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  • 2024 Advanced Writing Symposium

    Fri, Feb 02, 2024

    Engineering in Society Program

    Workshops & Infosessions

    This one-day ONLINE SYMPOSIUM aims to bring together teachers of advanced and/or upper-division college composition courses to discuss innovative methods and best practices for widening and strengthening student engagement with diverse genres and audiences. Registration is free and open to all.

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Helen Choi

    Event Link: https://dornsife.usc.edu/the-writing-program/2024-advanced-writing-symposium/

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  • Repeating EventEiS Communications Hub Drop-In Hours

    Fri, Feb 02, 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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  • Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Fri, Feb 02, 2024 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Michael Elowitz, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering and Applied Physics at Caltech

    Talk Title: Many to many protein networks: modules of multicellularity

    Abstract: In multicellular organisms, many biological pathways exhibit a curious structure, involving sets of protein variants that bind or interact with one another in a many-to-many fashion. What functions do these seemingly complicated architectures provide. And can similar architectures be useful in synthetic biology. Here, I will discuss recent work in our lab that shows how many to many circuits can function as versatile computational devices, explore the roles these computations play in natural biological contexts, and show how many-to-many architectures can be used to design synthetic multicellular behaviors. 

    Biography: Michael Elowitz is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering, and Applied Physics at Caltech. Dr. Elowitz's laboratory has introduced synthetic biology approaches to build and understand genetic circuits in living cells and tissues. As a graduate student with Stanislas Leibler, Elowitz developed the Repressilator, an artificial genetic clock that generates gene expression oscillations in individual E. coli cells. Since then, he has continued to design and build synthetic genetic circuits, bringing a “build to understand” approach to bacteria, yeast, and mammalian cells. He and his lab showed that gene expression is intrinsically stochastic, or ‘noisy’, and revealed how noise functions to enable probabilistic differentiation, time-based regulation, and other functions. Currently, Elowitz’s lab is bringing synthetic approaches to understand and program cell-cell communication, epigenetic memory and cell fate control, and to provide foundations for future therapeutic devices. His lab also co-develops the synthetic “MEMOIR” system that allows cells to record their own lineage histories. Elowitz received his PhD in Physics from Princeton University and did postdoctoral research at Rockefeller University. Honors include the HFSP Nakasone Award, MacArthur Fellowship, Presidential Early Career Award, Allen Distinguished Investigator Award, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and election to the National Academy of Sciences.

    Host: Peter Wang

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 100 B

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Carla Stanard

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Hsien-Te Kao

    Fri, Feb 02, 2024 @ 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    Committee: Emilio Ferrara (Chair), Kristina Lerman, Phebe Vayanos, Souti Chattopadhyay, Ruishan Liu  
    Date and Time: Friday, February 2, 2024, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM PST - RTH 115
    Title: Cold Start Prediction in Personalized mHealth  
    Abstract: Mobile health has brought fundamental changes to the healthcare industry, offering new hope in addressing growing healthcare expenditures, opportunity costs, and labor shortages. Machine learning is driving mobile health towards decentralized healthcare by automating health monitoring, diagnosis, and treatment. Personalized mobile health systems are a key component in advancing patient-centric healthcare, but these systems remain unfeasible outside of hospital settings because personal health data is largely inaccessible, uncollectible, and regulated. In this proposal, we introduce a personalized mobile health system to predict individual health status without user context through a set of mobile, wearable, and ubiquitous technologies. The model leverages collaborative filtering to replace missing user context with learned similar group characteristics, where user similarity is captured through multiple dimensions of cognitive appraisal based on a combination of psychology theories. The system eliminates user dependence through passive feedback that satisfies real-world constraints. Our preliminary results demonstrate a proof-of-concept system.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: CS Events

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  • Photonics SEminar - Jie Qiao, Friday, Feb 2nd at 3pm in EEB 248

    Fri, Feb 02, 2024 @ 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Jie Qiao, Rochester Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Ultrafast-Lasers-Enabled Photonics, Optics, and Waveguide Lasers

    Series: Photonics Seminar Series

    Abstract: The investigation into ultrafast-laser-based photonics fabrication and integration represents multifaceted interdisciplinary research, intersecting applied physics, photonics, lasers, materials, and imaging.  This presentation describes computational models and elucidates physical processes pertaining to the utilization of ultrafast lasers for the fabrication of optical, photonic, and laser components. Topics covered include the 3D writing of waveguides, waveguide lasers, and beam splitters in crystal and glass materials, as well as nanostructuring, shape correction, and the precision bonding of semiconductor and dielectric materials.

    Biography: Dr. Jie Qiao is an associate professor at the Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Her research at RIT focuses on ultrafast laser phonics, wavefront sensing and beam shaping. Prior to joining RIT, she was a laser system scientist at the Department -of-Energy-funded Laboratory for Laser Energetics, the University of Rochester. She led the demonstration of the world's first 1.5-meter coherently-phased-grating pulse compressor for the OMEGA EP kilojoule, petawatt lasers. She has worked on technology innovation of various ultrafast laser systems, photonics devices, optical imaging, and metrology systems for two photonic startups and one optics company. She was a Fulbright US research scholar and a visiting professor at the Center for Intense Lasers and Applications (CELIA), Universite Bordeaux, France in the 2022 academic year. Dr. Qiao is an Optica Fellow and was an associate editor for Optics Express from 2018 to 2021. She is the General Chair for the 2024 and 2025 CLEO conference, the Application and Technology Program. She earned her doctoral degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas, Austin.

    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: Jie Qiao Seminar.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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