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Michael Neely Receives a 2012 Research Grant Award from the Okawa Foundation


October 18, 2012 —

Michael Neely, associate professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, is a recipient of a 2012 Research Grant Award from the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications.

The Okawa Foundation was established in Japan in 1986 to provide funding and recognition for new studies in the information and telecommunications fields. The Okawa Foundation Grant supports his research on the topic "Asynchronous Optimization for Task Oriented Networks."  The award will be formally presented at a ceremony in San Francisco in January 2013.

Michael J. Neely received B.S. degrees in both electrical engineering and mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1997. He was then awarded a three year Department of Defense NDSEG Fellowship for graduate study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received an M.S. degree in 1999 and a Ph.D. in 2003, both in electrical engineering. He joined the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering faculty at USC in 2004. Dr. Neely received the NSF Career award in 2008 and the Viterbi School of Engineering Junior Research Award in 2009, and is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa.

He was part of the competitive 6-year DARPA Information Theory for Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks project (IT-MANET), and is currently part of the Army Research Lab CTA project on multi-genre networks. He is author or co-author of two invited books on the topic of stochastic network optimization, and more than 110 journal papers, conference papers and invited presentations. His research interests are in the areas of satellite and wireless networks, ad-hoc wireless networks, and queuing theory.

Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, chair of the Ming Hsieh Electrical Engineering Department-Systems commented, "Mike Neely is well known for outstanding research in algorithms and protocols for wired and wireless communication networks. Applications of his results include: mobile and personal communications; healthcare monitoring and deployment; sensor networks; and transportation. His selection as a 2012 Okawa Research Grant Awardee is an excellent recognition of these accomplishments, and our department joins me in congratulating him."