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USC at the NAACL ’24 Conference

June 17, 2024

Notable research includes work on legal AI, LLM manipulation by bad actors, and assessing argument quality.

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From Wearables to Swallowables: USC Engineering Researchers Create GPS-like Smart Pills with AI

June 12, 2024

Utilizing wearable electronics and AI, new ingestible sensors provide real-time 3D monitoring of gastrointestinal health

By integrating multiple sources of information usually overlooked by AI systems, including the positions of EEG electrodes and the brain regions they monitor, the AI can identify patterns or features that indicate a seizure is likely to occur. Photo/iStock.

New AI System Detects Rare Epileptic Seizures

June 4, 2024

USC computer science researchers developed a new AI system to accurately detect epileptic seizure types, improving the diagnosis of rare and complex cases, even in young children

Image of a brain with the title Large Language Model and a swirl of other words surrounding it. These words include finetuning, datasets, transfer, token and prompts.

How easy is it to get AIs to talk like a partisan?

May 30, 2024

Very easy, according to a new study on LLMs.

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Cybersecurity With Human-AI Collaboration

May 29, 2024

ISI researchers are integrating AI into cybersecurity operations to defend from cyberattacks and aid analysts.

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“I worry that AI will be used to manipulate large groups of people”

May 29, 2024

EPISODE 25 | ISI’s Artificial Intelligence director, anthropologist Adam Russell, gets to know his researchers. This week: Myrl Marmarelis


Shanechi-led USC Center for Neurotechnology Boosted by Grant From NIH BRAIN Initiative

May 21, 2024

$5 million grant will develop multimodal AI and sensing technology for mental state tracking.

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“AIs will give you answers even if they don’t know”

May 15, 2024

EPISODE 24 | ISI’s Artificial Intelligence director, anthropologist Adam Russell, gets to know his researchers. This week: Negar Mokhberian

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Detecting Influence Campaigns on X with AI and Network Science

May 14, 2024

ISI researchers have developed machine learning models to identify coordinated inauthentic behaviors by accounts on X involved in influence campaigns around the world

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Optimizing Data Flow for Scientific Discovery

May 13, 2024

Scientists are calculating earthquake risk using an ISI-created system that automates and manages data- and compute-intensive research.


At USC + Amazon Center Symposium, Speakers Highlight Ties Between University and Industry

May 9, 2024

Collaboration is a big topic at third annual gathering that addresses AI, security, research.

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USC’s ShowCAIS 2024 Doubles Down on the Power of AI to Address Social Challenges

May 2, 2024

The annual event expands its reach and impact while displaying multifaceted approaches to AI applications.

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Creating Human-Like Chatbots

April 29, 2024

ISI researchers explore how to advance AI toward more authentic interaction.

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Making AI safe and fair

April 22, 2024

How ISI researchers are engaging in research, policy and thought leadership to guide AI toward positive futures.

USC Viterbi Interaction Lab researchers introduce the Blossom robot to students

USC Robotics Open House 2024 Inspires Next Generation Innovators

April 17, 2024

Experience the vibrant world of Trojan robotics through the eyes of 160 enthusiastic students

Researchers working on robots and robotic parts to be placed in space.

Solving The Space Dilemma

April 17, 2024

USC ISI researchers are building tools to solve safety problems in space operations, and creating test beds to simulate cyberattacks in space

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Uncovering Hidden Authors with AI

April 15, 2024

USC ISI computer scientists are developing language technologies that could potentially identify who wrote anonymous text.

