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Events for April 24, 2014

  • PwC's Aspire to Lead Webcast and Photo contest

    Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    PwC will be hosting its first ever live, global forum on women and leadership. The event is part of "Aspire to Lead: The PwC's Women's Leadership Series," which includes a number of programs and workshops hosted by PwC that are designed to provide college students with the tools to help them build their leadership skills.

    The first event in the series will feature special guest speaker Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO and the author of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead and Lean In for Graduates. Sheryl will join PwC partners and staff in an exchange of perspectives, and answer questions on the challenges women face when transitioning from campus to career. The event will be broadcast live from Facebook's campus in California.

    You can learn more about the live event and register here.

    In conjunction with the webcast, we are also running an Aspire photo contest. We're asking your students to use Facebook and Instagram to upload an original photograph that answers the question, To what do you Aspire??We will choose the top 12 entrants and the public will then choose the winners. One winner will get to attend the webcast in person and meet Sheryl.

    Students can enter by uploading an original photo with a great caption to our Facebook contest page or to Instagram using the hashtag #PwCAspire. We will choose the top 12 entrants and the public will then choose the winner. Contest finalists are announced and public voting begins March 27. We will announce the winner on April 4. Learn more about our photo challenge, including the contest rules, at www.facebook.com/pwcuscareers.

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • USC DEN@Viterbi Information Session

    Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Distance Education Network

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The USC Viterbi School of Engineering Distance Education Network (DEN@Viterbi) strives to meet the needs of engineering professionals, providing the opportunity to advance your education while maintaining your career and other commitments. By breaking down geographical and scheduling barriers, DEN allows you to take your classes anytime and anywhere.

    Join this information session to learn more about the 40+ graduate level programs and continuing education offerings available completely online.

    Click to RSVP

    Audiences: RSVP Required

    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • CS RASC Seminar: Steven M. LaValle (Oculus VR) - Virtual Reality, Really!

    Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Steven M. LaValle, Oculus VR

    Talk Title: Virtual Reality, Really!

    Series: RASC Seminar Series

    Abstract: It has been an exciting adventure as we race to bring the consumer version of the Oculus Rift VR headset into widespread use for games, cinema, therapy, virtual travel, and beyond. Palmer Luckey's 2012 prototype demonstrated that smartphone-based advances in display and sensing technology enable a lightweight, high field-of-view VR experience that is affordable by the masses. This has stimulated widespread interest across many industries, research labs, and potential end users of this technology. This talk will highlight some of the ongoing technical challenges, including game development, user interfaces, perceptual psychology, and accurate head tracking. Although VR has been researched for decades, many new challenges arise because of the ever changing technology and the rising demand for new kinds of VR content.

    Biography: Steven M. LaValle is Principal Scientist at Oculus VR, Inc. He is a roboticist and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is best known for his introduction of rapidly exploring random tree (RRT) algorithms, and his book on Planning Algorithms, one of the most highly cited texts in the field. In 2012, he was one of seven faculty named as a University Scholar at UIUC for 2012-2014.

    Host: Nora Ayanian

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 156

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Distinguished Lectures: Materials Genome as The Last Mile Perspective and Thermodynamics of Computing

    Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 12:45 PM - 01:50 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Sadasivan Shankar,

    Talk Title: Materials Genome as The Last Mile Perspective and Thermodynamics of Computing

    Series: Distinguished Lectures

    Host: Prof. Vashishta

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ryan Choi

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  • Programming Bits and Atoms

    Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Neil Gershenfeld, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms

    Talk Title: Programming Bits and Atoms

    Abstract: Software is digital, but not physical: it is represented by bits of information that are written without physical units. Hardware is physical, but not digital: it can contain information, but its own construction is continuous. I will present research on aligning
    the descriptions of software and hardware, and explore its implications for the future of computation and fabrication.

    Biography: Prof. Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms. His unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments. Technology from his lab has been seen and used in settings including New York's Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers and automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows and Sami herds. He is the author of numerous technical publications, patents, and books including Fab, When Things Start To Think, The Nature of Mathematical Modeling, and The Physics of Information
    Technology, and has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The Economist, NPR, CNN, and PBS. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has been named one of Scientific American's 50 leaders in science and technology, as one of
    40 Modern-Day Leonardos by the Museum of Science and Industry, one of Popular Mechanic's 25 Makers, has been selected as a CNN/Time/Fortune Principal Voice, and by Prospect/Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 public intellectuals. Dr. Gershenfeld has
    a BA in Physics with High Honors from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University, honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College and Strathclyde
    University, was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows, and a member of the research staff at Bell Labs.

