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Events for the 1st week of April

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

    Mon, Mar 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

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Power Grid Voltage Stability and Distributed Control

    Mon, Mar 30, 2015 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: John W. Simpson-Porco, University of California Santa Barbara

    Talk Title: Power Grid Voltage Stability and Distributed Control

    Abstract: Technological and regulatory advances are driving the transition of the electric power grid from a hierarchical, centrally-managed physical system to a decentralized cyber-physical system. While distributed generation and demand response offer lower carbon emissions and energy costs, the deployment of these technologies is increasingly eroding the already thin stability margins of our aging power delivery infrastructure.

    This talk addresses these technological challenges in two parts. We first present distributed controllers for frequency and voltage regulation in inverter-based islanded power grids. Our physically intuitive control strategies fuse classic power systems intuition with ideas from multi-agent systems, resulting in plug-and-play, provably stable designs. Under minimal connectivity requirements, communication among the inverter units allows for the recovery of centralized control performance using only localized measurements. We present theoretical and experimental results validating our designs.

    In the second part of the talk, we explore more deeply the fundamental properties of AC power flow. Despite decades of research, little analytical understanding exists regarding the solution space of these crucial nonlinear equations, leaving exhaustive numerics as the only reliable option to assess grid operability. Here we present a sharp, closed-form condition which guarantees the existence of a unique high-voltage power flow equilibrium. Our key idea is to explicitly combine the complex structure of the network with the size and locations of power demands, leading to sharp estimates of grid voltage stability margins. We highlight applications of our condition to on-line voltage stability assessment and stability margin-enhancing feedback control.


    Biography: John W. Simpson-Porco is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara. He received his B.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics from Queen's University in 2010. Mr. Simpson-Porco is a recipient the Automatica Best Paper Prize, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Fellowship, and the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation Outstanding Scholar Fellowship. His research interests are centered on the stability and control of multi-agent systems and complex dynamic networks, with a focus on modernized electric power grids.

    Host: Petros Ioannou, ioannou@usc.edu, EEB 200B, x04452

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Seminar in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Mar 30, 2015 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Andrew Laine, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chair of Biomedical Engineering (Columbia University)

    Talk Title: QUANTITATIVE IMAGING INFORMATICS IN COST EFFECTIVE PET IMAGING AND CLASSIFICATION OF LUNG DISEASE”

    Abstract: “QUANTITATIVE IMAGING INFORMATICS IN
    COST EFFECTIVE PET IMAGING AND
    CLASSIFICATION OF LUNG DISEASE”

    Andrew F. Laine, D.Sc.
    Percy K. and Vida L.W. Hudson Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Professor, Department of Radiology (Physcis)
    Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Columbia University, New York, NY
    USA

    This talk presents a novel method for emphysema quantification, based on parametric modeling of intensity distributions in the lung and a hidden Markov measure field model to segment emphysematous regions. The framework adapts to the characteristics of an image to ensure a robust quantification of emphysema under varying CT imaging protocols and differences in parenchymal intensity distributions due to factors such as inspiration level. Compared to standard approaches, the present model involves a larger number of parameters, most of which can be estimated from data, to handle the variability encountered in lung CT scans. The method was used to quantify emphysema on a cohort of 87 subjects, with repeated CT scans acquired over a time period of 8 years using different imaging protocols. The scans were acquired approximately annually, and the data set included a total of 365 scans. The results show that the emphysema estimates produced by the proposed method have very high intra-subject correlation values. By reducing sensitivity to changes in imaging protocol, the method provides a more robust estimate than standard approaches. In addition, the generated emphysema delineations promise great advantages for regional analysis of emphysema extent and progression, possibly advancing disease subtyping, including COPD.

    An important tool for studying brain disorders is positron emission tomography (PET), a nuclear imaging technology that allows for the in vivo functional characterization and quantification of blood flow, metabolism, protein distribution, and drug occupancy using radioactively tagged probes (tracers). Full quantification of PET images requires invasive arterial input function (AIF) measurement through online arterial blood sampling for the duration of the scan (1-2 hours). The AIF is used to correct images by accounting for the tracer bioavailability, which depends on an individual's physiological capacity for clearance, distribution and metabolism of the tracer. However, AIF measurement is invasive, risky, time consuming, uncomfortable for patients, and costly. Perhaps most importantly, it is impractical at the point-of-care and therefore limits clinical utility of PET. We believe an integrative multi-modal approach is possible via the amount of personalized information about the physiological and biochemical makeup of individuals available in their electronic health record (EHR). This talk will outline a novel approach to combine EHR and dynamic PET imaging data in an optimization framework based on simulated annealing to non-invasively estimate the AIF. Techniques that will be outlined are applicable across imaging modalities, organs and diseases, such as functional imaging of prostate cancer images where increasingly more complex tracers are utilized for assessment and require AIF measurement.


