USC Viterbi COVID-19 Response

Please find activities, links and resources below surrounding USC Viterbi's response to COVID-19.

FAQ and COVID-19 Related Pages

Quick-links below to any FAQ page or other pages created on our school site in relationship to COVID-19.


Our Four-Pillar Themes

Content relating to our four pillar themes (people, programs, thought leadership, innovation and outreach) that are unique to USC Viterbi in the current environment.


Online Events and Seminars

For upcoming school-level events, please see our Online Events Series page. Links to past events that have been recorded as well as links to materials such as slide decks (when made available) can also be found here.

You can also visit our "USC Viterbi Virtual Events" YouTube Playlist.

Many different departments, units, groups and faculty have been holding online events since the start of the pandemic as well and whenever possible have recorded such and made them publicly available. Please understand that some events were held for a closed audience (for example alumni, current or prospective students) and are therefore are not publicly listed. Please visit the various USC Viterbi associated YouTube channels below to view archived online events.

USC Viterbi Online Events Playlist
USC Viterbi Admission
USC Viterbi Current Students
USC Viterbi Graduate and Professional Programs
USC Viterbi Careers
Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Computer Science
USC ISI
USC Aviation Safety
USC Viterbi K12 Stem
USC CAIS
Professor Andrea Armani
CAIS++
Professor Jeff Miller
USC Viterbi VAST Program
USC Viterbi CAM


Research Related to COVID-19

To learn about research at USC Viterbi that addresses COVID-19 challenges, please browse our News and Media section at the bottom of this page, as many of our research projects have been written about or been covered by media. If you are a researcher yourself, you might want to visit COVID-19 FAQ for USC Viterbi Researchers.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Please visit our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Help page if you are seeking PPE or are able to help to produce, donate, etc. We are trying to coordinate such efforts on this page to protect as many people as possible. Stories about PPE can be found lower down on this page in the Related News and Media section section.


USC Student Emergency Fund Options
Messages from Leadership

For community messages from USC Central please visit this page

08/09/2022 - Vice Dean for Academic Programs Erik A. Johnson: Fall 2022 Semester Update

01/21/2022 - Provost Zukoski: In-Person Learning - Monday, January 24

01/07/2022 - Provost Zukoski: Spring Semester and Omicron

12/24/2021 - Spring semester update from Provost Zukoski

12/24/2021 - Spring semester update from Erik A Johnson, Vice Dean for Academic Programs

08/05/2021 - Fall semester update from President Folt

04/29/2021 - Updated access protocols for UPC

04/09/2021 - President Folt: Commencement update for 2020 and 2021 graduates

03/23/2021 - Provost Zukoski: Important Update

03/18/2021 - President Folt: Commencement update for 2020 and 2021 graduates

03/18/2021 - Chief Health Officer Van Orman: Reminder on COVID-19 Safety and Spring Travel

03/05/2021 - President Folt: A Year Together Apart

03/05/2021 - Provost Zukoski: Letter Regarding Increased On-Campus Activities

01/01/2021 - President Folt: Compliance with Public Health

11/18/2020 - Chief Health Officer Van Orman: Spring COVID-19 Safety Planning

11/13/2020 - Provost Zukoski: Looking Forward to Spring

11/10/2020 - Dean Yortsos and Vice Dean Johnson: Viterbi Spring 2021 Wellness Days and Grading Option

10/19/2020 - Dean Yortsos: Viterbi Fall 2020 P/NP and Spring 2021 Calendar and Classes

10/14/2020 - Provost Zukoski: Important Updates for Fall and Spring Semesters

10/14/2020 - President Folt: Planning ahead for Spring 2021

9/14/2020 - Provost Zukoski: Fall Semester Update

8/5/2020 - Provost Zukoski: On Fall Semester Remote Instruction

7/8/2020 - Dean Yortsos' Letter to USC Viterbi International Students

7/8/2020 - President Folt: Message Regarding International Students

7/7/2020 - Dean Yortsos' Letter to USC Viterbi Undergraduate Students

7/1/2020 - Provost Zukoski: On Student Housing and Course Schedules

6/29/2020 - Chief Health Officer Van Orman and Vice President of Student Affairs Crisp: Fall 2020 on Campus

6/19/2020 - Provost Zukoski: Regarding restart activities

6/02/2020 - President Folt: The 2020-2021 Academic Year

5/07/2020 - Provost Zukoski: Project Restart – The Path to Bringing USC Back to Campus

