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Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Geoffrey Spedding, Chair.
Aerodynamics of Air/Ground Vehicles: nonstationary problems related to oscillating wings and to short takeoff aircraft, low drag vehicles, ground transportation aerodynamics. Computational Science and Engineering: numerical simulations of engineering and geophysical turbulent flows, multiscale simulation of engineering materials and related physical phenomena, uncertainty quantification and computational stochastic mechanics, structural health monitoring, inverse analysis and optimization. Combustion and Energy Conversion: aerodynamics of flames, fuel and pollutant chemistry, turbulent combustion, transient plasma ignition, particle combustion, internal combustion engines, microgravity combustion, material synthesis, fuel cells (solid oxide, PEM, microbial). Controls: dynamics and control of rigid and/or flexible systems, kinematics and control of robots. Design and Manufacturing: intelligent manufacturing systems, concurrent engineering, design automation, mechanical design and manufacturing systems. Dynamical Systems: chaos in dynamical systems, advanced kinematics. Fluid Dynamics, Gas Dynamics, Multiphase Flows: flow instabilities, transition to turbulence, isotropic turbulence, turbulent boundary layers and flow control, computational fluid mechanics, mixing layers and jets, stratified wakes, unsteady separation, hydrodynamic wave interactions, flows in porous media, the effect of flow on solidification processes, material processing, two-phase fluid systems, bubbly flow dynamics, dynamics of granular media, microgravity flows. Geophysical Flows: rotating and stratified fluids, geophysical and planetary flow phenomena. Heat and Mass Transfer: evaporation of spray drops, thermal-contact resistance, bubbles and droplets at microgravity. High-Performance Advanced Materials: mechanical properties of metals and ceramics, high temperature creep, superplasticity, nanostructured materials, processing by severe plastic deformation, equal-channel angular pressing, alloy design. Nano-, Micro-, and Meso-Scale Science and Devices: investigations of micromechanical systems, microscale power generation, thermal transpiration driven flow and propulsion. Solid and Applied Mechanics: wave propagation in layered media, long-period microtremors, identification and analysis of mechanical and structural systems.

Astronautical Engineering

Astronautical Engineering. Dr. Michael Gruntman, Chair.
Astronautics; spacecraft technologies; space exploration; space physics; space instrumentation; hypersonic and supersonic flows; advanced spacecraft propulsion; atomic and molecular interactions; transport of radiation; plasma and material processing; kinetic theory of gases and plasmas; statistical physics.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Ellis Meng, Chair.
The Department's innovative research derives from the multidisciplinary perspective provided by a faculty diversely trained in engineering, the life sciences and medicine. Novel research involves three broad areas: neuroengineering, device & diagnostic technology (including bioimaging), and bio-systems & signals. Eight research institutes and centers integrate the activities of the Department and University: Biomedical Simulations Resource; Center for Neural Engineering; Untrasound Transducer Research Center; Alfred Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering; Center for Vision Science and Technology; Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center; Center for Health Informatics; and the Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems Engineering Research Center.

Chemical/Petroleum + Materials Science

Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Dr. Richard Roberts, Chair.
Major areas of research are chemical reaction engineering, involving membrane reactors and heterogeneous catalysis; polymer science and engineering, including the study of polymer composites, irradiation, and morphology of polymers; acoustic emission, micromechanical, and finite-element analysis of materials; adhesion and adsorption of polymers and proteins on solid surfaces; applied statistical physics and thermodynamics, including computer simulation of molecular fluids, random media and transport, the study of phase behavior, criticality, aggregation, percolation phenomena, heterogeneous materials and media; biochemical engineering, cell culture and bioreactors; tissue engineering, bio-molecular design and vaccine development; nano-sensors, nano-materials, and process optimization and control. Research in petroleum engineering involves the development of improved methods for predicting gas and oil reservoir performance; fluid flow through porous materials, particularly as it relates to methods for increasing oil recovery; thermal recovery methods, and modeling of compositional systems. Other areas of research include reservoir characterization and seismic monitoring of reservoirs, studies of fractured reservoirs, shale gas reservoirs and their optimization, enhanced geothermal systems, and smart oilfield technologies. Materials-related research includes optical biological and chemical sensors, integration of microfluidics, electronic/photonic materials and nanostructure processing, properties and devices, corrosion, fuel cells, batteries, high performance computing and simulations of materials, composite manufacturing, lightweight structures and materials, and acoustic metamaterials.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Lucio Soibelman, Chair.
The Sonny Astani Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering is committed to engineering efficient, safe, and sustainable future through modeling, monitoring, & analysis of complex systems across scales in natural and anthropogenic environments. Major areas of research are air quality (ultrafine aerosols, air pollution, environmental health); civil infrastructure systems (transportation systems, water distribution and collection systems, pipelines); carbon sequestration; structural engineering (structural health monitoring; finite-element and probabilistic methods); tsunamis (hydrodynamics, runup); earthquake engineering (strong ground motion, soil-structure interaction); geotechnical engineering and geomechanics (soil liquefaction, shear banding); transportation engineering (mathematical programming for urban transportation policy and planning); water resources (fluid-structure interaction; groundwater, backflows); coastal engineering (ports, harbors, erosion, water wave mechanics), environmental engineering (landfills, pollutant transport, biofilters, waste water treatment); sustainability (green design, energy efficient facilities); and construction engineering and advanced facility management (building information modeling, scheduling, productivity).

Computer Science

Computer Science. Dr. Gaurav Sukhatme, Chair.
Research is carried out in active areas of software, applications, and theory, and interdisciplinary applications of computing. Typical but not exclusive fields are artificial intelligence (natural language, knowledge representation, distributed problem solving, and intelligent robots), machine learning, brain theory and neural computation, database management systems (distributed databases, deductive databases, database semantics, and user interfaces), data mining, data analysis, design and analysis of algorithms and data structures, theory of computation, complexity, cryptography, computer security, operating systems, programming languages, networks , cloud computing, software engineering, program specification, concurrency, semantics, robotics, manufacturing, computer-aided design, graphics, geometric modeling, computational geometry, computer animation, computer vision, scientific computing, algorithmic game theory, computational economics, optimization, mathematical programming, network sciences, bioinformatics, computer games and web technologies.

Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering. Dr. Sandeep Gupta, Co-Chair, Systems; Dr. Eun Sok Kim, Co-Chair, Electrophysics.
Research in Systems includes coding theory, communication systems, computer architecture, computer communication networks, computer design, control theory, data compression, computer aided design, digital computer systems, distributed databases, estimation theory, fuzzy logic, signal, image and multimedia processing, optical communications, quantum information processing, microprocessors, networks, neural nets, nonlinear stability theory, numerical aspects of optimal control, optical computing, optical signal processing, parallel processing, robotics, signal design, signal synchronization, spread spectrum systems, stochastic and adaptive computer systems, system identification, system theory, testing of VLSI systems, VLSI and wireless communication. Areas in Electrophysics include electromagnetics, microwaves, antennas, plasma electronics, electric power systems, energy conversion and management, biomimetics, biophotonics, bioelectric interfaces, nanotechnology including nanoelectronics and nanophotonics, conventional and piezoelectric MEMS, pulsed power technology, applied plasma science including environmental applications of plasma science, pollution abatement with pulsed plasmas, high performance active and passive filters, analog and mixed signal VLSI design, high speed RF circuits and integrated radar circuits and systems, integrated optoelectronic devices and systems, laser diodes, light emitting diodes, solar cells, photonic crystals, high bandwidth optical modulators, photorefractive devices, photonic device processing, optics, nonlinear optics, phase-conjugate optics, fiber optics, sensors, optical networks, optoelectronic VLSI systems.

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial and Systems Engineering. Dr. Julia L. Higle, Chair.
Major areas of research include applications relating to risk and economic analysis (often in collaboration with the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events - CREATE), transportation and logistics (often in collaboration with the National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research - METRANS), healthcare systems (often in collaboration with the Center for Health Informatics - CHI), and the environment (especially industrial ecology). Disciplines receiving particular emphasis include manufacturing and automation (often in collaboration with the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies - CRAFT, and including automated construction, computer-aided design/manufacturing, and nano-manufacturing), engineering systems design (including systems architecting and engineering, and concurrent product/process design), operations research and modeling and algorithms (especially for scheduling, stochastic analysis, stochastic optimization and robust optimization), and human factors (especially human-computer interaction and cognitive engineering).

Other Graduate Program

Several graduate programs are independent or interdisciplinary and not housed in any specific academic department.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Airbus Institute for Engineering Research

AIER was established in 2004 under the leadership of Korean Air, USC and Airbus and is supported by an initial research budget of $5 million provided by Airbus, the European aircraft manufacturer. Korean Air Chairman and USC Trustee Dr. Y. H. Cho and former dean and now USC President C.L. Max Nikias were instrumental in setting the foundation for this joint project. AIER has embarked on several ambitious, collaborative aerospace research projects that could benefit commercial aviation worldwide. Director: Dr. Steven Nutt.

Alfred E Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering

The Alfred E. Mann Institute at the University of Southern California (AMI) is a non-profit organization that supports research, development and commercialization of biomedical devices and other technologies. The Institute provides philanthropic support for biomedical device development that can significantly impact healthcare. AMI is a development center devoted to accelerating the commercialization of biomedical devices by nurturing promising biomedical technologies. Executive Director: Dr. Jonathan Lasch.

Aviation Safety and Security Program

The Aviation Safety and Security Program is part of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and is affiliated with the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), the first University Center of Excellence funded by the Department of Homeland Security. The Aviation Safety and Security Program works closely with USC faculty to integrate the latest research within a total system approach that has proved to be the best known method for safety education and training. Director: Dr. Thomas R. Anthony.

Biomedical Information Research Network (BIRN) Coordinating Center

The Biomedical Information Research Network (BIRN) Coordinating Center is a national initiative to advance biomedical research through data sharing and online collaboration. It is funded by the National Institute of General Medicine Sciences (NIGMS), a unit of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), to provide data-sharing infrastructure, software tools, strategies and advisory services. Principal Investigator: Dr. Carl Kesselman.

Biomedical Simulations Resource Research Center

The Biomedical Simulations Resource (BMSR) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering is dedicated to the advancement of the state-of-the-art in biomedical modeling and simulation through core and collaborative research projects, as well as the dissemination of this knowledge and related software through service, training and dissemination activities aimed at the biomedical community at large. The emphasis of the core research projects is on the development of advanced modeling and simulation methodologies and their application to physiological systems for the advancement of scientific knowledge and improvement of clinical practice. The challenging cases of nonlinear, nonstationary, sparse data and feedback systems, as well as the issues of physiological control, neural information processing, learning and memory, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and modeling/simulation of complex biomedical systems constitute the focal points of this effort. The methodologies explored and developed by the core projects are at the cutting edge of research in each area. Together they comprise a research ensemble of common origin and coherent scope, yet pluralistic in methodological approach and application focus. Pivotal applications of these methodologies cover a variety of physiological domains, including pharmacokinetics, respiratory, cardiovascular, neural, sensory and motor systems. Co-Directors: Dr. Vasilis Marmarelis and Dr. David D'Argenio.

Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems Center

The BMES is devoted to the science and engineering of novel biomimetic microelectronic systems (BMES) based on fundamental principles of biology. The newly developed systems will allow bi-directional communication with tissue, organs and systems, and thus enable implantable/portable microelectronic devices to treat presently incurable human diseases such as blindness and memory loss. The overall technical merit of this proposal lies in developing disruptive rather than incremental advancement in technology.
In keeping with the spirit of the ERC program, the center maintains three major initiatives:
1. A dedication to development of cutting edge research for the development of new medical technologies.
2. A commitment to community outreach and education to promote science, medicine and engineering awareness and interest.
3. A strong interest and effort in formation and management of relationships with industrial partners to advance commercialization of technologies and to foster student-industry relationships.
Director: Dr. Mark Humayun

Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies

The Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (CATT) is the focal point for transportation research at the University of Southern California.The Center was established in 1991 as a University organized Research Unit and is directed by Dr. Petros Ioannou, Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Director of the Center. CATT's mission is to perform high-impact research on urgent transportation issues in cooperation with industry and government. Its main focus is on the use of advanced technologies for making current and future defence and commercial transportation infrastructure more efficient. It merges policy and technical analyses and targets the problems associated with surface, air and marine transportation. CATT is a core member of the Center for Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies (CCDoTT) located at California State University, Long Beach. Director: Dr. Petros A Ioannou.

Center for Computer Systems Security

USC's Center for Computer Systems Security (CCSS) conducts research and provides education in the crucial disciplines of computer, network and application security. The CCSS works to:
• encourage development, adoption, evaluation, and integration of security technologies with applications and core network and operating system services.
• promote understanding and integration of security policy management and enforcement technologies for distributed systems.
• deliver education at USC in theory and technology for computer security.
• conduct research in technologies supporting confidentiality, integrity, resiliency, privacy, intrusion detection and response, and survivability of critical infrastructure.
The CCSS also works closely with DETER, a general-purpose, experimental testbed that supports research and development of next-generation cyber security technologies. DETER enables users to conduct repeatable, medium-scale Internet emulation experiments in malicious code and a wide range of other network security issues. Also located at the Information Sciences Institute, DETER is accessible to CCSS researchers, students and the computer security community. Director: Dr. Clifford Neuman.

Center for Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis (CEMMA)

The Center for Electron Microscopy and MicroAnalysis at USC provides research tools for imaging, visualization, and analysis of nano-scale features and structures, both man-made and natural, including biological structures. The mission of the Center is to promote and advance the science and application of microscopic imaging and analysis techniques for visualizing and elucidating the ultrastructure and function of diverse materials. The Center strives to provide a networked environment with cutting-edge instrumentation, modern infrastructure, and access to skilled personnel to ensure efficient utilization of instrumental capabilities and development of unique instrumentation and techniques. Co-Directors: Dr. Scott Fraser and Dr. Steven Nutt.

Center for Energy Nanoscience

The Center for Energy Nanoscience (CEN) is a Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). CEN members are drawn from four major research Universities: University of Southern California, University of Illinois at Urbana " Champaign, University of Michigan, and University of Virginia. CEN uses semiconductor nanotechnology and organic molecular design in innovative materials and device designs to develop new understanding of the fundamental issues controlling the performance of low cost, high efficiency solar cells and light emitting diodes (LEDs). Research goals and approaches are: dramatically increase efficiency and reduce cost of solar cells and LEDs to create technologies that are cost competitive with the incumbent technologies; develop new understanding of semiconductor nanoscience, organic molecule design, and device design to enable a new generation of low cost, efficient device designs; engage a renowned team of scientists and engineers to accomplish goals. Director: Dr. P. Daniel Dapkus.

Center for Genomic and Phenomic Studies in Autism

A multi-institution team led by USC faculty has received a five-year, $8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for an ambitious effort to survey the genetic, physical and behavioral profiles of children with autism. The grant vastly will increase the reach and ethnic diversity of the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE), the world’s largest resource for autism research overseen by Clara Lajonchere, research assistant professor in biomedical engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, who has a joint appointment at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The NIH money will double the number of families studied and expand the data beyond genetic and clinical profiles to include what the researchers call phenomics: the systematic study of the outward physical and behavioral marks of autism. One goal of the center is to better distinguish among the many forms of autism and to explore the differences in their genetic profiles. Another unique aspect of the grant is a program of pilot studies to evaluate potential environmental factors in autism such as air pollution or disease and diet during pregnancy. Director: Dr. Clara Lajonchere.

Center for Neural Engineering

Neural Engineering is an emerging interdisciplinary field of research that uses engineering techniques to investigate the function and manipulate the behavior of the central or peripheral nervous systems. The field draws heavily on the fields of computational neuroscience, experimental neuroscience, clinical neurology, electrical engineering and signal processing of living neural tissue, and encompasses elements from robotics, computer engineering, tissue engineering, materials science, and nanotechnology.

The mission of CNE is to facilitate the development of research, training, and technology transfer programs through mechanisms that support the exchange of intellectual and technical expertise between the engineering, neuroscience, and medical faculty at USC. USC has a superb complement of faculty expertise, programmatic initiatives, and research facilities central to the multidisciplinary requirements of Neural Engineering. Director: Dr. Theodore W. Berger.

Center for Quantum Information Science & Technology (CQIST)

Quantum information science and technology is an emerging interdisciplinary academic discipline concerned with the study of the new possibilities quantum mechanics offers for the acquisition, transmission, and processing of information. The mission of the USC Center for Quantum Information Science & Technology (CQIST) is to advance fundamental experimental and theoretical knowledge in relevant areas of Engineering and Physical Science. CQIST mentors graduate and postdoctoral research, sponsors a vigorous visiting scholars program, develops and teaches novel QIST-based courses, organizes international conferences and workshops, and holds regular seminar series.
Director: Dr. Daniel Lidar

Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT)

The overarching vision for the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT) is to develop the science and engineering needed for rapid automated fabrication of objects of various size up to mega-scale structures such as, boats, industrial objects, public art and whole building structures. The grand challenge for CRAFT is building a custom-designed house in a day while drastically reducing the costs, injuries, waste and environmental impact associated with traditional construction techniques. The vision is a revolution in housing construction, whether it be to provide affordable housing for the 30 million U.S. households facing cost burdens or overcrowding; emergency housing for victims of disasters; extraterrestrial buildings constructed from in situ materials; new styles of housing based on curved organic designs rather than straight surfaces; or inexpensive first ownership housing for an emerging middle class in the developing world. With national construction-related expenditures currently totaling close to $1trillion annually, the potential impact is enormous. Director: Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis.

Center for Systems and Software Engineering

Since 1993, USC's Center for Software Engineering (CSE) has won a national reputation for a unique approach to the problems of building large-scale IT systems to solve complex problems of management and control, inspired by the vision of systems engineering pioneers like Eberhardt Rechtin. Products and concepts like the spiral model, COCOMO, and COSYSMO, developed at USC, have become part of the working vocabulary of technology across the nation and the world. Companies, government agencies and others who must plan and create, on time and on budget, huge new systems and software projects know the value of the approach, and participate as Affiliates in our programs. Our collaboration with these Affiliates on groundbreaking systems of systems and enterprise support systems of the future caused us to realize that we needed to reinvent and extend the spiral model and COCOMO family of estimation models, and to experiment with new architectures to support massively distributed and mobile systems of systems. This has led us to add the expertise and resources of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and its Systems Architecting and Engineering (SAE) program to those of the School's Department of Computer Science.We have already begun the process of building on CSE's legacy to create a new family of tools, and to create the classes and curricula that will teach these techniques to engineers, both those now at the university and also to those in mid-career. Director: Dr. Nenad Medvidović

Center for Vision Science and Technology

We are a unique vision-research center at USC. The focus of the Center for Vision Science and Technology (CVST) is at the interface between neuroscience, computation, and technology. The technology developed at CVST has wide-ranging applications from medicine to security to space exploration. Moreover, the center advances basic brain science through interactions between experimental neuroscientists and computational researchers. USC is an ideal place for this center, in part owing to the strength of the existing vision community at USC and in part owing to the geographical centrality of USC within the academic and industrial vision-research community of Southern California. CVST has several benefits to the USC community. These include higher visibility locally, nationally, and internationally, better access to training and core grants, access to more and better graduate students, more effective faculty recruitment, greater efficiency in the sharing of research resources, integration of efforts across the multiple schools and campuses of USC, and improved technology transfer with industry. CVST recent efforts include annual symposia, new courses in vision research, and joint research and grant applications. Director: Dr. Norberto Grzywacz.

Center on Megacities

Headquartered at the University of Southern California, the Center on Megacities develops innovative solutions for megacities through interdisciplinary expertise in science and engineering, including civil and environmental engineering, information technology, architecture, economics, social science, policy and planning, and public health. Building on partnerships between university, government, industry, and non governmental organizations, the Center on Megacities brings together engineering and other disciplines to innovate for a better future for megacities. Progress made in solving megacity issues will benefit cities of lesser size, thereby contributing to the broader world's welfare. The Center on Megacities promotes multidisciplinary research about critical issues on world urbanization and megacities. Its mission is to improve quality of life in urban areas through innovations.

Communication Sciences Institute

The Communication Sciences Institute (CSI) was formed in 1982 to perform research that spans the breadth of communication disciplines. It recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. CSI is world-renown for its basic research in communications. Historically, the research conducted at CSI has been mathematical in nature, with error correction coding, synchronization, and pseudo-random sequence design serving as hallmarks. From the architectural design of the NASA space shuttle radar to enabling the clear transmission of video images from the Red Planet, CSI advances permeate our planet and beyond. CSI was a pioneer in the conversion from analogue to digital signals, the evolution from single links of communications to networks and modern wireless networks. Today, CSI is on the vanguard of new domains, from quantum computing to wireless health. Director: Dr. Andreas Molisch.

