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  • Viterbi Career Fair

    Wed, Feb 01, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Receptions & Special Events

    The Viterbi Career Fair is free and open to all students in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Students do not need to register for this event, just show up! This casual, yet professional, environment allows students the opportunity to have brief conversations with recruiters about full-time employment, internships, and co-ops. Don't forget your resume!

    Location: Trousdale Parkway

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

  • CS Colloquium: Vasilis Verroios (Stanford) - Combining Algorithms and Humans for Large-Scale Data Integration

    Wed, Feb 01, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Vasilis Verroios , Stanford University

    Talk Title: Combining Algorithms and Humans for Large-Scale Data Integration

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Computer Science Research Colloquium.

    Modern enterprises collect data from their operations and the web, and strongly depend on the collected data to make important decisions. To analyze the collected data, enterprises need to first perform data integration, i.e., combine the data from the multiple sources to create a unified set.

    Data integration involves some tasks that are still very hard for computer algorithms, like tasks involving images, video, natural language, or data semantics understanding. Since humans may be more accurate with such tasks, the approach of crowdsourcing has been proposed and applied by large companies and research organizations, over the last years. In crowdsourcing, humans are also involved, in order to enhance computer algorithms by completing small tasks, like classifying a forum comment as offensive or ironic. Crowdsourcing drastically improves the accuracy of the outcome compared to using only computer algorithms, however, it does not scale due to the large amount of time (and monetary compensation) required by humans. In this talk, I will discuss how to make crowdsourcing scalable for data integration.

    Biography: Vasilis Verroios is a PhD candidate in the Computer Science Department, at Stanford University. His advisor is Hector Garcia-Molina. He received a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Athens, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. In the past, he has been a member of the "Management of Data, Information, & Knowledge Group" at the University of Athens, and he has worked for oDesk and Microsoft Research. His primary interests include data integration, data analytics, and data mining.

    Host: Cyrus Shahabi

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 217

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Wed, Feb 01, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Prof. Lawrence A. Bergman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

    Talk Title: Targeted Energy Transfer: Intentional Use of Strong Nonlinearity for Vibration and Shock Control

    Abstract: For more than fifteen years, our research group has been developing and applying the concept of Targeted Energy Transfer (TET) as an effective strategy for passively managing energy flows in dynamical systems subject to broadband transient loading. The technology has been studied analytically, computationally, and experimentally in applications covering a range of scales from nano to macro. I will briefly explain the principles behind TET, followed by a discussion of several of these applications demonstrating the efficacy of the technology.

    Biography: Professor Lawrence A. Bergman received the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, and the M.S. in Civil Engineering and Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to graduate school, he was on the technical staff of TRW, Inc. and the Lord Corporation. His research has been primarily in the areas of structural dynamics and control, nonlinear dynamics, applied stochastic processes, system identification, and computational methods. He was editor-in-chief of the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics from 2000 through 2004, and served on the Executive Committee of the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME from 2009 -“ 2014, the last year as Chair. Professor Bergman has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1979, where he is a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, an affiliate professor of the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and of Mechanical Science and Engineering, and where he served as assistant dean of the College of Engineering during the 1996-97 academic year. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 217

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems

    Wed, Feb 01, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Georgios Fainekos, Associate Professor, Arizona State University (ASU)

    Talk Title: Beyond Requirements Falsification: Semi-formal methods and tools for the analysis of Cyber-Physical Systems

    Abstract: Correct-by-design synthesis methods for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are still in their infancy for CPS with complex physical dynamics. For that reason, a combination of design theories for simpler systems and/or ad-hoc design approaches are utilized. Hence, numerous design and implementation errors are discovered while CPS are operational in the field. Such errors can have catastrophic effects to human life and to the economy. Over the last few years, requirements guided falsification methods have proven to be a practical approach to the verification problem of industrial size CPS. However, requirements falsification is just one component of the necessary tools for the development of safe and reliable CPS. In this talk, we provide an overview of our research in providing support for all the stages of the development for CPS, from formal requirements elicitation and mining to system conformance to on-line monitoring. Most of our methods have been implemented in a Matlab (TM) toolbox called S-TaLiRo (System's TemporAl LogIc Robustness). Finally, in this talk, we demonstrate that S-TaLiRo can provide answers to challenge problems from the automotive industry.

    Biography: Georgios Fainekos is an Associate Professor at the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering (SCIDSE) at Arizona State University (ASU). He is director of the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Lab and he is currently affiliated with the NSF I/UCR Center for Embedded Systems (CES) at ASU. He received his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 where he was affiliated with the GRASP laboratory. He holds a Diploma degree (B.Sc. & M.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an M.Sc. degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining ASU, he held a Postdoctoral Researcher position at NEC Laboratories America in the System Analysis & Verification Group. He is currently working on Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and robotics. In particular, his expertise is on formal methods, logic, artificial intelligence, optimization and control theory. His research has applications on automotive systems, medical devices, autonomous (ground and aerial) robots and human-robot interaction (HRI). In 2013, Dr. Fainekos received the NSF CAREER award. He was also recipient of the SCIDSE Best Researcher Junior Faculty award for 2013 and of the 2008 Frank Anger Memorial ACM SIGBED/SIGSOFT Student Award. Two of his conference papers have been nominated for student best paper awards.

    Host: Paul Bogdan

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 105

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Estela Lopez

  • MHI CommNetS Seminar

    Wed, Feb 01, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Nikolai Matni, Caltech

    Talk Title: A system level approach to controller synthesis

    Series: CommNetS

    Abstract: Biological and advanced cyberphysical control systems often have limited, sparse, uncertain, and distributed communication and computing in addition to sensing and actuation. Fortunately, the corresponding plants and performance requirements are also sparse and structured, and this must be exploited to make constrained controller design feasible and tractable. We introduce a new "system level" (SL) approach involving three complementary SL elements. System Level Parameterizations (SLPs) generalize state space and Youla parameterizations of all stabilizing controllers and the responses they achieve, and combine with System Level Constraints (SLCs) to parameterize the largest known class of constrained stabilizing controllers that admit a convex characterization, generalizing quadratic invariance. SLPs also lead to a generalization of detectability and stabilizability, suggesting the existence of a rich separation structure, that when combined with SLCs, is naturally applicable to structurally constrained controllers and systems. We further provide a catalog of useful SLCs, most importantly including sparsity, delay, and locality constraints on both communication and computing internal to the controller, and external system performance. The resulting System Level Synthesis (SLS) problems that arise define the broadest known class of constrained optimal control problems that can be solved using convex programming. We end with an example that illustrates how this system level approach can systematically explore tradeoffs in controller performance, robustness, and synthesis/implementation complexity. This is joint work with Yuh-Shyang Wang and John C. Doyle at Caltech.

    Biography: Nikolai is a postdoctoral scholar in Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. He received the B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and the Ph.D. in Control and Dynamical Systems from the California Institute of Technology in June 2016. His research interests broadly encompass the use of layering, dynamics, control and optimization in the design and analysis of complex cyber-physical systems; current application areas include software defined networking and sensorimotor control.

    Host: Prof. Insoon Yang

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Annie Yu

  • Microsoft Information Session

    Wed, Feb 01, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Join representatives from Microsoft as they share general company information and available opportunities.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

  • IEEE SPAC: Student Professional Awareness Conference

    Wed, Feb 01, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity

    The Student Professional Awareness Conference (S-PAC) is IEEE@USC's signature event in which undergraduate and graduate students with a primarily electrical engineering background have an opportunity to network with their dream companies over a free 3-course dinner at the Radisson Hotel Ballroom!
    Our guest speaker is Professor Bhaskar Krishnamachari, who is the Co-Director of the Ming Hsieh Institute and the Popular Science's Brilliant 10. He specializes in wireless communication and embedded system.

    Companies Featured Will Include: Accenture, Boeing, CIA, JPL, Northrop Grumman, Sandisk and more!

    ***RSVP Instruction***

    1. Fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/rC7bMZtS2OPWMT3u2

    2. Send a $20 deposit to our venmo page with your name and email address (It will be returned to you)

    3. Please confirm the event ticket sent from Eventbrite, and choose the company you want to sit with.


    Venmo Page: https://venmo.com/IEEE-USC?via=searchbox

    Date: Wednesday February 1
    Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    If you have any questions please contact us at ieee@usc.edu

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    Location: Radisson Hotel

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers