Past Scholars

2014 – 15 MHI Ph.D. Scholars:

Shermin Arab
Research Interest: Electrophysics, Nanotechnology and Device Fabrication
Advisor: Steve Cronin
Office: RTH B113
Research Overview Video: “Optoelectrical Characterization of 1D and 2D Nanostructures for Energy Applications”

Kunal Datta
Research Interest: Integrated Circuits and Systems
Advisor: Hossein Hashemi
Office: PHE 424
Research Overview: “High-Power mm-Wave Wireless Communication for beyond 5G”

Ningfeng Huang
Research Interest: Nanophotonics
Office: PHE 309
Advisor: Michelle Povinelli
Research Overview: “Nanophotonics for Photovoltaics and Light Assisted Self-Assembly”

Vasilis Ntranos
Research Interest: Communications
Advisor: Giuseppe Caire
Office: EEB 518
Research Overview: “Disturbed Interference Management in Large Cellular Networks”

Yan Yan
Research Interest: Optical and mm-wave wireless communications
Advisor: Alan E. Willner
Office: EEB 500
Research Overview:“Space-Division Multiplexing in Communications Utilizing Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM)”

2013 – 14 MHI Ph.D. Scholars:

Sergul Aydore
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University
Research Interest: Signal Processing
Advisor: Richard Leahy
Office: EEB 424 CV

Yuchi Che
Senior Hardware Engineer, Oracle
Research Interest: Nanoelectronics, Nanotechnology
Advisor: Chongwu Zhou
Office: RTHB 118

Mohammad Reza Chitgarha
Research Interest: Optical Communication
Office: EEB 524
Advisor: Alan Willner CV

HarshaHarsha Honnappa
Assistant Professor, Purdue University
Research Interest: Networks
Advisor: Rahul Jain
Office: EEB 335 CV

Saeid Jafari
Research Interest: Control Systems
Advisor: Petros Ioannou
Office: EEB 322 CV

Yanzhi Wang
Research Interest: Computer-aided design, low power circuit/system design
Office: EEB 338
Advisor: Massoud Pedram CV

2012 – 13 MHI Ph.D. Scholars:

Moh Amer
Co-Director, Research Assistant Professor, UCLA-KACST Center of Excellence for Green Nanotechnologies
Research Interest: Nanotechnology and Nano Electronics
Advisor: Stephen Cronin

Kartik Audhkhasi
Research Staff Member, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Research Interest: Machine learning and signal processing
Advisor: Shrikanth S. (Shri) Narayanan
EEB 405 CV

Hao Huang
Sr. Optical Engineer, JDSU
Research Interest: High speed optical communication using light beam carrying orbital angular momentum
Advisor: Alan Willner
EEB 535 CV

Osonde Osoba
Associate Engineer, RAND Corporation
Research Interest: Statistical Signal Processing
Advisor: Bart Kosko CV

Daphney-Stavroula Zois
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Research Interest: Communications with an emphasis on resource allocation in sensor networks, Stochastic Control Theory, Detection and Estimation Theory; current focus is on the design of resource allocation methods for energy-efficient Wireless Body Area Networks
Advisor: Urbashi Mitra
EEB 522 CV

2011 – 2012 MHI Ph.D. Scholars:

Sunil Kumar
Software Development Engineer, II
Microsoft BING, Redmond, WA
Thesis title: Critically sampled wavelet filterbanks on graphs
Research Interest: Analyzing graph structured datasets using digital signal processing tools; current focus is on designing critically sampled two-channel wavelet filterbanks for arbitrary weighted graphs.
Advisor: Antonio Ortega CV
4 minute research overview talk:“Critically Sampled Wavelet Filterbanks on Graphs”

Chenxi Lin
Senior Engineer, ASML Brion Technologies
Research Interest: Structural absorption engineering of nanophotonic structures for photovoltaic applications.
Advisor: Michelle Povinelli CV
4 minute research overview talk:“Optical absorption enhancement in nanotextured silicon thin film solar cells”

Srinivas Yerramalli
Senior Engineer, Qualcomm
Research Interests: Wireless communications with an emphasis on underwater acoustic communications, Signal Processing, Optimization and Game theory.
Advisor: Urbashi Mitra CV
4 minute research overview talk: “Underwater Acoustic Communications”

Bardia Zandian
Senior Engineer, Qualcomm
Research Interests: Design and evaluation of architectural and microarchitectural solutions for dealing with circuit reliability issues.
Advisor: Murali Annavaram CV
4 minute research overview talk: “Improving Processor Life Expectancy by Runtime Monitoring and Mitigation of Circuit Wearout”

Matthew Black
Founder and CEO, Behavioral Informatix, LLC
Research Scientist, Information Sciences Institute, USC
Ph.D., USC, 2012
Thesis title: Automatic Quantification and Prediction of Human Subjective Judgments in Behavioral Signal Processing
Advisor: Shri Narayanan
Research Interests: Behavioral Signal Processing and Informatics, Human-Centered Engineering, Speech and Language Processing, Paralinguistics, Affective Computing, Societally Significant Applications of Technology

2010 – 2011 MHI Ph.D. Scholars

Firooz Aflatouni
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., USC, 2011
Thesis title: Electronically Assisted Relative and Absolute Phase Control of Semiconductor Lasers
Advisor: Hossein Hashemi
Research Interest: RF inspired photonics and low power integrated RF and millimeter-wave systems in silicon-based processes. CV

Prasanta Kumar Ghosh
INSPIRE faculty fellow at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India; Ph.D., USC, 2011
Thesis title: A Computational Framework for Exploring the Role of Speech Production in Speech Processing from a Communication System Perspective
Advisor: Shri Narayanan
Research Interest: Understanding human speech communication with application to machine recognition of speech especially inspired by the speech production and perception link CV

Samir Sharma
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., USC, 2012
Thesis title: Accelerated Chemical Shift Encoded Water-Fat Imaging
Advisor: Krishna Nayak
Research Interests: signal processing with a focus in inverse ill-posed imaging problem; currently exploring the application of compressed sensing and parallel imaging for accelerated water-fat MRI CV

Chuan Wang
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University; Ph.D., USC, 2011
Thesis title: Carbon Nanotube Nanoelectronics and Macroelectronics
Advisor: Chongwu Zhou
Research Interests: Flexible electronics, stretchable electronics, roll-to-roll printed electronics, and RF electronics using various types of nanomaterials CV

Omer Faruk Yilmaz
Ph.D., USC, 2011
Thesis title: Advanced Nonlinear Optical Signal Processing Techniques for High Speed, Reconfigurable Optical Fiber Networks
Advisor: Alan Willner
Research Interests: Advanced optical signal processing for reconfigurable fiber optical networks with emphasis on coherent detection CV

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
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