The ISTC-EC will be co-led by Carnegie Mellon associate professor Priya Narasimhan and Mei Chen, a senior scientist at Intel Labs. Initially, four Intel and about 30 academic researchers will participate in the center. The Managing Director from Intel Labs will be Ravi Iyer, Intel Senior Principal Engineer and Director of the SoC Platform Architecture (SPA) group in Intel Labs. Iyer will identify and foster opportunities for the ISTC-EC team to connect with Intel Labs researchers and activities. The Executive Sponsor for the ISTC-EC from Intel Labs will be Vida Ilderem, Vice President and Director of Integrated Platforms Research (IPR). Ilderem will oversee the technical direction of ISTC-EC and chair its Board of Advisors.
Carnegie Mellon Co-PI Priya Narasimhan, an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, is responsible for providing leadership for the Carnegie Mellon ISTC-EC faculty and students, and working with the Intel PI on leading and managing the ISTC-EC. PI Narasimhan has worked in embedded systems, distributed systems and fault-tolerance for 17+ years with 100+ publications to her credit and both research and teaching recognitions in her field. Her research has earned her a 2011 ad:tech Innovation Award, a 2007 Alfred Sloan Fellowship, the 2009 Carnegie Science Center's Emerging Female Scientist Award, a 2003 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2001 UCSB Lancaster Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award and two IBM Faculty Partnership Awards. Her teaching has earned her the student-voted 2008 Eta Kappa Nu Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2009 college-wide Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award from Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering. The Object Management Group, a consortium of 800 companies, established a new standard on Fault-Tolerant CORBA in 2001 based on her research. She has also founded and run three university spin-off companies, one on fault-tolerance for embedded systems, a second on assistive embedded technologies for the blind, and a third on large-scale mobile video streaming. PI Narasimhan will bring her significant embedded-systems research and real-world field experience with technology transfer to the ISTC-EC.
Intel Co-PI Mei Chen, a Senior Research Scientist at Intel, is responsible for providing leadership for the Intel ISTC-EC researchers and working with the academic PI on leading and managing the ISTC-EC. PI Chen was previously a lead researcher at Intel Labs Pittsburgh from 2006–2011, spearheading the research program on computational health. She has an extensive track record of high-impact research in computer vision, machine learning, robotics and other fields. She has five Best Paper Awards at top-tier international conferences, and fifteen granted U.S. patents. She was featured as the Most Innovative Employee on HP NOW while working at HP Labs from 2001-2006, successfully transferring her technology on Video Print to HP Photosmart printer series, HP All-in-One devices, and HP Real Life Technologies, and her invention on in-camera video panorama stitching and image Dynamic Range Enhancement onboard HP Photosmart digital cameras. PI Chen will bring her deep understanding of algorithm research and real-world experience in technology transfer to the ISTC-EC.