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  • CS Colloquium: Rajalakshmi Nandakumar (University of Washington) - Computational Wireless Sensing at Scale

    Tue, Feb 26, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, University of Washington

    Talk Title: Computational Wireless Sensing at Scale

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Computational wireless sensing is an exciting field of research where we use wireless signals from everyday computing devices to enable sensing. The key challenge is to enable new sensing capabilities that can be deployed at scale and have an impact in the real world.

    In this talk, I will focus on the two unique approaches that I pursued to enable sensing at scale. The first is to transform existing smart devices such as smartphones into active sonar systems to enable mobile health and user interaction applications. In particular, I will talk about contactless sensing of physiological signals like breathing using off-the-shelf smartphones that can be used to detect potentially life-threatening conditions such as opioid overdoses as well as sleep apnea. The second approach is to design new low power wireless technologies that can enable IoT sensing on everyday objects on a large scale by addressing power and size constraints. Here, I will talk about our technology that achieves 3D localization and tracking of sub-centimeter sized devices that enables applications ranging from user interaction to precision agriculture.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium


    Biography: Rajalakshmi Nandakumar is a Ph.D. candidate at the Paul G. Allen School of computer science of University of Washington. Her research focuses on developing wireless sensing technologies that enable novel applications in various domains including mobile health, user interfaces and IoT networks. She developed the first contactless smartphone based sleep apnea diagnosis system that was licensed by ResMed Inc. and now used by millions of users for sleep staging. She was recognized with the Paul Baran Young Scholar award by the Marconi Society in 2018 and also named as the rising star in EECS by MIT. She has first author papers in top medical journals including Science translational medicine as well as computer science venues (CHI, SIGCOMM, SenSys, MobiCom, MobiSys). Her research was awarded multiple accolades and nominations including MobiSys 2015 best paper nominee, CHI 2016 Honorable mention award and SenSys 2018 best paper award.

    Host: Ramesh Govindan

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Epstein Institute Seminar - ISE 651

    Tue, Feb 26, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Mark P. Van Oyen, Professor, University of Michigan

    Talk Title: Opportunities for Healthcare Operations Engineering & How First Come First Served Scheduling May be Replaced

    Host: Dr. Sze-chuan Suen

    More Information: February 26, 2019.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • MASCLE Machine Learning Seminar: Jacob Abernethy (Georgia Tech) - Building Algorithms by Playing Games

    Tue, Feb 26, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jacob Abernethy, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Building Algorithms by Playing Games

    Series: Visa Research Machine Learning Seminar Series hosted by USC Machine Learning Center

    Abstract: A very popular trick for solving certain types of optimization problems is this: write your objective as the solution of a two-player zero-sum game, endow both players with an appropriate learning algorithm, watch how the opponents compete, and extract an (approximate) solution from the actions/decisions taken by the players throughout the process. This approach is very generic and provides a natural template to produce new and interesting algorithms. I will describe this framework and show how it applies in several scenarios, and describe recent work that draws a connection to the Frank-Wolfe algorithm and Nesterov's Accelerated Gradient Descent.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Jacob Abernethy is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. He started his faculty career in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. In October 2011 he finished a PhD in the Division of Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, and then spent nearly two years as a Simons postdoctoral fellow at the CIS department at UPenn. Abernethy's primary interest is in Machine Learning, with a particular focus in sequential decision making, online learning, online algorithms and adversarial learning models.


    Host: Haipeng Luo

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Seminar - - Lyman L. Handy Colloquia

    Tue, Feb 26, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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    Speaker: Professor R. Ramesh, Department of Physics and Department of Materials Science and Engineering , University of California, Berkeley

    Talk Title: Electric Field Control of Magnetism

    Abstract: Complex perovskite oxides exhibit a rich spectrum of functional responses, including magnetism, ferroelectricity, highly correlated electron behavior, superconductivity, etc. The basic materials physics of such materials provide the ideal playground for interdisciplinary scientific exploration with an eye towards real applications. Over the past decade the oxide community has been exploring the science of such materials as crystals and in thin film form by creating epitaxial heterostructures and nanostructures. Among the large number of materials systems, there exists a small set of materials which exhibit multiple order parameters; these are known as multiferroics, particularly, the coexistence of ferroelectricity and some form of ordered magnetism (typically antiferromagnetism). The scientific community has been able to demonstrate electric field control of both antiferromagnetism and ferromagnetism at room temperature. Current work is focused on ultralow energy (1 attoJoule/operation) electric field manipulation of magnetism as the backbone for the next generation of ultralow power electronics. In this lecture, I will describe our progress to date on this exciting possibility. The lecture will conclude with a summary of where the future research is going.
    References: 1. S. Manipatruni et al. Nature 565, 35 2019. 2. Heron, J. T. et al. Nature 516, 370 (2014).


    Biography: Professor Ramesh graduated from the UC Berkeley in 1987. His pioneering research is in multiferroic oxides and he continues to pursue key scientific problems in complex multifunctional oxide thin films, nanostructures and heterostructures at Berkeley. His group demonstrated several critical steps towards the next generation of ultralow power storage and spintronics devices. He is highly cited (over 65,000 citations, H-factor =110). He has received the APS David Adler Lectureship award and the James McGroddy Prize, the TMS Bardeen Prize and the 2018 IUPAP Magnetism Prize and Neel Medal. In 2014, he was recognized as a Thomson-Reuters Citation Laureate in Physics for his work on multiferroics. From December 2010 to August 2012 he served as the Founding Director of the SunShot Initiative at the Department of Energy, overseeing and coordinating the R&D activities and funding (300M$/year) of the U.S. Solar Program. In 2011, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.



    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 200

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Karen Woo/Mork Family

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  • USC Distinguished Industry Leader Speaker Series

    Tue, Feb 26, 2019 @ 04:45 PM - 07:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events


    On February 26th, the USC construction alumni group will host its Distinguished Industry Leader event. This engaging, multi-event series will feature leaders from AEC related industry who will speak of various topics relevant to this field.

    This event will feature Doug Mouton of Microsoft. Doug will share how his experiences during Hurricane Katrina and serving in Afghanistan shaped his leadership style at Microsoft as General Manager of Data Center Execution. The session will be facilitated by Philip Stassi, recently retired President of Jacobs Global Buildings and Infrastructure. Both students and industry professionals should find this event inspiring and informative.

    Our event on the 8th will begin with a short networking period followed by a presentation by each of our guest speakers. After the presentation, there will be a panel discussion with an interactive Q&A session.

    About Doug Mouton:
    As the General Manager of Data Center Execution at Microsoft, Doug Mouton is responsible for design and construction for all Microsoft cloud capacity. Leading nearly 350 global professionals, vendors and outsourced staff responsible for developing design and execution solutions that will support the business requirements while remaining competitive in the market. This includes Microsoft builds, leases and hybrid delivery models. Mouton's team is also responsible for the execution of retrofit projects within existing data centers.

    Prior to joining Microsoft in 2014, Mouton worked as Group Vice President for JACOBS, Buildings and Infrastructure Program Management Construction Management worldwide. There he led a team of nearly 1,000 employees working on over 100 concurrent large-scale building and infrastructure projects around the world.

    Additionally, Mouton spent more than 33 years in the Army National Guard giving him a diverse leadership background including serving periods of active duty for Desert Storm, the Global War on Terror, Hurricane Katrina and other domestic events; commanding units from platoon (30+) to brigade size (3,000+).
    For more information about the event and to purchase tickets please go to: http://uscaec.org/distinguished-industry-leader-speaker-series-part-2/

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Salina Palacios

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