Artificial Intelligence


2012 Graduate Student Symposium

December 7, 2012
The 2012 Graduate Student Symposium was our most successful ever. It was the first one open to everyone at ISI, and we had contributions from 3 different divisions: Intelligent Systems, Networks and Computational Sciences.  We had oral presentations, posters, invited talks by researchers from Rand and Google, and a lunch and gifts provided by Google.
The following students received awards for their work:
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We're happy to have Victoria Fossum back!!

December 7, 2012

Victoria Fossum is thrilled to return to USC/ISI as a postdoc in syntax-based machine translation, working with Professor David Chiang. She obtained her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2010, but conducted the bulk of her thesis research in syntax-based machine translation at USC/ISI with Professor Kevin Knight. After graduating, she held a one-year postdoc at USC/ISI, where she worked on morphological and semantic aspects of machine translation, followed by a one-year postdoc in computational psycholinguistics at the University of California, San Diego, where she worked on syntactic models of human language processing.


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Best Paper Award - Rahul Parundekar, Craig A. Knoblock, and Jose Luis Ambite

November 20, 2012

The following paper by Rahul Parundekar, Craig Knoblock, and Jose Luis Ambite won the award for Best Research Paper at the 11th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) in Boston last week:

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Welcome to Laura Smith

November 7, 2012

Laura Smith joined ISI as a post-doc in Kristina Lerman's group. Laura received degrees in Mathematics, including bachelor's and master's, from Western Washington University in 2005 and 2007 respectively, and Ph.D. in Mathematics from UCLA in 2012. Laura's dissertation analyzed mathematical models of crime. At ISI she is studying social behavior in social media. Hopefully, the only link between the two studies are the approaches and methods.

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ISD's Newest Project Leader!

October 12, 2012

Yu-Han Chang has been promoted to the position of project leader!

Yu-Han's new title is given in recognition of his concerted and successful efforts to start new research projects and obtain funding for them, which have resulted in him leading a group that includes doctoral, masters, and undergraduate students.

Yu-Han co-leads the Computational Behavior Group with Rajiv Maheswaran. The group's research focuses on spatiotemporal data analytics and visualization, modeling behavior in human societies and networks, and new genres of alternate reality and location-based gaming for social experimentation and education.

I would also like to mention Yu-Han's important service to the division: organizing the mentoring group for people who are interested in learning more about how to prepare and submit proposals. This is much appreciated. 

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ISI's Pedagogical Games Project Celebrates First Year Implementation at High School

August 6, 2012
ISD's Jihie Kim and Erin Shaw's unique and highly successful initiative to use interest in video games as leverage in teaching math and collaborative skills to at-risk secondary students concluded its pilot implementation early this summer with a workshop about the project for teachers who might be interested in piloting the program at their own schools. Participants included 14 local middle and high school STEM and Media Arts teachers and two observers, including a high school principal and a professor of education at USC.
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TerraGo Acquires Geosemble Technologies

July 18, 2012


Geosemble was founded in 2004 by Craig Knoblock and Cyrus Shahabi, a professor at USC's computer science department. The company focuses on automatically integrating information into satellite and aerial imagery and maps.

Last week Geosemble was acquired by TerraGo. For more details, see:

Congratulations to Craig on this next step in the development of an ISI spinoff!

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"Air Force Office of Scientific Research Recognizes Greg Ver Steeg with AFOSR Young Investigator award!"

July 3, 2012

Ver Steeg’s proposal, titled “Bell Inequalities for Complex Networks”, aims to devise tests to unequivocally determine the underlying mechanisms at work in complex networks. Networks, be that of friends or subatomic particles, may have more similarities than conventionally thought. Ver Steeg offers the corollary that it is not uncommon for two friends’ behaviors to be similar.

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Ed Hovy was elected a member of the AAAI Executive Council

June 28, 2012

 In elections just held, Ed Hovy was elected a member of the AAAI Executive Council. The Council is responsible for setting policy for the association. This is an important position that can have significant impact on the AI community.

Congratulations, Ed!

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Best Poster Award at ITS 2012 by ISD Members

June 18, 2012

ISD members just won the best poster award at the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) being held in Crete.

The winning poster was:  Jun Park and Jihie Kim, Classifying Topics of Video Lecture Contents Using Speech Recognition Technology

Congratulations to Jun and Jihie!

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