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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Wed, Feb 06, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!


    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Feb 06, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Ran Dai, Ohio State University

    Talk Title: Planning and Decision-Making for Energy Efficient and Sustainable Autonomous Systems

    Abstract: Many autonomous systems will benefit from prolonged operational time and reduced power consumption in a variety of long-duration missions, ranging from terrestrial operating domain to interplanetary space exploration. Due to limited power capacity, dynamic operating environments, complex system behaviors, and strict mission constraints, it is challenging to realize full autonomy with capabilities of sustained power supply and energy efficient operations. Without human intervention, real-time planning and decision-making, including both motion planning and logic/reasoning decisions, play a critical role in assuring the reliability and performance of such systems toward accomplishing the mission objectives.

    This talk will present our work on developing vision-based energy awareness, sophisticated modeling approach, highly implementable optimization algorithms, and machine learning based auto-tuning method that collectively contribute to advanced planning and decision-making strategies for energy efficient and sustainable autonomous systems. Applications in two types of autonomous systems will be discussed. One is solar-powered ground robot that harvests energy from the environment and charges the storage batteries as backup to extend the endurance time or realize persistent operations. The other type of application focuses on space vehicles in complex missions involving multiphase or hybrid operations where onboard propellant is limited and timely ground support is unavailable. The overall objective of real-time planning and decision-making for both types of autonomous systems is to realize high-level autonomy in energy harvesting and utilization under dynamic environments, complex operations, and mission constraints. Results obtained in virtual simulations are verified in real-world environments or experimental platforms that mimic the mission challenges, leading to a synthesized theoretical and experimental framework for evaluating improved performance of this transformational technique.

    Host: AME Department

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

    Location: 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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

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  • Resume Lab - Bring your Laptop!

    Wed, Feb 06, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Labs are an activity where you can work on your resume in the presence of a career advisor to get tips on the spot.

    Bring your Laptop!

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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

    Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series

    Wed, Feb 06, 2019 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Mani Srivastava , University of California, Los Angeles

    Talk Title: Quality of Time: Enabling Robust, Secure, and Efficient IoT

    Series: Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things

    Abstract: Nanoscale electronics, pervasive connectivity, and cloud computing have together ushered in the Internet of Things (IoT). Accurate and reliable knowledge of time is essential for IoT systems to perform their tasks via a complex web of feedback loops where data are collected from myriads of sensors; distributed and processed multi-tiered networks and distributed computing substrates; and, eventually influences and controls the states of natural, engineered, and human systems. Applications depend on precise knowledge of time with a diversity of semantics for purposes such as coordinated sensing, efficient wireless communication, correctly ordered computation, location awareness, and appropriately choreographed actuation.

    Despite it being so critical, time is taken for granted with little thought given to the uncertainty in the knowledge of time. The uncertainty in the knowledge of time varies across network nodes, hardware and software layers, and over time. Moreover, many of the methods used in modern computing systems for improved performance make uncertainty worse. Oblivious of these uncertainties system designs typically overcompensate, and resulting systems that are over-designed, in-efficient, and fragile. This talk presents research under Roseline, an NSF CPS Frontier Project led by UCLA with collaborators from CMU, UCSB, UCSD, and the University of Utah, where we formalize uncertainty in the knowledge of time as a "Quality of Time (QoT)" metric that is made observable and controllable in order to robustly support time-aware applications across the edge-middle-cloud tiers. QoT is made visible to the applications so that they can adapt; exchanged across the hardware and software layers so as to tune clock generation, OS scheduling etc.; and propagated across the network so as to optimize distributed coordination. The talk will describe the enabling system abstractions and run-time mechanisms that we have developed to help realize the QoT concept. Lastly, QoT can also be manipulated by adversarial actors such as a compromised OS and network network nodes, causing time-aware applications to fail. The talk will close by describing some of the vulnerabilities that exist in current systems, and methods to mitigate them.

    Biography: Mani Srivastava is on the faculty at UCLA where he is associated with the ECE Department with a joint appointment in the CS Department. His research is broadly in the area of networked human-cyber-physical systems, and spans problems across the entire spectrum of applications, architectures, algorithms, and technologies. His current interests include issues of energy efficiency, privacy and security, data quality, and variability in the context of systems and applications for mHealth and sustainable buildings. He is a Fellow of both the ACM and the IEEE. More information about his research is available at his lab's website: http://www.nesl.ucla.edu and his Google Scholar profile at https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=X2Qs7XYAAAAJ.

    Host: Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • CAIS Seminar: Tanya Berger-Wolf (University of Illinois at Chicago) - Computational Behavioral Ecology: Animals as Mobile Social Users

    Wed, Feb 06, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Talk Title: Computational Behavioral Ecology: Animals as Mobile Social Users

    Series: USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS) Seminar Series

    Abstract: New data collection technology, such as GPS, high definition cameras, UAVs, genotyping, and crowdsourcing, are generating data about wild populations that are orders of magnitude richer than any previously collected. Unfortunately, in this domain as in many others, our ability to analyze data lags substantially behind our ability to collect it. In this talk, Dr. Berger-Wolf will show how computational approaches can be part of every stage of the scientific process of understanding animal sociality, from intelligent data collection (crowdsourcing photographs and identifying individual animals from photographs by stripes and spots) to hypothesis formulation (by designing a novel computational framework for analysis of dynamic social networks), and provide scientific insight into collective behavior of zebras, baboons, and other social animals, including humans.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she heads the Computational Population Biology Lab. As a computational ecologist, her research is at the unique intersection of computer science, wildlife biology, and social sciences. Berger-Wolf is also a director and co-founder of the AI for conservation non-profit Wild Me, home of the Wildbook project, which recently enabled the first-of-its-kind complete species census of the endangered Grevy's zebra, using photographs taken by ordinary citizens in Kenya.

    Host: Milind Tambe

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • Splunk Information Session

    Wed, Feb 06, 2019 @ 05:15 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Our Splunkers would like to present about Splunk's products, use cases, and internship opportunities. We are looking for engineering students interested in software engineering, product management, UX/UI, security, sales engineering, and other technical roles. We are looking for undergraduate students (preferably junior level standing) interested in summer internships at Splunk.

    Please RSVP on Viterbi Gateway.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Undergraduate Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • ASBME&IEEE Info Session: Biotronik

    Wed, Feb 06, 2019 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity

    ASBME and IEEE are excited to welcome representatives from Biotronik for an information session! Biotronik is an international company based in Germany that is committed to developing safe and effective technological solutions for cardiovascular diseases. Biotronik is credited with the development of the very first implantable German pacemaker in 1963, but since then, the company has expanded their interests to include such medical devices as stents, defribillators, and remote monitoring services. Come out to hear all the amazing things that engineers at Biotronik get to do on a daily basis, and learn more about internship and employment opportunities!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 227

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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