Digital Government Research Center

The Digital Government Research Center (DGRC) was established in 1999 with the support of the National Science Foundation. DGRC is a collaboration between the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute (USC/ISI) and Columbia University's Department of Computer Science. DGRC is headquartered at USC/ISI. A strong team of university-based scientists and developers at DGRC represents expertise in text processing, database information integration, human-computer interaction, knowledge representation, data mining, computer networking, security, ontologies, and other areas relevant to government. The center focuses on four types of activity:
• Information Technology research: Developing advanced information systems to address critical areas of need for government agencies and citizens in data management and online transactions;
• Digital Government community building: Helping to organize the annual the annual dg.o conferences that bring together staff from federal, state, and local government, researchers in IT and social sciences, and companies with a commercial interest in Digital Government;
• Production of the monthly newsmagazine dgOnline; and coordinating the activities of other major areas of DG research;
• Digital Government program growth: Organizing and participating in workshops to help develop new directions for NSF’s Digital Government program.
Co-Directors: Dr. Yigal Arens (USC) and Dr. David L. Waltz (Columbia University)

Homeland Security Ctr for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events

The Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events at USC is the nucleus for a national effort among universities to enhance homeland security through modeling and analysis of threats, preparedness, mitigation and recovery. The Center serves national interests by providing tools and guidance to the federal government as well as to local, regional and state decision-makers for the prioritization of counter-measures to terrorism. Research goals include identifying areas in which investments are likely to be most effective, computing relative risks among potential terrorist events, and estimating the societal consequences of terrorism. Investigators at the Center's partner institutions (NYU, Berkeley, MIT and Wisconsin-Madison) also contribute further expertise on infrastructure, weapons of mass destruction, and cybersecurity. Director: Dr. Stephen Hora.

Information Sciences Institute

The Information Sciences Institute (ISI) is a world leader in research and development of advanced information processing, computer and communications technologies. A unit of the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering, ISI is one of the nation’s largest, most successful university-affiliated computer research institutes. The Institute attracts nearly $60 million annually " from corporations and more than 20 federal government agencies " for basic and applied research. ISI bridges the gap between theoretical basic research and product-oriented research and development. ISI’s diverse expertise ranges from core engineering and computer science discovery to design, modeling and implementation of innovative prototypes and devices. ISI’s focus is on
• Intelligent Systems - such as natural language, machine translation and information integration;
• Informatics - that include computer networks, medical informatics and decision systems;
• Computational Systems - such as supercomputing approaches and biomimetics;
• Advanced Electronics - for space and other purposes.
A pacesetter for more than 40 years, ISI helped conceive, design and implement the Internet, including communications protocols that remain fundamental to Net operations. We also developed the Domain Name System (DNS) and its now-familiar “.com” address system.
ISI fulfills three roles: academic, including research and education; industrial, delivering technology-based solutions for government and business partners; and professional, offering students unusual, hands-on experience. Our MOSIS subsidiary has fabricated more than 50,000 low-cost, low-volume integrated circuits for customers worldwide.
The Institute employs about 350 engineers, research scientists, graduate students and staff. About half of our research staff holds Ph.D.s, with 50 serving as USC faculty. ISI is based in Marina del Rey, California, and maintains a presence in Arlington, Virginia. Acting Executive Director: Dr. John D. O’Brien.

Institute for Creative Technlogies

Established in 1999, the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies combines techniques from Hollywood, gaming and artificial intelligence to advance the state of the art in immersive experiences for training, education and more. Research specializations include virtual humans and story-based learning environments. The institute is a DoD University Affiliated Research Center. These are prestigious institutions where universities at the forefront of science and innovation in a specific area conduct relevant research where breakthroughs are likely to enable revolutionary capabilities.

The U.S. Army selected the University of Southern California as a strategic partner in the development of ICT because of the university’s unique confluence of scientific capabilities and entertainment industry relationships necessary for leadership in simulation. ICT leverages the University of Southern California’s expertise to create engaging and meaningful experiences to improve skills in decision-making, cultural awareness, leadership and coping. Collaborators include the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the USC Rossier School of Education, the USC Marshall School of Business, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and the Keck School of Medicine at USC. Faculty hold USC appointments at the Department of Computer Science, the Interactive Media Division, the Department of Psychiatry and the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Executive Director: Dr. Randall W. Hill. Jr.

Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems

IRIS is an interdepartmental unit of USC's School of Engineering with ties to USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI). Members include faculty, graduate students, and research staff associated with different laboratories. Founded in 1986, it provides a focal point for government- and industry-sponsored research in robotics, machine vision, and manufacturing systems. IRIS publishes a Technical Report Series coordinates a comprehensive educational program at USC, and holds monthly seminars. Laboratories and directors include:
• Computer Vision Lab - Gerard G. Medioni and Ramakant Nevatia, Directors.
• Robotics Research Labs - Maja J Mataric, Director.
• Laboratory for Molecular Robotics - Aristides Requicha, Director.
• Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT) - Behrokh Khoshnevis, Director.
• MicroelectroMechanical Systems Lab -.Peter Will, Director.
• Movement Studies Laboratory - Margo Apostolos, Director.

