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  • ECE Seminar: A Variegated Study of 5G Services: Challenges, Opportunities, and Application Innovations

    ECE Seminar: A Variegated Study of 5G Services: Challenges, Opportunities, and Application Innovations

    Thu, Mar 10, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Feng Qian, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

    Talk Title: A Variegated Study of 5G Services: Challenges, Opportunities, and Application Innovations

    Abstract: 5G is expected to support sub-millisecond latency as well as throughput of up to 20 Gbps -- a 100x improvement compared to 4G/LTE. However, there exists a vacuum in understanding how 5G performs "in the wild" and whether it can fulfill its promises. In this talk, I will describe our research thrust of 5G networks since early 2019, when Minneapolis became one of the first two U.S. cities that received commercial 5G deployment. Over the past 3 years, we have experimented with more than 100 TB of 5G data and traveled more than 8,000 km for drive tests. Our studies revealed a complete landscape of 5G across several key dimensions -- network performance, power characteristics, mobility management, application quality-of-experience (QoE), to name a few, with their critical tradeoffs quantitatively revealed. I will then talk about our development of a learning-based framework for accurate 5G performance prediction, and how we innovate emerging applications such as virtual/mixed reality (VR/MR) to improve their QoE on 5G networks.

    Biography: As an experimental networking and system researcher, I design, engineer, deploy, evaluate real network systems, and make them yield real-world impact. I am particularly interested in mobile systems, AR/VR, mobile networking, wearable computing, real-world system measurements.

    I received my Ph.D. from EECS at University of Michigan in 2012. I am honored to receive several awards including the AT&T Key Contributor Award (2014), NSF CRII Award (2016), Google Faculty Award (2016), ACM CoNEXT Best Paper Award (2016,2018), AT&T VURI Award (2017), NSF CAREER Award (2018), Trustees Teaching Award (2018), DASH-IF Excellence Award (2019), Cisco Research Award (2021), and ACM SIGCOMM Best Student Paper Award (2021). Some of my research prototypes such as mobile Application Resource Optimizer (ARO) have been commercialized and are widely used in academia and industry.

    Host: Dr. Konstantinos Psounis, kpsounis@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93770414634?pwd=SlBFL0JwL3QwR0RjK1p5bVMyM3duQT09

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93770414634?pwd=SlBFL0JwL3QwR0RjK1p5bVMyM3duQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Thu, Mar 10, 2022 @ 01:30 PM - 01:30 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Michael Gomez, Ph.D., University of Washington

    Talk Title: Bio-cementation Soil Improvement for the Mitigation of Earthquake-induced Soil Liquefaction

    Abstract: Recent advances in bio-mediated soil improvement technologies have highlighted the potential of natural biological-chemical reactions in the soil subsurface to enable mitigation of infrastructure damage resulting from natural hazards such as earthquakes. Bio-mediated geotechnical solutions leverage the capabilities of microorganisms already existing in the geotechnical subsurface to generate a diverse range of products, which can dramatically improve the engineering behavior of soils. One such technology, Microbially Induced Calcite Precipitation (MICP), is an environmentally conscious soil improvement technique that can improve the geotechnical properties of granular soils through the precipitation of calcite. The biogeochemical process offers an environmentally-conscious alternative to traditional brute-force mechanical and Portland cement based ground improvement methods, by utilizing natural microbial enzymatic activity to induce calcite precipitation on soil particle surfaces and at particle contacts. The resulting bio-cementation affords improvements in soil shear strength, initial shear stiffness, and liquefaction resistance, while reducing soil hydraulic conductivity and porosity. Although MICP has been demonstrated extensively at the laboratory scale, critical gaps remain in our understanding of this technology with respect to up-scaling the process to field-scale, understanding the engineering behavior of (bio-)cemented geomaterials, and evaluating material permanence. This presentation will provide a brief introduction to MICP and highlight results from several recent experiments completed at centimeter- and meter- scales aimed at: (1) developing the MICP process for field-scale deployment including techniques for the stimulation of indigenous microorganisms, management of ammonium by-products, and improvement of cementation spatial uniformity and extent, (2) characterizing the liquefaction resistance of bio-cemented geomaterials including triggering and post-triggering responses, and (3) systematically exploring the effect of treatment conditions and environmental factors on resulting material mineralogy and long-term