4/29/2020 - President Folt: State of the University Address

4/28/2020 - Provost Zukoski: Academic Updates for Current and Future Trojans

4/24/2020 - President Folt: Celebrating USC’s Graduating Class of 2020

4/16/2020 - Provost Zukoski: Support for the USC Graduate and Professional Student Community

4/15/2020 - Message to Trojan Community from President Folt

4/3/2020 - Memo from Dean Yortsos: Competence and Character

4/3/2020 - An Important Message from the Provost and Chief Financial Officer

3/30/2020 - President Folt and Provost Zukoski: Important Modification to Undergraduate Grading Policy

3/30/2020 - President Folt: Join USC in Helping Those Impacted by COVID-19

3/24/2020 - President Folt: COVID-19 New Actions

3/20/2020 - Provost Zukoski: Options for Course Grades and Withdrawals

3/17/2020 - Memo from Dean Yortsos: Facing the COVID-19 Challenge


Community and Resource Links

USC Student Health - Find info for Operational Updates. TeleHealth and more

CDC - Find Travel Advice, Facts & Figures, How to Protect Yourself and more

Music for Surviving a Pandemic - What Trojan engineers are listening to during this period of self-isolation

Related News and Media
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Clearing the (Classroom) Air

A new air purification strategy by USC Viterbi researchers might reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in classrooms and other…

November 8, 2022

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Student Startup Remedy Addresses Healthcare for Unhoused 

USC students gain funding for products that support portable medicine storage …

August 3, 2022

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USC Researchers Simulate COVID-19 Classroom Transmission

Model predictions show that universal mask usage can reduce new infections by up to 72% and high vaccination rates successfully…

May 26, 2022

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Where Does Vaccine Hesitancy Exist? USC AI Researchers Can Predict on the Zip Code-Level, in Real-Time

New software can outperform local and national survey data in gauging public opinions.…

May 16, 2022

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Researchers develop highly accurate modeling tool to predict Covid-19 risk

Researchers at USC have combined location density with real-world mobility data to predict the risk of infection from Covid-19 at…

January 27, 2022

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What Can Traffic Tell Us About How Viruses Spread?

A new National Institute of Health-funded project will examine Los Angeles traffic data to help us better understand the spread…

January 18, 2022

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Learning From Lies to Spread the Truth

USC Viterbi researchers use new language analysis tools to combat misinformation…

July 27, 2021

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Could Mapping Tiny Hairlike Structures Help Treat Lung Illnesses?

With a $2.3 million NIH award, USC researchers will study how cilia behavior and structure impact their function, a key…

July 14, 2021

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“Natural Killer Cells” to Fight Viral Infections Like COVID-19 Awarded NSF Funding

Eun Ji Chung and her team will examine the properties of these powerful cells and how they can be developed…

July 12, 2021

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Expert Q&A: Does social media misinformation cause vaccine hesitancy?

In a new analysis, USC computer science researchers found a large anti-vaccine misinformation and conspiracy community on Twitter.…

June 30, 2021

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Can Measuring Air Pollutants Help Us Combat COVID-19?

An air sampling method created by USC Viterbi researchers has been adopted by the Department of Homeland Security to better…

May 26, 2021

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An Opportunity to Mitigate Student Health Outbreaks Through Wastewater

USC researchers use wastewater to help predict and mitigate spread of COVID-19, with applications toward other highly contagious illnesses like…

May 25, 2021

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Using Ancient Knowledge to Fight Pandemics

Class of 2021 USC Viterbi biomedical engineering senior Melissa Banks is working on self-sanitizing copper-coated masks to keep us safe…

May 14, 2021

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How Do You Build a Rocket Without a Lab?

How USC’s renowned Rocket Propulsion Laboratory took one of the most hands-on clubs on campus remote.…

April 14, 2021

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Virus Minority Report

USC Viterbi researchers show how we might one day develop vaccines for viruses that haven’t even evolved yet…

April 6, 2021

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What Happens To All Those COVID Test Nasal Swabs? That’s Where It Gets Complicated.

Recent XPRIZE finalist Tapestry, led by Manoj Gopalkrishnan, ’08, could save time, money and lives by testing hundreds of samples…

March 15, 2021

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Can We Predict Which COVID-19 Patients Will End Up in the ICU?

