University of Southern California
USC Viterbi School of Engineering USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering - Computer Engineering
University of Southern California Computer Engineering USC Viterbi School of Engineering University of Southern California


Charles Lee Powell Chair in Engineering
Director, Center for Energy Informatics (CEI)
Professor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering Division
and Professor of Computer Science



Data Science

FPGA/Parallel Computing





Awards and Honors


Graduate Research Assistantships

We are interested in Ph D applicants with strong mathematical background. All applicants should have background in analysis of algorithms and abstraction and analysis skills. For students interested in our Data Science Lab (, we expect the applicants to know linear algebra and probability theory. Familiarity with optimization (linear and non-linear programming) is a big plus. Current projects are described at our websites and Research assistants receive a competitive stipend plus paid tuition. Outstanding applicants will also be considered for Fellowship. Research assistantships and Fellowships are available for PhD applicants only. These are highly competitive. I strongly encourage you to visit my project web pages, study our recent publications, interact with my students and with me via email before you decide to apply to my group. If you are interested in our work, your Statement should clearly state your interest to work in my group and list me as one of your potential advisors at USC.

Applicants can apply to either the Computer Science department or to the Computer Engineering program within the Electrical Engineering department.


1.      The USC graduate online application webpage is available at the following websites:
Some more information can be found at and

2.      Complete and submit the electronic USC Graduate Admission Application.

3.      Read the instructions on the webpage carefully and fill the online application form. You must provide the following information:

(1). Biographical and contact information
(2). Application information
(3). Academic and language background
(4). Additional information and comments
(5). International applicant information, if applicable

In application information, select Engineering as the target school and Computer Engineering or Computer Science as your intended program.

In additional information and comments, please include this sentence: "I wish to be considered for a Graduate Research Assistantship under the direction of Professor Viktor Prasanna".

4.      Please email Professor Prasanna ( with following documents:
(1). CV
(2). Undergraduate transcript (even for applicants with a graduate degree)
(3). Short description of mathamatical expertise

5.      If you have questions about USC application process, please e-mail the USC Graduate Admissions Office, or contact them via telephone at +1 (213) 740-7755.