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Events for November 08, 2013

  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Fri, Nov 08, 2013

    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. 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 visit https://esdweb.esd.usc.edu/unresrsvp/MeetUSC.aspx to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Six Sigma Black Belt

    Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Professional Programs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBA,

    Talk Title: Six Sigma Black Belt

    Abstract: Course Overview

    This course teaches you the advanced problem-solving skills you'll 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 the classroom in three five-day sessions over a three-month period.

    Learn the advanced problem-solving skills you need to implement the principles, practices and techniques of Six Sigma to maximize performance and cost reductions in your organization. During this three-week practitioner course, you will learn how to measure a process, analyze the results, develop process improvements and quantify the resulting savings. You will be required to complete a project demonstrating mastery of appropriate analytical methods and pass an examination to earn IIE�s Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate.This practitioner course for Six Sigma implementation provides extensive coverage of the Six Sigma process as well as intensive exposure to the key analytical tools associated with Six Sigma, including project management, team skills, cost analysis, FMEA, basic statistics, inferential statistics, sampling, goodness of fit testing, regression and correlation analysis, reliability, design of experiments, statistical process control, measurement systems analysis and simulation. Computer applications are emphasized.


    NOTE: Participants must bring a laptop computer running Microsoft Office� to the seminar.

    Course Topics

    * Business process management
    * Computer applications
    * Design of experiments (DOE)
    * Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)
    * DMAIIC
    * Enterprisewide deployment
    * Lean enterprise
    * Project management
    * Regression and correlation modeling
    * Statistical methods and sampling
    * Statistical process control
    * Team processes

    Benefits

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

    * Analyze process data using comprehensive statistical methods
    * Control the process to assure that improvements are used and the benefits verified
    * Define an opportunity for improving customer satisfaction
    * Implement the recommended improvements
    * Improve existing processes by reducing variation
    * Measure process characteristics that are critical to quality

    Who Should Attend

    * VPs, COOs, CEOs
    * Employees new to a managerial position
    * Employees preparing to make the transition to managerial roles
    * Current managers wanting to hone leadership skills
    * Anyone interested in implementing Lean or Six Sigma in their organization

    Program Fees

    On-Campus Participants: $7,245
    Includes continental breakfasts, lunch and all course materials. The fee does not include hotel accommodations or transportation.

    Online Participant with Live Session Interactivity: $7,245

    Includes attendee access codes for live call-in or chat capabilities during class sessions. Also includes all course and lecture materials available for live stream or download.



    Reduced Pricing:

    Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE): Reduced pricing is available for members of IIE. Please contact professional@gapp.usc.edu for further information.

    Trojan Family: USC alumni, current students, faculty, and staff receive 10% reduced pricing on registration.

    Boeing: Boeing employees receive 20% off registration fees (please use Boeing email address when registering).

    Location
    Two course delivery options are available for participants, on-campus and online with interactivity:

    On-Campus Course is held in state-of-the-art facilities on the University of Southern California campus, located in downtown Los Angeles. Participants attending on-campus will have the option to commute to the course or stay at one of the many hotels located in the area. For travel information, please visit our Travel section.

    Overview of on-campus option:

    * The ability to interact with faculty and peers in-person.
    * Access to hard copy course materials.
    * Ability to logon and view archived course information - up to 7 days after the course has been offered. This includes course documents and streaming video of the lectures.
    * If there is a conflict during any on-campus course dates, on-campus participants can elect to be an online/interactive student.
    * Parking, refreshments and lunch are provided for on-campus participants � unless otherwise specified.

    Online (Interactivity) Course delivery is completely online and real-time, enabling interaction with the instructor and fellow participants. Participants have the flexibility of completing the course from a distance utilizing USC's Distance Education Network technology. Students are required to be online for the entirety of each day's session.

    Overview of online (interactive):

    * Virtually participate in the course live � with the ability to either ask questions or chat questions to the entire class.
    * WebEx technologies provide the option to call into the class and view the entire lecture/materials on a personal computer, or to participate on a computer without having to utilize a phone line.
    * Ability to logon and view archived course information up to 7 days after the course has been offered. This includes course documents and streaming video of the lectures.

