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Events for the 5th week of January

  • Repeating EventShort Course: Six Sigma Black Belt

    Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Professional Programs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBA,

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

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

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

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

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    Host: Professional Programs

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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

    Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

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

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

    Audiences: Prospective Undergrads and Families

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Seminar in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Jan 26, 2015 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Li Zhang, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Physiology & Biophysics Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute University of Southern California <

    Talk Title: Neural Circuits underlying Auditory Cortical Control of Innate Defense Behavior

    Abstract: Defense against environmental threats is essential for animal survival. Previous studies have been largely focused on the neural circuitry for learned defensive behaviors such as those in fear conditioning. However, innate defense circuits responsible for the transformation of unconditioned sensory stimuli, and in particular, the role of sensory cortices in generating defensive behaviors and its underlying neural pathways, remain largely elusive. I will talk about our efforts in dissecting the neural circuits that control the auditory-signal induced innate defense behavior, by combining optogenetic and electrophysiological approaches.

    Biography: http://keck.usc.edu/en/Research/Research_Institutes/Zilkha_Neurogenetic_Institute/Investigators.aspx
    Host: Stanley Yamashiro

    Location: OHE 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • CAREER FEST: Navigating U.S. Corporate Recruiting

    Mon, Jan 26, 2015 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This workshop will provide students tips on how to navigate the process of U.S. corporate recruiting and will touch on American culture norms.

    Space is Limited to the first 50 students, so come early!

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi International Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • CAREER FEST: Navigating U.S. Corporate Recruiting

    Mon, Jan 26, 2015 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This workshop will provide students tips on how to navigate the process of U.S. corporate recruiting and will touch on American culture norms.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi International Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Facebook Tech Talk

    Mon, Jan 26, 2015 @ 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    We’ll have a technical deep-dive, a bite to eat, and the opportunity to speak to Facebook engineers - bring your burning questions, polished resumes and firm handshakes!

    Don't forget to apply online:

    www.facebook.com/USCIntern
    www.facebook.com/USCNewGrad

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • USC Racing Spring Info-Session

    Mon, Jan 26, 2015 @ 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Please join us for our spring info-session! We will be going over who we are and what we do, as well as answering questions for new members or those who are thinking about joining. We are already in build season, so now is the time to get involved if you are interested! Room assignment TBA.

    Location: Mark Taper Hall Of Humanities (THH) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Racing

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  • USC Racing Spring Info Session

    Mon, Jan 26, 2015 @ 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Please join us for our spring info-session! We will be going over who we are and what we do, as well as answering questions for new members or those who are thinking about joining. We are already in build season, so now is the time to get involved if you are interested! Room assignment TBA.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Racing

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  • USC Racing Spring Info Session

    Mon, Jan 26, 2015 @ 11:30 PM - 08:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Please join us for our spring info-session! We will be going over who we are and what we do, as well as answering questions for new members or those who are thinking about joining. We are already in build season, so now is the time to get involved if you are interested! Room assignment TBA.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Racing

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  • Repeating EventShort Course: Six Sigma Black Belt

    Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Professional Programs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBA,

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

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

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

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

    Register Now

    Host: Professional Programs

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • CS Colloquium: Dr. Chris Paredis (NSF) - A Theoretical Framework for Systems Engineering and Design - Asking "Why?" rather than just "How?"

    Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Chris Paredis, National Science Foundation

    Talk Title: A Theoretical Framework for Systems Engineering and Design - Asking "Why?" rather than just "How"?

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: An important component of the Engineering and Systems Design (ESD) and Systems Science (SYS) programs at the National Science Foundation is the development of a theoretical foundation for systems engineering and design. In this presentation, I will motivate the need for a theoretical framework and explain what it is. As an example, a model for systems engineering and design will be introduced in which the artifact development process is modeled as a search process. Unlike many models in the literature, this model provides an explanation for (rather than just a description of) current practices. Related to the need for a theoretical framework is the need for rigorous research methodology. I will therefore present some thoughts on the desired characteristics of a rigorous research methodology for systems engineering and design. The presentation will end with some logistical details about the NSF programs and an opportunity for Q&A. The overall goal is to increase the success of principal investigators when submitting proposals to the ESD or SYS programs.

