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  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Fri, Apr 13, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    University Calendar

    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!


    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen (HS Juniors and Younger) & Family Members

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

  • Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Preview Day

    Fri, Apr 13, 2018 @ 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events

    Prospective students interested in pursuing a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in the field of Biomedical Engineering are invited to visit the USC Viterbi School and attend Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Preview Day.
    Attendees will:

    -meet with Viterbi faculty, staff and current students
    -tour USC Campus in Los Angeles, California
    -learn more about the research areas in Biomedical Engineering
    -Attend segments of the Grodins Research Symposium
    -receive an application fee waiver

    Advance registration is required. RSVP

    Audiences: Prospective students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in the field of Biomedical Engineering

    Contact: Graduate & Professional Programs


    Fri, Apr 13, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Joseph Greenfield, Associate Professor of Information Technology Practice at USC, Digital Forensics Consultant at Maryman & Associates

    Talk Title: Current Threats in Cybersecurity

    Host: Dr. Prata & EHP

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Su Stevens

  • Munushian Keynote Speaker - Dr. William Phillips - Nobel Laureate, Physics 1997, Friday, April 13th at 2pm in GER 124 Auditorium

    Fri, Apr 13, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. William Phillips, Joint Quantum Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology and University of Maryland

    Talk Title: Quantum Information: a scientific and technological revolution for the 21st century

    Abstract: Two of the great scientific and technical revolutions of the 20th century were the discovery of the quantum nature of the submicroscopic world, and the advent of information science and engineering. Both of these have had a profound effect not only on our daily lives but on our worldview. Now, at the beginning
    of the 21st century, we see a marriage of quantum mechanics and information science in a new revolution: quantum information. Quantum computation and quantum communication are two aspects of this revolution.
    The first is highly speculative: a new paradigm more different from today's digital computers than those computers are from the ancient abacus. The second is already a reality, providing information transmission whose security is guaranteed by the laws of physics. The JQI/NIST Laser Cooling and Trapping Group is studying the use of single, ultracold atoms as quantum bits, or qubits, for quantum information processing.

    Biography: William D. Phillips was born in 1948, in Wilkes-Barre PA, and attended public primary and secondary schools in Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. in
    Physics from Juniata College in 1970 and a Ph.D. from MIT in 1976. After two years as a Chaim Weizmann postdoctoral fellow at MIT, he joined the staff of the
    National Institute of Standards and Technology (then the National Bureau of Standards) in 1978. He is currently leader of the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group in the Quantum Measurement Division of NIST's Physical Measurement Laboratory, and a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute, a cooperative research organization of NIST and the University of Maryland that is devoted to the study of quantum coherent phenomena. At the JQI he is the co-director of an NSF-funded Physics Frontier Center focusing on quantum phenomena that span different subfields of physics.
    The research group led by Dr. Phillips at NIST has been responsible for developing some of the main techniques now used for laser-cooling and cold-atom experiments in laboratories around the world, including the deceleration of atomic beams, magnetic trapping of atoms, the storage and manipulation of cold atoms with optical lattices, and the coherent manipulation of Bose-Einstein condensates. In 1988 the NIST group discovered that laser cooling could reach temperatures much lower than had been predicted by theory, a result that led to a new understanding of laser cooling and contributed to many of the subsequent developments in cold atomic gases. Early achievements included reaching laser-cooling temperatures within a millionth of a degree of Absolute Zero. Today, the group pursues research in laser cooling and trapping; Bose-Einstein condensation; atom optics; collisions of cold atoms; quantum information processing; cold atoms in optical lattices; production and transmission of non-classical light; and the study of cold-atom analogs to condensed matter systems. Phillips and colleagues demonstrated the first "atomic fountain" clock as proposed by Zacharias. Such clocks, as realized in other laboratories, have become the primary time standards for world timekeeping.
    Dr. Phillips is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Fellow and Honorary Member of the Optical Society of America, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a corresponding member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of the Gold Medal of the U. S. Department of Commerce (1993), the Michelson Medal of the Franklin Institute (1996), the Schawlow Prize of the American Physical Society (1998), and the Service to America Medal, Career Achievement Award 2006. In 1997, Dr. Phillips shared the Nobel Prize in Physics "for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light."

    Host: EE-Electrophysics

    More Info: minghsiehee.usc.edu/about/lectures

    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - 124

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Fri, Apr 13, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Prof. John Seinfeld, California Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Aerosols and Climate

    Abstract: See attachment

    More Information: John Seinfeld seminar announcement.pdf

    Location: Ray R. Irani Hall (RRI) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

  • NL Seminar- Finding memory in time

    Fri, Apr 13, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Yuanhang Su , USC

    Talk Title: Finding memory in time

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: For a large number of natural language processing NLP problems, we are concerned with finding semantic patterns from input sequences. In recurrent neural network RNN based approach, such pattern is encoded in a vector called hidden state. Since Elmans Finding structure in time published in 1990, it has long been believed that the magic power of RNNs memory, which is enclosed inside the hidden state, can handle very long sequences. Yet besides some experimental observations, there is no formal definition of RNNs memory, let alone a rigid mathematical analysis of how RNNs memory forms.

    This talk will focus on understanding memory from two viewpoints. The first viewpoint is that memory is a function that maps certain elements in the input sequences to the current output. Such definition, for the first time in literature, allows us to do detailed analysis of the memory of simple RNN SRN, long short term memory ELSTM, and gated recurrent unit GRU. It also opens the door for further improving the existing RNN basic models. The end results are the proposal of a new basic RNN model called extended LSTM ELSTM with outstanding performance for complex language tasks, and a new macro RNN model called dependent bidirectional RNN DBRNN with smaller cross entropy than bidirectional RNN BRNN and encoderdecoder enc dec models. The second viewpoint is that memory is a compact representation of sparse sequential data. From this perspective, the process of generating hidden state of RNN is simply dimension reduction. Thus, method like principal component analysis PCA which does not require labels for training becomes attractive. However, there are two known problems in implementing PCA for NLP problems: the first is computational complexity; the second is vectorization of sentence data for PCA. To deal with this problem, an efficient dimension reduction algorithm called tree structured multi linear PCA is proposed.

    Biography: Yuanhang Su received the dual B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation and Electronic and Electrical Engineering from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K. and Shanghai University of Electric Power, Shanghai, China, respectively in 2009, and the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, in 2010. From 2011 to 2015, he worked as image video camera software and algorithm engineer for a Los Angeles startup named Exaimage, Shanghai Aerospace Electronics Technology Institute in China and Huawei Technology in China consecutively. He joined MCL lab in 2016 spring, and is currently pursing his Ph.D. in computer vision, natural language processing and machine learning.

    Host: Nanyun Peng

    More Info: http://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Location: 11th Flr Conf Rm # 1135, Marina Del Rey

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Peter Zamar