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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Mon, Sep 01, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD,

    Abstract: Event Dates:
    Week 1: July 7 - 11, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 2: August 11 - 15, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 3: September 8 - 12, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    This course 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.

    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 USC and 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.

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  • NO SEMINAR (HOLIDAY)

    Mon, Sep 01, 2014 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Talk Title: NO SEMINAR (HOLIDAY)

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Tue, Sep 02, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD,

    Abstract: Event Dates:
    Week 1: July 7 - 11, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 2: August 11 - 15, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 3: September 8 - 12, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    This course 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.

    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 USC and 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.

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Wed, Sep 03, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD,

    Abstract: Event Dates:
    Week 1: July 7 - 11, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 2: August 11 - 15, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 3: September 8 - 12, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    This course 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.

    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 USC and 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.

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Thu, Sep 04, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD,

    Abstract: Event Dates:
    Week 1: July 7 - 11, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 2: August 11 - 15, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 3: September 8 - 12, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    This course 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.

    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 USC and 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.

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Fri, Sep 05, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD,

    Abstract: Event Dates:
    Week 1: July 7 - 11, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 2: August 11 - 15, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 3: September 8 - 12, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    This course 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.

    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 USC and 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.

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  • W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Colloquium

    Fri, Sep 05, 2014 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dave Weaver, Former Mayor and Councilmember, City of Glendale

    Talk Title: An Engineer's Persepctive on Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jeffrey Teng

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  • Integrated Seminar Series

    Fri, Sep 05, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

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    Speaker: Joyce Poon, Professor, University of Toronto

    Talk Title: Integrated Photonics in Silicon and Silicon Nitride-on-Silicon Platforms

    Abstract: The surging progress in silicon photonics over the past decade has been driven by its potential application in low cost, high bandwidth, wavelength-division multiplexed short reach optical interconnect. Despite significant advances, numerous technical challenges remain, such as the control of resonant devices, the implementation of large swing optical modulators, the management of polarization, the need for improved variation tolerance, an effective means for efficient and broadband fiber-to-chip optical coupling, and approaches to electronic-photonic integration.

    In this talk, I will provide an overview of my group’s progress in addressing these issues in silicon-based photonic platforms. Photonic devices and integrated circuits implemented in standard silicon-on-insulator photonic platforms and a custom silicon nitride-on-silicon platform will be presented. I will describe microring modulators and filters that circumvent conventional limits, the first polarization rotator-splitters and controllers in standard silicon photonic platforms, grating couplers with record-setting bandwidths and insertion losses, and our ongoing efforts in electronic integration. The work paves the path toward very large-scale photonic integrated circuits and terabit-scale optical transceivers.

    Biography: Joyce Poon is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Toronto, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Integrated Photonic Devices. She is currently a Visiting Associate in Electrical Engineering at Caltech. She and her team conduct theoretical and experimental research in micro- and nano-scale integrated photonics.

    Dr. Poon obtained the Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 2007 and 2003 respectively, and the B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science (physics option) from the University of Toronto in 2002. She is the recipient of a McCharles Prize for Early Research Career Distinction, a MIT TR35 award in 2012, IBM Faculty Award in 2010 and 2011, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award in 2009, NSERC University Faculty Award in 2008, and the Clauser Doctoral Thesis Prize from Caltech in 2007.

    Host: Hosted by Prof. Hossein Hashemi, Prof. Mike Chen, Prof. Mahta Moghaddam, and Masashi Yamagata

    More Info: http://mhi.usc.edu/events/event-details/?event_id=910774

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Elise Herrera-Green

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Sat, Sep 06, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD,

    Abstract: Event Dates:
    Week 1: July 7 - 11, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 2: August 11 - 15, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 3: September 8 - 12, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    This course 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.

    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 USC and 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.

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Sun, Sep 07, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD,

    Abstract: Event Dates:
    Week 1: July 7 - 11, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 2: August 11 - 15, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 3: September 8 - 12, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    This course 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.

    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 USC and 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.

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Mon, Sep 08, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD,

    Abstract: Event Dates:
    Week 1: July 7 - 11, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 2: August 11 - 15, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 3: September 8 - 12, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    This course 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.

    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 USC and 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.

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Sep 08, 2014 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

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    Speaker: John Wood, Professor Of Pediatrics Professor Of Radiology, Pediatrics/Children's Hospital Los Angeles (Keck School of Medicine)

    Talk Title: Rust and other causes of bad plumbing: How MRI is changing our understanding of hemoglobin disorders

    Biography: http://www.chla.org/site/c.ipINKTOAJsG/b.7914609/k.32A4/John_Wood_Lab__Cardiovascular_MRI__Hemoglobin_Disorders_Research__Iron__Heart.htm

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • Lean Six Sigma White Belt

    Tue, Sep 09, 2014

    Distance Education Network

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    Abstract: Lean Six Sigma White Belt will introduce you to the tools and techniques for implementing lean/six sigma principles. Participants will gain a broad understanding of the philosophy, methods and benefits of lean/six sigma and value stream mapping as they apply to all types of enterprises. You will be introduced to lean concepts via hands-on exercises.

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    Audiences: Registered Attendees

    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Tue, Sep 09, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD,

    Abstract: Event Dates:
    Week 1: July 7 - 11, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 2: August 11 - 15, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 3: September 8 - 12, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    This course 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.

    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 USC and 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.

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  • Epstein Institute / ISE 651 Seminar Series

    Tue, Sep 09, 2014 @ 03:30 AM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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    Speaker: Michael D. Orosz, Ph.D., Assistant Division Director, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: "Smart Grid Technologies and USC Research"

    Series: Epstein Institute Seminar Series

    Abstract: Smart grid technology is enabling electric grids to operate more efficiently and reliably - leading to increased sustainability and resilience. Although simple in concept, the implementation of such technology is challenging. Issues including concerns over privacy, public health impacts and the integration of old and new technology have been difficult to overcome and pose interesting research questions. The purpose of this talk is to review smart grid technologies, current challenges in implementing these technologies, the USC Smart Grid Living Laboratory and current Smart Grid research underway at USC.

