University of Southern California

Research

Engineering and Technology

Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering

AMI-USC’s mission is to help bridge the gap between biomedical innovation and the creation of commercially successful medical products to improve and save lives. USC was selected because it is one of a small number of premier research institutions on which the nation depends for a steady stream of new knowledge, art, and technology.

Airbus Institute for Engineering Research (AIER)

Airbus Institute for Engineering Research (AIER), made up of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Korea Aerospace University (KAU) and Inha University in Incheon, as well as global corporations Airbus and Korean Air, has embarked on three ambitious, collaborative aerospace research projects that could benefit commercial aviation worldwide.

Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering

The Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at USC (AMI-USC) was founded in 1998 with the mission of accelerating the commercialization of biomedical technology invented at USC. For development of its biomedical technology, AMI-USC partners with researchers throughout the university, where it is developed to a mature stage, validated, patented, and can be licensed to an industry partner or used for the formation of a start-up company along with external investment.

Arid Climate and Water Research Center (AWARE)

We seek to address the severe deficiencies in characterizing, monitoring, and understanding of water scarcity in arid climates. We aim to develop and design new technologies and analytical tools to help characterize and mitigate water scarcity, desertification, and arid climatic variability.

Biomedical Simulations Resource (BMSR)

The BMSR is dedicated to the advancement of the state-of-the-art in biomedical systems modeling and simulation through Core and Collaborative Research projects, as well as the dissemination of this knowledge and related software through Service, Training and Dissemination activities.

Biomimicry for Synthesis of Smart Textiles

Innovate next-generation smart textiles that can chemically, optically and electrically respond to various environmental stimuli. Wearable wireless sensors that can be used to detect heart rate, dehydration, metabolites. Performance enhancement fabrics that can harness energy (heat, vibrations, sound) and more!

Bridge Institute

Over the past century, the sciences, engineering and medicine have become progressively more specialized, each diverging into an array of sub-disciplines. Building upon the university’s Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience Initiative, the Bridge Institute unites eminent professors across the entire university.

Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM)

The Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) is an interdisciplinary center in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. CAM features latest computer controlled machining, polymer processing, additive manufacturing capabilities; wide variety of automation, robotics, and measurement technologies; access to software for creating digital models and visualizing them using augmented and virtual reality technologies.

Center for Computational Modeling of Cancer (CCMC)

The Center for Computational Modeling of Cancer bridges researchers from various disciplines with clinicians and patients. This includes engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists, and cancer biologists.

Center for Immunoengineering

The Center for ImmunoEngineering (CIE) at USC is a research center homed at USC Viterbi School of Engineering with its vision to unlock the full potential of immunoengineering by integrating engineering principles into immunology and immunotherapy research.

Center for Integrated Electronic and Biological Organisms (CIEBOrg)

Engineer biological-electronic hybrid systems at the sub-cellular scale that enable closed-loop, multi-modal control of individual cells within complex tissues

Center for Intelligent Environments (CENTIENTS)

Center for Intelligent Environments’ mission is to facilitate a broad, far-reaching conversation and research about how to design, introduce, and oversee user-centered solutions in ways that make environments not only more supportive of organizational goals but also safer, healthier, more humane, and capable of producing joy and well-being in the humans that use them.

Center for Peptide and Protein Engineering (CPPE)

The USC Center for Peptide and Protein Engineering (CPPE) aims to put USC in a position of undisputed leadership in peptide and protein science by creating functional peptides and proteins as imaging agents, diagnostics and therapies.

Center for Smart Omni-Functional Textiles (SOFT)

The Center for Smart Omni-Functional Textiles (SOFT) aims to innovate next-generation smart textiles that can chemically, optically, and electrically respond to various environmental stimuli. These types of smart textiles can be used for a variety of applications including wearable sensors that can be used to detect bodily functions, performance enhancement fabrics that can harness energy such as heat or vibrations or sound, clothing that can repel water when it rains but attract water in dry climates, and light-sensitive fabrics that can regulate temperature to allow for less energy use in buildings.

Center for Systems and Control (CSC@USC)

The Center for Systems and Control at the University of Southern California (CSC@USC) brings together students, postdocs, visitors, and faculty from across different departments within the Viterbi School of Engineering. The overall goal of the center is to increase the strength and visibility of the systems and control program by continuing the long tradition and legacy going back to Richard Bellman and Leonard Silverman.

Center for Systems and Software Engineering

Center for Systems and Software Engineering studies the relationship between systems, software, and users.

Center for Technology and Mental Health

Mental health is a major societal challenge. Engineering technologies have the potential to improve diagnosis, intervention, and treatment of mental illness. In the Viterbi School of Engineering, a growing number of faculty are exploring research relevant to mental health.

Core Center of Excellence in Nano Imaging (CNI)

The mission of the Core Center of Excellence in Nano Imaging (CNI) is to promote and advance the science and application of research tools for imaging, visualization, and analysis of nano- through meso-scale features and structures, both man-made and natural, including biological structures.