Matt McKinney, Co-Founder & CEO at Loop (Photo/Courtesy of Loop)

Removing the “Hell of Paperwork:” AI Helps Truckers, Manufacturers Come Together

April 11, 2024

Loop, a Chicago-based startup co-founded by USC Viterbi alumnus Matt McKinney, leverages AI to digitize shipment data, for the benefit of manufacturers and freight companies

The USC-Capital One Center for Responsible AI and Decision Making in Finance (CREDIF) is the first center launched under the auspices of the USC School of Advanced Computing (SAC), a unit of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

USC and Capital One Establish New Center for Responsible AI in Finance

April 11, 2024

Housed under the USC School of Advanced Computing, the center aims to advance responsible AI for financial services

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Unlocking the Road Ahead: Exploring the Challenges and Visions of Autonomous Vehicles

April 10, 2024

A Glimpse into the USC Center for Autonomy and AI’s Efforts

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ISI Researchers Pioneer Developments In Protein Data Bank

April 8, 2024

ISI researchers are part of a core team developing the PDB-Dev repository, initiated by the Protein Data Bank, a foundational repository for macromolecular structures

PhD students Bozhou Zhuang and Anna Arcaro are researching AI-enabled techniques for the safe storage of spent nuclear fuel.

USC Researchers are Developing AI-Enhanced Safety Inspections for Nuclear Waste

April 4, 2024

Researchers in the USC Sonny Astani Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering are tackling one of the most complex problems facing the U.S. Department of Energy: how to safely handle and store “spent” nuclear fuel.

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Teaching robots to walk on the moon, and maybe rescue one another

April 3, 2024

USC, UPenn, Texas A&M, Oregon State, Georgia Tech, Temple University, and NASA Johnson Space Center are teaching dog-like robots to navigate craters of the moon and other challenging planetary surfaces in research funded by NASA.


Could Computer Science Aid the Next Jimi Hendrix?

March 29, 2024

With award-winning music education app ‘Notey’s World,’ Adithya Bellathur and a team of USC alumni seek to encourage new guitarists and musicians.

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USC CREATE, Established in the Wake of 9/11, Announces its 20th Anniversary Symposium

March 21, 2024

The symposium, headlined by Michael Chertoff, former U.S. secretary of homeland security, highlights two decades of work in security, risk and economic analysis.

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“I wish AI could surpass humans in empathy, it should be pretty easy”

March 20, 2024

EPISODE 19 | ISI’s Artificial Intelligence director, anthropologist Adam Russell, gets to know his researchers. This week: Casandra Rusti

The formation of morphogenetic interfaces at anodes in solid state batteries. The colors signify concentrations of lithium and magnesium.

From Biology to Batteries: Professor Krishna Garikipati is Changing the Way we Use AI to Predict Patterns

March 19, 2024

The USC Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering welcomes Professor Krishna Garikipati, a leader in the field of computational mechanics.

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Inside ISI’s Ph.D. Visit Day 2024

March 19, 2024

Prospective graduate students traveled to ISI’s Marina Del Rey headquarters to experience the institute’s academic environment.

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To “Howdy,” or Not to “Howdy,” That Is the Question

March 13, 2024

USC researchers explore the impact of prompt design on large language model performance.

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“We need more social sciences experts in AI to focus on its human side”

March 13, 2024

EPISODE 18 | ISI’s Artificial Intelligence director, anthropologist Adam Russell, gets to know his researchers. This week: Shushan Arakelyan

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How Online Echo Chambers Make Eating Disorders Worse

March 6, 2024

USC researchers uncover social media’s “vicious cycle” that traps vulnerable populations within pro-anorexia communities.

The Thirty-Eighth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-24) was held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

USC Research at AAAI 2024

February 26, 2024

From public health insights to busting bias in machine learning, discover USC researchers’ groundbreaking artificial intelligence work at AAAI 2024

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USC Viterbi Announces Participation in Department of Commerce Consortium Dedicated to AI Safety

February 22, 2024

USC will be one of approximately 30 universities helping to advance the development and deployment of safe, trustworthy AI under a new U.S. Government Safety Institute

Doctoral student Elizabeth Ondula is applying AI, specifically reinforcement learning algorithms, to manage in-person attendance during epidemics. Photo/Helen Perez.

Could AI Help Us Prepare for the Next Pandemic?