    Biography: Dr. Michael Orosz is an Assistant Division Director at USC’s Information Sciences Institute, is a Research Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is the Principal Investigator of the USC portion of US Department of Energy and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power funded Smart Grid Regional Demonstration Project (SGRDP).

    Host: Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    More Information: Seminar-Orosz.doc

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Georgia Lum

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  • 2014 CiSoft Seminar

    Tue, Sep 09, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mr. Jim Crompton, Founder, Reflections Data Consulting

    Talk Title: Unconventional Resource Plays: shale and tight reservoirs

    Series: CiSoft Seminar

    Host: CiSoft

    Webcast: http://usccisoft.omnovia.com/register/7710140978600

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

    WebCast Link: http://usccisoft.omnovia.com/register/77101409786000

    Audiences: Please RSVP: legat@usc.edu

    Posted By: Juli Legat

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD,

    Abstract: Event Dates:
    Week 1: July 7 - 11, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 2: August 11 - 15, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 3: September 8 - 12, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    This course 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.

    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 USC and 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.

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    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • CREATE Seminar w/ Mike Azizi

    Wed, Sep 10, 2014 @ 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

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    Speaker: S. Massoud (Mike) Azizi, Principal Engineer and Associate Technical Fellow Reliability, System Safety and Specialty Engineering Aerojet Rocketdyne

    Talk Title: PRA Application to Offshore Drilling Critical Systems

    Series: CREATE Monthly Seminar Series

    Abstract: The nuclear and aerospace industries systems engineering approach typically incorporates Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) to estimate risk using quantitative methods to determine what can go wrong, the likelihood of occurrence of such events and the probable consequences. Thus, PRA provides insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the system’s design, operation and maintenance strategy. For instance, in the nuclear industry PRA is traditionally used to estimate the core damage and potential consequences relative to the reactor, facilities, power grid, environment and public. A Space Shuttle and launch vehicle operations PRA would provide an estimated risk for operations on the ground and during the launch, on-orbit, re-entry and landing phases.

    Similar discipline as those applied in the nuclear and aerospace industries can also be applied to various “mission critical” onshore and offshore oil and gas drilling, exploration and production systems. This paper describes the PRA methods as they could be applied to these systems and how the outcomes of such discipline can benefit the system’s design, operations and stakeholder interests.


    Biography: Mr. Azizi is a principal engineer and a technical fellow at Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR). He has 34 years of experience in the areas of Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA), System Safety, Reliability, Availability and Maintainability; with applications to Nuclear Utilities, Aerospace and Defense, and the Oil and Gas industry. Mike has worked with various Government agencies (e.g. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NASA, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and the US Air Force) and Commercial customers, and is well versed in regulatory guidelines and industry practices.

    He has been instrumental in saving his clients significant downtime and costs, while improving their systems’ operational safety, reliability, and efficiency.

    Mr. Azizi has a Bachelors Degree (B.S.) in Civil and Environmental (Structural) Engineering and Masters Degree (M.S.) in Nuclear Science and Engineering. He has published more than 30 papers and has received many honors and awards, including four patents from the US Patent Office.

    Please RSVP to me (calicchi@usc.edu) no later than Monday, September 8 to ensure that I order your lunch.

    Hope to see you there!
    Thank you,
    Erin Pearson (Calicchio)
    Administrative Assistant II
    University of Southern California
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security - National Center for
    Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)
    3710 McClintock Ave, RTH 313
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-2902
    213-740-3863
    calicchi@usc.edu
    www.usc.edu/create


    Host: CREATE at USC

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 306

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Erin Pearson (Calicchio)

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD,

    Abstract: Event Dates:
    Week 1: July 7 - 11, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 2: August 11 - 15, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 3: September 8 - 12, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    This course 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.

    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 USC and 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.

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    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • Lyman L. Handy Colloquia: Vasilios I. Manousiouthakis (UCLA)

    Thu, Sep 11, 2014 @ 12:45 PM - 01:50 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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    Speaker: Vasilios I. Manousiouthakis, UCLA Chemical Engineering

    Talk Title: Attainable Region (AR) for Reactor Networks and General Process Networks Definition, Motivation, Background, Quantification

    Series: Lyman L. Handy Colloquia

    Abstract: TBA

    Host: Prof. Tsotsis

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ryan Choi

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  • NL Seminar- Towards automatic extraction of experimental data from scientific papers [Intern final talk]

    Thu, Sep 11, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

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    Speaker: Eunsol Choi & Matic Horvat, University of Washington and Cambridge

    Talk Title: Towards automatic extraction of experimental data from scientific papers [Intern final talk]

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Many areas of science have experienced rapid growth in the amount of scientific literature published. For example, there are approximately 400 new papers published each year in the area of Machine Translation. As such amount of new data is virtually impossible to processes by a single researcher, a new tool is needed that would help researchers explore existing and discover new MT literature. To address this problem we built an approach for automatic extraction of experimental data from scientific papers that populates a database enabling structured queries.



    Biography: Eunsol Choi is a PhD student at the University of Washington, advised by Prof. Luke Zettlemoyer. Prior to UW, she studied mathematics and computer science at Cornell University.

    Matic Horvat is a PhD student at University of Cambridge researching integration of semantics and Statistical Machine Translation. He is originally from Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he completed a BSc in Computer Science in 2012. He continued with a masters in Advanced Computer Science at University of Cambridge, graduating in 2013.

    Host: Aliya Deri and Kevin Knight

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th Flr Conf Rm # 1135, Marina Del Rey

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD,

    Abstract: Event Dates:
    Week 1: July 7 - 11, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 2: August 11 - 15, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Week 3: September 8 - 12, 2014 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    This course 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.

