News - 2011

ISI Grad Students Show Off Their Stuff

December 9, 2011 An Information Sciences Institute tradition entered its sixth year in 2011, when young researchers spent the day presenting their work to colleagues and teachers. Read More >

Viterbi Computer Scientists Building a Genetics 'Information Explorer'

November 8, 2011 The Information Sciences Institute is leading a NIH effort to build tools to find medical needles in the genotype/phenotype haystacks Read More >

Operational Quantum Computing Center Established at USC

October 29, 2011 USC; Lockheed Martin, Inc.; and D-Wave Systems, Inc.; have teamed up to establish the first operational quantum computer at an academic institution at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Information Sciences Institute. Read More >

Viterbi School Computer Testbed Stresses Security on the Web

October 26, 2011 Terry Benzel's Information Sciences Institute-headquartered DETERLab provides researchers nationwide a safe place to study malicious code Read More >

The New York Times Reports on ISI Codebreaking Coup

October 24, 2011 Kevin Knight of the Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute and colleagues crack the encrypted rules for the rites of a mysterious secret society Read More >

Just How Contagious Are Ideas?

October 12, 2011 USC Viterbi School social networking specialist Kristina Lerman compares the spread of viruses with the "viral" spread of information Read More >

"Workflow" Technology Moves from Scientific Data Organization to Cyber Defense

October 9, 2011 ISI's Yolanda Gil: "It is impossible to be prepared for every possible security breach, so we need to learn to do work while a network is under attack." Read More >

First Interview Subject on New Global M2M Network Is Preston Marshall

September 28, 2011 The Viterbi School expert on machine-to-machine communication discusses how academic research penetrates often slowly — industrial and commercial applications Read More >

"From Very Good to Great"

September 22, 2011 Viterbi School faculty and staff filled Town and Gown to hear their dean share a stirring list of accomplishments and set a lofty goal Read More >

Leading Experts Ponder the Problems of Exascale Computing

August 19, 2011 Bob Lucas of the Information Sciences Institute and colleagues hosted a Department of Energy gathering on how to program the equivalent of a billion laptops running simultaneously Read More >

To Err Is Not Just Human

August 11, 2011 ISI security expert Jim Blythe programs computers to simulate the kinds of operator errors that leave networks vulnerable, The Economist reports Read More >

Experts Come to ISI to Ponder Problems of Exascale Computing

August 1, 2011 Robert Lucas hosted specialists from all over the world who came to the Marina del Rey California campus of the USC Information Sciences Institute to discuss the challenges of "Exascale" computing. Read More >

NSA and DHS Recognize USC/ISI for Academic Excellence in Data Protection Research and Education

July 29, 2011 The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated the University of Southern California a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R). Read More >

NSA and DHS Recognize USC for Academic Excellence in Data Protection Research and Education

July 27, 2011 USC Center for Computer Systems Security Director B. Clifford Neuman and ISI Director of Innovation Winnie Callahan attended Ohio honors ceremony Read More >

Good Chip, Bad Chip, Evil Chip: Viterbi Experts Developing Tests to Tell Which is Which

July 15, 2011 ISI's Jeff Draper will be part of a large-scale DARPA effort to create tests to detect potential failures, inadvertent and deliberate, in integrated circuits Read More >

The Shape of Things That Come to Be Researched

June 21, 2011 Who's researching what? ISI's Gully A.P.C. Burns applies scientific data mining visualizations to information about National Institutes of Health grants. A new website displaying the result is now open for users. Read More >

Good Chip, Bad Chip, Evil Chip: ISI Experts Developing Tests to Tell Which is Which

May 27, 2011 Jeff Draper and Matt French have received a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to aid in the creation of reliable methods to detect potential failures, inadvertent and deliberate, in integrated circuits (ICs). Read More >

Viterbi Software Will Plot Possibilities for F6 Satellite

May 20, 2011 Gordon Roesler and Dorit Hochbaum will work with Lockheed Martin on DARPA's 'fractionated' orbiter Read More >

ISI Researchers Will Plot Possibilities for New DARPA Orbiters

May 17, 2011 The USC Information Sciences Institute has been selected to develop the design software for the F6 satellite Read More >

