Rahul Jain

Associate Professor & Kenneth C. Dahlberg Early Career Chair

Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical & Computer (ECE)

Department of Computer Science (CS) (courtsey)

Epstein Industrial and Systems Engr. (ISE) Dept. (courtsey)


Stochastic Systems & Learning Laboratory (S2L2),

and the USC autoDRIVE Lab


ECE Controls Group

Viterbi School of Engineering, EEB-316

University of Southern California (USC)

Los Angeles, CA 90089-2563


(2I3) 74O-2246

Admin: Annie Yu, (2I3) 74O-446S

Office Hours: (Sp 2021) Tue and Thu 4-5pm

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Research Interests

Artificial Intelligence for Stochastic Systems: Reinforcement Learning, Online Learning, Statistical Learning Theory, and Intelligent Autonomy.

Applications: Autonomous Robotic Systems, Smart Energy Systems, Digital Health, and Communication Systems

Prospective Students and Postdocs:

I am always looking for smart and driven PhD students. I am currently looking for new PhD students to work on reinforcement learning. I may have a postdoc position available. If you are looking for a post-doc position, you can send me your CV and one of your best papers.


  • US Fulbright Specialist Scholar, 2017-2020 and Fulbright Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (July 2018)

  • Simons Institute Research Fellow, Spring 2018

  • Dileep Kalathil joins Texas A&M ECE department as assistant professor from Fall 2017. Congratulations!

  • Wenyuan Tang joins North Carolina State ECE department as assistant professor from Fall 2017. Congratulations!

  • Harsha Honnappa wins the Lajos Takacs Best Dissertation in Queueing Theory Award 2016.

  • Naumaan Nayyar successfully defended his PhD dissertation on “Learning and Control in Decentralized Stochastic Systems”. He joins IBM Watson Research Center in Fall 2015. Congratulations!

  • Wenyuan Tang has graduated with a PhD dissertation on “The SmartGrid Network: Pricing, Markets and Incentives”. He joins UC Berkeley and Stanford as a joint postdoc in Fall 2015.

  • Congratulations to Abhishek Gupta (postdoc 2014-15)! He joins Ohio State ECE department as assistant professor from Fall 2015

  • Dileep Kalathil has graduated with a PhD dissertation on “Empirical Methods in Control and Optimization”. He has joined UC Berkeley as postdoc from October 2014

  • Harsha Honnappa has graduated with a PhD dissertation on “Strategic and Transitory Models of Queueing Systems”. He joins Purdue University as assistant professor in January 2015

  • William Haskell (postdoc 2013-14) joins National University of Singapore as assistant professor from August 2014

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Trans. on Network Science and Engineering, March 2014 onwards

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing, April 2013 onwards

  • Best Student Paper award (with Srinivas Yerramalli and Ubli Mitra), Int. Conf. on Signal Processing and Communications (SPCOM) 2012

  • Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award (2012)

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2010

  • IBM Faculty Award, 2010

Simons Institute Berkeley Talk

Jain and Nuzzo win ONR Science of AI grant


Offline RL using generative models - talk slides