IMSC Retreat 2015 was held on April 2, 2015 at Radisson Hotel (across from the USC main campus). More than sixty people attended the event including people from outside such as Microsoft, Chevron, IBM, NGC, Oracle, LA County Government, NII Japan, INRIA France, to name a few. This year the keynote speech delivered by Prof. Michael Franklin, Chair of the Computer Science Division of EECS Department at UC Berkeley.
NSF announced six newly funded projects which improve future disaster management using Big Data. This is a part of international effort between US NSF and Japan’s JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency).
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’s recent startup ClearPath will showcase its next-generation navigation system to key industry leaders at the Connected Car Expo’s FASTPITCH competition. ClearPath is selected as one of the eight finalist start-ups that have emerged as clear front-runners among many.
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.
IMSC participated in news coverage of 2013 US presidential Inauguration with the college reporting team sponsored by PBS NewsHour. PBS selected and sponsored 15 students in college journalism to cover the 2013 inauguration.