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The KIOS Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence (KIOS CoE) conducts cutting-edge multidisciplinary research and innovation in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) with emphasis on the Monitoring, Control, Security and Management of Critical Infrastructure Systems.

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round66666President of the University of Southern California
round66666Malcolm R. Currie Chair in Technology and the Humanities


C. L. Max Nikias is currently president of the University of Southern California. In the past he served as executive vice president and provost at the University of Southern California. Over the course of his career as a researcher, educator, and university administrator, he has earned acclaim for his leadership, innovation, and fundraising, as well as his commitment to advancing university-wide education in the arts and humanities. Having served as USC's chief academic officer since June 2005, he is charged with accelerating the academic momentum that the university has experienced in recent years.

At USC, Prof. Nikias oversees a vast academic community, consisting of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Keck School of Medicine, and 15 professional schools, as well as the divisions of Student Affairs, Libraries, Information Technology Services, and Enrollment Services. He was instrumental in bringing the Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education—with its repository of 52,000 testimonies of Holocaust survivors—and the Edward R. Roybal Institute on Applied Gerontology to the university, and he established the Stevens Institute for Innovation at USC. He also launched Visions and Voices, an arts and humanities initiative, and currently enjoys teaching students on ancient Athenian democracy and drama.

Prof. Nikias is leading USC's efforts to elevate its Keck School of Medicine, a priority given the growing importance of the medical and biological sciences in the 21st century. He chairs the USC Clinical Operations Oversight Committee and currently directs the university's efforts to acquire the University Hospital and Norris Cancer Center from Tenet Healthcare Corporation, as well as the unification of the school's Faculty Practice Plans.

Prof. Nikias joined USC's faculty in 1991 and currently holds the Malcolm R. Currie Chair in Technology and the Humanities. From 2001 to 2005, he served as dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering. During his tenure, the school staked out a consistent position as a top-ten engineering school. He oversaw the expansion of its biomedical engineering program and its distance learning program, making it the largest engineering degree program in the country. He also established key partnerships with a number of corporations, including Airbus, Boeing, Chevron, and Pratt and Whitney, and led fundraising efforts that brought more than $220 million in gifts and new endowment, including an historic $52 million school naming gift from Andrew and Erna Viterbi.

Over his two-decade career as an active scholar, Prof. Nikias was internationally recognized for his pioneering research on digital signal processing and communications, digital media systems, and biomedicine. He was the founding director of two national research centers at USC: the NSF Engineering Research Center on Integrated Media Systems and the DoD Center for Research on Applied Signal Processing. He served as a senior consultant to a range of corporations and has been a high-level consultant to the United States government, holding a security clearance for fifteen years. His innovations and patents have been adopted by the U.S. Navy in sonar, radar, and communication systems. He authored more than 275 journal articles or papers, three textbooks, and eight patents, and has mentored more than 30 Ph.D. and postdoctoral students.

Prof. Nikias is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He was the recipient of the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, the University at Buffalo's Clifford C. Furnas Memorial Award, the American Hellenic Council's Aristeio Award, and the USC Black Alumni Association's Thomas Kilgore Service Award. He has received three Best Paper awards and is a Fellow of the IEEE, the California Council on Science and Technology, and the AAAS. Loyola Marymount University honored him for his contributions to sciences, and the U.S. State Department awarded him a certificate of appreciation.

Prof. Nikias graduated with honors from the Famagusta Gymnasium, a school that emphasized history and Greco-Roman classics. He received a diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, sometimes simply known as National Metsovion Polytechnic, the oldest and most prestigious higher education institution of Greece, and earned an M.S. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. The University of Cyprus awarded him an honorary doctorate.