IMSC hosts undergraduate summer interns

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00

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.


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.

IMSC Sponsored Projects 2014-2015

Thursday, 10 July 2014 15:47

Realistic Simulations for Evaluating Vehicular Sensing and Communication Networks

  • Faculty lead:  Prof. Bhaskar Krishnamachari
  • Description: Develop data-driven inference algorithms and micro-simulation tools that use real-world traffic sensor and gps data traces to evaluate new city-scale vehicle-based sensing applications as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication protocols.

A Game Theoretic Approach to Maximize Information Diffusion on Social Networks

  • Faculty lead: Prof. Milind Tambe
  • Description: The goal of this project is to develop efficient game theoretic approaches to identify influencer(s) and maximize the information diffusion in social networks with focus on evacuation planning.
Persistent surveillance
  • Faculty lead: Prof. Gerard Medioni and Prof. Ram Nevatia
  • Description: Persistent surveillance: We utilize crowdsourced mobile videos and CCTV videos to track targets of interests, such as people or vehicle, over large space and time. To achieve persistent surveillance, inferring the spatial relationships between the video’s Field-Of-Views, FOVs, is necessary. Thus, we developed a Geospatial Image Filtering Toolbox (GIFT) that acquire, store, index and access large amount of FOVs, as spatial objects, effectively and efficiently in support of persistent surveillance.  Without GIFT, if one target is about to exit the FOV of one camera, the current computer vision technologies have to scan the re-appearance of this target in all videos, which is time-consuming and error-prone. GIFT makes use of geospatial database technologies to actively select a small number of videos which may cover this target. With GIFT, the overhead of image/video analytics can be reduced significantly.

Spatiotemporal Mobility Data Analytics

  • Faculty lead: Prof. Antonio Ortega 
  • Description: We continue our research on wearable sensors analytics assuming sensors that provide spatial information over time such as position, acceleration, or gyroscopic data. The goal of this project is to develop efficient data analysis tools that generate higher-level measurements of mobility for medical applications. We will extend our previous research on de-noising and compression techniques to extract data measurements by exploiting data symmetry and characteristics of the movement sensed.

Large-scale Machine Learning Models for Spatio-temporal Data Mining

  • Faculty lead: Prof. Yan Liu 
  • Description: Develop machine learning models for a large scale sptio-temporal big data such as people’s locations and social behaviors.
Immersive Telepresence with 3D Sensing and VR HMD
  • Faculty lead: Prof. Hao Li
  • Description: Create a communication system where the facial performance of one party is captured in real time using a depth sensor and the other party is wearing an HMD device. Capture brain activity so that even the one who is wearing an HMD device can have his face captured.

2014-2015 IMSC Affiliated Faculty

Monday, 07 July 2014 11:37


Milind Tambe
Professor, Computer Science
(213) 740-6447
  Yan Liu
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
(213) 740-4371
Gerard Medioni
Professor, Computer Science
(213) 740-6440
  Ram Nevatia
Professor, Computer Science
Antonio Ortega
Professor, Electrical Engineering
(213) 740-2320
  Bhaskar Krishnamachari
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
(213) 821-2528
Hao Li
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
941 Bloom Walk, SAL 244, USC
  Joon-Ho Choi
Assistant Professor, Building Science in Architecture

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 ( for the past years and MediaQ is about to be released and tested in seven countries world widely.

Retreat 2014 Photo Gallery

Monday, 28 April 2014 14:19

IMSC Retreat 2014

Thursday, 13 March 2014 00:00

IMSC Retreat 2014 was held on March 13, 2014 at Davidson Conference Center at USC. Attendee list included researchers and engineers from Microsoft, Google, Oracle, Chevron and so on, and scholars from USC and other universities.

For accessing the details of IMSC Retreat 2014 please click here.

IMSC Director Cyrus Shahabi gave a talk at the BD2K workshop held at UCLA titled Geo-Immersion: A Data-Centric (Big-Data) Approach towards Situational Awareness. See the BD2K workshop page and the agenda for details.


Starring Big Data

Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

IMSC hosted Annual Retreat on March 13th at USC Davidson Conference Center to report its achievement through out the year. Especially this year, IMSC presented its advancement in the field of Big Data.

The event was covered by USC Viterbi News in a special article titled IMSC's annual retreat features innovative transportation, social media and security projects that leverage Big Data.

IMSC Retreat 2014

Thursday, 13 March 2014 17:39

IMSC Retreat 2014 was held on March 13, 2014 at Davidson Conference Center at USC. Attendee list included researchers and engineers from Microsoft, Google, Oracle, Chevron and so on, and scholars from USC and other universities.

For accessing the details of IMSC Retreat 2014 please click here.

For accessing IMSC Retreat 2014 Photo Gallery please click here.