Yi Gai, a senior Ph.D. student in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, has been awarded the 2011 USC Center for Applied Mathematics (CAMS) Prize. This prize is given annually in April to a Ph.D. student at USC for excellence in research with a substantial mathematical component. Students were evaluated by a prize committee, which consisted of faculty Michael Arbib, Susan Friedlander, Solomon Golomb, and Michael Waterman.
Yi’s research is primarily focused on theoretical approaches to online learning algorithms to optimize networks. Her work involves systems with unknown variables, network game theory, and the theoretical analysis of fundamental problems in networks. Her research interests also include mobile computing, cognitive radio networking, and wireless sensor networks. Her research advisor is Prof. Bhaskar Krishnamachari, head of the Autonomous Networks Research Group within Computer Engineering.
Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, Systems Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering said: "our department congratulates Yi Gai on receiving the 2011 USC Center for Applied Mathematics (CAMS) Prize. It is a notable recognition of her achievements as a Ph.D. student and her future potential in research."