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AI bias natural language generation
USC experts analyzed a natural language generation system and found more frequent manifestations of bias against women, black people and gay people than men, white people and straight people. (Illustration/iStock)

As AI moves into content creation, researchers aim to battle its biases

AI systems like natural language generation are only as good as the data that trains them, and USC Viterbi experts want to uncover why and how that data can be biased against women and minorities.

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LA water
Having clean water is a primary concern for Los Angeles residents after a major earthquake; USC researchers are working with city officials to improve vulnerable plumbing that could be damaged during a quake. (Photo/Matthew Gush, iStock)

The next big effort in AI: keeping L.A.’s water flowing post-earthquake

Experts at the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society are teaming with city officials to find technological solutions for aging, vulnerable pipelines.

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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.

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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.

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AI and endangered species: Bistria Dilkina
USC computer scientist Bistra Dilklina develops artificial intelligence tools that could help conservationists expand their work and bring species back from the brink of extinction. (USC Photo/Caitlin Dawson)

How a USC artificial intelligence expert is saving endangered species, one algorithm at a time

Bistra Dilkina and her graduate students help to address environmental needs, from predicting where poachers are likely to strike to designing wildlife reserves and preventing the spread of invasive species.