    More Information: Gershefeld.jpg.pdf

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Estela Lopez

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  • CS Colloquium: Ariel Feldman (University of Pennsylvania) - Designing Systems for Skeptics

    Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ariel Feldman, University of Pennsylvania

    Talk Title: Designing Systems for Skeptics

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract:
    In modern distributed systems, users are increasingly being asked to rely on third parties who do not necessarily have their best interests in mind. For example, cloud hosted services offer a myriad of benefits, but they require users to trust the service provider with the confidentiality and integrity of their data and the correctness of the computations performed on it. The recent history of accidental and malicious data disclosures, misuse of users’ data, surreptitious censorship, and warrantless surveillance has shown that this trust is often misplaced. Moreover, non-technical mechanisms, such as laws and market incentives, have proved to be insufficient to mitigate these threats.

    In this talk, I will present two implemented systems that enable their users to benefit from cloud deployment, but that are designed “for skeptics:” they provide users with guarantees that hold even if the service provider cannot be trusted. The first system, SPORC, makes it possible to build low-latency collaborative Web applications such as shared text editors, group calendars, and instant messaging applications with an untrusted provider. The provider only sees encrypted data and cannot deviate from correct execution without detection. And if the provider does misbehave, SPORC gives users a means to recover. Pantry, the second system, enables a user to outsource a general purpose computation to a potentially faulty provider and yet verify that the computation was performed correctly. Unlike prior efforts, Pantry allows verifiable computations to operate on remotely-stored data that the user does not possess, opening the way to a wide variety of uses such as MapReduce jobs and database queries.

    Biography: Ari Feldman is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania whose research focuses on building systems that provide confidentiality, integrity, and correctness by design rather than solely through non-technical means, drawing on techniques from distributed systems, applied cryptography, and theory. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Princeton University in 2012 under the supervision of Edward W. Felten and received an A.B. in computer science and in ethics and political philosophy from Brown University.

    Host: Minlan Yu

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Leadership in the Arts: What Does It Mean? Featuring the Kronos Quartet

    Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

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    RSVP TO: http://web-app.usc.edu/ws/eo2/calendar/113/event/903820

    For 40 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has continually reimagined the string-quartet experience. One of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, they have performed thousands of concerts and released more than 50 recordings. The nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) manages all aspects of the quartet’s work. Together, the Kronos Quartet and KPAA have set a striking example of arts leadership, creating extraordinary change in the field of classical music through their vision, innovation and commitment to a lifetime of growth and change. In so doing, they have redefined what is possible for hundreds of young musicians. Kronos exemplifies arts leadership at its most transformative. Join Kenneth Foster, director of the newly launched graduate Arts Leadership Program in the USC Thornton School of Music, for an interactive discussion/performance with these remarkable musicians about their history, what inspires them and how they sustain a creative vision of the future for themselves and for their field.

    Organized by the USC Thornton School of Music. Co-sponsored by Classical KUSC 91.5.

    Photo: Jay Blakesberg

    For further information on this event:
    visionsandvoices@usc.edu

    Location: George Finley Bovard Administration Building & Kenneth Norris Jr. Auditorium (ADM) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Visions and Voices

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  • Arts Leadership: A Contemporary Vision Featuring the Kronos Quartet

    Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: The Kronos Quartet,

    Talk Title: Arts Leadership: A Contemporary Vision Featuring the Kronos Quartet

    Abstract: For 40 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has continually reimagined the string-quartet experience. One of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, they have performed thousands of concerts and released more than 50 recordings. The nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) manages all aspects of the quartet’s work. Together, the Kronos Quartet and KPAA have set a striking example of arts leadership, creating extraordinary change in the field of classical music through their vision, innovation and commitment to a lifetime of growth and change. In so doing, they have redefined what is possible for hundreds of young musicians. Kronos exemplifies arts leadership at its most transformative. Join Kenneth Foster, director of the newly launched graduate Arts Leadership Program in the USC Thornton School of Music, for an interactive discussion/performance with these remarkable musicians about their history, what inspires them and how they sustain a creative vision of the future for themselves and for their field.

    Organized by the USC Thornton School of Music. Co-sponsored by Classical KUSC 91.5.

    More Info: http://web-app.usc.edu/ws/eo2/calendar/113/event/903820

    Location: George Finley Bovard Administration Building & Kenneth Norris Jr. Auditorium (ADM) -

    Audiences: RSVP Required

    Posted By: Daria Yudacufski

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