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  • Repeating EventEiS Communications Hub Drop-In Hours

    Wed, Apr 03, 2024 @ 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Viterbi Ph.D. students are invited to stop by the EiS Communications Hub for one-on-one instruction for their academic and professional communications tasks. All instruction is provided by Viterbi faculty at the Engineering in Society Program.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222A

    Audiences: Viterbi Ph.D. Students

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    Contact: Helen Choi

    Event Link: https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home?authuser=0

  • Repeating EventEiS Communications Hub Drop-In Hours

    Wed, Apr 03, 2024 @ 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Engineering in Society Program

    Student Activity

    Drop-in hours for writing and speaking support for Viterbi Ph.D. students

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Helen Choi

    Event Link: https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home

  • CS Colloquium: Sai Praneeth Karimireddy - Building Planetary-Scale Collaborative Intelligence

    Wed, Apr 03, 2024 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Sai Praneeth Karimireddy, University of California, Berkeley

    Talk Title: Building Planetary-Scale Collaborative Intelligence

    Abstract: Today, access to high-quality data has become the key bottleneck to deploying machine learning. Often, the data that is most valuable is locked away in inaccessible silos due to unfavorable incentives and ethical or legal restrictions. This is starkly evident in health care, where such barriers have led to highly biased and underperforming tools. Using my collaborations with Doctors Without Borders and the Cancer Registry of Norway as case studies, I will describe how collaborative learning systems, such as federated learning, provide a natural solution; they can remove barriers to data sharing by respecting the privacy and interests of the data providers. Yet for these systems to truly succeed, three fundamental challenges must be confronted: These systems need to 1) be efficient and scale to massive networks, 2) manage the divergent goals of the participants, and 3) provide resilient training and trustworthy predictions. I will discuss how tools from optimization, statistics, and economics can be leveraged to address these challenges.   This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Sai Praneeth Karimireddy is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley with Mike I. Jordan. Karimireddy obtained his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and his PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) with Martin Jaggi. His research builds large-scale machine learning systems for equitable and collaborative intelligence and designs novel algorithms that can robustly and privately learn over distributed data (i.e., edge, federated, and decentralized learning). His work has seen widespread real-world adoption through close collaborations with public health organizations (e.g., Doctors Without Borders, the Red Cross, the Cancer Registry of Norway) and with industries such as Meta, Google, OpenAI, and Owkin.  Karimireddy's research has been recognized by the EPFL Patrick Denantes Memorial Prize for the best computer science thesis, the Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award for exceptional applied research, an EPFL thesis distinction award, a Swiss National Science Foundation fellowship, and best paper awards at the International Workshop on Federated Learning for User Privacy and Data Confidentiality at ICML 2021 and the International Workshop on Federated Learning: Recent Advances and New Challenges at NeurIPS 2022.

    Host: Jiapeng Zhang / Mahdi Soltanolkotabi

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: CS Faculty Affairs

  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Apr 03, 2024 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Julio Chirinos, University of Pennsylvania

    Talk Title: Role of Arterial Stiffness and Pulsatile Hemodynamics in Target Organ Damage: Implications for Human Health

    Abstract: The normal aorta exerts a powerful cushioning function, which limits arterial pulsatility and protects the microvasculature from excessive fluctuations in pressure and blood flow. Large-artery stiffening, which occurs with aging and various pathologic states, impairs this cushioning function, and has important consequences on target organs, including the brain, the heart, the kidneys and the placenta. Arterial stiffness also appears to be implicated in the pathogenesis of cardiometabolic disease. Large-artery stiffness represents a high-priority therapeutic target to ameliorate the global burden of cardiovascular disease in the next several decades. We will discuss key physiologic and biophysical principles related to arterial stiffness and the impact of aortic stiffening on target organs and associated disease states.

