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  • Repeating EventKCLC Skill-Building For Success: Reading Strategies

    Tue, Apr 13, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Workshops & Infosessions

    KCLC Skill-Building Workshop Series

    The mission of the Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity (KCLC) is to apply and engage in research and training to serve individuals with diverse learning needs and to empower students to reach their full academic and creative potential.

    For this week's Reading Strategies: Acquire strategies for how to complete your course readings effectively and improve comprehension.

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95019147813

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: KCLC

  • Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Tue, Apr 13, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Josephine Carstensen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Freeform Structural Topology-Optimized Design for Advanced Manufacturing

    Abstract: Recent years have seen a rapid development within manufacturing technologies across length scales, easing the fabrication of increasingly complex material architectures, components and structures. As a consequence, there is now a need for novel engineering design methods that match the new manufacturing paradigm. Topology optimization offers a means to leverage the advanced manufacturing possibilities. It is a free-form design approach in which a formal optimization problem is posed and solved using mathematical programming. Although manufacturing has been revolutionized, there are still fabrication limitations. This talk focuses on the need for identifying the relevant material behaviors and manufacturing constraints and incorporating them within the design process.

    Recently, a large research focus has been on embedding the characteristics of 3D printing into topology optimization algorithms. This talk presents the first algorithm that incorporates the discrete nozzle size restrictions associated with material extrusion 3D printing processes such as fused Fused Filament Fabrication FFF and concrete 3D printing. The extrusion printing process consists of a nozzle that moves across the build plate and deposits the extruded material on a 2D slice of the design. If the nozzle has a discrete size, the thickness of any member must consist of a discrete number of nozzle passes. This work uses a density-based topology optimization approach in which the manufacturing constraint is implicitly embedded in the filtering operation. Design solutions are shown to fulfill the nozzle restriction constraint on several benchmark examples.

    Despite the advances in construction technologies, there has been little research focused on developments and application of topology optimization to civil structures. This talk will introduce and discuss design frameworks for structural systems and components made of both timber-steel and reinforced concrete. A framework to design timber-steel trusses with minimized embodied carbon will be presented. Additionally, designs for plain and reinforced concrete beams are obtained, constructed and experimentally tested in efforts to show how topology-optimized designs can achieve performance improvements without requiring a high structural complexity.

    Biography: Josephine Carstensen is an Assistant Professor in the Department Civil and Environment Engineering at MIT. She leads the top-ad research group and her research revolve around the engineering question of how we design the structures of the future? Her work spans from development of computational design frameworks for various structural types and design scenarios over experimental investigations that are used to inform necessary algorithmic considerations.

    Dr. Carstensen is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award 2021. She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 2017 and holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. from the Technical University of Denmark.

    Host: Dr. Roger Ghanem

    Location: Zoom: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97228056404; Meeting ID: 972 2805 6404: Passcode: 864779

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

  • Repeating EventKCLC Online Drop-In

    Tue, Apr 13, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Workshops & Infosessions

    KCLC Online Drop-In

    The mission of the Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity (KCLC) is to apply and engage in research and training to serve individuals with diverse learning needs and to empower students to reach their full academic and creative potential.

    All students welcome! No RSVP needed!

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92571867937

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: KCLC

  • Mixing Light and Sound in Integration Photonics

    Tue, Apr 13, 2021 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Prof. Peter Rakich, Yale University

    Talk Title: Mixing Light and Sound in Integration Photonics

    Host: Electrical and Computer Engineering: Wade Hsu, Mercedeh Khajavikhan, Michelle Povinelli, Constantine Sideris, and Wei Wu

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqcuuprD4oE9ZVf6lwC_KIX9-3i55nMAMV

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    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Jennifer Ramos/Electrophysics

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqcuuprD4oE9ZVf6lwC_KIX9-3i55nMAMV

  • Repeating EventUndergraduate Advisement Drop-in Hours

    Tue, Apr 13, 2021 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Do you have a quick question? The CS advisement team will be available for drop-in live chat advisement for declared undergraduate students in our four majors during the spring semester on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm Pacific Time. Access the live chat on our website at: https://www.cs.usc.edu/chat/

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Undergrad

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

  • AME Admitted Student Faculty Roundtable

    Tue, Apr 13, 2021 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Are you a recently admitted USC Viterbi Student? Join us for this discussion by professors from the Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering (AME) department. Your faculty hosts will discuss their own academic background, an introduction to the discipline, degree curriculum, research areas, jobs after graduation, and more. The event will wrap up with an audience Q&A.

