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About Harsha Honnappa

Harsha Honnappa

I received my PhD from the University of Southern California, where I was advised by Prof. Rahul Jain in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Prof. Amy R. Ward of the Data Sciences and Operations Department in the Marshall School of Business at USC. In a previous life I worked on Artificial Intelligence systems and Machine Learning at the Information Sciences Institute at USC. Following this, I worked in industry for three years, first at FICO working on statistical analysis and machine learning for credit card and debit card fraud detection as an Analytics Scientist, and then on statistical learning models as a scientist at the Applied Research Group (now defunct) part of Satyam Computer Services Limited and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. During this period I also collaborated closely with Professor Shalabh Bhatnagar of the Indian Institute of Science on stochastic approximation and reinforcement learning.



Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2014
Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2006
Bachelor of Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore, India, 2004


Assistant Professor, School of Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, 2015 - present
Post-doctoral Visiting Researcher, Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 2014
Graduate Research Assistant, EE Dept., University of Southern California, 2009-2014
Graduate Teaching Assistant, EE Dept., University of Southern California, 2012-2013
Summer Research Intern, Mathematics of Networks and Communications, Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ, 2013
Technical Architect/Scientist, Applied Research Group, Satyam/Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 2008-2009
Analytics Science - Scientist, Falcon Fraud Manager, Fair Isaac Corp. (FICO), San Diego, 2006-2007
Graduate Research Assistant, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, 2005-2006