Ryan McAlinden

Ryan McAlinden

Director of Modeling, Simulation and Training
Institute for Creative Technologies

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences: Spatial Sciences Institute

Ryan McAlinden is the Director of Modeling, Simulation & Training at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), a Social Innovation Fellow at the USC Price School of Policy, and an adjunct assistant professor of the practice of spatial sciences with the USC Spatial Sciences Institute.

At ICT he leads several projects, primarily for the US Department of Defense, centered around simulation and training. His primary research interest is identifying, developing and employing novel ways for human users to exploit and better understand the virtual world around them. The goal, through automation, is to ease the burden of generating 3D terrain content for our electronic devices and systems, as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. Ultimately, Ryan seeks to improve the agency that human users have with their maps, and reduce the human load for creating them.

He rejoined ICT in 2013 after a three-year post as a senior scientist at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in The Hague, Netherlands. There he led the provision of operational and geospatial analysis support to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to joining NATO, McAlinden worked as a computer scientist at ICT from 2002 through 2009 where he led several projects related to geospatial modeling and simulation.