Can language models reason in a real-world setting? USC researchers explored this question in a recent paper published at AAAI. Photo/iStock.

Teaching Robots to Perform Tasks Like Humans

March 14, 2023

USC computer science study addresses key challenge of teaching machines to perform tasks in realistic environments

Computer Science PhD student Named Apple Scholar

March 14, 2023

Xisen Jin selected for his work in speech and natural language processing

“Attention Is All You Need”: USC Alumni Paved Path for ChatGPT

March 9, 2023

From “eureka moment” to deployment, USC Viterbi alumni played a key role in the creation of ChatGPT

Synchronous live session of Introduction of Cyber Security module by Professor Clifford Neuman

Educating Armenia’s Best and Brightest

March 2, 2023

USC Viterbi collaborates with the National Polytechnic University of Armenia to offer an online program to select engineering students in Armenia

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Making a Computer Observe Like a Human

March 1, 2023

USC ISI Research team combines multiple types of machine learning techniques to improve how a program can identify people and things

ChatGPT: USC Experts Break Down What You Need to Know

February 28, 2023

USC computer science experts share their perspectives on the meteoric rise of generative AI application ChatGPT

ISI Names Two New Fellows

February 27, 2023

Researchers Ewa Deelman and Yolanda Gil have received USC Viterbi’s Information Sciences Institute’s highest honor. 

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USC Wins DARPA Map Feature Extraction Challenge

February 17, 2023

A joint team between USC Viterbi Information Sciences Institute and the University of Minnesota won first place in part of the DARPA AI for Critical Mineral Assessment Competition

Bistra Dilkina will unite diverse data sources on pangolin populations and crime, and design innovative artificial intelligence tools and data science platforms. Photo/Caitlin Dawson/iStock

Operation Pangolin Launches to Save World’s Most Trafficked Wild Mammal

February 16, 2023

Bistra Dilkina joins a global team addressing pangolin poaching and trafficking

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How Old Is Your Brain? Ask All The Hospitals

February 14, 2023

Researchers at USC’s Information Sciences Institute are proposing an artificial intelligence system that addresses several of the machine learning challenges in the medical space. 

Lead author Zhonghao Shi, a computer science Ph.D. student, and Kiwi, a robot tutor that is used for working with children with autism spectrum disorder. Photo/Anna Hsu.

Robot Tutors Read Children’s Emotions As They Learn

February 13, 2023

Bored? Frustrated? Tired? New AI models could help robots read emotions and provide more personalized feedback.

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Training Algorithms To Make Fair Decisions Using Private Data

February 7, 2023

USC Viterbi researchers have developed a fairness enhancing algorithm that also keeps data secure.

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Machines, Are They Smarter Than a Six-Year-Old?

February 6, 2023

Researchers at USC Viterbi’s Information Sciences Institute are developing an algorithm that teaches machines to learn without human supervision.

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USC Researchers Present 12 Papers at AAAI

February 6, 2023

USC researchers present 12 papers, and received a AAAI Classic Paper Award, at this leading venue for machine learning research

Using Robots to Fight Toxic Algae

February 2, 2023

USC computer scientists and biologists have teamed up to tackle harmful algae blooms using “smart” robots

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Streamlining Learning Curves in the Workplace with Machine Learning

January 31, 2023

ISI’s KNIC program works to build AI that can help new employees kick start their new jobs more efficiently

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Using Computer Generated Images to Create Unbiased Facial Recognition

January 3, 2023

Information Sciences Institute researchers use machine learning to invent an impartial way to recognize faces

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Lights, Camera…Stereotypes? Film Characters’ Actions Reflect Gender Bias 

December 21, 2022

A machine-learning framework developed by USC researchers reveals a pattern of stereotyped actions by male and female characters in films over 100-year period 

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USC Viterbi Researchers Named 2023 IEEE Fellows

December 15, 2022

USC Information Sciences Institute’s Carl Kesselman and Premkumar Natarajan, and Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Bhaskar Krishnamachari were elevated for their impactful research contributions.

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“Choose Your Own Adventure” – Teaching Machines To Think Before They Speak

December 8, 2022

USC Information Sciences Institute researchers are programming models to communicate like humans do

USC at EMNLP ’22

December 6, 2022

USC researchers present 17 papers at EMNLP 2022, one of the world’s top natural language processing conferences.

