MIT Technology Review Selects USC Viterbi Associate Professor Bhaskar Krishnamachari and Assistant Professor Jernej Barbic to join its 2011 List of the Worldâ€™s Top Young Innovators
August 24, 2011
MIT Technology Review Selects USC Viterbi Associate Professor Bhaskar Krishnamachari and Assistant Professor Jernej Barbic to join its 2011 List of the World’s Top Young Innovators
USC one of only two universities in the world with multiple names among world’s top innovators.
Los Angeles, Tuesday, August 23, 2011 – USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Bhaskar Krishnamachari and Jernej BarbiÄŤ have been selected members of Technology Review magazine’s TR35 Class of 2011. The TR35 recognizes 35 of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35, working in energy, medicine, computing, communications, nanotechnology, and other emerging fields.
For Viterbi, this marks the second year in a row that two of its faculty were honored by TR35 for “tackling important problems in transformative ways.” In a global list including Yahoo, Microsoft and Groupon, only USC, Stanford and IBM had two honorees.
BarbiÄŤ was selected for the development of a means for computer simulations to run in real time.
Krishnamachari was selected for work on algorithms for next-generation wireless networks.
Both were selected for the TR35 List by a panel of expert judges and the editorial staff of Technology Review, who evaluated more than 300 nominations. They will join other TR35 honorees in discussing their achievements at the emtech MIT 2011 conference, at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, October 18-19, 2011. All 2011 TR35 winners will be featured in the September/October issue of Technology Review and online at www.technologyreview.com/tr35/.
“Technology innovation is key to driving growth and progress in the areas of research, medicine, business and economics,” said Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief and publisher of Technology Review. “This year’s group of TR35 recipients is driving the next wave of transformative technology and making an impact on the way we live, work and interact. We look forward to profiling and working with these technology leaders each year, and watching their continued advancement in their respective fields.”
In his current computer graphics research at USC, BarbiÄŤ is tackling interdisciplinary problems in animation, simulation and haptics (the study of the sense of touch). His overarching scientific goal, according to a recent statement, is “to approximate complex physical systems with simpler, yet principled models, for interactive simulation and control in computer graphics and engineering.” Speedier modeling and control are aimed at enabling more immersive medical training, more entertaining computer games, faster and more reliable computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing. In general, said BarbiÄŤ, “this applies to any system governed by differential equations, with broader applications in robotics, aeronautics, and defense systems.”
Krishnamachari’s research focuses on designing algorithms for next generation wireless networks to improve their efficiency and to enable their use in new applications such as smart buildings and vehicular networks, which will be key components of the intelligent networked society of the future.
“Increasingly, wireless networks form the main fabric of communication that weaves together human interactions with each other and with the environment,” said Krishnamachari. “As a society we are starting to rely on omnipresent wireless connectivity not only for voice communications and entertainment but also in other settings, such as industrial sensing, smart buildings, and intelligent vehicles. Wireless services based on cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth technologies already make their presence felt in our daily lives by enabling seamless and ubiquitous voice and data communications. Wireless networks will also form the primary basis of embedded sensing for industrial automation and smart buildings, as well as vehicular networks, in which cars communicate with each other to propagate safety-related information.”
“The research of these two promising members of the USC Viterbi faculty is at the leading edge of rapidly developing wireless sensor network and computer graphics technologies, with myriad applications in education, industry, security, health, the environment and more. Bhaskar and Jernej join three other engineering faculty who have received this prestigious distinction in the last three years. We are very proud of their selection for the 2011 TR35,” said Viterbi Dean Yannis C. Yortsos.
Additional information about emtech MIT 2011 please visit: http://www.technologyreview.com/emtech.
About the Viterbi School of Engineering:
Engineering Studies began at the University of Southern California in 1905. The Viterbi School of Engineering received its name not quite a century later from a 2004 gift from alumnus Andrew J. Viterbi, inventor of the Viterbi algorithm now key to cell phone technology, and other data applications. Consistently ranked among the top 10 graduate programs in the world, the school enrolls approximately 1,800 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students, taught by 169 tenured and tenure-track faculty, with 53 endowed chairs and professorships. More than ten percent of the school’s faculty are elected members of the National Academy of Engineering. For more information, please visit http://viterbi.usc.edu
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The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation (http://stevens.usc.edu) is a university-wide resource in the Office of the Provost at the University of Southern California that helps identify, nurture, protect, and transfer to the market the most exciting innovations from USC. It also provides a central connection for industry seeking cutting-edge innovations in which to invest. As part of this role, the USC Stevens Institute manages the university’s intellectual property portfolio stemming from its $560M annual research program. Furthermore, the USC Stevens Institute develops the innovator as well as innovations, through educational programs, community-building events, and showcase opportunities.
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