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  • Repeating EventSystem Safety SSC 24-2

    Tue, Mar 05, 2024 @ 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Aviation Safety and Security Program

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    Instruction is given in system safety engineering and management, emphasizing complex, high-technology systems. Engineering methods are illustrated with practical, numerical examples. The principal system safety analysis method is taught with classroom and homework problems. The preparation of a system safety program plan and management of the system safety process in all phases of the system life are examined in depth. A classroom project allows students to apply system safety management and engineering methods while working as a team. Enrichment lectures in special areas of knowledge essential to the system safety process will also be presented. Each student should bring a calculator with statistical functions.

    Location: Century Boulevard Building (CBB) - 920

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Daniel Scalese

    Event Link: https://avsafe.usc.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=24ASSC2

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  • Repeating EventAircraft Accident Investigation AAI 24-3

    Tue, Mar 05, 2024 @ 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Aviation Safety and Security Program

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    The course is designed for individuals who have limited investigation experience. All aspects of the investigation process are addressed, starting with preparation for the investigation through writing the final report. It covers National Transportation Safety Board and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) procedures. Investigative techniques are examined with an emphasis on fixed-wing investigation. Data collection, wreckage reconstruction, and cause analysis are discussed in the classroom and applied in the lab. The USC Aircraft Accident Investigation lab serves as the location for practical exercises. Thirteen aircraft wreckages form the basis of these investigative exercises. The crash laboratory gives the student an opportunity to learn the observation and documentation skills required of accident investigators. The wreckage is examined and reviewed with investigators who have extensive actual real-world investigation experience. Examination techniques and methods are demonstrated along with participative group discussions of actual wreckage examination, reviews of witness interview information, and investigation group personal dynamics discussions.


    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Daniel Scalese

    Event Link: https://avsafe.usc.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=24AAAI3

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  • CS Colloquium: Angelina Wang (Princeton University) - Operationalizing Responsible Machine Learning: From Equality Towards Equity

    Tue, Mar 05, 2024 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Angelina Wang, Princeton University

    Talk Title: Operationalizing Responsible Machine Learning: From Equality Towards Equity

    Abstract: With the widespread proliferation of machine learning, there arises both the opportunity for societal benefit as well as the risk of harm. Approaching responsible machine learning is challenging because technical approaches may prioritize a mathematical definition of fairness that correlates poorly to real-world constructs of fairness due to too many layers of abstraction. Conversely, social approaches that engage with prescriptive theories may produce findings that are too abstract to effectively translate into practice. In my research, I bridge these approaches and utilize social implications to guide technical work. I will discuss three research directions that show how, despite the technically convenient approach of considering equality acontextually, a stronger engagement with societal context allows us to operationalize a more equitable formulation. First, I will introduce a dataset tool that we developed to analyze complex, socially-grounded forms of visual bias. Then, I will provide empirical evidence to support how we should incorporate societal context in bringing intersectionality into machine learning. Finally, I will discuss how in the excitement of using LLMs for tasks like human participant replacement, we have neglected to consider the importance of human positionality. Overall, I will explore how we can expand a narrow focus on equality in responsible machine learning to encompass a broader understanding of equity that substantively engages with societal context.  
    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Angelina Wang is a Computer Science PhD student at Princeton University advised by Olga Russakovsky. Her research is in the area of machine learning fairness and algorithmic bias. She has been recognized by the NSF GRFP, EECS Rising Stars, Siebel Scholarship, and Microsoft AI & Society Fellowship. She has published in top machine learning (ICML, AAAI), computer vision (ICCV, IJCV), interdisciplinary (Big Data & Society), and responsible computing (FAccT, JRC) venues, including spotlight and oral presentations. Previously, she has interned with Microsoft Research and Arthur AI, and received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

    Host: Bistra Dilkina

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 136

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: CS Faculty Affairs

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Shao-Hung Chan

    Tue, Mar 05, 2024 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    PhD Thesis Proposal - Shao-Hung Chan
    Committee members: Sven Koenig (chair), T.K. Satish Kumar, Lars Lindemann, John Carlsson, and Daniel Harabor
    Title: Flex Distribution for Bounded-Suboptimal Multi-Agent Path Finding
    Time: Mar. 5th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
    Location: EEB 349
    Multi-Agent Path Finding (MAPF) is the problem of finding collision-free paths for multiple agents that minimize the sum of path costs. Explicit Estimation Conflict-Based Search (EECBS) is a leading two-level algorithm that solves MAPF bounded-suboptimally, i.e., within some factor w away from the minimum sum of path costs C*. It uses Focal Search to find bounded-suboptimal paths on the low level and Explicit Estimation Search (EES) to resolve collisions on the high level. To solve MAPF bounded-suboptimally, EES keeps track of a lower bound LB on C* to find paths whose sum of path costs is at most w times LB. However, the costs of many paths are often much smaller than w times their minimum path costs, meaning that the sum of path costs is much smaller than w times C*. Thus, in this proposal, we hypothesize that one can improve the efficiency of EECBS via Flex Distribution. That is, one can use the flex of the path costs (that relaxes the requirement to find bounded-suboptimal paths on the low level) to reduce the number of collisions that need to be resolved on the high level while still guaranteeing to solve MAPF bounded suboptimally. We also discuss the limitations of Flex Distribution and propose some techniques to overcome them.

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 349

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: CS Events

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  • Epstein Institute, ISE 651 Seminar Class

    Epstein Institute, ISE 651 Seminar Class

    Tue, Mar 05, 2024 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Jing Dong, DeRosa Family Associate Professor of Business, Decision, Risk, and Operations Division, Columbia Business School

    Talk Title: Stochastic Gradient Descent with Adaptive Data

    Host: Dr. Renyuan Xu

    More Information: March 5, 2024.pdf

    Location: Social Sciences Building (SOS) - SOS Building, B2

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • FloQast Trojan Talk

    Tue, Mar 05, 2024 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    FloQast Hiring Now for Summer 2024 Software Engineering Interns! Recruiting Event 3/5 @ 6 pm
    FloQast is hiring! We are recruiting for our Summer Engineering Internship Program. Attend this session to meet recruiters. Attend the info session on March 5th, and we will be interviewing candidates on the following days: Wednesday, March 6th, and Thursday, March 7th! 
    Apply for the intern position in Viterbi Career Gateway > Jobs
    Apply by 3/6/24
    Note: This position is for bachelor candidates who do not require visa sponsorship now or in the future. 
    Recruiting Event Details: 

    Tuesday, March 5th 6-8 pm 

    RTH 211 

    Food will be served! 

    This will be a two-hour event starting at 6 pm with a brief presentation at 7 pm. We will have opportunities for networking before the presentation and end the event at 8pm. Engineering Leadership and Recruiting from FloQast will be present to meet students, chat about FloQast, and learn about their backgrounds.
    Internship Details:
    FloQast is pleased to offer an opportunity for aspiring Software Engineering Interns to join our summer internship program. If you're looking to kickstart your career, make a meaningful impact, and contribute to the growth of our Compliance product, we invite you to apply! At FloQast, we value collaboration, support, and innovation to create an environment where interns can learn and thrive.
    FloQast is a SaaS-based company innovating solutions in the task management software and accounting space. Our flagship product’s fresh approach to the accounting close process already dramatically improves the day-to-day lives of accountants— and we’ve brought that same approach to help streamline compliance processes such as SOX and ITGC. Our compliance product empowers auditors and control owners to achieve the highest degree of transparency and accuracy within their processes and saves them countless hours, days, and weeks of time.
    FloQast is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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