The Most Hazardous Hour to Drive in LA?

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 19:26

Years of transportation research done by IMSC makes an impact in different disciplines and society. The most comprehensive database ever assembled on Los Angeles traffic is now accessible to drivers, journalists and policymakers, via a user-friendly platform built by IMSC. Thanks to collaboration between IMSC and the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, the project, “Crosstown Traffic,” provides new insights on congestion, road accidents and public transportation from 2012-2016.

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Crosstown Traffic

Thursday, 09 March 2017 14:22

Integrated Media Systems Center and USC Annenberg School of Journalism have teamed up to analyze IMSC’s massive and ever-growing traffic database. Traffic data, particularly in a city such as this one, is unique in its ability to send us signals about the economy, quality of life, safety, and social and economic status in Los Angeles. Each team br unique skills to this endeavor. The expertise of  IMSC researchers  in computer science, data management and statistics was essential in the curating and codifying of millions of bits of information. The Annenberg side was charged with figuring out what questions the data might be able to answer and what stories it might be able to tell us about the city we live in.

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IMSC Retreat 2017 Flyer

Monday, 27 February 2017 14:42

IMSC Retreat 2017 Agenda

Thursday, 02 February 2017 18:23

IMSC Retreat 2017

March 23rd

USC Town & Gown Ballroom - Map


08:30 - 09:00  Breakfast and Check-in

09:00 - 09:10  Welcome Speech
 Yannis C. Yortsos, 
 Dean of Viterbi School of Engineering, USC

09:10 - 10:00  Overview, Status, and New Initiatives
 Cyrus Shahabi,
 Director of IMSC, USC

10:00 - 10:20  Break

10:20 - 11:10  Intelligent Transportation Research
 Associate Director of IMSC, USC
 Impact of Transportation Research
 Gabriel Kahn,
 Professor of Professional Practice of Journalism, USC

11:10 - 11:30  Break

11:30 - 12:20  Smart Health Research
 Associate Director of IMSC, USC
 Impact of Smart Health Research
 Jorge Nieva,
 Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, USC

12:20 - 01:30  Lunch

01:30 - 02:30  Social Media Research
 Seon Ho Kim,
 Associate Director of IMSC, USC
 Impact of Social Media Research in IoT
 Bhaskar Krishnamachari,
 Professor of EE, USC
 Jerry Power,
 Director of CTM, USC

02:30 - 03:00  Break

03:00 - 04:30  Panel on future of City, Health, and Media
 Peter Marx (IoT),
 Executive Director, GE Digital
 Leslie Ann Saxon (Health),
 Executive Director of Center for Body Computing, USC
 Colin Maclay (Media),
 Executive Director of Anneberg Innovation Lab, USC
 Joyce Edson (City, Transportation),
 Deputy Chief Information Officer, City of LA
 Adam Powell III (Moderator),
 President of Public Diplomacy Council, USC

04:30 - 07:00  Demos and Posters
 IMSC Faculty and Students
 Reception and Networking

We will have around 100 participants including experts from academia and industry.


IMSC Sponsors 2010 - 2017

IMSC Sponsors

How To Solve Traffic

Friday, 20 April 2012 18:10

“The most important commodities of the 21st century are time and energy. And traffic, unfortunately, wastes both of them.” - Cyrus Shahabi

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IMSC won the best demonstration award in the 25th Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2016) on Oct 27th, Indianapolis.


The ATOM-HP (Analytical Technologies to Objectively Measure Human Performance) project is a joint effort between the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Department of Defense aiming at understanding human performance with the goal of optimizing performance in various contexts. For the past year, as an integral part of the ATOM-HP team, IMSC has been helping with the design of a clinical and a military study by building a platform for data collection, storage and analysis. For that IMSC leveraged its expertise in spatiotemporal data management to collect and understand human activity data in context, including data from wearable sensors (e.g., MS Band) and environment sensors (e.g., MS Kinect).

The ATOM-HP project has received a lot of media attention and was featured in preeminent events such as the South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art and Action (SXSL) event, as part of the Cancer Moonshot initiative. Below are some links to these events and related press coverage.

USC News story on SXSL event and ATOM-HP (Sep 2016)
ATOM-HP op-ed by Peter Kuhn in The Hill (Sep 2016)
ATOM-HP article in Science Daily (Sep 2016)
ATOM-HP news coverage on NBC4 News by Mekahlo Medina (Sep 2016)
USC News story on CancerBase (Jun 2016)
Peter Kuhn op-ed on Medium about CancerBase (Jun 2015)
ATOM-HP pilot project announced on USC News (Nov 2015)


Even beyond Hyperloops and aerospace, the strength of LA’s university system continues to lead the way in bringing new edge-case transportation solutions to market. Case in point,TallyGo, an LA-based real-time navigation startup, was spun out of technology originally developed in-house at USC’s IMSC institute. The company has since raised millions in funding from local investors and is now taking on mapping giants like Waze, Google and Apple Maps.

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2016-2017 IMSC Affiliated Faculty

Monday, 15 August 2016 20:49


Patrick Joseph Lynett
Professor, Civil Engineering
(213) 740-3133
  Yan Liu
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
(213) 740-4371
Gerard Medioni
Professor, Computer Science
(213) 740-6440
  Jongmoo Choi
Senior Research Associate, Computer Science
(213) 740-0991
Antonio Ortega
Professor, Electrical Engineering
(213) 740-2320
  Bhaskar Krishnamachari
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
(213) 821-2528

Cyrus Shahabi, USC professor of computer science and director of IMSC, was one of the two featured USC faculty members (the other one was Prof. John Wilson from USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute)  on stage at the first Esri Science Symposium held on June 28, 2016 in conjunction with the Esri User Conference and Esri Education GIS Conference in San Diego, California. Cyrus provided a TED-style reaction to the symposium keynote address by Dr. Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and President of the American Geophysical Union. Cyrus also participated in the panel discussion moderated by UC Santa Barbara Emeritus Professor of Geography Michael Goodchild and the lively Q&A with the approximately 600 symposium attendees.

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