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Salman Avestimehr

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Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering-Systems

Education

  • 2008, Doctoral Degree, University of California - Berkeley
  • 2005, Master's Degree, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California - Berkeley
  • 1999, Bachelor's Degree, Electrical Engineering, Sharif University Of Technology

Biography


Salman Avestimehr is an Associate Professor at the Electrical Engineering Department of University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 and M.S. degree in 2005 in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, both from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to that, he obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2003. He was also a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for the Mathematics of Information (CMI) at Caltech in 2008. His research interests include Information theory, communications, distributed computing, and data analytics.

Dr. Avestimehr has received a number of awards, including the Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for "pushing the frontiers of information theory through its extension to complex wireless information networks", the Young Investigator Program (YIP) award from the U. S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize for outstanding research, and the Okawa Foundation Research Award. He has has also been a recipient (as advisor) of the Jack K. Wolf paper award at 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory and the Qualcomm Innovation Award. He has been a Guest Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory Special Issue on Interference Networks and General Co-Chairs of the 2012 North America Information Theory Summer School, the 2012 Workshop on Interference Networks, and the 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory. He is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.

Research Summary


Current research areas of Prof. Avestimehr include information theory and communications, distributed computing, and data analytics.

Awards


  • 1998 Silver Medal Recipient in National Mathematical Olympiad
  • 1999 Presidential Award for Ranking 2nd in Iranian National Qualifying Exam from President Khatami
  • 2005 Vodafone-U.S. Foundation Fellows Initiative Research Merit Award
  • 2009 David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize (Best PhD Dissertation) from UC Berkeley
  • 2010 National Science Foundation CAREER award
  • 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from White House (President Obama)
  • 2011 US Air Force Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award
  • 2012 Michael Tien Excellebte in Teaching Award
  • 2013 Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award
  • 2013 Qualcomm Innovation Award
  • 2015 Okawa Foundation Research Award
  • 2017 Jack K. Wolf Best Paper Award, 2017 IEEE Int. Symp. Inf. Theory (ISIT)
  • 2017 Best Paper Award, 2017 IEEE GLOBECOM Conference
Appointments
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering - Systems

Office
  • EEB 526
  • Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center
  • 3740 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2562

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-7326
  • avestime@usc.edu

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