Executive Director of USC Viterbi ISI
Last summer, Premkumar Natarajan, EG96, former executive vice
president of Raytheon BBN Technologies, took the helm at the USC
Viterbi School of Engineering's Information Sciences Institute
(ISI). "It is a privilege to be afforded the opportunity to serve as
the leader of this pioneering research institute," Natarajan said.
"I look forward to working closely with every single member of ISI
faculty, staff, and students and with the campus faculty in
advancing the mission of ISI, the Viterbi School and USC, and
shaping an exciting new vision for the Institute." Natarajan grew up
in India and earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in electrical
engineering from Tufts University under advisor Professor Emeritus
During his 17-year career at BBN in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he
conducted research in speech recognition, videotext recognition, and
topic classification, and served in several capacities within the
company, including as Deputy Manager of the Speech and Language
Processing Department, Principal Scientist, and Executive Vice
Natarajan said he hopes to increase ISI's impact in areas including
document processing and handwriting recognition, as well as to build
on the institute's thought leadership in networking and quantum
computing. USC Viterbi Dean Yannis C. Yortsos said he looked forward
to Natarajan's contribution to ISI. "In the person of Dr. Natarajan,
we look for the continuation and growth of the Keith Uncapher and
Herb Schorr legacies and the development of a truly exciting new
vision for the Institute." Based in Marina del Rey, ISI is a world
leader in the research and development of advanced information
processing, computer and communications technologies. The institute
comprises more than 350 engineers, research scientists, graduate
students, and staff developing various technologies, from
intelligent systems to advanced electronics.
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