Intelligent Systems Division

History

ISI founder Keith Uncapher
1972
ISI is founded at USC by a group of RAND researchers, who immediately begin administering domain names and IP addresses for the entire Internet. They assign “isi.edu” to their own institution.
 
Book on IBM's Deep Blue
1981
MOSIS shared chip-fabrication service launched; will fabricate chip for IBM’s Deep Thought computer.
 
LOOM architecture diagram
1988
ISI pioneers ontology research with the LOOM knowledge representation system and the linguistics-inspired Penman upper model, both still in use and being extended in 2011.
 
ISI's Yigal Arens
1993
ISI's SIMS project demonstrates effective ontology mediation techniques to integrate distributed databases, a key technology for current web information integration systems.
 
1997
SOAR, a cognitive architecture developed jointly by ISI, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Michigan, flies helicopter missions that observers find indistinguishable from human-controlled aircraft in the STOW military exercise.
 
ISI team also wins the mid-size soccer-playing robot award at First Robot World Cup (RoboCup ’97.)
 
1998
Fetch Technologies founded to commercialize information integration approaches developed at ISI. Bought out by Connotate Technologies, Inc. in 2012.
 
NSF digital government
1999
ISI’s Digital Government Research Center, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), launches International Conference on Digital Government Research.
 
Unexpected Events brochure
2001
In response to 9/11 attacks, ISI convenes an NSF work on “Responding to the Unexpected,” and creates Center for Research on Unexpected Events (CRUE).
 
2002
Language Weaver Inc. commercializes machine translation software, based on research performed at ISI. Bought out by UK-based SDL International in 2010.
 
ISI's Kevin Knight
2003
ISI's machine translation system is first research prototype to surpass performance of commercial systems, and is equipped with novel language-learning algorithms.
 
Tactical language video
2005
The ISI Tactical Language Training system teaches soldiers Arabic language, culture, and mission tactics by immersing them in virtual worlds. The project's concept and cutting-edge AI technologies capture the 2005 DARPA Significant Technical Achievement award.
 
Winning robot
2008
The ISI Polymorphic Robotics Lab wins the Planetary Robotic Contingency Challenge, using only a pre-packed suitcase with existing robotic modules and equipment to address unexpected problems.
 
ISI's Gully Burns
2011
The first science map of NIH research is co-developed by ISI's Biomedical Knowledge Engineering Group, using document clustering techniques that unveil hidden relationships across biomedical research areas.
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