April 20, 2011 —
Murali Annavaram of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering has been appointed to the Robert G. and Mary G. Lane Early Career Chair of the Viterbi School of Engineering. The appointment recognizes Murali’s exceptional distinction and promise as a junior faculty member in his field.
Murali received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2001. He joined USC in 2007, and came with several years of industrial research experience at Intel and Nokia. His research at USC focuses on the energy efficiency and reliability of computing platforms, and the energy efficient management of body area sensor networks for continuous and real-time health monitoring. He also focuses on computer systems architecture to explore the reliability challenges of future CMOS technologies.
He has received 14 total funded awards since arriving at USC, including six major NSF grants, a very recent NSF Career award, and the IBM Faculty Partnership Award in 2009. Murali is also a Senior Member of IEEE and ACM. He publishes his work in prestigious computer architecture, performance modeling, and mobile systems conferences e.g., ISCA (International Symposium on Computer Architecture), HPCA (High Performance Computer Architecture), DSN (Dependable Systems and Networks), ACM SIGMETRICS conference, and MOBISYS (International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services). He has received a Best Paper Award and has six issued patents with three more pending.
He is a key member of a faculty team designing an energy-efficient and multimodal body area sensing system, called KNOWME, for physical activity monitoring. This is an important and highly visible research project in the area of wireless health and health monitoring systems. He also developed a new graduate course EE 579 Wireless and Mobile Networks Design and Laboratory, in which students develop new useful mobile applications. For this, he received USC Stevens Institute’s “Innovation Inside Curriculum Award.”
Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, Chair of the Ming Hsieh EE-Systems Department, commented: “Our faculty join me in congratulating Murali on his appointment to the Viterbi School's Robert G. and Mary G. Lane Early Career Chair. It is a significant recognition of his academic achievements and promise for many future contributions!”