February 22, 2024

Computer science doctoral student Elizabeth Ondula leverages AI to enhance pandemic response strategies

USC researchers have created a low-cost, accessible learning kit to help college and high school students build their own "robot friend.” Photo/James Kim.

How to Build Your Own Robot Friend: Making AI Education More Accessible

February 22, 2024

USC researchers develop new open-source platform to help students build their own low-cost robot companion from scratch

AI is only as good as its data, and biased data can lead to serious outcomes, including unnecessary surgery and even missing treatable cancers. Photo/iStock.

Diversifying Data to Beat Bias in AI

February 21, 2024

USC researchers propose a novel approach to mitigate bias in machine learning model training

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A voice in public policies

February 20, 2024

From biotech to misinformation, some of today’s biggest policy challenges are informed by researchers at ISI.

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Does AI understand common sense?

February 20, 2024

ISI researchers dive deep into evaluating how well language models can reason about our everyday world.

A new AI platform led by the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science will advance new materials discovery.

AI Platform to Revolutionize the Discovery of the Materials of the Future

February 13, 2024

The $2 million NSF project will harness AI to generate new optimized superalloys for game-changing applications from aerospace to healthcare.

Looking Back on the Incredible Undertakings of AI4Health in 2023

Looking Back on the Incredible Undertakings of AI4Health in 2023

February 5, 2024

The Center on AI Research for Health debuted projects on radiation oncology, neurodegenerative diseases and mental health


“I try to solve problems where we don’t have enough resources”

January 31, 2024

EPISODE 12 | ISI’s Artificial Intelligence director, anthropologist Adam Russell, gets to know his researchers. This week: Mozhdeh Gheini


AI/nsiders Podcast: Meet the Humans Behind the AI of ISI

January 25, 2024

ISI’s Artificial Intelligence director, anthropologist Adam Russell, gets to know his researchers in this weekly series.

Joshua Yang Secures Center of Excellence for Work on Neuromorphic Computing

Joshua Yang Secures Center of Excellence for Work on Neuromorphic Computing

January 18, 2024

USC will lead Air Force-funded Center that includes four other universities.

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“We need diverse voices doing AI to serve a diverse population”

January 17, 2024

EPISODE 10 | ISI’s Artificial Intelligence director, anthropologist Adam Russell, gets to know his researchers. This week: Emmanuel Johnson

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“Apply AI to problems you are passionate about”

January 10, 2024

EPISODE 9 | ISI’s Artificial Intelligence director, anthropologist Adam Russell, gets to know his researchers. This week: Abigail Horn

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“If I could go back in time I would tell myself to learn Python much earlier”

January 3, 2024

EPISODE 8 | ISI’s Artificial Intelligence director, anthropologist Adam Russell, gets to know his researchers. This week: Joel Mathew

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“If we blur the line between what is real and fake, everything is fake”

December 13, 2023

EPISODE 7 | ISI’s Artificial Intelligence director, anthropologist Adam Russell, gets to know his researchers. This week: Wael AbdAlmageed

USC computer science researchers have developed a technique to copy virtual 3D objects and paste them into real indoor scenes. Photo/iStock.

Copy and Paste: New AI Tool Helps Computers Interpret the World

December 12, 2023

USC computer science researchers present new technique to “copy and paste” virtual 3D objects into real indoor scenes, improving how computers see and interpret the world

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Once is enough: Helping robots learn quickly in new environments

December 11, 2023

A new algorithm developed by USC computer science researchers shows that robots can, in computer simulations, learn tasks after a single demonstration

Research by Maryam Shanechi and her students has shown that their method accurately decodes brain signals while also being able to run in real time. (ILLUSTRATION: Cornelia Li)

New AI Algorithm Enables Advanced Real-Time Decoding for Neurotechnologies

December 11, 2023

Algorithm can enhance decoding accuracy of brain signals in real-time brain-computer interfaces.


From the USC Viterbi Magazine: Small Ally, Big Impact

December 6, 2023

How a little robot is helping students with ADHD symptoms find their focus.

