Publications about MediaQ

Monday, 07 October 2013 16:39

Journal and Magazine Papers

Conference and Workshop Papers

  • Seon Ho Kim, Ying Lu, Junyuan Shi, Abdullah Alfarrarjeh, Cyrus Shahabi, Guanfeng Wang, Roger Zimmermann. Frame Selection Algorithms for Automatic Generation of Panoramic Images from Crowdsourced Geo-tagged Videos, Accepted to appear in Web and Wireless Geographical Information Systems (W2GIS), May 2014.
  • Seon Ho Kim, Ying Lu, Giorgos Constantinou, Cyrus Shahabi, Guanfeng Wang, Roger Zimmermann. MediaQ: Mobile Media Management Framework, Accepted to appear in ACM Multimedia Systems Conference (MMSys), March 2014.
  • Joon-Seok Kim, Seon Ho Kim, Ki-Joune Li. Automatic Geotagging and Querying of Indoor Videos,  Fifth ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Indoor Spatial Awareness, Nov. 2013.
  • [C1] "GeoCrowd: Enabling Query Answering with Spatial Crowdsourcing", Leyla Kazemi and Cyrus Shahabi "Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems" (ACM SIGSPATIAL '12), Redondo Beach, CA, USA 2012. 
  • [C2] "Automatic Tag Generation and Ranking for Sensor-Rich Outdoor Videos", Zhijie Shen, Sakire Arslan Ay, Seon Ho Kim, Roger Zimmermann "Proceedings of the 19th ACM international conference on Multimedia" (ACM MM '11), New York, NY, USA 2011.
  • [C3] "Viewable Scene Modeling for Geospatial Video Search", Sakire Arslan Ay, Roger Zimmermann, Seon Ho Kim "Proceedings of the 16th ACM international conference on Multimedia" (ACM MM '08), Vancouver, Canada ACM New York, Pages: 309-318, NY, USA, ISBN: 978-1-60558-303-7, 2008.

Cyrus Shahabi and Seon Ho Kim attended the 1st HKUST-USC Joint Workshop on Big Data Applications held at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology on Sep. 27th, 2013. Cyrus presented IMSC's activities on Big Data research and moderated a panel titled "Big Data, the most important new technology trend?" Cyrus and Seon Ho also participated in research meetings with HKUST faculty and students.


IMSC hosted a group of executives and engineers from Samsung, Korea, to present USC's Big Data related research activities and to discuss potential collaboration in Big Data field between USC and Samsung. Dr. Geoffrey Long (Technical Director of AIL), Dr. Carl Kesselman (Director of Center for Medical Informatics), Dr. Don Paul (Executive Director of Energy Institute), Dr. Cesar Blanco (Head of R&D, Alfred E. Mann Institute), and Dr. Cyrus Shahabi (Director of IMSC) presented their activities and achievements in Big Data research. Q & A session was followed after presentations.

Cyrus's interview with Vietnam Television Corporation was broadcasted on Aug. 8th, 2013. He was talking about his experience in teaching Vietnamese students as a VEF (Vietnam Education Foundation) U.S. Faculty Scholar. He was selected by VEF and taught students in Vietnam twice (Fall 2011 and Fall 2012).

The Quest for Information

Sunday, 19 May 2013 17:00

MediaQ, short for MediaQuest, makes searching for video content easier in the Internet age.

iWatch can help fight terror

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 17:00

USC Viterbi Professor Cyrus Shahabi is developing an intelligent surveillance system that can help law enforcement detect and eradicate threats of mass destruction.

IMSC has been awarded the 2013 Oracle Spatial and Graph Excellence Award in the Education and Research category. IMSC was selected for its use of Oracle Spatial and Graph technologies to teach USC masters and doctoral students, its work with the Transportation Decision-Making (TransDec) project, and its presentations at leading database conferences.

Summary of IMSC Impacts

Monday, 29 April 2013 12:00

Statistics during the 11 year ERC period (1996 – 2007)

  • 11 start-up companies founded, 144 inventions disclosed, 92 licenses issued, 79 patent applications filed, and 15 patents awarded
  • 319 IMSC students granted degrees at the Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. levels. 47 new courses were created based on IMSC research.
  • 599 articles in refereed journals, 1,892 articles in refereed conference proceedings, and 10 books. Numerous faculty awards, Presidential Early Career awards, and honors in professional societies and organizations. Also produced the Best Paper of the Decade award and an Oscar Academy Award for Technical Achievement.
  • 5 major USC research centers incubated at IMSC: CiSoft (Chevron), PWICE (Pratt Whtiney), CREATE (DHS), and ICT (US Army).


