USC OORI Awards Four Projects Under New USC-IISc Collaborative Research Program

USC has developed a research collaboration and partnership with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), a public research university founded in 1909 by Jamsetji Tata, the founder of the Tata Group, for higher education and research in science, engineering, design, and management in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, Karnataka. IISc has become India’s premier institute for advanced scientific and technological research and education. The USC-IISc partnership has been established with the intention of sparking deeper academic cooperation, research collaborations, and people-to-people scientific exchanges amongst faculty at each institution. The partnership aligns with the United States and India’s shared commitment to strengthening academic cooperation and research partnerships at leading universities within each country.

USC’s Office of Research and Innovation (OORI) launched a new funding program, the USC-IISc Collaborative Network Award, to promote innovative, collaborative research projects and activities amongst faculty from each institution. USC funding will support collaborative activities and USC faculty travel. OORI has selected the following four efforts.

Efficient Score Estimation: Bridging Classical Statistical Theory with New-Age AI Applications

USC Faculty: Gourab Mukherjee, PhD, Associate Professor of Data Sciences and Operations – USC Marshall School of Business

IISc Faculty: Apoorva Khare, PhD, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Developing Robust and Scalable Bioinformatics Tools and Databases for RNA Viral Discovery and Characterization from Metagenomics Data

USC Faculty: Serghei Mangul, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Quantitative and Computational Biology, Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy – USC Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

IISc Faculty: Subroto Mukerjee, PhD, Professor, Department of Physics; Srimanta Middey, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Physics; Manish Jain, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Physics; Bhagwati Prasad, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Engineering; Pavan Nukula, PhD, Assistant Professor, Centre for Nanoscience and Engineering; Akshay Singh, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics; Sujit Das, PhD, Assistant Professor, Materials Research Centre

Multi-modal Representation Modeling for Monitoring Neurodegenerative Diseases

USC Faculty: Shri Narayanan, PhD, Chair in Engineering and University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Linguistics, Psychology, Pediatrics, and Otolaryngology – USC Viterbi School of Engineering

IISc Faculty: Sriram Ganapathy, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Sciences

Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research: Quantum Materials for Electronics

USC Faculty: Yu-Tsun Shao, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Jayakanth Ravichandran, PhD, Endowed Early Career Chair and Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering; Joshua Yang, PhD, Chair & Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Rehan Kapadia, PhD, Early Career Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Zhenglu Li, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science  – USC Viterbi School of Engineering; Stephan Haas, PhD, Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Yunqiu Kelly Luo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy  – USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

IISc Faculty: Debnath Pal, PhD, Professor Department of Computational and Data Sciences