Illustration: Chris Kim

The Potentially Adverse Impact of Twitter 2.0 on Scientific and Research Communication

December 6, 2022

Is key data going to disappear? The science community is bracing for possible consequences.

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From Gadgets to Google: Jason Lin’s (’17) Journey to Make the World a Better Place

November 28, 2022

A USC computer science, business administration alumnus’ curiosity for algorithms and new environments pushes the frontiers of AI.

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Rescuing Local Journalism, One AI Tool At A Time

November 28, 2022

A USC Information Sciences Institute Ph.D. student uses artificial intelligence to develop models that streamline the process of building news stories from start to finish

From more transparent AI to better MRI technology and safer robots, USC research is advancing the state-of-the-art in machine learning at NeurIPS 2022. Photo/iStock.

USC at NeurIPS 2022

November 22, 2022

USC researchers present 23 papers at this leading venue for machine learning research.

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AI4Health: A Collab for the Future of Health Care 

November 22, 2022

USC’s Information Sciences Institute launches the Center on AI Research for Health.

USC Viterbi research team engineers new wheel-legged robots with advancements in speed, rolling and leverage legged motions

New Wheel-Legged Robots Navigate Terrain and Combat Obstacles Like Never Before

November 7, 2022

Research team engineers new wheel-legged robots with advancements in speed, rolling and leverage legged motions

Paul Bogdan (left) and PhD student Jayson Sia (PHOTO CREDIT: USC Viterbi)

A New Mathematical Model to Improve AI and Machine Learning

November 3, 2022

USC Researchers combine math, graphs, and one humble little plant

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The Reproducibility Crisis in Science – These Researchers Have a Fix

November 2, 2022

A team from USC’s Information Sciences Institute has developed a novel method for using AI and knowledge graphs to assess the trustworthiness of scientific research.

USC at IROS ‘22

October 26, 2022

USC researchers present 15 wide-ranging papers at IROS 2022, one of the world’s largest robotics conferences.

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At the Heidelberg Laureate Forum: A Firsthand Account

October 25, 2022

ISI researcher Emmanuel Johnson networked with Nobel Laureates and talked shop with Turing Award Winners.

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Yolanda Gil Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Geoinformatics

October 21, 2022

The ISI researcher has brought artificial intelligence solutions to the geosciences.

Maryam Shanechi is the principal investigator on the grant (PHOTO CREDIT: Maryam Shanechi)

Shanechi Receives the One Mind 2022 Rising Star Award

October 19, 2022

Maryam Shanechi was honored for her unique engineering approach to mental health.

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What Will 2072 Look Like? Recorded Dreams and AI Friends! 

October 11, 2022

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of USC’s Information Sciences Institute, ISIers take a guess at what the next 50 years will bring.

This summer, visiting students participating in the USC Viterbi Robotics and Autonomous Systems REU Program visited NASA JPL with  Stefanos Nikolaidis, an assistant professor in computer science (center).

Student Roboticists’ Ideas Come to Life During Summer Research Program

October 7, 2022

Visiting students fast-tracked their robotics experience this summer at USC Viterbi’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Eleven New Faculty Join USC’s Department of Computer Science

October 3, 2022

USC Viterbi’s Department of Computer Science welcomes a diverse group of new faculty members for the 2022/2023 academic year.

Danny Olivas

Artificial Intelligence in Space – USC’s Information Sciences Institute is on a Mission

October 3, 2022

Astronaut Danny Olivas joins ISI’s Visual Intelligence and Multimedia Analytics Laboratory (VIMAL) to look for ways to use AI in space.

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USC ISI Research Shows a Promising Future for Animal-like Computer Vision  

September 29, 2022

USC’s Information Sciences Institute researchers present a pathway for adapted biological retinae in machines so their vision can mimic animal eyes.

Haylee Mota, Sophomore Mechanical Engineering Major at USC Viterbi

Haylee Mota Can Only See Light and Shadows. Yet She Sees So Much More.

September 29, 2022

USC Viterbi sophomore reimagines telepresence robots for the visually impaired

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Science by Looking at Citations

September 26, 2022

USC’s Information Sciences Institute researchers used artificial intelligence to study gender disparities in science.

