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Events for March 26, 2015

  • USC Viterbi STEM Spotlight on the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    University Calendar

    The USC Viterbi STEM Spotlight series focuses on three departments each year. In March, the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering is being spotlighted. In the morning and afternoon of Thursday, 3/26, pre-registered middle & high school students will be visiting electrical engineering research labs. More information on the USC Viterbi STEM Spotlight can be found here: http://bit.ly/EEspotlight

    Audiences: K-12 Schools pre-registered

    Posted By: Katie Mills

  • CS Colloquium: Suman Jana (Stanford) - Rise of the Planet of the Apps: Security and Privacy in the Age of Bad Code

    Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 09:45 AM - 10:50 AM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Suman Jana, Stanford

    Talk Title: Rise of the Planet of the Apps: Security and Privacy in the Age of Bad Code

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Computing is undergoing a major shift. Third-party applications hosted in online software markets have become ubiquitous on all kinds of platforms: mobile phones, Web browsers, gaming devices, even household robots. These applications often include yet more third-party code for advertising, analytics, etc. These trends have dramatically increased the amount of bad code throughout the software stack - buggy code, malicious code, code that overcollects private information intentionally or by accident, overprivileged code vulnerable to abuse - as well as the amount of sensitive data processed by bad code.

    In this talk, I will demonstrate that existing application platforms are ill-suited to dealing with bad code, thus causing security and privacy problems. I will then show how to isolate bad code without affecting its useful functionality, by redesigning the interfaces across the software stack and controlling the information released to the applications by the platform. I will also show how automated testing can identify bad code and help developers improve their applications.

    The lecture will be streamed HERE.

    Biography: Suman Jana is a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University. He earned his PhD in 2014 from the University of Texas, where he was supported by the Google PhD Fellowship. He is broadly interested in identifying fundamental flaws in existing systems and building new systems with strong security and privacy guarantees. Suman received the 2014 PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy-Enhancing Technologies, Best Practical Paper Award from the 2014 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland), Best Student Paper Award from the 2012 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, and the 2012 Best Applied Security Paper Award.

    Suman's research has been widely covered in popular media, and his code has been deployed at Google, Mozilla, and Apache.

    Host: Computer Science Department

    More Info: https://bluejeans.com/773593518

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

  • USC Racing Hosts: Formula E Showcar on Campus

    Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity

    Come see one of two Formula E showcars in existence here at USC! FIA Formula E is a new formula electric series that will be racing on the streets of Long Beach April 4th and is a free event. Don't miss this opportunity to see one of the cars up close and personal and speak to a representative about the racing series. More info about Formula E can be found at:

    Location: Epstein Family Plaza

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Racing (Formula SAE Team)

  • Ming Hsieh Institute Distinguished Visitor Seminar

    Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Prof. Georgios B. Giannakis , University of Minnesota

    Talk Title: Seminar II: Comprehensive State Inference for Cognitive Radio Networks

    Series: MHI Distinguished Visitor Seminar Series

    Abstract: Spectrum sensing is a critical prerequisite in envisioned applications of wireless cognitive radio (CR) networks, which promise to resolve the perceived bandwidth scarcity versus under-utilization dilemma. This talk presents recent advances for comprehensive situation awareness at the PHY of CR networks by capitalizing on the novel notion of spatio-temporal RF cartography, which amounts to constructing two families of maps: (m1) global power spectral density maps capturing the distribution of power across space, time, and frequency; and (m2) local channel gain maps providing the propagation medium per frequency from each node to any point in space and time. Paralleling the success of routing tables, the vision is to have CR nodes jointly utilize these maps so as to enable: (v1) identification of opportunistically available spectrum bands for re-use, and handoff operation; (v2) localization, transmit-power estimation, and tracking of primary user activities; and (v3) interference control, resource allocation, and routing. If time allows, CR sensing beyond the PHY will be presented too for flagging network anomalies.

    Biography: (Fellow’97) received his Diploma in Electrical Engr. from the Ntl. Tech. Univ. of Athens, Greece, 1981. From 1982 to 1986 he was with the Univ. of Southern California (USC), where he received his MSc. in Electrical Engineering, 1983, MSc. in Mathematics, 1986, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engr., 1986. Since 1999 he has been a professor with the Univ. of Minnesota, where he now holds an ADC Chair in Wireless Telecommunications in the ECE Department, and serves as director of the Digital Technology Center. His general interests span the areas of communications, networking and statistical signal processing subjects on which he has published more than 375 journal papers, 625 conference papers, 20 book chapters, two edited books and two research monographs (h-index 112). Current research focuses on big data analytics, wireless cognitive radios, network science with applications to social, brain, and power networks with renewables. He is the (co-) inventor of 22 patents issued, and the (co-) recipient of 8 best paper awards from the IEEE Signal Processing (SP) and Communications Societies, including the G. Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications. He also received Technical Achievement Awards from the SP Society (2000), from EURASIP (2005), a Young Faculty Teaching Award, the G. W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research from the University of Minnesota, and the IEEE Fourier Technical Field Award (2015). He is a Fellow of EURASIP, and has served the IEEE in a number of posts including that of a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE-SP Society.

    Host: Professor Richard Leahy

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia Veal

  • RASC Seminar Event: Prof. Carrick Detweiler (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) - Bringing Aerial Robots Closer to the Water: Sensing, Sampling, and Safety

    Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Carrick Detweiler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Talk Title: Bringing Aerial Robots Closer to the Water: Sensing, Sampling, and Safety

    Series: RASC Seminar Series

    Abstract: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are increasingly being used for everything from crop surveying to pipeline monitoring. They are significantly cheaper than the traditional manned airplane or helicopter approaches to obtaining aerial imagery and sensor data. The next generation of UAVs, however, will do more than simply observe. In this talk, I will discuss the challenges of using aerial robots very close to the water to obtain aerial water samples and sensor data from remote waters locations without needing to bring a boat to each location. When flying close to water, there is little time to react to errors and among obstacles. I will discuss automated software analysis techniques we are developing to detect and correct system errors to reduce risk and increase safety. I will focus on our recent work on the UAV-based water sampler system, but also discuss other applications we are pursuing, including using UAVs to recharge remotely deployed sensors and how we are using very low flying UAVs to monitor the growth of crops.

    Biography: Dr. Carrick Detweiler is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He co-directs and co-founded the Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems (NIMBUS) Lab at UNL, which focuses on developing software and systems for small aerial robots and sensor systems. Carrick obtained his B.A. in 2004 from Middlebury College and his Ph.D. in 2010 from MIT CSAIL. He is a Faculty Fellow at the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at UNL and recently received the 2014 College of Engineering Henry Y. Kleinkauf Family Distinguished New Faculty Teaching Award. He is currently lead PI on NSF and USDA grants, including a National Robotics Initiative Grant. In addition to research activities, Carrick actively promotes the use of robotics in the arts through workshops and collaborations with the international dance companies Pilobolus and STREB.

    Host: RASC

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 406

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

  • Distinguished Lecture: Yang Jiao (ASU)

    Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 12:45 PM - 02:00 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Yang Jiao, Arizona State University, Materials Science & Engineering

    Talk Title: A unified scheme for the quantification, modeling, and reconstruction of heterogeneous materials in 3D and 4D

    Series: Distinguished Lectures

    Abstract: TBA

    Host: Prof. Sahimi

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 159

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ryan Choi

  • VSi2 Startup Office Hours

    Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    University Calendar

    Working on a startup idea? Want to get feedback/guidance/support?
    Schedule a 30 min appt with VSi2 Staff to get guidance and help.

