About InfoLab

Information laboratory (InfoLAB) at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USC) is directed by Dr. Cyrus Shahabi. It is located at the third floor of the Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) building room RTH 323.

Research Agenda

Just 25 years ago, "searching for data" meant using a set of controlled queries to an IBM database to look for homogenously structured alphanumeric data stored on a centralized storage system. Everything has changed in the field of information management today. The data isn't just alphanumeric, but includes images, maps, video, audio and signals; the queries are complex data-mining questions; the architecture is distributed and includes not just the Web, but sensor networks, peer-to-peer nodes and portable devices; and the users do not have a PhD in computer science! The mission of InfoLab is to investigate new approaches to the management of unconventional data types within atypical architectures.

Infolab Research Pyramid

The above figure shows different activities at InfoLab. You can select the corresponding tabs on this page to learn more about each activity and their inter-relationships. Currently, our main areas of research are:

Lab Address


3710 S. McClintock Ave, RTH 323
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Phone: (213) 821-1462
Fax : (213) 821-1739


Dr. Cyrus Shahabi

Computer Science Department
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0781
Phone (PHE 306): (213) 740-8162
Fax: (213) 740-5807