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  • Robust Classification and Change Detection for Brain-Computer Interfaces

    Wed, Apr 04, 2018 @ 02:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Vahid Tarokh, Duke University

    Talk Title: Robust Classification and Change Detection for Brain-Computer Interfaces

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

    Abstract: In this talk, we will first discuss eye movement decoding in a working memory experiment involving a macaque monkey. Our objective is to use the local field potentials (LFPs) collected from the brain of the monkey to decode the type of task that the monkey is doing, and the direction of saccade in each task. We will show that the LFP time-series data can be modeled using a nonparametric regression framework, and show that the classifiers trained using minimax function estimators as features are robust and consistent. We will also discuss application of the resulting classifier to the brain data.

    We will then briefly discuss the problem of change detection apply it to spike data from a mice experiment collected using cues and electric shocks.

    This is a joint work with Taposh Banerjee.

    Biography: Vahid Tarokh is Rhodes Family Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Mathematics, and Computer Science at Duke University. He worked at AT&T Labs-Research until 2000, and subsequently at MIT (as an Associate Professor of EECS) until 2002. He joined Harvard University as Perkins Professor of Applied Mathematics and Hammond Vinton Hayes Senior Fellow of Electrical Engineering. He then joined Duke University in January 2018. His current research focuses on statistical signal processing and applications. Dr. Tarokh has received a number of awards, and holds four honorary degrees.

    Host: Prof. Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

  • System Engineering Research Center (SERC) Talks

    Wed, Apr 04, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Systems Architecting and Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Robin Yeman, Lockheed Martin Fellow

    Talk Title: How do Agile Methods Reduce Risk Exposure and Improve Security on Highly-Critical Systems

    Series: SERC Talks

    Abstract: With each passing year software continues to grow and every industry regardless of their product uses software as an integral part of their value stream. That phenomenon is especially true in the government space where we deliver highly- critical systems such as aircraft, unmanned systems, missiles & guided weapons, and human space flight vehicles. Highly regulated environments not only require high quality low risk deliveries; they need to be secure. I believe using Agile methods will provide exactly that.

    Depending on individual experiences and varying context some projects continue to see Agile methods as risky however various studies and journals such as IEEE have shown Agile methods to deliver results in areas of quality, cost, and schedule across the commercial and government industries. Agile practices can be leveraged to improve the level of security in our systems and reduce our risk exposure while the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand our system attack surfaces. In this presentation, we will discuss
    • The difference between Agile and traditional Waterfall
    • How Agile practices enable security to be embedded in our systems from the start
    • Where security is inserted throughout all stages of the SDLC
    • Define the art of the possible for the future.

    SERC Talks is an open forum discussion series featuring researchers from our community sharing their insights on various questions relevant to Systems Engineering (SE) and its evolution. Dr. Barry Boehm is our Editor-in-Chief of the series, curating the Talks. We encourage your input and insights during these lively discussions online as we strive to create an ongoing and more collaborative dialogue between academia, government and industry sectors of the SE community.

    Biography: Robin Yeman works for Lockheed Martin (LM) Information Systems and Global Solution in Northern Virginia as a Lockheed Martin Fellow. She has over 23 years of experience in software and IT, across multiple business areas building everything from Satellites to Submarines. She has been actively supporting and leading Agile programs at Scale both domestically and internationally for the last 15 years with multiple certifications including Scaled Agile Program Consultant, Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), CSP, CSM, CSPO, PSM, PMP, PMI-ACP, INCOSE Certified Systems Engineer, and ITIL Practitioner. She actively coaches and trains teams through in person coaching, Agile workshops, virtual training classes. She leads the Lockheed Martins Agile Community of Practice and Center of Excellence, speaks at multiple conference engagements each year. Robin received her Masters Degree in Software Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

    Host: Prof. Barry Boehm for the Systems Engineering Research Center

    More Info: http://www.sercuarc.org/events/serc-talks-how-do-agile-methods-reduce-risk-exposure-and-improve-security-on-highly-critical-systems/

    Webcast: Event Password: SERC

    Location: Online via WebEX

    WebCast Link: Event Password: SERC

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: James Moore II

    Event Link: http://www.sercuarc.org/events/serc-talks-how-do-agile-methods-reduce-risk-exposure-and-improve-security-on-highly-critical-systems/

