N. Rao Machiraju

N. Rao Machiraju

Executive In Residence

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machiraj@usc.eduPhone: 408-538-0413Curriculum Vitae


Information retrieval, Contextual Computing, Machine learning, Internet of Things, Wearables, InCar Telematics, Mobile applications and Usability

N. Rao Machiraju

N. Rao Machiraju is an Executive in Residence and Co-Director of Center for Applied Human Reasoning and IoT at the University of Southern California. CHARIOT is a joint center of Rossier School of education and Viterbi School of Engineering at USC.Prior to joining USC, he was the CEO of reQall Inc., an MIT Medialab Spin Off focused on building context based personal assistants for smart devices. Rao is a Founder and Managing Partner of DigiKeyih.com.

Prior to reQall, Rao was a Principal Scientist at Apple. At Apple, he headed various groups including the Learning Lab in the Advanced Technology Group. At Apple, Rao lead a number of research and development efforts in information retrieval, organizational memory, and lectured extensively in USA, Europe. and Asia. Rao holds eleven patents in computing.

In the 80's and 90's Rao served on the editorial boards of Journal of Expert Systems and Journal of Telematics and Informatics as a founding member. In 1992, Rao served on the NASA Committee on Expert Systems. In 1993 Rao and his team have won the Optimus Award for Innovation and Excellence for Apple. reQall has won the DemoGod award in 2007, TiE50 and Always On 250 in 2009 and TiE50 Award in 2012 and in 2014. Rao was on the Board of Councilors of NSF's Center on Multi-Media Computing (IMSC) at the University of Southern California for nine years. He was the Founding advisor to Dimagi.com, an MIT Media Lab Spin off. Rao advises several technology startups and is the Strategic Advisor to Omega Global Initiative, a NASA Spinoff.

Rao has an interdisciplinary educational background in public health (MPH from California State University at Northridge), General Systems and Information Networks (Certificate from United Nations Institute for Research and Training, University of Stockholm and UCLA), and instructional technology (Doctorate from University of Southern California).

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