    Continuing Education Units
    CEUs: 10.5 (CEUs provided by request only)


    USC Viterbi School of Engineering Certificate of Participation is awarded to all participants upon successful completion of course.

    Upon completion, participants will also receive their Institute of Industrial Engineers certification in SIx Sigma Black Belt.

    Host: Corporate and Professional Programs

    More Info: http://gapp.usc.edu/professional-programs/short-courses/industrial%26systems/six-sigma-black-belt

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • Graduate Engineering Preview Day

    Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Preview Day is the Viterbi School's Graduate open house event for students interested in pursuing their Master's degree at one of the top ten ranked graduate engineering institutions in the nation. The event is free to all prospective students.

    We request that attendees have earned or are candidates to earn at least a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or hard science (such as physics, chemistry or biology).

    Learn more and register on our special Preview Day webpage

    More Information: a60d6d24_Preview_Day_Agenda_Web.pdf

    Location: Town & Gown (TGF) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: William Schwerin

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  • M.S. Preview Day 2013

    Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    Preview Day is the Viterbi School's Graduate open house event for students interested in pursuing their Master's degree at one of the top ten ranked graduate engineering institutions in the nation. The event is free to all prospective students.

    We request that attendees have earned or are candidates to earn at least a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or hard science (such as physics, chemistry or biology).

    Learn more and register on our special Preview Day webpage

    More Information: 69afb5e7_a60d6d24_Preview_Day_Agenda_Web.pdf

    Location: Town & Gown (TGF) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ryan Rozan

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  • Graduate Engineering Preview Day

    Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Preview Day is the Viterbi School's Graduate open house event for students interested in pursuing their Master's degree at one of the top ten ranked graduate engineering institutions in the nation. The event is free to all prospective students.

    We request that attendees have earned or are candidates to earn at least a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or hard science (such as physics, chemistry or biology).

    Learn more and register on our special Preview Day webpage!

    More Information: PreviewDayAgenda.pdf

    Location: Town & Gown (TGF) -

    Audiences: Prospective Students

    Posted By: Ryan Choi

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  • Graduate Engineering Preview Day

    Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events


    Preview Day is the Viterbi School's Graduate open house event for students interested in pursuing their Master's degree at one of the top ten ranked graduate engineering institutions in the nation. The event is free to all prospective students.

    We request that attendees have earned or are candidates to earn at least a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or hard science (such as physics, chemistry or biology).

    Learn more and register on our special Preview Day webpage

    Location: Town & Gown (TGF) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cassie Cremeans

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  • Graduate Engineering Preview Day

    Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events


    Preview Day is the Viterbi School's Graduate open house event for students interested in pursuing their Master's degree at one of the top ten ranked graduate engineering institutions in the nation. The event is free to all prospective students.

    We request that attendees have earned or are candidates to earn at least a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or hard science (such as physics, chemistry or biology).

    Learn more and register on our special Preview Day webpage: http://gapp.usc.edu/msprevie

    More Information: _Preview_Day_Agenda_Web.pdf

    Location: Town & Gown (TGF) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Christina Fontenot

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  • Graduate Engineering Preview Day

    Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events


    Preview Day is the Viterbi School's Graduate open house event for students interested in pursuing their Master's degree at one of the top ten ranked graduate engineering institutions in the nation. The event is free to all prospective students.

    We request that attendees have earned or are candidates to earn at least a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or hard science (such as physics, chemistry or biology).

    Learn more and register on our special Preview Day webpage: http://gapp.usc.edu/msprevie

    More Information: _Preview_Day_Agenda_Web.pdf

    Location: Town & Gown (TGF) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Christina Fontenot

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  • Graduate Engineering Preview Day

    Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events


    Preview Day is the Viterbi School's Graduate open house event for students interested in pursuing their Master's degree at one of the top ten ranked graduate engineering institutions in the nation. The event is free to all prospective students.

