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Events for April 18, 2014

  • EE Seminar

    Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Yuan Xie, Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

    Talk Title: Three-dimensional Integrated Circuits (3D ICs) Design, Architecture, and Applications

    Abstract: 3D Integration emerges as an attractive option to sustain Moore's law as well as to enable More-than-Moore. This talk will present an overview of recent research progress in 3D IC designs, including both design tools/VLSI perspective and architecture perspective. It will describe the following research directions for future 3D IC design: Design automation and test techniques and methodologies for 3D designs are imperative to realize 3D integration; Novel architectures and design space exploration at the architectural level are also essential to leverage 3D integration technologies for performance gain; Possible "killer" application for 3D integration (e.g., what application could dramatically benefit from 3D stacking technology or what novel applications are enabled by 3D technology.)

    Biography: Yuan Xie is currently a Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the Pennsylvania State University. He received Ph.D. from Princeton University, and was with IBM Microelectronic before joining Penn State. He also helped establish and lead AMD Research China Lab. Prof. Xie is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Early Faculty (CAREER) award, the SRC Inventor Recognition Award, IBM Faculty Award, and several Best Paper Award and Best Paper Award Nominations at IEEE/ACM conferences. His research covers areas of EDA, computer architecture, VLSI circuit designs, and embedded systems. His current research projects include: three-dimensional integrated circuits (3D ICs); emerging memory technologies; low power and thermal-aware design; reliable circuits and architectures; and embedded system synthesis.

    Host: Murali Annavaram

    More Information: Yuan Xie 04182014.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Estela Lopez

  • AI Seminar- Virgil Griffith: Quantifying Synergy in Complex Systems

    Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Virgil Griffith, PhD from the California Institute of a Technology

    Talk Title: Quantifying Synergy in Complex Systems

    Abstract: Synergy is a fundamental concept in complex systems that has received much attention in computational biology. One clear application of synergistic information is in computational genetics. It is well understood that most phenotypic traits are influenced not only by single genes but by interactions among genes—for example, human eye-color is cooperatively specified by more than a dozen genes. The magnitude of this “cooperative specification” is the synergistic information between the set of genes X and a phenotypic trait Y . Another application is neuronal firings where potentially thousands of presynaptic neurons influence the firing rate of a single post-synaptic (target) neuron. Yet another application is discovering the “informationally synergistic modules” within a complex system.

    Biography: Virgil Griffith is a newly minted PhD from the California Institute of a Technology. He is now works in Silicon Valley within the cryptocurrencies space.

    Home Page: http://virgil.gr

    Host: Greg Ver Steeg

    Webcast: http://webcasterms1.isi.edu/mediasite/Viewer/?peid=77c09f802a064f5d8935e818a691815a1

    Location: ISI- Marina Del Rey-Conf Rm # 1135

    WebCast Link: http://webcasterms1.isi.edu/mediasite/Viewer/?peid=77c09f802a064f5d8935e818a691815a1d

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

  • PhD Social Lunch

    Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events

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

    Audiences: Department Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

  • The W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Colloquim

    Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Ken Cooper, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Talk Title: Pat-Down at a Distance: a Terahertz Eye for Personal Screening Applications

    Host: W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Program

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Christine Viterbi Admission & Student Affairs

  • Integrated Systems Seminar Series - Spring 2014

    Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Matthew Reynolds, University of Washington

    Talk Title: Wireless Beyond Wi-Fi

    Series: Integrated Systems Seminar Series

    Abstract: Wireless communication has already enabled the phenomenal growth of mobile computing. But what other impacts can Maxwell's four humble equations have on the world of computing? In this talk I will show some examples of how advances in the wireless world can change the way we think about computing through innovations in energy, communication, sensing, and imaging.

    One example is a tiny wireless backpack that enables neural and EMG telemetry from dragonflies in flight, with a 5 Mbps uplink, 1.2mW total power, and a weight of only 38 mg. The backpack is wirelessly powered and employs a modulated backscatter communication link that achieves an energy cost of only a few pJ/bit, over 100X lower power per bit than Wi-Fi. I will then present results that extend MIMO techniques from communication to wireless power transmission, to enhance long range wireless power delivery to mobile devices, and some results, recently reported in Science, on lensless compressive imaging at millimeter wavelengths.

    Biography: Matt Reynolds is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. He was previously the Nortel Networks Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University. He is also co-founder of the RFID systems firm ThingMagic Inc (acquired by Trimble Navigation), the energy conservation firm Zensi (acquired by Belkin), and the home sensing company SNUPI Inc.
    Matt's research interests include RFID, energy efficiency at the physical layer of wireless communication, and the physics of sensing and actuation. Matt received the Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab in 2003, where he was a Motorola Fellow, as well as S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, has received five Best Paper awards, and has 13 issued and over 30 pending patents.

    Host: Hossien Hashemi, Mike Chen, Mahta Moghaddam, Sushil Subramanian

    More Info: http://mhi.usc.edu/activities/integrated-systems/

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Sushil Subramanian

  • Astani CEE Ph.D. Seminar

    Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Constantinos Sioutas, Professor, Astani CEE Department

    Talk Title: Physical, Chemical, And Toxicological Characteristics Of Particulate Matater (Pm) From Primary Sources And Secondary Formation Processes In The Megacity Of Los Angeles

    Abstract: Increasing epidemiological and toxicological evidence links cardio-respiratory health effects with exposures to ambient particulate matter (PM), and in particular to ultrafine nanoparticles (diameter < 0.15 µm). Emission inventories suggest that mobile sources may be primary direct contributors of these particles to urban atmospheres. Given the amount of traffic in the Los Angeles Basin, it is important to understand how particles from these sources behave after emission as they are transported away from busy roadways and other major sources, which are also abundant in all other urban areas in which over 50% of the earth’s population resides.

    This seminar will present a comprehensive summary of the research undertaken over the past almost decade by the Southern California Particle Center (SCPC) to investigate the sources, formation mechanisms, physical and chemical characteristics, population exposure patterns, and health effects of atmospheric particles with a particular emphasis on PM from mobile sources. This will be an overview of research described in greater detail in over 260 refereed publications, and used by federal (US EPA) and state (CARB) agencies to revise and promulgate new air quality PM standards.

    Utilizing mobile particle concentrators and other state-of-the-art technologies developed by the USC Aerosol lab, SCPC researchers set about characterizing the physical and chemical PM characteristics on/near freeways, in source and receptor areas of the Los Angeles Basin, the impact of mobile sources on indoor environments as well as ultrafine PM characteristics and emission factors of light-duty or heavy-duty vehicles. The seminar will present the most extensive physical and chemical characterization of air pollutants in the Los Angeles Basin (LAB) to have ever been conducted. Results from prospective human panel studies as well as mechanistic animal in vivo studies linking these atmospheric particles to a host of inflammatory airway responses, cardiovascular and neurological effects will be presented and discussed. In vitro toxicity evaluations of the relatively potency of these particles compared to manufactured nanoparticles in terms of their ability to induce oxidative stress effects, which lead to cardiovascular health effects, will also be presented.

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 102

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

  • Professor William H. Steier's Retirement Symposium

    Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events

    Symposium honoring William H. Steier - 46 years in the Electrical Engineering Department. Speakers include: Dr. Larry Dalton - Emeritus Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington; Dr. Harold Fetterman - Emeritus Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, UCLA; Dr. Bahram Jalali - Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, UCLA; Dr. Alex K-Y. Jen - Chair, Department of Material Science & Engineering Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington; Dr. Lute Maleki - President & CEO, OEwaves.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Marilyn Poplawski