Yigal Arens



PhD & MA, Mathematics, UC Berkeley
BA, Mathematics, Hebrew University, Israel



Yigal Arens directs ISI’s Intelligent Systems division, one of the United States’ largest and most respected artificial intelligence laboratories. Under Arens’ nine-year leadership, the division has grown to over 100 researchers who span the full range of AI expertise. He is deeply involved in digital government and information integration, and is experienced in multimedia interfaces and other AI disciplines.

Arens directs the USC Digital Government Research Center to explore information technology use by government to communicate with citizens. He is a co-founder of Fetch Technologies, which provides Web information-gathering solutions. He joined USC in 1983, ISI in 1987, and the USC Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2002. Arens earned his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley.