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

    Wed, Jan 16, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) 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: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Jan 16, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Maziar Hemati, University of Minnesota

    Talk Title: Flow control a la mode

    Abstract: Biological flyers and swimmers have a great capacity for interacting with their fluid environments. This ability is demonstrated through the agility, efficiency, and environmental awareness exhibited by numerous creatures, including birds, fish, and insects. While human-engineered systems have benefited from biological inspiration, the performance gains realized have often fallen short of their full potential. A primary limitation to attaining further improvement has been a scarcity of reliable low-dimensional fluid dynamics models, which are often needed (1) to determine the state of a complex flow from available on-board sensors (i.e., flow sensing), and (2) to exploit that knowledge to determine and execute a best course of action for achieving a desired objective (i.e., feedback control). In this talk, we will consider modal decomposition strategies aimed at obtaining low-dimensional dynamical systems models from empirical data. In particular, we will present recent advances in techniques tailored to extract descriptive insights and predictive models from large, streaming, and noisy datasets. The second half of the talk will present a dynamic mode shaping perspective for feedback flow control synthesis. The perspective will be used to highlight a fundamental performance limitation inherent to standard observer-based control structures, suggesting that flow reconstruction from sensor measurements may be inadvisable in some flow control applications.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

    Event Link: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

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  • Resume Lab - Bring your Laptop!

    Wed, Jan 16, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Labs are an activity where you can work on your resume in the presence of a career advisor to get tips on the spot.

    Bring your Laptop!

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Control-System Interactions in Cyber-Physical Infrastructures

     Control-System Interactions in Cyber-Physical Infrastructures

    Wed, Jan 16, 2019 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Sandip Roy , School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University

    Talk Title: Control-System Interactions in Cyber-Physical Infrastructures

    Series: Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things

    Abstract: Cyber- technologies are enabling a new paradigm for control in modern infrastructure networks, centered around client-catered and mission-adaptive decision-making. While this new paradigm holds remarkable promise, it also brings forth fundamental new challenges in infrastructure controls engineering, including growing democratization of control authority, increasing vulnerability to cyber attacks and failures, dependence on ad hoc sensing, and concern about system-wide cascading events. In this talk, the new paradigm and attendant challenges in infrastructure-network control are illustrated in two very different application domains: deployment of new wide-area controls to damp oscillations in the bulk power grid, and management of emergent antibiotic-resistant emergent infections at multiple scales. Then, a research program for assessing and designing infrastructure controls is envisioned, which is based on understanding interactions among control systems in dynamical networks. Specifically, four directions of work are overviewed: 1) input-output (channel) analysis for dynamical networks, 2) control-channel interaction assessment, 3) channel-preserving model reduction, and 4) ad hoc sensing-based control. Preliminary theoretical results and contributions to several application domains, including the two motivating applications, are presented.

    Biography: Sandip Roy is a Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University. His research is concerned with developing techniques for the estimation and control of network dynamics, and applying these techniques to support the wide-area management of cyber-physical infrastructures. This research has yielded algorithms and decision-support software that are being prototyped in the United States air traffic management system and the Western U.S. power grid. Recently, he has been also interested in developing network-controls techniques for epidemiological and neuroscience applications. The outcomes of the research are described in about 70 journal papers and 130 conference papers across multiple disciplines.

    Host: Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • CAIS Seminar: Kobi Gal (Ben-Gurion University) - Supporting Interactions in Online Groups: A New Challenge for AI

    Wed, Jan 16, 2019 @ 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Kobi Gal, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Harvard University

    Talk Title: Supporting Interactions in Online Groups: A New Challenge for AI

    Series: USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS) Seminar Series

    Abstract: Advances in network technologies and interface design are enabling group activities of varying complexities to be carried out, in whole or in part, over the internet (e.g., citizen science, Massive Online Open Courses [MOOC] and questions-and-answers sites). The need to support these highly diverse interactions brings new and significant challenges to AI: how to design efficient representations for describing online group interactions, how to provide incentives that keep participants motivated and productive, and how to provide useful, non-intrusive information to system designers to help them decide whether and how to intervene with the group's work. Dr. Gal will describe two ongoing projects that address these challenges in the wild, and discuss the potential societal and ethical implications of this work.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Dr. Ya'akov (Kobi) Gal is a faculty member of the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and an associate of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. His work investigates representations and algorithms for making decisions in heterogeneous groups comprising both people and computational agents. He has worked on combining artificial intelligence algorithms with educational technology towards supporting students in their learning and teachers to understand how students learn. He has published over 60 papers in highly refereed venues on topics ranging from artificial intelligence to the learning and cognitive sciences.

    Host: Milind Tambe

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 106

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • ASBME GM 0: Welcome Back!

    Wed, Jan 16, 2019 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity

    Welcome back everyone! We hope you've had a restful break and are ready to kick off the new year - and to our Spring Admits: Welcome to USC! Come hear about the events we have planned for this semester - from our corporate dinner to our medical device design competition, the Makeathon. We will also be discussing applications for our E-Week Committee and its never too early to think about applying to our Executive Board for next year. Dinner will be provided as always, so come enjoy food and get back into the groove with ASBME!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 227

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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