2016 – 2017 MHI Scholars



From Left: Yu Cao, Pradipta Ghosh, Yihang Zhang, Guodong Xie, Erick Moen

Meet the 2016-2017 MHI Ph.D. Scholars

The MHI Ph.D. Scholars play an important role within the Ming Hsieh Department of EE. They are student ambassadors, leaders, and innovators. These scholars were selected based on research accomplishments, publications, finalist talks, and their desire to pursue an academic career upon graduation.

As MHI Scholars, they also receive a stipend for the 2016-2017 academic year, travel funds, and a collective amount of funds to host a program of their choosing.

This Year’s Program: SHOT²

Seminars + Hackathons on Theory and Technology
Training and Instruction in Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Mechanics, and Mixed Reality

To help scholars in their career development, each of them receives:

  • a cash award
  • mentorship and recommendations from department faculty (eg. one-on-one faculty lunch meetings)
  • research presentation critiquing and filming – view scholar research videos
  • funding for travel to give talks at other institutions where they can develop collaborations, increase visibility and receive feedback on their work
  • funding to develop and organize a workshop/project to encourage student collaboration, initiate innovative ideas and demonstrate remarkable research

2016 – 17 MHI Ph.D. Scholars:


Yu Cao
Research Interest: Nanotechnology
Advisor: Chongwu Zhou
Office: RTH B118
caoyu@usc.edu
Yu Cao CV



Pradipta Ghosh
Research Interest: Wireless Networks
Advisor: Bhaskar Krishnamachari
Office: RTH 418
pradiptg@usc.edu
Pradipta Ghosh CV



Erick Moen
Research Interest: Nonlinear Optics
Office: VHE 510
Advisor: Andrea Armani
emoen@usc.edu
Erick Moen CV



Guodong Xie
Research Interest: Communications
Advisor: Alan Willner
Office: EEB 516
guodongx@usc.edu
Guodong Xie CV



Yihang Zhang
Research Interest: Control Systems
Advisor: Petros Iaonnou
Office: EEB 322
yihangzh@usc.edu
Yihang Zhang CV


MHI Ph.D. Scholar Information:
– News article:7/15/14 MHI Ph.D. Scholar Harsha Honnappa to Teach at Purdue University
– News article:12/3/13 Kartik Audhkhasi – was part of team that won INTERSPEECH 2013
– News article:10/20/13 Past MHI Scholar Moh Amer’s paper gets accepted to Nano Letters Journal
– News article:7/26/13 Lead-author Chuan Wang creates first user-interactive sensor network on flexible plastic
– News article:6/21/13 Scholars talk about benefits at an information luncheon
– News article:4/16/13 Past and Present Scholars
Past Scholars

EE Pioneer Series – George A. Bekey

Electrical Engineering Pioneer Series – Free and Open to the Public

Our EE Pioneer Series is an annual event that showcases members of our USC Electrical Engineering Faculty. The Pioneer Series includes a technical presentation from a distinguished faculty member and an oral history interview covering their work.

This series of presentations captures the inspiring journey and story of the individual who has helped shape and develop our department. We continue this series with a technical talk and interview with George A. Bekey, Professor of Computer Science.

 

Bekey George A. Bekey, Ph.D. – My research career at USC was characterized by variety. I have always had broad interests, and hence my research did not center in any one area for long periods. In this talk, I will describe my wanderings from human-machine systems to hybrid-analog digital computing to biological control systems and finally to robotics. Of course, there were common threads in all these areas and I was successful in obtaining significant research funding in all of them. I will also highlight some of the more successful projects and the Ph.D. students who made this success possible.

 

Watch Dr. Bekey’s Presentation and Interview with C.S. Chair Gaurav Sukhatme

 

7th Annual Research Festival – Nov. 18th

The Ming Hsieh Institute annually hosts the Electrical Engineering Research Festival. This day-long event showcases EE Ph.D. and Undergraduate student research through posters and oral presentations. The entire USC Viterbi Community, alumni and visitors from industry are invited to the event.

REGISTER HERE to be a student presenter!

RSVP HERE to attend the event.

 

View the below video for highlights from a past Research Festival

6th Annual Research Festival
5th Annual Research Festival
4th Annual Research Festival
3rd Annual Research Festival
2nd Annual Research Festival
1st Annual Research Festival

From ‘Harmonic Telegraph’ to Cellular Phones

Bishnu Atal from Ming Hsieh Institute.

Download Dr. Atal’s Presentation


Bishnu S. Atal
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Abstract:

It all started with two patents issued to Alexander Graham Bell in March 1876 and the world changed forever. Vast distances began to shrink. Soon, nobody was isolated. The invention produced a new industrial giant whose research laboratories supported the best in scientific research and engineering leading to major technical advances of the twentieth century. The desire for communication, anytime, anywhere spread fast; stationary phones connected by wires started fading away, replaced by “cellular phones” (“smart phones”) reflecting the cell structure of the wireless medium. This talk will provide a history of the telephones, starting from Alexander Graham Bell’s “harmonic telegraph” in 1876 to modern cellular phones.

Bio:

Bishnu S. Atal is an Affiliate Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He retired in March 2002 after working for more than 40 years at Lucent Bell Labs, and AT&T Labs

Dr. Atal’s pioneering research on speech coding for providing natural-sounding speech over digital devices has resulted in standards that lie at the heart of practically every mobile phone in use today. His work has enabled wireless networks to use less spectrum space and fewer towers to aid in the mass deployment of digital cellular systems. He demonstrated during the 1960s that Linear Predictive Coding “LPC” could represent the varying characteristics of human voice and encode the speech signal at a fraction of conventional bit rates . LPC quickly became the basis for military communication standards. He introduced the CELP method in 1985, and it is now used in practically all digital cellular speech standards as well as standards for digital voice communication over the Internet.

Dr. Atal is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. His many honors include the Thomas Edison Patent Award (1994) , the New Jersey Hall of Fame Inventor of the Year Award (2000), the IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Field Award (1986), the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering (2003), and the 2013 IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal.

Hosted by Prof. Shrikanth Narayanan, Colin Vaz, & Tanner Sorensen

7th Annual Research Festival

The Ming Hsieh Institute annually hosts the Electrical Engineering Research Festival. This day-long event showcases EE Ph.D. and Undergraduate student research through posters and oral presentations. The entire USC Viterbi Community, alumni and visitors from industry are invited to the event.

REGISTER HERE to be a student presenter!

RSVP HERE to attend the event.

 

View the below video for highlights from a past Research Festival

6th Annual Research Festival
5th Annual Research Festival
4th Annual Research Festival
3rd Annual Research Festival
2nd Annual Research Festival
1st Annual Research Festival

2016-2017 MHI Scholars Applications Deadline

MHI PhD Scholar Application

Deadline: Monday August 22, 2016 by midnight

 

To aid in career development, MHI Ph.D. Scholars will receive:

  • Mentorship and recommendations from department faculty
  • $3000 cash award
  • $1,500 toward funds for travel to give talks at other institutions where they can develop collaborations, increase visibility and receive feedback on their work
  • $5,000 workshop funds (opportunity to build a network in your area of research through organizing and hosting a workshop)
  • Recognition as an MHI Ph.D. Scholar on all MHI publications (eg. MHI web site, event materials etc)
  • Exposure and valuable experience by playing leadership roles in the department and at annual events

 

MHI Ph.D. Scholars are encouraged to:

  • Serve as leaders at MHI-organized functions such as the annual research festival, annual retreat and other department meetings and events
  • Act as a student liaison in the department and provide information and content on current student research and developments so they can be included on the MHI website and in publications
  • Form student committees and/or seminars to enhance department research

 

Student Application Instructions:

  • Students should submit a 1-page summary indicating why they would like to be an MHI Ph.D. Scholar and how their past leadership roles will assist them in being beneficial to MHI, and the larger EE community
  • Submit CV

 

All MHI Ph.D. Scholar applicants will be selected through a two-phase process by a faculty evaluation committee. A group of 8-10 finalists will be selected in the initial phase and will be required to provide a letter of reference from their advisor and orally present their research to the selection committee in mid-September, 2016.
From this group of finalists, 3-5 students will be selected to represent the department and MHI as Ming Hsieh Institute Ph.D. Scholars. The 2016-17 MHI Ph.D. Scholars will be announced and start their term in September 2016.

Fill out an online application here.

If you have any questions please contact Cathy Huang at chiachih@usc.edu

Find out more about past and current Ming Hsieh Ph.D. Scholars

 

MHI Ph.D. Scholar Information: 

– News article:12/3/13 Kartik Audhkhasi – was part of team that won INTERSPEECH 2013
– News article:10/20/13 Past MHI Scholar Moh Amer’s paper gets accepted to Nano Letters Journal
– News article:7/26/13 Lead-author Chuan Wang creates first user-interactive sensor network on flexible plastic
– News article:6/21/13 Scholars talk about benefits at an information luncheon
– News article:4/16/13 Past and Present Scholars
Past Scholars
Current Scholars read more