  • 2018 Cornelius Pings Lecture

    Wed, Apr 04, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Charles Fairhurst, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota

    Talk Title: Earth Resources Engineering - An Emerging Field

    Series: Pings Keynote Lecture Series

    Abstract: The term Earth Resource Engineering was Introduced by the US National Academy of Engineering in 2006 to encompass the traditional extractive discIplines of Petroleum, Mining and Geological Engineering plus newer applications - such as long-term isolation of high-level nuclear waste. This
    recognized the unique ability of the rock subsurface to isolate the biosphere from toxic contaminants for millennia. A considerable number of additional uses. both shallow and deep. have since been introduced and/or proposed. These will be described briefly. The lecture will focus on some of the specific challenges in mechanics arising in rock engineering. Evolving over several billion years. the
    structural make-up of the subsurface is far more complex than materials encountered in most other branches of engineering. This dictates a different engineering methodology. Thus. although continuum mechanics plays a valuable role in rock engineering, discontinuities, anisotropy, and heterogeneity -Iarge and small scale- must be recognized and considered.
    A few examples, including efforts to increase advance rates in tunneling "by a factor of ten". will be provided to illustrate the challenges, and the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration. Introduction of Earth Resource Engineering programs at leading research universities would stimulate such collaboration and advances.

    HED 1st Floor Lobby

    Host: Professor and Chair Richard Roberts

    More Information: USC-2018PingsLecture.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Breanne Grady

  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Apr 04, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events

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

    Location: 101 - Michelson Building

    Audiences: By invitation only.

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Seminar

    Wed, Apr 04, 2018 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Alex H. Barnett, Group Leader, Numerical Algorithms, Center for Computational Biology Flatiron Institute (Simons Foundation), New York, NY

    Talk Title: Building a Better Nonuniform Fast Fourier Transform

    Abstract: The NUFFT allows Fourier analysis of data on non-uniform points at close-to-FFT speeds. It has many applications in science and engineering. I will explain what happens "under the hood" in our new implementation (FINUFFT). This includes 1) a simpler spreading kernel that accelerates run-times for the same accuracy, while preserving a rigorous error analysis, and 2) smart multi-threading. Along the way we will discover how the nationally known bluegrass fiddler Tex Logan fits into the story. Joint work with Jeremy Magland.

    Biography: Alex Barnett is an applied mathematician and numerical analyst. He was a faculty member in the mathematics department at Dartmouth College for 12 years, becoming a full professor in 2017. He obtained his Ph.D. in physics at Harvard University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Courant Instructorship at New York University. His research interests include scientific computing, partial differential equations, integral equations, biomedical imaging, neuroscience, inverse problems and quantum chaos. Barnett is well known for numerical work in wave scattering, high-frequency eigenvalues, potential theory, periodic geometries and fast algorithms. He has received several grants from the National Science Foundation, and Dartmouth's Karen E. Wetterhahn Memorial Award for Distinguished Creative or Scholarly Achievement.

    Host: Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Ashleen Knutsen

  • CAIS Seminar: Dr. Paul Rosenbloom (USC) – A Cognitive Architectural Perspective on the Past, Present and Future of AI

    Wed, Apr 04, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Paul Rosenbloom, USC

    Talk Title: A Cognitive Architectural Perspective on the Past, Present and Future of AI

    Series: USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS) Seminar Series

    Abstract: In this talk Dr. Rosenbloom will briefly introduce and explore the notion of a cognitive architecture, as a hypothesis about the fixed structures that define a mind and yield intelligent behavior when combined with knowledge and skills, and then step back to discuss the current AI era, the history of AI (in terms of past eras), and some of what is coming. He will also touch on a selection of both social and ethical issues with respect to AI.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Dr. Paul Rosenbloom is a Professor of Computer Science at USC and Director for Cognitive Architecture Research at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies. His research concentrates on cognitive architecture-“ integrated models of the fixed structures underlying minds-“and on understanding the nature, structure and stature of computing as a scientific domain and its overlap with the other domains of human study. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Cognitive Science Society.

    Host: Milind Tambe

    Location: Seeley Wintersmith Mudd Memorial Hall (of Philosophy) (MHP) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

  • ASTE & AME Alumni & Industry Spotlight

    Wed, Apr 04, 2018 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Students will hear from alumni and industry professionals regarding their academic/professional experiences.

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections