The Information Sciences Institute
) of the University of Southern California
(USC) is a prominent research organization in the field of information science
; it is part of the Viterbi School of Engineering
at USC. It is involved in a broad spectrum of information
processing research, and in the development of advanced computer and communication technologies.
The Institute was founded in 1972 by Keith Uncapher. ISI is currently headed by Herbert Schorr who came to ISI in 1988 after a career as both executive and scientist at IBM.
ISI is not located on the main USC campus near downtown Los Angeles, but at a separate facility in Marina del Rey, California; it also has a branch facility in Arlington, Virginia. Part of one floor at the Marina del Rey facility is occupied by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
ISI is divided into ten "divisions", each of which contains research groups focused on a particular aspect of information science:
Division 1: Computational Sciences
Conducts research in the areas of applied mathematics
, and other large-scale applications with emphasis of maximizing throughput
Division 2: Distributed Scalable Systems
Conducts research in areas that deal with groups of computers, particularly those that are involved in mobile or distributed applications. Topics include information space analysis
Division 3: Intelligent Systems
Conducts research in the area of artificial intelligence
and related fields such as data mining
, machine learning
, and natural language processing
Division 4: Silicon Systems / MOSIS
Conducts research in low-cost low-volume semiconductor
Division 5: Business Office
Contracts and Grants administration. Human Resources
Division 6: Action
Division 7: Computer Networks
Conducts research into all forms of computer networking
including networking protocols
, distributed networking
networking, sensor networks
, and middleware
. The division has built or collaborated on building several key elements of modern networks that are in wide use throughout today's Internet
, including: TCP/IP
, and IPv6
Division 7 was directed by Jon Postel until his passing.
Division 8: Advanced Systems
Conducts research into unconventional and cutting-edge systems in a range of areas such as compilers, VLSI
, grid computing
systems, and computer-aided design
Division 9: Integration Sciences
Conducts research into distributed databases
, pattern recognition
and their applications.
Division 10: Dynamic Systems
Conducts research into standard and embedded systems
that adapt to changes in power
, or environment.