    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 USC and 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.

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  • AI SEMINAR

    Fri, Sep 12, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Pascal Van Hentenryck, National ICT Australia (NICTA)

    Talk Title: Measuring and Optimizing Cultural Markets

    Abstract: Social influence has been shown to create significant unpredictability
    in cultural markets, providing one potential explanation why experts
    routinely fail at predicting commercial success of cultural
    products. To counteract the difficulty of making accurate predictions,
    ``measure and react'' strategies have been advocated but finding a
    concrete strategy that scales for very large markets has remained
    elusive so far. Here we propose a ``measure and optimize'' strategy
    that uses product quality, appeal, and social influence to maximize
    expected profits in the market. Computational experiments show that
    our ``measure and optimize'' strategy can leverage social influence to
    produce significant performance benefits for the market. Our
    theoretical analysis also proves that a ``measure and optimize''
    strategy with social influence outperforms in expectation any
    ``measure and react'' strategy not displaying social information. In
    other words, we show for the first time that dynamically showing
    consumers positive social information increases the expected
    performance of the seller in cultural markets, when using a ``measure
    and optimize'' strategy.

    Biography: Pascal Van Hentenryck leads the Optimisation Research Group (about 75
    people) at National ICT Australia (NICTA). He also holds a
    Vice-Chancellor Strategic Chair in data-intensive computing at the
    Australian National University. Van Hentenryck is the recipient of
    two honorary degrees and a fellow of the Association for the
    Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He was awarded the 2002
    INFORMS ICS Award for research excellence in operations research and
    compute science, the 2006 ACP Award for research excellence in
    constraint programming, the 2010-2011 Philip J. Bray Award for
    Teaching Excellence at Brown University, and was the 2013 IFORS
    Distinguished speaker. Van Hentenryck is the author of five MIT Press
    books and has developed a number of innovative optimisation systems
    that are widely used in academia and industry.

    Host: Kristina Lerman

    More Info: TBA

    Webcast: TBA

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th floor large conference room

    WebCast Link: TBA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Colloquium

    Fri, Sep 12, 2014 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Ashish Soni, Founding Director of the Viterbi Startup Garage

    Talk Title: Starting a Technology Venture: Keys to Success

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jeffrey Teng

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  • Integrated Seminar Series

    Fri, Sep 12, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mark Davis, Consultant USA

    Talk Title: Foliage Penetration Radar

    Abstract: Abstract: Foliage Penetration (FOPEN) Radar is a technical approach to find and characterize man-made objections under dense foliage, as well as characterizing the foliage itself. It has applications in both military surveillance and civilian geospatial imaging. This Tutorial is divided into three parts.

    1) The early history of FOPEN Radar: battlefield surveillance and the early experiments in foliage penetration radar are covered. There were some very interesting developments in radar technology that enabled our ability to detect fixed and moving objects under dense foliage. An important breakthrough was the quantification of the radar propagation through foliage, and related scattering and loss effects.

    2) FOPEN synthetic aperture radar (SAR) with concentration on development results from several systems. These systems were developed for both military and commercial applications, and during a time of rapid awareness of the need and ability to operate in a dense signal environment. The tutorial quantifies the benefits of polarization diversity in detecting and characterizing both man made and natural objects. Furthermore, there is a clear benefit for use of polarization in false alarm mitigation. Finally the techniques developed for ultra wideband and ultra wide angle image formation will be presented.

    3) New research in Multi-mode Ultra-Wideband Radar, with the design of both SAR and moving target indication (MTI) FOPEN systems. Particular note will be taken on the benefits and difficulties in designing these ultra-wideband (UWB) systems, and operation in real world electromagnetic environments. The tutorial will illustrate new technologies that have promise for future multimode operation: the need to detect low minimum discernable velocity; and simultaneous SAR and GMTI operation.

    Biography: io: Dr Mark E Davis has over 45 years experience in Radartechnology and systems development. He has held senior management positions in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Air Force Research Laboratory, and General Electric Aerospace. At DARPA, he was the program manager on both the foliage penetration (FOPEN) radar advanced development program and the GeoSAR foliage penetration mapping radar. Dr Davis wrote the text "Foliage Penetration Radar - Detection and Characterization of Objects Under Trees", published by Scitech Raleigh NC in March 2011.

    His education includes a PhD in Physics from The Ohio State University, and Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University. He is a Life Fellow of both the IEEE and Military Sensing Symposia, and a member of the AESS Board of Governors and Past-Chair of the AESS Radar Systems Panel.

    Hosted by Prof. Hossein Hashemi, Prof. Mike Chen and Prof. Mahta Moghaddam

    Organized and hosted by Masashi Yamagata

    For questions or additional details, please email myamagat@usc.edu


    Host: Hosted by Prof. Hossein Hashemi, Prof. Mike Chen, Prof. Mahta Moghaddam, and Masashi Yamagata

    More Info: http://mhi.usc.edu/events/event-details/?event_id=910775

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Elise Herrera-Green

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Sep 15, 2014 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Nicolas Schweighofer, Noah Malmstadt, Megan McCain,

    Talk Title: BME Research Presentations

    Abstract: Nicolas Schweighofer (12:30)Talk Title: Computational neurorehabilitation: modeling motor learning and re-learning post-stroke

    Noah Malmstadt (12:50)Talk Title: Bottom-up synthetic biology with lipid bilayers

    Megan McCain (1:10)Talk Title: Heart Disease on a Chip: Cardiac Tissue Engineering for Drug Screening and Personalized Medicine


    Host: David D'Argenio

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Seminars in Engineering, Neuroscience & Health (ENH)

    Mon, Sep 15, 2014 @ 03:50 PM - 04:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Charles Y. Liu, M.D. Ph.D., Surgical Director of the Keck Medical Center of USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program Director of Neurosurgery and Spine at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center

    Talk Title: Maximizing Unique Opportunities from Clinical Neurosciences for Human Nervous System Functional Restoration Research

    Series: Seminars in Engineering, Neuroscience & Health (ENH)

    Abstract: From the perspective of the clinical neurosciences, the treatment of nervous system disorders has largely been limited by the inability to restore lost neurological function, despite successful strategies to arrest or slow down the underlying processes. However, recent developments in the basic neurosciences and neural engineering are potentially expanding the horizons in this regard. The typical roadmap for translational application of basic discoveries to application to patients involves the progression from in-vitro experiments to animal models (including non-human primates) to human testing. In this sequence, the step from animal models to human work typically generates the most scrutiny, requires the most resources, and in many cases represents the barrier for ultimate benefit to patients. The USC Center for Neurorestoration has been established from the perspective of the clinical neurosciences to address this specific challenge. The vision is to create large scale clinical programs that run in parallel with collaborative research programs in engineering and neuroscience that take maximum advantage of opportunities for direct human recordings, or access to human neural tissue. The Center consists of an amalgam of clinical entities (USC Keck Hospital, LAC-USC Medical Center, and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center) and research entities (USC Keck School of Medicine, Viterbi School of Engineering, and California Institute of Technology) as the core resources. It is designed to synergize with other Centers and Institutes at each of the partner entities, providing a unique voice from the perspective of the clinical neurosciences of neurosurgery and neurology.

    Biography: This seminar is also streaming live at:
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    Host: Francisco Valero-Cuevas

    Webcast: http://capture.usc.edu/Mediasite/Catalog/Full/946350f1ca8440e7b867e16adba01e4e21/?state=xJE9EJIqlAdw4AAliKf

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

    WebCast Link: http://capture.usc.edu/Mediasite/Catalog/Full/946350f1ca8440e7b867e16adba01e4e21/?state=xJE9EJIqlAdw4AAliKfp

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Epstein ISE Department Seminar

    Tue, Sep 16, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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    Speaker: Dr. Victor M. Zavala, Assistant Computational Mathematician, Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory Fellow, Computation Institute, University of Chicago

    Talk Title: "Advances in Large-Scale Nonlinear Programming: Theory, Computation, and Applications in Energy Systems"

    Abstract: We present advances in theory, computation, and applications of large-scale nonlinear programming. In particular, we present a new filter line-search framework (PIPS-NLP) for general nonconvex problems that does not require inertia (eigenvalue) information of the Karush-Kuhn-Tucker system to identify descent directions. Instead, the proposed inertia-free approach performs inexpensive curvature tests along computed search steps. We prove that the approach is well-posed, delivers descent directions, and is globally convergent. In addition, the inertia-free approach enables the use of a wide range of matrix-free and parallel linear algebra techniques and libraries that cannot provide inertia information. We demonstrate these capabilities by solving previously intractable problems that arise in natural gas and power grid infrastructures. These problems have millions of variables and constraints and result from the combination of stochastic optimal control, partial differential equations, and network features.

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
    ANDRUS GERONTOLOGY BLDG (GER) ROOM 206
    10:00 - 11:00 AM

    Biography: Victor M. Zavala is currently an assistant computational mathematician in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory and a Fellow in the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago. He received a B.Sc. degree from Universidad Iberoamericana (2003) and a Ph.D. degree from Carnegie Mellon University (2008), both in chemical engineering. His research interests are in the areas of mathematical modeling and large-scale optimization of energy systems.

    Host: Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    More Information: Seminar-Zavala2.doc

    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Georgia Lum

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  • Epstein Institute / ISE 651 Seminar Series

    Tue, Sep 16, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Archis Ghate, Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle

    Talk Title: "Countably Infinite Linear Programs: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications"

    Series: Epstein Institute Seminar Series

    Abstract: In this talk, we will consider linear programs (LPs) with a countably infinite number of variables and a countably infinite number of constraints. These countably infinite linear programs (CILPs) arise in a variety of applications such as countable state Markov decision processes (MDPs), infinite-stage minimum cost network flow problems, non-stationary infinite-horizon planning problems, and robust optimization. Standard results, intuition, and interpretations in finite-dimensional LPs do not extend to CILPs. For example, weak and strong duality may not hold, extreme points may not be equivalent to basic feasible solutions, dual variables may not have a shadow price interpretation, and a finitely implementable Simplex algorithm is not known. In this talk, we will explore sufficient conditions under which such theoretical results and algorithms can be developed for CILPs. Several examples and counterexamples will be discussed to explain key ideas. Non-stationary infinite-horizon MDPs will be used as a flagship example where everything works out nicely.

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
    GRACE FORD SALVATORI HALL (GFS) ROOM 101
    3:30 - 4:50 PM


    Biography: Archis Ghate is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. His research focuses on stochastic and dynamic optimization. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan, MS from Stanford University, and completed his undergraduate education at the Indian Institute of Technology. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and the award for Excellence in Teaching OR from the Institute of Industrial Engineers. His doctoral students have won the Dantzig dissertation award and the Bonder scholarship from INFORMS, as well as other competitive awards from the University of Washington.