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USC @ EMNLP 2023

December 6, 2023

USC researchers present papers at EMNLP 2023, one of the world’s top natural language processing conferences.

ISI researchers are helping streamline reporters' workflows with AI gadgets, including a source-recommendation engine.

AI can help journalists find diverse and original sources

December 6, 2023

ISI researchers are helping streamline reporters’ workflows with AI gadgets, including a source-recommendation engine.

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“We don’t have evidence that genuine AI empathy is on the horizon”

December 6, 2023

EPISODE 6 | ISI’s Artificial Intelligence director, anthropologist Adam Russell, gets to know his researchers. This week: Katy Felkner

USC computer scientists have developed a novel method of moderating toxic content on live-streaming platforms. 

Cooling Down the Hot Takes on Twitch 

December 5, 2023

USC computer scientists have developed a novel method of moderating toxic content on live-streaming platforms. 

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“Learn fundamental math: AI will always rely on it”

November 29, 2023

EPISODE 5 | ISI’s Artificial Intelligence director, anthropologist Adam Russell, gets to know his researchers. This week: Mahyar Khayatkhoei

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“I want to make an impact by reducing misinformation”

November 22, 2023

EPISODE 4 ISI’s Artificial Intelligence director, anthropologist Adam Russell, gets to know his researchers. This week: Ashwin Shreyas

Too Close for Comfort: USC Viterbi Students Use AI to Prevent Aircraft Collisions

Too Close for Comfort: USC Viterbi Students Use AI to Prevent Aircraft Collisions

November 17, 2023

USC had two teams among top 10 finalists in national FAA Data Challenge 2023.

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“AI is a tool but it might not be your best solution”

November 15, 2023

EPISODE 3 | ISI’s Artificial Intelligence director, anthropologist Adam Russell, gets to know his researchers. This week: Deborah Khider

Lead author Nathan Dennler, a computer science doctoral student, with the robotic arm, which provides precise 3D spatial information, and a socially assistive robot, which gives instruction and motivation throughout the assessment. Photo/Nathan Dennler.

New Robotic System Assesses Mobility After Stroke

November 15, 2023

A new robotic tool developed by a team of experts in computer science and biokinesiology could help stroke survivors more accurately track their recovery progress.

A USC Viterbi research team has discovered a new semiconductor with a unique property that will allow for energy efficient computers that function more like the human brain. Image/Unreal

Materials Discovery to Enable Computers that Think More Like Humans

November 14, 2023

New USC Viterbi-led research has uncovered a novel semiconductor with an unusual material property that can enable energy-efficient computing hardware that functions like the human brain.

Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Receives $700,000 Air Force Grant for GPU Cluster

Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Receives $700,000 Air Force Grant for GPU Cluster

November 13, 2023

New GPU cluster will allow the next generation of students and researchers to investigate the world of AI and machine learning as part of USC Frontiers of Computing initiative.

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“A smarter way to organize the world around us”

November 8, 2023

EPISODE 2 | ISI’s Artificial Intelligence director, anthropologist Adam Russell, gets to know his researchers. Today: Gleb Satyukov


Making better robots for humans: USC at CORL 2023

November 7, 2023

USC computer science faculty and students present their latest work in the field of human-robot interaction.

USC computer scientists evaluate data representation methods for a number of applications.

Finding Answers (About the Best Way to Find Answers)

November 6, 2023

USC computer scientists evaluate data representation methods for a number of applications.

Hangbo Zhao, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering, is recognized for his pioneering work in soft robotics

Hangbo Zhao Receives Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award

November 1, 2023

The highly competitive program supports outstanding early career researchers developing innovative solutions to challenges faced by the Navy and Marine Corps.

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“AI can be good for low stakes issues”

November 1, 2023

EPISODE 1 | ISI’s Artificial Intelligence director, anthropologist Adam Russell, gets to know his researchers. This week: Keith Burghardt

Rusty Jehangir empowers thousands to pursue underwater robotics and exploration with startup Blue Robotics

Beneath the Waves

October 31, 2023

Rusty Jehangir empowers thousands to pursue underwater robotics and exploration with startup Blue Robotics

The Evolución of Cities: AI Helps Map Madrid and More

The Evolution of Cities: AI Helps Map Madrid and More

October 30, 2023

A USC computer scientist presents data to understand the changing nature of cities and plan sustainable cities of the future.


Trojan Trio Make Waves at Google DeepMind

October 23, 2023

USC computer science alumni worked on Google’s “first-of-its-kind” robot AI model, the Robotic Transformer 2 (RT-2)

Prof. Mahdi Soltanolkotabi with a low-field MR machine in the USC Dynamic Imaging Science Center. (USC Photo/Xenia Xu)

Mahdi Soltanolkotabi Receives NIH Director’s New Innovator Award for Reliable AI for MRI

October 18, 2023

$2.4 million grant will be used to develop new AI-powered algorithms that could lessen the need for higher-strength MRI machines and correct for various imaging artifacts.

Computation at Sonny Astani Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Advanced Computing in Civil and Environmental Engineering

October 11, 2023

In teaching and research, advanced computational methods are essential for achieving the strategic vision at Sonny Astani Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)


USC at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

October 3, 2023

USC researchers present 14 papers at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), showcasing leading-edge research in robotics.

Paul Bogdan of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering. (Photo/ Daniel Druhora)

Paul Bogdan joins team researching nanotechnology for NSF-funded center

September 21, 2023

The UMich-led Center for Complex Particle Systems (COMPASS), one of four new Science and Technology Centers, will look to nature for inspiration on particles.

Visualization of supersonic spray deposited on a substrate

Designing an Engine Ready for Hydrogen Combustion

September 8, 2023

The U.S. Department of Energy is supporting a major USC research initiative to advance the next stage of the clean energy revolution.

Origami-inspired strain sensors will change the way soft robots are developed

Origami-Inspired Strain Sensors for Stretchable Soft Robotics

August 29, 2023

USC researchers have developed an innovative solution to measure the motion of soft components in robotics.


ISI Ph.D. Students Connect Academic Learning with Summer Internships

August 23, 2023

ISI Ph.D. students spent their summers gaining practical experience and building professional networks at major tech companies.

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A Smarter Approach to Answer Financial Questions

August 17, 2023

USC Information Sciences Institute researchers apply a case-based reasoning approach using relevant examples to help answer financial questions.

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Causal Effects: Distinguishing Correlation from Causation

August 15, 2023

USC Information Sciences Institute researchers grapple with hidden variables in cause-and-effect studies to make better-informed decisions.

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Building Better Models Starts With Reexamining the Metrics

August 2, 2023

USC computer scientists present a better way to measure the performance of generative AI models at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML).

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Predicting the Future, Starting With Billiard Balls and Car Collisions

August 1, 2023

An ISI team identifies limitations in dynamics prediction and proposes a solution.

Maryam Shanechi Named Blavatnik National Awards Finalist

July 26, 2023

She was recognized for her “pioneering brain-machine interfaces that can model, decode, and control complex neural activity patterns by the intersection of engineering, computing, and neuroscience”


USC at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML)

July 25, 2023

USC researchers will present nine papers at the 40th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2023), the leading international conference on machine learning

A new study led by USC researchers finds that robots can teach other robots how to learn by sharing knowledge. Photo/iStock.

AI That Teaches Other AI

July 18, 2023

A new USC study finds that by sharing knowledge with each other at the same time, AI agents can quickly learn a wider range of tasks, with applications in medicine and beyond.

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ISI at ACL ’23: Learning from Games, Mitigating Anti-LGBTQ+ Bias and Searching Events in Hundreds of Languages

July 14, 2023

USC’s Information Science Institute (ISI) brings a host of research to the conference – from dialogue models to machine learning to semantic understanding and more.


Dungeons & Dragons: Leading the Conversation through Intents and Theory-of-Mind

July 14, 2023

Researchers dive into the study of teacher-student natural language interactions to achieve a shared goal in the fantasy world game, Dungeons & Dragons.

Professor Khan works in his research lab (PHOTO/COURTESY OF YASSER KHAN)

Unbiased Medical Devices for All

July 12, 2023

Yasser Khan wins a prestigious Google Research Scholar Award for racial bias correction in a medical device that measures oxygen levels

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Codenames Duet: Predicting the Next Guess Based on Cultural Background

July 12, 2023

USC Information Sciences Institute researchers dive into the nuances of human behavior and how cultural markers affect decision-making.

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Understanding Global Events in Every Language

July 11, 2023

USC researchers have developed a novel AI technique to pull information from vast amounts of globally sourced text.

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This Chatbot Sounds Familiar 

July 10, 2023

USC researchers have proposed a novel method to give personalities to language models.

Photo Credits: Wenjie Dong/Getty Images and Adam Russell

Adam Russell to Lead USC Information Sciences Institute’s Artificial Intelligence Division

July 10, 2023

Russell sees AI from an anthropologist’s perspective – looking at human behavior in an era of machines, with an expertise in collective intelligence and cross-disciplinary thinking.

A 2023 LA Tech Week panel discussed the impact generative AI such as ChatGPT will have on cybersecurity and fraud. Image/Pexels

Will Generative AI Become the Weapon of Choice for Fraudsters?

July 7, 2023

A panel for Los Angeles Tech Week discussed issues, opportunities and solutions surrounding generative AI in the cybersecurity world.


USC at the Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) Conference

July 7, 2023

USC researchers will present four papers on topics including scalable robot data collection, simulating complex materials and transferring assembly tasks from simulation to reality.

Emily Nguyen and James Flemings both received the 2023 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

USC Computer Science Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

July 6, 2023

Emily Nguyen and James Flemings were recognized for their contributions to deep generative models focusing on wildfire prevention and privacy in machine learning.

USC ISI Space Engineering Research Center

Tackling Cosmic Radiation in Next-Gen Space Computing

July 5, 2023

Researchers at USC Information Sciences Institute are developing ways to protect future hardware from the effects of space.

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To the Ends of the Earth: Bringing the Bible to Languages Never Before Reached

June 19, 2023

Researchers at the Information Sciences Institute are developing technology that helps to streamline Bible translation.

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Radical Signals: Looking for Signs of QAnon Radicalization on Twitter 

June 5, 2023

A team of USC researchers propose a better way to model conspiracy theories on Twitter. 

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The Internet Has a Dark Side – Can We Teach Machines How To Identify It?

June 1, 2023

ISI researchers are developing technology that can detect logical fallacies in AI and classify hate speech in internet memes

Testing the rational thinking skills of language models

Putting the Rational Thinking Skills of Language Models to the Test

May 25, 2023

Can language models be trusted to reason like humans do? Are they good at making decisions? These researchers set off to find out.

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Are You More Vaccine Hesitant Than A 57-Year-Old? 

May 24, 2023

Researchers at USC Information Sciences Institute used machine learning and deep statistical analysis to look for answers about vaccine hesitancy. 

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Advancing Computer Vision One Pixel at a Time

May 17, 2023

USC Viterbi researchers propose a novel framework to address challenges in computer vision.

Jocelyn Liu and Lorand Cheng

Two Graduating Seniors in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

May 10, 2023

Both students are among the first cohort of the Ming Hsieh Institute Undergraduate Scholars program.

Lillian Clark

Powered by Algorithms – and Jazz

May 10, 2023

Graduating Ph.D. student Lillian Clark’s dissertation explores how to improve robot communication in remote environments. Her study of jazz helped her think on her feet.

Chris Birmingham is developing robotic technologies to support people coping with difficult health conditions, such as cancer. Photo/Keith Wang.

Chris Birmingham, The Robot Whisperer

May 8, 2023

Inspired by his own health crisis, graduating computer science PhD student develops empathetic robots for therapy

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Can AI Teach Your Child Perseverance? 

