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  • NVIDIA Tabling

    Thu, Feb 13, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Come by our booth at the Engineering Quad on Thursday, February 13th from 12:00 - 4:00 PM and explore career opportunities with NVIDIA!

    RSVP to let us know you are planning to stopping by. RSVP'ing does not guarantee a place in line, as this is an open event. In the spirit of being inclusive to all students, we will keep the RSVP open and not set a limit to it. RSVP'ing only lets us know how many people are planning on stopping by the table.

    This is in the Engineering Quad, an outdoor space, please check the weather. Meeting with recruiters will be the same as a Career Expo, with a first-come first-served format. We will be tabling from 12 pm - 4 pm and closing at 4 pm.

    You will get a chance to share your resume and technical skills with one of our Engineers.
    Please note that this is our only recruiting event for the semester.

    Who: Viterbi Masters student
    What: NVIDIA Recruiting Day at USC
    Where: Engineering Quad
    What to bring: Your resume!

    NVIDIA has continuously reinvented itself over two decades. Our invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics, and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU computing ignited the era of AI. NVIDIA is a "learning machine" that constantly evolves by adapting to new opportunities that are hard to solve, that only we can tackle, and that matter to the world. Our life's work is to amplify human imagination and intelligence.

    For more information: www.nvidia.com/university

    Location: E-Quad

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

  • Theory Lunch

    Thu, Feb 13, 2020 @ 12:15 PM - 02:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Salil Vadhan, Harvard University

    Talk Title: Derandomization Beyond Connectivity: High-Precision Estimation of Random Walks and Laplacian Solvers in Small Space

    Abstract: I will describe a series of works that attacks the derandomization of space-bounded computation (e.g. seeking to prove RL=L) using a combination of ideas from the literature on time-efficient Laplacian solvers (Spielman and Teng, STOC '04; Peng and Spielman, STOC '14; Cheng et al. '15; Cohen et al. FOCS '16, STOC '17, FOCS '18) with ones used to show that Undirected S-T Connectivity is in deterministic logspace (Reingold, STOC '05 and JACM '08; Rozenman and Vadhan, RANDOM '05).

    In particular, we obtain deterministic, nearly logarithmic-space algorithms for (a) estimating random walk probabilities to within polynomially small error and (b) approximately solving linear systems given by graph Laplacians, with both results holding for Eulerian directed graphs and hence also undirected graphs. Previously both of these problems were known to be solvable for general directed graphs by randomized algorithms in logarithmic space (Aleliunas et al. FOCS '79; Doron, Le Gall, and Ta-Shma RANDOM '17), and hence by deterministic algorithms using space O(log^{3/2} N) (Saks and Zhou, FOCS '95 and JCSS '99).

    Joint works with Murtagh, Reingold, and Sidford (FOCS '17 and RANDOM '19) and Ahmadinejad, Kelner, Murtagh, Peebles, and Sidford (arXiv:1912.04524)

    Biography: Salil Vadhan is Vicky Joseph Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University. After completing his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at Harvard in 1995, he obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999, where his advisor was Shafi Goldwasser. His research centers around the interface between computational complexity theory and cryptography. He focuses on the topics of pseudorandomness and zero-knowledge proofs. His work on zig-zag product, with Omer Reingold and Avi Wigderson, was awarded the 2009 Gödel Prize.

    Host: Shaddin Dughmi

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 213

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Cherie Carter

  • Sonny Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Thu, Feb 13, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Ameet Pinto, Northeastern University

    Talk Title: How do we manage the drinking water microbiome?

    Abstract: See attached abstract.

    Host: Dr. Adam Smith

    More Information: A. Pinto Abstract _2-13-2020.pdf

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) - 102

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

  • Grand Challenges Scholars Program Orientation

    Thu, Feb 13, 2020 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Receptions & Special Events

    Interested in earning recognition at graduation from the National Academy of Engineering and finding ways to help society through engineering? Come out to USC's Grand Challenges Scholars Orientation and learn more about what exactly the Grand Challenges are and how you can get involved with the program!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs