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

    Fri, Jan 27, 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

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  • BME Speaker, Dr. Kay Chung

    Fri, Jan 27, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Kay Chung , Postdoctoral Research Associate at Salk Institute for Biological Studies

    Talk Title: Immune Cell Programming

    Host: BME Chair Peter Wang - Zoom Link Available Upon Request

    Location: Corwin D. Denney Research Center (DRB) - 145

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Michele Medina

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  • CS Colloquium: David Held (CMU) - Relational Affordance Learning for Robot Manipulation

    Fri, Jan 27, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: David Held, Carnegie Mellon University

    Talk Title: Relational Affordance Learning for Robot Manipulation

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Robots today are typically confined to interact with rigid, opaque objects with known object models. However, the objects in our daily lives are often non-rigid, can be transparent or reflective, and are diverse in shape and appearance. I argue that, to enhance the capabilities of robots, we should develop perception methods that estimate what robots need to know to interact with the world. Specifically, I will present novel perception methods that estimate "relational affordances": task-specific geometric relationships between objects that allow a robot to determine what actions it needs to take to complete a task. These estimated relational affordances can enable robots to perform complex tasks such as manipulating cloth, articulated objects, grasping transparent and reflective objects, and other manipulation tasks, generalizing to unseen objects in a category and unseen object configurations. By reasoning about relational affordances, we can achieve robust performance on difficult robot manipulation tasks.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: David Held is an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Robotics Institute and is the director of the RPAD lab: Robots Perceiving And Doing. His research focuses on perceptual robot learning, i.e. developing new methods at the intersection of robot perception and planning for robots to learn to interact with novel, perceptually challenging, and deformable objects. Prior to coming to CMU, David was a post-doctoral researcher at U.C. Berkeley, and he completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford University. David also has a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. David is a recipient of the Google Faculty Research Award in 2017 and the NSF CAREER Award in 2021.

    Host: Stefanos Nikolaidis

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 115

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • MHI Photonics Seminar - Koby Scheuer, Friday, January 27th at 3pm in EEB 248

    Fri, Jan 27, 2023 @ 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Koby Scheuer, Tel-Aviv University

    Talk Title: White Light Cavities, Exceptional Points, and their applications

    Series: Photonics Seminar Series

    Abstract: We consider the deep relations between concepts which apparently belong to distinct fields: Exceptional points in optical PT-symmetric systems, White light cavities and superluminal group velocity. It is also shown that this relationship is a key for understanding the underlying physics of these concepts as well as for the development of many important practical applications such as flat-top filters, broad band impedance matching and perfect absorption (anti-lasing).

    Biography: Koby Scheuer received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion-”Israel Institute of Technology in 2001. He was a Chief Designer with Lambda Crossing-”an optical component startup specializing in microring resonators for two years. Between 2003-2006 he was a research associate with the Department of Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology, after which he joined the school of Electrical Engineering at Tel-Aviv University. Currently, he is a full professor with the School of Electrical Engineering at Tel-Aviv University. His research interests include nanophotonics, metasurfaces and metamaterials, slow & fast light, and optics in soluble materials.

    Host: Mercedeh Khajavikhan, Michelle Povinelli, Constantine Sideris; Hossein Hashemi; Wade Hsu; Mengjie Yu; Wei Wu; Tony Levi; Alan E. Willner; Andrea Martin Armani

    More Information: Koby Scheuer Flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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