DoE Computational Synthesis of Materials Software

MAGICS center develops computational materials science software. Materials simulations using our software are validated using ultrafast x-ray-laser and ultrafast electron diffraction experiments at Stanford. Simulation and experimental data from the MAGICS center are also distributed through the Materials Project at Berkeley Lab.

Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research (FCCCHR)

Over the years, the Foundation has developed a set of standards for backflow prevention assemblies and a number of products and services designed to help water utilities, health agencies, plumbing inspectors, private contractors, engineers and the general public in their cross-connection control efforts. In the following pages you will find information on the various products, services and training courses offered by the Foundation.

Gill Foundation Composites Center

The mission of the Center is to address problems associated with the manufacture and behavior of composites and composite structures. The scope includes the training of graduate and undergraduate students from chemical, mechanical and materials engineering through sponsored research projects. Personnel within the Center provide a range of expertise that includes postdoctoral associates and research professors with specialized skills in mechanics, polymer science, and manufacturing technology.

Healthcare and Medical Engineering (HealME) Center

The overarching vision of the HealME Center is the innovation of new technologies and engineering solutions for critical healthcare problems. Whereas the centuries old paradigm in medicine involves a reliance on pharmaceutical or surgical interventions, new advances will be driven by the convergence of engineering and medicine, particularly in the development of medical devices and information processing/data analytics.

NIH Pediatric Research Using Integrated Sensor Monitoring Systems

The Pediatric Research using Integrated Sensor Monitoring Systems (PRISMS) Program pursues dual goals: to develop a non-invasive health monitoring system for pediatric asthma research and to make the resulting environmental and health data available to epidemiologists.

NIH Rebuilding a Kidney Coordinating Center

(Re)Building a Kidney is an NIDDK-funded consortium of research projects working to optimize approaches for the isolation, expansion, and differentiation of appropriate kidney cell types and their integration into complex structures that replicate human kidney function.

Northrop Grumman Institute of Optical Nanomaterials and Nanophotonics (NG-ION2)

The Northrop Grumman Institute of Optical Nanomaterials and Nanophotonics (NG-ION2) is a thematic research collaboration between Northrop Grumman Basic Research group and the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering. It is focused on the development of the next generation optical materials and their application in photonic devices and architectures.

Pratt & Whitney Institute for Collaborative Engineering (PWICE)

The PWICE institute was established a few years and is funded by Pratt & Whitney and Korean Air to promote collaborative research in aerospace technology.

Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center (RASC)

Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center (RASC) is an interdisciplinary organized research unit in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering that focuses on the science and technology of effective, robust, human-centric, and scalable robotic systems, with broad and far-reaching applications. The Center facilitates interdisciplinary interactions and collaborations through its robotics faculty and its large team of interdisciplinary affiliates.

Signal and Information Processing Institute (SIPI)

SIPI was one of the first research organizations in the world dedicated to image processing. Faculty in SIPI are involved in applying state of the art signal processing techniques to a wide range of real world problems.

SleepHub Center

SleepHuB is a unique network of clinicians, scientists and engineers who work collaboratively to conceptualize and operationalize translational projects related to sleep. We seek to improve sleep health through the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic technologies.

Space Engineering Research Center (SERC)

The Space Engineering Research Center (SERC) is dedicated to disruptive space engineering, research and education of the second-generation workforce – including hands-on build, test and flight demonstrations of spacecraft and satellites. SERC seeks to challenge traditional methods of space R&D, manufacturing and exploration with approaches that dramatically reduce costs, enable novel capabilities and support vital democratization of the space domain.

The Ming Hsieh Institute

The centerpiece of the Ming Hsieh Institute at USC is the integration of engineering, scientific and medical research that together generates novel thinking, speeds discovery and creates new pathways by which research can be translated into real improvements in human health. While the institute’s initial emphasis is on developing new treatments and cures for cancer, it ultimately seeks to fuel new approaches to any human health challenge.

The Stevens-USC Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC)

The Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a University-Affiliated Research Center of the US Department of Defense, leverages the research and expertise of senior lead researchers from 22 collaborator universities throughout the United States. The SERC is unprecedented in the depth and breadth of its reach, leadership, and citizenship in systems engineering through its conduct of vitally important research and the education of future systems engineering leaders.

USC-Chevron Center for Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies (CiSoft)

The Center for Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies is a joint University of Southern California and Chevron Center of Excellence for Research and Academic Training. Established in December 2003, CiSoft includes participation of research scientists from the Viterbi School of Engineering and Chevron.

USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center

The USC Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center seeks to close the gap between academic research in quantum computation and real-world critical problems. A joint effort of Lockheed Martin Corporation and the University of Southern California, the Quantum Computing Center (QCC) is exploring the power of adiabatic quantum computing, in which problems are encoded into the lowest energy (“coldest”) state of a physical quantum system.

Western Research Applications Center (WESRAC)

The Western Research Application Center (WESRAC) is a non-academic department of the University of Southern California (USC) School of Engineering. It was established in 1967 to stimulate technology transfer and economic development, and to provide technical assistance to improve competitiveness of the manufacturing sector. WESRAC is staffed by full-time business and management professionals and maintains linkages to the faculty and administrative systems of the University.