Visualizing New Narrative Forms through Quantum Physics, AI, and Sustainability

The Visualizing New Narrative Forms through Quantum Physics, AI, and Sustainability collaboration is designed to drive new forms of pedagogical innovation and creative research at the intersection of art, science, and technology. The outcome will result in new types of narrative structure and media creation utilizing animated forms, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual…

Strengthening Community-Engaged Sustainability Scholarship & Education

The Strengthening Community-Engaged Sustainability Scholarship & Education network aims to promote a just and transformative approach to community-engaged sustainability scholarship and education across USC. They deepen awareness of the value, science, and best practices of community-engaged research in addressing sustainability challenges; facilitate opportunities for sustainability scholars and students to initiate meaningful community-engaged research projects; and…

Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence

The USC AAI (Double AI) Center aims to develop fundamental foundations of Intelligent Autonomy by leveraging and enriching the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence for autonomous systems. Applications abound from autonomous robotics and mobility systems to autonomous operation in large scale infrastructure systems. The Center aims to conduct cutting edge research in close collaboration with…

Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society

The primary goal of the USC Center for AI in Society is to develop, test, iterate, and demonstrate how AI can be used to tackle the most difficult societal problems. They believe that this can best be achieved by a genuine partnership between computer science, operations research, social work, and community organizations. USC CAIS is…

World Building Media Lab

The World Building Media Lab (WbML), directed by award-winning designer and professor Alex McDowell RDI, defines an experiential, collaborative and interdisciplinary practice that integrates imagination and emergent technologies, creating new narratives from inception through iteration and prototyping into multimedia making.

World Building Institute

The World Building Institute is a cutting edge USC non-profit Organized Research Unit dedicated to the dissemination, education, and appreciation of the future of narrative media through World Building.

Mixed Reality Lab

The Mixed Reality Lab (MxR) was established at the University of California Institute for Creative Technologies in 2008, with the goal of exploring emerging human-machine interactions and coming up with innovative hardware, platform, and system solutions along the way. The resulting research in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) pushed immersive technology out of…

Mobile and Environmental Media Lab

Housed within USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, the Mobile and Environmental Media Lab’s design methodology straddles the cultures of visual storytelling, games, and interaction design. Accordingly, their work mashes together conceptual tools of storytelling (dramatic arc, character motivation, conflict, obstacles, and resolution) with the core concerns of game design (systems, procedures, constraints, objectives, resources, core…

Machine and Process Intelligence Center

The Machine and Process Intelligence (MPI) Center focuses on fundamental development of the next generation intelligent manufacturing and processing technologies at the levels of machine intelligence, process intelligence, systems intelligence, and decision-making intelligence. Material processing and manufacturing industries are entering a new era of revolutionary technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics,…

John C. Hench Division of Animation + Digital Arts

Research at the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts incorporates practice in organic and digital media ranging from works of metaphysical expression and perceptual experience, to the exploration of dreams and narrative storytelling, visualizing science, and documentary animation.