News - 2018

Can taking breaks enhance test-taking performance?

December 18, 2018

Might power naps enhance performance? Perhaps. Short breaks sure do. That is the finding of research by Kristina Lerman, principal scientist at the USC Information Sciences Institute and research associate professor in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science.

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Computer Science Students Unleash Power of Social Web Data

December 12, 2018

While brainstorming final projects for CS599: Data Science for Social Systems, a new data science course that debuted at USC this semester, Madhu Venkatesh and her four teammates landed on a timely idea. How do social movements such as #MeToo affect public perception of some of the world’s biggest companies—and could these perceptions indirectly impact stock prices?

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USC ISI To Pilot Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence for NSF's Largest Scientific Facilities

October 3, 2018 $3 Million grant will develop a strategic plan for a Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence. Read More >

Predicting the next Taylor Swift—with algorithms?

July 31, 2018

Move over, talent scouts. Artificial intelligence could help sniff out the next big thing in music by looking at the venues where musicians perform, according to a new study by a team of computer scientists at USC Viterbi’s Information Sciences Institute.

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Undergraduate students from across the nation join ISI for summer of research

July 30, 2018

This summer, a group of seven undergraduate students from across the U.S. tried their hands at research at ISI as part of the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program.

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ISI Guides Burgeoning On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Market through Unique Consortium

June 26, 2018

Space innovation could soon receive a boost from a new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) project aimed at standardizing robotic space repairs.

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New Study Finds Taking Breaks Boosts Team Performance

June 25, 2018

Want to be a good team player? Take a break. It may improve not only your own performance but the chances of your team winning overall, says a new study by a team of USC computer scientists.

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ISI's Terry Benzel Appointed to the National Science Foundation's CISE Advisory Committee

June 18, 2018

Terry Benzel, the director of networking and cybersecurity at USC Viterbi's Information Sciences Institute, has been appointed to the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer, Information Science and Engineering Advisory Committee (CISE AC).

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USC Computing Forum's Inaugural Symposium a Resounding Success

May 21, 2018

On May 17, the USC Computing Forum hosted its inaugural symposium on the theme of "AI in Life" at the Marriott Hotel in Marina del Rey, California.

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USC Computing Forum Hosts Inaugural Symposium on Artificial Intelligence

April 26, 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) will take center stage at the USC Computing Forum’s first tech symposium on May 17, 2018 at the Marriott Hotel in Marina del Rey, California.

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In Memoriam: Bob Braden, Legendary Internet Pioneer and ISI Fellow Emeritus

April 20, 2018

Robert “Bob” Braden, a legendary internet
pioneer and fellow emeritus at USC Viterbi's Information
Sciences Institute (ISI), has died. He was 84.

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ISI PhD Students Showcase Research at Graduate Student Symposium

April 19, 2018

On April 5, some of ISI’s finest research and creative projects were showcased at the Graduate Student Symposium, an annual event that celebrates the research efforts and accomplishments of students and faculty across the institute’s divisions.

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CIS Team Members Honored with ISI Meritorious Service Awards

April 17, 2018

ISI Computing and Information Services (CIS) team members Amir Hashmani, Jerry Li and Ken Johnson have been recognized with ISI Meritorious Service Awards for their extraordinary efforts in executing an important government- mandated cybersecurity compliance project.

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ISI Researchers Apply AI to Large-scale Integrated Modeling with New DARPA Award

March 16, 2018

USC Viterbi's Information Sciences Institute researchers are leveraging artificial intelligence to create an ambitious new computer modeling and predictive analysis tool thanks to a new $13 million Defense Research Projects Award (DARPA) award.

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USC ISI Researchers Develop Computational Methods to Uncover Hidden Trends in Human Behavior

March 14, 2018

It turns out, Mom was right: Spending more time studying, and less time partying, will lead to greater academic success. But according to a new study by USC computer scientists, hitting the books and avoiding all-nighters will also make you happier.

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USC News: USC Researchers at Forefront of Quantum Computer Development

March 14, 2018 The D-Wave 2X quantum computer housed at ISI is enabling researchers to close the gap between academic research in quantum computation and real-world critical problems. Read More

New Insights into Human Kidney Formation Made Possible with Innovative Platform Developed at ISI

February 15, 2018

A new USC study that reveals how kidneys form – which could pave the way for engineering new kidneys – was made possible in part by a collaboration with computer scientists at USC Viterbi’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI).

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USC Trojan Family Magazine: The Future of Artificial Intelligence is Here, in Your Pocket and at USC

January 18, 2018 Several USC ISI researchers explore the future of artificial intelligence to thwart international criminals, instantly translate thousands of languages and more. Read More

USC ISI to Develop Translation and Information-Retrieval System for Uncommon Languages

January 8, 2018

A team of researchers from the Information Sciences Institute at USC Viterbi has received a $16.7 million grant from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop an automated information translation and summarization tool to quickly translate obscure languages.

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PCMag: This Is What it Takes to Measure the Internet

January 4, 2018 PCMag visited ISI's John Heidemann at the Analysis of Network Traffic (ANT) Lab, which has been keeping tabs on internet connectivity since its inception. Read More

ISI Research Director Ewa Deelman Named IEEE Fellow

January 4, 2018

ISI research director Ewa Deelman has been named a 2018 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Deelman, who also holds a faculty appointment as research professor of computer science at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering, was honored for her "contributions to scientific workflow management."

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ISI Computer Scientist Drives Boundary-Pushing Networking Project

January 3, 2018

ISI senior computer scientist Heidi Morgan is spearheading the development of reliable, leading- edge infrastructure for research and education between the U.S. and Latin American countries.

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