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Seven New Faculty Join USC's Department of Computer Science – USC Viterbi | School of Engineering – USC Viterbi School of Engineering

USC Viterbi’s Department of Computer Science welcomes a diverse group of new faculty members for the 2022/2023 academic year.
New faculty members, clockwise from left: Souti Chattopadhyay, Dani Yogatama, Swabha Swayamdipta, Harsha Madhyastha, Lars Lindemann, Weihang Wang, Oded Stein.
This academic year, USC Viterbi’s Department of Computer Science welcomes seven new full-time faculty members to campus, with expertise ranging from human-computer interaction and software engineering to natural language processing and distributed systems.
Souti Chattopadhyay joined USC as an assistant professor of computer science in August 2022. Her work lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction, software engineering and cognitive science. Specifically, her research focuses on understanding how humans make decisions when interacting with interfaces, particularly programming interfaces. Ultimately, she aims to understand and model cognitive processes in experts and end-users of computing to make tools and platforms that improve user experience and productivity. In 2020, her paper, “A Tale from the Trenches: Cognitive Bias in Software Development” received an ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award.
Lars Lindemann will join USC as an assistant professor of computer science in January 2023. He has been serving as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania after receiving his PhD in electrical engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology. His research interests include systems and control theory, formal methods and verification, and safety in autonomous systems. He received the Best Student Paper Award at the 2021 Conference on Decision and Control (as a co-author) and the Outstanding Student Paper Award at the 2019 Conference on Decision and Control. He was a finalist for the Best Paper Award at the 2022 Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control, and for the Best Student Paper Award at the 2018 American Control Conference.
Harsha Madhyastha will join USC Viterbi in 2023 as an associate professor of computer science. Madhyastha’s research is broadly in the area of distributed systems and networking. Madhyastha will come to USC from Michigan Engineering, where he serves as an associate professor. Over the last decade, his group has focused on enabling global-scale web services and improving the web’s performance and availability. More recently, his group has developed solutions for the long-term preservation of content on the web. His research has twice received the Internet Research Task Force’s Applied Networking Research Prize, in addition to several Google Faculty Research Awards, a NetApp Faculty Fellowship, a Facebook Faculty Award, and an NSF CAREER award.
Oded Stein will join USC as an assistant professor of computer science in January 2023. His research focuses on all things geometry, including geometry processing, numerical mathematics and optimization, computer graphics, computer-aided fabrication, physical simulation, and differential geometry. His goal is to make the useful tools of geometry processing and computer-aided fabrication more economical, robust, and accessible to scientists of all fields as well as lay users. He received his PhD in applied mathematics from Columbia University in 2020 and has since been serving as a postdoctoral fellow at MIT’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab.
Swabha Swayamdipta joined USC as an assistant professor of computer science in August 2022. Her research interests are in natural language processing and machine learning, with a primary interest in the estimation of dataset quality, the semi-automatic collection of impactful data, and evaluating how human biases affect dataset construction and model decisions. At USC, Swayamdipta has launched the Data, Interpretability, Language and Learning (DILL) Lab. She received her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, followed by a postdoc at the Allen Institute for AI.
Weihang Wang joined USC as an assistant professor of computer science in August 2022 with a research focus on software engineering. Noted for her work in program analysis and software testing of web applications, Wang joins USC from the University of Buffalo, where she was awarded a Young Investigator Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a Facebook Testing and Verification Research Award, and a Mozilla Research Award. She received her PhD from Purdue University, where she was awarded a Maurice H. Halstead Memorial Research Award.
Dani Yogatama joined USC as an assistant professor of computer science in August 2022. His research interests lie in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing. Prior to his arrival at USC, he was a senior staff research scientist at DeepMind, where he worked on large language models, reinforcement learning, and neural network architectures. He was a Monbukagakusho fellow at the University of Tokyo and received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University.
Published on October 3rd, 2022
Last updated on October 3rd, 2022
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