Narayanan, Pedram, Medioni Named 2023 Fellows of Association for Computing Machinery

By USC Viterbi Staff | February 9, 2024

They’re among 68 ACM fellows honored for “transformative contributions to computing science and technology.”

An image of the three USC professors to be named ACM fellows for 2023: Shri Narayanan, Massoud Pedram, and Gerard Guy Medioni.

ACM fellows for 2023: Shri Narayanan, Massoud Pedram, and Gerard Guy Medioni. (Photo credit: USC, Jeffrey Engelstad)

USC Viterbi University Professor Shrikanth Narayanan, Professor Massoud Pedram, and Professor Emeritus Gerard Guy Medioni have been named fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery for “transformative contributions to computing science and technology.”

They are among 68 ACM fellows in the 2023 class, and they come from universities, corporations and research centers in Canada, China, Germany, India, Israel, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. “The contributions of the 2023 Fellows run the gamut of the computing field―including algorithm design, computer graphics, cybersecurity, energy-efficient computing, mobile computing, software analytics, and web search, to name a few,” the group said.

See the full list of recipients, and also the complete list of Viterbi honorees past and present.

Shri Narayanan
Narayanan is University Professor, Niki and Max Nikias Chair in Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Linguistics, Psychology, Pediatrics, and Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

His recognition is based on his sustained and enduring contributions in the broad areas of “speech, language, multimedia processing, and affective computing and their human-centered applications.” Narayanan and his research group, the Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory (SAIL), have developed countless methods and tools over the years to address issues related to human health and well-being, and Narayanan has received numerous awards and accolades, including a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship.

“I am grateful and humbled to be recognized for the contributions I have made to computing over the years, especially alongside a stellar cohort of leaders in the field,” he said.

Massoud Pedram
Pedram is the Charles Lee Powell Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Pedram was recognized for contributions to low-power design of VLSI (very large-scale integration) circuits, and to energy-efficient computing. “I am glad and honored to receive this recognition for my work related to energy efficiency and low-power design,” he said.

Pedram has a long association with the ACM: He’s a Distinguished Scientist with the organization and an ACM Distinguished Speaker. He served on the advisory board of the ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation from 2000 to 2009, and he served as the editor-in-chief of the ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) from 2008 to 2014. Pedram, who is also an AAAS fellow and an IEEE fellow, has received numerous awards, including the 2015 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Charles A. Desoer Technical Achievement Award.

Gerard Guy Medioni
Medioni is a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at USC, where he received his PhD in 1983 and became a full professor in 1999. He chaired the Department of Computer Science from 2001 to 2007. His work focuses on image and video understanding.

His expertise in that field led him to join Amazon in 2014 as a research director, helping the company develop its Amazon Go chain of checkout-free grocery stores. His title at the company is now Vice President/Distinguished Scientist. In 2023 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor among engineers.

“It is a great honor to receive this award as a result of my academic career at USC, followed by my current work at Amazon,” Medioni said. “It is also a reflection of the collaboration with many of my PhD students, postdocs, colleagues and peers.”

“The nomination captures both the academic components, with the journal papers, presentations in the field of computer vision, and the consumer-facing innovations at Amazon such as the Just Walk Out technology powering more than a hundred stores, and Amazon One, the palm-based recognition service deployed in many locations, including all Whole Foods stores in the U.S.”

Published on February 9th, 2024

Last updated on May 16th, 2024

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