"Both Chloe and I had autistic friends in high school, and we thought that creating a product that could interpret emotions as vibrations could really help them,” Shannon Brownlee says. (Illustration/Weitong Mai)

Good Vibrations: Detecting Emotions from Speech Patterns

September 21, 2022

Computer science student Shannon Brownlee’s startup uses software to detect emotions from speech patterns, which could help people with autism.

Since 2019, Lauren Klein has been researching computer science and child development at the USC Interaction Lab. She is developing an automated system to model and support infant-caregiver interactions by detecting signs of toxic stress. (Illustration/Mikyung Lee)

Baby Talk: Detecting Signs of Toxic Stress in Infants

September 21, 2022

A computer science doctoral student is working with a local children’s hospital to help clinicians detect signs of toxic stress in infants using artificial intelligence.

USC’s Information Sciences Institute Celebrates its Golden Anniversary

September 19, 2022

ISIers past and present gathered for champagne, speeches and science fiction.

3 Professors are appointed to ISE

Joint Appointments to Bring New Expertise in Machine Learning, Algorithm Design, and Network Design to the Epstein Department

September 19, 2022

Mahdi Soltanolkotabi, Bistra Dilkina and Vishal Gupta will take up joint appointments in Industrial and Systems Engineering at USC Viterbi.

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A Prescription for the Future of Healthcare: AI, Databases and Video Games

September 14, 2022

As we celebrate USC’s Information Systems Institute’s 50th anniversary, we look back at the collaborations they’ve done in the medical field that have led to smarter, more efficient medical care.

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From Cell Phones to Siri – Most of Your Favorite Tech Can Be Traced Back to ISI

September 13, 2022

USC’s Information Sciences Institute, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, has played a pivotal role in the development of most of the tech you use every day.

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USC’s Information Sciences Institute Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation

September 12, 2022

From a three-man shop in 1972 to a 400+ person Institute, ISI continues to lead the way in computing research.

Digital transformation concept. System engineering. Binary code. Programming.

AI for Business: USC Marshall and USC Viterbi Announce Joint Undergraduate Degree

September 9, 2022

Degree will combine curricular expertise from the two schools for digital expertise in a rapidly changing world

(Photo/Courtesy of Feifei Qian)

Legged Robots to Aid with Planetary Research

September 7, 2022

Feifei Qian is the lead researcher for a NASA grant that could significantly aid planetary explorations.

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Cracking the Code to Help Planet Earth

August 30, 2022

50 Years of ISI: How ISI has used computer science to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change and aid paleoclimatologists in natural disaster detection and management

Many asylum seekers face long waits in Mexico due to a shortage of translators for Indigenous language speakers. Photo/iStock.

Lost in Translation at the Border

August 24, 2022

A USC computer science student is developing natural language processing tools to tackle the translator shortage for Indigenous asylum seekers.

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8 Things You Didn’t Know Computer Scientists Did

August 22, 2022

At USC’s Information Sciences Institute, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, research is more than just zeros and ones for its researchers, students and alumni.

USC Provost Charles Zuckoski at ISI Photo credit/Magali Gruet

“We are more demanding of AI than we are of ourselves”

August 19, 2022

USC Provost toured the Information Sciences Institute and met with inspired Ph.D students

The students' research imagines a future where rovers could work in teams on remote planets far from home. Photo/iStock.

Trojans Win Student Design Contest with Autonomous Robots that ‘Learn’

August 16, 2022

Team of USC Viterbi students places first in a design competition on edge computing

Text prediction learns to be more inclusive when exposed to content from diverse audiences. Photo/iStock.

Busting Anti-Queer Bias in Text Prediction

August 11, 2022

New research at USC demonstrates how to train a popular language model to remove homophobic, anti-queer bias

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Finding Bugs Faster Than Hackers

August 8, 2022

USC Information Sciences Institute researchers have developed a novel approach to quickly identify security vulnerabilities.

Bekey, professor emeritus of computer science, electrical engineering and biomedical engineering, is considered one of the fathers of modern robotics (PHOTO CREDIT: USC Viterbi)

‘Bekey Changed My Life’

July 28, 2022

The robotics pioneer’s true gift is not with machines but with people

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Stefanos Nikolaidis Receives Agilent Early Career Professor Award

July 27, 2022

Computer Science Assistant Professor Stefanos Nikolaidis earns prestigious honor for his contributions to collaborative robotics.

