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July 14 2013
Mohammad Falakmasir won EDM 2013 Best Student Paper Award

Congratulations to Mohammad Hassan Falakmasir who just won EDM 2013 Best Student Paper award for the paper "A Spectral Learning Approach to Knowledge Tracing"
One more best student paper award for  a good collection assembled by ISP students at top conferences! Paper details here.

June 17 2013
Brusilovsky wins Army Contract to develop social personalized learning architecture

Peter Brusilovsky, Professor at the ISP and iSchool, has been awarded a contract by the United States Army Contracting Command to participate in the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative. Brusilovsky’ s contract, for $623,005 over a three-year period, will support his work on the architecture, algorithms, and interfaces for a Personal Assistant for Learning (PAL), one of the major endeavors undertaken by the ADL Initiative. Through a PAL, the Initiative will provide state of the art education and training -- using technology and innovative learning methodologies -- for workforce members in the Department of Defense and the federal government. Specifically, Brusilovsky will explore the benefits of open social learner modeling and adaptive navigation support to PAL users; he will then develop the infrastructure and algorithms necessary to implement social personalized learning over multiple domains as part of the ADL. This project leverages Brusilovsky’s vast experience in adaptive navigation, personalized learning, e-learning, and visualization tools and interfaces. For more information click here.

June 13 2013
Matthew Stokes is selected to participate in the NHGRI Advances in Genomics Research Summer Program

 Matthew Stokes is recently selected to participate in the NHGRI Advances in Genomics Research Summer Program, which is a fully-funded, week-long program held at the NIH.


March 05 2013
Yuriy Sverchkov and Phillip Walker awarded the Andrew Mellon Fellowship

Two ISP graduate students, Yuriy Sverchkov and Phillip Walker, were awarded the Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year.  This is a very competitive fellowship. Congratulations to Yuriy and Phillip!

February 21 2013
Distinguished Lecturer Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan coming to ISP

Shri Narayanan is Andrew J. Verbi Professor of Engineering at USC where he is Professor of Electrical Engineering, and, jointly in, Computer Science, Linguistics and Psychology.  He will be speaking to the AI community on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 12:30pm.  His research focuses on human-centered infromation processing and communication technologies.  His presentation on April 12th, Behavioral Signal Processing:  Possibilities and Opportunities for Informatics, will describe the ongoing efforts on Behavioral Signal Processing -- technology and algorithms for quantitatively and objectively understanding typical, atypical and distressed human behavior -- with a special focus on communicative, affective and social behavior.

This lecture will be on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 12:30pm at 5317 Sennott Square.

December 12 2012
ISP PhD graduate Jialan Que ranked 3rd in ISDS

Jianlan Que, graduated from ISP with a PhD in August 2012, is now a Security Researcher with McAfee, Inc. in Alpharetta, GA. She has received the 3rd place of 2012 ISDS Award for Outstanding Research Articles in Biosurveillance ( Jianlan has a paper, Rank-based spatial clustering: an algorithm for rapid outbreak detection, recently published in the Journal of Informatics in Health and Biomedicine.  

September 18 2012
Ian Wong Awarded MSTAR

Ian Wong, ISP/MI Ph.D. student, was awarded the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program scholarship. This twelve-week summer scholarship will allow Ian to work towards developing computer-based explanations for predictive models that are useful in clinical medicine including geriatric medicine. Ian is mentored by ISP faculty member Shyam Visweswaran.

March 26 2012
Distinguished Lecturer Marilyn Walker comes to ISP

Marilyn Walker, Professor of Computer Science and head of the Natural Language and Dialogue Systems Lab in the Baskin's School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) will be speaking to the AI community on Friday, April 13, 2012 at Noon.  At USC her lab is part of the Computational Media Group, whose research focuses on next-generation computer games, incorporating concepts from dynamic theory and social interaction, and notably extending the language capabilities of current interactive games focusing specifically on training, assistive and educational games.  Her presentation on April 13th, Expressive Generation for Interactive Stories, will present the recent work on developing the technical capabilities needed to automatically generate dialogue for characters interactive digital stories. 

The lecture will be on Friday, April 13, 2012 at Noon at 5317 Sennott Square.

March 06 2012
Matthias Grabmair Awarded Andrew Mellon Fellowship

Matthias Grabmair has been awarded the Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year!  Congratulations to Matthias.

December 21 2011
ISP Faculty News and more

Recent news about ISP faculty awards and research.

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