Pioneer Series Archive
The MHI-sponsored Pioneer Series showcases members of our very own USC Electrical Engineering Faculty! These talks not only offer a technical presentation from faculty, but more importantly, will feature an oral history interview. These series of interviews will capture the inspiring journeys and stories of the many individuals who have helped shape and develop our department.
Alexander A. (Sandy) Sawchuk
Leonard M. Silverman Chair Professor, Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering
Wednesday, Jan. 31st, 2018, 3 – 5PM, EEB 132
Title: Signal and Image Processing: Analog, Digital, and Everything In-Between
He has served in many professional positions for scientific and technical communities. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the OSA Foundation. In the past he has served as Chair of the OSA Planning Committee, Chair of the Technical Council, and Board of Directors Member and Board Executive Committee Member. He was General Chair of Topical Meetings on Optical Computing, was Associate Editor for Optics Letters, and was Editor of the Information Processing Division of Applied Optics.
He has been a member of the IEEE Photonics Society Electronic Services Committee and was Area Editor for Optical Computing of the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. He has been a Member, Delegate, and Chair, United States Advisory Committee for the International Commission for Optics (USAC-ICO), and is past Treasurer of the International Commission for Optics (ICO). He has served often on technical program committees for various professional societies.
Andrew J. Viterbi
University of Southern California Trustee, Presidential Chair and Professor of Electrical Engineering
Monday, Sept. 25th, 2017, 3 – 5PM, EEB 132
A Tale of Two Careers: “It was the worst of times, it was the best of times” (with apologies to Mr. Dickens)
The last two thirds of the 20th Century was a period of tremendous upheaval and progress, social, political and especially technological. This was the period during which I pursued two careers which were tightly intertwined. Curiously both were also influenced by our nation’s most threatening competitor, Russia. The first was my academic career and the second my entrepreneurial career, both of which covered over thirty years, with considerable overlap. Though unrecognized at the time, my academic research had roots in the work of the Russian mathematician Andrei Markov, while with full recognition, my entrepreneurial career was launched and initially supported by our Defense research efforts to counter the Soviet threat…
Watch Dr. Viterbi’s Presentation
Robert A. Scholtz, PhD
Friday, May 2, 2014 – EEB 132 – 11:30 a.m.
The Reflections of Bob Scholtz
Fred H. Cole Professor of Engineering
Beginning with a bizarre adventure from the “biography” of Secret Agent 00111, selected applications of synchronization to digital communication systems are revealed in a quasi-technical, quasi-historical fashion. Learn about the structure of comma-free codes, what characterizes a spread-spectrum system and how spreading and de-spreading systems are related to synchronization, thoughts about communication jamming, adaptation, and randomization, etc. Shakespeare, a science-fiction writer, a Holy Roman Emperor, a movie star, a bookshelf, and several USC faculty can be spotted along the way. This talk will conclude with some applications of synchronization to antenna systems (that is, if we can synchronize this presentation to the allotted time!)
Friday, May 2, 2014 – EEB 132
11:30am Introduction & Welcome
11:35am Synchronization of Dreams – The Reflections of Bob Scholtz, Fred H. Cole Professor of Engineering
12:30pm Bob Scholtz in Conversation with Urbashi Mitra
1:30pm Reception – Light Refreshments to be served