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  • CEE Seminar Series

    Tue, Feb 21, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Jeannie Wilkening, PhD, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Talk Title: Lets Get Physiological Plants as a Dynamic Diverse and Oftentimes Difficult Part of the Water Cycle

    Abstract: see attachment

    Host: CEE

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95242807214

    More Information: Wilkening_Announcement.docx

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95242807214

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Salina Palacios

  • CS Colloquium: Christophe Hauser (USC / ISI) - Binary program analysis for systems security: a journey of post-design security challenges

    Tue, Feb 21, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Christophe Hauser, USC / ISI

    Talk Title: Binary program analysis for systems security: a journey of post-design security challenges

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Modern software stacks are complex and rapidly expanding. This continuous trend keeps raising new challenges for software security: the discrepancy between the number of trained human experts available and the growing scale of modern software makes traditional analysis techniques unfit to address security problems in a timely fashion in real-world settings. Existing solutions towards solving this conundrum are staggered across multiple stages in the software development process. While design-time approaches involving formal methods and proofs of correctness have received academic attention and demonstrated success in safety-critical domains such as aerospace, the current state-of-practice in most of the software industry relies on informal and reactive security techniques which often require manual analysis.
    My work focuses on addressing the unique challenges of post-development security through principled approaches leveraging formal methods, reverse engineering and machine learning to detect, patch and prevent vulnerabilities across the software stacks. However, security properties are difficult to guarantee in the context of modern, real-world computer architectures and software engineering practices, and this difficulty is further exacerbated when source code, specification or design-level information is unavailable. Unfortunately, this context is very common when it comes to evaluating the security of third-party software, whether it is released in the form of applications, libraries or embedded firmware.
    In this talk, I will present my research to date towards addressing these challenges by focusing on leveraging theoretically sound models while attempting to identify the best soundness trade-offs to make these practical and prioritize real-world impact.
    More specifically, I will present applications of these models to the problems of vulnerability discovery in a post-development context, retrofitting security in binary code and on extending the scalability of vulnerability models with machine learning.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Dr. Christophe Hauser is Research Computer Scientist and Research Lead at University of California's Information Sciences Institute, where he founded and co-leads the BASS (Binary Analysis and Systems Security) research group (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://bass.isi.edu__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!qKWHZjoxvzMpC-rGATAiOW1m9nqIFHGeItsBB8n2hqiYHcQ5pqEcPeMyuQgGrc1gg5tvklVajL8hTQ$ ).
    His research focuses on multiple aspects of systems security including intrusion detection, vulnerability discovery, binary program analysis and reverse engineering. He has been publishing high-impact papers in top security conferences such as USENIX Security, the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), USENIX Security, the Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) Symposium and the IEEE symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P). He also has been actively serving as technical committee member for top security conferences, including as the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), USENIX Security and ACSAC, and was part of the organizing committee of CCS 2022.
    Prior to joining USC-ISI, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Seclab at UC Santa Barbara where he worked on the design and development of the "angr" program analysis platform, which is now vastly used across academia and industry.
    He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from CentraleSupélec, University of Paris-Saclay, France, (jointly with Queensland university of technology, Australia).

    Host: Department of Computer Science

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

  • DEN@Viterbi: How to Apply Virtual Info Session

    Tue, Feb 21, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    DEN@Viterbi, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Join USC Viterbi representatives for a step-by-step guide and tips for how to apply for formal admission into a Master's degree or Graduate Certificate program. The session is intended for individuals who wish to pursue a graduate degree program completely online via USC Viterbi's flexible online DEN@Viterbi delivery method.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives and ask questions about the admission process throughout the session.

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee496f861450c6ae13654ed3c96e00e8c

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

  • Epstein Institute - ISE 651 Seminar

    Tue, Feb 21, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Coralia Cartis, Professor, Mathematics Institute, Oxford University

    Talk Title: Dimensionality Reduction Techniques for Nonconvex Optimization

    Host: Prof. Jong-Shi Pang

    More Information: February 21, 2023.pdf

    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - GER 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

  • Edwards Lifesciences: Engineering Internship & Co-Op Virtual Tech Talk (External Info Session)

    Tue, Feb 21, 2023 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Join the virtual Tech Talk here (MS Teams meeting)

    Discover Edwards Lifesciences award winning products with our Engineering representatives. You'll learn about our Transcatheter Heart Valves, Surgical Structural Heart Therapies, Transcatheter Mitral & Tricuspid Therapies, and Critical Care monitoring systems in virtual and engaging environment.
    We will also take some time to discuss our Engineering Summer Internship opportunities.

    At Edwards, you can
    Explore a wide variety of medical device engineering projects
    Develop professional skills
    Work in a stimulating learning environment
    Partner with passionate employees fighting cardiovascular disease

    Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Edwards Lifesciences has extensive operations in North America, Europe, Japan, Latin America and Asia and currently employs over 17,000 individuals worldwide.

    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Viterbi Career Connections Office. They are posted on Viterbi Career Connections because they may be of interest to members of the Viterbi community. Inclusion of any activity does not indicate USC sponsorship or endorsement of that activity or event. It is the participants responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Location: Teams, please see below for more details

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections