News - 2016

Ewa Deelman and Yolanda Gil Co-author Science Article on Reproducibility

December 22, 2016 ISI's Ewa Deelman, Yolanda Gil and six colleagues from other institutions have published an article in Science magazine's policy forum. Read More >

Clifford Neuman Quoted on SF MUNI Attack

December 12, 2016 ISI's Cliff Neuman was interviewed for a ransomware story by Pasadena public radio station KPCC about November's MUNI Municipal Transportation Agency ransomware attack. Read More >

Yolanda Gil Named ACM Fellow

December 10, 2016 Yolanda Gil has been named a Fellow the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world's leading computing professional society. Read More >

Space Tech Expo: AMP SoCal Event Features Top CubeSate and Small Satellite Pioneers

November 30, 2016 Professor David Barnhart speaks at the Advanced Manufacturing Partners for Southern California exhibit Read More >

What's Going On: Unsupervised Learning

November 17, 2016 Greg Ver Steeg thinks there's less difference between supervised and unsupervised machine learning than might appear to be the case. Read More >

Genuine Interest in Bogus Bots

November 11, 2016 Emilio Ferrara's work in possible 2016 election consequences of fake Twitter bots has generated more than 40 news stories in international media, including the cover of MIT Technology Review. Read More >

It gets 'Real' for USC startups

November 10, 2016 Innovators at 'The Real Deal @ USC' meet their matches with Gen. David Petraeus and fellow investors Read More >

ISI Student Wins Imaging Society Award

November 8, 2016 A Ph.D. student working with ISI's Greg Ver Steeg, Daniel Moyer, won a Young Scientist award at the October, 2016 Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention Society (MICCAI) conference in Athens. Read More >

Fake Tweets, Real Consequences

November 7, 2016 A USC Viterbi Computer Scientist worries that robot-generated tweets could compromise the presidential election. Read More >

ISI Stars in Semantic Web Research

November 4, 2016 An ISI team consisting of Linhong Zhu, Majid Ghasemi-Gol, Pedro Szekely, Aram Galstyan and Craig Knoblock won Best Research Paper at the 15th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) that ended October 21st, 2016. Read More >

Social Bots and the 2016 Presidential Election

November 3, 2016 Watch video: with research developed by USC Viterbi's Emilio Ferrara, some key steps on how to detect a social bot! A handy tool during this year's presidential election. Read More >

What's Going On: Life-Experience Passwords

October 25, 2016 Jelena Mirkovic knows how to protect your password - and help you remember it at the same time. Read More >

How Daniel Marcu teaches millions how to write

October 25, 2016 The "grandfather" of statistical machine translation taught computers to grade SAT essays, now he's teaching them to grade Common Core Read More >

Los Angeles Times: FBI and Homeland Security Investigation DDoS Attack

October 24, 2016 ISI's Joe Touch was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story on the massive Distributed Denial of Servicer (DDoS) attack that shut down Twitter, Amazon, Spotify and other sites on October 20, 2016. Read More >

This Time, It's Personal

October 21, 2016 Researchers Greg Ver Steeg and Shirley Pepke have found a way to personalize ovarian cancer treatment. For Pepke, the answers can't come fast enough Read More >

USC Viterbi Establishes Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things (CCI)

October 5, 2016 Bringing together top faculty to provide thought leadership on smart cities and to secure infrastructure Read More >

Emilio Ferrara Receives Complex Systems Society Junior Scientific Award

September 23, 2016 ISI researcher and CS professor recognized for work in network science models and development of tools to study phenomena in large, dynamical techno-social systems Read More >

"Happy Birthday, Bilbo!" said the computer

September 23, 2016 A computer just read "The Hobbit"... and analyzed it Read More >

How Artificial Intelligence Can Stop Sex Trafficking

September 23, 2016 ISI research lead and USC research associate professor Pedro Szekely is quoted on the PBS NOVA science show's website about AI's potential for disrupting sex trafficking. Read More >

ISI Announces Diverse Seminar Series

September 7, 2016 ISI has kicked off six different seminar series that reach across the Institute's research spectrum: cybersecurity, scientific computing, artificial intelligence, cyber physical systems, natural language and heterogeneous computing. Read More >

The Michael Keston lecture series kicks off with Dr. Jason Matheny of IARPA

September 6, 2016 An inaugural lecture hints at an exciting new future for USC's Information Sciences Institute Read More >

A Publishing Quantum Leap

August 26, 2016 USC ISI's inaugural Publications Recognition Awards, which honor the achievements of ISI's most outstanding authors, debuted in late July this year. Read More >

What's Going On: Lerman's Living Data Lab

August 26, 2016 In late July, Kristina Lerman gave the latest in ISI's "What's Going On" research breakfast series: a dive into social media via her Living Data Lab, which conducts computational analysis of behavioral data. This Friday, August 26, Aram Galstyan will continue the series on forecasting research. Read More >

The Love Algorithm

August 19, 2016 ISI data scientists get entangled with eHarmony to engineer the perfect match Read More >

Yolanda Gil to Lead AAAI

August 4, 2016 ISI artificial intelligence researcher Yolanda Gil has been elected president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the world's premiere organization of AI researchers. Read More >

New Scientist: Algorithm Knows When Corporate Money is Pushing Memes Online

June 27, 2016 Research by Emilio Ferrara to develop an algorithm that can show if a Twitter hashtag or meme received an artificial boost was featured Read More >

Nature: Google Moves Closer to a Universal Quantum Computer

June 27, 2016 Daniel Lidar was quoted about quantum computing advances. Read More >

The Huffington Post: The More You Comment Online, The Dumber Your Comments Become

May 18, 2016 Research by Emilio Ferrara and Kristina Lerman on how online comments degrade over time was featured. Read More >

Pacific Standard: Why Doesn't More Stuff Go Viral?

May 18, 2016 Kristina Lerman was quoted about content that goes viral on social networks. Read More >

A New Generation Of Engineer Leaders Rises To Grand Challenges

May 13, 2016 Graduates at the 88th annual engineering commencement ceremony embody the spirit of innovation and global engagement Read More >

"Pride And Passion"

May 13, 2016 Speakers at USC Viterbi's master commencement ceremonies encouraged graduates to be persistent, aim high and change the world. Read More >

Happiness is Contagious

May 4, 2016 Researcher Emilio Ferrara aims to measure the presence of emotional contagion in social media Read More >

Spring 2016 USC Viterbi Magazine

April 28, 2016 Check out the latest issue of our digital magazine! Read More >

Fast Company: What Is An Appropriate Response Time To Email?

April 27, 2016 Research by Kristina Lerman about email response times was mentioned. Read More >

The Wall Street Journal: For Generation Z, Email Has Become a Rite of Passage

April 19, 2016 Research by Kristina Lerman about e-mail response was included Read More >

CNBC: Chatbots Rise, and the Future may be 'Re-written'

April 19, 2016 Yolanda Gil was quoted indicating that she did not think chatbots would take jobs from humans Read More >

ISI Student Helps Boost Health in Zambia via AI

April 19, 2016 Farshad Kooti was quoted about a text messaging service by UNICEF to answer health-related questions. Read More >

Internet Pioneer Robert Braden Retires From ISI

April 13, 2016 On March 29, more than 60 colleagues and friends gathered in and outside the Information Sciences Institute's Marina del Rey headquarters to celebrate Robert Braden's 30-year tenure. A true Internet pioneer, Braden was involved with the now-ubiquitous network from its earliest ARPAnet days. Read More >

Smithsonian Magazine: Twitter May Be Faster Than FEMA Models for Tracking Disaster Damage

March 28, 2016 Kristina Lerman was quoted about using Twitter to track disaster damage. Read More >

Los Angeles Times: Apple Opposes Order to Help FBI Unlock Phone Belonging to San Bernardino shooter

March 10, 2016 Clifford Neuman was quoted about Apple's encryption protocols. Read More >

A Tree Grows in Space

February 29, 2016 ISI's David Barnhart and Extreme Agriculture in Outer Space Read More >

How ISI's Pegasus Helped Scientists Make The Discovery of a Century

February 12, 2016 ISI Computer Scientists Had Behind-the-Scenes Role in LIGO Gravitational Wave Detection Read More >

Benzel Featured in TechRepublic

February 10, 2016 Terry Benzel's work on Cybersecurity Experimentation of the Future (CEF) was featured on TechRepublic, a news and information-sharing site aimed at IT decision makers, on January 28. Read More >

Prem Natarajan Named Inaugural Keston Executive Director

February 2, 2016 Visionary and inspiring gift to the USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI) Read More >

NPR: Machines, Lost In Translation - The Dream Of Universal Understanding

January 13, 2016 NPR quoted Kevin Knight about efforts by computer scientists to develop universal translators. Read More >

MIT Technology Review: Best of 2015 - The Social-Network Illusion That Tricks Your Mind

January 13, 2016 MIT Technology Review featured research by Kristina Lerman and colleagues on how social networks can create the illusion that something is common when it's actually rare within a network. Read More >

Wired: For Google, Quantum Computing Is Like Learning to Fly

January 13, 2016 Wired quoted Daniel Lidar about the development of quantum computing Read More >