    Biography: Andrew F. Laine, D.Sc.
    BIO-SKETCH
    Andrew F. Laine received his D.Sc. degree from Washington University (St. Louis) School of Engineering and Applied Science in Computer Science, in 1989 and BS degree from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). He was a Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) from 1990-1997. He joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 1997 and served as Vice Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University since 2003 - 2011. He is currently Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Heffner Biomedical Imaging at Columbia University and the Percy K. and Vida L. W. Hudson Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Radiology (Physics). He is a Fellow of IEEE and AIMBE, and he is currently the President of IEEE EMBS (Engineering in Biology and Medicine Society).
    Professor Laine is a leader in medical imaging, image analysis and signal processing, computational biology, and biometrics research. He was the first to apply multi-resolution representations for feature analysis of digital mammography and cardiac ultrasound. He pioneered work on medical imaging that he first introduced in 1992 using nonlinear processing techniques of wavelet representations for contrast enhancement. He currently analyzes real-time video 3-D ultrasounds of the heart in an effort to better understand and treat heart disease. He is developing software that will measure the strain on the muscles of the heart in real-time 3-D and localize infarcted or ischemic tissue that could be salvaged by intervention, thus recognizing at an early stage what tissue is damaged or at risk. Director of the Heffner Biomedical Imaging Laboratory at Columbia Engineering, Laine holds two patents related to 3-D processing of ultrasound, has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, and has graduated more than 25 doctoral students in the field of medical image analysis.


    Host: Stanley Yamashiro

    Location: OHE 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Bangkok Graduate Information Session

    Mon, Mar 30, 2015 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Students who have earned or are in the process 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 session will include information on the following topics:

    Master's & Ph.D. programs in engineering
    How to Apply
    Scholarships and funding
    Student life at USC and in Los Angeles
    There will also be sufficient time for questions. Refreshments will be provided.

    Please contact us at viterbi.gradprograms@usc.edu if you have any inquiries about the event.

    In order to guarantee seating availability, we request completion of the online registration form using the Eventbrite links on the event page

    Audiences: Students with an undergraduate backrgound in engineering, math or science

    Posted By: William Schwerin

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  • CS Colloquium: Rong Ge (Microsoft Research) - Towards Provable and Practical Machine Learning

    Tue, Mar 31, 2015 @ 09:45 AM - 10:50 AM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Rong Ge, Microsoft Research

    Talk Title: Towards Provable and Practical Machine Learning

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Many problems --- especially machine learning problems like sparse coding or topic modeling --- are hard in the worst-case, but nevertheless solved in practice by algorithms whose convergence properties are not understood. In this talk I will show how we can identify natural properties of "real-life" instances that allow us to design scalable algorithms for a host of well-known machine learning problems. Most of the talk will be focused on the sparse coding problem: a basic task in many fields including signal processing, neuroscience and machine learning where the goal is to learn a basis that enables a sparse representation of a given set of data, if one exists. Here we give a general framework for understanding alternating minimization which we leverage to analyze existing heuristics and to design new ones also with provable guarantees.

    The lecture will be available to stream Here

    Biography: Rong Ge obtained his Ph.D. at Princeton University, advised by Sanjeev Arora. Currently he is a post-doctoral researcher at Microsoft Research, New England. He is broadly interested in theoretical computer science and machine learning, especially applying algorithm design and analysis techniques to machine learning problems. The key thread running through his work is to identify natural properties of "real-life" instances that allow him to design scalable algorithms for several interesting machine learning problems including topic modeling and sparse coding.

    Host: Computer Science Department

    More Info: https://bluejeans.com/651721928

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Epstein Institute / ISE 651 Seminar Series

    Tue, Mar 31, 2015 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Soomin Lee, Postdoctoral Associate, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University

    Talk Title: Decentralized Optimization for Network Systems

    Series: Epstein Institute Seminar Series

    Abstract:
    We witness a growing interest in distributed multi-agent systems. The Internet, electric power systems, mobile communication networks, and social networks are just a few examples of the myriad network systems that have become a part of everyday life for many people. Lots of interesting optimization problems arise in such network systems. The agents on these networks are geographically distributed, so there is no data fusion center that can see the problem as a whole, gather the information globally, or synchronize actions. Furthermore, the network agents might have varying restrictions on energy, data storage and computational capabilities. In this talk, I will present efficient static and online decentralized optimization algorithms for such systems that allow the network agents to achieve provable consensus to the global optimum. Applications of the algorithms in various engineering disciplines, future vision and possible extension of this work will be discussed as well.


    Biography: Dr. Soomin Lee is currently working as a Postdoctoral Associate in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2013). She received two master's degrees from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Electrical Engineering, and from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Computer Science. In 2009, she was an assistant research officer at the Advanced Digital Science Center (ADSC) in Singapore. Her research interests include theoretical optimization, control and optimization of various distributed engineering systems interconnected over complex networks, risk-averse modeling of multiagent robotic systems under dynamically changing and uncertain environments.