    We request that attendees have earned or are candidates to earn at least a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or hard science (such as physics, chemistry or biology).

    Learn more and register on our special Preview Day Webpage

    More Information: 69afb5e7_a60d6d24_Preview_Day_Agenda_Web.pdf

    Location: Town & Gown (TGF) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Neha Mundada

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  • Big Data, Large Volumes and Advanced Analytics in the Oil and Gas Industry

    Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jim Crompton, Former Manager of Upstream Architecture in the Chevron Global Upstream IT organization

    Talk Title: Big Data, Large Volumes and Advanced Analytics in the Oil and Gas Industry

    Abstract: The exploration and production of oil and natural gas are probably not seen by people outside of the industry as a very high tech business. However, a closer look at modern approaches to finding and producing hydrocarbons will reveal an industry with massive data volumes, a variety of data types and a very significant opportunity to create greater value through deeper business insight into operations. From seismic surveys which can create an image of the subsurface geology, to measurement while drilling complex deep water wells, to near real time analysis and optimization of producing and injecting wells in an oil field, the challenges of measurement, instrumentation, data management, visualization, integration and analysis are growing in magnitude and importance.

    Similar to other industries, the amount of data throughout the value chain is increasing. The opportunities to create value from more predictive and proactive interventions are growing. The challenges of managing asset operations to higher standards of reliability, safety and environment performance are becoming more critical. It will take more than just one technology breakthrough to unlock the value from collecting large amounts of data. A full systems view and an information lifecycle mindset are required to turn data, to clearer insights, to better decision, and ultimately to greater value.


    Biography: Jim Crompton, now a contractor for USC, held the position of Manager of Upstream Architecture in the Chevron Global Upstream IT organization until Spring 2013. He earned a BS in Geophysical Eng., MS in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University. In 1993, as IT Manager for the Gulf of Mexico Business Unit, Crompton led one of the first desktop PC standardization projects in Chevron. In 1997, Jim was names the Principal Technical Advisor for IT, where he was responsible assessment of emerging technology and strategic planning for the IT function. He served as chair of the API general committee for electronic commerce ( PIDX) and was able to influence the direction of the standards setting activities towards emerging technologies, such as XML, and new electronic business models in the industry. Jim participated in the IT merger integration study team in 2001 as part of the Chevron & Texaco merger which developed the IT organization structure and IT strategic direction for the corporation, where he received a President's Award for this activity. In 2002, Jim was selected to be a Chevron Fellow. Jim also worked on Chevron’s i-field program in the area of emerging solutions.

    Host: CiSoft

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 324

    Audiences: Please RSVP: legat@usc.edu

    Posted By: Juli Legat

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

    Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. Julia R. Greer, Materials Science and Mechanics, California Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Designing New Materials; from Nano to Micro to Macro

    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

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  • Analysis of Future Network Architectures

    Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Hamid Sadjadpour, UC Santa Cruz

    Talk Title: Analysis of Future Network Architectures

    Abstract: Future network architectures are being developed based on two main pillars. Software defined network (SDN) is the first effort to separate the network into two control and forwarding planes. The second main attempt is related to shifting from a host-centric paradigm to a content-centric approach. This new architecture is called information-centric network (ICN) where contents are accessed based on their names, and independently of the location of the hosts.

    In this talk, we focus on information-theoretic analysis of these architectures. We show the throughput capacity of an information-centric network when the data cached in each node has a limited lifetime. The results show that with some fixed request and cache expiration rates, the network can have the maximum throughput order in cases of grid and random networks. Comparing these values with the corresponding throughput with no cache capability, we can actually quantify the asymptotic advantage of caching.

    For SDN networks, we study some fundamental properties of the interface between control and forwarding planes, specifically in case of content routing. We evaluate the traffic between the two planes based on allowing a minimum level of acceptable distortion in the network state representation in the control plane. We apply our framework to content distribution, and show how we can compute the overhead of maintaining the location of content in the control plane. We identify scenarios where the cost of updating the control plane for content routing overwhelms the benefit of fetching the nearest copy. We also show how to minimize the cost of this overhead when associating costs to peering traffic and to internal traffic for operator-driven CDNs.