    Host: Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    More Information: Seminar-Ghate.doc

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Georgia Lum

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  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

    Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Igor V. Adamovich, Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

    Talk Title: Diagnostics and Modeling of Plasma Assisted Combustion Kinetics

    Abstract: Recent experimental studies of repetitive nanosecond pulse discharges demonstrate their significant potential for plasma assisted ignition and combustion. The main advantage of using these discharges for ignition is efficient generation of electronically excited and radical species, such as O and H atoms, as well as OH. In recent experiments, time-resolved temperature, N2 vibrational level populations, absolute O, H, and OH number densities, and ignition delay time are measured in premixed hydrocarbon-air, hydrogen-air, and hydrogen-oxygen-argon flows excited by repetitive nanosecond pulse discharges in plane-to-plane and point-to-point geometries. Time-resolved temperature and OH number density in lean H2-air, CH4-air, C2H4-air, and C3H8-air mixtures are measured by picosecond, broadband Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy (CARS) and by OH Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF). Time-resolved, spatially resolved temperature and absolute number densities of OH and H in Ar-O2-H2 mixtures are measured by UV Rayleigh scattering, LIF, and Two-Photon Absorption LIF (TALIF), respectively. The results demonstrate that ignition occurs due to efficient generation of radical species in the discharge, and provide insight into the kinetic mechanism of low-temperature plasma assisted ignition. Time-resolved electron density, electron temperature, and electric filed in transient nanosecond pulse discharges are measured by Thomson scattering and psec CARS / 4-wave mixing. The results are compared with kinetic modeling calculations, showing the need for development of an accurate, predictive low-temperature plasma / fuel chemistry model applicable to fuels C3 and higher.

    Biography: Igor V. Adamovich
    Background:
    2009-current: Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Ohio State
    2001-2009: Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Aviation, Ohio State
    2000-2001: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State
    1994-2000: Research Scientist, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics Laboratories, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State
    1991-1993: Graduate Research Assistant, Molecular Energy Transfer Laboratory, Chemical Physics Program and Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State
    1987-1991: Research Associate, Aerothermodynamics Laboratory, A.V. Lykov Heat and Mass Transfer Institute of Soviet Academy of Sciences, Minsk, USSR
    Education:
    Ph.D., Chemical Physics, 1993, Ohio State
    M.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1987, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
    Research Interests:
    Kinetics of gases and plasmas at extreme thermodynamic disequilibrium, sustaining and stability control of high-pressure weakly ionized plasmas, high-speed flow control by plasmas, nonequilibrium MHD flows, plasma assisted combustion, molecular energy transfer processes, electron and ion kinetics, chemical reactions among excited species
    Publications:
    Over 100 archival journal papers and book sections, over 250 refereed conference papers, over 50 invited lectures and seminars, 2 patents

    Host: Professor Paul Ronney

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Valerie Childress

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  • AI SEMINAR - Incentivizing Exploration [joint work with Peter Frazier, Jon Kleinberg, Robert Kleinberg]

    Fri, Sep 19, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: David Kempe, USC CS Dept. Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs

    Talk Title: Incentivizing Exploration [joint work with Peter Frazier, Jon Kleinberg, Robert Kleinberg]

    Series: AISeminar

    Abstract: We study a Bayesian multi-armed bandit (MAB) setting in which a principal seeks to maximize the sum of expected time-discounted rewards obtained by pulling arms, when the arms are actually pulled by selfish and myopic individuals. Since such individuals pull the arm with highest expected posterior reward (i.e., they always exploit and never explore), the principal must incentivize them to explore by offering suitable payments. Among others, this setting models crowdsourced information discovery and funding agencies incentivizing scientists to perform high-risk, high-reward research.

    We explore the tradeoff between the principal's total expected time-discounted incentive payments, and the total time-discounted rewards realized. Specifically, with a time-discount factor gamma in (0,1), let OPT denote the total expected time-discounted reward achievable by a principal who pulls arms directly without having to incentivize selfish agents, in a MAB problem. We call a (payment, reward) combination (b,rho) in [0,1]^2 achievable if for every MAB instance, using expected time-discounted payments of at most b*OPT, the principal can guarantee an expected time-discounted reward of at least rho*OPT. Our main result is a complete characterization of achievable (payment, reward) pairs: (b,rho) is achievable if and only if sqrt(b) + sqrt(1-rho) >= sqrt(gamma).

    In proving this characterization, we analyze so-called time-expanded policies, which in each step let the agents choose myopically with some probability p, and incentivize them to choose "optimally" with probability 1-p. The analysis of time-expanded policies leads to a question that may be of independent interest: If the same MAB instance (without selfish agents) is considered under two different time-discount rates gamma, eta, how small can the ratio of OPT(eta) to OPT(gamma) be? We give a complete answer to this question, showing that OPT(eta) >= ((1-gamma)^2/(1-eta)^2) OPT(gamma), and that this bound is tight.


    Biography: David Kempe received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2003, and has been on the faculty in the computer science department at USC since the Fall of 2004, where he is currently an Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs.

    His primary research interests are in computer science theory and the design and analysis of algorithms, with a particular emphasis on social networks, algorithms for feature selection, and game-theoretic and pricing questions. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the VSoE Junior Research Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, a Sloan Fellowship, and an Okawa Fellowship, in addition to several USC mentoring awards.

    ***Upon Speakers request there will be no Live Webcast viewing; It will be recorded for internal viewing only***

    Host: Greg Ver Steeg

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 1135

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Alma Nava / Information Sciences Institute

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  • W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Colloquium

    Fri, Sep 19, 2014 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Alex Lee, Aerodynamics Engineer and USC Deputy Focal, The Boeing Company

    Talk Title: The Business of Engineering Ethics: Tackle Real-World Challenges

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jeffrey Teng

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  • Integrated Seminar Series

    Fri, Sep 19, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Mark Straayer, Maxim Integrated Products

    Talk Title: Data Converters

    Abstract: The role that analog-to-digital converters (ADC) play in most electronic systems is growing, and this can be attributed to the two factors. First, it is well known that the reduced power, area, and cost of the digital in advanced process technologies is a motivating factor to integrate more signal processing functions in the digital domain. Second, the ADC performance trajectory of lower power consumption, higher speed, and higher precision resulting from architectural and process advances has been allowing for applications to sample the signal of interest with minimal analog signal processing at the front-end.