    More Information: Seminar-Lee_Soomin.docx

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Georgia Lum

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  • Society of Women Engineers 7th General Meeting

    Tue, Mar 31, 2015 @ 06:30 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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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Wed, Apr 01, 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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  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Seminar

    Wed, Apr 01, 2015 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Reetuparna Das, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Talk Title: Architecting Components for a 10 Billion Transistor Processor

    Abstract: Soon we may have processors with over ten billion transistors organized into hundreds of cores delivering supercomputer-like TeraFlops performance. To unlock this performance potential, however, we need dramatic improvements in processor efficiency to stay within the strict power budget. A significant source of inefficiency in today's general-purpose processors is that they tend to expend equal resources to varied applications without accounting for their individual needs. In this talk, I will present two solutions to address such inefficiency in both core and un-core parts of the processor. Composite cores eliminate needless power expended by out-of-order cores for applications with little or easy to exploit instruction-level parallelism. Aergia on-chip network prioritizes packets of network-sensitive applications to attain significantly higher throughput. I will also briefly discuss our on-going research that seeks to move compute close to storage in order to attain orders of magnitude improvement in efficiency for Big Data applications.

    Biography: Reetuparna Das is a research faculty in the EECS Department at the University of Michigan. She is also the researcher-in-residence for the Center for Future Architectures Research (CFAR). Prior to this, she was a Research Scientist at Intel Labs in Santa Clara. Her research interests include computer architecture, and its interaction with software systems and VLSI technologies. Her most notable contributions include the design of application-aware and energy proportional on-chip interconnects for Kilo-core processors and fine-grained heterogeneous core architectures. She has received several awards including an IEEE Top Picks award, outstanding research assistant and outstanding teaching assistant awards from the CSE department at Pennsylvania State University. She has authored over 30 articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences. She has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

    Host: Prof. Murali Annavaram

    More Information: print_Das.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Estela Lopez

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  • The Business of Oil and Gas

    Wed, Apr 01, 2015 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mr. Warner M. Williams, Retired Vice President Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company

    Talk Title: Navigating Uncertainty

    Series: USC Energy Institute Seminar Series

    Host: USC Energy Institute

    More Information: USCEI 2015 Seminar Series IIv3.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Juli Legat

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  • VSi2 Talk with Loren Bendele (CEO of Savings.com)

    Wed, Apr 01, 2015 @ 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    University Calendar


    RSVP HERE

    Loren is the co-founder, President and CEO of Savings.com. He has experience starting, running and scaling high-growth businesses. Loren co-founded Savings.com in 2007 and sold the company to Cox Target Media in 2012. Loren remains on as President of Savings.com.

    Loren is a powerhouse Executive Manager who knows how to build a team and make things happen. He will share his knowledge, expertise, and experiences on how to build a great company.

    We hope to see you all there!

    Location: Kerckhoff Hall (KER) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ethan Gromet Viterbi Student Innovation Institute

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  • Biochemical Feedback Control Theory for Synthetic Biocircuits

    Wed, Apr 01, 2015 @ 01:15 PM - 02:15 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Yutaka Hori, Caltech

    Talk Title: Biochemical Feedback Control Theory for Synthetic Biocircuits

    Abstract: Recent technological advancements have enabled us to construct
    artificial biochemical networks, or biocircuits, that produce desired
    dynamic functions such as bistability, oscillations and logic gates by
    assembling DNA parts. This technology allows for many potential
    engineering and biomedical applications, including the production of
    high-value molecules and energy, and the sensing of hazardous chemicals,
    using the cellular machinery of microbes. Toward a systematic
    engineering of complex biological systems, model-based biocircuit design
    has been increasingly important in recent years.

    Biography: In this talk, we present a novel control theoretic framework to
    systematically model, analyze and design the dynamics of biochemical
    circuits along with experimental results. We first propose a general
    feedback model representation of nonlinear biochemical dynamics. The
    proposed modeling framework narrows the class of nonlinear systems down
    to the degree where it allows us to develop rigorous and systematic
    theoretical tools. We provide analytic and algebraic methods for
    stability analysis and oscillator synthesis using the structure of the
    system. Then, the utility of the developed tools is demonstrated by
    experimentally implementing biochemical oscillator circuits. Finally, we
    briefly show extensions of the proposed framework and discuss future
    works along with some preliminary results.

    Host: Prof. Edmond Jonckheere

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia Veal

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  • Communications, Networks & Systems (CommNetS) Seminar

    Wed, Apr 01, 2015 @ 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Paulo Tabuada, UCLA

    Talk Title: Secure state-estimation and control for dynamical systems under adversarial attacks

    Series: CommNetS

    Abstract: Control systems work silently in the background to support much of the critical infrastructure we have grown used to. Water distribution networks, sewer networks, gas and oil networks, and the power grid are just a few examples of critical infrastructure that rely on control systems for its normal operation. These systems are becoming increasingly networked both for distributed control and sensing, as well as for remote monitoring and reconfiguration. Unfortunately, once these systems become connected to the internet they become vulnerable to attacks that, although launched in the cyber domain, have for objective the manipulation of the physical domain. In this talk I will discuss the problem of state-estimation and control for linear dynamical systems when some of the sensor measurements are subject to an adversarial attack. I will show that a separation result holds so that controlling physical systems under active adversaries can be reduced to a state-estimation problem under active adversaries. I will characterize the maximal number of attacked sensors under which state estimation is possible and propose computationally feasible estimation algorithms. For this, I will use ideas from compressed sensing and error correction over the reals while exploiting the dynamical nature of the problem. Time permitting, I will also report on more recent results using satisfiability module theory solvers.

