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Events for April 17, 2019

  • Atlanta, GA - Admitted Student Reception

    Wed, Apr 17, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    University Calendar


    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!

    Once admitted, students can find the RSVP link in their USC Applicant Portal.

    Audiences: Admitted Students & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Repeating EventPreview USC - Admitted Student Half-Day

    Wed, Apr 17, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    University Calendar


    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.

    Once admitted, students can find the RSVP link in their USC Applicant Portal.

    Audiences: Admitted Students & Family Members

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series

    Wed, Apr 17, 2019 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Chi Wang, Founder and CEO of TerraQuanta

    Talk Title: Algorithm Development on Planetary Scale Dataset

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

    Abstract: Developing algorithms on satellite data and extracting information useful for industrial applications sounds straightforward, but when the dataset becomes multiple petabytes, life becomes hard in every aspect. In this talk, we will share our experiences in 1) How we deal with large remote sensing datasets with limited infrastructure, 2) How machine learning approach combines with HPC helps with algorithm development, 3) Our application cases, e.g. predicting total planted areas of soybeans to predict soybean futures price. The talk will be tailored for general audience with engineering backgrounds, and will not go deep into technical/mathematical details.

    Biography: Chi Wang obtained his B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2011, and later obtained his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of Southern California in 2016. After graduation, he founded TerraQuanta in China, a startup company developing AI platform to analyze multi-PB remote sensing data. TerraQuanta provides data engine of our physical earth with a particular focus on global agriculture. Dr. Wang has successfully raised several million USD from prestigious investors in China, also he is listed "30 under "30 by Forbes China and "30 under "30 by Hurun Report.

    Host: Edmond A Jonckheere

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - RTH 109

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Apr 17, 2019 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    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: Michelson 101

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series

    Wed, Apr 17, 2019 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Suman Chakravorty , Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University

    Talk Title: A Decoupling Principle in Stochastic Optimal Control and Its Implications

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

    Abstract: The problem of Stochastic Optimal Control is ubiquitous in Robotics and Control since it is the fundamental formulation for decision-making under uncertainty. The answer to the problem can be computed by solving an associated Dynamic Programming (DP) problem. Unfortunately, the DP paradigm is also synonymous with the infamous "Curse of Dimensionality (COD)", a phrase coined by the discoverer of the Dynamic Programming paradigm, Richard Bellman, nearly 60 years ago, to capture the fact that the computational complexity of solving a DP problem grows exponentially in the dimension of the state space of the problem.

    In this talk, we will introduce a newly discovered paradigm in stochastic optimal control, called Decoupling, that allows us to separate the design of the open and closed loops of a stochastic optimal control problem with continuous control space. This "Decoupled" solution allows us to break the COD inherent in DP problems, while remaining near-optimal, to third order, to the true stochastic control. The implications of the Decoupled design are examined in the context of Model Predictive Control (MPC) and Reinforcement Learning (RL). We shall introduce two algorithms, called the Trajectory Optimized Perturbation Feedback Control (T-PFC), and the Decoupled Data based Control(D2C), for the MPC and RL problems respectively. We shall also examine the consequences of the decoupling principle in partially observed/ belief space planning problems and present the Trajectory optimized Linear Quadratic Gaussian (T-LQG) algorithm.

    Biography: Suman Chakravorty obtained his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering in 1997 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2004. From August 2004- August 2010, he was an Assistant Professor with the Aerospace Engineering Department at Texas A&M University, College Station and since August 2010, he has been an Associate Professor in the department. Dr. Chakravorty's broad research interests lie in the estimation and control of stochastic dynamical systems with application to autonomous, distributed robotic mapping and planning, and situational awareness problems. He is a member of AIAA, ASME and IEEE. He is an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal on Dynamical Systems, Measurement and Control and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters.

    Host: Mihailo Jovanovic

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • GSBME Game Night

    Wed, Apr 17, 2019 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Student Activity


    Graduate students are invited to come along to this month's GSBME Game Night, in conjunction with the Graduate Association of Students in Physics. Bring along your board games and enjoy free food from Papa Cristo's.

    Location: Corwin D. Denney Research Center (DRB) - DRB 145

    Audiences: Graduate

    Posted By: Greta Harrison

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