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  • Repeating EventAircraft Accident Investigation AAI 24-3

    Tue, Feb 27, 2024 @ 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Aviation Safety and Security Program

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    The course is designed for individuals who have limited investigation experience. All aspects of the investigation process are addressed, starting with preparation for the investigation through writing the final report. It covers National Transportation Safety Board and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) procedures. Investigative techniques are examined with an emphasis on fixed-wing investigation. Data collection, wreckage reconstruction, and cause analysis are discussed in the classroom and applied in the lab. The USC Aircraft Accident Investigation lab serves as the location for practical exercises. Thirteen aircraft wreckages form the basis of these investigative exercises. The crash laboratory gives the student an opportunity to learn the observation and documentation skills required of accident investigators. The wreckage is examined and reviewed with investigators who have extensive actual real-world investigation experience. Examination techniques and methods are demonstrated along with participative group discussions of actual wreckage examination, reviews of witness interview information, and investigation group personal dynamics discussions.

    Location: WESTMINSTER AVENUE BUILDING (WAB) - Unit E

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Daniel Scalese

    Event Link: https://avsafe.usc.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=24AAAI3

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  • ECE Seminar: Dr. Giacomo Nannicini

    Tue, Feb 27, 2024 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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    Speaker: Dr. Giacomo Nannicini, Associate Professor, Epstein Dept of ISE, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Talk Title: Convex Optimization Algorithms on Quantum Computers

    Abstract: Optimization is often mentioned as one of the main application areas for quantum computers, but is this claim backed up by theoretical evidence? In this talk we provide a gentle overview of recent advances in quantum optimization, with an emphasis on algorithms and subroutines for convex optimization problems that lead to rigorous asymptotic speedups. The main results of this talk are a faster classical algorithm for the semidefinite relaxation of the MaxCut problem, an even faster quantum algorithm for the same problem, and a new idea for linear optimization on quantum computers.

    Biography: Giacomo Nannicini is an associate professor in the Industrial & Systems Engineering department at the University of Southern California, which he joined in 2022. Prior to that, he was a research staff member in the quantum algorithms group at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, and an assistant professor in the Engineering Systems and Design pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. His main research interest is optimization broadly defined and its applications. Giacomo received several awards, including the 2021 Beale--Orchard-Hays prize, the 2015 Robert Faure prize, and the 2012 Glover-Klingman prize.

    Host: Dr. Richard M. Leahy, leahy@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95762332255?pwd=NitkT2p5c1kvWWp0a0JuUUVNZTRudz09

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

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95762332255?pwd=NitkT2p5c1kvWWp0a0JuUUVNZTRudz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • ECE-EP Seminar - Aziza Suleymanzade, Tuesday, Feb. 27th at 2pm via Zoom

    Tue, Feb 27, 2024 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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    Speaker: Aziza Suleymanzade, Harvard University

    Talk Title: Building quantum networks: from solid-state defects and Rydberg atoms in cavities to a new scientific frontier with hybrid quantum systems

    Series: ECE-EP Seminar

    Abstract: The experimental development of quantum networks marks a significant scientific milestone, poised to enable secure quantum communication, distributed quantum computing, and entanglement-enhanced nonlocal sensing. In this talk, I will discuss the recent advancements in the field along with the outstanding challenges through my work on two different platforms: Silicon Vacancy defects in diamond nanophotonic cavities and Rydberg atoms coupled to hybrid cavities. First, I will present our recent results on distributing entanglement across a two-node network with on-chip solid-state defects in cavities which we built at Harvard. We demonstrated high-fidelity entanglement between communication and memory qubits and showed long-distance entanglement over the 35 km of deployed fiber in the Cambridge/Boston area. Second, I will describe our work at the University of Chicago on using Rydberg atoms as transducers of quantum information between optical and microwave photons, with the goal of integrating Rydberg platforms with superconducting circuits and paving the way for advanced quantum network architectures. The talk will conclude with a perspective on the potential of this hybrid platform approach in constructing quantum networks, highlighting the uncharted scientific and technological opportunities it could unlock.

