Information Sciences Institute

The Information Sciences Institute (ISI) is a world leader in research and development of advanced information processing, computer and communications technologies. A unit of
the University of Southern California’s highly ranked Viterbi School of Engineering, ISI is one of the nation’s largest, most successful university- affiliated computer research institutes. Our work ranges from theoretical basic research, such as core engineering and computer science discovery, to applied research and development, such as design and modeling of innovative prototypes and devices. ISI’s focus areas include natural language, machine translation and information integration. ISI is based in Marina del Rey, California, and maintains offices in Arlington, Virginia and Waltham, Massachusetts.

Philips Research North America

At Philips, we are driven by our mission to improve the lives of 3 billion people per year by 2025, and every day we move closer to achieving our goal by creating cutting-edge solutions that lead to confident diagnosis, improved care, and increased quality of life for patients. Named one of the Top 50 Happiest Companies in America in 2013 and a 2014 Top Place to Work by the Boston Globe, we enable our employees to create a legacy in life through their work and support their development through people-centric learning, total rewards and personalized development planning programs.
Our research and business provides unique opportunities to develop cutting edge clinical solutions and deliver meaningful solutions in the healthcare space. Specifically, our ongoing efforts in healthcare research for real time diagnostic and therapeutic decision support applications leverage expertise in automated question answering, semantic reasoning, social media data analysis, predictive modeling and knowledge discovery driven by the state-of-the-art methodologies in computational linguistics, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning with deep architecture. We maintain collaborative relationships with various universities, scientific institutions, academic organizations and governmental resources.


Smart Information Flow Technologies (SIFT) is a small Artificial Intelligence R&D company headquartered in Minneapolis with an office in Lexington Center. We do basic and applied contract research for government agencies, principally DARPA, and publish our results at academic conferences. Everyone codes. Everyone contributes to proposals and collaborates of papers. Interns have mentors to introduce them to their projects and the SIFT culture so they can immediately contribute. We have active projects in all areas of natural language, from the simplest bag of words to the deepest semantic and pragmatic analysis. At our Boston office we are in the middle of a multi-site research effort in collaborative dialog for DARPA. SIFT as a whole also works on problems in cyber-security, planning and plan recognition, games with a purpose, supervisory control, and human factors.
Brandeis connections: Current: Alex Plotnick,  Past: Amandalynne Paullada, Chris Ward