USC researchers created an algorithm that uses five biomarkers to determine which COVID-19 patients will need intensive care after hospitalization.…

March 1, 2021

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USC Undergraduate Student Team Reaches Final Round of $500k Pandemic Response Challenge

The USC team was among 48 teams from 17 countries chosen to advance to the second and final phase of…

February 23, 2021

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The Four-Legged Robot That Can Crawl, Crouch, Clean and Fight COVID

A team of USC master’s students creates a disinfection robot to use on COVID-19 prevention.…

January 25, 2021

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Technology and Design Keep Holiday Tradition Alive–Even at a Distance

Roboticist and first-year student collaborate on social-distanced tech solution…

December 16, 2020

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“Viterbi vs. Pandemics” Lecture 11: Environmental Influences on Work From Home

As part of an 11-part lecture series, USC Viterbi researchers spoke on the role and influence of built environments on…

November 24, 2020

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USC ISI Researcher Uses AI to Combat COVID-19 Under the Microsoft AI for Health Program

The Microsoft grant will help develop knowledge graphs for a COVID-19 data infrastructure.…

November 20, 2020

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“Viterbi vs. Pandemics” Lecture 10: Protein Engineering by Directed Evolution

Richard Roberts’s lab invented mRNA display to design new peptides and proteins. He is now using this and other tools…

November 19, 2020

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“Viterbi vs. Pandemics” Lecture 9: Digital Contact Tracing

Cyrus Shahabi’s digital contact tracing goes beyond mobile phones, reducing false positives.…

November 13, 2020

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After a record-breaking deployment Navy Officer returns to USC for second graduate degree

Jonathan Messer, M.S. ’18, put his systems engineering degree to use during a global pandemic and a humanitarian mission in…

November 7, 2020

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“Viterbi vs. Pandemics” Lecture 8: Misinformation Detection

Yan Liu shares how machine learning and AI could help combat COVID-19 by identifying and mitigating misinformation on social media.…

November 6, 2020

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“Viterbi vs. Pandemics!” Lecture 7: Vaccine Development

Zohrab A. Kaprielian fellow in Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering Pin Wang discussed…

November 3, 2020

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A 10-Day Forecast for COVID-19

USC Viterbi’s Roger Ghanem and Xiaoshu Zeng have created models which predict daily, new COVID-19 cases.…

October 28, 2020

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“Viterbi vs. Pandemics” Lecture 6: Predictions on COVID-19 to the C.D.C.

USC Viterbi data scientists helping decision-makers see beyond the fog of data to provide better pandemic forecasts and save lives…

October 23, 2020

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“Viterbi vs. Pandemics!” Lecture 5: Estimation of Risk

Bhaskar Krishnamachari shares how to visualize COVID risk over time for different communities using real data from L.A. County to…

October 19, 2020

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“Viterbi vs. Pandemics!” Lecture 4: Automation Technologies for Ensuring Human Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The fourth lecture in the 10-part series focuses on how automation can help enhance human productivity in industries such as…

October 14, 2020

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Graphs: The Hidden Ingredient to More Realistic Simulations

New PhD graduate Alana Shine researches graph theory, which can help create more accurate models of disease spread.…

October 12, 2020

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“Viterbi vs. Pandemics!” Lecture 3: Biology and Disinfection for COVID-19

Professor Andrea Armani, the Ray Irani Chair in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, discusses new approaches to sterilizing medical equipment…

October 9, 2020

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Urgent Times Call for Urgent Measures

USC ISI scientists research urgency detection in short crisis situations through social media…

October 7, 2020

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“Viterbi vs. Pandemics!” Lecture 2: Fluid Dynamics of the Spread of COVID-19

The second lecture in the 10-part series focuses on how the virus spreads in droplets and what masks are most…

October 5, 2020

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“Viterbi vs. Pandemics!” Lecture 1: Modeling Epidemics

Inaugural lecture in 10-part series focuses on modeling epidemics as a chemical reaction process…

September 30, 2020

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Engineering Our Way Through a Global Pandemic

USC master’s students tackle robots, masks and droplet dispersion, to better understand how to live with COVID-19.…

September 11, 2020

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USC Viterbi Offers Two New Short Courses: “Viterbi vs. Pandemics!” and “Sustainable Energy”

Both lecture series launch the week after Labor Day, offering students a comprehensive faculty coverage of COVID-19 and a series…

September 3, 2020

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Biegler Hall Gets a Makeover

The third floor Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering lab was reconfigured over the summer to offer students an interactive,…

September 1, 2020

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Zoom Work Meetings, Anyone?

