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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 … Continue reading

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.

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.

Cryptography

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.

Digital Cinema

USC’s Entertainment Technology Center provided the high-level test and evaluation facility through which Digital Cinema Initiatives created the standards by which theaters throughout the year converted from film to digital delivery and projection. Here is the LA Times article.

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 … Continue reading

Guidelines for Adult Stroke Rehabilitation Recovery

Faculty member Carolee Winstein chairs writing team for guidelines, endorsed by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Society of Neurorehabilitation. The aim of this guideline is to provide a synopsis of best clinical practices in … Continue reading

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.

MOSIS Integrated Circuit Virtual Fabricator

MOSIS Is An Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) Integrated Circuit (IC) Fabrication Service Provider. For 30-plus years, IC designers have relied on MOSIS for an efficient, affordable way to prototype and volume-produce their devices.

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.

Packet Voice Communication

The Network Voice Protocol (NVP) was a pioneering computer network protocol for transporting human speech over packetized communications networks. It was an early example of Voice over Internet Protocol technology.

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.

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.

The Internet

Scientists at USC’s Information Sciences Institute invented the domain name system that translates.com, .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.

Virtual Reality

Mark Bolas’ Mixed Reality (MxR) Lab pushes the boundaries of human-computer interaction and the open-source movement. His team creates new content and technologies that provide virtual experiences that are visceral and immersive.

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