List of IMSC Spin-off Companies

  1. Eyematic, Inc., by Christoph von der Malsburg (1997)
  2. Actoma, by Jay Kuo (1997)
  3. MediaFair, Inc., by Jay Kuo and Mike Wang (1998)
  4. Phaethon Communications, Inc., by Alan Willner and B. Hoanca (1999)
  5. Fetch Technologies, by Craig Knoblock, S. Minton, and Y. Arens (1999)
  6. Xronix, by Alan Willner (2001)
  7. New Media University Academy, Inc., by Mark Bielak and J. Umana (2002)
  8. Audyssey Laboratories, by Chris Kyriakakis (2003)
  9. Geosemble Technologies, by Cyrus Shahabi and Craig Knoblock (2004)
  10. BabbleStream, Inc., by Roger Zimmerman (2004)
  11. Sentinel AVE, LLC, by Ulrich Neumann (2005)
  12. GameDesk, by Lucien Vatel (aka Victor Lacour) (2009) – Post Graduation
  13. ClearPath, by Cyrus Shahabi (2013) – Post Graduation


Highlights (per each main research area at IMSC):

  • Immersive Audio: In addition to an Oscar Academy Award, the technology was transferred to Audyssey startup. Audyssey develops innovative technologies for enhancing the quality of sound in home theaters, automobiles, movie theaters, cell phones, and portable music players and now has 40 employees (several from USC) and is headquartered in downtown LA. It also has offices in Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, Korea. Audyssey can be found in nearly 75% of home theaters, in every new IMAX theater, in millions of TVs and in millions of cars. It has won many awards, e.g., the CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award (2010).
  • Geospatial Information Management: The technology was transferred to the Geosemble Technologies startup. Geosemble provides automatic techniques for extracting and fusing geospatial data sets, including maps, aerial imagery, lists, events, databases, businesses and more. In April 2009, Geosemble received a strategic investment, technology development program, and licensing agreement with In-Q-Tel, the independent strategic investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the mission of the broader U.S. Intelligence Community. Geosemble has been acquired in July 2012 by another In-Q-Tel portfolio company, Terrago Technologies. All Geosemble’s shareholders made money from the transaction. The main product, GeoXray is being used by several government and municipal organizations.
  • Immersive Games: The technology was transferred to the GameDesk stratup. GameDesk is a nonprofit research, development, and outreach organization that seeks to rethink learning through play, making, and interaction. In 2013, it was ranked #6 in the world’s top 10 most innovative companies in education by Fast Company.
  • Fiber Optics: An IMSC PhD graduate, Jin-Xing Cai is now an IEEE and OSA (Optical Society of America) fellow, and he produces world-record-setting optical fiber undersea communication systems for Tyco Submarine Systems. Streaming Media: An IMSC MS graduate, Dwipal A. Desai was YouTube’s employee #9 and now a successful entrepreneur. Prof. Roger Zimmermann, an IMSC PhD graduate and later an IMSC investigator is now a successful tenured Associate Professor at National University of Singapore (NUS).
  • Graphics: An IMSC PhD graduate, Doug Fidaleo, serves as Chief Scientist at an LA startup, Big Stage. Dr. Fidaleo led the development of the core Big Stage Facial Capture system that grew out of his Ph.D. work in IMSC and as a post doc at USC. In September 2009, Forbes Magazine named Big Stage Entertainment among America’s Top 20 Most Promising Companies.


A Self-Sustained ERC:

  • IMSC has raised more than $5M in a short period of its post-graduation (August 2010 – April 2013) from various government agencies (e.g., NSF, National Institute of Justice, LA Metro) and industries (e.g., Microsoft, Google, HP Labs, Northrop Grumman, Intel). Its management team includes 4 full-time post-doctorate research staff as Associate Directors (see: IMSC Management Team)
  • IMSC’s current advisory board has 24 members from major industry and academia (see IMSC Advisory Board) who gather annually at IMSC, see the following URL for the detailed information on the latest annual meeting on March 7, 2013: IMSC Retreat 2013
  • In July 2011, NSF used IMSC as a success story for its self-sustained centers, see the following coverage by Science Nation: Here
  • The culture of technology transfer continues at IMSC, with two examples of successful startups post graduation: GameDesk and ClearPath (recently changed to TallyGo).
  • IMSC continues to be in the news, see the latest coverage of IMSC’s ClearPath by Voice-of-America and GameDesk by PBS: VOA Here and PBS Here
  • IMSC continues influencing USC’s research by participating at major university’s research events, e.g., GLIMPSE: Read More

Voice of America Covers ClearPath

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 10:10


IMSC Director Cyrus Shahabi's latest transportation navigation app 'ClearPath' is introduced through Voice of America on March 6th. The clip covers function and value of ClearPath that differs from existing navigation app, and also its relevancy to Los Angeles where it always have severe traffic jam.  

Please click here for Voice of America article.