    Biography: Hamid Sadjadpour received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran in 1986 and 1988 respectively. He received his Ph.D. from USC in 1996. After graduation, he worked at AT&T Shannon Lab. until 2001. In 2001, he joined University of California, Santa Cruz where he is currently a Professor in the Electrical Engineering department.

    Host: Michael Neely, mjneely@usc.edu, EEB 520, x03505

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gerrielyn Ramos

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  • NL Seminar-Giuseppe Carenin:"Modeling Topics, Opinions and Discourse Structure in Asynchronous Conversations"

    Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Giuseppe Carenini, (University of British Columbia, Canada)

    Talk Title: NL Seminar- "Modeling Topics, Opinions and Discourse Structure in Asynchronous Conversations"

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Due to the Internet revolution, human conversational data--in written forms--are accumulating at a phenomenal rate, as more and more people engage in email exchanges, blogging, texting and other social media activities. In this talk, we will present automatic methods for analyzing conversational text generated in asynchronous conversations, i.e., where participants communicate with each other at different times (e.g., email, blog, forum). Our focus will be on novel techniques to detect the topics covered in the conversation, to identify whether an utterance in the conversation is expressing an opinion, as well as to determine the discourse structure of each message. In our work, we apply both graph-based methods and probabilistic graphical models.


    Biography: Giuseppe is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia (BC, Canada). Giuseppe has broad interdisciplinary interests. His work on natural language processing and information visualization to support decision making has been published in over 90 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Carenini was the area chair for “Sentiment Analysis, Opinion Mining, and Text Classification” of ACL 2009 and the area chair for “Summarization and Generation” of NAACL 2012. He has recently co-edited an ACM-TIST Special Issue on “Intelligent Visual Interfaces for Text Analysis”. In July 2011, he has published a co-authored book on “Methods for Mining and Summarizing Text Conversations”. In his work, Dr. Carenini has also extensively collaborated with industrial partners, including Microsoft and IBM. Giuseppe was awarded a Google Research Award and an IBM CASCON Best Exhibit Award in 2007 and 2010 respectively.

    Host: Yang Gao

    More Info: http://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 6th Flr Conf Rm # 689, Marina Del Rey

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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  • Integrated Systems Seminar Series

    Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Ghavam Shahidi, IBM Semiconductor

    Talk Title: CMOS Technology Scaling for the Next 10 Years: Device-Technology Interaction and Scaling Value Proposition

    Series: Integrated Systems Seminar Series

    Abstract: Within the last few years, there has been speculation about the slow-down and even the end of Moore's Law. In this talk we review the benefit of the Moore's Law (with regard to low power and/or performance) over the last 20-30 years, and how the benefit has evolved over the last few years. It will be shown that there is a tight coupling between the choice of transistor and the node-to-node product benefit (using products from Intel and IBM as benchmark). As we move to the 14 nm and beyond, we will discuss device challenges and trade-offs. We will argue that the CMOS technology scaling will continue through 10 nm, 7 nm, and beyond nodes for the next 10 years.

    Biography: Ghavam Shahidi received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. Degrees, all in electrical engineering, from MIT. In 1989 he joined the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, where he initiated the SOI development program in IBM Research. The work ultimately resulted the first mainstream use of SOI. Ghavam Shahidi was the Director of High-Performance Logic Development in IBM Microelectronics until 2003. He is currently the Director of Silicon Technology in IBM Research Division and an IBM Fellow. His work is focused on 10 nm and beyond.

    Host: Hossien Hashemi, Mike Chen, Mahta Moghaddam, Kunal Datta

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

    More Information: Ghavam Shahidi_Flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Danielle Hamra

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  • Astani CEE Ph.D. Seminar

    Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Sina Hasheminassab and Zheng Yang, CEE Ph.D Students

    Talk Title: Astani CEE Ph.D. Presentations

    Abstract: TBA

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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