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

    Fri, Mar 08, 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

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

    Fri, Mar 08, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Ziv Bar-Joseph, Carnegie Mellon University

    Talk Title: Distributed Information Processing in Biological and Computational Systems

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

    Abstract: Computer science and biology have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship for decades. Computational methods are widely used to analyze and integrate large biological data sets, while several algorithms were inspired by the high-level design principles of biological systems. In this talk I will discuss similarities and differences between assumptions, requirements and goals of distributed biological and computational systems. To illustrate the mutual benefits I will present examples from two recent studies. The first models bacterial food search as an application of probabilistic belief propagation while the second looks at epigenetics as a process implementing a shared memory communication model.

    Biography: Ziv Bar-Joseph is the FORE Systems Professor of Computational Biology and Machine Learning at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. His work focuses on the analysis, integration and modeling of high throughput biological data and on improving algorithms for distributed computational networks by relying on our increased understanding of how biological systems operate. Dr. Bar-Joseph received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2003. He is the director of the joint CMU-Pitt PhD program in Computational Biology and the PI of a number of large, multi-university centers including the HuBMAP Computational Tools Center. He was the recipient of the DIMACS-Celera Genomics Graduate Student Award in Computational Biology, the NSF CAREER award and Overton prize in computational biology.

    Host: Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

  • Individual Grammar Tutorials

    Fri, Mar 08, 2019 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Viterbi graduate and undergraduate students are invited to sign up for individual grammar assistance from professors at the Engineering Writing Program. Sign up for one-on-one individual sessions here: http://bit.ly/grammaratUSC

    Questions? Email helenhch@usc.edu

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 106

    Audiences: Graduate and Undergraduate Students

    Contact: Helen Choi


    Fri, Mar 08, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Nathan Smith, Associate Curator, The Dinosaur Institute, Natural History Museum

    Talk Title: The Assembly of Avian Anatomy -“from Early Dinosaurs to Diving Waterbirds

    Host: EHP and Dr. Prata

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Amanda McCraven

  • Mingu Kang Seminar, Friday, March 8th at 2PM in EEB 132

    Fri, Mar 08, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Mingu Kang, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center

    Talk Title: Energy-efficient machine learning in resource-constrained edge-computing platforms

    Abstract: There is much interest in embedding data analytics into sensor-rich platforms such as wearables, biomedical devices, autonomous vehicles, robots, and Internet-of-Things (IoT) to provide these with decision-making capabilities. Such platforms need to implement machine learning algorithms under severe resource-constraints in embedded battery-powered platforms. However, traditional von Neumann architectures suffer from explicit separation between memory and computation (the "Memory Wall"), which imposes bottlenecks on energy efficiency and throughput for big data processing.

    In this talk, I will present deep in-memory computing architecture (DIMA), where analog computation is deeply embedded into a standard memory array to overcome the memory wall. First, the data flow of machine learning algorithms is analyzed to show how it naturally leads to the DIMA. Next, the design of a multi-functional DIMA IC prototype will be presented to validate the concept of DIMA and demonstrate its versatility. An in-memory instruction set architecture with LLVM-based compiler is demonstrated to provide user-friendly programming interface, and optimal resource allocation for target application accuracy. DIMA lends itself to a communication-inspired system analysis that helps to understand the fundamental trade-off between its energy and accuracy in the low-SNR regime. Finally, I will present future research directions spanning device, architecture, and system to build large-scale system-on-chip by leveraging non-conventional computing including in-memory, in-sensor, and neuromorphic computing.

    Biography: Mingu Kang is a research staff member of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA, where he designs machine learning accelerator architecture. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, USA, in 2017, and the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. From 2009 to 2012, he was with the Memory Division, Samsung Electronics, Hwaseong, South Korea, where he was involved in the circuit and architecture design of phase change memory (PRAM). His current research interests include low-power integrated circuits, architecture, and system for machine learning and signal processing by leveraging emerging computing paradigms. He is a recipient of UIUC Coordinated Science Lab (CSL) best thesis award in 2018, MICRO TOP Pick Honorable Mention 2019, IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) "Neural System and Application" Best Paper Awards in 2016 and 2018, and Kwanjeong Scholarship from 2012 to 2017.

    Host: ECE-Electrophysics

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Fri, Mar 08, 2019 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Xu Huang, University of Toronto

    Talk Title: Large-Scale Computational/Experimental Distributed Simulation Framework

    Host: Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Location: Ray R. Irani Hall (RRI) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Salina Palacios