Intelligent Systems Division


Peter Zamar Re-Elected to USC Staff Assembly

November 16, 2016

ISD administrative assistant Peter Zamar has been re-elected to the USC Staff Assembly for two years.  Peter is one of just 60 Assembly members representing USC’s more than 13,300 half- to full-time staff across the University Park and Health Sciences campuses, along with Marina del Rey, Playa Vista and many other locations. 

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Emilio Ferrara Sweeps Election Coverage

November 14, 2016

Our leading candidate for US presidential election coverage, Emilio Ferrara, may have generated one of the week’s most talked-about topics other than the election itself:  the role of Twitter bots.  His work on possible 2016 election consequences of fake bots has generated more than 40 news stories in international media including the cover of MIT Technology Review. 

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ISI Takes Laurels in Semantic Web Research

November 3, 2016

Over the past five years, ISI has captured more Best Paper awards at the two most prestigious Semantic Web conferences than any other university or industry participant.  The events are the European Semantic Web Conference (EWSC) and International Semantic Web Conference (IWSC), held in May and October this year, respectively. 

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Terminator 2 and Craig Knoblock Feature in AI Ethics Video

October 7, 2016

The science fiction film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a mayhem-laced blockbuster that also exposed ethical issues in AI, is now 25 years old. According to a new video on the film site A.V. Club, those issues – including the dangers and possible futures of AI – are as relevant now as they were in 1991.

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Congrats, Emilio!

September 27, 2016

The Complex Systems Society (CSS), which promotes development of complex systems science in and beyond Europe, has granted its junior scientific award to ISD’s Emilio Ferrara.  The award recognizes extraordinary scientific achievements by CSS researchers within seven years of completing their PhDs.

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Pedro Szekely on NOVA site

September 27, 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. The September 21, 2016 NOVA Next article, "How Artificial Intelligence Can Stop Sex Trafficking," cites the DIG open-source system that transforms web pages into searchable escort ads.

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Farshad Kooti is Newest ISI Ph.D.

August 9, 2016

On July 27, 2016, Farshad Kooti executed what his advisor Kristina Lerman calls “a masterful job” of defending his dissertation, “Predicting and Modeling Human Behavioral Changes Using Digital Traces.”  Emilio Ferrara, who also participated, echoed that sentiment.

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Yolanda Gil elected AAAI President

August 3, 2016

Yolanda Gil has been elected president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the world’s premiere organization of AI researchers.  A AAAI fellow since 2012, Yolanda will be the organization’s 24th president and its fourth female leader when her term begins in two years. Until then she will serve as President-Elect.

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Welcome to our 2016 Summer Intern and visitors

July 12, 2016

Nada Aldarrab

Nada Aldarrab is a graduate student at USC, working on her thesis under the supervision of Prof. Kevin Knight. She is currently working on the decipherment of historical documents (joint project with Uppsala University, Sweden). Read More

Two ISD Summer Students Recognized as this year's Director's Interns

June 30, 2016

Beginning this year, ISI has awarded the recognition of Director’s Intern to a small number of outstanding individuals participating in the summer internship program.  The ISI Director’s Interns Committee is pleased to announce that Laura Alessandretti and Keith Burghardt have been selected as this year’s Director’s Interns.  

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