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  • ECE-S Seminar - Dr Gokul Subramanian Ravi

    Mon, Apr 17, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr Gokul Subramanian Ravi, Postdoctoral Scholar | University of Chicago

    Talk Title: A Hybrid Computing Ecosystem For Practical Quantum Advantage

    Abstract: As quantum computing transforms from lab curiosity to technical reality, we must unlock its full potential to enable meaningful benefits on real-world applications with imperfect quantum technology. Achieving this vision requires computer architects to play a key role, leveraging classical computing principles to build and facilitate a hybrid computing ecosystem for practical quantum advantage.
    First, I will introduce my four research thrusts toward building this hybrid ecosystem: Classical Application Transformation, Adaptive Noise Mitigation, Scalable Error Correction and Efficient Resource Management.
    Second, from the Classical Application Transformation thrust, I will present "CAFQA: A classical simulation bootstrap for variational quantum algorithms", which enables accurate classical initialization for VQAs by searching efficiently through the classically simulable portion of the quantum space with Bayesian Optimization. CAFQA recovers as much as 99.99% of the accuracy lost in prior state-of-the-art classical initialization, with mean improvements of 56x.
    Third, from the Scalable Error Correction thrust, I will present "Clique: Better than worst-case decoding for quantum error correction", which proposes the Clique QEC decoder for cryogenic quantum systems. Clique is a lightweight cryo-decoder for decoding and correcting common trivial errors, so that only the rare complex errors are handled outside the cryo-refrigerator. Clique eliminates 90-99+% of the cryo-refrigerator I/O decoding bandwidth, while supporting more than a million physical qubits.
    Finally, I will conclude with an overview of other prior and ongoing work, along with my future research vision toward practical quantum advantage.

    Biography: Gokul Subramanian Ravi is a 2020 NSF CI Fellows postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago, mentored by Prof. Fred Chong. His research targets quantum computing architecture and systems, primarily on themes at the intersection of quantum and classical computing. He received his PhD in computer architecture from UW-Madison in 2020 and was advised by Prof. Mikko Lipasti. He was awarded the 2020 Best ECE Dissertation Award from UW-Madison and named a 2019 Rising Star in Computer Architecture. His quantum and classical computing research have resulted in publications at top computer architecture, systems, and engineering venues, as well as two granted and three pending patents. His co-authored work was recognized as the Best Paper at HPCA 2022 and as a 2023 IEEE Micro Top Picks Honorable Mention.

    Host: Dr Todd Brun, tbrun@usc.edu | Dr Christopher Torng, ctorng@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97436018617?pwd=OFJVQ2Y0aCtnT0JXTE9LeWJlaGlvQT09

    More Information: ECE Seminar Announcement 2023.03.27 - Gokul Subramanian Ravi.pdf

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - EEB 248

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97436018617?pwd=OFJVQ2Y0aCtnT0JXTE9LeWJlaGlvQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Miki Arlen

  • Volunteers Needed! Viterbi K-12 STEM Center Summer Camps

    Mon, Apr 17, 2023 @ 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Inspire the next generation of scientist and engineers by becoming a volunteer for the VIterbi K-12 STEM Center's youth summer camps. Volunteers are needed to help improve the overall operations and support elementary, middle school, and high school students with STEM-related projects and activities.

    Join the information session to learn more!

    Location: Online Event


    Contact: Noe Mora

    Event Link: https://engage.usc.edu/viterbi/rsvp?id=389085

  • PHD Thesis Proposal - Julie Jiang

    Mon, Apr 17, 2023 @ 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    University Calendar

    PHD Thesis Proposal: Julie Jiang

    Committee: Emilio Ferrara (Chair), Barath Raghavan, Su Jung Kim, Jesse Thomason, Kristina Lerman

    Title: Socially-infused Content Mining of Online Human Behavior

    The vast amount of data generated by human behavior online provides valuable insight into how people interact with one another and with digital environments. However, mining this data can be time-consuming and computationally intensive. This dissertation proposes a unified language and network model that leverages the concept of homophily to efficiently analyze large-scale human behavior. By identifying patterns in network interactions and linguistic styles, this model can characterize political polarization, detect hateful and toxic users, and quantify users based on their moral foundation leanings. The findings demonstrate how seemingly simple patterns in online behavior can offer a deeper understanding of human behavior in digital environments. I apply this model to a range of real-world problems, including characterizing political polarization, understanding social influence on networks of hateful users, and contextualizing user behavior based on their moral foundation leanings. The findings demonstrate how seemingly simple patterns in online behavior can offer a deeper understanding of human behavior in digital environments.

    Location: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96953099505?pwd=MDhJVFFSbDhuNnBWNm9JZjRFRUVjZz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Asiroh Cham

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96953099505?pwd=MDhJVFFSbDhuNnBWNm9JZjRFRUVjZz09

  • Petroleum Engineering Master's & Grad Certificate Programs w/ Prof. Ershaghi

    Mon, Apr 17, 2023 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Join USC Viterbi School of Engineering for a webinar with Prof. Ershaghi who will highlight the Master's and Graduate Certificate programs in Petroleum Engineering. The webinar will include program details, USC Viterbi's DEN@Viterbi online delivery option, admission requirements, a live Q&A session and more!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/weblink/register/ra6843185c4d9273317bb5398d470a56f

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

  • Alfred E.Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering - Seminar series

    Mon, Apr 17, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Andrew Holle, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore, PI, Mechanobiology Institute

    Talk Title: Stem Cell Migration and Differentiation in Confining Microenvironments

    Host: Peter Yingxiao Wang- Chair of Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    More Info: zoom link available upon request

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Carla Stanard

    Event Link: zoom link available upon request

  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Haidong Zhu

    Mon, Apr 17, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    University Calendar

    Title: Body Shape Reconstruction for Video-based Person Identification

    Committee: Ram Nevatia (Chair), Ulrich Neumann, Mohammad Soleymani, Stefanos Nikolaidis, Antonio Ortega

    Date: Monday April 17, 2pm PST

    Abstract: The recognition of individuals in videos is a crucial task in connecting video clips of the same person captured by multiple non-overlapping cameras. While image-based person identification mainly relies on the person's appearance, video-based identification can exploit additional external information, such as walking poses and general body shape, leading to less biased identification results. However, changes in body shape due to clothing and camera views can negatively impact such biometrics. To address this limitation, we propose reconstructing 3-D human body shapes across frames to provide consistency and invariance to view changes, improving identification accuracy and robustness. Existing 3-D body shape reconstruction methods typically focus on frame-by-frame reconstruction and fail to leverage the consistency between frames. In this proposal, we aim to enhance body shape reconstruction and representation of objects and body. Additionally, we will extend these methods to reconstruct body shapes in videos and utilize this information to aid person identification. Our proposed approach leverages temporal information between frames and utilizes body shape information for identification assistance, with the goal of improving identification accuracy.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94346121440?pwd=S3JSVVRpTFc5WFB5THEvWE9TTEhSQT09