Maryam Shanechi

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Andrew and Erna Viterbi Early Career Chair and Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering


  • 2011, Doctoral Degree, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2006, Master's Degree, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2004, Bachelor's Degree, Engineering Science, University of Toronto


Maryam Shanechi is an assistant professor and the Viterbi Early Career Chair in Electrical Engineering at USC. She received the B.A.Sc. degree with honors in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 2004 and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2006 and 2011, respectively. She held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School from 2011-2012 and at the University of California, Berkeley from 2012-2014. She has received various awards including the NSF CAREER Award, MIT Technology Review World's Top 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35), Popular Science Brilliant 10, Science News 10 Scientists to Watch (SN10), a joint US-UK multidisciplinary university research initiative (MURI) award, the BARI award for US-UK collaboration on human-machine teaming, ONR Young Investigator Award, the NAE frontiers invitation, and both the NAE and NAS frontiers invitation as speaker and session chair.

Research Summary

Dr. Shanechi works at the interface of machine learning, statistical inference and signal processing, and control to develop algorithmic solutions for basic and clinical neuroscience problems. Some applications of interest include developing closed-loop brain-machine interfaces (BMI) for motor function, for control of anesthesia, and for deep brain stimulation to treat neuropsychiatric disorders. Her work combines methodology development with in vivo implementation and testing.


  • 2019 International BCI award
  • 2019 Science News Science News’ 2019 SN 10: Scientists to Watch
  • 2019 ONR Young Investigator Award
  • 2018 National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium – Invited Session Chair and Speaker
  • 2018 IEEE Senior Member
  • 2018 DoD BARI award for US-UK collaboration on human-machine teaming
  • 2017 National Academy of Engineering (NAE), US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium – Invited Committee Member, Session Co-Chair
  • 2016 ARO Joint US-UK MURI Award
  • 2015 IEEE EMBC student paper award (faculty advisor to the student)
  • 2015 Viterbi Early Career Chair
  • 2015 Cal-BRAIN Inaugural Award
  • 2015 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) FOE invitation
  • 2015 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2015 Popular Science Brilliant 10
  • 2014 Best paper award in Technology, Computation, and Simulation, International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)
  • 2014 MIT Technology Review Top 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35)
  • 2006 Hewlett-Packard Graduate Fellowship 2006
  • 2006 National Canadian Doctoral Fellowship 2006-2009 (NSERC)
  • 2004 Next Generation of Canadian Leaders Selected by the University of Toronto Magazine
  • 2004 Wilson Medal in Engineering Science--Ranked first among all Engineering Science graduates at the University of Toronto
  • 2004 Gold Medalist, Professional Engineers of Ontario--Ranked first among all graduates in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Toronto
  • 2003 National Canadian Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NSERC)
  • 2002 National Canadian Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NSERC)

    • EEB 408
    • Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center
    • 3740 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
    • USC Mail Code: 2564

    Contact Information
    • (213) 740-1377


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