Institute for Sustained Performance, Energy, and Resilience

The SUPER project is a broadly-based SciDAC institute with expertise in compilers and other system tools, performance engineering, energy management, and resilience. The goal of the project is to ensure that DOE’s computational scientists can successfully exploit the emerging generation of high performance computing (HPC) systems. To ensure that DOE’s computational scientists can achieve this goal, the University of Southern California (USC) is leading the Institute for Sustained Performance, Energy, and Resilience (SUPER). The university has chosen to organize a broadly-based project with expertise in compilers and other system tools, performance engineering, energy management, and resilience.
Director: Bob Lucas

Integrated Media Systems Center

The Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) was established in 1996 through a competitive process resulting in an 11-year, US $32 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The only NSF center of excellence in multimedia and the Internet, IMSC carries out a pioneering, cross-disciplinary program of research, education, outreach, industry collaboration and technology transfer. Over the past decade, IMSC has become a worldwide leader within this burgeoning field, and is leading the way in advancing the software and hardware framework to create immersive environments in which people can interact, communicate and collaborate naturally in a shared virtual space.
IMSC has developed such unique immersive technologies as three-dimensional face modeling and animation, immersivision panoramic video technology, and the world's most advanced immersive audio. Major progress has also been made in haptics - touch-related technologies that have enormous potential for advancing health care and improving lives - as well as data compression and wireless communications. IMSC's integrated research approach is progressing toward Immersipresence, the Center's vision for the future of the Internet. IMSC views Immersipresence as the next great breakthrough in our digital era that will dramatically change our world within this decade, transforming our two-dimensional world of computers, television and film into three-dimensional immersive environments.
Having completed its NSF funding, and under the new leadership of Prof. Cyrus Shahabi, IMSC is focusing on a new vision "Geo-Immersion: Geo-realistic Virtualization of Urban Environments." Geo-Immersion is a new computing paradigm that enables humans to capture, model, integrate, and query static and dynamic data from the real world in real time at fidelities not previously available. A Geo-Immersive world is an ultra-high resolution virtual world that is geographically accurate, enables efficient querying and analyses of dynamic data, and supports interactivity from a variety of interface modalities. Director: Dr. Cyrus Shahabi

Keck School of Medicine

The Keck School of Medicine of USC is a place of dynamic activity in patient care, scientific discovery, medical and bioscience education, and community service. Located on USC's Health Sciences Campus, just east of downtown Los Angeles, the Keck School of Medicine is home to the Keck Medical Center of USC " a state-of-the-art academic medical center comprised of the Keck Hospital of USC (formerly USC University Hospital) and the USC Norris Cancer Hospital. The two world-class, USC-owned hospitals are staffed by more than 500 physicians who are faculty at the renowned Keck School of Medicine of USC. USC is also partners with the nearby Children's Hospital Los Angeles.Established in 1885, the Keck School is the oldest medical school in Southern California. The Keck School of Medicine also is home to research institutes, including the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine at USC, the USC Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute and the USC Institute for Global Health. Dean: Dr. Carmen Puliafito.

Merwyn C. Gill Center for Composite Materials

Established in 1995 and endowed with a generous gift from M.C. Gill in 2002, the mission of the Center is to address problems associated with the design, manufacture, and behavior of composites and composite structures. The scope includes the training of graduate and undergraduate students through sponsored research projects and through course instruction. Personnel within the Center provide a range of expertise that includes Postdoctoral Associates, outstanding scholars with specialized skills in mechanics, polymer science, and manufacturing technology. Center personnel work closely with industrial sponsors, and recent industrial collaborations have involved the M.C. Gill Corporation, Airbus, General Electric, Composite Technology Corporation, HRL Laboratories, Raytheon, Cytec Engineered Materials, L'Garde Corporation, Bell Helicopter, NewBasis, HyperTherm Composites, and Northrop-Grumman. Director: Dr. Steven Nutt

Microsatellite Systems Center

The USC-Microsatellite Systems Center (USC-MSC), is an organized research unit (ORU) in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering that focuses on the science and technology of microsatellites in research, design and applications. USC-MSC engages in research in microsatellite-centric pervasive science and technology. New miniaturization technology is encouraging new thinking across the entire scale of spacecraft and their applications, but nowhere more than in micro and small satellites. The research includes not only designing/developing, but also building, launching, and placing experimental microsatellites on orbit to test, evaluate and validate the research. Director: Dr. Peter Will.

National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research (METRANS)

METRANS -- the National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research - is a University Transportation Center funded by the US Department of Transportation and the California Department of Transportation. Our mission is solving transportation problems of large metropolitan areas through interdisciplinary research, education and outreach. METRANS conducts research in four focus areas. The main focus is goods movement and international trade, accounting for about half of all METRANS research and most of METRANS outreach and information dissemination activities. The second focus area is mobility of urban populations, with special emphasis on public transportation, and accounting for about one third of METRANS research. Highway infrastructure, and safety, security and vulnerability are relatively new topic areas. METRANS is based at University of Southern California and includes California State University, Long Beach, as a member. Los Angeles and the Southern California Region provide a rich laboratory for much of our work. Director: Dr. Genevieve Giuliano

NIH Resource on Medical Ultrasonic Transducer Technology

The Resource Center for Medical Ultrasonic Transducer Technology is dedicated to the design, modeling, fabrication and testing of high-frequency ultrasonic transducers and arrays, and supporting electronics. In a third renewal of a grant first given in 1997, Kirk Shung, professor of biomedical engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, has been awarded a $6 million National Institutes of Health grant to continue work on high frequency ultrasonic transducer technology. Shung said the new grant will allow researchers to further increase the linear array frequency to achieve even better spatial resolution and make it possible to view smaller structures. A high frequency phased array also will be developed to image the heart of a small animal. This phased array will produce a beam that is steerable and have a smaller aperture or footprint, required for imaging the heart, which is enclosed by the rib cage. Director: Dr. K. Kirk Shung.

