News - 2009

First DNS Address Was ISI, NPR Interviewer Learns

December 15, 2009 Paul Mockapetris discusses his USC Information Sciences Institute work on the domain name system (DNS) of Internet addresses. Read More >

Two Computer Scientists Win High ACM Honors

December 14, 2009 CS Chair Shang-Hua Teng is now a Fellow and Professor Cyrus Shahabi a Distinguished Member of the Association of Computing Machinery Read More >

Medical Informatics: Theory and Practice

December 10, 2009 In this video, ISI Project Leader Carl Kesselman explains how he is creating tools that will help a physician to make decisions, customizing the best available information for each individual patient. Read More >

Carl Kesselman Discusses Medical Informatics (VIDEO)

December 7, 2009 The ISI Project Leader/Epstein Department professor talks about making 21st century grid computing techniques into useful tools for clinicians. Read More >

Aurora — Infosys Technologies Ltd's Technology Conference and Showcase — Lights Up Davidson Center

November 23, 2009 Subu Goparaju was one of the "Infoscions" who attended the recent "thought sharing and collaboration event that brings together the best academicians, researchers, practitioners and thought leaders" at the USC Viterbi School. Read More >

ISI SuperBots Star in Servo Magazine Feature

November 10, 2009 David Geer's GeerHead column offers a detailed look at Wei-Min Shen's "Polymorphic Robotics Lab, which is conducting research into self-reconfigurable, autonomous robots with capabilities derived in part from the study of insect and animal life." Read More >

ISI Researchers Will Support New Brain Gene Expression Project

November 3, 2009 Computer scientists Ewa Deelman and Ann Chervenak of the Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute will be part of a new $9 million effort headquartered at the Keck School of Medicine at USC Read More >

ISI Researchers Will Support New Brain Gene Expression Project

November 2, 2009 Ewa Deelman and Ann Chervenak will be part of a new $9 million research effort headquartered at the Keck School of Medicine at USC Read More >

Viterbi School Associate Dean Profiled in The New Yorker

October 29, 2009 "Born in Belgrade, in what was then Yugoslavia, Maja Matari? originally wanted to study languages and art," begins a 5000-word feature entitled "Robots That Care." The ending: "But robotic interaction should not replace human interaction," she said. "It should only improve it." Read More >

ISI-Headquartered BIRN Launches New Website

October 21, 2009 The Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) has launched a website that highlights its broadened focus, including services for the entire biomedical community and enhanced data-sharing and analysis tools and capabilities. Read More >

Versatile R—-D Leader Joins ISI to Make Waves ... Help Power California

October 13, 2009 Gordon Roesler, who came out of the navy to manage a long skein of successful research projects funded by DARPA and other agencies, has come to the USC Information Sciences Institute to establish a Center for Energy Informatics and Systems. Read More >

ISD Grad Students Present Research

October 12, 2009 The ISI Intelligent Systems division held its fourth annual Graduate Student Symposium on October 9, an opportunity for students to practice their writing and presentation skills and for everyone to hear more about their research. Read More >

Versatile R&D Leader Joins ISI to Create Center for Energy Informatics and Systems

October 10, 2009 Gordon Roesler's first focus: Pacific coast waves, the potential "equivalent of five nuclear power plants worth of completely clean energy" Read More >

2009 State of the Viterbi School

September 25, 2009 Five-month old Charlotte Aquarelle Bayona Chew was the youngest listener to Dean Yannis C. Yortsos' September 23 report to engineering faculty and staff Read More >

Viterbi School's ISI Part of FutureGrid Test Bed

September 11, 2009 Ewa Deelman of the Information Sciences Institute and her Pegasus Project will participate in an ambitious NSF effort to develop and test novel approaches to parallel, grid, and cloud computing. Read More >

ISI Part of FutureGrid Test Bed

September 11, 2009 ISI Project Leader Ewa Deelman and her group will participate in an ambitious NSF effort to develop and test novel approaches to parallel, grid, and cloud computing. Read More >

Timothy Pinkston Named Senior Associate Dean

September 1, 2009 The Ming Hsieh Department professor's new responsibilities include student recruitment and retention. Read More >

ISI Natural Language Experts to Attack Undeciphered Scripts

August 7, 2009 The National Science Foundation has awarded Kevin Knight and collaborators $1.6 million to develop computational tools to analyze now-unreadable written texts from antiquity. Read More >

