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  • Repeating EventThe Communications Hub - Academic Writing and Speaking Tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. Students

    Wed, Jan 18, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions

    The Communications Hub offers academic writing and speaking tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. students! Bring your academic and professional work (at any stage) to faculty at the Engineering in Society Program!

    Drop in hours are in RTH 222:
    Monday: 10-1
    Wednesday: 10-1
    Friday: 10-1

    We also offer online and custom appointments at https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home.

    See you at the Hub!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

  • ECE Seminar: Provenance Attestation: From Silicon Chips to Biological Cells and Beyond

    Wed, Jan 18, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Prof. Yiorgos Makris, ECE Department, The University of Texas at Dallas

    Talk Title: Provenance Attestation: From Silicon Chips to Biological Cells and Beyond

    Abstract: Complex processes, whether natural or artificial, often exhibit inherent variability and result in slightly different products even when identical steps, equipment, materials and conditions are employed. Such variability typically consists of a random component, which is attributed to the endogenous stochasticity of the process itself, and a systematic component, which is attributed to the exogenous aspects of the production. In this presentation, we will discuss how this variability can be harnessed for the purpose of attesting both the process and each copy of the product, thereby facilitating trust, traceability and intellectual property protection. First, in the context of semiconductor manufacturing, using production test measurements from integrated circuits fabricated in two different Texas Instruments 65nm facilities, we will demonstrate the use of contemporary statistical and machine learning-based methods for determining whether a chip was produced by a ratified foundry. Then, using both physical and electrical measurements (a.k.a., metrology and wafer acceptance tests, respectively) from wafers manufactured using multiple copies of a mask-set in a GlobalFoundries 12nm facility, we will demonstrate the use of similar methods for determining whether a wafer was produced by a trusted mask-set and we will discuss the design of custom sensors for obtaining the relevant information from each die on the wafer. Lastly, in the context of synthetic biology, using amplicon sequencing data from multiple cell lines (i.e., HEK293, HCT116 and HeLa), we will demonstrate that the stochasticity of the non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) DNA repair process can be leveraged as a mechanism for introducing a unique identifier (i.e., a Genetic Physical Unclonable Function (PUF)) in every legitimately produced copy of a cell line. Akin to their counterparts in the semiconductor industry, Genetic PUFs can be used for attesting the provenance and protecting the intellectual property of valuable, genetically-engineered cell lines.

    Biography: Yiorgos Makris received the Diploma of Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, in 1995 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, in 1998 and 2001, respectively. After spending a decade on the faculty of Yale University, he joined UT Dallas where he is now a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Co-Founder and Site-PI of the NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Center on Hardware and Embedded System Security and Trust (NSF CHEST I/UCRC), as well as the Leader of the Safety, Security and Healthcare Thrust of the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) and the Director of the Trusted and RELiable Architectures (TRELA) Research Laboratory. His research focuses on applications of machine learning and statistical analysis in the development of trusted and reliable integrated circuits and systems, with particular emphasis in the analog/RF domain. He has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security and the IEEE Design & Test of Computers Periodical, and as a guest editor for the IEEE Transactions on Computers and the IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems. He also served as the 2016-2017 General Chair and the 2013-2014 Program Chair of the IEEE VLSI Test Symposium. He is a recipient of the 2006 Sheffield Distinguished Teaching Award, Best Paper Awards from the 2013 IEEE/ACM Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE'13) conference and the 2015 IEEE VLSI Test Symposium (VTS'15), as well as Best Hardware Demonstration Awards from the 2016 and the 2018 IEEE Hardware-Oriented Security and Trust Symposia (HOST'16 and HOST'18) and a recipient of the 2020 Faculty Research Award from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas.

    Host: Prof. Sandeep Gupta, sandeep@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99394637308?pwd=MlNnWDIvVEs2Mm1HRXR3Y2NXN1F6QT09

    Location: 248

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99394637308?pwd=MlNnWDIvVEs2Mm1HRXR3Y2NXN1F6QT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher

  • MHI Nano Science & Technology Seminar - Haozhe "Harry" Wang, Wednesday, January 18th at 10:30am in EEB 132

    Wed, Jan 18, 2023 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Haozhe "Harry" Wang, California Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Scalable Manufacturing for Quantum Materials in Angstrom Precision

    Series: Nano Science & Technology

    Abstract: The figures of merit of quantum devices based on semiconductor and quantum materials are increasingly limited by imperfections introduced in nanofabrication. Further advances in capabilities demand both additive and subtractive manufacturing methods with vastly improved precision compared to that of typical approaches. In this talk, I will describe our development of additive manufacturing of bilayer graphene leveraging chemical vapor deposition and 'smart' processes. While the number of exciting quantum effects observed in bilayer graphene increases, a significant gap persists in transforming these discoveries into practical applications, owing to the small-scale samples obtained via top-down approaches. We realized a layer-by-layer (that is, Frank-van der Merwe) growth mode in large-scale bilayer graphene, with no island impurities, which is unprecedented in any van der Waals-stacked materials. Machine learning is adopted to assist spectroscopy, enabling the 'smart' characterization following the
    chemical vapor deposition. After growth, a transfer is necessary to move bilayer graphene from the growth substrate to a destination substrate with a mandatory sacrificial support layer. This process induces residuals, wrinkles, and cracks, thus deteriorating 2D materials from their intrinsic properties. We utilized the Marangoni effect, also known as the 'tears of wine', to enable 'smart' transfer by building a surface tension gradient in transfer liquids. We demonstrate our autonomous Marangoni-flow transfer technique can transfer bilayer graphene without a support layer, resulting in residue-free bilayer graphene. In addition, I will discuss our recent progress in the subtractive manufacturing of semiconductors and quantum hardware in Angstrom precision using the atomic layer etching technique.

