Escape Velocity
By USC Viterbi School of Engineering
About this podcast
Podcast by USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Episodes (Total: 9)
May 3, 2017 · 00:35:37
Based on the contemporary research of USC Viterbi professor Burcin Becerik-Gerber, KATE 2600 transports us to New Amsterdam — a futuristic city where buildings are not inanimate but sentient beings, uniquely programmed to suit the physical needs of their residents. Adam Bard, a successful finance executive and aspiring author is looking for such a home. Kate 2600 becomes not only his home but his primary emotional companion. Their relationship is soon threatened by the limitations of human mortality and technical fallibility. Written and produced by Daniel Druhora and Tiana Lowe Original music composed and performed by Simone Attenni Additional music by Wil Brumbach Edited by Simone Attenni, Wil Brumbach, Daniel Druhora Mix Engineer, Ryan Stewart Executive Producers: Adam Smith and Michael Chung Hosts: Amy Blumenthal and Daniel Druhora Cast Elea Oberon - Kate 2600 Adam Bard - Adam Smith Tiana Lowe - Lucy 3000 Breanne Grady - Nora Stefani Mikov - Portia Gaia Passaler - Adam's Colleague Andreas Tillman - Kairos Rep Marc Ballon - Salesman Ashleen Knusten - Mom Jane Ong - Robotics lab tech Siena Druhora - Zara Escape Velocity is supported by The United Engineering Foundation.
Feb. 23, 2017 · 00:01:15
Lucas Hu uses game theory and computer science to fight wildlife poachers, end homelessness, and prevent teen suicide
Feb. 18, 2017 · 00:01:01
Freshman Nikki Bisarya has already become an integral part of Shri Narayanan's life-changing lab where she uses machine learning to improve patient-therapist interaction and improve addiction treatment.
Feb. 17, 2017 · 00:00:52
Emir Ucer takes a personal approach to solving the ergonomic problems facing relocating displaced people
Feb. 17, 2017 · 00:02:27
Kirsten Rice is empowering communities in developing countries to produce and manage their own clean water.
Feb. 14, 2017 · 00:24:57
In this episode, USC Thornton School of Music graduate student and composer, Wil Brumbach, goes on a search for love enlisting the help of some powerful matchmakers - engineers. He tests the hypothesis of a love formula through highly scientific means - by putting himself “out there” and consulting with data scientists at eHarmony and USC's Information Sciences Institute, Aram Galstyan and Greg Ver Steeg. The Viterbi computer science duo are using methods inspired by quantum physics to improve the matchmaking algorithms that run eHarmony, one of the country’s most successful online dating sites. Responsible for nearly 5% of marriages in America, the engineers at eHarmony are on a quest to manufacture the ultimate love algorithm that can predict happy long lasting relationships. Can they help Wil find his happily ever after?
Sept. 29, 2016 · 00:20:51
USC Viterbi ISI machine learning expert Greg Ver Steeg and Caltech computational biologist Shirley Pepke search for a way to personalize ovarian cancer treatment. For Pepke, the answers can’t come fast enough. Produced by USC Viterbi School of Engineering Hosts: Daniel Druhora and Amy Blumenthal Producers: Amy Blumenthal, Daniel Druhora Executive Producers: Adam Smith, Michael Chung Editor/Sound Designer: Wil Brumbach Mix Engineer: Ryan Stewart Graphic Designer: Michelle Henry Original music written and performed by Will Brumbach Additional Music "Sonho Dourado" Daniel Lanois Album: "Friday Night Lights" "The Butterfly" Celtic Woman Album: "Celtic Woman"
June 5, 2016 · 00:23:37
On July 20, 1969, from behind the Iron Curtain in communist Romania, ten-year-old Bogdan Marcu watched Neil Armstrong take the first step on the moon. That moment unleashed a space dream and a chain of events that included a gutsy escape plan, a revolution, a USC graduate application funded by selling cotton socks on the streets of Budapest, a miners' revolt and saving the life of a total stranger who would forever seal his fate. Produced by USC Viterbi School of Engineering Hosts: Daniel Druhora and Amy Blumenthal Producer: Daniel Druhora Executive Producers: Adam Smith and Michael Chung Editor/Sound Designer: Wil Brumbach Mix Engineer: Ryan Stewart Graphic Designer: Michelle Henry Theme song written and performed by Wil Brumbach Additional Music: "Unthought Known" Pearl Jam Album: Backspacer Written by Eddie Vedder Publisher: Innocent Bystander (GMR) "Kus Kus" Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra Recorded as Barcelona Gipsy Kelzmer Orchestra (BGKO) Written by Julien Chanal www.bgko.org "Ridica-te Gheorghe, Ridica-te Ioane" Music written and performed by Tudor Gheorghe Lyrics by Radu Gyr Special thanks to KUSC
Feb. 13, 2016 · 00:22:11
Collecting the 'Google Earth' of sound. An international, trans-disciplinary team of researchers takes us to Thessaloniki, Greece to capture the ethereal sounds of ancient Byzantine churches. What they found will forever change the way we think about sound and space. With ancient sites disappearing in conflict zones, we wonder: “What if their sounds didn’t die?" Produced by USC Viterbi School of Engineering Hosts: Dan Druhora & Amy Blumenthal Executive Producers: Adam Smith & Michael Chung Composer & Editor: William Brumbach Recording Engineers: Chris Kyriakakis & James Donahue Mix Engineer: Ryan Stewart Graphic Designer: Michelle Henry Thessaloniki Chanters: Spyridon Antonopoulos Demos Papatzalakis Nektarios Antoniou Additional Chanters: Father Spyridon Antoniou Georgios Antoniou Simeon Kanakis Georgios Keselepoulos Georgios Sinaitis Schola Chantorum Children's Chorus directed by Nektarios Antoniou Research Team: Sharon E. J. Gerstel, Byzantine Art & Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Chris Kyriakakis, Audio Signal Processing & Psychoacoustics, University of Southern California (USC) Amy Papalexandrou, Art History, Stockton College, New Jersey James Donahue, Music Production and Engineering, Berklee College, Boston Spyridon Antonopoulos, Musicologist, City University London Konstantinos Th. Raptis, Ephorate of Antiquities of the City of Thessaloniki Initial funding for the research supported by: UCLA OVCR-COR Transdisciplinary Seed Grant and by The Greek Ministry of Culture and Sport