Using artificial intelligence
to benefit society at large

CAIS++ (pronounced "case plus plus") is a USC Viterbi-affiliated student organization that serves as the student branch of the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS). Through our partnership with the USC School of Social Work, our students work to promote the development of AI applications for social good.

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Promoting Research
that matters

We believe that artificial Intelligence can and should be used to help solve society's grand challenges, especially where traditional techniques have come short.

Productive Discourse

Often left out of the discussion surrounding AI is the idea that AI can be used as a force for good. We think that this positive potential deserves a place in the AI discussion.

AI Accessible

We feel that it is essential to educate people about the principles behind AI now, so that we can make educated technological decisions in the future.

What we do

CAIS++ provides involvement opportunities for engineering majors and non-engineering majors alike.

  • Educate

    Each semester, a new cohort of members are walked through an introductory AI curriculum, complete with online lessons and in-person coding workshops.

  • Develop

    Members who are familiar with AI basics or have gone through our curriculum are placed into teams to apply their skills to help solve real world problems.

  • Reach Out

    In addition to member activities, CAIS++ hosts a variety of public events designed to demystify AI and to empower and inspire students to use AI for social good.

  • Inform

    By inviting speakers from both academia and industry, we hope to shed light on ways in which AI can be (and already has been) used to benefit society.


A list of current projects that our 2018 spring projects cohort are working on.

Melanoma Detection: Computer Vision for Skin Cancer

2018 Data Science Bowl: Cell Nucleus Segmentation

Kawasaki Disease: Rare Disease Diagnosis using AI

LA City Budget: Understanding Civic Spending

Sports Analytics


Get Involved

Applications for the Spring 2018 cohort are due at 11:59pm on Saturday, January 20th!