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 – it is a tremendous honor and privilege to lead this initiative.”

Gaurav Sukhatme, Director, USC School of Advanced Computing

“An effort of this magnitude in Southern California can’t help but spur a computing industry resurgence in the greater Los Angeles area. And [FOC] is going to be part of keeping us ahead of many of our international competitors in computing.”

Bill Dally, the chief science officer at Nvidia, a key innovator of computer graphics and AI technology

“The Frontiers of Computing will not only lead to breakthrough advances in science and technology but will also expand this critical field to attract more underrepresented talent.”

Marian Croak, ’82, Google’s vice president of engineering and head of the tech giant’s responsible AI team

“For decades, USC has stayed at the forefront of computing technology. From its pathbreaking Information Sciences Institute to its Signal and Image Processing Institute (SIPI), USC’s students, faculty and alumni have played a central role in the development of some of the most transformative advances in computing and AI – machine translation, voice over IP, multimedia processing, and quantum computing. The Frontiers of Computing initiative harnesses USC’s unique multidisciplinary strengths in the arts, humanities, medicine, and engineering to teach the next generations of students how to ethically and responsibly advance and apply cutting-edge computing technologies to deliver societally important outcomes.”

Prem Natarajan, Chief Scientist and Head of Enterprise Data and AI, Capital One

Jimmy Iovine

“When Dre and I started Beats, we found potential hires were only trained in linear thinking in one discipline (such as technology or design) rather than the big picture of what was needed to truly collaborate. The Iovine and Young Academy’s adaptive learning framework is designed to anticipate and evolve with the pace of societal change. It cultivates digital natives who can innovate at the intersection of design, technology, business, and culture to address the world’s most complex challenges. IYA students bring an extraordinary mindset to reimagine how we live, learn, work, and create through the Frontiers of Computing.”

Jimmy Iovine, entrepreneur, music executive and co-founder of the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation

“USC has long been at the crossroads of transformational and interdisciplinary research and advances —in the arts, in the health and social sciences, in engineering, and beyond. Responsible and ethical innovation has been foundational to USC’s commitment to educating and training the next generations and serving society at large—making the world a better place for all. The Frontiers of Computing Initiative continues that scholastic tradition and imperative and builds on USC’s legacy as a leader.”

Suzanne Nora Johnson, ’79, USC Board of Trustees chair