Viterbi School Computer Security Expert Explains Twitter Vulnerabilities on Politico

August 7, 2009 "'The goal of the attack is to bring service down so clients cannot get to it,' said Jelena Mirkovic, a computer scientist at USC's Information Services Institute.'It is very, very difficult to tell whether A certain client is a human client or an [Internet bot].'" Read More >

ISI Natural Language Experts to Attack Undeciphered Ancient Scripts

August 6, 2009 The National Science Foundation has awarded Kevin Knight and collaborators $1.6 million to develop computational tools to analyze now-unreadable written texts from antiquity. Read More >

Shang-Hua Teng to Join USC As Chair of Computer Science

July 14, 2009 Computer science theoretician will be professor and chair of the Viterbi School Department of Computer Science. Read More >

Wideranging Initiative Upgrades Priority and Reshapes Viterbi School Professional Education

July 10, 2009 New MS degrees, new short courses, 5-year terminal masters programs and much more are part of changes embodied in a new division, the Viterbi School Office of Master's and Professional Programs, headed by Associate Dean Kelly Goulis Read More >

Research Interns Picnic in Archimedes Quad

July 8, 2009 Dozens of the talented undergraduates spending summer at the Viterbi School working intensively with faculty gathered on a sunny Wednesday for burgers, hotdogs and conviviality. Read More >

Buen Viaje, César Piña

July 7, 2009 A large and enthusiastic group gathered to toast a great Viterbi School success story &emdash; ISI's MOSIS chip brokerage &emdash; and the 22-year career of the director who orchestrated that success. Read More >

Buen Viaje, Cesar

July 1, 2009 Speeches, tributes, gifts and songs mark a retirement lunch celebrating two decades of accomplishments by MOSIS chief Cesar Pina. Read More >

ISI Partners in Intelligence/Security College Training Program

June 30, 2009 Students attending The University of Texas at El Paso have a path to rewarding careers in the intelligence and national security workforce, thanks to a new cooperative education program created in partnership with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute. Read More >

NAE Grand Challenges Summit Co-Hosts Announce the Grand Challenge Scholars Program

June 15, 2009 Selected engineering students at USC, Duke University, and Olin College who follow a special program with five challenge-related elements will receive a special honors designation along with their diplomas. Read More >

Viterbi School and Tsinghua U. Deepen Relationship after Three Years of Workshops and Student Exchanges

June 1, 2009 Dean Yannis C. Yortsos, now a member of the elite Chinese institution's advisory board, signed an agreement creating a new joint research center on "Green and Smart" energy IT Read More >

i-Podium™ Education Cooperation Program Will Link Viterbi School and Peking University

May 27, 2009 In a ceremony in Beijing, Deans Yannis C. Yortsos and Shiyi Chen signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a unique link between their two schools. Read More >

USC Alumnus-Astronaut Tapped to Lead NASA

May 27, 2009 The White House named Charles F. Bolden Jr. (MS - Systems Management '77), a former combat pilot, Marine Corps major general and veteran space shuttle commander &emdash; and USC trustee as the space agency's next administrator. Read More >

ISI Part of $16.4 Million Effort to Build Cognitive Prosthesis

May 26, 2009 Building on decades of basic research, a team including John Granacki has won a 4-year DARPA grant to restore lost memory function. Read More >

Viterbi School Team Gears Up to Create "Cognitive Prosthesis"

May 20, 2009 Building on decades of basic research, a team led by BME's Ted Berger has won a 4-year $16.4 million DARPA grant to restore lost memory function. Read More >

Technion Israel Institute of Technology is the Viterbi School's Newest International Partner

May 19, 2009 Viterbi School Dean Yannis C. Yortsos and Technion Senior VP Paul Feigin signed a memorandum of understanding at a meeting in Haifa in early May. Read More >

Viterbi School Family Hears About Victories and Celebrates Excellence

April 25, 2009 This is the State of the School speech delivered by Senior Associate Dean John O'Brien at the April 23 Faculty-Staff Luncheon, with photos of all the award winners. Read More >

"Can Robots Help Autism?" NBC Comes to the Viterbi School to See How They Might

April 15, 2009 On the Today Show, Senior Associate Dean Maja Mataric' discusses the promise and potential of "socially assistive robotics," a term she invented, in the treatment of ASD. Read More >

