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.

IMSC Retreat 2016

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 20:40

IMSC Retreat 2016 was held on June 1, 2016 at USC TCC Grand Ballroom. More than 90 people attended the event including experts from industry such as Microsoft, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Oracle, ESRI, Google, IBM, Samsung America, Teradata, Snapchat, x-Spatial and Tilofy.

For accessing the details of IMSC Retreat 2016 please click here.

For accessing IMSC Retreat 2016 Photo Gallery please click here.

Retreat 2016 Photo Gallery

Thursday, 02 June 2016 22:35

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.

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IMSC Retreat 2016 Agenda

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 14:46

IMSC Retreat 2016

June 1st, 2016

USC TCC Grand Ballroom - Map

Photo Gallery

Program (By clicking on the title of each talk you can access presentation slides)

08:30 - 09:00    Breakfast and Check-in
09:00 - 09:20    Welcome Speech
 Yannis C. Yortsos, 
 Dean of Viterbi School of Engineering, USC
09:20 - 10:10    Overview, Status, and New Initiatives (Communication Informatics video, GeoQ Disaster video)
 Cyrus Shahabi,
 Director of IMSC, USC
10:10 - 10:30    Break
10:30 - 11:00    Big Data in Transportation (TallyGO video)
 Ugur Demiryurek,
 Associate Director of IMSC, USC
11:00 - 11:20    Deep Learning the Traffic Flow and Impact 
 Yan Liu,
 Associate Professor of Computer Science, USC
11:20 - 11:30     Break
11:30 - 11:40     Big Data in Health
 Luciano Nocera,
 Associate Director of IMSC, USC
11:40 - 11:55    Individual Sequential Data Sanitization for Privacy Preservation
 Liyue Fan,
 Postdoc at IMSC, USC
11:55 - 12:20    Napster4Health
 Peter Kuhn,
 Professor of Biological Sciences, USC
12:20 - 02:00



 Recognitions & Awards with lunch
02:00 - 02:30    Big Data in Social Media: Managing User-Generated Mobile Media (MediaQ video)
 Seon Ho Kim,
 Associate Director of IMSC, USC
02:30 - 03:45    Exhibitions, Demos and Posters
 IMSC Faculty and Students (former and present)
03:45 - 05:30




  Big Data Industry Session
  • Smart City: Enthralled by the immediate – why humans need cognitive systems
    Mark E. Dixon, IBM
  • Marketing: Digital advertising
    Farnaz Azmoodeh, Snapchat
  • Sports: Big Data and Sports Analytics
    Dave Schrader, Teradata
  • Social Media: Trend Forecasting – are you ready for your unfair advantage?
    Ali Khoshgozaran, Tilofy
05:30 - 07:00    Reception and Networking

We have 90 participants including experts from industry such as Microsoft, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Oracle, ESRI, Google, IBM, Samsung America, Teradata, Snapchat, x-Spatial, Tilofy.

Poster Presentations and Demonstrations


IMSC Sponsors 2010 - 2016

IMSC Sponsors

Retreat 2016

Monday, 15 February 2016 12:46

Dear IMSC Board Members and Friends,

We have finalized the date of the 2016 IMSC’s annual retreat for June 1, 2016. The location of the retreat will be at the USC main campus. This will be the Sixth retreat since I assumed responsibility as the IMSC's director. More importantly, this year’s retreat coincides with the 20th anniversary of the center.

At this retreat we continue showcasing our research achievements in the context of the following application domains: Transportation, Social Media and Health.

The retreat will be a day full of technology demonstrations and detailed research discussions as well as reminiscing the past 20 years of IMSC.

Looking ahead, your feedback and advice will be essential to ensure that we continue on a successful path.

Best Regards,

Cyrus Shahabi
Director, Integrated Media Systems Center
Professor, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
Director, Informatics Program

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.

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