On July 9, 2014, PBS NEWSHOUR broadcasted a news titled "Integrating play with learning by California schools". In this report, GameDesk (IMSC startup) was introduced as a successful case of integrating computer play in students' learning activities in Californian schools. And, IMSC Director Cyrus Shahabi talked about how computer game playing can be used in making mathematics learning helpful for students.
This summer IMSC is hosting three undergraduate students from IIT-Dehli University (India), Tsinghua university (China), and Georgia Institute of Technology (USA) as summer Interns. The students were selected and fully funded by various programs. They will stay at USC for a couple of months and participate in IMSC research activities, especially in transportation and mobile media management.
IMSC Associate Director, Seon Ho Kim, received Microsoft Azure Cloud Research Project grant on Cloud-based MediaQ for Big Data in Social Media. As an in-kind fund, he can use a large amount of MS Azure resources (for example, 32 servers, 10 TB storage, 1 billion transactions, SQL, etc.) for the cloud-based MediaQ system development. Dr. Kim has been leading the development of MediaQ system (http://imsc.usc.edu/mediaq.html) for the past years and MediaQ is about to be released and tested in seven countries world widely.