Photonics Center

The Photonics Center at the University of Southern California School of Engineering is internationally recognized for its contributions to commercial telecommunications and data communications as well as myriad applications in radar and sensing. Our faculty has made seminal contributions in photonic materials technologies, device technologies and designs, and novel systems applications and designs. The USC Photonics Center has been the lead institution or a participant in five National Centers in Photonics over the last 15 years, and garners over $7 million in annual funding. For seven years our faculty led the DARPA funded National Center for Integrated Photonic Technology. USC faculty are now partners in the Center for Chips with Heterogeneously Integrated Photonics (CHIPS), a DARPA-sponsored consortium of California research universities. Director: Dr. P. Daniel Dapkus.

Postel Center at USC-ISI

To promote Dr. Postel's career-long commitment to applied research in Internet technologies, the Postel Center at USC-ISI will focus its activities on experimental-based research in networking and communications. Cisco Corporation has generously provided the seed money to inaugurate the Center. The vision is to attract a talented group of systems-oriented researchers who are adept at rapid prototyping and deployment of new technologies. The research model to be applied will include a community of experts and students who pursue such topics as: protocol engineering; routing and forwarding; the development and integration of new link technologies; network-based services and applications; the development of tools to aid in the design, analysis, and testing of network protocols; network security; congestion control and avoidance; empirical measurement and traffic modeling; and network management. Director: Dr. Joseph D. Touch.

Pratt & Whitney Institute for Collaborative Engineering (PWICE)

The PWICE institute is funded by Pratt & Whitney and Korean Air to promote collaborative research in aerospace technology. This research collaboration is between USC and Inha University in Korea.

Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RASC)

The Center for called Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RASC) was established in fall 2002. It is an interdisciplinary organized research unit (ORU) in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering that focuses on the science and technology of effective, robust, and scalable robotic systems, with broad and far-reaching applications. RASC facilitates interdisciplinary interactions and collaboration through its robotics faculty and its large team of interdisciplinary affiliates and serves as a linchpin for strategic research areas at USC. RASC projects span the areas of service, humanoid, distributed, reconfigurable, space, and nano robotics and impact a broad spectrum of applications, including assistance, training and rehabilitation, education, environmental monitoring and cleanup, emergency response, homeland security, and entertainment. The Center provides a tight-knit foundation for collaboration and opportunities for education and outreach. Founding director: Dr. Maja Mataric.

Signal & Image Processing Institute

The USC Signal and Image Processing Institute (SIPI) was one of the first research organizations in the world dedicated to image processing. The Institute recently celebrated its 40th creative year. During the 1970s, researchers at SIPI concentrated on the basic theory of image processing and applications to image de-blurring, image coding and feature extraction. Much of the early work on transform coding, now the basis of the JPEG and MPEG standards for still and video image compression and transmission, was conducted within SIPI. In the years since, SIPI has expanded its research scope to include many aspects of signal and image processing theory and applications.

Research in SIPI has been at the forefront of signal processing with fundamental work on the development of signal processing theory based on higher-order statistics, fuzzy logic and artificial neural networks. SIPI researchers are also active in the design of VLSI, optical and opto-electronic systems for fast implementation of signal processing algorithms. Faculty in SIPI are involved in applying state of the art signal processing techniques to a wide range of real world problems. Recent applications include medical imaging, array signal processing, immersive audio, video image compression and other multimedia related technologies. Faculty and students in SIPI have access to a number of world class facilities including image compression, immersive audio, and optical computing labs. Facilities for fabrication of microelectronic and electro-optical devices and a network of workstations and computers provide a rich infrastructure for research in signal and image processing. Four of the faculty are Fellows of the IEEE, one is a Fellow of the OSA and SPIE, and one is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Director: Richard M. Leahy

Space Engineering Research Center

The Space Engineering Research Center conducts research to build and fly satellites and space vehicles to (1) address the need to be effective and competitive in today's global marketplace, by providing our scientists and engineers with the knowledge and skills to build hardware that stays on the cutting edge of space science and technology; and (2) address the need to provide transformative impacts on current & future space applications, allowing Universities to play key and critical roles in innovation and creativity and technology transfer. Director: Dr. Joseph Kunc.

TCC (Tai Chong Cheang (TCC) Steamship Co.) Institute for Emissions Reduction in Marine Diesel Engines

Research at the TCC Institute for Emissions Reduction in Marine Diesel Engines (TIER-MDE) is sponsored by the vision of Mr. Kenneth Koo, Chairman and CEO of Tai Chong Cheang (TCC) Steamship Co. (HK) Ltd. The Institute is performing research on a fundamentally new approach to reducing harmful emissions and greenhouse gases, while also improving combustion efficiency in large two-stroke low-rpm marine diesel engines that power the bulk of the world’s merchant ships. The goal is to apply transient plasma generated by nano-second pulsed power (high-voltage pulses applied over nanoseconds) to improve the ignition and combustion process. Co-Directors: Dr. Fokion Egolfopolous and Dr. Martin Gundersen.

