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  • Preview USC - Admitted Student Half-Day

    Wed, Apr 11, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    Preview USC is a half-day program covering topics related to housing, financial aid, and transitioning from high school to college. It also offers the opportunity for admitted students to sit in on classes, be part of a session in the Viterbi School of Engineering, and interact with a number of current students in a shorter period of time.

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    Location: USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Admitted Students and Their Families

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • USC VAST Annual Robotics Open House

    Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering K-12 STEM Center

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    This is a fun day with all the robotics research labs providing demonstrations every half hour for groups of 15 people, plus some hands-on fun and games. The labs are spread out in four buildings, so there is a lot to walk around and see. Visitors can move at their own pace to attend as many lab demonstrations as they want and take a break any time to explore campus, find something to eat (bring your own lunch or use a campus dining facility), and enjoy the day. The most crowded time is when the schools visit between 9 am and 2 pm, and the more leisurely afternoon pace is perfect for after school groups, clubs, families, and robotics industry executives.

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering Robotics Open House

    Location: Check in at RTH-EEB Courtyard

    WebCast Link: https://viterbipk12.usc.edu/research/robotics-openhouse/

    Audiences: free event, pre-registration required!

    Contact: Katie Mills

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  • Research and Technology Seminar

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

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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    Speaker: Sunil Bharitkar, Distinguished Member of Tech. Staff (HP Labs)

    Talk Title: Advances in Joint Signal Processing, Perception, and Machine Learning at HP Labs

    Abstract: In HP's Emerging Compute Lab, research is being conducted at the intersection of signal processing, auditory perception and machine learning to create fundamentally new experiences for differentiation in HP devices including VR HMD. In this talk we will present various techniques and algorithms, incorporating knowledge of binaural perception, machine learning, and signal processing, to enhance low-frequency perception, spatial rendering, and automated content classification. The research results have been validated through perceptual testing in large-scale studies giving statistically meaningful results. Ongoing research being conducted in the areas deep learning (stacked autoencoders and LSTM) for VR head-related transfer function synthesis, content classification, speech and multimodal biometrics, sensing towards emotion interpretation, and cancer cell data classification (jointly with Life Sciences Lab) will also be presented. The presentation will be accompanied with demonstrations.


    Biography: Sunil Bharitkar received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2004 and is involved in research in speech/audio analysis and processing including spatial audio for AR/VR, biometric & biomedical signal processing, multimodal signal processing, and machine learning. From 2011-2016 he was at Dolby leading/guiding research in audio, signal processing, haptics, machine learning, hearing augmentation, and standardization activities at ITU, SMPTE, AES. He co-founded the company Audyssey Laboratories in 2002 where he was VP of Research and responsible for inventing new technologies which were licensed to companies including IMAX, Denon, Audi, Sharp, etc. He also taught in the Department of Electrical Engineering at USC. Sunil has published over 50 technical papers and has over 20 patents in the area of signal processing applied to acoustics, neural networks and pattern recognition, and a textbook (Immersive Audio Signal Processing) from Springer-Verlag. He is a reviewer for papers at various conferences and journals. He has also been on the Organizing and Technical Program Committees of various conferences such as the 2008 and 2009 European Sig. Proc. Conference (EUSIPCO), the 57th AES Conference, SMPTE Conferences. He has also served as an invited tutorial speaker at the 2006 IEEE Conf. on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, the Acoustical Soc. of America (ASA), European Association for Signal and Image Processing (EURASIP), and the Audio Eng. Soc. (AES). Sunil is a PADI diver and enjoys playing the Didgeridoo.