    Biography: Paulo Tabuada was born in Lisbon, Portugal, one year after the Carnation Revolution. He received his "Licenciatura" degree in Aerospace Engineering from Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal in 1998 and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2002 from the Institute for Systems and Robotics, a private research institute associated with Instituto Superior Tecnico. Between January 2002 and July 2003 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. After spending three years at the University of Notre Dame, as an Assistant Professor, he joined the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he established and directs the Cyber-Physical Systems Laboratory. Paulo Tabuada's contributions to cyber-physical systems have been recognized by multiple awards including the NSF CAREER award in 2005, the Donald P. Eckman award in 2009 and the George S. Axelby award in 2011. In 2009 he co-chaired the International Conference Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC'09), in 2012 he was program co-chair for the 3rd IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems (NecSys'12), and he is program co-chair for the 2015 IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems. He also served on the editorial board of the IEEE Embedded Systems Letters and the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. His latest book, on verification and control of hybrid systems, was published by Springer in 2009.

    Host: Prof. 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: Guy van den Broeck (KU Leuven) - Scalable Inference and Learning for High-Level Probabilistic Models

    Thu, Apr 02, 2015 @ 09:45 AM - 10:50 AM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Guy van den Broeck, KU Leuven

    Talk Title: Scalable Inference and Learning for High-Level Probabilistic Models

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Probabilistic graphical models are pervasive in AI and machine learning. A recent push, however, is towards more high-level representations of uncertainty, such as probabilistic programs, probabilistic databases, and statistical relational models. This move is akin to going from hardware circuits to a full-fledged programming language, and poses key challenges for inference and learning. For instance, we encounter a fundamental limitation of classical learning algorithms: they make strong independence assumptions about the entities in the data (e.g., images, web pages, patients, etc.). These assumptions fail to hold in a global view of the data, where all entities are related. We also encounter a limitation of existing reasoning algorithms, which fail to scale to large, densely connected graphical models, consisting of millions of interrelated entities.

    In this talk, I present my research on efficient algorithms for high-level probabilistic models, called lifted inference and learning algorithms. I begin by introducing the key principles behind exact lifted inference, namely to exploit symmetry and exchangeability in the model. Next, I discuss the strengths and limitations of lifting. Building on results from database theory and counting complexity, I identify classes of tractable models, and classes where high-level reasoning is fundamentally hard. I conclude by showing the practical embodiment of these ideas, in the form of approximate inference and learning algorithms that scale up to big data and big models.

    Biography: Guy Van den Broeck graduated summa cum laude with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from KU Leuven, Belgium, in 2013. He was a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA and KU Leuven. His research interests are broadly in machine learning, artificial intelligence, knowledge representation and reasoning, and statistical relational learning. His work was awarded the ECCAI AI Dissertation Award 2014, Scientific Prize IBM Belgium for Informatics 2014, and Alcatel-Lucent Innovation Award 2009. He is the recipient of the best student paper award at ILP 2011 and a best paper honorable mention at AAAI 2014. For more information, see http://guyvandenbroeck.com
    Host: Computer Science Department

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Trustworthy Integrated Circuit Design

    Thu, Apr 02, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jeyavijayan (JV) Rajendran, New York University

    Talk Title: Trustworthy Integrated Circuit Design

    Abstract: Designers use third-party intellectual property (IP) cores and outsource various steps in their integrated circuit (IC) design and manufacturing flow. As a result, security vulnerabilities have been emerging, forcing IC designers and end users to reevaluate their trust in ICs. If an attacker gets hold of an unprotected IC, attacks such as reverse engineering the IC and piracy are possible. Similarly, if an attacker gets hold of an unprotected design, insertion of malicious circuits in the design, and IP piracy are possible.
To thwart these and similar attacks, we have developed three defenses: IC camouflaging, logic encryption, and split manufacturing. IC camouflaging modifies the layout of certain gates in the IC to deceive attackers into obtaining an incorrect netlist, thereby, preventing reverse engineering by a malicious user. Logic encryption implements a built-in locking mechanism on ICs to prevent reverse engineering and IP piracy by a malicious foundry and user. Split manufacturing splits the layout and manufactures different metal layers in two separate foundries to prevent reverse engineering and piracy by a malicious foundry. We then describe how these techniques are enhanced by using existing IC testing principles, thereby leading to trustworthy ICs.

    Biography: Jeyavijayan (JV) Rajendran is a PhD Candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at New York University. His research interests include hardware security and emerging technologies.

