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Igor Devetak Receives NSF Faculty Early Career Award


March 01, 2006 —
Igor Devetak, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Award for the project "A High-Level Framework for a Unified Treatment of Quantum and Classical Information Theory and Thermodynamics." The goal of this work is to develop a modular mathematical formalism for quantum and classical information theory, in which coding theorems are phrased as inequalities between information processing resources such as entanglement and quantum communication.

Prof. Devetak received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 2002. Before coming to USC in January 2005 he completed a post-doctoral research appointment at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center. He works in the area of quantum information theory, and is especially interested in quantum Shannon theory, the asymptotic theory of quantum communication.

The NSF CAREER program recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. CAREER awardees are selected on the basis of creative, career-development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their institution.