    Biography: Julio A. Chirinos, MD, PhD is a Professor of Medicine in the Cardiovascular Division, Co-Director of the Clinical Research T32 Training Program in Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine, and Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Magnetic Resonance and Optical Imaging, at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He is a specialist in cardiac imaging (echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging). He is also adjunct Faculty at the University of Ghent in Belgium, where he maintains an active collaboration with the Asklepios Investigators. His PhD was focused on the non-invasive assessment of arterial hemodynamics. He is the President of the North American Artery Society. He directs an NIH-funded research program focused on the role of arterial stiffness and pulsatile hemodynamics in cardiovascular disease, mechanisms of human heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and the use of proteomics to discern mechanisms of human heart failure. He currently leads clinical studies designed to therapeutically target the arterial tree in order to reduce maladaptive cardiac remodeling, diastolic dysfunction, and to treat patients with HFpEF, an epidemic condition for which limited effective proven pharmacologic therapies are currently available. He also leads various cohort studies with deep cardiovascular phenotyping aimed at characterizing phenotypic profiles in humans. He co-leads a Global Heart Failure biomarker consortium, an industry-academic collaboration investigating proteomics and genomics in human heart failure. He is the University of Pennsylvania Principal Investigator and a Steering Committee member of Heart Share, a multicenter research consortium funded by the NHLBI aimed at discerning mechanisms of disease in human Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction. Dr. Chirinos has published >250 papers in high-impact journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine Evidence, The Lancet, The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Circulation, Hypertension, and Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). He has received awards or honorary fellowships from the American Heart Association, the Inter-American Society of Cardiology, the American Society of Hypertension and the European Society of Cardiology. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and an honorary member of the Korean Society of Cardiology. He has also received multiple research grants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Institutes for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), the American College of Radiology (ACR), and the American Heart Association (AHA), among others. He was one of 20 global members of the Lancet Commission for Hypertension, in charge of developing strategies and recommendations to reduce the global burden of hypertension. He has participated in various clinical expert committees for the American Heart Association, American Society of Echocardiography, European Society of Cardiology, American Society of Hypertension and European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Chirinos led 2 international multicenter trials testing therapeutic strategies related to the intersection of COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease. He is also the co-PI of ongoing cohort studies to study the long-term cardiovascular consequences of COVID-19, co-chair of the Global Heart Failure Biomarker Consortium, and a Steering Committee Member of HeartShare. Both of these multicenter consortia are focused on the study of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). He is currently the President of the North American Artery society, which promotes the study of arterial function as a determinant of cardiovascular disease. He was also an Associate Editor of the American Heart Association Journal Circulation: Heart Failure, The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, Editor of the Cochrane Group (Cochrane Collaboration), Senior Consulting Editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Heart Association, Pulse and the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology. He is the editor of a textbook on Arterial Stiffness and Pulsatile Hemodynamics (Arterial Stiffness and Pulsatile Hemodynamics in Health and Disease; Elsevier, 2022). Dr. Chirinos also directs a core analysis laboratory for assessments of cardiac and arterial structure and function with non-invasive imaging, which has served as the core lab for various multicenter studies, including population studies, American College of Radiology Network studies and industry-funded studies. He has been an invited speaker in >160 scientific sessions.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95892885119?pwd=QXZOZUhrcTJRYk5qZzZwVThrTytVZz09

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 252

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95892885119?pwd=QXZOZUhrcTJRYk5qZzZwVThrTytVZz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

    Event Link: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

  • USC SleepHuB Special Seminar

    Wed, Apr 03, 2024 @ 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Jerone A. Dempsey, Ph.D., Professor at University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Talk Title: Sleep Apnea Pathogenesis and Cardiovascular Consequences

    Abstract: Sleep apnea prevalence continues to expand throughout the world, even within general, non-clinical populations. We will examine two aspects of the problem. First we will present evidence to support the concept that obstructive sleep apnea is as much attributable to neurochemical control of the stability of central respiratory motor output as it is to upper airway collapsibility. Secondly we will explore the complex, controversial question of the cardiovascular sequelae of sleep apnea through examination of evidence in both humans and animal models supporting the sustained “after-effects” of chronic , intermittent hypoxemia on both sympathetic, vasoconstrictor activity and on the vascular endothelium.

    Biography: Jerry Dempsey, Ph.D., is a world-renowned respiratory physiologist, who is currently Professor Emeritus of Population Health Sciences, Physiology and Kinesiology, and previously, Director of the John Rankin Laboratory of Pulmonary Medicine, at University of Wisconsin (UW), Madison. He has made many invaluable contributions towards unraveling the biological mechanisms underlying a diverse set of problems in respiratory physiology. These include: the time-dependent sensitization of carotid chemoreceptors in acclimatization to altitude; the limits of the healthy and diseased human pulmonary system for gas transport, respiratory muscle function and ventilatory output during exercise; and the role of chemical and non-chemical influences on the regulation of breathing and autonomic cardiovascular function during sleep, particularly in the pathogenesis of sleep apnea and the effects of novel treatments on these factors. His research has been funded continuously for over 45 years with grants from NIH, AHA, VA, DOD and UW. Dr. Dempsey was past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Physiology and Cross Talk Editor for the Journal of Physiology.

    Host: BME Professor Michael Khoo, Co-Host CHLA Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine

    More Info: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/363758496 (passcode: learn)

    Location: Childrens Hospital (CHL) - Stauffer Conference Room A

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Carla Stanard

    Event Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/363758496 (passcode: learn)

  • ECE-S Seminar - Dr. Stuart Oberman

    Wed, Apr 03, 2024 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Stuart Oberman, Vice President, GPU ASIC Engineering | NVIDIA

    Talk Title: GPU Computing and the Rise of Generative AI


    Generative AI is transforming industries, with its powerful ability to create text, images, videos, computer code, and more. The advent and growth of GenAI have been driven by the evolution of GPU computing. Innovations in NVIDIA's GPU architectures over the last two decades have transformed GPUs from 3D graphics accelerators to also powerful AI accelerators. This talk will present this GPU computing journey of hardware and architectural advances, and it will discuss current and future technology challenges and opportunities. It will also discuss strategies for deploying GenAI networks in large GPU datacenters, where hardware and software advancements are combined to meet the real-time requirements of various industries.


    Stuart Oberman is Vice President of GPU ASIC Engineering at NVIDIA. Since 2002, he has contributed to the design and verification of 12 GPU architectures. He currently directs multiple GPU design and verification teams. Stuart earned the BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa, and the MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he performed research in the Stanford Architecture and Arithmetic Group. He has coauthored one book and more than 20 technical papers. He holds more than 55 granted US patents.

    Zoom Meeting ID: 955 2860 0978

    Passcode: 988471

    Host: Dr. Arash Saifhashemi

    More Information: 2024.04.03 ECE Seminar - Stuart Oberman.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Miki Arlen