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Fuzzy Logician Wins Excellence Award

Honor lauds Viterbi professor's contributions to intellectual property rights
Eric Mankin
May 08, 2008 — Based on a university-wide poll of peer faculty members Bart Kosko of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering was one of three recipients of an excellence award from the USC Faculty Senate. 

At a Faculty Senate meeting May 7, Viterbi Dean Yannis Yortsos presented the plaque commemorating the honor a to Kosko, a specialist in signal processing and control systems.
Academic Senate Award Bart Kosko
Peer-reviewed: Kosko, left, and  Yortsos

"On behalf of the faculty, the academic senate recognizes and honors Professor Bart Kosko for his exceptional contributions to faculty governance, and for his advocacy of  intellectual-property rights for faculty and students," reads the commendation on the plaque.

Kosko, who is a licensed attorney in addition to holding a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, was the founding chair of the Academic Senate's Intellectual Property Committee where he helped define and negotiate the new copyright policy on courseware for teaching, after early helping work on the University's IP policy for patents.

The award is special, Yortsos noted, because it is based on peer judgments - "Bart's fellow faculty members are recognizing his excellence"

Kosko is the author of both scholarly and  general circulation books.

In the former category are such titles as Intelligent Signal Processing, Fuzzy Engineering, Fuzzy Thinking and Neural Networks and Fuzzy Systems.

The latter includes last year's Noise, for which In 2007, he received the USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, and Heaven in a Chip.