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Herb Schorr

Vice Dean for Engineering
Director, Program on Informatics
Research Professor of Computer Science
Director Emeritus, USC Information Sciences Institute
Special Advisor to the Provost and the Viterbi Dean


Herbert Schorr was appointed an Associate Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in 2001 and became Senior Associate Dean for Engineering on February 1, 2003. He first came to USC in 1988, when he was named the Executive Director of the Information Sciences Institute, an organization with a worldwide reputation for excellent advanced research in computer-based communications and artificial intelligence.

As Senior Associate Dean for Engineering his primary responsibility is to serve as liaison between the School’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI). He also has the oversight and responsibility for the Distance Education Network (DEN) and provides strategic directions for both the Information Technology Program (ITP) and the High-Performance Computing initiatives

Prior to coming to USC, Schorr had a long and distinguished career at IBM. He joined IBM as a Research Staff Member at Yorktown in 1965. In 1966 he became Manager of Systems Architecture and Programming for the Advanced Computing System project in Menlo Park, California, and later served on the Corporate Technical Committee in Armonk.

In 1968 he rejoined the Research Division as Director of Computer Sciences and in 1973 was named Vice President, Product and Service Planning for the Advanced Systems Development Division of IBM. In August 1977 he again rejoined the Research Division as Department Manager of Systems Technology, now called the Systems Laboratory, and in November 1981, he was named Vice President, Systems, Research Division.

In October 1984 he was named Group Director, Products and Technology, IS&SG and in 1987 he became Group Director, Advanced Systems, Information Storage and Systems Group, responsible for the introduction of new, advanced technology. In particular, he was Artificial Intelligence and Image Champions for the IBM Corporation and managed Project Offices in both areas with the responsibility for Products, Marketing, and Internal Applications of these technologies.

Herbert Schorr received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton in 1963. He was an Instructor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton during the 1961 academic year. During 1962-63 he was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. Upon returning from England, Schorr became an Assistant Professor at Columbia University for the year prior to joining IBM.

Schorr is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

Contact: (310) 448-9122
schorr@isi.edu