News - 2015

ISI's Terry Benzel and DETER Project Featured by NSF

December 21, 2015 On December 16, the National Science Foundation's website and social media feeds prominently featured a major cybersecurity study and recommendations co-led by ISI's Terry Benzel and colleagues at SRI International. Read More >

NSF: Roadmap to Safer Cyberspace

December 16, 2015 The NSF highlighted a report co-authored by ISI's Terry Benzel that outlines a vision for future cybersecurity research. Read More >

Michael & Linda Keston Endow Executive Directorship of Information Sciences Institute

December 7, 2015 Real estate entrepreneur & philanthropist Michael Keston & his wife, Linda, provide $3.5 million to endow, for the first time in its history, the ISI executive directorship position. Read More >

The Wall Street Journal: Behind The Numbers: Predicting Consumer Behavior

November 30, 2015 The Wall Street Journal featured research on online purchases by Farshad Kooti and Kristina Lerman, along with colleagues at Yahoo Labs. Using shipment information, they analyzed data that will help predict future shopping behavior. Read More >

Upgrade to Quantum Computing Center Aids Search for Quantum Speedup

November 24, 2015 The USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center will be upgraded to the world's most advanced commercially available quantum optimization processor in January. Read More >

The Wall Street Journal: Clinton, Carson, Trump, Sanders: Bot or Not?

November 16, 2015 The Wall Street Journal featured software created by Emilio Ferrara and colleagues that distinguishes between automated Twitter accounts and real accounts. Read More >

USC to teach researchers how to analyze biomedical information

November 10, 2015 The nation's first Training Coordination Center aims to spot trends among enormous amounts of data. Read More >

New SURE Center Targets Hardware Security

November 5, 2015 Matthew French, Jeffrey Draper and Wes Hansford have teamed to create a new R&D center addressing hardware assurance. Read More >

Pedro Szekely and Team Win Best Paper

November 2, 2015 A 20-member team headed by Pedro Szekely won the Best Applied Paper award at the 14th International Semantic Web Conference (IWSV) in October this year. Read More >

So You Drive a Prius – What Does That Say About You?

October 29, 2015 ISI Psychologist Nicole Sintov wants to know what influences consumers' decisions to purchase electric cars. Read More >

Benzel and Knight Honored at Inaugural ISI Achievement Awards

October 28, 2015 Terry Benzel and Kevin Knight each received ISI's first annual Institute Achievement Award on Friday, October 23rd. Read More >

Clifford Neuman Featured on KABC

October 27, 2015 ISI's Clifford Neuman was featured on KABC news on Sunday, October 25th, in a segment dedicated to the USC masters degree program in cybersecurity. Read More >

Perfect Passwords: Poems

October 23, 2015 ISI's Kevin Knight and Marjan Ghazvininejad headline The Washington Post's "Wonkblog" technology column on October 23, 2015 - the second time this month the Post column has featured ISI researchers. This week's Wonkblog focuses on creating the Holy Grail of passwords: sequences that are simultaneously highly memorable and virtually impossible to crack. Read More >

The Atlantic: How Quickly Will Your Email Get A Response?

October 12, 2015 The Atlantic featured Farshad Kooti's and Kristina Lerman's about email volume and response. Read More >

Majority Illusion

October 12, 2015 Kristina Lerman's work was prominently featured in The Washington Post's "Wonkblog" technology column on October 9, 2015. The column describes how a few popular individuals can have a highly disproportionate effect on public opinion, whether online or in person - a phenomenon appropriately known as the "majority illusion." Read More >

Emilio Ferrara Joins ISI

October 9, 2015 Emilio Ferrara has joined ISI from Indiana University, where he was a research scientist in the Network Science Institute. He also has been a visiting researcher at the Royal Holloway University of London and at Vienna Polytechnique, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Network Sciences Institute. Read More >

Tal Hassner Joins ISI

October 8, 2015 Tal Hassner has joined ISI from the Open University of Israel, where he was an assistant professor (known there as a senior lecturer) in the mathematics and computer science department. Read More >

Why Haven't They Replied Yet?

October 7, 2015 New Study from Kristina Lerman and Farshad Kooti Identifies Factors that Affect Email Response Time. Read More >

Bob Braden Team Completes Major Power Grid Study

October 5, 2015 An academic-industry team led by ISI's Bob Braden has finished a major survey of electric power grid data networks used by representative North American power companies. Read More >

Ewa Deelman Awarded Prestigious HPDC Honor

September 30, 2015 The prestigious International Symposium on High Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (HPDC) has presented its 2015 achievement award to Ewa Deelman. Read More >

CNET: What if 'Back to the Future Part II' were set in 2045 instead of 2015?

September 11, 2015 Joe Touch was quoted about how the Internet will change in the near future. Read More >

Deutsche Welle: Summer Camps, NSA Style

September 11, 2015 Clifford Neuman was quoted about an NSA-run summer camp to teach kids cybersecurity. Read More >

MIT Technology Review: The Social-Network Illusion That Tricks Your Mind

August 15, 2015 Kristina Lerman and colleagues find that social networks can make certain ideas or behavior seem common when they are in fact, rare Read More >

A Race to Identify Twitter Bots

June 15, 2015 Aram Galstyan and his team create a method for uncovering social media bots. Read More >

TakePart: Tech's New Tool in the Hunt for Human Traffickers Who Hide in Plain Sight

June 14, 2015 Pedro Alejandro Szekely and Craig Knoblock were featured for the Internet search tool they created to combat human trafficking Read More >

WIRED: USC Viterbi's Szekely and Knoblock develop an internet search tool to combat human trafficking

May 20, 2015 Domain-specific Insight Graphs, or DIG, organize publicly available information on the Internet into maps, timelines and tables for law enforcement to track missing people. Read More >

Washington Post: Startups Look to Quantum Computing for the Future

May 5, 2015 Daniel Lidar comments on the potential of quantum computing and notes that one of two commercially available quantum computers in the world is owned by Lockheed and USC Read More >

CBS LA: The Danger of Keyless Locks

April 29, 2015 Clifford Neuman discusses the dangers of smart locks Read More >

Seeing Synapses

March 2, 2015 A multidisciplinary team of USC engineers and scientists are collaborating to image synapses in living zebrafish to gain a better understanding of the brain. Read More > USC Viterbi's ISI Plans Photonics Institute Proposal

February 6, 2015 USC ISI to submit a bid to establish a federal photonics institute in Los Angeles Read More >

USC-Led Photonics Institute Proposal One of Three National Finalists

February 6, 2015 Proposal for a federally-funded photonics institute a strong partnership between USC, UC campuses, national universities and the industry Read More >

A Future Where Machines Are Knowledgeable Partners

January 28, 2015 At the Information Sciences Institute, Daniel Marcu and collaborators research artificial intelligence and natural language processing Read More >

IEEE Spectrum: Stopping Hardware Trojans

January 23, 2015 Michael Bajura's ISI team researches how to image chips to detect malicious circuits Read More >

PCMag: SuperBots in Space

January 22, 2015 Wei-Min Shen discusses his research on reconfigurable robots and future uses in space Read More >

ACL Names Two Fellows from Information Sciences Institute

January 20, 2015 Kevin Knight and Daniel Marcu named 2014 ACL Fellows — just the second time two individuals from the same academic institution have been awarded the distinction Read More >

Armed with Science: Managing Microchips

January 14, 2015 USC Viterbi's ISI helps the DoD by implementing tech that repairs damaged microchips Read More >