    This talk will explore a number of topics in this area, highlighting application examples that have seen this trend and diving into technical approaches that make it possible. We will discuss one approach that Maxim has leveraged to achieve state-of-the-art performance with significant power reduction, zero-crossing based converters. In addition, we will explore other technical approaches for ADC designs, including SAR converters, sigma-delta converters, and the VCO-based converters in the context of the expanding role for ADC previously mentioned.

    Biography: Dr. Matt Straayer received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and the Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently the Director of IC Design for the Advanced IP Solutions Group at Maxim Integrated.

    From 2001-2003 he worked at Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc., Ypsilanti, MI, designing custom CMOS IC for capacitive and resonant MEMS sensors in industrial and medical wireless telemetry applications. From 2003-2008 he was a member of the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA, developing mixed-signal circuits for high-speed and RF applications in a variety of process technologies, especially in the area of high-performance and low-power frequency synthesizers.

    In 2008 he helped to co-found Cambridge Analog Technologies (CAT), where as Vice President of Product Development he led the technical development of zero-crossing circuits for high performance analog-to-digital converters, taking the technology from MIT research to robust high volume products. In 2011 CAT was acquired by Maxim Integrated Products, and he has continued to lead the design team in establishing circuit architectures and roadmaps, effective project management, and recruiting technical talent.

    Dr. Straayer is the author of numerous publications and patents, and currently serves on the ISSCC data converter technical program committee.

    Hosted by Prof. Hossein Hashemi, Prof. Mike Chen and Prof. Mahta Moghaddam

    Organized and hosted by Masashi Yamagata

    For questions or additional details, please email myamagat@usc.edu

    Host: Hosted by Prof. Hossein Hashemi, Prof. Mike Chen, Prof. Mahta Moghaddam, and Masashi Yamagata

    More Info: http://mhi.usc.edu/events/event-details/?event_id=910777

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Elise Herrera-Green

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  • NL Seminar- An open-source toolkit for the representation, manipulation and optimization of weighted hypergraphs

    Fri, Sep 19, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Markus Dreyer, SDL

    Talk Title: An open-source toolkit for the representation, manipulation and optimization of weighted hypergraphs

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Weighted hypergraphs arise naturally in parsing, syntax-based machine translation and other tree-based NLP models, as well as in weighted logic programming.

    We present an open-source toolkit for the representation and manipulation of weighted hypergraphs. It provides hypergraph data structures and algorithms, such as the shortest path and inside-outside algorithms, composition, projection, and more. In addition, it provides functionality to optimize hypergraph feature weights from training data. We model finite-state machines as a special case. We give a tutorial on hypergraphs and the hypergraph toolkit and explain how you can use these tools in your research.

    This is joint work with Jonathan Graehl.

    Biography: Markus Dreyer is a Senior Research Scientist at SDL Language Weaver. His research focuses on algorithms and machine learning techniques for large-scale machine translation and NLP. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, advised by Jason Eisner. For more information, see http://goo.gl/d6mHUi.

    Host: Aliya Deri and Kevin Knight

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

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th Flr Conf Rm # 1135, Marina Del Rey

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Sep 22, 2014 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: James Finley (Assistant Professor, Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy & BME), Krishna Nayak (Associate Professor, EE & BME), James Weiland (Professor, BME & Ophthalmology),

    Talk Title: Faculty Research in BME

    Abstract: James Finley (12:30), Talk title: Understanding the neuromechanics of human locomotion to advance gait rehabilitation

    Krishna Nayak (12:55)Talk Title: MRI better, faster, stronger

    James Weiland (1:20), Talk title: Bioelectronics Research Lab


    Host: Stanley Yamashiro

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • Epstein Institute / ISE 651 Seminar Series

    Tue, Sep 23, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Daniella Meeker, PhD, Assistant Professor, USC Keck School of Medicine Director of Clinical Informatics, Clinical Translational Sciences Institute

    Talk Title: "Infrastructure for Federated Clinical Research Networks: Design and Results in Behavioral Economics"

    Series: Epstein Institute Seminar Series

    Abstract: Dr. Meeker will present work that is the product of collaborations with USC investigators in the Schaeffer Center and the Information Sciences Institute. In this presentation she will describe a system for research workflow management that guides investigators participating in multi-site studies through the phases of research. She will show results of a USC-led study that leveraged parts of the system, and how updates in progress were informed by these results and other developments in the research community. These updates include platform-independent design and leveraging frameworks for massively parallel computation for privacy-preserving analyses. She will end the presentation with a brief discussion of the two planned USC clinical informatics systems, and elicit suggestions from the audience for applications and possible projects that might leverage these new assets in innovative ways.

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
    GRACE FORD SALVATORI HALL (GFS) ROOM 101
    3:30 - 4:50 PM








    Biography: Dr. Meeker joined USC faculty in August as an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Director of Informatics for the Clinical Translational Sciences Institute. She serves as a director of the Clinical Research Informatics program within the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Before joining USC CTSI she was a System Engineer and an Information Scientist at RAND. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the RAND Bing Center for Health Economics. Her current research is focused on distributed architectures for data management, analysis, and translational practice. Her other work includes development of collaborative platforms for knowledge management, program evaluation, social network analysis, and applied health and behavioral economics. Dr. Meeker has served as the technical and implementation lead for two clinical data research networks funded by the National Institute on Aging and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


    More Information: Seminar-Meeker.doc

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Georgia Lum

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  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

    Wed, Sep 24, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Anirban Guha, Postdoctoral Fellow in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

    Talk Title: On the Connection between Wave Resonance, Shear Instability and Oscillator Synchronization

    Abstract: Homlboe (Geophys. Publ., vol. 24, 1962, pp. 7-112) postulated that interaction between two or more progressive, linear interfacial waves produces exponentially growing instabilities in idealized (broke-line profiles), homogeneous or density-stratified, inviscid shear layers. We have generalized Holmboe's mechanistic picture of linear shear instabilities by (i) not initially specifying the wave type, and (ii) providing the option for non-normal growth. We have demonstrated the mechanism behind linear shear instabilities by proposing a purely kinematic model consisting of two linear, Doppler-shifted, progressive interfacial waves moving in opposite directions. Moreover, we have found a necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of exponentially growing instabilities in idealized shear forms. The two interfacial waves, starting from arbitrary initial conditions, eventually phase-lock and resonate (grow exponentially), provided the necessary and sufficient condition in satisfied. The theoretical underpinning of our wave interaction model is analogous to that of synchronization between two coupled harmonic oscillators. We have re-framed our model into a nonlinear autonomous dynamical system, the steady-state configuration of which corresponds to the resonant configuration of the wave interaction model. When interpreted in terms of the canonical normal-mode theory, the steady-state/resonant configuration corresponds to the growing normal mode of the discrete spectrum. The instability mechanism occurring prior to reaching steady state is non-modal, favoring rapid transient growth. Depending on the wavenumber and initial phase-shift, non-modal gain can exceed the corresponding modal gain by many orders of magnitude. Instability is also observed in the parameter space, which is deemed stable by the normal-mode theory. Using our model we have derived the discrete spectrum non-modal stability equations for three classical examples of shear instabilities: Rayleigh/Kelvin-Helmholtz, Holmboe and Taylor-Caulfield. We have shown that the necessary and sufficient condition provides a range of unstable wave numbers for each instability type, and this range matched the predictions of normal-mode theory.

    Biography: Anirban Guha is currently a Postdoctoral fellow in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UCLA. He is particularly interested in stratified shear instabilities, Rossby and gravity waves, vortices, and flow over topography. Dr. Guha obtained an Undergraduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University, India, and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of British Columbia, Canada. He received various awards during his Ph.D. studies at UBC - the Four year fellowship, the Earl R. Peterson memorial scholarship, and the Faculty of applied science graduate award. Dr. Guha was also the 2013 recipient of the prestigious David Crighton Fellowship from DAMTP, University of Cambridge.

    Host: Professor Paul Ronney

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Valerie Childress

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  • Distinguished Lecture: Haiyan Wang (Texas A&M)

    Thu, Sep 25, 2014 @ 12:45 PM - 02:00 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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    Speaker: Haiyan Wang, Texas A&M ECE

    Talk Title: Nanoengineering and Integration of Materials with Unique Functionalities - Research Findings and Visions

    Series: Distinguished Lectures

    Abstract: TBA

    Host: Prof. Nutt

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ryan Choi

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  • AI SEMINAR - Query-driven approach to entity resolution

    Fri, Sep 26, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

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    Speaker: Dmitri V. Kalashnikov , UCI

    Talk Title: Query-driven approach to entity resolution

    Series: AISeminar

    Abstract: The significance of data quality research is motivated by the observation that the effectiveness of data-driven technologies such as decision support tools, data exploration, analysis, and scientific discovery tools is closely tied to the *quality of data* to which such techniques are applied. It is well recognized that the outcome of the analysis is only as good as the data on which the analysis is performed. That is why today organizations spend a substantial percentage of their budgets on cleaning tasks such as removing duplicates, correcting errors, and filling missing values, to improve data quality prior to pushing data through the analysis pipeline.

    Given the critical importance of the problem, many efforts, in both industry and academia, have explored systematic approaches to addressing the cleaning challenges. This talk focuses primarily on the *entity resolution* challenge that arises because objects in the real world are referred to using references or descriptions that are not always unique identifiers of the objects, leading to ambiguity.

    Traditionally, data cleaning is performed as a preprocessing step when creating a data warehouse prior to making it available to analysis -- an approach that works well under standard settings. Cleaning the entire data warehouse, however, can require a considerable amount of time and significant computing resources. Hence, this approach is often suboptimal for many modern query-driven and Big Data applications that need to analyze only small portions of the entire dataset and produce answers "on-the-fly" and in real-time.

    To address these new cleaning challenges, we have developed a *Query-Driven Approach (QDA)* to data cleaning. QDA exploits the specificity and semantics of the given SQL selection query to significantly reduce the cleaning overhead by resolving only those records that may influence the answer of the query. It computes answers that are equivalent to those obtained by first using a regular cleaning algorithm, and then querying on top of the cleaned data. However, in many cases QDA can compute these answers much more efficiently.

    A key concept driving the QDA approach is that of *vestigiality*. A cleaning step (i.e., call to the resolve function for a pair of records) is called vestigial (redundant) if QDA can guarantee that it can still compute correct final answer without knowing the outcome of this resolve. We formalize the concept of vestigiality in the context of a large class of SQL selection queries and develop techniques to identify vestigial cleaning steps. Technical challenges arise since vestigiality, as we will show, depends on several factors, including the specifics of the cleaning function (e.g., the merge function used if two objects are indeed duplicate entities), the predicate associated with the query, and the query answer semantics of what the user expects as the result of the query. We show that determining vestigiality is NP-hard and propose an effective approximate solution to test for vestigiality that performs very well in practice.

    The comprehensive empirical evaluation of the proposed approach demonstrates its significant advantage in terms of efficiency over traditional techniques for query-driven applications.

    Biography: http://www.ics.uci.edu/ dvk/CV/dvk_bio.txt

    Dmitri V. Kalashnikov is an Associate Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science from Purdue University in 2003. He received his diploma in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Moscow State University, Russia in 1999, graduating summa cum laude.

    His general research interests include databases and data mining. Currently, he specializes in the areas of entity resolution & data quality, and real-time situational awareness. In the past, he has also contributed to the areas of spatial, moving-object, and probabilistic databases.

    He has received several scholarships, awards, and honors, including an Intel Fellowship and Intel Scholarship. His work is supported by the NSF, DH&S, and DARPA.

