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May 23, 2013: USC IMSC Receives 2013 Oracle Spatial and Graph Excellence Award

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CONTACT: Megan Hazle - 213-821-5555 or hazle@usc.edu
May 22, 2013 —


The USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) has been awarded the 2013 Oracle Spatial and Graph Excellence Award in the Education and Research category. USC IMSC was selected for its use of Oracle Spatial and Graph technologies to teach USC masters and doctoral students, its work with the Transportation Decision-Making (TransDec) project, and its presentations at leading database conferences.

TransDec collects and organizes massive quantities of data regarding traffic conditions in Los Angeles by fusing information from real-time events (800 events per day on the average) and 2,000 transit vehicles, as well as from more than 9000 freeway and arterial loop-detectors located over 3,420 miles. Unlike other systems that collect traffic information, TransDec retains the data and can be queried to perform real-time or historical analysis on traffic conditions in the region. One application of this system, called ClearPath can pinpoint the fastest route from Point A to Point B in Los Angeles County by predicting traffic conditions in front of the driver and analyzing 3 years of traffic and accident data stored in an Oracle database.

“Oracle is an industry leader in scalable databases as its spatial and graph option is being used in almost every industry and nearly all major government customers that conduct data-intensive and sophisticated spatial and network analytics,” said Dr. Cyrus Shahabi, IMSC Director. “This award recognizes the graduates we are training in this field who are sought after in this very competitive IT job market and it is a testament to the IMSC’s niche in working closely with the industry by integrating their state-of-the-art technologies to deliver something that is unique and goes beyond the regular utilization of the technology.”

Dr. Ugur Demiryurek, IMSC Associate Director, will accept the award on behalf of IMSC at the 2013 Oracle Spatial and Graph User Conference on May 22 in Washington, DC. This annual conference brings together researchers and experts striving to create effective business intelligence solutions that integrate location technology, Big Data, and location analytics.


About Oracle Spatial and Graph
Oracle provides the industry's leading spatial database management platform. The Oracle Spatial and Graph option for Oracle Database includes advanced features for spatial data and analysis as well as for physical, network and social graph applications.

About the USC Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC)
IMSC is a graduated NSF Engineering Research Center at USC in the area of multimedia, founded by Prof. Max Nikias in 1996. The current research focus of IMSC is on a new geo-socio-temporal computing paradigm, termed Geo-Immersion. Geo-Immersion enables researchers to capture, model and integrate real-world and web data into a geo-realistic virtual replica of the world for immersive data access, querying and analysis. It encompasses research in many topics such as multimedia, BigData, crowdsourcing, geospatial information management, privacy, trust, web, etc. http://imsc.usc.edu/

About the USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Engineering Studies began at the University of Southern California in 1905. Nearly a century later, the Viterbi School of Engineering received a naming gift in 2004 from alumnus Andrew J. Viterbi, inventor of the Viterbi algorithm now key to cell phone technology and numerous data applications. Consistently ranked among the top graduate programs in the world, the school enrolls more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, taught by 177 tenured and tenure-track faculty, with 60 endowed chairs and professorships. http://viterbi.usc.edu

Megan Hazle - 213-821-5555 or hazle@usc.edu