    He has won three Student Paper Awards (ACM CCS 2013, IEEE DFTS 2013, IEEE VLSI Design 2012); four ACM Student Research Competition Awards (DAC 2012, ICCAD 2013, DAC 2014, and the Grand Finals 2013); Service Recognition Award from Intel; Third place at Kaspersky American Cup, 2011; and Myron M. Rosenthal Award for Best Academic Performance in M.S. from NYU, 2011.

    He organizes the annual Embedded Security Challenge, a red-team/blue-team hardware security competition. He is a student member of IEEE and ACM.

    Website: wp.nyu.edu/jv


    Host: Peter Beerel, pabeerel@usc.edu, EEB 350, x04481

    More Information: Rajendran Seminar Announcement.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gloria Halfacre

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  • EE-EP Seminar

    Thu, Apr 02, 2015 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mohamed Mohamed, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Talk Title: A Coupled Multiphysics Approach to Modeling Heating in Semiconductor Devices

    Abstract: It is estimated that world energy consumption will increase by over 40% from 2012 to 2035. Meeting this energy demand while minimizing the proliferation of greenhouse gases and other toxins is one of society’s key challenges. In recent years, thermal management has emerged as the ultimate bottleneck for improving the performance of consumer/commercial electronics. Controlling device temperature, as well as harnessing waste heat, is crucial to sustaining electronic devices with longer battery life and performance, in addition to potentially reducing our demand on power plants by efficiently using generated electricity. Without proper thermal management, inordinate power dissipation can potentially halt integrated circuit functionality.

    For this reason, the development of state-of-the-art simulation models that self-consistently couple the electronic and phonon transport is essential in creating a cycle that pushes designs to have lower carbon footprints and creating environmentally conscious electronics that minimize waste. In this talk, I will highlight my work on electron and thermal transport and its relevance to nanoelectronic devices and materials. We will particularly address issues ranging from transport and modeling issues to power dissipation and energy harvesting. We will draw examples ranging from multi-gate FETs, SONOS memories, tunneling FETs and thermoelectric devices and suggest new directions for improving device efficiency through device and material engineering.


    Biography: Mohamed Mohamed received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA, in 2012. He served as a Research Scientist and Visiting Lecturer with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His doctoral dissertation work was performed in the Computational Multiscale Nanostructures group directed by Professor Umberto Ravaioli and has demonstrated self-heating effects in nanoscale silicon MOSFETs through coupled electro-thermal Monte Carlo simulation. His current research interest is primarily on the theory, design, simulation and characterization of energy efficient devices, materials and circuits. He also has a great interest in cyber education and in exploring innovative ways to enhance learning, education, and research. He has developed numerous simulation tools suitable for both research and classroom use hosted on the nanoHUB. He is the recipient of the Ernest Reid Fellowship Award in Electrical Engineering, the Graduate College Dean Fellowship and was listed several times in the UIUC List of Teachers Ranked Excellent.

    Host: EE-Electrophysics

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • WIE PhD Student Coffee Social

    Thu, Apr 02, 2015 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Receptions & Special Events


    Women in Engineering would like to invite you to a monthly coffee hour for our PhD women. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be provided. This is a great a time for you to get to know fellow PhD women in Viterbi. Stop by to hang out with your fellow women engineers, take a break from work, and form some new friendships.

    RSVP (optional) here.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Location: Robert Glen Rapp Engineering Research Building (RRB) - 208

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Women in Engineering

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  • Big Data and Data Science: Some Hype but Real Opportunities

    Thu, Apr 02, 2015 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    Big Data and Data Science: Some Hype but Real Opportunities

    IMSC Seminar – Host: Cyrus Shahabi
    April 2 - 5:00-6:00pm
    SAL-101

    Speaker: Michael Franklin, UC Berkeley Computer Science

    Abstract
    Data is all the rage across industry and across campuses. While it may be temping to dismiss the buzz as just another spin of the hype cycle, there are substantial shifts and realignments underway that are fundamentally changing how Computer Science, Statistics and virtually all subject areas will be taught, researched, and perceived as disciplines. In this talk I will give my personal perspectives on this new landscape based on experiences organizing a large, industry-engaged academic Computer Science research project (the AMPLab), in helping to establish a campus-wide Data Science research initiative (the Berkeley Institute for Data Science), and my participation on a campus task force charged with mapping out Data Science Education for all undergraduates at Berkeley. I will make the case that there are real opportunities across campus in both education and research, and that Data Science should be viewed as an emerging discipline in its own right.