    Biography: Aziza is a postdoc at Harvard in the group of Mikhail Lukin. She did her PhD at the University of Chicago in groups of Jon Simon and David Schuster, working on the transduction of single optical to millimeter wave photons using Rydberg atoms in cavities. Aziza got a Bachelor\'s degree from Harvard University and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, where she built an experiment for generating potassium-39 BEC in a uniform box potential.   

    Host: ECE-EP

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96689616375?pwd=bGJ0dXZZUEdxTjN3bHFlL3ZnVWdVUT09

    More Information: Aziza Suleymanzade Seminar Announcement.pdf

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96689616375?pwd=bGJ0dXZZUEdxTjN3bHFlL3ZnVWdVUT09

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  • Epstein Institute, ISE 651 Seminar Class

    Tue, Feb 27, 2024 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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    Speaker: Dr. Xiaolei Fang, Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial & Systems Engr, North Carolina State University

    Talk Title: High-Dimensional Data Analytics for System Condition Monitoring and Performance Improvement

    Host: Prof. Qiang Huang

    More Information: February 27, 2024.pdf

    Location: Social Sciences Building (SOS) - SOS Building, B2

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • MFD Spring Seminars- Distinguished Lecture Series

    Tue, Feb 27, 2024 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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    Speaker: Mark Hersam , North Western University

    Talk Title: Mixed-Dimensional Heterostructures for Electronic and Energy Technologies

    Abstract: Layered two-dimensional (2D) materials interact primarily via van der Waals bonding, which has created new opportunities for heterostructures that are not constrained by epitaxial lattice matching requirements [1]. However, since any passivated, dangling bond-free surface interacts with another via non-covalent forces, van der Waals heterostructures are not limited to 2D materials alone. In particular, 2D materials can be integrated with a diverse range of other materials, including those of different dimensionality, to form mixed-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures [2]. Furthermore, chemical functionalization provides additional opportunities for tailoring the properties of 2D materials and the degree of coupling across heterointerfaces [3]. In this manner, a variety of optoelectronic and energy applications can be enhanced including photodetectors, optical emitters, supercapacitors, and batteries [4-7]. Furthermore, mixed-dimensional heterostructures enable unprecedented electronic device function to be realized including neuromorphic memtransistors, mixed-kernel heterojunction transistors, and moiré synaptic transistors [8-10]. In addition to technological implications for electronic and energy technologies, this talk will explore several fundamental issues including band alignment, doping, trap states, and charge/energy transfer across mixed-dimensional heterointerfaces.

    Biography: Mark C. Hersam is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Director of the Materials Research Center, and Chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Northwestern University. He also holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Chemistry, Applied Physics, Medicine, and Electrical Engineering. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1996, M.Phil. in Physics from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 1997, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UIUC in 2000. His research interests include nanomaterials, additive manufacturing, nanoelectronics, scanning probe microscopy, renewable energy, and quantum information science. Dr. Hersam has received several honors including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, TMS Robert Lansing Hardy Award, AVS Peter Mark Award, MRS Outstanding Young Investigator, U.S. Science Envoy, MacArthur Fellowship, AVS Medard W. Welch Award, and eight Teacher of the Year Awards. Dr. Hersam has been repeatedly named a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher with over 650 peer-reviewed publications that have been cited more than 70,000 times with an h-index of 125. An elected member of the National Academy of Inventors with over 170 issued and pending patents, Dr. Hersam has founded two companies, NanoIntegris and Volexion, which are commercial suppliers of nanoelectronic and battery materials, respectively. Dr. Hersam is a Fellow of MRS, ACS, AVS, APS, AAAS, SPIE, and IEEE, and also serves as an Executive Editor of ACS Nano.

    Host: Mork Family Department

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Monique Garcia

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