Our world no longer fits into neat little buckets. Today’s issues dismantle traditional organizational structures and require interdisciplinary approaches. Our community of collaborators work across disciplines to apply new approaches to solving problems. We bring unconventional partners together — scientists, storytellers, visual artists — in an effort to inspire one another and find solutions in the space in between disciplines.
An Urban Mindset
Having a critical mass of faculty across our different campuses, bringing in our different expertise areas, is really about ameliorating the risk that is associated with drug development. The other aspect of critical mass is that we also want to develop a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Steve Kay, University and Provost Professor, Director of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
Information & Computer Sciences
The USC Information Sciences Institute is a world leader in research and development of advanced information processing, computer and communications technologies.
For over 20 years, the USC Institute for Creative Technologies has been at the forefront of basic and applied research in immersive technology, simulation, human performance, computer graphics, artificial intelligence and narrative.
The USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience brings together a diverse network of scientists and engineers from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Keck School of Medicine of USC to solve some of the greatest intractable problems of the 21st century — from cancer, to neurological disease, to cardiovascular disease and more.
Electrical & Computer Engineering
The USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is one of Southern California’s major research institutions. The department has 11 different research areas that collectively contain over 70 research centers and labs.
The USC Game Innovation Lab is the focal point of experimental game design research at USC, named the top university for game design by The Princeton Review. The Lab pursues daring, cross-disciplinary approaches that forge new paths in cultural realms using art, science, politics and learning.
The USC Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering conducts cutting-edge research in a wide variety of areas, including biomedical devices and imaging, cellular and molecular bioengineering, mathematical and computational biosystems, and neuroengineering.
USC Stevens Center for Innovation
It’s one thing to discover; it’s another to move it to the marketplace where commercialization can maximize positive impact. USC’s technology licensing office plays a key role in the innovation ecosystem across Southern California.
Meeting Today’s Challenges, Head-on
The world is facing complex issues that often have conflicting factors: empty buildings amid housing shortages; climate-fighting technologies and red tape; clinical pain management and opioid addictions. Finding solutions requires new approaches and relentless determination.
Academic Rigor, Visionary Approaches
USC scholars and researchers rise to meet varied modern problems with groundbreaking innovations, cross-disciplinary collaboration and creative solutions — transforming how we tackle today’s most critical issues.
Mary Rozelle left a longtime career as a dermatology physician assistant because she wanted to achieve a wider impact than is possible by helping just one patient at a time.
USC computer scientists and biologists have developed a way for autonomous robots to find prime sample spot locations for the algae long before a scientist is onsite.
Larissa Gurjão Pereira De Lima’s game teaches teams to tackle the most difficult problems facing organizations, governments and countries across the globe.
Electronic eyes, robotic arms and exoskeletons? USC experts meld man (and woman) with machine.
USC Price urban planning students work to provide new ideas that could help Southern California communities increase their housing supply.