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USC experts available to speak on Ukraine’s major advance
September 13, 2022
As Russian forces cede as much as 2,400 square miles, Ukrainian troops have reclaimed dozens of towns. The military turnaround is Russia’s biggest defeat since the start of the war almost six months ago. The Ukrainian advance, which has been described as both stunning and decisive, raises questions about confidence in Russian leadership and the accuracy of claims from both sides. USC experts are ready to discuss all aspects of the new state of the conflict.
Wael Abd-Almageed – Deep fakes
Wael Abd-Almageed is an expert on artificial intelligence, deep fakes and machine learning. He is research director of the USC Information Sciences Institute and a research associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
Any reporters who need help assessing the veracity of a video posted about the Russia-Ukraine situation can contact Abd-Almageed and he will assist them with determining the truth.
Robert English – Russian and Eastern European politics
Robert English is an expert on the politics of Russia and the former Soviet Union and also ethnicity, identity and nationalism in Eastern Europe. He is associate professor of international relations at the School of International Relations at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
Hannah Garry – Justice and accountability for war crimes, genocide and aggression
Shon Hiatt – Energy industries
Bart Kosko – Smart weapons
Bhaskar Krishnamachari – Data privacy
Bhaskar Krishnamachari is an expert in data privacy and artificial intelligence. He is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at USC Viterbi School of Engineering, is director of the USC Viterbi Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things.
Najmedin Meshkati – Nuclear power plants
Najmedin Meshkati is an expert on nuclear power and chemical processing plants and aviation systems who has conducted research at numerous nuclear power plants worldwide, including the sites of nuclear disasters: Chernobyl (1997) and Fukushima (2012). He is a USC Viterbi professor of civil engineering and industrial and systems engineering.
Clifford Neuman – Cybersecurity
Clifford Neuman is an expert in computer security and cybersecurity issues. He is director of the USC Center for Computer Systems Security and a researcher at the USC Information Sciences Institute. He is also a computer science professor at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
Katarzyna Pisarska – Refugee crisis
Katarzyna Pisarska is a faculty fellow at the Center on Public Diplomacy at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She is based in Poland and has been assisting refugee families. She also is the founder and director of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Poland.
Henna Pithia – Refugee crisis
Henna Pithia is a visiting clinical professor at the USC Gould School and leads the school’s International Human Rights Clinic. She is an expert on immigration and asylum seekers.
Rodney Ramcharan – Financial technology
Rodney Ramcharan is an expert on global financial institutions and fintech. He is a USC Marshall School of Business professor of finance and business economics.
David Schwartz – Combat trauma
David Schwartz is an associate professor of psychology with expertise on childhood exposure to violence who was a consultant for UNICEF during the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. He is a professor in the Department of Psychology at USC Dornsife College.
Thomas Seifrid – Russian/Soviet culture
Thomas Seifrid is an expert on Russian and Soviet literature and culture. He is professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.
Gregory F. Treverton – International intelligence
Gregory F. Treverton is an expert on intelligence communities and national security. He is professor of the practice of international relations and spatial sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He was chair of the U.S. National Intelligence Council from 2014 to 2017.