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

    Wed, Jan 23, 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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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Jan 23, 2019 @ 12:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events

    Bi-Weekly regular faculty meeting for invited full-time Computer Science faculty only. Event details emailed directly to attendees.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Wed, Jan 23, 2019 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Lizhi Sun, Professor, University of California, Irvine

    Talk Title: Magnetorheological CNT Nanocomposites and Their Field-dependent Viscoelastic Responses

    Abstract: See Attachment

    Host: Dr. Qiming Wang

    More Information: Seminar Annoucement_LizhiSun.pdf

    Location: Ray R. Irani Hall (RRI) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Preparing for the Engineering Career Fair Open Forum

    Wed, Jan 23, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Increase your career and internship knowledge of the Engineering Career Fair by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    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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  • Stochastic Optimal Control – Overview and Recent Advancesces

    Stochastic Optimal Control –  Overview and Recent Advancesces

    Wed, Jan 23, 2019 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Ioannis Exarchos , Department of Biomedical Informatics, Emory University

    Talk Title: Stochastic Optimal Control -“ Overview and Recent Advances

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

    Abstract: Stochastic optimal control lies within the foundation of mathematical control theory ever since its inception. Its usefulness has been proven in a plethora of engineering applications, such as autonomous systems, robotics, neuroscience, and financial engineering, among others. Specifically, in robotics and autonomous systems, stochastic control has become one of the most successful approaches for planning and learning, as demonstrated by its effectiveness in many applications, such as control of ground and aerial vehicles, articulated mechanisms and manipulators, and humanoid robots. In computational neuroscience and human motor control, stochastic optimal control theory has been used in the process of modeling the underlying computational principles of the neural control of movement. Furthermore, in financial engineering, stochastic optimal control provides the main computational and analytical framework, with widespread application in portfolio management and stock market trading.

    The aim of this talk is to provide an overview on model-based stochastic optimal control and highlight some recent advances in its field. We will briefly present some well-established methods (Differential Dynamic Programming, Path Integral Control), illustrating their differences in approach and restrictive conditions. Motivated by these restrictive conditions, we will then present a novel framework for stochastic optimal control that capitalizes on the innate relationship between certain nonlinear PDEs and Forward and Backward Stochastic Differential Equations (FBSDEs), that relaxes some of these conditions. The utility of the proposed method will be demonstrated on some examples of L2- and L1- optimal control, as well as differential games.

    Biography: Ioannis Exarchos received his Diploma degree (graduating valedictorian) in Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics from the University of Patras, Greece, in 2010. He also received an M.S. degree in Mathematics in 2015, as well as his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering in 2013 and 2017 respectively, all from the Georgia Institute of Technology. During his PhD studies, he was an Onassis Foundation fellowship scholar. His research interests include stochastic optimal control, machine learning applications in control and neuroscience, dynamical systems and system identification, as well as differential game theory. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Biomedical Informatics, Emory University.

    Host: Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Jan 23, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Paul Plucinsky, Postdoctoral researcher University of Minnesota

    Talk Title: Active and architectured structures: From nematic elastomers sheets to rigidly-foldable origami

    Abstract: Thin and slender structures exhibit a broad range of mechanical responses as the competition between stretching and bending in these structures can result in buckling, localized deformations like folding, and tension wrinkling. Active and architectured materials also exhibit a broad range of mechanical responses as features that manifest at the micro and mesoscale in these materials result in mechanical couplings at the engineering scale (thermal/electrical/dissipative/. . .) and novel function (e.g., the shape memory effect, piezoelectricity in select metal alloys, the immense fracture toughness of Nacre and like materials,. . .). Given this richness in behaviors, my research

    broadly aims to address the following questions: What happens when active and architecture materials are incorporated into a thin and slender structures? Do phenomena inherent to these materials compete with or enhance those inherent to these structures? Does this interplay result in entirely new and unexpected phenomena? And can all this be exploited to design new functionality in engineering systems?

    In this talk, I will explore these questions in the context of thin sheets of an active material in nematic elastomer as well as architectured sheets designed to fold continuously as origami. For the latter, I will completely characterize all rigidly and flat-foldable origami, and describe an efficient algorithm to compute their designs and deformations. For the former, I will show that a material instability inherent to nematic elastomers at the micron scale is capable of suppressing a structural instability (wrinkling) at the engineering scale. These results provide novel, yet concrete, design guidance for improving the efficiency solar sails and the performance of other membrane structures (where wrinkling can be an impediment to their functionality), as well as tools to efficiently investigate robust and elegant concepts for deployable space structures, reconfigurable antennas, and soft robotics using origami.

    Biography: Paul Plucinsky is a postdoctoral researcher studying the mechanics of Origami, helical structures and shape memory alloys at the University of Minnesota. He attended University of Michigan, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering (2010) and and Masters of Science in Structural Engineering (2011). He then moved to Caltech, where he received a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering (2017) studying the deformations of thin nematic elastomer sheets. When not folding paper-”and when his Achilles in functioning properly-”you can often find him on the basketball court.

    Host: AME Department

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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  • Teledyne Scientific and Imaging Information Session

    Wed, Jan 23, 2019 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    To recruit recent & upcoming grads, and alumni. We are currently hiring 20+ engineers and technicians, and only looking to grow more! All Engineering encouraged to join, program management interest, and technicians. Many opportunities and lots of growth.

    Teledyne Technologies Incorporated specializes in providing a broad range of high technology solutions and products to the marketplace. Teledyne Imaging Sensors is an integral member of the new Digital Imaging Segment of Teledyne Technologies. Imaging Sensors provides advanced imaging solutions for a variety of customers, including the DoD, NASA, prime system integrators, and commercial customers. In the civilian space arena, Teledyne sensors are the most advanced sensors on board the Hubble space telescope, and they are also found on board the majority of NASA space probes and ground based telescopes. In the DoD arena, Teledyne sensors are integrated into several major systems for persistent surveillance, chemical detection, and target identification, among others.

    -What is the goal of the event? To Hire! I currently have 20+ open positions, and am only looking to be opening more. We are growing, and being awarded with really amazing and interesting awards. A lot of space work, and always busy on the defense side.
    -What types of internships and full time opportunities will be presented? Internships are slim at the moment, so there's a high focus on graduates, alumni, and upcoming grads. Engineers, Technicians, Program Managers are mostly needed; along with some planners and other administrative types of jobs.
    -What majors are you targeting? Engineering, any focus on program management, but mostly any and all engineering majors.
    -Are you interested in both undergraduates and graduates? Mostly graduates, but that's not to say that more internships won't be opening up soon with our huge growth going on- but unfortunately at this time, I believe we are mostly going for full time employment.
    -Can you offer sponsorship to potential hires? No.
    -What (if any) hard tech skills are you looking for? Any tech skills are a plus, and usually on the list of at least one of my requisitions.

    Please RSVP in Viterbi Gateway.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Graduate and Post Graduate Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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