "an academic tidal wave from the Indian Ocean," thanks to its excellent overseas reputation, outreach trips and welcoming campus environment. The article spotlights Indian Student Association president Guarav Kumar, Senior Associate Dean Cauligi Raghavendra and others. Read More >

USC Viterbi School Reaches $300 Million Fundraising Goal Ahead of Schedule

May 19, 2008 "Seven years ago we set a very lofty target...I am extremely pleased to tell you that as of the end of this March, our fundraising total stood at $300,955,609 in cash and pledges." Read More >

Commencement 2008

May 17, 2008 Parents, siblings, children and friends some from across the globe — cheer 1,860 newly minted Viterbi School graduates, who have now become part of USC's global Trojan family. Read More >

354 Students &emdash; Including Two from Korea &emdash; Receive DEN Degrees

May 16, 2008 The Viterbi School's Distance Education Network's largest-ever graduating class marked a 30 percent increase over 2007 — which had been 30 percent above 2006. Read More >

Outstanding Viterbi Students Honored

May 11, 2008 Graduating seniors and student leaders were recognized for their exceptional achievements in a special Viterbi Awards ceremony held on campus. Read More >

Mini-Origami: ISI Folds Up Tiny Packages for Drug Delivery

May 1, 2008 Researchers at the USC Information Sciences Institute have demonstrated a way to manufacture miniscule containers that might be used to deliver precise micro- or even nano- quantities of drugs. Read More >

2008 Viterbi School Faculty and Staff Awards

April 29, 2008 Dean Yortsos recognizes exceptional teaching, research and service in the Viterbi School in his annual "State of the School" speech and awards luncheon. Read More >

Mini-Origami: ISI Folds Up Tiny Packages for Drug Delivery

April 28, 2008 Egypt has its great pyramids; Viterbi now has its micropyramids Read More >

Spacecraft Builder Honored for Helping Students

April 24, 2008 David Barnhart, director of the Aerospace Technology and Systems Center at ISI, was one of six 2008 USC-Mellon Mentoring Award winners. Read More >

Six Viterbi Faculty Win USC-Mellon Mentoring Awards

April 24, 2008 Six engineering faculty are recognized for mentoring that made a difference in lives of fellow faculty and/or students. Read More >

DETER Wins 2008 Excellence.Gov Honor

April 15, 2008 The Viterbi school's cyberdefense lab partnership wins an American Council for Technology (ACT) national award Read More >

Viterbi School Hosts China's Tsinghua U. for Three-Day Conference

April 15, 2008 Engineering faculty and deans from USC and China's pre-eminent technical research institution will share ideas on the University Park campus beginning April 30. Read More >

DETER Wins 2008 Excellence.Gov Honor

April 14, 2008 Terry Benzel of the USC Information Sciences Institute accepted a national award from the American Council for Technology (ACT) and its Industry Advisory Council on behalf of the DETER project she co-directs. Read More >

Viterbi Computer Security Expert Interviewed on Cyberterror Threat

April 10, 2008 G4 Web TV airs an extended discussion with B. Clifford Neuman of ISI, director of the USC Center for Computer Systems Security. Read More >

Beyond Chess: Deep Green Models Rapid Change for Combat Commanders

April 6, 2008 Can an artificial intelligence program anticipate military surprises? The USC Information Sciences Institute is playing a $5.9 million part in a DARPA research effort called Deep Green aimed at creating a system that can do so, one that might help future combat commanders in the field anticipate enemy moves. Read More >

"Deep Green" Models Rapid Change for Combat Commanders

March 31, 2008 The Viterbi School is playing a $5.9 million part in a DARPA research effort to develop a sophisticated decision-aid system that can be deployed in the field. Read More >

Fifth USC CiSoft Conference Continues Research Momentum

March 28, 2008 More than 180 researchers from USC, Chevron and allied organizations gathered on the University Park campus for the biggest-ever meeting on using IT for "smart" oil production. Read More >

ISI Grant Will Speed Access to Biomed Data

March 27, 2008 The National Institute of General Medical Sciences announces a $1 million grant to support efforts to expand and enhance NeuroScholar software. Read More >

ISI Grant Will Ease and Speed Access to Biomed Data

March 21, 2008 The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has announced a four-year grant to support ISI's Gully A.P.C. Burns' efforts to expand and enhance his highly successful NeuroScholar software efforts. Read More >

ISI Researcher, WIE Director, and Trustee Scholar named 'Remarkable Women'

March 6, 2008 Viterbi School's Yolanda Gil, Kate Baxter, and Robyn Strumpf are honored in an annual USC ceremony recognizing female excellence. Read More >

ISI Leader Named Remarkable Woman

March 6, 2008 Yolanda Gil, Associate Director of Research in the ISI Intelligent Systems Division, shared a high USC honor. Read More >

ISI Role in Internet History Key Part of Arpanet Sourcebook

March 5, 2008 A new study documents the origins of the Internet, including many handwritten original papers from ISI, an early center of development — documents located by the ISI Postel center. Read More >

SERC Aims for a New Generation of Space Vehicles and Engineers

February 26, 2008 ISI will be part of a new USC Viterbi School of Engineering interdisciplinary research center that will focus on the challenge of building new generations of inexpensive spacecraft with commercial, civil and military applications Read More >

Sensornets Go Off-the-Shelf

February 22, 2008 The Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute is collaborating with UCLA's Center for Embedded Networked Sensing on a project aimed a putting networked sensors into the hands of a wide spectrum of non-specialist new users. Read More >

Major AI Prize Named for ISI Alumnus

February 8, 2008 The International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems has just named its Best Student Paper Award after Pragnesh Jay Modi, who spent six years in ISI's Intelligent Systems Division. Read More >

Major AI Prize Named for ISI Alumnus

February 8, 2008 The International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems has just named its Best Student Paper Award after Pragnesh Jay Modi, who spent six years in ISI's Intelligent Systems Division. Read More >

Sensornets Go Off-the-Shelf

February 7, 2008 ISI has begun a collaboration with the UCLA-based Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) aimed at putting a long-esoteric technology — networked sensors — into the hands of a wide spectrum of non-specialist new users. Read More >

ISI SuperBots Star in BBC's "Intelligence Revolution"

February 3, 2008 Wei-Min Shen introduces his modular, reconfigurable robots as part of a feature report by the British Broadcasting Company on the ongoing revolution in thinking machines. Read More >

"John Heidemann was skeptical about what the movie industry was saying about campus piracy."

January 28, 2008 CNET covers the ISI researcher's investigation of rates of student peer-to-peer file sharing, s study which casts doubt on industry claims of huge financial losses from university-based web exchanges of movie files. Read More >