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February 2012

February 7, 2012

NEW FACULTY

  Mahta Moghaddam joins us as Professor, bringing expertise in radar systems, remote sensing, environmental sensing, medical imaging, focused microwave therapy systems, and inverse scattering. read more
  Wei Wu joins us as Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. His research is in nanoimprint technology with applications to novel devices such as crossbar memory (i.e., memristor), and optical meta-materials. read more
  Ben Reichardt comes to USC as Assistant Professor. His research is in quantum algorithms, fault-tolerant quantum computation, quantum information theory, geometry of minimal surfaces, and cryptanalysis. read more

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS



  Ming Hsieh EE faculty Shri Narayanan and his team of researchers in USC's Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab (SAIL) are pioneers in behavioral informatics, an emerging discipline that bridges engineering with behavioral sciences. The field seeks to interpret non-verbal human interaction and communication through the use of information processing and computing. read more here, here and here


  As part of the Los Angeles Smart Grid Demonstration project, Ming Hsieh EE faculty member Viktor Prasanna, director of the Center for Energy Informatics at USC, and his team are investigating optimization techniques to understand and manage electricity consumption. The research is sponsored by the Department of Energy, and is a joint collaboration between the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the USC Viterbi School, and USC Facilities Management. read more


  Professor Petros Ioannou of our Department and his students in the Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (CATT) received an Audi A8 fully equipped with sensors including radar, lidar (light detection and ranging), cameras and WiFi. The smart car will be the USC test bed for advances such as parking assist, adaptive driver assistance and personalized navigation. read more


  Professors Martin Gundersen, director of the USC Pulsed Power Research Group, and Fokion Egolfopoulos, director of the USC Combustion and Fuels Research Lab, are working to improve the efficiency and lower pollutant emissions of the large two-stroke low-RPM marine diesel engines that power the world’s merchant shipping fleets, and achieve this with minimal dislocation and retrofit by the shipping industry. read more

FACULTY HONORS

  Alan Willner, professor and Steven and Kathryn Sample Chair in Engineering in our Department, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and is one of four USC faculty to receive this honor. read more
  Solomon Golomb will receive the 2011 Sigma Xi William Proctor Prize for Scientific Achievement. Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. read more
  Alex Dimakis received the 2010 IEEE Communications Society (COMSOC) Technical Committee on Data Storage Best Paper Award. The paper, entitled "Network Coding for Distributed Storage Systems", was a collaboration between Dimakis, P. Brighten Godfrey, Yunnan Wu, Martin J. Wainwright, and Kannan Ramchandran. read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

  As part of their Engineering 499 "Alternative Energy Engineering" class, 32 honors juniors and seniors set up an array of solar panels, generating a 1,200-watt flow of energy into batteries and an electric vehicle. To open the demonstration, the group diverted a small trickle of this flow into a boombox, which thumped out a rousing solar-powered "Here Comes the Sun." read more

EVENTS



  Dr. Andre Geim, Nobel Laureate in Physics, gave a talk on January 20, 2012 entitled "Random Walk to Graphene," as the Munushian Keynote Lecturer. read more.


  Dr. Mark Hill, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will give a talk on February 9, 2012 entitled "Amdahl's Law in the Multicore Era," as part of the EE Distinguished Lecturer Series. read more.
  Dr. Sergio Verdú, Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, will give a talk on March 1, 2012 entitled "What is Information Theory?" as the 2012 Andrew J. Viterbi Lecturer. The Viterbi Lecture honors the naming donor of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and is the annual Keynote Lecture for the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering. read more