Intelligent Systems Division


ISI’s Intelligent Systems Division (ISD), one of the world’s leading artificial intelligence research labs, explores diverse topics across the research-and-development continuum. Expertise includes:

Biomedical Data Integration provides a semantically-consistent view of and efficient query access to distributed, heterogeneous biomedical data.
Biomedical Knowledge Engineering, novel innovative methods of building biomedical informatics systems based on cutting-edge AI techniques.
Information Integration, artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to solve complex information integration problems
Computational Behavior, including alternate reality games that fuse physical and cyber worlds, motion-based geospatial analysis and game theory.
Knowledge Technologies involving workflow creation and management for big science and other applications
Machine Translation such as statistical machine translation and other decipherment problems
Natural Language Processing, in which ISD is internationally renowned, including question answering, summarization and related research
Pedagogical Technologies, including new approaches to effective, differentiated instruction
Robotics, such as modular, self-reconfiguring robots and control methods
Social Networks that decipher ‘social web’ structure and dynamics

With more than 120 researchers, Ph.D. students and visitors, ISD attracts over $12 million in federal grant funding annually. About 15 ISD researchers also hold Research Faculty appointments in the USC Computer Science Department, Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Neuroscience studies.