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Machines can learn from fables

July 25, 2022

USC’s Information Sciences Institute uses short stories with moral implications to test human-like reasoning in AI

USC at ICML ‘22 Conference

July 21, 2022

USC researchers present 8 papers on notable topics including model explainability, game theory and multi-agent reinforcement learning.

Behnam Jafarpour

Behnam Jafarpour is new Energi Simulation Chair in Subsurface Energy Data Science

July 20, 2022

New role will support essential research harnessing AI and data science to manage subsurface resources and energy transition.

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Visual Misinformation Expert Wael AbdAlmageed Presents at Renaissance Weekend

July 14, 2022

Democracy, truth, and Artificial Intelligence collide at the prestigious event

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USC at the NAACL ’22 Conference: Gender Bias in AI, a Tool to Study News Revisions, and Methods to Avoid Toxic Content

July 11, 2022

Notable research also includes work on mitigating anti-queer bias and improvements for e-commerce stores.

USC researchers presented the latest developments in their work on topics such as AI-assisted fashion design, facial recognition, and AI-generated video and audio. Photo/iStock.

USC Presents Latest AI Findings at Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference

July 8, 2022

USC partnered with other universities and companies such as Microsoft in research on image and video generation, facial recognition, and more.

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USC ISI researchers track crypto pump-and-dump operations on social media

July 6, 2022

They monitored social media and showed attempts to inflate coins’ value are coordinated via conversations on various platforms.

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How Does the Nervous System Develop?

June 28, 2022

New model demonstrates how the nervous system learns to control the body and has implications for medical treatments and developing agile robots

Delivery robots are being trialed in cities in the U.S. and around the world. But most are controlled by a remote human pilot. Image/VCU Capital News

USC Viterbi Research to Streamline our Robot Delivery Future

June 22, 2022

A new study into optimized symbiotic vehicles for use in warehouses and for robot deliveries has been funded by Toyota’s University Research Program.

Bistra Dilkina Appointed as Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Early Career Chair

June 20, 2022

Dilkina was honored by Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg as the perfect “heroic engineer” at May 3 ceremony.

USC-Meta Center Brings Progress to AI Education and Research

June 16, 2022

The inaugural event introduced new initiatives and presented research to industry partners

PHOTO/iSTOCK, Maryna Voronova.

Folding, Cutting and Bending Our Way into a More Adaptable Future

June 9, 2022

USC researchers create new models to predict how new metamaterials behave, opening the door for applications in soft robotics and even space

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ISI researchers train artificial intelligence models to consider common-sense when generating responses

June 7, 2022

The goal: help those algorithms accurately predict a human’s next thought.

Apsy founder Tooraj Helmi (Photo/Courtesy of Tooraj Helmi)

What If AI Could Create a Custom App for Small Businesses…In Only 30 Minutes?

June 1, 2022

Apsy, led by Ph.D. candidate Tooraj Helmi, uses AI to develop inexpensive, quality apps for startups

Illustration/Michael Rogers

‘That’s Just Common Sense’. USC researchers find bias in up to 38.6% of ‘facts’ used by AI

May 26, 2022

A team of researchers from the USC Information Sciences Institute studied two AI databases to see if their data was fair. They found that it wasn’t.

Qinyi Luo's research will improve the efficiency of training AI systems. (PHOTO CREDIT: USC VITERBI)

USC Viterbi PhD Student Wins Meta Fellowship

May 23, 2022

The two-year fellowship will support the continued advancement of AI systems.

Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have developed a new method for computers to achieve that true texture — with the help of human beings.

Haptics Device Creates Realistic Virtual Textures

May 20, 2022

USC Viterbi computer scientists have created a user-driven haptics method that can generate dead-ringers for real-world textures.

Paul Chiou (left) and Ali Alotaibi.

Students improve mobile app accessibility for people with disabilities

May 19, 2022

Two USC Viterbi Ph.D. students aim to solve the size-based accessibility gap in our mobile applications

Rishi Malhan has a private piloting license he uses to explore Southern California's skies. PHOTO/RISHI MALHAN.

Trojan in the Sky

May 9, 2022

For USC Viterbi class of 2022 PhD Rishi Malhan, the future of robotics and sustainability lives in the skies.

