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Featured Innovations


Alelo is dedicated to helping people throughout the world communicate more effectively

Alelo creates software and content for instructional social simulations for a wide range of domestic and international markets (Government, Military, and Education).


Artificial Retina Receives FDA Approval

USC researchers have developed a retinal prosthetic system that could provide vision to millions of blind persons. The receiver sends signals to the retina that travel through the optic nerve to the brain, where they can be interpreted as a visual picture.


Big data company focused identifying threats and opportunities geographically

USC faculty members developed the company’s core AI algorithms. Applications range of commercial & government user needs focused on automatically integrating information into satellite & aerial imagery & maps.

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Cell Phones

"Golomb coding" identifies numerical sequences to enable communication over very long distances, including deep space. Golomb's colleague, Andrew Viterbi developed the related Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) as a basis for digital cell phone communication.

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CRAFT: Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies

CRAFTing objects of various size out of a variety of materials including polymers, metals and alloys, ceramics and composites such as concrete at various sizes ranging from meso-scale to mega-scale objects.

RSA Algorithm


The RSA algorithm, co-invented by the Viterbi School's Len Adleman (the "A" in RSA), is amathematical method to ensure secure communications. The RSA algorithm is used worldwide to secure internet, banking, smart card and credit card transactions.

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GLOBUS for Grid Computing

Globus is open source grid software that addresses the most challenging problems in distributed resource sharing it is used to visualize earthquake simulation data, to manage large datasets generated by colliders such as those at CERN, and to provide access to climate data.


Huge market penetration for high-end audio, including DENON AVRs

Audysee is a company that designs & develops innovative audio technologies and products; solving audio problems so what you hear is an accurate reproduction of the recorded music, movie or live performance you are listening to.


Improving prosthetics, accelerating physical rehabilitation

USC researchers are helping the injured by developing sensors that detect a desire to move and then electrically stimulate the muscles into action.


Improving treatment for HIV-infected children

USC research on pneumonia in HIV-infected infants is key in the creation of national guidelines for antiretroviral therapy for children with HIV.


Integrated Circuit Prototyping

MOSIS prototypes new integrated circuits by merging multiple designs onto multi-project wafers to share the cost of fabrication. Created in 1981, it is one of the first applications of the Internet outside of high performanace computing.


Knock-out Rat

Keck School of Medicine generated genetically modified rats through embryonic stem (ES) cell-based gene targeting to study a range of human diseases.


Making animated characters more human

USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies has developed breakthrough technologies to render digital characters more lifelike than ever.


Methanol Economy

The "George Olah Carbon Dioxide to Renewable Methanol Plant" of Carbon Recycling International in Iceland based on local geothermal energy. The first commercial carbon dioxide recycling plant operating in the world.


New tools for preserving the record of the Holocaust

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education preserves the digital video testimonies from Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.


Organic light emitting diodes

The lab of USC Dornsife's Mark Thompson designed and patented organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display colors then licensed them to the Universal Display Corp., which developed them further and licensed them to Samsung for their Galaxy line of phones.

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Predicting Heart Disease

Scientists at USC's Atherosclerosis Research Unit co-developed an ultrasound method for measureing carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), to detect the buildup of fats in and on artery walls as an early predictor of heart disease.


Pushing the frontiers of computing power

USC is home to the one of the most powerful, fastest supercomputers in the country.

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Scientists Twist Radio Beams to Send Data

Alan Willner and team reach transmission speeds of 32 gigabits per second across 2.5 meters of free space in a basement lab at USC.


Shaping the way movies sound

USC Cinematic Arts professor Tomlinson Holman is one of the inventors of THX, the standard for audio systems used in movie theaters worldwide.


State-of-the-art automated language translation

USC researchers have developed cutting-edge software for automated language translation that learns from its mistakes.


Super advanced radio technology for harsh environments

Broad impact & success for military applications. Built upon the core technologies are advanced communication system solutions for the physical and network layers.


Taking the guesswork out of chemotherapy

USC researchers are developing tools to analyze genetic properties in cancer tumor tissue, allowing physicians to predict which tumors respond to certain types of chemotherapy.

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The Internet

Scientists at USC's Information Sciences Institute invented the domain name system that, .gov, and other names into Internet Protocol addresses worldwide. ISI was instrumental to the creation of the TCP/IP communication protocol used on the Internet.


Training American Soldiers in Foreign Cultures

Immersive video environments created by USC researchers train U.S. military officers in the language and culture of other countries.


Using micro-devices to detect tumors

USC researchers are deploying microscopic sensors to detect cancers more accurately.