IARPA Director Visits ISI and Receives AI Update

May 15, 2011 Dr. Lisa Porter, Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), and several program directors visited ISI on May 11, 2011, as part of a tour of the West Coast. Read More >

Viterbi School Annual Awards Salute Staff and Faculty Excellence in Service and Research

April 30, 2011 Dragana Davidovic was first to be called to the podium, followed by Annie Yu, Andrea Armani, Ellis Meng, Hai Wang, Joe Qin, Angus McColl and Peter Beerel Read More >

John O'Brien to Work with ISI on Strategic Issues

April 20, 2011 ISI Executive Director Herb Schorr has announced that Viterbi School Senior Associate Dean John O'Brien will be working closely with — and frequently at — the USC Information Sciences Institute. Read More >

Inaugural Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition Ends with a Spectacular Finale

April 18, 2011 The Abtum team, who hope to market a tunable cellphone transceiver chip, receives $50,000 prize from the hands of benefactor Fariborz Maseeh Read More >

USC President Thanks California Congressional Leaders for Space Research Support

March 29, 2011 President Nikias gives personal letters of thanks to Representative Jerry Lewis and Senator Diane Feinstein Read More >

USC President Delivers ISI Thank You Folder to California Lawmakers

March 29, 2011 A USC delegation led by President C.L. Max Nikias and Provost Elizabeth Garrett recently called on two California legislators to thank them for their support of space research involving ISI students. Read More >

Newsweek's "This is Your Future" Features ISI Polymorphic 'Bots

March 16, 2011 "Robots will be cooking our food and performing surgery on us, in part thanks to the work of Wei-Min Shen of the University of Southern California and his team" Read More >

ISI Experts Work on IBM Watson Jeopardy! Project

February 18, 2011 Faculty members from the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering's Information Sciences Institute were among scientists from eight universities who collaborated with IBM to advance the Question Answering (QA) technology behind the IBM Watson computing system. Read More >

Viterbi School Computer Scientists Contributed to the Development of IBM Watson

February 18, 2011 ISI's Ed Hovy, Jerry Hobbs, and Hans Chalupsky were part of the effort to build the computer program that beat humans on TV's Jeopardy! gameshow Feb. 14-16 Read More >

Eight Viterbi Faculty Members Receive Professional Awards

February 14, 2011 Peers have recently honored Mel Breuer, Maged Dessouky, Solomon Golomb, Yan Jin, C.C. Jay Kuo, Daniel Lidar, Patric Muggli, and Theodore Tsotsis Read More >

Internet Addresses: An Uneven Shortage but an Inevitable One

February 4, 2011 As Internet authorities announced that they have handed over all of the available addresses, a USC research group based at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Information Sciences Institute and headed by John Heidemann released its latest Internet census results. Read More >

Internet Addresses: An Uneven Shortage but an Inevitable One

February 4, 2011 John Heidemann's USC team has turned its latest Internet census into a video and a special web browser. Bottom line: not enough addresses Read More >

Maja Matari? Receives Presidential Mentoring Award from President Obama

January 28, 2011 The Viterbi School professor of computer science and senior associate dean for research accepted her honor at a White House ceremony January 27 Read More >

Out of Africa, into Grammatical English

January 21, 2011 Most world languages don't have the abundant resources of texts in electronic form that computer scientists have used to create the now widely-used machine translation systems that turn (for example) English into Chinese. Now, Kevin Knight of ISI, who helped pioneer these earlier systems, is working as part of a multi-university team in a five-year effort to find less statistical, more semantic points of attack on 'low-density' languages, starting with some spoken in Africa. Read More >

DHS to Underwrite 5-Year, $16 Million Advance of ISI's Cyber Security Testbed

January 13, 2011 Since 2003, the DETER project, supported by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Science Foundation, and other government agencies has thrust the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) into national leadership in research and design on cyber security testbeds. The US Department of Homeland Security has now signed a 5- year $16 million contract with USC to expand and improve ISI's DETERlab testbed. This new project is called DETECT. Read More >