    Host: Panos Georgiou and Shri Narayanan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Cathy Huang

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

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

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • CiSoft Seminar

    Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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    Speaker: Mr. Jim Crompton, Reflections Data Consulting Founder

    Talk Title: Is there an Autonomous Well in Your Future

    Series: CiSoft Seminar

    Host: CiSoft

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 306

    Audiences: Please RSVP: legat@usc.edu

    Contact: Juli Legat

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  • PhD Defense - Rui Miao

    Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

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    PhD Candidate: Rui Miao

    Committee: Minlan Yu (Chair), Ramesh Govindan, Konstantinos Psounis

    Title: Scaling-out Traffic Management in the Cloud


    Abstract:

    Managing cloud traffic is challenging due to its large and constantly growing traffic in scale and traffic anomalies. Network infrastructure and traffic management need to scale their capacity to such traffic growth and anomalies, or the application performance will suffer. Existing traffic management functions have so far focused on proprietary hardware appliances and software servers. However, with limited capacity and/or fixed functionality, those solutions incur a high cost, low performance, and high management complexity.

    In this thesis, we argue that we should scale-out traffic management functions for the full throughput of datacenter networks. The key idea of this thesis is to leverage the hardware switches with line-rate packet processing and the emerging programmability to directly build advanced functionaries. We have scaled-out three major traffic management functions: load balancing, attack mitigation, and congestion control. Our evaluation shows a high performance and cost-efficiency from our solutions.

    Location: Charles Lee Powell Hall (PHE) - 631

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • From Gaussian Multiterminal Source Coding to Distributed Karhunen Loève Transform

    Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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    Speaker: Jun Chen, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University

    Talk Title: From Gaussian Multiterminal Source Coding to Distributed Karhunen Loève Transform

    Series: Joint Seminar Series Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems and CommNetS-MHI Seminar Series

    Abstract: Characterizing the rate-distortion region of Gaussian multiterminal source coding is a longstanding open problem in network information theory. In this talk, I will show how to obtain new conclusive results for this problem using nonlinear analysis and convex relaxation techniques. A byproduct of this line of research is an efficient algorithm for determining the optimal distributed Karhunen-“Loève transform in the high-resolution regime, which partially settles a question posed by Gastpar, Dragotti, and Vetterli. I will also introduce a generalized version of the Gaussian multiterminal source coding problem where the source-encoder connections can be arbitrary. It will be demonstrated that probabilistic graphical models offer an ideal mathematical language for describing how the performance limit of a generalized Gaussian multiterminal source coding system depends on its topology, and more generally they can serve as the long-sought platform for systematically integrating the existing achievability schemes and converse arguments. The architectural implication of our work for low-latency lossy source coding will also be discussed. This talk is based on joint work with Jia Wang, Farrokh Etezadi, and Ashish Khisti.

    Biography: Jun Chen received the B.E. degree with honors in communication engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, in 2001 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 2004 and 2006, respectively. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, from September 2005 to July 2006, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, from July 2006 to August 2007. Since September 2007 he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada, where he is currently an Associate Professor and a Joseph Ip Distinguished Engineering Fellow. His research interests include information theory, machine learning, wireless communications, and signal processing. He received the Josef Raviv Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2006, the Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario in 2010, and the IBM Faculty Award in 2010. He served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory from 2014 to 2016.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • John Laufer Lecture

    Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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    Speaker: Charles Meneveau, Louis M. Sardella Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

    Talk Title: New Analytical Models for Turbulence Spectra and Turbine Wakes in Wind Farms

    Abstract: Reduced order, analytically tractable models remain an important tool in the wind energy area, both for design and control purposes. In this presentation we focus on two fluid mechanical themes relevant to wind farm design and control. The first topic deals with spectral characteristics of the fluctuations in power generated by an array of wind turbines in a wind farm. We show that modeling of the spatio-temporal structure of canonical turbulent boundary layers coupled with variants of the Kraichnan's random sweeping hypothesis can be used to develop analytical predictions of the frequency spectrum of power fluctuations of wind farms. In the second part we describe a simple (deterministic) dynamic wake model, its use for wind farm control, and its extension to the case of yawed wind turbines. The work to be presented arose from collaborations with Juliaan Bossuyt, Johan Meyers, Richard Stevens, Michael Wilczek, Laura Lukasen, Michael Howland, Carl Shapiro and Dennice Gayme. We are grateful for National Science Foundation support.

    Biography: Charles Meneveau is the Louis M. Sardella Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and is Associate Director of the Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) at Hopkins. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Valparaíso, Chile, in 1985 and M.S, M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University in 1987, 1988 and 1989, respectively. During 1989/90 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford. He has been on the Johns Hopkins faculty since 1990. His area of research is focused on understanding and modeling hydrodynamic turbulence, and complexity in fluid mechanics in general. The insights that have emerged from Professor Meneveau's work have led to new numerical models for Large Eddy Simulations (LES) and applications in engineering and environmental flows, including wind farms. He also focuses on developing methods to share the very large data sets that arise in computational fluid dynamics. He is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and served (until 2015) for 13 years as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Turbulence. Professor Meneveau is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (2018), a foreign corresponding member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences (2005), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, the U.S. American Physical Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He received an honorary doctorate from the Danish Technical University (in 2016), the inaugural Stanley Corrsin Award from the American Physical Society (2011), the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association's Excellence in Teaching Award (2003), and the APS' François N. Frenkiel Award for Fluid Mechanics (2001).

    Host: Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Ashleen Knutsen

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  • CAIS Seminar: Dr. Edward Kaplan (Yale) – Adventures in Policy Modeling!

    Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Edward Kaplan, Yale

    Talk Title: Adventures in Policy Modeling!

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

    Abstract: Policy Modeling refers to the application of operations research, statistics, and other quantitative methods to model policy problems. Recognizing that analyses of all sorts often exhibit diminishing returns in insight to effort, the hope is to capture key features of various policy issues with relatively simple 'first-strike' models. Problem selection and formulation thus compete with the mathematics of solution methods in determining successful applications: where do good problems come from? How can analysts tell if a particular issue is worth pursuing? In addressing these questions, Dr. Kaplan will review some personal adventures in policy modeling selected from public housing, HIV/AIDS prevention, bioterror preparedness, suicide bombings and counterterrorism, in vitro fertilization, predicting presidential elections, and sports.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium


    Biography: Dr. Edward H. Kaplan is the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Operations Research, Public Health, and Engineering at Yale. An elected member of both the National Academies of Engineering and Medicine, his research in HIV prevention and counterterrorism has been recognized with the Lanchester Prize, the Edelman Award, and numerous other awards in operations research and public health. Dr. Kaplan was the President of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) during 2016, where he preferred the title 'Member in Chief.'


    Host: Milind Tambe

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 123

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • Philadelphia, PA - Admitted Student Program

    Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    These Admitted Student Programs, hosted by the Undergraduate Admission Office, provide admitted students and their families an opportunity to meet admission counselors, representatives from academic departments, alumni, and you will have the opportunity to meet other admitted students from your local area. Viterbi and University Admission counselors will be there to answer any questions you might have, tell you more about campus life and your specific academic program, and welcome you to the Trojan Family. The program will last approximately two hours.

    We love seeing our newly admitted students in person! if you live in or near a city we will be visiting, we encourage you to join us!

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    Location: Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, 4200 City Avenue

    Audiences: Admitted Students and Their Families

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • ASBME GM 9:Shaping the Future: Engineer-driven Biotech Industry with KGI

    Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Interested in working in the medical field? ASBME is collaborating with SWE to host a panel with Keck School of Medicine where industry representatives and doctors from Keck will be speaking about how engineers are revolutionizing the biotech industry! If you are premed or even just looking to learn how your engineering skills can help others, this is the event for you!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 227

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • CiSoft Seminar

    Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 11:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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    Speaker: Mr. Jim Crompton, Reflections Data Consulting Founder

    Talk Title: Is there an Autonomous Well in Your Future

    Series: CiSoft Seminar

    Host: CiSoft

    Location: 306

    Audiences: Please RSVP: legat@usc.edu

    Contact: Juli Legat

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