Tsunami Research Center

The USC Tsunami Research Center (TRC) is actively involved with all aspects of tsunami research; inundation field surveys, numerical and analytical modeling, and hazard assessment, mitigation and planning. The Center has developed the tsunami inundation maps for California and the tsunami code MOST, now used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. MOST is the only validated code used in the US for tsunami hazard mapping with detailed inundation predictions. TRC faculty and students have surveyed all except one of the “modern” tsunamis since 1992, and have been working on mega-tsunami surveys for the 1946 Aleutian and 1956 Amorgos, Greece events. The TRC is a unit of the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Southern California. Director: Dr. Costas Synolakis.

USC Energy Institute

The USC Energy Institute (USCEI) was launched in 2008 to create a university-based framework to support and expand opportunities in energy-related research, education, and public policy development. The mission is to become a leader in cross-disciplinary energy research that will sustainably generate both short and long term energy solutions. Work at the USCEI leads a university wide endeavor that incorporates elements of science, technology, policy and the impacts of climate change and pollution on all levels to generate both short and long term energy solutions. Research focuses on the prospects, production, and consumption of renewable energy sources that will serve as the sustainable replacement for conventional non-renewable energy sources. USCEI coordinates the smooth transition of policies, technologies, and capital investments required to implement a successful clean energy economy. Our concentrations also continue to improve on the extraction, energy-efficiency, and storage of carbon-based fuels. Key strategic initiatives include developing new renewable energy technology; increasing energy efficiency; improving the efficiency of conventional fuels; understanding consumer behavior; evaluating the impacts of climate change; studying environmental impacts; designing the Smart-Grid; and solving energy water problems. Executive Director: Dr. Donald Paul

USC Engineering Technology Transfer Center

The NASA Far West Regional Technology Transfer Center, an ETTC program, is one of only six such centers in the United States. In 1992 this Center was chosen to represent NASA's commercialization efforts in eight western states (Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii). The Center's efforts consist of transferring technology (the property) from government and private research institutes at NASA and beyond to clients. Director: Dr. Kenneth Dozier.

USC Stevens Center for Innovation

The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation is a university-wide resource at the University of Southern California designed to harness and advance the creative thinking and breakthrough research from USC for maximum societal impact. The USC Stevens Institute identifies, nurtures, protects, and transfers to the market the most exciting innovations from USC, and in turn, provides a central connection for industry seeking cutting edge innovations in which to invest. Furthermore, the Center develops the innovator as well as innovations, through educational programs, community-building events, and showcase opportunities. In 2004, USC alumnus and noted venture capitalist Mark Stevens along with his wife, Mary, contributed $22 million to create the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation. Interim Executive Director: Dr. Richard Friedman.

USC-Chevron Center for Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies

The USC-Chevron Center for Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies (CiSoft) is an interdisciplinary center of excellence at USC which was established by Chevron in 2004. The research program is geared toward the development of architectural design of digital oilfields with remote sensing and control, ultra high volume data structure and data mining, high performance computing, signal transmission in aquatic environment, real time reservoir modeling and immersive visualization. The educational program of the center includes an MS degree in Petroleum Engineering with special focus on smart oifield techniques. The Center through its UPP program provides fellowships to PhD students interested to pursue studies in various smart oilfield related areas. Director: Dr. Iraj Ershaghi.

USC-Infosys Center of Excellence for Research and Academic Training in Advanced Software Technologies

USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Infosys Technologies have teamed up to create a software research and education unit on USC's Los Angeles campus " The Center for Research and Education in Advanced Software Technologies (CAST). The new center is funded by InfoSys. The agreement provides that CAST will facilitate joint research and education in such areas as software architecture, service oriented architectures and information integration, intelligent systems and agents, mobile and wireless systems, sensor networks and CAD frameworks and tools for hardware and software. The Center includes participating research scientists from various departments in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California and from Infosys. Expertise of participating USC faculty includes Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering. Director: Dr. Viktor Prasanna

USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center

The USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center, located at the Information Science Institute campus in Marina del Rey, now houses D-Wave’s revolutionary quantum computer, which was recently purchased by Lockheed Martin. USC and Lockheed Martin will work together in the just formed USC- Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center to explore the potential of the cutting-edge quantum computing technology. This center will provide the necessary infrastructure to support future generations of quantum chips, positioning the school and its partners at the forefront of quantum computing research. Director: Dr. Daniel Lidar.

USC-Stevens Institute of Technology Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC)

The Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a University-Affiliated Research Center (UARC) of the US Department of Defense, leverages the research and expertise of senior lead researchers from 20 collaborator universities and not-for-profit research organizations throughout the United States. SERC is unprecedented in the depth and breadth of its reach, leadership, and citizenship in Systems Engineering. Led by Stevens Institute of Technology, and principal collaborator, the University of Southern California (USC), the SERC provides a critical mass of systems engineering researchers " a community of broad experience, deep knowledge, and diverse interests. SERC researchers have worked with a wide variety of domains and industries, and so are able to bring views and ideas from beyond the traditional defense industrial base. Establishing such a community of focused SE researchers, while difficult, promises results well beyond what any one university could accomplish. Since the SER-UARC’s founding in September 2008, more than 20 sponsored systems engineering (SE) research projects have been completed or are un-derway. Each project supports one of the SER-UARC research strategy areas. Director: Dr. Dinesh Verma.

WESRAC-Western Research Application Center

The Western Research Application Center (WESRAC) is a research center at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering organized to bring technical assistance to organizations in the communities and region of the University. Current projects under WESRAC include: Western Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (Western TAAC); Engineering Technology Transfer Center (ETTC); and Cloud Modeling and Simulation Campus. Director: Dr. Kenneth Dozier.