USC Viterbi Researchers Named 2023 IEEE Fellows

| December 15, 2022

USC Information Sciences Institute’s Carl Kesselman and Premkumar Natarajan, and Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Bhaskar Krishnamachari were elevated for their impactful research contributions.

Kesselman, Krishnamachari and Natarajan

Kesselman, Krishnamachari and Natarajan

At its October 2022 meeting, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) elevated USC Viterbi’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI) researchers Carl Kesselman and Premkumar Natarajan, and Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Bhaskar Krishnamachari to the ranking of IEEE Fellow, effective January 1, 2023.   

IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest — Engineering, Computer Sciences and Information Technology, Physical Sciences, Biological and Medical Sciences, Mathematics, Technical Communications, Education, Management, and Law and Policy — are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. The rank of IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership at the organization, and less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for the IEEE member grade elevation. The IEEE is the largest global technical professional organization for the advancement of technology.  

Carl Kesselman  

Carl Kesselman is the William H. Keck Professor of Engineering, Professor in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, holds joint appointments in Computer Science, Preventative Medicine at Keck School of Medicine, and in the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. He is a Fellow at ISI, where he is the director of the Informatics Systems Research Division.   

Kesselman is recognized for “foundational contributions to technologies and applications of global distributed computing.” His research focuses on the application of advanced distributed computing and collaboration techniques to Grand Challenge problems in health informatics, biomedical science and policy.  

Being named IEEE Fellow will be one of two IEEE honors for Kesselman in 2023. He will also be recognized with the IEEE Internet Award along with his longtime collaborator and IEEE Fellow Ian Foster, in recognition of their fundamental contributions to Internet Technology. The pair has previously been honored together by IEEE with the 2020 Harry H. Goode Memorial Award 

Kesselman received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from USC and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California Los Angeles.  

Premkumar Natarajan 

Premkumar Natarajan is a Research Professor of Computer Science with Distinction and was the Keston Executive Director of ISI from 2013 to 2020.  

Natarajan is recognized for “contributions to conversational AI systems, spoken language translation, and home voice-assistant systems.” His research expertise includes speech recognition, language understanding, speech-to-speech translation, video analysis and content extraction, machine learning and optical character recognition. 

Natarajan holds several patents. He received his BSEE degree from Pune University in India and his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. 

Bhaskar Krishnamachari  

Bhaskar Krishnamachari is the Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering-Systems and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a joint appointment in Computer Science. He is the Director of the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things; and the Autonomous Networks Research Group;  as well as the Co-Director of the Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering.  

Krishnamachari is recognized for “contributions to algorithms and protocols for wireless networks.” His research focuses on the design and analysis of algorithms, protocols, and applications for next-generation wireless networks. These include low-power wireless sensor networks and the Internet of Things, connected vehicles, robotic networks, cognitive radio networks, underwater networks, and green cellular networks.  

“It is a great honor,” Krishnamachari said. “But I truly believe the credit goes to the many amazing students, post-docs, and colleagues I have had the privilege and pleasure to collaborate with at USC Viterbi, to the many inspiring teachers in my life, and to my family for their support.” 

He was previously honored by IEEE in 2010, when he received the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical and Computer Engineer Award. In 2011, he was listed in MIT Technology Review Magazine’s TR-35 list of top 35 innovators under the age of 35, and in 2015 was named one of Popular Science magazine’s “Brilliant 10.”  

Krishnamachari received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. 

Published on December 15th, 2022

Last updated on May 16th, 2024

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