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Events for April 12, 2023

  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Apr 12, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 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: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526- Hybrid

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Systems Architecting & Engineering Master's & Grad Certificate Program w/ Prof. Madni

    Wed, Apr 12, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi School of Engineering for a webinar with Prof. Azad Madni who will highlight the Systems Architecting & Engineering graduate programs. The webinar will include program details, USC Viterbi\'s DEN@Viterbi online delivery option, admission requirements, a Q&A session and more!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/weblink/register/r53b5b32250ccdd7e35da0244f2455b1b

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Astronautical Engineering Master's & Grad Certificate Program w/ Prof. Gruntman

    Wed, Apr 12, 2023 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi School of Engineering for a webinar with Prof. Mike Gruntman who will highlight the Astronautical Engineering graduate programs. The webinar will include program details, USC Viterbi\'s DEN@Viterbi online delivery option, admission requirements, a Q&A session and more!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/weblink/register/r6bdd87b02dd363933a53ade0ac077f75

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • CS Colloquium: C. Mohan (Tsinghua University) - Query Optimization and Processing: Trends and Directions

    Wed, Apr 12, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: C. Mohan, Tsinghua University

    Talk Title: Query Optimization and Processing: Trends and Directions

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Query optimization and processing (QOP) have been a dominant component of relational database management systems ever since such systems emerged in the research and commercial space more than four decades ago. Technologies related to QOP have received widespread attention and have evolved significantly since the days of IBM Research\'s System R, the project which gave birth to the concept of cost-based query optimization. Having worked on various database management topics at the birthplace of the relational model and the SQL language, until my retirement 2 years ago as an IBM Fellow at IBM Research in Silicon Valley, I have observed at close quarters a great deal of work in QOP. In this talk, I will give a broad overview of QOP\'s evolution. I will discuss not only research trends but also trends in the commercial world. Work done in various organizations across the world will be covered.


    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Dr. C. Mohan is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in China, a Member of the inaugural Board of Governors of Digital University Kerala, and an Advisor of the Kerala Blockchain Academy (KBA) and the Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA) in India. He retired in June 2020 from being an IBM Fellow at the IBM Almaden Research Center in Silicon Valley. He was an IBM researcher for 38.5 years in the database, blockchain, AI and related areas, impacting numerous IBM and non-IBM products, the research and academic communities, and standards, especially with his invention of the well-known ARIES family of database locking and recovery algorithms, and the Presumed Abort distributed commit protocol.

    This IBM (1997-2020), ACM (2002-) and IEEE (2002-) Fellow has also served as the IBM India Chief Scientist (2006-2009). In addition to receiving the ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award (1996), the VLDB 10 Year Best Paper Award (1999) and numerous IBM awards, Mohan was elected to the United States and Indian National Academies of Engineering (2009), and named an IBM Master Inventor (1997). This Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Madras (1977) received his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin (1981). He is an inventor of 50 patents. During the last many years, he focused on Blockchain, AI, Big Data and Cloud technologies (https://bit.ly/sigBcP, https://bit.ly/CMoTalks). Since 2017, he has been an evangelist of permissioned blockchains and the myth buster of permissionless blockchains. During 1H2021, Mohan was the Shaw Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) where he taught a seminar course on distributed data and computing. In 2019, he became an Honorary Advisor to TNeGA for its blockchain and other projects.

    In 2020, he joined the Advisory Board of KBA. Since 2016, Mohan has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor of China\'s prestigious Tsinghua University. In 2021, he was inducted as a member of the inaugural Board of Governors of the new Indian university Digital University Kerala (DUK). Mohan has served on the advisory board of IEEE Spectrum, and on numerous conference and journal boards. During most of 2022, he was a non-employee consultant at Google with the title of Visiting Researcher. He has also been a Consultant to the Microsoft Data Team. Mohan is a frequent speaker in North America, Europe and Asia. He has given talks in 43 countries. He is highly active on social media and has a huge network of followers. More information can be found in the Wikipedia page at https://bit.ly/CMwIkP and his homepage at https://bit.ly/CMoDUK


    Host: Cyrus Shahabi

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 109

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Apr 12, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Kristen Davis, UC Irvine

    Talk Title: Large Amplitude Internal Wave Transformation Between 500m and the Surfzone

    Abstract: Internal waves strongly influence the physical and chemical environment of coastal ecosystems worldwide. We report novel observations from a dense and rapidly-sampling array spanning depths from 500 m to shore near Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea to track large amplitude internal solitary wave (ISW) shoaling, breaking, and runup. During the observational period incident ISW amplitudes ranged between 78 m and 146 m with propagation speeds between 1.40 m/s and 2.38 m/s. Fissioning ISWs generated larger trailing elevation waves when the thermocline was deep, and evolved into onshore propagating bores in depths near 100 m. Collapsing ISWs contained significant mixing and reduced upslope bore propagation. Bores on the shallow forereef drove bottom temperature variation in excess of 10 degrees Celsius and near-bottom cross-shore currents in excess of 0.4 m/s. Bores decelerated upslope, consistent with upslope two-layer gravity current theory, though runup extent, Xr, was offshore of the predicted gravity current location. Background stratification affected the bore runup, with Xr farther offshore when the Korteweg-de Vries nonlinearity coefficient, α, was negative. Fronts associated with the shoaling local internal tide, but equal in magnitude to the soliton-generated bores, were observed onshore of 20 m depth.

    Biography: Kristen Davis is an Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. She is an engineer and oceanographer who is interested in studying how physical processes shape coastal waters -“ combining principles of fluid mechanics, oceanography, and ecology. Kristen uses both field observations and numerical tools to examine circulation in the ocean, its natural variability, and influence on marine ecosystems and human-nature interactions. Kristen earned a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University in 2009 and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington. Her recent research is focused on understanding nonlinear internal wave dynamics and the feasibility of the large-scale, offshore cultivation of macroalgae for the production of biofuels and as a strategy to sequester carbon dioxide.

    Host: AME Department

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

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95805178776?pwd=aEtTRnQ2MmJ6UWE4dk9UMG9GdENLQT09

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 102

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95805178776?pwd=aEtTRnQ2MmJ6UWE4dk9UMG9GdENLQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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

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