USC Computer Science 532 (CSci532): Innovation for Defense Applications - Spring 2022

Lecture Thursday - 3:30 - 6:50 PM -
Clifford Neuman, Farzin Samandani


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D-Clearance for the class will be granted after students are approved for the class.

Course Description

This is a project course that is intended to provide students with hands-on experience, working in teams, to understand and work with Defense (DOD), Intelligence Community (IC), and critical infrastructure providers on current problems.

The course is open to all students at all levels, Undergraduate through graduate, and from all schools including Viterbi, Marhsall, Dornslife and others. All nationalities (including non-US citizens) are encouraged to take this class.

Innovation for Defense Applications is USC's class that is part of the Hacking for Defense program sponsored by NSIN. This class provides students with the opportunity to learn how to work with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) to address the nation's emerging threats and security challenges. In this course, teams of 3-5 students from interdisciplinary backgrounds develop minimum viable products (MVPs) and prototypes that match DoD/IC users' needs by the end of the semester. Using Lean Startup Methodology, and working closely with their problem sponsors, mentors, and military liaisons, the student teams work together to bring a product or service to market. Read more about one of last year's student teams, ATOMUS, that formed a startup based on their project:

Candidate Problems

The following are some of the problem statements assigned to teams in previous years offering of the course. This should give you an idea of the kinds of problems you will work on. You can provide us with additional information about your specific skills an interests through the form at the bottom of this page. Click here to provide instructors with your background and problem preferences for the class.