Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things

CCI is a new center at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, bringing together more than 30 faculty with expertise spanning many disciplines such as networks, machine learning, data management, optimization, software and systems engineering, transportation, manufacturing, robotics, and cyber-security.

Our members are working to develop fundamental understanding and innovative technologies to bridge the gap between the virtual and physical worlds through the seamless connectivity provided by the Internet of Things. Their work seeks to provide revolutionary improvements in many fields ranging from urban development to healthcare and education.

The Center aims to promote thought leadership spanning academia, industry, and government, to address key societal challenges including enhancing urban living through smart infrastructure and connected communities, and securing cyber-physical systems.

Located in the Los Angeles, the largest metropolitan area in the United States, CCI will benefit from the unique opportunities afforded by its proximity to downtown as well as USC Viterbi’s strong connections to the local aerospace and interactive media industry, and intends to play a helpful role in promoting the development of the tech industry in Silicon Beach.



“The incoming torrent of the IoT will provide a myriad of opportunities to improve the everyday life of all people, particularly those in urban environments.”  – Yannis C. Yortsos, Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. 


The Center plans to :

establish an industry consortium : consortium members will have early access to and opportunities to sponsor and collaborate with center affiliated faculty, benefit from custom-designed educational programs; and to interact, engage with and recruit our outstanding students for internships and full-time opportunities

 deploy a campus-wide IoT testbed at USC

 host workshops, seminars, and other events related to CPS and IoT

 develop new educational programs for all levels: K-12, undergrad, graduate, and executive education

 work with partners in industry and government to issue white papers,  multimedia presentations, and software

 collaborate on cross-disciplinary initiatives with colleagues in other schools at USC

 support the communication of engineering faculty research to a broader audience




















Director: Bhaskar Krishnamachari, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Leadership Council: Andrea Belz (Vice Dean for Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship), S. K. Gupta (Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), Alefiya Hussein (Computer Scientist, Information Sciences Institute), Cyrus Shahabi (Professor, Computer Science), Neil Siegel (Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering), Azad Madni (Professor, Astronautical Engineering), Mahta Moghaddam (Professor of Electrical Engineering), Donald Paul (Executive Director, USC Energy Institute), Viktor Prasanna (Professor, Electrical Engineering) Ketan Savla (Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering)

CCI Affiliated Viterbi Faculty: Murali Annavaram (EE, Mobile Computing), Salman Avestimehr (EE, Communication Theory), Nora Ayanian (CS, Robotics), George Ban-Weiss (CEE, Climate and Air Quality), Peter Beerel (EE, VLSI/CAD), Burcin Becerik-Gerber (CEE, Smart Buildings), Paul Bogdan (EE, Cyber Physical Systems Theory), Young Cho (ISI, Sensor Networks and Internet of Things), Dina El-Damak (EE, Low power Devices and Circuits), Shahram Ghandeharizadeh (CS, Databases), Ramesh Govindan (CS, Networks), Satyandra K. Gupta (MAE, Smart Manufacturing), GJ Halfond (CS, Software Engineering), Hossein Hashemi (EE, RF Circuits), Alefiya Hussain (ISI, CPS Testbeds), Rahul Jain (EE, Control Theory and Network Economics), Mihailo Jovanovic (EE, CPS and Control Systems), Bhaskar Krishnamachari (EE, IoT and wireless networks), Behrokh Khoshnevis (ISE, Telefacturing), Yan Liu (CS, Machine Learning), Azad Madni (SAE, System of Systems Engineering), Mahta Moghaddam (EE, Remote Sensing), Neno Medvidovic (CS, Software Engineering), Andreas Molisch (EE, Radio Modeling), Muhammad Naveed (CS, Cybersecurity), Pierluigi Nuzzo (EE, CPS Design), Antonio Ortega (EE, Graph Signal Processing), Donald Paul (Energy), Viktor K. Prasanna (EE, Data Science and Smart Grid), Konstantinos Psounis (EE, Networks), Ketan Savla (CEE, Transportation), Fei Sha (CS, Machine Learning), Cyrus Shahabi (CS, Big Data), Neil Siegel (ISE, Cybersecurity), Mahdi Soltanolkotabi (EE, Optimization), Gaurav Sukhatme (CS, Robotics), Insoon Yang (EE, Controls and Optimization).

USC Community Affiliate Members (from other key Schools at USC): Ali Abbas (Price School of Public Policy), Scott Fisher (School for Cinematic Arts), Peter Kuhn (Keck School of Medicine), Colin Maclay (Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism), Jerry Power (Marshall School of Business), Donna Spruijt-Metz (Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences), Kenneth Yates (Rossier School of Education), Joon-Ho Choi (School of Architecture).



















The Center will be organizing seminar series on cyber-physical systems and the internet of things, as well as industry networking events. Please stay posted for details.






Contact: Bhaskar Krishnamachari,