Rahul Jain, assistant professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Systems, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This prestigious award supports the early career-development activities of faculty who most effectively integrate research and education within their academic institutions.
Prof. Jain's project is entitled "Network Economics: Theory and Architectures for Incentive-Engineered Networks." The project goal is to develop a systematic and foundational theory of network incentives and cooperation that aids in methodical network architecture design. It will combine ideas from mathematical economics, game theory, information and queueing theories. The results of this research will potentially benefit existing wireless and communication networks and the Internet by improving their quality of service, increasing their capacity and efficiency, and enhancing their reliability and commercial viability.
Prof. Jain received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2004, and an M.A. in Statistics in 2002, both from the University of California, Berkeley. He also received an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University in 1999, following his undergraduate B.Tech degree in EE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1997. He joined USC in 2008 after his previous appointment at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY.