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.
The modern commute may be heading for a big upgrade, thanks to carpool ride-sharing services and advances in automotive electronics and smart transportation systems.
On January 4th 2016, CCC Great Innovative Ideas highlighted our paper "Privacy-Preserving Inference of Social Relationships from Location Data", winner of the Blue Sky Ideas Award at SIGSPATIAL 2015. The article featured the innovative idea behind our paper: people's social relationships can be inferred by observing their behaviors in the real world, without compromising location privacy. This vision paper is a joint work developed by IMSC and our collaborators at Emory and UA.