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Events for the 3rd week of September

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

    Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    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. 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 visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/meetusc_sw.html to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

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

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Nicolas Schweighofer, Noah Malmstadt, Megan McCain,

    Talk Title: BME Research Presentations

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

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

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


    Host: David D'Argenio

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Seminars in Engineering, Neuroscience & Health (ENH)

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

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


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

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

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

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

    Biography: This seminar is also streaming live at:
    HSC: CHP 147 - Video Conference
    Center for the Health Professional
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    http://capture.usc.edu/Mediasite/Catalog/Full/946350f1ca8440e7b867e16adba01e4e21/?state=xJE9EJIqlAdw4AAliKfp

    Complete schedule of speakers and information about all prior seminars can be found at
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    Host: Francisco Valero-Cuevas

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

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • Honeywell Aerospace Information Session

    Mon, Sep 15, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Please join Honeywell Aerospace to learn about exciting products and opportunities in the aviation industry. Find out from USC Alumni about our internship and rotational programs for Supply Chain and Engineering career paths.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi and Marshall Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Epstein ISE Department Seminar

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

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


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

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

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

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

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

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

    More Information: Seminar-Zavala2.doc

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Georgia Lum

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  • Epstein Institute / ISE 651 Seminar Series

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

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


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

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

    Series: Epstein Institute Seminar Series

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

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


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


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

    More Information: Seminar-Ghate.doc

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Georgia Lum

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  • Navigating the Internship/Job Search

    Tue, Sep 16, 2014 @ 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Are you looking for an industry position and want to know where to begin? This workshop will give you the tips needed to help you find an engineering internship, co-op or full time position!

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • Google Tech Talk

    Tue, Sep 16, 2014 @ 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

    Location: Mark Taper Hall Of Humanities (THH) - 201

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • ASBME GM#1: HTE@USC

    Tue, Sep 16, 2014 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Interested in exploring the intersection between healthcare and advanced engineering technologies? Come to ASBME's meeting with the director and a representative from USC's very own Health, Technology and Engineering (HTE) program! Collaborate with medical students in solving real-world healthcare problems and become the link between the Viterbi and Keck Schools. Dr. Tolomiczenko will showcase projects initiated by HTE that undergraduates can actively participate in - so come out and take advantage of this opportunity to do research!

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 252

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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

    Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    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. 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 visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/meetusc_sw.html to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Viterbi Fellowship Information Session

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

    Viterbi School of Engineering Doctoral Programs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Fall 2014 Viterbi Fellows are invited to learn more about their fellowship.

    Please RSVP via: 2014 Viterbi Fellowship Info Session Qualtrics Survey

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: GAPP Doctoral Programs

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  • Getting Real World Experience Through Internships Panel

    Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services

    Workshops & Infosessions


    One of the best ways to stand out to employers is to have relevant experience on your resume. Join current USC Viterbi students as they discuss their perspectives on recent internship experiences.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • SHPE General Body Meeting &INROADS Resume Workshop

    Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Looking to polish your resume and develop your professional skills as you begin to look for employment? If so, then come by for SHPE's second General Body Meeting as we partner up with NSBE to host INROADS' Resume Workshop. Aside from prepping our members for employment, they have also aided several of our members in getting internships with companies as prestigious as Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. So come join us and get your search for employment started the right way!

    Location: VPD 105

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

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  • Chevron Upstream & Gas Information Session

    Thu, Sep 18, 2014 @ 05:30 AM - 06:45 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: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

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  • DEN@Viterbi Limited Status Information Session

    Thu, Sep 18, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Distance Education Network

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Limited Status allows qualified individuals to begin taking classes via DEN@Viterbi before being formally admitted to a degree program. The Viterbi School uses a state-of-the-art, proprietary Web-based delivery system that enables students from around the world to access classes live, on demand or by download. To find out if you are eligible for this enrollment offering and to see how you can begin taking classes this fall, join us for this online information session.

    RSVP NOW

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • 2014 Mork Family Department Welcome Luncheon

    Thu, Sep 18, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Receptions & Special Events


    Please be on time to the presentation at the Tutor Campus Center Ballroom.
    Must have a ticket to participate in the luncheon.
    Lunch following the presentation in the E-Quad (12:30-2:00p).

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - Ballroom

    Audiences: New and returning students

    Posted By: Ryan Choi

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  • AIChE Resume & Interview Workshop

    Thu, Sep 18, 2014 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    The Viterbi Career Fair is approaching! Looking for an internship or full-time position? Come to this helpful workshop to get your resume reviewed, practice your interview skills, and receive professional tips on how to present yourself to the industry. The Viterbi Career Center will be presenting and working directly with you to help you get your ideal internship/job. Snacks will be provided!

    Location: Hedco Pertroleum and Chemical Engineering Building (HED) - 116

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC American Institute of Chemical Engineers

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  • USC Engineering in Hsinchu, Taiwan - Information Session

    Thu, Sep 18, 2014 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    You are cordially invited to join us for an upcoming graduate engineering information session in Hsinchu, Taiwan. This event will be hosted by Viterbi School representatives Ray Xu, Director of the USC China office for the Viterbi School of Engineering.

    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.

    Attendees will also have the chance to ask questions and receive official brochures and handout information from USC.

    Location:

    Hotel Royal Hsinchu
    No. 227, Kuan-fu Road, Sec. 1
    Hsinchu 300 Taiwan

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

    Posted By: William Schwerin

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

    Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    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. 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 visit http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/meetusc_sw.html to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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

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

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


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

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

    Series: AISeminar

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

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

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


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

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

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

    Host: Greg Ver Steeg

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 1135

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Alma Nava / Information Sciences Institute

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  • W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Colloquium

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

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


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

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

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jeffrey Teng

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  • Integrated Seminar Series

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

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Mark Straayer, Maxim Integrated Products

    Talk Title: Data Converters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Organized and hosted by Masashi Yamagata

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

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

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Elise Herrera-Green

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

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

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Markus Dreyer, SDL

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

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

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

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

    This is joint work with Jonathan Graehl.

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

    Host: Aliya Deri and Kevin Knight

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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  • USC Engineering in Taipei, Taiwan - Information Session

    Fri, Sep 19, 2014 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    September 19, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
    You are cordially invited to join us for an upcoming graduate engineering information session in Taipei, Taiwan. This event will be hosted by Viterbi School representatives Ray Xu, Director of the USC China office for the Viterbi School of Engineering.

    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.

    Attendees will also have the chance to ask questions and receive official brochures and handout information from USC.

    Location:

    Grand Hyatt Taipei
    2, SongShou Road
    Taipei, Taiwan, 11051

    REGISTER NOW

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

    Posted By: William Schwerin

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