USC Viterbi student Joy Uehara volunteers with students at Vitruvian Bots 2016 Summer Camp. PHOTO/JOY UEHARA.

More Than Robotics

May 4, 2022

USC Viterbi student Joy Uehara deepened her love of systems as a robotics mentor. Her most recent team was featured in Disney’s documentary “More than Robots.”

New Startup Brings AI to the People and Organizations

May 2, 2022

USC Viterbi researchers’ new AI platform is for everyone


USC at ICLR 2022: learning how to learn, decision making in complex environments, better forecasting models

April 29, 2022

USC researchers advance the state-of-the-art in AI and deep learning at top international conference.

USC VIterbi senior Ashley Dunning (Photo/Marc Ballon)

What Makes a Good Engineer?

April 29, 2022

The new Good Life Discussion Series allows USC Viterbi students to ask such big questions in a safe, supportive setting


AI study finds that males are represented four times more than females in literature

April 22, 2022

An artificial intelligence study on female prevalence in literature finds a staggering discrepancy in female representation.

Loic Pottier, Muhao Cheng and Filip Ilievski from USC's information Sciences Institute

ISI talented early career researchers recognized again by NSF

April 14, 2022

The NSF CRII program helps outstanding researchers launch their research, consistently recognizing USC’s Information Sciences Institute junior talents.

Kristina Lerman (Photo/Jeffrey Fiterman)

Kristina Lerman Elected an AAAI Fellow

April 14, 2022

She is the third researcher at USC Viterbi’s Information Sciences Institute to receive the prestigious honor.

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Making Urban Environments Sustainable with AI

April 6, 2022

Sarah Cooney, senior PhD candidate, creates a software system to allow everyday citizens to create designs for urban projects using AI.

New startup Eydle aims to combat social media phishing - in which a malicious attacker impersonates a reputable source. Image/Pixabay

Reeling in the Phishing Accounts

March 31, 2022

How a new USC Viterbi-led startup is using AI to fight malicious online impersonators.

Wei Wu (center) with co-PIs Quan Nguyen (left) and Mike Chen (PHOTO CREDIT: USC Viterbi)

Achieving Success Through Imprecision

March 30, 2022

USC Viterbi researchers aim to build a better brain with a never-before-used approach

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Using Machine Learning to Create Materials that Enable Energy-Efficient Electronics

March 28, 2022

USC Viterbi researchers have developed a neural network that can model a high-performing new material at a scale never-before seen.

Emmanuel Johnson was recently named a 2021 Computing Innovation Fellow. (Image Credit: Deanie Chen from the Daily Trojan)

Could distributive classrooms increase diversity in AI?

March 25, 2022

Emmanuel Johnson (’21) receives CRA Computing Innovation Fellows award for post-doctoral research on collaboration in a distance-learning world.


Towards Acing the Turing Test: A Blueprint for Future AI and Robots that Learn Like Living Things

March 24, 2022

USC Viterbi researchers worked with a DARPA-supported multi-institution team to outline how the machines of the future can achieve lifelong learning, just like humans and other animals.

The award recognizes Leena’s impressive commitment to research and her significant contributions to multiple research projects. (Image Courtesy of Leena Mathur)

USC Senior Named One of Four Top Undergraduate Computer Science Researchers in North America

March 17, 2022

The prestigious award honors Leena Mathur for her excellence and outstanding research potential in computer science.


How to Get a Diagnosis Without Setting Foot in a Doctor’s Office? Try AI and Wearables

March 2, 2022

USC Viterbi leads $1.2 million, multi-school effort to upgrade wearable technology for next stage of healthcare

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USC at the AAAI ’22 conference: 3D objects recognition, teaching robots to think on their own, finding information in any languages

February 23, 2022

New models help information detection in many languages and 3-D objects recognition, as well as robots training.

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Michael Pazzani, pioneer in machine learning, joins ISI to strengthen its AI strategy

February 22, 2022

His research on explanation can’t always be explained to a ten year old, but his contribution to the machine learning field has led to very concrete innovations, from media personalization to salary predictions for athletes.

USC Launches New Center for Autonomy and AI

February 8, 2022

The new center will bring together researchers and industry leaders to fuel innovation and provide hands-on learning opportunities for students.


USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Industrial Technology Research Institute to Collaborate on Microelectronics

February 2, 2022

Research effort between MOSIS and the Taiwanese company will support semiconductor design and manufacturing.

Max Reynolds headshot

‘We Want to Assemble Anything’

January 24, 2022

Max Reynolds (AME ’14) launched a startup, Symbio, that revolutionizes how artificial intelligence (AI) can be applied to the manufacturing industry

New USC-created AI tool has applications for information organization beyond e-commerce – for example, in the fields of medical diagnostics, human resources and project management.

‘Information Is Powerful, But Only If We Can Organize It Right’ — New AI Potential Boon to Businesses

January 19, 2022

Algorithm created by USC’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI) helps e-commerce companies better organize their products and makes it easier for customers to find what they want

USC Viterbi students Vineeth Rajesh and Justin Lockwood make "SC" themed pancakes with the help of a Baxter robot. PHOTO/AVNI SHAH.

Breakfast of Champions, Prepared by Your Neighborhood Robot

January 12, 2022

No need for fancy cafes. For your next coffee and pancake order, all you need is a couple of robots – and USC Viterbi students to program them.

REAL@USC Associate Director Meisam Razaviyayn (L) and Director Murali Annavaram (R).

USC and Meta Collaborate to establish the USC-Meta Center for Research and Education In AI and Learning

December 17, 2021

New Joint Research Center Strengthens USC Viterbi’s Commitment to Improving AI

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Your Next Package Could be Delivered by a Robot

December 13, 2021

USC Viterbi researchers help four-legged robots carry heavy packages to spaces unknown

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“Tech for Good” Week Debuts at USC

December 8, 2021

A series of USC Viterbi-lead events, headlined by innovators and change-makers, explores the challenges of humanitarian crises

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USC Researchers Present 30 Papers at NeurIPS 2021

December 6, 2021

Paper topics include machine learning, deep learning, neural networks and optimization.

By applying their tool to, among other things, insect brains, the researchers were able to more deeply understand how our biological neural networks function (PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Kim)

Witness the Power of Graphs

December 3, 2021

USC Viterbi researchers’ new tool is another step towards true AI

Research team makes considerable advance in brain-inspired computing

November 21, 2021

Introduces a more efficient and sustainable hardware device for AI and ML applications

A USC team successfully taught an AI to generate synthetic brain activity data, which could improve the usability of brain-computer interfaces. Photo/iStock.

“Deepfaking the Mind” Could Improve Brain-Computer Interfaces for People with Disabilities

November 18, 2021

Synthetic neurological data created using generative adversarial networks could speed up training of brain-computer interfaces, new study finds.

USC Researchers Present 30 Papers at EMNLP 2021

November 17, 2021

Goals include building fairer commonsense models by reducing bias, detecting polarizing topics to mitigate conflict, and achieving smooth human-AI communication.

Team members (l-r): Maxwell Kofman, Leena Mathur, Surya Nehra and Nisha Chatwani. Photo/Aaron John Balana.

USC Viterbi Students Develop AI-based Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Tool

November 12, 2021

A student team developed machine learning algorithms that help predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease using speech.

Randy Hill’s Army Service Ended in 1984. He Still Serves Veterans — With AI, Graphics and VR

November 10, 2021

Professor Hill reflects on service, storytelling and his favorite virtual human to fight PTSD

Professor Mercedeh Khajavikhan (left) and undergrad Haoqin Deng combined their different backgrounds to improve AI technology (PHOTO CREDIT: USC Viterbi)

USC Viterbi Professor and Undergrad Team Up to Improve AI

November 10, 2021

The duo designed a new tool to make neural networks faster, more powerful, and cheaper

A new computer adaptive test, powered by machine learning, could help medical practitioners make more efficient diagnoses of social communication disorders. Photo/iStock.

How AI Could Help Screen for Autism in Children

November 9, 2021

An interdisciplinary team led by USC computer science researchers is creating a faster, more reliable and more accessible system to help clinicians screen children for developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD.

Saurav Prakash (right) and Chaoyang He will be focused on the emerging field of federated learning (PHOTO CREDIT: USC Viterbi).