    Host: Greg Ver Steeg

    Webcast: http://webcasterms1.isi.edu/mediasite/Viewer/?peid=dd8c0e0eef1749fdb4bc581af408d8561

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 1135

    WebCast Link: http://webcasterms1.isi.edu/mediasite/Viewer/?peid=dd8c0e0eef1749fdb4bc581af408d8561d

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Alma Nava / Information Sciences Institute

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  • W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Colloquium

    Fri, Sep 26, 2014 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

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    Speaker: Robert Powell, Retired Chemical Engineer/Industrial Hygienist, ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences

    Talk Title: Industrial Hygiene Engineering Controls for Petrochemical Plants

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jeffrey Teng

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  • NL Seminar-Semantic Parsing at Google

    Fri, Sep 26, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

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    Speaker: Bill MacCartney, (Google/Stanford)

    Talk Title: Semantic Parsing at Google

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: With the shift from desktop to mobile, and the rise of voice-driven UIs, a growing proportion of the Google query stream is not well-served by conventional keyword-based information retrieval. More and more queries use natural language ("when does walgreens close"), seek answers not found on any web page ("how do i get to work from here"), or demand action rather than information ("text my wife i'm 10 minutes late"). Satisfying such queries requires semantic parsing, that is, mapping the query into a structured, machine-readable representation of meaning. In this talk, I will give an overview of the techniques Google has developed to address the problem of semantic parsing, and discuss some of the challenges that remain. I'll also highlight differences between academia and industry in how the problem is conceived.



    Biography: Bill MacCartney is a Senior Research Scientist at Google, working primarily on semantic parsing. He is also a Consulting Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford. For more info: http://nlp.stanford.edu/ wcmac/

    Host: Aliya Deri and Kevin Knight

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

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th Flr Conf Rm # 1135, Marina Del Rey

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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  • Integrated Seminar Series

    Fri, Sep 26, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

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    Speaker: Prof. Payam Heydari, UC Irvine

    Talk Title: Terahertz and Millimeter-Wave Frequency Generation and Synthesis in Silicon

    Abstract: Terahertz (THz) and millimeter-wave (mm-wave) imaging and sensing is considered to be one of the emerging and disruptive technologies over the next decade. THz (including the W-band) waves pass through non-conducting materials such as clothes, paper, wood and brick and so cameras sensitive to them can peer inside envelopes, into living rooms and "frisk" people at distance. THz/mm-wave imaging/sensing systems, therefore, will be key enabling components in applications such as security surveillance (to find concealed weapons and explosives), non-destructive testing, biology, radio astronomy, multi-gigabit wireless connectivity, and medical imaging. One of the most critical and daunting tasks in a THz/mm-wave system is signal generation and frequency synthesis. This lecture presents a comprehensive overview and comparative study of research efforts which have explored several circuit techniques and architectures leading to highly efficient frequency synthesis and signal generation in silicon at mm-wave and terahertz frequencies.

    Biography: Payam Heydari received his B.S. and M.S. degrees (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California in 2001. He is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. He has received many awards and recognitions and published more than 110 journal and conference papers

    Hosted by Prof. Hossein Hashemi, Prof. Mike Chen and Prof. Mahta Moghaddam

    Organized and hosted by Masashi Yamagata

    For questions or additional details, please email myamagat@usc.edu

    Host: Hosted by Prof. Hossein Hashemi, Prof. Mike Chen, Prof. Mahta Moghaddam, and Masashi Yamagata

    More Info: http://mhi.usc.edu/events/event-details/?event_id=910778

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Elise Herrera-Green

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  • Timing Over Wireless

    Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

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    Speaker: Satyam Dwivedi, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Timing Over Wireless

    Abstract: Traditionally wireless technology has been used to communicate messages. However, in this talk will focus on two other applications, namely, precise positioning in indoor environments, and clock parameter exchange of electronic nodes over wireless. Both these applications rely on measuring and estimating time related parameters over wireless.

    Our work on indoor positioning is based on a new method of distributed positioning which exploits time delays in transmission scheduling. This method achieves distributed positioning, where every node in a network knows the position of every other node, without requiring any communication among nodes. The underlying idea can also be extended to self localize a passive network node. Via extensive experiments we verify that our method is a very efficient cooperative distributed position methodology that in surpasses the capabilities and performance of many alternative in the literature.

    Precise wireless clock synchronization is the holy grail of achieving efficiency and coordination in wireless sensor networks. I will describe a new technique which provides range and clock parameter estimation simultaneously between any two node over wireless. In order to experimentally verify the algorithm, we developed a new in-house measurement model.

    Accuracies obtained by our above models are in the order of sub-Hertz for clock frequency error estimation, and sub-nanosecond for clock phase error estimation, and less than 30 cm for range estimation over a range up to 10 meters.

    Precisely estimating timing parameters over wireless results in hardware constraints. Continuous improvement in the hardware which can accomplish the tasks of positioning, clock synchronization and communication will be discussed, and our efforts towards developing an ultra-wideband (UWB) testbed will be explained.

    Host: Andreas Molisch, molisch@usc.edu, EEB 530, x04670

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gerrielyn Ramos

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

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    Speaker: Stacey Finley (Assistant Professor, BME), Andrew Mackay (Assistant Professor, BME & Pharmacology/Pharmaceutical Sciences), Natasha Lepore (Assistant Professor of Research Radiology), Stacey Finley (Assistant Professor, BME), Andrew Mackay (Assistant Professor, BME & Pharmacology/Pharmaceutical Sciences), Natasha Lepore (Assistant Professor of Research Radiology)

    Talk Title: BME Research Presentations

    Abstract: Stacey Finley (12:30)Talk Title: TBA
    Andrew Mackay (12:50)Talk Title: TBA
    Natasha Lepore (1:10)Talk Title: TBA


    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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