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Events for January 28, 2015

  • Repeating EventShort Course: Six Sigma Black Belt

    Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Professional Programs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBA,

    Abstract:
    Week 1: January 26-30, 2015 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 2: March 2-6, 2015 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 3: April 6-10, 2015 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Six Sigma Black Belt teaches you the advanced problem-solving skills you will need in order to measure a process, analyze the results, develop process improvements and quantify the resulting savings. Project assignments between sessions require you to apply what you’ve learned. This course is presented in three five-day sessions over a three-month period.

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    Host: Professional Programs

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Prospective Undergrads and Families

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • CAREER FEST: Careers in the Patents Field

    Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    If you have (or will soon have) a degree in engineering, computer sciences, or the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics and related disciplines), you can take the Patent Office’s Registration Exam to become a Patent Agent. Patent agents can make up to $20,000 a year more than similarly situated engineers and scientists. The Exam is available virtually on-demand via computer. Becoming a patent agent can also be a step toward the even more lucrative career of becoming a Patent Attorney.
    If this sounds intriguing, come join Practising Law Institute (PLI) for a presentation by Mark Dighton, PLI's Director of Law School Relations and a Director of their Patent Office Exam Course. Topics for discussion include:
    • Careers for patent agents (what the work is like and where you find it), and
    • The latest info on the Patent Office’s Registration Exam (who can take it, how it works, and recommendations on how to study for this very difficult Exam).

    If you can't make the morning presentation, join us at the Law School presentation in the afternoon.

    Date: Wednesday, January 28th
    Time: 12 noon
    Location: Room 114 of the law school

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Computer Science Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Event details will be emailed to invited attendees.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • CAREER FEST: LinkedIn Headshots

    Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    You are invited to attend our event that is completely free for Viterbi students! Pictures will be taken on a first come, first serve basis during the time of the event.

    Suggested Attire: Professional attire.

    ***Please bring USC ID card to sign in.

    Location: Viterbi E-Quad Fountain

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Communications, Networks & Systems (CommNetS) Seminar

    Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Nicola Elia, Iowa State University

    Talk Title: Computing over Unreliable Communication Networks

    Series: CommNetS

    Abstract: In this talk, we take the unifying view of systems interacting over communication networks as distributed computing systems and propose to study them as networked control systems. Since averaging is a central operation to much science and engineering, we first study the problem of distributed averaging over unreliable networks. We show that a popular and well-behaved algorithm can instead generate a collective global complex behavior when the inter-agent communication happens over unreliable links. We characterize this behavior, common to many natural and human-made interconnected systems, as a collective hyper-jump diffusion process and a Levy flight process in a special case. To mitigate the effects of the unreliable information exchange, we propose a new distributed averaging algorithm resilient to noise and intermittent communication. The algorithm and the control perspective are the basis for the development of new distributed optimization systems that we can analyze and design as networked control systems. The approach applies to multi-agent cooperative applications and opens up several directions of research.

    Biography: Nicola Elia is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. He received the Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino in 1987, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996. He worked at the Fiat Research Center from 1987 to 1990. He was Postdoctoral Associate at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT from1996 to 1999. He has received the NSF CAREER Award in 2001. His research interests include networked control systems, communication systems with access to feedback, complex systems, distributed optimization and control.

    Host: Dr. Ashutosh Nayyar and the Ming Hsieh Institute

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Annie Yu

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  • CS Colloquium: Prof. Martin Robillard (McGill University) - Automating Support for Evolving Software Documentation

    Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. Martin Robillard, McGill University

    Talk Title: Automating Support for Evolving Software Documentation

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Technical documentation is essential for software developers to learn and use a technology. The combined documentation for current software technologies represents a massive collection of engineering knowledge, yet the quality of this information is threatened every day by the rapid pace of change of software components and applications.

    In this talk I will then present novel analysis techniques to
    partially automate the maintenance of software documentation. Analyzing software documentation requires linking unstructured text with specific software elements. This task is notoriously difficult due to the inherent ambiguity of unstructured natural language. One of our techniques identifies code-like terms in documents and links these terms to specific code elements in an API. Building on this work, we developed a second technique that automatically discovers documentation patterns, i.e., coherent sets of code elements that are documented together. We use this technique to report violations of documentation patterns as the code and the documentation evolves.

    The talk will conclude with a discussion of the implications of this work for software engineering and a presentation of further avenues for research on the representation and evolution of technical knowledge.

    Biography: Martin Robillard is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at McGill University. His current research focuses on problems related to API usability, information discovery, and knowledge management in software engineering. He recently served as the Program Co-Chair for the 20th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering and on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and is currently on the editorial board of Empirical Software Engineering. He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia and a B.Eng. from École Polytechnique de Montréal.