    Registration is required for this admitted student event: https://applyto.usc.edu/register/ame-roundtable

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Admitted Students

    Contact: Michael Cox

  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Apr 13, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Enrique Mallada, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

    Talk Title: Incentive Analysis and Coordination Design for Multi-Timescale Electricity Markets

    Host: Prof. Suvrajeet Sen

    More Information: April 13, 2021.pdf

    Location: Online/Zoom

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

  • CS Distinguished Lecture: Tuomas Sandholm (Carnegie Mellon University, Strategy Robot, Inc., Optimized Markets, Inc., Strategic Machine, Inc.) - What Can and Should Humans Contribute to Superhuman AIs?

    Tue, Apr 13, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Tuomas Sandholm, Carnegie Mellon University, Strategy Robot, Inc., Optimized Markets, Inc., Strategic Machine, Inc.

    Talk Title: What Can and Should Humans Contribute to Superhuman AIs?

    Series: Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: I will discuss what humans can and should contribute to superhuman AIs-”not general ones intended to be like humans, but ones for specific applications that make the world a better place. I will discuss how the application should drive research. I will present extensive experiences from having fielded superhuman AIs for combinatorial markets, organ exchanges, and imperfect-information game settings. I will discuss inventing and scoping novel AI applications. I will discuss how humans should supply the value framework while leaving policy optimization and combinatorics for AI. I will cover a framework that separates those ends and means, and conducts future-aware optimization in very-large-scale dynamic problems in a scalable way. I will wonder about the future of science when theorems (not just proofs) and empirical theories need to be so long that they are beyond human comprehension. I will discuss human overconfidence in humans over AI. I will discuss what explainability could be and why in many AI applications it should not be required. Finally, I will suggest flipping ethics around from an ex post discussion activity to a system-design discipline that I coin pre-design ethics.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:


    After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Biography: Tuomas Sandholm is Angel Jordan University Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and a serial entrepreneur. His research focuses on the convergence of artificial intelligence, economics, and operations research. He is Co-Director of CMU AI. He is Founder and Director of the Electronic Marketplaces Laboratory.

    In parallel with his academic career, he was Founder, Chairman, first CEO, and CTO/Chief Scientist of CombineNet, Inc. from 1997 until its acquisition in 2010. During this period the company commercialized over 800 of the world's largest-scale generalized combinatorial multi-attribute auctions, with over $60 billion in total spend and over $6 billion in generated savings. He is Founder and CEO of Optimized Markets, Inc., which is bringing a new optimization-powered paradigm to advertising campaign sales, scheduling, and pricing in linear and nonlinear TV, display, streaming, and cross-media advertising.

    Since 2010, his algorithms have been running the national kidney exchange for UNOS, where they make the kidney exchange transplant plan for 80% of U.S. transplant centers together each week. He also co-invented never-ending altruist-donor-initiated chains, which have become the main modality of kidney exchange worldwide and have led to around 10,000 life-saving transplants. He invented liver lobe and multi-organ exchanges, and the first liver-kidney swap took place in 2019.

    He has developed the leading algorithms and pipelines for several general game classes. The team he leads is the multi-time world champion in AI-vs-AI heads-up no-limit Texas hold'em, the main benchmark and decades-open challenge problem for application-independent algorithms for imperfect-information games. Their AI Libratus became the first and only AI to beat top humans at that game. Then their AI Pluribus became the first and only AI to beat top humans at the multi-player game. That is the first superhuman milestone in any game beyond two-player zero-sum games. He is Founder and CEO of Strategic Machine, Inc., which provides solutions for strategic reasoning in business and gaming applications. He is Founder and CEO of Strategy Robot, Inc., which focuses on defense, intelligence, and other government applications.

    Among his honors are the Minsky Medal, Engelmore Award, Computers and Thought Award, inaugural ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award, CMU's Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence, Sloan Fellowship, NSF Career Award, Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence, Edelman Laureateship, and Goldman Sachs 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. He is Fellow of the ACM, AAAI, and INFORMS. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich.

    Host: Bistra Dilkina, USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS)

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xhADAX7FRt-eiAg2fCI5bQ

    Location: Online Zoom Webinar

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xhADAX7FRt-eiAg2fCI5bQ

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Tue, Apr 13, 2021 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    DEN@Viterbi, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Join USC Viterbi School of Engineering for a virtual information session via WebEx, providing an introduction to DEN@Viterbi, our top ranked online delivery system. Discover the 40+ graduate engineering and computer science programs available entirely online.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives during the session to discuss the admission process, program details and the benefits of online delivery for the working professional.

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e16addd591a2b97927bfc57b166eb32e2

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs