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USC earthquake research
Scientist and engineer Christine Goulet of USC Dornsife and the Southern California Earthquake Center walks closer to a fault in Kern County that shifted after two recent earthquakes. (Photo/Kenneth Hudson, UCLA)

Unshaken: After an earthquake, USC scientists race to its epicenter

Seismologists and engineers unite after a quake to quickly gather information and share it through a statewide clearinghouse that is critical for improving simulations and emergency preparedness.

Science/Technology
Center for Intelligent Environments human-building interaction
CENTIENTS' Co-directors Burcin Becerik-Gerber and Gale Lucas will use funding from the National Science Foundation to explore projects like smart desks and VR-based learning for construction workers and robots. (Photo/Avni Shah)

How can we design smarter buildings? A new USC research center will pave the way

The Center for Intelligent Environments will study how to incorporate AI and automation into our built environment in ways that reinforce trust, safety and comfort.

Science/Technology
Pokemon language brain processing
Justice Smith as Tim Goodman, Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu and Kathryn Newton as Lucy Stevens in ”Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” released just as USC researchers study how “pokemonikers” reflect how the human mind handles language.(Photo/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

What can Pokémon character names teach us about language?

With Pikachu back on the big screen, USC researchers are taking a serious look at the linguistics of the Pokémon universe to better grasp how the brain processes language.

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Intelligent workstations
An artificial intelligence-driven workstation designed by USC experts will learn and adjust to worker preferences and patterns with the goal of improving overall well-being. (Illustration/Carl Wiens)

How intelligent workstations will use AI to improve health and happiness

Do you want to be warm or cold? Is it time to stand rather than sit? An interdisciplinary team — made up of designers and USC professors — is using AI to create tech-savvy desks with health and well-being in mind.