2018

USC Annenberg Media: Artificial intelligence helps wildlife rangers combat poaching

November 1, 2018

A group of AI researchers at USC hopes their software can help wildlife defenders protect their parks.

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Algorithms are a new tool in the fight against the trade of black market ivory tusks, pangolin scales and tiger skins. A group of researchers at the University of Southern California is working on technology to help rangers stay a step ahead of poachers.

The Teamcore lab at USC's Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society is working on an AI-driven application...

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USC Viterbi News: Research partnership awarded $2.1m for landslide prediction project

October 29, 2018

By Greta Harrison

The project, led by Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Phebe Vayanos, will use sensor technology to better assess landslide risk.

On average, landslides are responsible for more than 25 deaths per year in the United States, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  A team from the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS) and ...

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Microsoft Research Blog: Workshop yields concrete AI solutions for advancing societal good

October 10, 2018

By Amit Sharma, Senior Researcher

Artificial intelligence has made tremendous strides in recent years, but oftentimes, its potential to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues is overshadowed by concerns and misunderstandings surrounding this growing technology. To focus on AI’s potential for enabling social good, Microsoft Research India, in collaboration with the ...

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The Indian Express: Maharashtra signs MoU with US university on artificial intelligence

October 2, 2018

The University of Southern California’s Centre for Artificial Intelligence In Society will assist the Maharashtra’s Information and Technology Department to work on various social welfare projects.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai

Maharashtra government and University of Southern California on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together on projects related to artificial intelligence.

The University of Southern California’s Centre...

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USC Viterbi School of Engineering: Can AI Reduce Race Bias in Homelessness?

October 1, 2018

New Algorithm Can Improve Outcomes in Assigning Housing to Homeless Youth and Change Housing Policy

It is estimated that each year, in the United States alone, four million youth experience homelessness. There is not enough public housing to support these youth. African-American and Latino youth make up a disproportionate percentage of the homeless youth population: African American youth are 13 percent of the US population and yet represent twenty-four percent of homeless youth; Latino youth represent 15 percent of the U.S. population yet are 20% of the homeless youth...

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USC Viterbi Magazine: COPING WITH AI ANXIETY

October 1, 2018

A conversation with Ellie, a USC-created virtual therapist, helps calm the nerves of a writer concerned about AI, machine learning and related ominous-sounding stuff.

By Marc Ballon

The following is an imagined Q&A between Hardesty and Ellie about very real things.

Q. Hold on a second, Ellie, I need to sign off of Netflix. OK, I’m good to go. How are you?

A. I’m fine, Greg. What were you watching?

Q. “Ex Machina,” “I, Robot,” “Minority Report.” I’m on a binge-watching kick. Next up in my...

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USC News: How artificial intelligence can help us eat better

August 6, 2018

You are what your friends eat, according to USC researchers whose study aims to prevent obesity and diabetes in kids; AI may be able to find friends who are good influences

BY Connie Choy

Do you have that friend you go out with to indulge on all the scrumptious (and unhealthy) delicacies L.A. has to offer? Or how about that other friend who eats organic and always makes you feel like an unhealthy chicken nugget? Chances are you have both — and you’re also probably one of them.

Peers can wield a lot of influence when it comes to our lifestyle choices...

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Globe Series: Artificial Intelligence: The power is in the data

June 20, 2018

Whether you think Artificial Intelligence (AI) poses an ethical dilemma or is a force for social good, as tech giants continue to heavily invest in it, AI is expected to play a very big role in our future. Those who control the data will be the ones who make the most industry headway, says Milind TambeProfessor of Computer Science at University of Southern California, and Co-Director for Centre of Artificial Intelligence and Society.

What is AI?

There is no official definition. That said, AI could be defined...

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USC News: Department of Defense funds futuristic USC research in electronics and beyond

June 8, 2018

USC engineers and scientists will use $169 million in Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grants to make "living" devices and illuminate mysterious chemical reactions

BY Greg Hardesty

They’re bringing together computers and biology, creating half-living, half-electronic devices. They’re also looking for molecules that could result in propellants that ignite far more powerfully than ever before. And that’s just for starters.

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