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December2011

December 12, 2011

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Image of D•Wave One with Drs. Lidar and Yortsos   Several Ming Hsieh EE faculty will participate in USC’s new Quantum Computing Center, located at the Viterbi School's Information Science Institute (ISI) in Marina del Rey. It houses a revolutionary quantum computer, which was recently installed in a partnership between its developer D-Wave, USC and Lockheed-Martin to explore the potential of cutting-edge quantum computing technology. read more
American Physical Society Logo   The research of Professor Bart Kosko and doctoral student Brandon Franzke of our Department seems like a contradiction in terms: using noise to improve signal and information processing. In a recent paper they describe how noise can speed up the process of biological evolution in preferred directions, and other possible applications including improvement of search engines. read more
LA Cleantech Incubator Logo   Faculty from our Department and others from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering recently joined the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation in the kick-off of the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI) in downtown Los Angeles. Researchers, politicians, energy industry executives and others celebrated the LACI, which seeks to establish Los Angeles as a global leader in the research, commercialization and deployment of clean technologies. read more
Interspeech Team   A Ming Hsieh EE team with Ph.D. students Daniel Bone, Ming Lee, Angeliki Metallinou and Matt Black, and faculty Sungbok Lee and Shri Narayanan took first place at the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) annual conference Interspeech 2011, beating 10 rival teams from around the world in a competition to detect intoxication using machine analysis of speech. read more

FACULTY HONORS

Headshot of Andreas Molisch   Andreas Molisch, professor in our Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, will receive the 2012 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Eric E. Sumner Award, which cites his “contributions to the theory and application of multiple-antenna systems in wireless communications.” read more
Headshot of John Slaughter   John Slaughter, professor in our Department, received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) -- New York City's hands-on science and technology center. read more
Headshot of Antonio Ortega   Antonio Ortega of our Department received the best paper award from the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) held in Brussels, Belgium in September 2011. The winning paper was a collaboration between Professor Ortega, Ph.D. student Eduardo Martínez-Enríquez and Professor Fernando Díaz-de-María from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain. read more
Headshot of Shri Narayanan   Shri Narayanan, professor in our Department, received the 2011 Alumni Professional Achievement Award from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. This award acknowledges the superior achievements of UCLA engineering alumni in their chosen fields of endeavor, including academia or industry. read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Ming Hsieh Institute old logo   The Ming Hsieh Institute (MHI) announced the selection of five outstanding Ph.D. students as 2011- 2012 MHI Ph.D. Scholars: Matthew Black, Chenxi Lin, Sunil K. Narang, Srinivas Yerramalli, and Bardia Zandian. read more

IN MEMORIAM

Headshot of Arthur Friedman  

Arthur D. Friedman (1940-2011)

Arthur D. Friedman, former professor of Electrical Engineering at USC, passed away on October 24, 2011 at the age of 71. In 1973, Art joined the faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California, and later taught at George Washington University for more than twenty years. read more

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John H. Marburger, III (1941-2011)

Former USC dean and professor of electrical engineering and physics John H. Marburger, III died July 28, 2011. His former colleague and longtime admirer Martin Gundersen believes he was a crucial influence at USC during his 24 years at USC. read more