    You can schedule an appointment here

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 330D

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Student Innovation Institute

  • 2015 John Laufer Lecture

    Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Harry L. Swinney, Sid Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in Department of Physics at College of Natural Sciences at University of Texas at Austin

    Talk Title: Internal Gravity Wave Energy in the Oceans

    Abstract: Internal gravity waves occur inside fluids whose density varies with depth, as happens in the atmosphere, oceans, and protoplanetary disks. In the oceans the internal waves produced by tidal flow over bottom topography travel thousands of kilometers, affecting ocean mixing and currents, and ultimately impacting the climate. However, it is difficult to make accurate estimates of the total internal wave energy in the oceans because of the complexity of ocean topography and the constructive and destructive interference of the waves. This talk presents results from laboratory experiments, numerical simulations, and ocean observations that yield insight into internal wave dynamics and improve estimates of the total internal wave energy.

    Biography: Harry L. Swinney received a BS in physics from Rhodes College (1961) and a PhD in physics from Johns Hopkins University (1968). He held faculty appointments at New York University and City College of New York before moving in 1978 to the University of Texas at Austin. In the 1970s Swinney and J.P. Gollub found that fluid flow between concentric cylinders with the inner one rotating exhibited a transition from flow characterized by two incommensurate frequencies to chaotic flow; this was the first laboratory study of chaotic behavior. Later, at the University of Texas, Swinney showed that the strange (chaotic) attractors that had been discussed by theorists actually occur in laboratory systems. In the past three decades Swinney’s research group has examined chaos and pattern formation in a variety of fluid, chemical, solid, granular, and biological systems. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1992. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He was awarded the American Physical Society Fluid Dynamics Prize, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Moser Lecture Prize, the Lewis Fry Richardson Medal of the European Geophysical Union, and the Boltzmann Medal of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - Ballroom A

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Valerie Childress

  • Electrical Engineering Systems Seminar - Xuehai Qian

    Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Xuehai Qian, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California Berkeley

    Talk Title: Taming Relaxed Memory Consistency and Non-determinism in Parallel Systems

    Abstract: With computer architectures moving towards an era dominated by many-core machines and the ever-increasing demands of big data processing, parallel programming has become the norm. Unfortunately, most current programmers find parallelism challenging. It is urgent to provide architectural and software supports to make parallel applications easy to build, reason and debug. Among others, relaxed memory consistency and non-determinism in particular make shared-memory based parallel programming difficult.

    In this talk, I will give an overview of our strategy to tame the two factors. Specifically, I will present OmniOrder, a cache coherence protocol for atomic blocks (transactions). It eliminates the effects of relaxed consistency by supporting strict sequential consistency with high performance. OmniOrder supports conflict serialization based on the conventional directory-based protocol. I will also present Pacifier, a deterministic record and replay scheme for relaxed consistency models beyond Total-Store-Order (TSO). It helps to track and understand the behaviors of relaxed consistency.

    Biography: Xuehai Qian is a postdoctoral researcher at University of California Berkeley. He got the Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2013. His research interests include parallel computer architecture, architectural support for programming productivity and debugging support for large-scale HPC applications. He received an MS in Computer Science from the Institute of Computing Technology (ICT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and a BS in Computer Engineering from Beihang University, Beijing.

    Host: Prof. Michel Dubois

    More Information: print_Qian.pdf

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Estela Lopez

  • Kid City Hope Place with ASBME

    Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity

    Missing high school or just love kids? Don't fret! Help tutor high school students in various math and English classes. You can also help review and edit personal statements for seniors applying to college!

    Location: First United Methodist Church of Los Angeles

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

  • Seoul Graduate Information Session

    Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Students who have earned or are in the process of earning a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or a hard science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend to learn more about applying to our graduate programs.

    The session will include information on the following topics:

    Master's & Ph.D. programs in engineering
    How to Apply
    Scholarships and funding
    Student life at USC and in Los Angeles
    There will also be sufficient time for questions. Refreshments will be provided.

    Please contact us at viterbi.gradprograms@usc.edu if you have any inquiries about the event.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    For more information about the event and to register, please visit the event page

    Audiences: Students with an undergraduate backrgound in engineering, math or science

    Posted By: William Schwerin