Artificial Intelligence

Selected Honors


  • DARPA Director's Fellowship, Emilio Ferrara
  • ISI begins collaboration with federal law enforcement agencies to help them locate and prosecute child sex traffickers.


  • Yolanda Gil elected as AAAI President
  • "Top 100 Big Data Experts to Follow in 2016", Maptive LLC (data visualization software provider): Emilio Ferrara
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award, Emilio Ferrara
  • Best Paper Award,  Linhong Zhu, Majid Ghasemi-Gol, Pedro Szekely, Aram Galstyan and Craig Knoblock, “Unsupervised Entity Resolution on Multi-type Graphs. International” Semantic Web Conference (ISWC).


  • AFOSR Young Investigator Award: Greg Ver Steeg
  • Fellows, Association for Computational Linguistics: Kevin Knight, Daniel Marcu
  • VIP Influencer, IBM Watson Analytics, IBM Insight 2015: Emilio Ferrara
  • Best Applied Paper, 2015 International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC): Pedro Szekely, Craig Knoblock et al
  • Institute Achievement Award, Information Sciences Institute: Kevin Knight
  • Senior Fellow, UCLA Institute for Applied and Pure Mathematics: Emilio Ferrara
  • Best Poster, 2015 Conference on Complex Systems: Emilio Ferrara
  • USC Team achieves best accuracy results on DARPA Twitter Bot Detection Challenge


  • Use Inspired Research Award, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, April 2014:Rajiv Maheswaran and Yu-han Chang
  • Robert S. Englemore Memorial Lecture Award, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, 2014: Craig Knoblock
  • Fellow, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, 2014: Kevin Knight
  • Chief Scientist for Natural Language Processing, ISI, March 2014: Jerry Hobbs
  • Research Associate Professor appointment, USC Viterbi Department of Computer Science, 2014:Pedro Szekely
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Award: Greg Ver Steeg


  • Best Paper, in-use track, Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC), 2013: P. Szekely, C. Knoblock, F. Yang, X. Zhu, E. Flink, R. Allen, and G. Goodlander
  • Best Student Paper, International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction (SBP), 2013: J.-H. Kang, K. Lerman, and L. Getoor
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Computational Linguistics, 51st annual meeting, 2013: Jerry Hobbs
  • Research Assistant Professor appointment, USC Viterbi Department of Computer Science, 2013: Greg Ver Steeg
  • Honorable Mention,In Proceedings of the 7th International AAAI Conference On Weblogs And Social Media (ICWSM), 2013: N. Hodas, F. Kooti, and K. Lerman
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Award: Greg Ver Steeg


  • Best Research Paper, International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), 2012: R. Parundekar, C. Knoblock, and J.L. Ambite
  • Best Poster, Intelligent Tutoring Systems Conference (ITS), 2012: J. Park and J. Kim
  • Best Submission, PhD workshop, EDBT/ICDT Joint Conference on Database Theory and Technology, 2012: G. Konstantinidis
  • Grand Prize, MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, 2012:  R. Maheswaran, Y.-H. Chang, A. Henehan and S. Danesis
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Award: Greg Ver Steeg


  • Best Demonstration, Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS), 2011:;Y. Chang and R. Maheswaran
  • Best Paper runner up, Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI),2011:C. Fritz and Y. Gil
  • Most Cited Paper Award, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 2011:N. Wang, W. L. Johnson, R. E. Mayer, P. Rizzo, E. Shaw, H. Collins


  • Third place prize, International Semantic Web Challenge, ISWC ’10 for “Shortipedia: Aggregating and Curating Semantic Web Data”: D. Vrandecic, M. Krötzsch, V. Ratnakar, and Y. Gil
  • Honorary mention, Semantic Web Triplification Challenge, 2010 for BibBase: C. Fritz et al

2009 and prior

  • ISI becomes one of the leaders in statistical machine translation.
  • Best paper, "11,001 New Features for Statistical Machine Translation", Proc. NAACL, 2009:  D. Chiang, K. Knight, and W. Wang
  • First place, Planetary Robotic Contingency Challenge, First ICRA Robot Challenge, 2008: B. Salemi et al
  • Best paper, Autonomous/Unmanned Systems area, 26th Army Science Conference, 2008:
  • Best paper, Semantic Computing, 2007: S. Pradhan, E. Hovy, M. Marcus, M. Palmer, L. Ramshaw, and R. Weischedel
  • Best paper, International Conference on Digital Government Research, 2007: J.L. Ambite and D. Kapoor
  • Significant Technical Achievement Award, 24th DARPA Systems and Technology Symposium 2005, for Tactical Language Learning:  L. Johnson
  • Best training paper, Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, 2004: L. Johnson, S. Marsella, and H. Vilhjalmsson
  • Best paper, Web Intelligence, 2003: S. Lin and C. Knoblock
  • Best paper,  Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB02), 2002:  K. Støy, W.-M. Shen, and P. Will
  • Best Paper  Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI), 2001: J. Blythe, J. Kim, S. Ramachandran, and Y. Gil
  • Best Paper,  Assoc. for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 200: U. Germann, M. Jahr, K. Knight, D. Marcu, and K. Yamada
  • Best Paper, Association for the Advancement of AI (AAAI), 2000: K. Knight and D. Marcu

Professional Conference Leadership

ACL '14 General Chair: Daniel Marcu
ISWC  '14: In-Use Track Conference Chair: Craig Knoblock
ACM SIGSpatial '12 & '13 Conference Chair: Craig Knoblock
IUI ’13 Program Chair: Pedro Szekely
IUI ’13 Conference Chair: Jihie Kim
IJCAI’ 11 Conference Chair: Craig Knoblock
AAAI 06 Program co-Chair: Yolanda Gil
ACL 05 General Chair: Kevin Knight
ISWC '05 Program co-Chair: Yolanda Gil
ACL ’04 Program co-Chair: Daniel Marcu
HLT/NAACL’03 Chair: Eduard Hovy
IUI ’03 Program Chair: Lewis Johnson
IUI ’02 Program Chair: Yolanda Gil
AAMAS ’02 founding Program Chair: Lewis Johnson
AIED NAACL ’01 Program Chair: Kevin Knight
AIPS '00 Conference co-Chair: Craig Knoblock

Professional Society Leadership

AAAI President Elect:  Yolanda Gil
IJCAI Past President: Craig Knoblock
ACM Distinguished Scientist: Craig Knoblock
ICAPS Past President: Craig Knoblock
ACL Past President: Kevin Knight
AAAI Fellow: Yolanda Gil
AAAI Fellow: Craig Knoblock
ACM SIGART Chair: Yolanda Gil
DGSNA Treasurer: Yigal Arens
AAAI Conference Committee Chair: Yolanda Gil
DGSNA Past President: Eduard Hovy
ICAPS Past President: Craig Knoblock
AAAI Past Councilor: Yolanda Gil
ACL Past President: Eduard Hovy 
AIED Past President: Lewis Johnson
IAMT Past President: Eduard Hovy 
AAAI Past Councilor: Craig Knoblock