    Biography: Dr. Haozhe Wang is currently KNI Prize Postdoctoral Fellow at the
    California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He is working on atomic layer etching (ALE) technology for quantum materials to remedy surface imperfections in electronic and optical quantum devices. Before joining Caltech, he obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2020, working on the scalable synthesis and application of quantum materials.

    Host: J Yang, H Wang, C Zhou, S Cronin, W Wu

    More Information: Haozhe_0118.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

  • ECE-EP Seminar - Eli Levenson-Falk, Wednesday, January 18th at 12pm in EEB 248

    Wed, Jan 18, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Eli Levenson-Falk, Physics and Astronomy - USC

    Talk Title: Building an Environmental Engineering Toolkit with Superconducting Circuits

    Abstract: Many interesting systems, such as lasers and topological insulators, are dominated by both quantum effects and strong dissipation. Such systems can be characterized as sets of coherent quantum objects that interact with an uncontrolled quantum environment: an open quantum system. Such open quantum systems are a subject of intense theoretical research, but experimental tools have remained lacking. In this talk I cover some of my lab's work aimed at building experimental tools to customize quantum environments and so study open quantum systems effects. I will discuss how we can use noisy classical control, engineered quantum dissipation, and quantum weak measurement feedback in order to emulate desired environmental dynamics. I will also show how such techniques can be used in practical quantum computing and quantum simulation applications, suppressing errors and ensuring high-fidelity operation.

    Biography: I received my bachelor's from Harvard in 2008 and then my PhD from UC Berkeley in 2013, where I worked in Irfan Siddiqi's Quantum Nanoelectronics Lab, conducting research on quasiparticles in superconducting circuits. I then worked as a postdoc at Stanford with Aharon Kapitulnik, researching unconventional superconductors and designing precision measurement experiments. In 2017 I began my appointment at USC in the Physics & Astronomy Department. I received Young Investigator awards from the AFOSR in 2018 and the ONR in 2021, and was named a Cottrell Scholar in 2021.

    Host: ECE-EP

    More Information: Eli Levenson Falk Flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

  • Find Your Dream Job or Internship

    Wed, Jan 18, 2023 @ 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your knowledge on the job/internship search by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    To access this workshop, log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>>Workshops: https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso/

    For more information about all workshops, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

    Location: 211

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Jan 18, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Jeff Moehlis, Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering University of California at Santa Barbara

    Talk Title: Controlling Populations of Neural Oscillators

    Abstract: Many challenging problems that consider the analysis and control of neural brain rhythms have been motivated by the advent of deep brain stimulation as a therapeutic treatment for a wide variety of neurological disorders. In a computational setting, neural rhythms are often modeled using large populations of coupled, conductance-based neurons. Control of such models comes with a long list of challenges: the underlying dynamics are nonnegligibly nonlinear, high dimensional, and subject to noise; hardware and biological limitations place restrictive constraints on allowable inputs; direct measurement of system observables is generally limited; and the resulting systems are typically highly underactuated. In this talk, I highlight a collection of recent analysis techniques and control frameworks that have been developed to contend with these difficulties. Particular emphasis is placed on the problem of desynchronization for a population of pathologically synchronized neural oscillators, a problem that is motivated by applications to Parkinson's disease where pathological synchronization is thought to contribute to the associated motor control symptoms.

    Biography: Jeff Moehlis received a Ph.D. in Physics from UC Berkeley in 2000, and was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University from 2000-2003. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara in 2003, and is currently Chair of this department. He was also recently the Chair of the Program in Dynamical Neuroscience at UC Santa Barbara. He has been a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship in Mathematics and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and was Program Director of the SIAM Activity Group in Dynamical Systems from 2008-2009. Jeff's current research includes applications of dynamical systems and control techniques to neuroscience, cardiac dynamics, and collective behavior. He has published over 100 journal / conference proceedings articles on these and other topics including shear flow turbulence, microelectromechanical systems, energy harvesting, and dynamical systems with symmetry.

    Host: AME Department

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

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95805178776?pwd=aEtTRnQ2MmJ6UWE4dk9UMG9GdENLQT09

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 102

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95805178776?pwd=aEtTRnQ2MmJ6UWE4dk9UMG9GdENLQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

  • DEN@Viterbi: How to Apply Virtual Info Session

    Wed, Jan 18, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Join USC Viterbi representatives for a step-by-step guide and tips for how to apply for formal admission into a Master's degree or Graduate Certificate program. The session is intended for individuals who wish to pursue a graduate degree program completely online via USC Viterbi's flexible online DEN@Viterbi delivery method.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives and ask questions about the admission process throughout the session.

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=ededf2c7a4f11507a103a3aeb764b3e70

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs