Frontiers of Computing

The SAC is the keystone of USC President Carol Folt’s Frontiers of Computingmoonshot,” a $1-billion+, 10-year initiative that supports ethical advancement in areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics and quantum computing through the lens of benefiting humanity and serving the greater good.
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Frontiers of Computing
Ginsburg Hall
Opening
The Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Human-Centered Computation Hall, a 116,000-square-foot LEED Platinum-certified facility will boast open plan labs and a state-of-the-art auditorium. This new home for “beautiful minds,” will serve as a centralized hub for the USC computer science community and experts from numerous disciplines across the university.
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President

USC
Carol L. Folt
I want every student who comes through our programs, whether they are in science, business, the humanities or the arts, to have a solid grounding in technology and the ethics of the work that they do. We will integrate digital literacy across disciplines to create responsible leaders for the workforce of the future.
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Frontiers of Computing
30 By 2025
60 By 2030
The Lord Foundation of California’s $260 million gift to USC powers these moonshot ambitions, supercharging computing across the university. With this pioneering goal comes an unparalleled investment in people and talent. Thirty new faculty members will be appointed in priority areas by 2025; another 60 will have been recruited by 2030.
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The School

The Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Human-Centered Computation Hall, a new flagship home for computer science at USC’s University Park Campus will act as a "people collider,” kindling new partnerships and discoveries for the benefit of humanity.

Ginsburg Hall
The School
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Inaugural Director
Gaurav Sukhatme
In this pivotal moment, the School of Advanced Computing signals USC’s mission to provide a digital backbone for education across the university and to pursue advanced research in all aspects of computing. From the design of new paradigms for artificial intelligence and machine learning to explorations in science, medicine, business, policy, law, the humanities and the arts. [Read More]
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Celebrating 20 Years
Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering
In 2004, our school celebrated its naming as the Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering. Today, 20 years later, we mark their legacy and inspirational gift. This next pivotal chapter in USC computing history continues thanks to their generosity.
The School
An Innovative
School-Within-A-School
Operating as a “school-within-a-school” under USC Viterbi, the SAC consists of the Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science (CS), the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and the soon-to-be-formed Division of Computing Education (DCE). Moreover, the School partners closely with USC Viterbi’s two powerhouse institutes, the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) and the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT).
The School
New Advanced Computing
Affinity Groups
New academic entities, called “Advanced Computing Affinity Groups” (ACAGs), leverages strengths in advanced computing-related interdisciplinary activities across the university. Members of the affinity groups may have a primary academic home outside of the school.
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Computing for All

At USC, interdisciplinary collaboration is rooted in our DNA. The university is home to more than 22 academic units, storied research centers, and a medical campus all within one of the world’s largest and most diverse cities in the world. The SAC serves as the computing heart of this nexus, with pulses extending across disciplines, including health, law, business, education, and film, to name a few.
Computing for All
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The SAC lives in the Viterbi School,
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But Belongs to All of USC.
Computing for All
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Dean

Viterbi School of Engineering
Yannis C. Yortsos
The extraordinary advances in computing in recent years are revolutionizing our understanding and exploration of new phenomena —, from the physical and chemical realms to the biological and social domains, paving the way for innovative solutions.
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President

USC
Carol L. Folt
USC is uniquely positioned to supercharge computing across all our 22 schools — engineering, the sciences, the humanities, business, law, communication, the health professions, and the arts.
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Director

School of Advanced Computing
Gaurav Sukhatme
To use a metaphor from Computer Science - my own discipline - the School of Advanced Computing will take a decidedly full-stack approach to research, innovation, and teaching.
News
‘A powerhouse director for a powerhouse school’: USC celebrates inauguration of School of Advanced Computing director
Professor Gaurav Sukhatme, “a thoughtful and responsible innovator,” was installed as the inaugural director of the university’s 23rd school during a Wednesday ceremony on the University Park Campus.
USC launches School of Advanced Computing
The new school, a key feature of USC President Carol Folt’s Frontiers of Computing “moonshot,” will act as a nexus for advanced computing research and education across the university.
Q&A with USC School of Advanced Computing Director Gaurav Sukhatme
“Computer science at USC is special, indeed,” says the head of USC’s newest school.