University of Southern California


Previous Associates Award for Creativity in Research Recipients

2014 Recipients of The Associates Award for Creativity in Research

Manuel Castells, School of Communication

Professor Manuel Castells holds the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication, Technology and Society and appointments in the Department of Sociology, the School of Policy, Planning, and Development, and the School of International Relations.  Castell’s research was founded on the idea of a “networked city,” that is, that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) would fundamentally change human interactions. He continues to be at the leading edge of thinking about ICT and its impacts on society, influencing not only sociology, but also communications and planning. Importantly, he has generated a discourse on the broader meaning of the transformative power of new communication technologies with respect to political, social and economic institutions and how ICT is changing the world.

Author of 22 academic books and editor or co-author of 21 books, and over 100 articles in academic journals, he is the most cited communications scholar in the world. The broad impact of his work is illustrated by the long list of awards and honors received, including the Kevin Lynch Award (urban planning), the Erich Schelling Architecture Theory Prize, the Ithiel de Sola Pool Award (political science), the Robert and Helen Lynd Award (sociology), and the Holberg International Memorial Prize. He was also recently awarded the prestigious international Balzan Prize for Sociology, which recognizes “the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and fraternity among peoples throughout the world.” He has been awarded 14 honorary doctorates from universities in 11 countries and has won medals of honor from five governments.

Milind Tambe, CS – Inst. Robotics & Intelligent Systems

Milind Tambe, the Helen N. and Emmett H. Jones Professor of Computer Science and Industrial and Systems Engineering, is recognized internationally as a leader in multi-agent systems, a sub-discipline of artificial intelligence. One of the continuing traits and strengths of his work is the focus on developing systems for solving real-world problems, with remarkable success: the ”security games” framework and algorithms pioneered by Tambe are deployed by several agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration, for security scheduling at various US ports and airports. He is Director of Viterbi’s Teamcore Research Group on Agents and Multiagent Systems, which conducts research related to security, sustainability and safety. He also conducts research at the USC National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), developing a security games framework and algorithms, based on game theory, to optimize the use of limited security resources.

Tambe has received several “best papers” at leading conferences and his contributions to fundamental research have been recognized by many honors and awards: he was elected a fellow of the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and is recipient of the ACM Autonomous Agents Research award, which recognizes scientists and engineers “who are making a difference” in people’s lives. His recent work on applications of game theory to security has also garnered several awards, including the prestigious IBM Faculty award and the Homeland Security Award from the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. He also received the “influential paper award” from the International Foundation for Agents and Multiagent Systems.

Previous Recipients

Yves DeClerck, Pediatrics
Peter Mancall, History

Antonio Damasio, Neuroscience
Alan Willner, Engineering

Thomas Jordan, Earth Sciences
Ruth Weisberg, Fine Arts

Mark Humayun, Ophthalmology & Biomedical Engineering
Priya Vashishta, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Physics & Astronomy

Edward J. McCaffery, Law
P. Daniel Dapkus, Engineering

Nicos Petasis, Chemistry
Nicholas Warner, Physics

Cheng-Ming Choung, Pathology
Mark Thompson, Chemistry

Theodore Berger, Biomedical Engineering
David James, Critical Studies

Stephen Hartke, Music
Larry Swanson, Biological Sciences, Psychology & Neurology

Terence Langdon, Engineering
Elyn Saks, Law

Adrian Raine, Psychology
John E. Wills, Jr., Chinese History

Barry Glassner, Sociology
Charles G. Sammis, Geophysics/Materials Science

Myron F. Goodman, Molecular Biology
William H. Steier, Electrical Engineering

G.K. Surya Prakash, Chemistry
Richard F. Thompson, Psychology & Biological Sciences

Irving Biederman, Letters, Arts and Sciences
Jean C. Shih,  Pharmacy

Dagmar Barnouw, Letters, Arts and Sciences
Michael Lai, Microbiology

Malcolm W. Klein, Letters, Arts and Sciences
Joseph Aoun, Letters, Arts and Sciences

Leonard Adleman, Computer Science
Malcolm Pike, Preventive Medicine

Richard N. Bergman, Physiology & Biophysics
Marsha Kinder, Cinema Television

Judith Resnik, Law
Elsa Garmire, Electrical Engineering

Aki, Kei, Geological Sciences
Micheal J. Dear, Geography

Susskind, Miram M., Molecular Biology
Michael S.Waterman, Biological Sciences

Vern L. Bengston, Gerontology
Melvin A. Breuer, Electrical Engineering

Larry R. Dalton, Chemistry
Joshua S. Goldstein, International Relations

Lois W. Banner, S.W.M.S.
Edward E. Lawler III, Business Administration

William F. Benedict, Pediatrics
Irving S. Reed, Electrical Engineering

Shaul G. Massry, Medicine
Daniel Pollack, Music

Christopher A. Reed, Chemistry
James N. Rosenau, International Relations

Caleb E. Finch, Gerontology
George A. Olah, Chemistry

Sydner W. Benson, Chemistry
Kazumi Maki, Physics

Peter A. Jones, Biological Chemistry
Curt F. Wittig, Physics

Jackson I. Cope, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Charles Heidelberger, Medicine

James O’Toole, Management & Organization
Arieh Warshel, Chemistry

Charles Ritcheson, History
Harold C. Slavkin, Dentistry
Christopher D. Stone, Law

Robert Bau, Chemistry
James E. Birren, Psychology

Samuel P. Bessman, Pharmacology & Nutrition
Otto O. Schnepp, Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Philip J. Stephens, Chemistry

Robert W. Hellwarth, Electrical Engineering
Charles A. McClelland, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Hershel Parker, Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Richard C. Dales, History
Sally F. Moore, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Peter K. Vogt, Microbiology

Donald J. Greene, English
Howard S. Taylor, Chemistry

Arnold Dunn, Biological Sciences
A. Lloyd Moote, History

Lucien A. Bavetta, Dentistry
Sergio P. S. Porto, Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Arthur W. Adamson, Chemistry
Max F. Schulz, English

William W. Grings, Psychology
William G. Spitzer, Physics, Astronomy, Electrophysics

Arnold F. Brodie, Biological Sciences
Solomon W. Golomb, Electrical Engineering/Systems

Orville L. Bandy, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
John T. Waterman, Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Francis Christensen, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Olga Hartman, Biological Sciences

Colin R. Lovell, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Bruce R. McElderry, Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Bruce R. Anton, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
J. P. Giulford, Letters, Arts and Sciences

Herbert Busemann, Letters, Arts, and Sciences
John L. Webb, Pharmacology