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Events for the 4th week of August

  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Aug 22, 2016 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: John Lasch, PhD, Director, USC Alfred Mann Institute\

    Talk Title: BME Industry

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • EE 598 Cyber-Physical Systems Seminar Series

    Mon, Aug 22, 2016 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Hana Koorehdavoudi , University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Drawing Inspiration from Collective Motion in Nature

    Abstract: Biological systems are frequently categorized as complex systems due to their capabilities of generating spatio-temporal structures from apparent random decisions. In spite of research on analyzing biological systems, we lack a quantifiable framework for measuring their complexity. To fill this gap, we develop a new paradigm to study a collective group of N agents moving and interacting in a three-dimensional space. Our paradigm helps to identify the spatio-temporal states of the motion of the group and their associated transition probabilities. This framework enables the estimation of the free energy landscape corresponding to the identified states. Based on the energy landscape, we quantify missing information, emergence, self-organization and complexity for a collective motion. We show that the collective motion of the group of agents evolves to reach the most probable state with relatively lowest energy level and lowest missing information compared to other possible states. Our analysis demonstrates that the natural group of animals exhibit a higher degree of emergence, self-organization and complexity over time. Consequently, this algorithm can be integrated into new frameworks to engineer collective motions to achieve certain degrees of emergence, self-organization and complexity.

    Biography: Hana Koorehdavoudi is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California. She received her BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology in 2010. Her research interests include cellular motility, biological swarm dynamics, applied mathematics to design and modeling of dense networks of bacteria with a potential application for therapeutic purposes (e.g. drug delivery in inaccessible regions of the human body).

    Host: Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Estela Lopez

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  • Seminar - From Harmonic Telegraph to Cellular Phones

    Tue, Aug 23, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Bishnu S. Atal, University of Washington

    Talk Title: From Harmonic Telegraph to Cellular Phones

    Abstract: It all started with two patents issued to Alexander Graham Bell in March 1876 and the world changed forever. Vast distances began to shrink. Soon, nobody was isolated. The invention produced a new industrial giant whose research laboratories supported the best in scientific research and engineering leading to major technical advances of the twentieth century. The desire for communication, anytime, anywhere spread fast; stationary phones connected by wires started fading away, replaced by 'cellular phones' ('smart phones') reflecting the cell structure of the wireless medium. This talk will provide a history of the telephones, starting from Alexander Graham Bell's 'harmonic telegraph' in 1876 to modern cellular phones.

    Biography: Bishnu S. Atal is an Affiliate Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He retired in March 2002 after working for more than 40 years at Lucent Bell Labs, and AT&T Labs

    Dr. Atal's pioneering research on speech coding for providing natural-sounding speech over digital devices has resulted in standards that lie at the heart of practically every mobile phone in use today. His work has enabled wireless networks to use less spectrum space and fewer towers to aid in the mass deployment of digital cellular systems. He demonstrated during the 1960s that Linear Predictive Coding 'LPC' could represent the varying characteristics of human voice and encode the speech signal at a fraction of conventional bit rates . LPC quickly became the basis for military communication standards. He introduced the CELP method in 1985, and it is now used in practically all digital cellular speech standards as well as standards for digital voice communication over the Internet.

    Dr. Atal is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. His many honors include the Thomas Edison Patent Award (1994) , the New Jersey Hall of Fame Inventor of the Year Award (2000), the IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Field Award (1986), the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering (2003), and the 2013 IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal.

    Bishnu resides in Mukilteo, Washington. He has two daughters, Alka and Namita, two granddaughters, Jyotica and Sonali, and two grandsons, Ananth and Niguel.

    Host: Shrikanth Narayanan & Panayiotis Georgiou

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tanya Acevedo-Lam/EE-Systems

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  • NL Seminar

    Fri, Aug 26, 2016 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ke Tran , USC/ISI Intern

    Talk Title: Unsupervised learning linguistic structures with deep neural networks

    Series: NL Seminar

    Abstract: We present a general framework for unsupervised learning that combines probalistic graphical models with the power of deep nets. We employ a neuralized expectation miminization algorithm for learning. We apply this framework for unsupervised sequential tagging and show some interesting results.



    Biography: Ke is a PhD candidate at University of Amsterdam. He is interning at ISI, working with Yonatan Bisk, Ashish Vaswani, Kevin Knight, and Daniel Marcu. His research focuses on deep learning and machine translation.


    Host: Xing Shi

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 1135 - 11th fl Large CR

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Alma Nava / Information Sciences Institute

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  • Computer Science Department Retreat

    Sat, Aug 27, 2016

    Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events


    RSVP, details, and agenda sent directly to invited participants. Please see our dedicated web page, below, for further information.

    Location: LA Live

    WebCast Link: https://www.cs.usc.edu/2016-computer-science-annual-retreat

    Audiences: Registration Required

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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