News - 2019

In Memoriam: Michael Keston

March 4, 2019

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Keston passed away Feb. 9. Together with his wife, Linda, the Kestons established a tradition of giving at USC that spanned decades.

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USC ISI Researchers Receive Amazon Research Awards

February 4, 2019

Two researchers from the USC’s Information Science Institute (ISI) — Greg Ver Steeg and Xiang Ren — have received 2018 Amazon Research Awards for their work in invariant representation learning and neural-symbolic deep learning for natural language processing, respectively.

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ISI Researchers Fight Biometric Spoofing

February 1, 2019

A bad guy cases the supposedly secure Southern California headquarters of a major aerospace corporation with close governmental ties. He notes that everyone from the janitor to the CEO gains entrance after a facial recognition scan confirms their identities.

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ISI Researcher’s Machine Learning Method Unearths Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

January 28, 2019

Nearly 50 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. While age is the greatest risk factor for developing the disease, researchers believe most Alzheimer’s cases occur as a result of complex interactions among genes and other factors. But those factors and the role they play are not known—yet.

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Breaking the Cycle of Victimization

January 17, 2019

A team of researchers at USC Viterbi’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI) created software called DIG that helps investigators quickly scour the internet to identify possible sex traffickers and begin the process of capturing, charging and convicting them.

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