California Club Fills with Viterbi Faculty, Alumni, and Friends

April 13, 2009 Thomas Reed, Don Paul,and Narayana Murthy received honors at the 2009 Awards Banquet; Rachel Lauren sang, and a good time was had by all. Read More >

Diane Ainsworth, Viterbi School Science Writer and Editor, Dead at 56

March 31, 2009 Diane Ainsworth, a science writer for the Viterbi School of Engineering, died March 29 in her Altadena home, victim of a brain aneurysm. An on-campus memorial will be held April 13. Read More >

Elevating the Science of Cybersecurity

March 23, 2009 An 8-minute video highlighting the mission and activity of the ISI-headquartered DETERlab Testbed is now online for viewing. Read More >

Elevating the Science of Cybersecurity

March 23, 2009 An 8-minute video highlighting the mission and activity of the ISI-headquartered DETERlab Testbed is now online for viewing. It includes interviews with project co-leaders Terry Benzel and John Wroclawski and their funders and collaborators. Read More >

MySpace Exec to Teach at USC This Fall

March 13, 2009 Chief Technology Officer Aber Whitcomb will work with teams of students developing new social website applications, which will preview on his company's popular portal. Read More >

Summit on the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges

March 10, 2009 Complete coverage of the meeting held March 2-3 at Duke University with the Viterbi School and Olin College as co-sponsors and Dean Yannis C. Yortsos summarizing. Read More >

Fold Up Your Own NAE Grand Challenge Icosahedron

March 2, 2009 This polyhedron is ready to download! (You can also catch up on what happened at the March 2-3 Summit at Duke University). Read More >

USC Salutes Its Two Newest National Academy of Engineering Members

February 26, 2009 The Viterbi School's 'best of the best,' including six NAE members, gather to congratulate George Olah and Robert Scholtz for their election to engineering's most prestigious organization. Read More >

Student team to test lunar lander for flight in March

February 18, 2009 "The ambitions of eight [engineering] students are about to take off in early March with the first free flight test of their prototype lunar lander," reports the Daily Trojan. Read More >

ISI Project Leader Named 2008 ACM Distinguished Member

February 9, 2009 Craig Knoblock is among 37 computer scientists recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery for "their individual contributions to both the practical and theoretical aspects of computing and information technology." Read More >

ACM Names Two Viterbi School Professors "Distinguished Members"

February 5, 2009 Craig Knoblock and Massoud Pedram are among the 18 academics given the title by the Association for Computing Machinery. Read More >

ISI to Help Build DARPA National Cyber Range

February 4, 2009 Terry Benzel and the DETERlab Testbed team will work with SPARTA Inc. to strengthen defenses against cyberattack. Read More >

ISI to Help Build DARPA National Cyber Range

February 3, 2009 The Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute will help strengthen U.S. defenses against cyber-attack, using experience gained from the DETER testbed co-directed by ISI's Terry Benzel. Read More >

Engineers Without Borders Project Nears Milestone

January 26, 2009 Two years in the making, a project to pump fresh water into two towns in rural Honduras may break ground this spring, thanks to the Viterbi School's undergraduate engineering students. Read More >

Kesselman Awarded $22.2M NIH National BioMedical Informatics Infrastructure Coordinating Center Contract

January 23, 2009 The USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute will be the new central clearing house for an ambitious ongoing national project to collect and integrate a wide range of biomedical data to make it more accessible to physicians and researchers. Read More >

Carl Kesselman Awarded $22.2M NIH National BioMedical Informatics Infrastructure Coordinating Center Contract

January 21, 2009 The Epstein Department professor/ISI project leader will lead a five-year effort to make a wide range of biomedical data more accessible to physicians and researchers. Read More >

Viterbi School Leads $3.67M Effort to Make HPC More Accessible and Affordable

January 15, 2009 The USC Information Sciences Institute's Brian Schott will administer a pilot effort helping small manufacturers use sophisticated high performance computing design tools. Read More >

ISI-East Leads $3.67M HPC Attack on Industrial Design Issues

January 13, 2009 The Information Sciences Institute will administer a pilot effort to demonstrate how small manufacturers can effectively use sophisticated high performance computing (HPC) industrial design. Read More >

Viterbi School to Co-Host Grand Challenges Summit

January 8, 2009 A first-of-a-kind national engineering conference, to be held March 2-3, 2009, is designed to address key issues in sustainability, health, national security and quality of life. Read More >