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USC IMSC Receives 2013 Oracle Spatial and Graph Excellence Award

USC Viterbi's IMSC is recognized for its education and research in location analytics
By: Megan Hazle
May 22, 2013 —
Dr. Ugur Demiyurek, Associate Director at USC IMSC, accepts the award from Xavier Lopez, Director of Location-Based Services at Oracle.

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, accepted 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.