Gourav Datta Wins Ballhaus Prize for Viterbi School’s Best PhD Dissertation

May 9, 2024
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What a day for Gourav Datta: He received his PhD and won a major award for his dissertation, on the same day.

Dr. Datta (we can call him that now) received the 2024 William F. Ballhaus Jr. Prize for Excellence in Graduate Engineering Research at the USC Viterbi School’s 2024 PhD Hooding Ceremony on Wednesday. The honor was presented by Dean Yannis C. Yortsos and Erik Johnson, Viterbi Vice Dean for Academic Programs.

Datta’s dissertation is titled “Towards efficient edge intelligence with neuromorphic and in-sensor computing: Algorithm-hardware co-design.” Datta said his research “has primarily focused on two key thrusts in enabling efficient and sustainable edge intelligence. The first thrust is focused brain-inspired spiking neural networks to reduce the energy consumption of modern neural networks. The second thrust is focused on hardware-algorithm co-design of in-sensor computing that can bring these and other efficient neural networks closer to the image sensors that capture the data, further reducing their energy consumption.”

Gourav Datta (left) with Zalan Fabian and Ryan Bena.

Datta’s dissertation chair is Prof. Peter Beerel.

Another graduate of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was among the four finalists for the prize: Zalan Fabian, whose dissertation is titled “Efficient deep learning for inverse problems in scientific and medical imaging.” His adviser is Mahdi Soltanolkotabi.

The other two finalists were Ryan M. Bena and Rashid Alavi, both of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.

Published on May 9th, 2024

Last updated on May 9th, 2024