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  • Acoustic Event Detection

    Wed, Jan 25, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Jort Gemmeke, Google

    Talk Title: Acoustic Event Detection

    Abstract: Research in audio signal processing has been dominated by speech and music research, but many of the sounds in our real-life environments are non-speech events such as cars passing by, wind, warning beeps and animal sounds. These acoustic events contain much information about the environment and physical events that take place in it, enabling application areas such as accessibility, safety, health monitoring and investigation of biodiversity. In this talk I will give a brief overview of the field, followed by detailing our work in training state-of-the-art neural networks on millions of hours of audio, as well as introducing a new, large-scale human rated dataset for research in this area.

    Biography: Jort F. Gemmeke is a research scientist at Google. In 2011, he received the Ph.D degree from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, on the subject of noise robust speech recognition. From 2011 to 2014, he worked as a postdoc at KU Leuven, Belgium, leading a project to develop self-taught vocal interfaces for dysarthric speakers. After a brief stint Audience, Mountain View, he joined Google where he works on acoustic event detection. He also works as a team development facilitator with teams from all over Google. When not talking about himself in the third person, he enjoys sailing, kayaking and hiking with his family.

    Host: Shrikanth Narayanan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tanya Acevedo-Lam/EE-Systems

  • Amgen Seminar: Sean Brown

    Wed, Jan 25, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Sean Brown, Amgen

    Talk Title: Interdiction at a protein-protein interface: Structure-based design of Mcl-1 inhibitors

    Series: USC/Amgen Seminar Series

    Host: USC/Amgen

    More Info: http://stemcell.usc.edu/events

    Location: TBD

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Cristy Lytal/USC Stem Cell

    Event Link: http://stemcell.usc.edu/events

  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Jan 25, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 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) - 217

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

  • MHI CommNetS seminar

    Wed, Jan 25, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Meeko Oishi, University of New Mexico

    Talk Title: Synthesis of user-interfaces and reachability-based controllers for human-in-the-loop systems

    Series: CommNetS

    Abstract: Methods for the analysis and design of human-in-the-loop systems must account for interactions between the automation, the human, and the environment. We consider two problems: 1) user-interface design, and 2) reachability-based navigation in dynamic, uncertain environments. The user-interface, which provides information to the user about the underlying automation, and allows the user to issue input commands to the system, is key for enabling situational awareness and trust of the automation, yet is often designed in an ad-hoc fashion. We use sensor placement techniques to determine the optimal elements for display in the user-interface, and exploit submodularity properties to facilitate solution of the resulting combinatorial optimization problem. We additionally consider the problem of collaborative navigation in dynamic, uncertain environments. While assurances of safety are computationally intractable, solutions that exploit the forward reachable set are real-time compatible. We describe a method to compute the forward stochastic reachable set and its probability measure efficiently, that enables robust performance in difficult planning problems.

    Biography: Meeko Oishi is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico. She received the Ph.D. (2004) and M.S. (2000) in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University (1998). Her research interests include nonlinear dynamical systems, hybrid control theory, control of human-in-the-loop systems, reachability analysis, and modeling of motor performance and control in Parkinson\'s disease. She previously held a faculty position at the University of British Columbia at Vancouver. She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the UNM Regents\' Lecturer Award, the UNM Teaching Fellowship, the Peter Wall Institute Early Career Scholar Award, the Truman Postdoctoral Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering, and the George Bienkowski Memorial Prize, Princeton University. She was a Summer Faculty Fellow at AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate 2013-“2015.

    Host: Prof. Insoon Yang

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Annie Yu

  • Preparing for the Engineering Career Fair- Presented by Intel

    Wed, Jan 25, 2017 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Get insider tips from Intel representatives on how to optimize your time, approach employers, and prepare for this event.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections