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Events for December 03, 2013

  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Tue, Dec 03, 2013 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Professional Programs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBA, Viterbi School of Engineering

    Talk Title: Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Abstract: Learn how to integrate principles of business, statistics and engineering to achieve tangible results. Master the use of Six Sigma to quantify the critical quality issues in your company. Once the issues have been quantified, statistics can be applied to provide probabilities of success and failure. Six Sigma methods increase productivity and enhance quality. As a Six Sigma green belt, you will be equipped to support and champion a Six Sigma implementation in your organization. To earn the Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate, you will be required to pass the Institute of Industrial Engineer's green belt exam (administered on the final day of the course).

    During this course you will have the opportunity to apply what you have learned to an actual issue you face in your organization. Prior seminar participants have reported significant savings from implementing their projects.

    *A financial services organization saw $128,000 in cost savings per quarter when they reduced transaction processing rework
    *A state agency reduced project cost over-runs by 28 percent
    *A transportation company saved more than $875,000 per year in turnover costs by improving the employee communications process
    *Reduced errors in a painting operation led to increased first pass acceptance and more than $197,000 in annual savings
    *A Web developer increased annual profits by 10 percent by cutting cycle time
    *A wave solder operation saw defects reduced by half and costs reduced by $60,000 per year

    Host: Corporate and Professional Programs

    More Info: http://gapp.usc.edu/professional-programs/short-courses/industrial%2526systems/six-sigma-green-belt-process-improvement

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • PhD Defense - Xue Cai

    Tue, Dec 03, 2013 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    Title: GLOBAL ANALYSIS AND MODELING ON DECENTRALIZED INTERNET

    PhD Candidate: Xue Cai

    Committee:
    - John Heidemann (Chair)
    - Walter Willinger
    - Ramesh Govindan
    - Antonio Ortega (EE, Outside)

    Time: Tuesday Dec 3 @ 10am-12pm

    Location: SAL 222

    Abstract:
    Better understanding about Internet infrastructure is crucial to improve the reliability, performance, and security of web services. The need for this understanding then drives research in network measurements. Internet measurements explore a variety of data related to a specific topic and then develop approaches to transform data into useful understanding about the topic. This process is not straightforward since available data often only contains indirect information that may appear to have limited connection to the topic.

    This body of work asserts that systematic approaches can overcome data limitations to improve understanding about important aspects of the Internet infrastructure. We demonstrate the validity of our thesis statement by providing three specific examples that develop novel approaches and provide novel understanding compared to prior work. In particular, we employ four systematic approaches—statistical, clustering, modeling, and what-if approach—to understand three important aspects of the Internet: the efficiency and management of IPv4 addresses, the ownership of Autonomous Systems (ASes), and the robustness of web services when facing critical facility disruption. These approaches have addressed a variety of challenges posed by indirect, incomplete, over-fit, noisy and unknown data; they in turn enable us to improve understanding about the Internet.

    Each of our three studies explores a different area of the problem space and opens a much larger area of opportunity. The data limitations addressed by our approaches also occur in many other problems. We believe our approaches can inspire future work to solve these problems and in turn provide more useful understanding about the Internet.

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 222

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Lizsl De Leon

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  • Graduate Engineering Online Info Session

    Tue, Dec 03, 2013 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is a top-10 ranked graduate engineering program by U.S News and World Report. Join us for an online information session to learn about the exciting opportunities available.

    Register Now

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ray Fujioka/GAPP

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  • Epstein Institute / ISE 651 Seminar Series

    Tue, Dec 03, 2013 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor, School of Nursing and College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, RN, PhD

    Talk Title: A Context-Based Health Information Needs Assessment Strategy

    Abstract: Accelerating the design of technologies to support health in the home requires 1) better understanding of how the household context shapes consumer health behaviors and (2) the opportunity to afford engineers, designers and health professionals the chance to systematically study the home environment. We developed the Living Environments Laboratory (LEL) with a fully immersive, six-sided virtual reality CAVE to enable recreating of a broad range of household environments. We have successfully developed a virtual apartment, including a kitchen, living space and bathroom. Yet these spaces lack the accouterments of actual homes, characterized by clutter, personal decorations, and casual organization of furniture. In order to better understand how household context shapes personal health information management we will undertake an extensive study of 20 households addressing the social, physical, psychological, technical and health services context of PHIM, including creating detailed photographic, video, and 3D reconstructions of these households in a virtual reality CAVE; (2) through recursive immersive exploration in the CAVE, enumerate the features of these households that shape PHIM; (3) enlist 20 people self-identified with diabetes in a requirements validation activity in the CAVE; (4) engage 60 people with diabetes in an experimental evaluation of these indicators and (5) use all of these results to develop and evaluate, in a field assessment of 200 households, an Assessment of the Context of Home Environments inventory. The reference set of 20 virtual homes will be distributed through Creative Commons for repeated studies by designers. We will also make available the Assessment of the Context of Home Environments (ACHE) protocol for rapid assessments of the home context. This interdisciplinary project brings together nurses, engineers, computer scientists, and health services researchers to explicate how the home context shapes health information needs and can be used to guide the design of consumer health information management solutions.

    Supported by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, R01 HS022548

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 03, 2013
    OLIN HALL OF ENGINEERING (OHE) ROOM 100D
    3:30 - 4:50 PM


    Biography: Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, is the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor, School of Nursing and College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Brennan received a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She developed several innovative home care computer and HIT innovations, including ComputerLink, and HeartCare, and is National Program Director of Project HealthDesign. Brennan elaborated the broad range of patient-generated data including home-based sensors, self-monitoring devices, and Observations of Daily Living. Brennan leads the Living Environments Laboratory at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, which includes a 6-sided virtual reality CAVE that her group uses to re-create visually every environment on earth, and develop new ways for effective visualization of high dimensional data. She is fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing (1991) and the American College of Medical Informatics (1993). Dr. Brennan was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2002, and in 2009 became an elected member of the New York Academy of Medicine.

    Host: Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems

    More Information: Seminar-Brennan.pdf

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 100D

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Neha Mundada

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  • Microsoft Coding Challenge

    Tue, Dec 03, 2013 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Microsoft is hosting a coding challenge on Tuesday, December 3rd. Show off your love for coding and your savvy problem solving skills!

    Teams will consist of 1-3 people. Compete to win $600!

    More Information: USC Coding Challenge, 12.3.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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