Researchers at USC ISI prepare for future emergencies during COVID 19 pandemic.…

August 28, 2020

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USC Viterbi Researchers Win 1st Place, Develop COVID-19 Risk Score for Los Angeles

Recent data science challenge, hosted by the city, identifies a new, color-coded metric for individual risk.…

August 26, 2020

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A Warm Fall 2020 Welcome from USC Viterbi

Dean Yannis Yortsos, faculty and staff welcome students and parents in this most unique of years.…

August 24, 2020

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USC Viterbi Alumnus Donates 33,000 Masks

Qihong Wang, B.S. EE ’19, donated essential masks to USC Viterbi researchers, allowing them to continue pursuing their work during…

August 20, 2020

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What’s Next in Pandemic Forecasting?

USC Viterbi Researchers Answer Questions About Their Unique Modeling Tool and Share Advice for Future Forecasters.…

August 17, 2020

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A Lifeline For Students During The Pandemic

Over 100 students have been aided by USC Viterbi’s Emergency Relief Fund; Ming Hsieh, alumnus and university trustee, offers an…

August 3, 2020

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Designing for a Better World: A Summer of Innovation

Over 100 high school students from across the nation ideate solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic in USC-led bootcamp…

July 30, 2020

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Helping La Peñita Through COVID-19

Travis Mendoza, ’16, came to Mexico to build a hotel; when the pandemic struck, he began to focus more on…

July 2, 2020

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Global Online Symposia Focus on COVID-19 Research

Faculty presentations help address COVID-19 and related technology topics…

June 30, 2020

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New Math Model Predicts Real-World Systems

New USC Viterbi research models complex, real-world outcomes, including coronavirus and Alzheimer’s disease…

June 22, 2020

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AI to Better Diagnose and Treat Renal Cancer and COVID-19

USC researchers are using AI to fuel more confident diagnosis of renal tumors, as well as more customized treatment for…

June 18, 2020

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Beating A Pandemic To The Punch

USC Viterbi researchers are helping us understand what COVID-19 might do next.…

June 4, 2020

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Six Innovative Ideas To Aid People in Crisis Zones

USC Viterbi’s Virtual Demo Day showcases student-designed products for the world’s hardest-to-reach people.…

May 28, 2020

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Wastewater Surveillance Could Promote Early COVID-19 Detection

USC Researchers Receive NSF RAPID grant to track coronavirus spread through wastewater samples.…

May 28, 2020

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The Engineering Bat Signal for COVID-19 Went Out. She Answered It.

How Julia Sircar, a Class of 2020 graduate, came to work with top engineers to combat a pandemic.…

May 12, 2020

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A Call to Action for Engineers

USC Viterbi dean, faculty and students play key role in NAE’s Call to Action to finding engineering solutions to problems…

April 27, 2020

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Opinion: Why We Need More Than Bluetooth Data to Fight Covid-19

In order to stop the pandemic in its tracks, we need a nuanced risk assessment that takes many factors into…

April 24, 2020

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Music for Surviving a Pandemic

What Trojan engineers are listening to during this period of self-isolation…

April 23, 2020

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USC Student Collects and Distributes Protective Gear for Hospitals

Computer science and business administration student MacKenzie McClung is rounding up much-needed protective equipment for healthcare workers in Florida.…

April 20, 2020

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Your Social Media Feed is Biased

A USC Viterbi professor’s new research paper exposes the inherently biased nature of our social media networks.…

April 15, 2020

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Robotic Arms Extend the Reach of UV Disinfection

USC researchers adapt a customizable robot to autonomously perform disinfection tasks in both small and large spaces.…

April 13, 2020

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A Coronavirus Tracking App That’s Putting Privacy First

By anonymously tracking coronavirus spread through contact tracing, smartphone technology could help people get back to their daily lives—while keeping…

April 9, 2020

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As the World Goes Remote, USC Researchers, Entrepreneurs Work to Fill Gap in Healthcare Supply Chain

USC researchers and alumni emphasize innovation and collaboration to support the fight against COVID-19 on the front lines.…

April 8, 2020

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USC Researchers Analyze Coronavirus Misinformation on Twitter

By analyzing millions of tweets, USC computer science researchers are investigating how false information about the coronavirus spreads on social…

March 31, 2020

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USC Researchers Release Public Coronavirus Twitter Set for Academics

Dataset to track public sentiment and help researchers understand the social dimensions of the pandemic…

March 25, 2020

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Research Team in Race to Develop COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatments

Researchers in the USC Viterbi Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science are joining the global research effort…

March 25, 2020

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5 Tips to Stay Cyber Secure When Working Remotely

Personal hygiene is important to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but don’t skimp on your cyber hygiene.…

March 24, 2020

Published on April 16th, 2020

Last updated on November 11th, 2022