USC CAIS Statement in Solidarity with the
Black Lives Matter Movement
We are horrified by the actions of police officers killing unarmed Black people. We understand that systemic racism is present in science, research, and academia. At USC CAIS, we strive to learn from communities how we, as researchers, can help combat racism. As a center working at the intersection of AI and social work with real world implementation, we recognize the many implicit biases in data, technologies, and current practices. We are committed to evaluating our research, our organization, and our practices to understand what more we need to do as a center and as individuals to be a part of dismantling systemic racism.
Director Eric Rice shares his tips for social connectedness
As more and more communities are moving to social distancing and shelter-at-home/safer-at-home orders, it’s important that we maintain our social connections while physically distancing. Watch the video for Dr. Rice’s tips.
Large project will focus on reducing bias in housing services
The link between systemic racism and homelessness is clear, not just to researchers and officials who have acknowledged the problem, but also to anyone walking or driving along Los Angeles’s sidewalks or parks.
Allocating Scare Resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic
New project aims to create disciplined, automated, data-driven approaches for coordinating the allocation of scarce resources (healthcare workers, PPE, ventilators).
OUR PRIMARY GOAL
Our primary goal in this center is to share our ideas about how AI can be used to tackle the most difficult societal problems. We believe that this agenda can best be achieved by a genuine partnership between AI and social work.