    Bio
    Michael Franklin is the Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Computer Science and Chair of the Computer Science Division at the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Franklin is also the Director of the Algorithms, Machines, and People Laboratory (AMPLab) at UC Berkeley. The AMPLab currently works with 27 industrial sponsors including founding sponsors Amazon Web Services, Google, and SAP. AMPLab is well-known for creating a number of popular systems in the Open Source Big Data ecosystem including Spark, Mesos, GraphX and MLlib, all parts of the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack (BDAS). Prof. Franklin is a co-PI and Executive Committee member for the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, part of a multi-campus initiative to advance Data Science Environments. He is an ACM Fellow, a two-time winner of the ACM SIGMOD "Test of Time" award, has several "Best Paper" awards and two CACM Research Highlights selections, and is recipient of the outstanding Advisor Award from the Computer Science Graduate Student Association at Berkeley.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Viterbi Spotlight Series- Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Thu, Apr 02, 2015 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 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 Services

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

    Fri, Apr 03, 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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  • PhD Defense - Zhuoliang Kang

    Fri, Apr 03, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    Ph.D candidate: Zhuoliang Kang

    Title: Accurate 3D Model Acquisition from Imagery Data

    Date: Friday, April 3, 10:00 AM

    Location: EEB 131A

    Committee:
    Prof. Gerard Medioni (chair)
    Prof. Hao Li
    Prof. Alexander Sawchuk (outside member)

    Abstract:

    Acquisition of 3D models from 2D imagery has been essential for various applications. In particular, this dissertation investigates two important application scenarios: city-scale 3D reconstruction from aerial imagery and general 3D model acquisition with a commodity camera.

    The first part of this dissertation explores an online solution to the problem. We propose an approach to solve camera pose estimation and dense reconstruction from Wide Area Aerial Surveillance (WAAS) videos captured by an airborne platform. Our approach solves them in an online fashion: it incrementally updates a sparse 3D map and estimates the camera pose as each new frame arrives; depth maps of selected key frames are computed using a variational method and integrated to produce a full 3D model via volumetric reconstruction. In practice, WAAS videos are usually captured using a multi-camera system. We parallelize our approach on multiple GPUs to efficiently handle the multi-camera imagery. The approach is also extended for progressive 3D scanning with a hand-held camera.

    In many scenarios, online approach is not a necessity and accuracy has higher priority over efficiency. In the second part, we present two offline solutions. The first work generates dense 3D model based on depth map fusion, which combines variational multi-scale depth map estimation with volumetric reconstruction. We also present MeshRecon, a mesh-based offline system composed of three modules: a dense point cloud is generated using multi-resolution plane sweep method; an initial mesh model is extracted from the point cloud via global optimization considering visibility information of all images; the mesh model is then iteratively refined to capture structural details by optimizing the photometric consistency and spatial regularization. The major processes are also parallelized on GPU for efficiency. We validate its performance on real-world objects of different types at different scales in both indoor and outdoor environments. For aerial imagery case, we evaluate the approach on several real-world aerial imagery datasets each covering an urban scenario of several square kilometers. Quantitative result shows that the reconstructed model is highly accurate with mean error smaller than 1 meter over the entire city. Based on city 3D models generated at different times, we present a system for city-scale geometric change detection by performing comparisons at the 3D geometry level. Our system is able to detect geometric changes at different scales, ranging from a building cluster to vegetation changes, with high accuracy.

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 131A

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • AI Seminar- Predicting human behaviors in techno-social systems: fighting abuse and illicit activities

    Fri, Apr 03, 2015 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Emilio Ferrara , Indiana University

    Talk Title: Predicting human behaviors in techno-social systems: fighting abuse and illicit activities

    Series: Artificial Intelligence Seminar

    Abstract: The increasing availability of data across different socio-technical systems, such as online social networks, social media, and mobile phone networks, presents novel challenges and intriguing research opportunities. As more online services permeate through our everyday life and as data from various domains are connected and integrated with each other, the boundary between the real and the online worlds becomes blurry. Such data convey both online and offline activities of people, as well as multiple time scales and resolutions.

    In this talk, I'll discuss my research efforts aimed at characterizing and predicting human behaviors and activities in techno-social worlds: starting by discussing network structure and information spreading on large social networks, I'll move toward characterizing entire online conversations, such as those around big real-world events, to capture the dynamics driving the emergence of collective attention and trending topics. I'll describe a machine learning framework leveraging these insights to detect promoted campaigns that mimic grassroots conversation. Aiming at learning the signature of abuse at the level of the single individuals, I'll illustrate the challenges posed by characterizing human activity as opposed to that of synthetic entities (social bots) that attempt emulate us, to persuade, smear, tamper or deceive. I'll draw a parallel with detecting illicit activities in the real world leveraging the traces left by criminals' interactions via mobile phones.

    I'll conclude envisioning the design of computational systems that will help us making effective, timely decisions (informed by social data), and create actionable policies to contribute create a better future society.


    Biography: Emilio Ferrara is research assistant professor at the School of Informatics and Computing of Indiana University, where he teaches I400/590 Mining the Social Web, and research scientist at the IU Network Science Institute. He holds a PhD in Mathematics & Computer Science with honors [University of Messina (IT), program ranked 2nd in Italy, top100 worldwide]. During his PhD years he was a visiting scholar at the Vienna University of Technology and at the Royal Holloway University of London. He was a postdoctoral fellow of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research at Indiana University, working with Alessandro Flammini and Fil Menczer for 2.5 years. He lead the DARPA/SMISC project on campaigns and social bots detection, and the DARPA Social Bot Detection Challenge for the IU team.

    Emilio’s research interests lie at the intersection between Network Science, Data Science, Machine Learning, and Computational Social Science. His work explores Social Networks and Social Media Analysis, Criminal Networks, and Knowledge Engineering. His research appears on top journals like Communications of the ACM and Physical Review Letters, and on several ACM and IEEE Transactions Journals and Conference Proceedings.

    He is Lead Guest Editor of the EPJ Data Science thematic series on Collective Behaviors and Networks, and serves in the Program Committees of several prestigious conferences like WWW, ICWSM, and SocInfo. Emilio is co-chair of various workshops recurring at ECCS, WWW, SocInfo, and WebScience; he was also the local & sponsor chair of ACM Web Science 2014 and publicity co-chair of SocInfo 2014.

    His work has been featured on tech and business magazines like MIT Technology Review, TIME, New Scientist, Fast Company, Engadget, Wired, and Mashable, and on the popular press including on the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, the Atlantic, and BBC!

    Emilio is a top 0.5% Kaggle competitor and enjoys participating to various data science competitions.

    Host: Aram Galstyan

    Webcast: http://webcasterms1.isi.edu/mediasite/Viewer/?peid=0de28f610b2344099f9759c6f8e566f61

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

    WebCast Link: http://webcasterms1.isi.edu/mediasite/Viewer/?peid=0de28f610b2344099f9759c6f8e566f61d

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Colloquium

    Fri, Apr 03, 2015 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. George Hajj, Principal Engineer at JPL

    Talk Title: From Science to Wall Street, and Back

    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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  • Hierarchical Bayesian Methods for Sparse Signal Recovery

    Fri, Apr 03, 2015 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Bhaskar D. Rao, University of California, San Diego

    Talk Title: Hierarchical Bayesian Methods for Sparse Signal Recovery

    Abstract: Compressive sensing (CS) as an approach for data acquisition has recently received much attention. In CS, the signal recovery problem from the observed data requires the solution of a sparse vector from an underdetermined system of equations. The underlying sparse signal recovery problem is quite general with many applications and is the focus of this talk. The main emphasis will be on a hierarchical Bayesian framework with a detailed discussion of an empirical Bayesian method, the Sparse Bayesian Learning (SBL) method. To develop this framework, priors modeled as scale mixtures of normal distributions will be discussed which include super-Gaussian and student-t priors as special cases. The talk will also discuss Bayesian methods for sparse recovery problems with structure; Intra-vector correlation in the context of the block sparse model and inter-vector correlation in the context of the multiple measurement vector problem.

    Biography: Bhaskar D. Rao received the B.Tech. degree in electronics and electrical communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in 1979 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1981 and 1983, respectively. Since 1983, he has been with the University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, where he is currently a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. He is the holder of the Ericsson endowed chair in Wireless Access Networks and was the Director of the Center for Wireless Communications (2008-2011). Prof. Rao’s interests are in the areas of digital signal processing, estimation theory, and optimization theory, with applications to digital communications, speech signal processing, and biomedical signal processing.

    Prof. Rao was elected fellow of IEEE in 2000 for his contributions to the statistical analysis of subspace algorithms for harmonic retrieval. His work has received several paper awards; 2013 best paper award at the Fall 2013, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference for the paper “Multicell Random Beamforming with CDF-based Scheduling: Exact Rate and Scaling Laws,” by Yichao Huang and Bhaskar D Rao, 2012 Signal Processing Society (SPS) best paper award for the paper “An Empirical Bayesian Strategy for Solving the Simultaneous Sparse Approximation Problem,” by David P. Wipf and Bhaskar D. Rao published in IEEE Transaction on Signal Processing, Volume: 55, No. 7, July 2007, 2008 Stephen O. Rice Prize paper award in the field of communication systems for the paper “Network Duality for Multiuser MIMO Beamforming Networks and Applications,” by B. Song, R. L. Cruz and B. D. Rao that appeared in the IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 55, No. 3, March 2007, pp. 618 630. http://www.comsoc.org/ awards/rice.html), among others.

    Prof. Rao has been a member of the Statistical Signal and Array Processing technical committee, the Signal Processing Theory and Methods technical committee, the Communications technical committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society and is currently a member of the Machine learning for Signal Processing technical committee. He has also served on the editorial board of the EURASIP Signal Processing Journal and also as a technical member for several IEEE conferences.