    Host: Nenad Medvidovic

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

    Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Margaret S. Wooldridge, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan

    Talk Title: Flavor Matters: The Compositional Effects of Fuels

    Series: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

    Abstract: Efficient and clean energy remains a global challenge. Recent efforts focus on new fuel feed stocks, new methods to power the transportation and stationary power sectors, and improving efficiencies of power systems. Professor Wooldridge’s research includes improving combustion efficiencies and minimizing air toxic emissions through low temperature, high compression ratio methods; enabling the successful integration of biofuels into the ground and air transportation infrastructure; and controlling particle formation and growth in combustion systems to engineer advanced materials and minimize soot emissions.
    At the University of Michigan (UM), the Wooldridge research group has developed unique strategies to experimentally interrogate complex chemically reacting systems and to provide quantitative understanding of the fundamental mechanisms limiting energy solutions. This presentation will present recent results on the fundamental autoignition properties of different fuels and the implication on combustion performance. Although combustion chemistry has been studied extensively at high-temperatures, there are few quantitative data available at conditions directly relevant to advanced modes of engine operation, such as low temperature, highly dilute, boosted engines or turbines fired on syn-gas (H2, CO, etc.) mixtures. The UM rapid compression facility (RCF) is a unique device designed to isolate combustion chemistry at conditions directly relevant to advanced energy concepts. Results from the UM RCF have revealed new understanding of fuel chemistry and ignition behavior. The results highlight where our fundamental understanding is strong as well as the complexities and synergies of fuel blends. The fundamental ignition chemistry studies are complemented by internal combustion engine studies. Advanced engine operating modes produce lower emissions and higher indicated thermal efficiencies. Traditional and non-traditional fuel blends can augment or suppress the advantages of advanced engine operating modes. Time permitting, results from optically accessible research engines on ignition and combustion phenomena comparing reference gasoline and ethanol fuels will also be presented.

    Biography: Professor Margaret Wooldridge is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1995; her M.S.M.E. in 1991 from S.U. and her B.S. M.E. degree from the University of Illinois at Champagne/Urbana in 1989. Prof. Wooldridge’s research program spans diverse areas where high temperature chemically reacting systems are critical, including power and propulsion systems, fuel chemistry, and synthesis methods for advanced nanostructured materials. She is a 2013 recipient of the Department of Energy Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for exceptional contributions to the DOE mission to advance national, economic, and energy security of the U.S. She is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and the recipient of numerous honors including the ASME George Westinghouse Silver Medal, ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal, an NSF Career Award, and the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educator Award. Professor Wooldridge is the past Director of the Automotive Engineering Program at the University of Michigan and past co-director of the Global Automotive and Manufacturing Program.

    Host: Paul Ronney

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Valerie Childress

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  • What Every International Student Should Know About U.S. Employment

    Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Receptions & Special Events


    Are you interested in learning about how H-1B sponsorship happens from the inside? Dan Beaudry, former head of campus recruiting at Monster.com and author of The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States will share powerful job search strategies used by many international students to find U.S. employment. Learn how to:

    Secure H-1B sponsorship at companies that have a policy against sponsoring H-1B visas.
    Find a job before anyone else. Eighty percent of open jobs are never advertised but there are ways to find them.
    Bypass Human Resources, it is often an obstacle instead of a conduit to finding a U.S. job.
    Invest your time wisely. Submitting resumes online is not an effective use of your time.

    RSVP online (OIS Website)

    Location: Bovard Auditorium

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • International Exchange Program Info Session

    Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Are you looking for a semester-long study abroad program? Consider the Viterbi International Exchange Program! You can spend a semester at either the National University of Singapore or the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology taking engineering courses and experiencing the local culture. Come to our information session to learn more about the program, what kinds of classes you can take, and how to apply. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/viterbiexchange

    Applications for the Fall 2015 are due February 15!

    RSVPs are encouraged, but not required: http://bit.ly/1CfZ77

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Christine D'Arcy

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  • Yahoo Tech Talk

    Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join Yahoo Engineering Manager, Subramanyan Murali, as he explains the problems of scale in building the next generation of Yahoo Mail.

    Free Food!

    More Information: USC-Yahoo TechTalk.pdf

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Viterbi Spotlight Series- Electrical Engineering

    Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 07:00 PM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Viterbi Spotlight Series is your opportunity to connect with USC alumni and industry professionals that have been in your shoes and will share their experiences on how they got to where they are in their career.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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