    Biography: Dr. Chris Paredis is Program Director for the Engineering and Systems Design (ESD) and Systems Science (SYS) programs at the National Science Foundation. He is also Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, and in the H.M. Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA. He is a Woodruff Faculty Fellow and Director of the Model-Based System Engineering Center. He holds graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

    Dr. Paredis' research focuses on Model-Based Systems Engineering, combining aspects of decision theory, information technology, simulation, and systems theory to support the design of complex mechatronic systems. In these areas, he has published more than 140 refereed book chapters, journal articles and conference papers. He has made significant contributions to the development of the theory, methods and tools for decision making in design and systems engineering, and has developed several decision support tools using the SysML and Modelica languages. As Director of the Model-Based Systems Engineering Center, he leads a group of 11 faculty members towards the development of a next generation of systems engineering methods that are value-driven, model-based and human-centered.

    Within the Object Management Group (OMG), he served on the SysML Revision Task Force and has led the development of the SysML-Modelica Transformation Specification. He was a founding board member of the North America Modelica Users' Group, and served on the working group responsible for the INCOSE "Systems Engineering Vision 2025." He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Integrated Model-Centric Engineering Program at NASA/JPL, is past Chair of the ASME Computers and Information in Engineering division, and has served as Conference Chair for the 2013 Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER'13) and the 2007 Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (CIE'07).
    Dr. Paredis has served as Associate Editor for the SAE Journal of Commercial Vehicles and the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. He currently serves as co-Editor of the ASME book series, "Advances in Computers and Information in Engineering Research." He received the 2007 CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, the 2007 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, and the 2011 ASME CIE Excellence in Research Award.

    Host: CSSE

    Location: Auditorium

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • CAREER FEST: Preparing for the Engineering Career Fair- FOR GRAD STUDENTS

    Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Viterbi Students, make a great first impression at the Career Fair no matter what your class standing! You will learn how to optimize your time, approach employers, and prepare for this event. Graduate students will learn additional tips tailored just for their needs!

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Graduate and Post Graduate Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Astani Civil and Enviromental Engineering Seminar

    Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. Elia Psillakis, Technical University of Crete

    Talk Title: Environmental analytical chemistry: It is all about engineering

    Abstract: TBA

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Epstein Institute / ISE 651 Seminar Series

    Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jorge Nocedal, David and Karen Sachs Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University

    Talk Title: Variance Reduction Optimization Methods for Machine Learning

    Series: Epstein Institute Seminar Series

    Abstract: The stochastic gradient method plays a central role in large-scale statistical learning, where vast amounts of data and high dimensional models are employed. This method is, however, difficult to tune and several variance reduction methods have been recently proposed to address this problem. After motivating these methods, I will propose a new variant that enjoys improved learning properties. Numerical results on problems arising in text classification, speech and image recognition will be presented.

    Biography:
    Jorge Nocedal is the David and Karen Sachs Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University. He obtained a B.S. degree in physics from UNAM and a PhD in mathematical sciences from Rice University. His research interests are in optimization and its application in machine learning. He has served as the Editor in Chief of the SIAM Journal on Optimization, is a SIAM Fellow, and was awarded the 2012 George B. Danzig Prize.


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

    More Information: Seminar-Nocedal-2.docx

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Georgia Lum

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  • CS Colloquium Lecture Series: Rich Caruana (Microsoft Research) - Do Deep Nets Really Need To Be Deep?

    Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Rich Caruana , Microsoft Research

    Talk Title: Do Deep Nets Really Need To Be Deep?

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Currently, deep neural networks are the state of the art on problems such as speech recognition and computer vision. By using a method called model compression, we show that shallow feed-forward nets can learn the complex functions previously learned by deep nets and achieve accuracies previously only achievable with deep models while using the same number of parameters as the original deep models. On the TIMIT phoneme recognition and CIFAR-10 image recognition tasks, shallow nets can be trained that perform similarly to complex, well-engineered, deeper convolutional architectures. The same model compression trick can also be used to compress impractically large deep models and ensembles of large deep models down to “medium-size” deep models that run more efficiently on servers, and down to “small” models that can run on mobile devices. In machine learning and statistics we used to believe that one of the keys to preventing overfitting was to keep models simple and the number of parameters small to force generalization. We no longer believe this --- learning appears to generalize best when training models with excess capacity, but the learned functions can often be represented with far fewer parameters.

    The lecture can be streamed HERE

    Host: Yan Liu

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • CAREER FEST: Get Connected for Maximum Job Search Success

    Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Viterbi Students, join us to get tips on how to make successful connections. Attend this workshop and learn how to build relationships & connections to assist you in your academic career & in your job search. Develop the 30 Second Commercial you need to interact with employers. Discover how much networking you already do!

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Facebook Crush Your Coding Interview Workshop

    Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Facebook Presents: Crush Your Coding Interview

    Want to ace your Facebook technical interviews? If so, check out our Crush Your Coding Interview Workshop hosted by Facebook engineers. We'll go through all the tips to best prepare for any coding interview, including working through real interview questions live (so bring your laptops)!

    Please bring your resumes, too (we'll have time for resume review following the presentation) and don't forget to apply online:

    www.facebook.com/USCIntern
    www.facebook.com/USCNewGrad

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • SoCal Gas Information Session

    Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Interested in a career with SoCal Gas? Both Alumni and a recruiter will be joining AIChE to come recruit YOU. Hear about their experiences and get your questions answered first hand.

    Open to:
    - All engineers
    - Undergrad & Grad
    - Full-time/Intern

    Who's Coming:
    - HR staff advisor/recruiter
    - CHE master student that works for SoCal gas as an engineer
    - Current USC senior CHE who is an intern

    What you're in for:
    - Information on how to apply
    - Time for Q&A with HR about the process and what they're looking for
    - Time to talk one on one and review YOUR resume
    - Giveaways!

    What to bring:
    - Dress: business casual (you want to look your best for the recruiter!)
    - Your resume

    Around 15-30 engineers are looking to be hired!

    FREE FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED

    RSVP HERE
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    Location: GFS 107

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC American Institute of Chemical Engineers

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  • Society of Women Engineers 5th General Meeting

    Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Come out to SWE's first general meeting of the semester! We'll be hearing from AeraEnergy's Lauren Gentile about "Networking for Dummies" (how to efficiently network with recruiters and hiring managers). FREE IN-N-OUT WILL BE SERVED! We look forward to seeing you all there!

    See below for the agenda:
    6:30-6:45pm: reserved for members only to get food. Non-members will be served food after.
    6:50-7:00pm: SWE announcements/upcoming events.
    7:00-7:30pm: speaker presentation
    7:30-8:00pm: networking

    To become a national member, go to http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php/membership and select collegiate membership and USC chapter. Finally, send receipt of membership to Maisie at uscswe.personnel@gmail.com.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 124

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Society of Women Engineers Society of Women Engineers

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  • London Graduate Information Session

    Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    You are cordially invited to meet Kelly Goulis, Senior Associate Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering, at our information session in London.

    Students who have earned or are in the progress of earning a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or a hard science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend to learn more about applying to our graduate programs.

    The information session will include a presentation on: Master's & Ph.D. programs available at USC, how to apply, scholarships, student life, and more. Students will also have the chance to ask questions and receive official brochures and handout information from USC. Light refreshments will be served.

    For more information about the event and to register, please visit the event page.

    Audiences: Students with a background in engineering, math or science are welcome to attend.

    Posted By: William Schwerin

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  • Repeating EventShort Course: Six Sigma Black Belt

    Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Professional Programs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBA,

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

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

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

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

    Register Now

    Host: Professional Programs

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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

    Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

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

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

    Audiences: Prospective Undergrads and Families

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • CAREER FEST: Careers in the Patents Field

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

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

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

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Computer Science Faculty Meeting

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

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Event details will be emailed to invited attendees.

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

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • CAREER FEST: LinkedIn Headshots

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

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

    Suggested Attire: Professional attire.

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

    Location: Viterbi E-Quad Fountain

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Communications, Networks & Systems (CommNetS) Seminar

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

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Nicola Elia, Iowa State University

    Talk Title: Computing over Unreliable Communication Networks

    Series: CommNetS

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

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

    Host: Dr. Ashutosh Nayyar and the Ming Hsieh Institute

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Annie Yu

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

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

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. Martin Robillard, McGill University

    Talk Title: Automating Support for Evolving Software Documentation

    Series: CS Colloquium

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

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

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

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

    Host: Nenad Medvidovic

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

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

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


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

    Talk Title: Flavor Matters: The Compositional Effects of Fuels

    Series: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series

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

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

    Host: Paul Ronney

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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

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

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Receptions & Special Events


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

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

    RSVP online (OIS Website)

    Location: Bovard Auditorium

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • International Exchange Program Info Session

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

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

    Applications for the Fall 2015 are due February 15!

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

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Christine D'Arcy

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  • Yahoo Tech Talk

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

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

    Free Food!

    More Information: USC-Yahoo TechTalk.pdf

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Viterbi Spotlight Series- Electrical Engineering

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

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Repeating EventShort Course: Six Sigma Black Belt

    Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Professional Programs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBA,

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

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

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

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

    Register Now

    Host: Professional Programs

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • The Business of Oil and Gas

    Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Donald Paul, Executive Director, USC Energy Institute

    Talk Title: Oil Price Volatility: Implications for the Industry, Technology, and Careers

    Series: USC Energy Institute Seminar Series

    Host: USC Energy Institute

    More Information: USCEI 2015 Seminar Series I.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Juli Legat

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  • Dolby Laboratories Info Session

    Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join representatives of this company as they share general company information and available opportunities.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • CAREER FEST: Preparing for the Engineering Career Fair

    Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Viterbi Students, make a great first impression at the Career Fair no matter what your class standing! You will learn how to optimize your time, approach employers, and prepare for this event.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 124

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Society of Women Engineers Career Fest

    Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Please check out the SWE USC facebook page for more event details!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Society of Women Engineers Society of Women Engineers

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  • Liverpool Graduate Information Session

    Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    You are cordially invited to meet Kelly Goulis, Senior Associate Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering, at our information session in Liverpool.

    Students who have earned or are in the progress of earning a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or a hard science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend to learn more about applying to our graduate programs.

    The information session will include a presentation on: Master's & Ph.D. programs available at USC, how to apply, scholarships, student life, and more. Students will also have the chance to ask questions and receive official brochures and handout information from USC. Light refreshments will be served.

    For more information about the event and to register, please visit the event page.

    Audiences: Students with a background in engineering, math or science are welcome to attend.

    Posted By: William Schwerin

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  • Repeating EventShort Course: Six Sigma Black Belt

    Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Professional Programs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBA,

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

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

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

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

    Register Now

    Host: Professional Programs

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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

    Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

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

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

    Audiences: Prospective Undergrads and Families

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Society of Women Engineers High School Guide to Engineering

    Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Join us & inspire the next generation of women engineers! Please check out the SWE USC facebook page for more event details!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Society of Women Engineers Society of Women Engineers

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  • W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Colloquium

    Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Urbashi Mitra, USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Talk Title: What is Communication? From card Tricks to Bacteria, a Walk Through Problems in Communications

    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- Neuroimaging Genetics in the ENIGMA Consortium

    Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Derrek Hibar, USC / Keck

    Talk Title: Neuroimaging Genetics in the ENIGMA Consortium

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: The highly complex structure of the human brain is strongly shaped by genetic influences. Subcortical brain regions act jointly with cortical areas to coordinate movement, memory, motivation, reinforcement and learning. To investigate how common genetic variants affect the structure of these brain regions, we conducted genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of the volumes of seven subcortical regions and intracranial volume, derived from magnetic resonance images (MRIs) of 30,717 individuals. By identifying genetic influences on brain structure, we can begin to map the genetic architecture underlying variability in human brain development and function, a process that will help elucidate the dysfunctions that lie at the core of neuropsychiatric disorders.


    Biography: Derrek Hibar is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology in the Keck School of Medicine of USC where he studies common genetic influences on brain structure and susceptibility to psychiatric disorders. He is currently coordinating one of the largest studies of brain structure to date as part of the ENIGMA Consortium http://enigma.ini.usc.edu .

    Host: Nima Pourdamghani and Kevin Knight

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Dennis Mileti ,

    Talk Title: TBA

    Abstract: TBA

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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