Two USC Viterbi PhD Students Win Qualcomm Innovation Fellowships

October 15, 2021

The team is focused on the emerging and important field of federated learning

A demonstration of virtual reality goggles used to access the Virtual Interactive Training Agent platform. From left: Sharon Mozgai and Arno Hartholt. Photo credit: Justin Gilbert.

Can A.I. Help Low-Income Workers Get Jobs?

October 4, 2021

New partnership with the U.S. government brings artificial intelligence-based interview training to communities around the country

SoCal Fire, Photo credit: Eddiem360

AI To Fight Wildfires

September 27, 2021

USC to Co-Lead an NSF-Funded Project for Controlled Burns and Fire Mitigation

Professor Haipeng Luo (right) and Ph.D. student Chen-Yu Wei won best paper award at the Annual Conference on Learning Theory (COLT). Photo/Aaron John Balana.

Bringing Reinforcement Learning to a Dynamic World: USC Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award

September 15, 2021

The paper outlines a simple approach that solves a complex problem in reinforcement learning (RL): applying RL algorithms to non-stationary environments.

Co-founded by USC Viterbi alumnus Mahyar Salek, start-up Deepcell offers a novel platform with the potential for enormous impact in translational research, diagnostic testing, and therapeutics. (Image Courtesy of Salek)

Single Cell Intelligence: Alumni Startup Seeks To ID Cells That Could Transform Medicine

September 9, 2021

Co-founded by USC Viterbi alumnus Mahyar Salek, ’11, Deepcell uses AI and imaging to isolate unique cells in areas ranging from cancer to prenatal testing.

Study authors include Professor Shrikanth Narayanan, Timothy Greer, Dillon Knox, and Benjamin Ma. (Images Courtesy of Narayanan, Greer, Knox, and Ma)

Is it A Horror Film or a Rom-Com? AI Can Predict Based Solely on Music.

September 2, 2021

USC Viterbi Professor Shrikanth Narayanan and his research group examined the role of music in film through a computational lens to determine how it affects the audience’s perception of genre

USC students in tie-dye T-shirts on USC University Park Campus.

Can Robots Create Fashion?

September 1, 2021

For three mechanical engineering students, summer vacation included making tie-dye – with Baxter, the robot.

Robotic manufacturing processes which require high trajectory execution accuracy. (Left) robotic additive manufacturing and (right) robotic welding.(PHOTO/SK Gupta)

Gold and Silver: USC Viterbi Students Nearly Sweep Top Awards at Nation’s Largest Manufacturing Research Conference

August 31, 2021

First and second place awards for best paper earned by students in USC’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing

SHINE student Dion Walker, a rising sophomore at Great Oak High School, presented his research at the Poster Session. (Photo Courtesy of Richard Bolton)

SHINE 2021: 58 High School Students Actively Contribute To USC Viterbi Research

August 26, 2021

“A sense of confidence, exposure and knowledge:” Students, family, and faculty celebrate the conclusion of this summer’s session of SHINE with annual poster session

A machine learning model, called a recurrent neural network (RNN), that is being used to predict a better polymer structure with high energy storage capacity. A polymer structure is mapped into strings of characters (the white letters) and fed to the RNN model (the green gear), resulting in a list of polymer structures which likely have better energy storage capacity (the red tetrahedrons). Illustration/Chris Kim

Creating the Materials of the Future Using Machine Learning

August 19, 2021

A new M.S. degree in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at USC Viterbi will prepare graduates to lead the creation of advanced materials using machine learning and artificial intelligence.

USC Collaborates in $20M NSF Institute to Push New Frontiers in AI and Optimization

July 29, 2021

The NSF Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute for Advances in Optimization will fuse AI and mathematics to tackle tough challenges, such as food security, supply chain operations and hardware design.

New Simulator Helps Robots Sharpen Their Cutting Skills

July 22, 2021

A simulation engine developed by USC and NVIDIA researchers predicts the forces acting on a knife as it cuts through common foods, such as fruit and vegetables

On the Cutting Edge: USC at the Robotic Science and Systems (RSS) Conference

July 16, 2021

USC research focuses on making safe, realistic and efficient robotic systems at the Robotic Science and Systems (RSS) Conference, 2021.

USC+Amazon Center Announces its Selected Projects for 2021-2022

July 13, 2021

The new center will support five research initiatives from across USC Viterbi.