May 8, 2023

Postdoc Scholar Emmanuel Johnson is part of a team receiving a $20M National Science Foundation grant to research AI-augmented learning.

ShowCAIS 2023 focuses on using AI for good to address a number of social issues

AI for Good: ShowCAIS Event Highlights the Power of AI to Make a Difference

April 28, 2023

USC CAIS researchers from seven USC schools come together to solve the world’s most pressing problems using AI.

Juniors Allen Chang and Jordan Cahoon were awarded both the 2023 Goldwater Scholarship. Photo/Emilia Doda.

Two USC Computer Science Juniors Awarded Goldwater Scholarships

April 28, 2023

Juniors Jordan Cahoon and Allen Chang were recognized for their research in, and beyond, computer science.


The Top Six GIFs from USC Robotics Open House 2023

April 21, 2023

At the event, the first in-person since 2019, five local L.A. schools were able to visit five different USC Viterbi robotics labs.


New Twitter, Now With More Hate

April 20, 2023

A USC computer scientist and his team have found that in less than six months, hate speech has significantly increased on Twitter.

Professor Maja Mataric with daughter Amelia, sees a future in which robots and humans learn together using mixed reality. (Photo/Hugh Kretschmer)

Maja Matarić, Pioneer of “Robots That Care,” Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 19, 2023

USC Viterbi computer scientist joins luminaries such as Emmanuelle Charpentier and Lin-Manuel Miranda among 2023 members.

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Sustainability in Space: Giving Old Satellites New Jobs 

April 18, 2023

Researchers have completed Phase One of a U.S. Space Force project looking at the feasibility of updating software on orbiting satellites.

Scott Speaking about Junebrain at MedTech pitch competition in March

Her Body May Feel Weak, But This Trojan CEO is Fighting On for Brain Health

April 14, 2023

No June gloom: Alumna Samantha Scott’s start-up, JuneBrain, seeks to deliver the tele-health services she once desired for herself.

Paul Bogdan and Chenzhong Yin with a summary of their research (Photo/Courtesy of Paul Bogdan)

Using AI to Diagnose COPD In One Minute with 98.5% Accuracy

April 13, 2023

Paul Bogdan has developed a new and improved method to detect chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for early diagnosis and better treatment


Let’s Make a Deal: How Emotion-Aware AI Agents Help Negotiations

April 12, 2023

USC Viterbi Ph.D. student Kushal Chawla teaches AI how to negotiate with emotional awareness

Edge computing

The Quiet Revolution of AI on the Edge

April 10, 2023

AI is running on mobile phones, sensors, and home appliances thanks to the engineering innovations that make the most of the limited memory, reduced computational power, and little energy available in these devices.

Assad Oberai, Hughes Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Assad Oberai Honored as 2022 Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics

April 6, 2023

Assad Oberai applies computation and data-driven modelling to solve some of the toughest questions in science and engineering.

Autonomously Debugging Video Games

Autonomously Debugging Video Games

April 5, 2023

Computer science researchers create software that “learns” how to play a video game and fields it for glitches.

USC Viterbi computer science PhD student Heramb Nemlekar (left) and Assistant Professor Stefanos Nikolaidis aim to teach robots how to predict human preferences in assembly tasks. Photo/Keith Wang.

Robots Predict Human Intention for Faster Builds

April 3, 2023

In a new paper, USC computer science researchers “teach” robots how to predict human preferences in assembly tasks.


New Chip Design to Provide Greatest Precision in Memory to Date

March 29, 2023

Will enable powerful AI in your portable devices.

Peter Beerel & Gourav Datta

Smart(er) Cameras, A New Vision for the Future

March 28, 2023

USC Viterbi researchers partner with Samsung to develop energy saving, “self healing cameras.”


The Perfect Stitch: Training for Surgery Using AI

March 27, 2023

Computer scientists and clinicians are designing AI solutions to improve surgical training and create better patient outcomes.

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

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