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  • Repeating EventEiS Communications Hub Drop-In Hours

    Wed, Jan 31, 2024 @ 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Viterbi Ph.D. students are invited to stop by the EiS Communications Hub for one-on-one instruction for their academic and professional communications tasks. All instruction is provided by Viterbi faculty at the Engineering in Society Program.

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

    Audiences: Viterbi Ph.D. Students

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    Contact: Helen Choi

    Event Link: https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home?authuser=0

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Jan 31, 2024 @ 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) - 526

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS Chair

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  • CCI, AAI, and MHI Joint Seminar Series - Baxi Chong (Georgia Tech): Gait coding scheme for multi-legged robots

    Wed, Jan 31, 2024 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Baxi Chong, Georgia Tech

    Talk Title: Gait coding scheme for multi-legged robots

    Abstract: While the transport of matter by wheeled vehicles or legged robots can be guaranteed in engineered landscapes like roads or rails, locomotion prediction in complex environments like collapsed buildings or crop fields remains challenging. Inspired by principles of information transmission which allow signals to be reliably transmitted over noisy channels, we develop a “matter transport" framework demonstrating that non-inertial locomotion can be provably generated over “noisy" rugose landscapes (heterogeneities on the scale of locomotor dimensions). Experiments confirm that sufficient spatial redundancy in the form of seriallyconnected legged robots leads to reliable transport on such terrain without requiring sensing and control.  
    Despite robustness, locomotors with excessively redundant legs are often practically unfavored because of limited efficiency and applicability. Analogous to signal transmission, we further improve locomotion efficiency by properly coordinating (coding) the redundant legs. The challenges of such coding partially lie on the high dimensionality associated with the additional legs and the emergent importance of inter-leg centralized coordination. Specifically, we need a top-down approach to analyze the central coordination among the additional legs, and further design how it should adapt to different environments. We use geometric mechanics, a mathematical framework for studying locomotion in various systems, for motion planning in multi-legged robots operating in complex environments. As a result, open-loop operation on multi-legged robots achieves remarkable performance on terrains with different types and levels of complexity. Additionally, analogies from communication theory coupled to advances in coding for error detection/correction further improve the locomotion efficiency and robustness via centralized adaptation (using simple contact sensors to estimate environmental uncertainty). This research contributes to the field of legged robot locomotion, providing new possibilities for designing effective and adaptable robots for challenging environments.  
    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium  
    Zoom Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98624281836?pwd=ajJSWGRvbkRpUVgvRC9nOXd5K29TZz09  
    Meeting ID: 986 2428 1836 Passcode: CPS24

    Biography: Dr. Baxi Chong is a postdoctoral fellow at the CRAB (Complex Rheology And Biomechanics) Lab in the School of Physics at Georgia Tech. His research focuses on locomotion, aiming to diversify robot morphology with reference to evolutionary biology. Dr. Chong has contributed to high-impact journals and conferences such as Science, PNAS, IJRR, and RSS. Additionally, he actively serves as a reviewer for robotics conferences and journals, including ICRA, IROS, IJRR, and TRO. Dr. Chong obtained his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech and his Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Hong Kong.

    Host: Pierluigi Nuzzo and Feifei Qian

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98624281836?pwd=ajJSWGRvbkRpUVgvRC9nOXd5K29TZz09

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: CS Events

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98624281836?pwd=ajJSWGRvbkRpUVgvRC9nOXd5K29TZz09

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  • Where are the Jobs? Uncovering the Hidden Job Market

    Wed, Jan 31, 2024 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

      THIS EVENT WILL BE HOSTED HYBRID: IN-PERSON & ONLINE SIMULTANEOUSLY Zoom link: https://usc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsd-quqzsoH9Up_tqxCoIfpoUYcnJDGssj Increase your career and internship knowledge on networking by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff. For more information about all workshops, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsd-quqzsoH9Up_tqxCoIfpoUYcnJDGssj

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Jan 31, 2024 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Rui (Ray) Xu , Stanford University

    Talk Title: Enabling Sustainable Propulsion and Clean Energy Transitions: Reacting Flow Modeling across molecular to continuum scales

    Abstract: While the global demand for air travel continues to rise, the aerospace carbon footprint is increasingly concerning. In the near term, it is highly desirable for the rational design, efficient certification, and massive production of carbon-neutral fuels to mitigate greenhouse emissions. Furthermore, future aerospace vehicles will be integrated with highly efficient and high-speed propulsion devices using clean and renewable energy sources. The design of these sustainable and high-speed propulsion systems requires a fundamental understanding of reacting flow physics across multiple scales, featuring interactions between the molecular and the continuum flow scale.
    In this talk, I will present state-of-the-art approaches to multiscale reacting flow modeling of sustainable aerospace energy carriers. The modeling spans from molecular scale using GPU-enabled quantum chemistry computation to continuum scale gas dynamics and turbulence-resolved flow modeling. I will first emphasize the reacting flow modeling of bio-derived sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which is considered a near-term alternative to conventional jet fuels. I will then discuss the study of methane and natural gas as potential transition fuels, along with hydrogen and battery technologies for the long-term future. I envision that the presented approach will help not only to enable sustainable aviation but also to advance a clean and sustainable transition in the future energy landscape.

    Biography: Rui (Ray) Xu is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University and the PULSE Institute in the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. His research centers around multiscale reacting flow modeling to enable sustainable aerospace propulsion and clean energy transitions. Dr. Xu obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University, and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is the recipient of the ACS Wiley Computers in Chemistry Outstanding Postdoc Award in 2024 and the ACTC AFOSR Scholar Award in 2022.

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

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95892885119?pwd=QXZOZUhrcTJRYk5qZzZwVThrTytVZz09

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 252

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95892885119?pwd=QXZOZUhrcTJRYk5qZzZwVThrTytVZz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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

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