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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Integrated Systems Seminar

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

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. Jan Van der Spiegel, University of Pennsylvania

    Talk Title: TBD

    Series: Integrated Systems Seminar

    Host: Hosted by Prof. Hossein Hashemi, Prof. Mike Chen, and Prof. Mahta Moghaddam Organized and hosted by Run Chen

    More Info: http://mhi.usc.edu/events/event-details/?event_id=915369

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Elise Herrera-Green

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Fri, Apr 03, 2015 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. Akua Asa-Awuku, University of California, Riverside

    Talk Title: How Do Clouds Form? Linking Aerosol Properties to Cloud Condensation Nuclei

    Abstract:
    TBA

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • NL Seminar-Keeping Topic Models Fresh: Technical and Practical Challenges

    Fri, Apr 03, 2015 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Don Metzler, Google

    Talk Title: Keeping Topic Models Fresh: Technical and Practical Challenges

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Topic models are statistical models that can be used to infer the most likely topics that some piece of text is about. Such models are useful for applications that rely on semantic representations of text, such as query classification, document understanding, and measuring semantic similarity. These models are widely used within Google. In this talk, I will first describe the details of one of these models -- one that learns over a million topics covering just about every language. I will then describe a number of technical and practical challenges involved in keeping such a model fresh and up-to-date within real-world applications.

    Biography: Donald Metzler is a Staff Software Engineer at Google Inc. Prior to that, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) and a Senior Research Scientist at Yahoo!. He has served as the Program Chair of the WSDM, ICTIR, and OAIR conferences and sat on the editorial boards of the major journals. He has published over 40 research papers, has been awarded 4 patents, and co-authored the textbook Search Engines: Information Retrieval in Practice.

    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

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  • Ming Hsieh Electrical Engineering Seminar

    Fri, Apr 03, 2015 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    University Calendar


    The Live Simulation Environment

    Friday April 3rd 4 pm – 5 pm EEB248

    Dr. Jose Renau of U.C. Santa Cruz

    Short bio:
    Jose Renau http://www.soe.ucsc.edu/ renau) is an associate professor of computer engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research focuses on computer architecture, including design effort metrics and models, infrared thermal measurements, low-power and thermal-aware designs, process variability, thread level speculation, and FPGA/ASIC design. Renau has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Short Abstract:
    Professor Renau will talk about the still not published Live Simulation environment being developed University of California, Santa Cruz. The Live Simulation Environment is a collaborative environment with statistical sampling for very fast
    computer architecture simulations. The talk will present the philosophy and a live demo of the setup. The setup can run SPEC benchmarks in few seconds with accurate sampling.

    Unlike other statistical simulation simulators, the user does not specify sampling parameters. The user just sets the acceptable simulation error, a set of benchmarks, and the architecture configuration. The Live environment is able to automatically adjust the sampling parameters guaranteeing that the error is within the requested confidence interval.
    By adapting the sample parameters per application, benchmark, and core automatically it is possible to accurately run SPEC 2006 in a few seconds.

    This is a link of a video showing the "goal"
    http://masc.soe.ucsc.edu/livedemo/livedemo.mp4

    Host: Dr. Timothy Pinkston

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • The Live Simulation Environment

    Fri, Apr 03, 2015 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    University Calendar


    The Live Simulation Environment

    Friday April 3rd 4 pm – 5 pm EEB248

    Dr. Jose Renau of U.C. Santa Cruz

    Short bio:
    Jose Renau http://www.soe.ucsc.edu/ renau) is an associate professor of computer engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research focuses on computer architecture, including design effort metrics and models, infrared thermal measurements, low-power and thermal-aware designs, process variability, thread level speculation, and FPGA/ASIC design. Renau has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Short Abstract:
    Professor Renau will talk about the still not published Live Simulation environment being developed University of California, Santa Cruz. The Live Simulation Environment is a collaborative environment with statistical sampling for very fast
    computer architecture simulations. The talk will present the philosophy and a live demo of the setup. The setup can run SPEC benchmarks in few seconds with accurate sampling.

    Unlike other statistical simulation simulators, the user does not specify sampling parameters. The user just sets the acceptable simulation error, a set of benchmarks, and the architecture configuration. The Live environment is able to automatically adjust the sampling parameters guaranteeing that the error is within the requested confidence interval.
    By adapting the sample parameters per application, benchmark, and core automatically it is possible to accurately run SPEC 2006 in a few seconds.

    This is a link of a video showing the "goal"
    http://masc.soe.ucsc.edu/livedemo/livedemo.mp4

    Host: Dr. Timothy Pinkston

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Shane Goodoff

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  • USC Alumni Reception in Chennai

    Fri, Apr 03, 2015 @ 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events


    USC Viterbi is hosting an alumni reception in Chennai, India at the Hyatt Regency, 365 Anna Salai, Teynampet. All USC Alumni are welcome.

    To confirm your attendance, please contact Sudha Kumar, india@gapp.usc.edu.

    Location: Hyatt Regency, Chennai, India

    Audiences: USC Alumni

    Posted By: James Morse

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  • USC Alumni Reception in Bangalore

    Sat, Apr 04, 2015 @ 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events


    USC Viterbi is hosting an alumni reception in Bangalore, India at the Hyatt on MG Road. All USC Alumni are welcome.

    To confirm your attendance, please contact Sudha Kumar, india@gapp.usc.edu.

    Location: Hyatt on MG Road

    Audiences: USC Alumni

    Posted By: James Morse

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