    Biography: Mike Gomez is an Assistant Professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. Mike joined UW in March 2017 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on leveraging natural chemical and biological processes in soils to develop sustainable bio-mediated geotechnical ground improvement technologies. In particular, Mike research has focused on the strengthening of loose and weak granular soils through a bio-mediated calcite precipitation process known as Microbially Induced Calcite Precipitation (MICP). Mike additional research interests include advanced laboratory and in-situ testing, naturally cemented and aged geomaterials, reactive transport modeling, clay surface chemistry, and non-destructive measurements for site characterization and subsurface reaction monitoring, among other topics.

    Host: Dr. Chukwuebuka Nweke

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91873923659 Meeting ID: 918 7392 3659 Pass: 975701

    Location: ZOOM MEETING

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91873923659 Meeting ID: 918 7392 3659 Pass: 975701

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • DEI Committee Meeting

    Thu, Mar 10, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events

    Bi-Weekly DEI Committee meeting for invited full-time Computer Science faculty only. Event details emailed directly to attendees.

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Nike X Ready Player One - INSIDIOUS Hackathon (Virtual)

    Thu, Mar 10, 2022 @ 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    INSIDIOUS is a hackathon training event brought to you by Nike's Corporate Information Security team.
    You will compete in a safe, sandboxed environment where you will seek out and take advantage of vulnerabilities in a real application.
    Please note: Students MUST RSVP through the external registration form in order to participate.
    The course includes instructor-led training to review how the code should be written securely, followed by an awards ceremony with prizes to celebrate the top hackers.
    This event will offer you the opportunity to show your growing skillset off to some of Nike's choice recruiting members.
    The event will be virtual and hosted on Zoom, and we have 4 sessions you can select from:
    March 3rd, 2022
    Afternoon session: 4:00-8:00 PM EST
    March 10th, 2022
    Afternoon session: 4:00-8:00 PM EST

    Access to a computer is required.
    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 participant's responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Location: Virtual. RSVP Link in the event description.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Mork Family Department Seminar - Miaofang Chi

    Thu, Mar 10, 2022 @ 04:00 PM - 05:15 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Miaofang Chi, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Talk Title: Emerging Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) for Energy Materials Research

    Host: Professor A.Hodge

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 147

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Heather Alexander

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  • CS Colloquium: David Held (Carnegie Mellon University) - Perceptual Robot Learning

    Thu, Mar 10, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 06:20 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: David Held, Carnegie Mellon University

    Talk Title: Perceptual Robot Learning

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: *New time: 5:00-6:20PM*

    Robots today are typically confined to interact with rigid, opaque objects with known object models. However, the objects in our daily lives are often non-rigid, can be transparent or reflective, and are diverse in shape and appearance. One reason for the limitations of current methods is that computer vision and robot planning are often considered separate fields. I argue that, to enhance the capabilities of robots, we should design state representations that consider both the perception and planning algorithms needed for the robotics task. I will show how we can develop novel perception and planning algorithms to assist with the tasks of manipulating cloth, articulated objects, and transparent and reflective objects. By thinking about the downstream task while jointly developing perception and planning algorithms, we can significantly improve our progress on difficult robots tasks.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:

    After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Biography: David Held is an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Robotics Institute and is the director of the RPAD lab: Robots Perceiving And Doing. His research focuses on perceptual robot learning, i.e. developing new methods at the intersection of robot perception and planning for robots to learn to interact with novel, perceptually challenging, and deformable objects. David has applied these ideas to robot manipulation and autonomous driving. Prior to coming to CMU, David was a post-doctoral researcher at U.C. Berkeley, and he completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford University. David also has a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. David is a recipient of the Google Faculty Research Award in 2017 and the NSF CAREER Award in 2021.

    Host: Stefanos Nikolaidis

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X9bmT5afSU2gjC03nttQHg

    Location: Online - Zoom Webinar

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X9bmT5afSU2gjC03nttQHg

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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