Research Festival

2nd Annual Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Research Festival hosted by MHI
Friday, April 20, 2012

The Ming Hsieh Institute hosted the Second Annual Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Research Festival on Friday, April 20, 2012. The Research Festival is a day-long event that showcases EE Ph.D. student research through posters and oral presentations. The entire USC Viterbi Community and Alumni, as well as visitors from Industry are invited to the event.

Event Program

This panel session will discuss the pathway from the lab to the market focusing on the technical aspects. The panelists will discuss their experiences then open the floor for questions from the audience. Organized by Peter Beerel.

Peter Beerel, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering (TimeLess Design Automation)
Keith Chugg , Professor of Electrical Engineering (TrellisWare Technologies)
Chris Kyriakakis, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering (Audyssey Labs)
Daniel Singleton, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Electrical Engineering (Transient Plasma Systems)
Moderator: Antonio Ortega, Professor of Electrical Engineering

  • 04:00pm - 06:00pm Awards Ceremony & Reception

Demo Presentations

The below demos will be presented during Poster Session #1 9:30am-11:30am and #2 1:00pm-3:00pm

Title: Wearable Low Vision Mobility Aid
Presenters: (left to right) Olaoluwa Fadiran, Pushpak Sarang, Young Hoon Lee, Mahesh Dasarath
(Carey Zhang - not present)

Advisors: Hossein Hashemi, James Weiland, Marentina Gotsis, Gerard Medioni

Project Description: With support from MHI, these M.S. students from the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering have formed Team VISIONary to compete in the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel, a nation-wide university embedded design competition. Team VISIONary has proposed developing a hardware prototype and signal processing algorithms for a Local Position Detection System (LPDS) with a Navigation System (NS) to navigate the blind in a complex indoor environment. The LPDS will use local mapping and image processing to triangulate the user's position and direct the user to his desired location, while the navigation system will utilize obstacle avoidance algorithms to ensure safe navigation to his desired destination. This composite system will first be tested in a closed environment that effectively simulates real life indoor navigation scenarios, and then it will be used by a number of visually impaired people in their daily routines.

Title: Distributed Multiuser MIMO on a Large-Scale Software-Radio Testbed
Presenters: (left to right) Ryan Rogalin, Horia Vlad Balan, Antonios Michaloliakos

Advisors: Konstantinos Psounis and Giuseppe Caire

Project Description: Multiuser MIMO is leaving the theoretical stage and moving towards practical deployment. Current implementations are limited to single access points, since synchronizing symbol timing and phases across different access points has been traditionally seen as too difficult. In this demo we will present the first practical system realization that disproves this idea. We have managed to synchronize different access points within picoseconds in order to provide phase consistency across different transmitters. Using the resulting spatial diversity gains, we transmit to multiple users with full spatial multiplexing, obtaining large pre-log capacity gains.


Best Teaching Assistant Award
Kartik Audhkhasi, Chih-chieh Hsu, Jonathan Joshi, Joyce Liang, Satsuki Takahashi

Honorable Mention Teaching Assistant Award

Waleed Dweik, Eugenio Grippo, Anantha Karthikeyan, Hari Mahalingam, Dileep Manisseri Kalathil, Jiangyang Zhang

Honorable Mention Research Paper Awards

Yi Gai - Combinatorial Network Optimization With Unknown Variables: Multi-Armed Bandits With Linear Rewards and Individual Observations (PDF)
Angeliki Metallinou - Context-Sensitive Learning for Enhanced Audiovisual Emotion Classification (PDF)
Osonde Osoba - Bayesian Inference With Adaptive Fuzzy Priors and Likelihoods (PDF)

Best Theoretical Research Paper
Brandon Franzke - Noise can speed convergence in Markov chains (PDF)
Sunil Kumar - Perfect Reconstruction Two-Channel Wavelet Filter-Banks for Graph Structured Data (PDF)

Best Experimental Research Paper

Yue Fu - Fully Printed Separated Carbon Nanotube Thin Film Transistor Circuits and Its Application in Organic Light Emitting Diode Control (PDF)

Best Experimental Dissertation

Firooz Aflatouni - Electrically Assisted Relative and Absolute Phase Control of Semiconductor Lasers

Best Theoretical Dissertation
Jinho Suh - Models for Soft Errors in Low-level Caches

Best Demo
Wearable Low Vision Mobility Aid
Presenters: Olaoluwa Fadiran, Pushpak Sarang, Mahesh Dasarath, Yong Hoon Lee

Honorable Mention Posters

Daniel Wong – Enhancing Server Energy Efficiency by Shifting Light Burden to as Assistant (PDF)
Ningfeng Huang – Periodic Semiconductor Nanowire Array for High Efficiency Solar Cells (PDF)

Best Posters
Jiangyang Zhang - Region-adaptive texture-aware image resizing
Megasthenis Asteris - Repairable Routing Codes (PDF)

Honorable Mention Graduating Pitch Presenter
Yi Gai – Online Learning Algorithms for Network Optimization with Unknown Variable (PDF)

Best Graduating Student Presenter

Samir Sharma - Accelerated Chemical Shift Encoded Water-Fat Imaging (PDF)

All Registered Ph.D. Student Presenters in alphabetical order