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  • Beijing, China - Admitted Student Reception

    Thu, Apr 18, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    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

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • Repeating EventExplore USC - Admitted Student Day

    Thu, Apr 18, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    Explore USC is the most comprehensive campus visit program for admitted students. It is a full-day program that allows you to interact with dozens of our current students, tour the campus, learn more about financial aid, gives you opportunities to sit in on classes, and start the morning with the Viterbi School of Engineering.

    Your time with us in the Viterbi School will take you through an informative session on our academic programs. We will arrange a meeting with faculty from the major you are interested in as well as engineering facility tours of that same area. For lunch we will have you hanging out with some of our engineering students for a few hours, eating in the dinning facilities, seeing the residence halls, but most importantly experiencing the full USC atmosphere.

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

    Audiences: Admitted Students & Family Members

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    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • Individual Grammar Tutorials

    Thu, Apr 18, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Viterbi graduate and undergraduate students are invited to sign up for individual grammar assistance from professors at the Engineering Writing Program. Sign up for one-on-one individual sessions here: http://bit.ly/grammaratUSC

    Questions? Email helenhch@usc.edu

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 106

    Audiences: Graduate and Undergraduate Students

    Contact: Helen Choi

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

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

    Thu, Apr 18, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Prof. Marco Pavone, Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University

    Talk Title: Autonomous Mobility-on-Demand Systems for Future Urban Mobility

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

    Abstract: In this talk I will discuss the operational and societal aspects of autonomous mobility-on-demand (AMoD) systems, a rapidly developing mode of transportation wherein mobility is provided on demand by robotic, self-driving vehicles. Specifically, I will discuss AMoD systems along three dimensions: (1) modeling, namely mathematical frameworks capable of capturing the salient dynamic and stochastic features of customer demand, (2) control, that is coordination algorithms for the vehicles aimed at throughput maximization, and (3) societal, entailing system-level studies characterizing the interaction between AMoD and other infrastructures, such as the electric power and public transit networks. I will conclude the talk by presenting a number of directions for future research.

    Biography: Dr. Marco Pavone is an Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, where he is the Director of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory and Co-Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford. Before joining Stanford, he was a Research Technologist within the Robotics Section at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010. His main research interests are in the development of methodologies for the analysis, design, and control of autonomous systems, with an emphasis on self-driving cars, autonomous aerospace vehicles, and future mobility systems. He is a recipient of a number of awards, including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Barack Obama, an ONR YIP Award, an NSF CAREER Award, and a NASA Early Career Faculty Award. He was identified by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) as one of America's 20 most highly promising investigators under the age of 40. His work has been recognized with best paper nominations or awards at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, at the Field and Service Robotics Conference, at the Robotics: Science and Systems Conference, at the ROBOCOMM Conference, and at NASA symposia. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Control Systems Magazine.

    Host: Paul Bogdan

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 109

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • NL-Seminar-Learning Neural Network Hyperparameters for Machine Translation

    Thu, Apr 18, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Kenton Murray, Notre Dame Univ.

    Talk Title: Learning Neural Network Hyperparameters for Machine Translation

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: In recent years, Neural Networks have reached state-of-the-art performance in a variety of NLP tasks, including Machine Translation. However, these methods are very sensitive to selecting optimal hyperparameters. Frequently this is done by large scale experimentation often through grid or random searches. However, this is computationally expensive and time consuming. In this talk, I will present a few methods for learning hyperparameters during the training process. Thus, instead of training multiple networks with different hyperparameters, we only need to train one network without large grid search experiments. Our methods yield comparable, and often better, results, but at a faster experimentation rate.

    Biography: Kenton Murray is a 5th year PhD Candidate at the University of Notre Dame working with David Chiang on methods for improving Neural Machine Translation for Low Resource and Morphologically Rich Language Pairs. Prior to ND, he was a Research Associate at the Qatar Computing Research Institute focusing on Arabic Machine Translation. He holds a Master's in Language Technologies from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor's in Computer Science from Princeton University.

    Host: Xusen Yin

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

    Webcast: https://bluejeans.com/s/6_8UO

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - CR #689

    WebCast Link: https://bluejeans.com/s/6_8UO

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Peter Zamar

    Event Link: https://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar

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  • Best Dissertation Symposium

    Thu, Apr 18, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Doctoral Programs

    Receptions & Special Events

    All are invited to attend the 5th Annual Viterbi Best Dissertation Symposium. 4 Ph.D. graduates will present their research for a chance to win the William F. Ballhaus, Jr. Prize for Excellence in Graduate Engineering Research, which includes a $10,000 award!

    The finalists for the 2019 William F. Ballhaus, Jr. Prize for Excellence in Graduate Engineering Research are:

    Brendan Colvert
    Aerospace Engineering
    Dissertation Chair: Dr. Eva Kanso
    Dissertation Title: Physics-based and data-driven models for bio-inspired flow sensing and motion planning

    Wolfgang Hoenig
    Computer Science
    Dissertation Chair: Dr. Nora Ayanian
    Dissertation Title: Motion Coordination for Large Multi-Robot Teams in Obstacle-Rich Environments

    Yuan Hu
    Astronautical Engineering
    Dissertation Chair: Dr. Joseph Wang
    Dissertation Title: Kinetic Studies of Collisionless Mesothermal Plasma Flow Dynamics

    Shanyuan Niu
    Materials Science
    Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jayakanth Ravidchandran
    Dissertation Title: Perovskite Chalcogenides: Emerging Semiconductors for Visible to Infrared Optoelectronics

    RSVP requested by April 16 via https://viterbigrad.usc.edu/news-and-events/best-dissertation-symposium/

    The award winner will be recognized at the Viterbi Ph.D. Hooding and Awards Ceremony on May 9, 2019.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Jennifer Gerson

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  • PhD Defense - Jens Windau

    Thu, Apr 18, 2019 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    Ph.D. Defense - Jens Windau
    Thu, April 18, 2019
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location: MCB 102

    Smart Monitoring and Autonomous Situation Classification of Humans and Machines

    PhD Candidate: Jens Windau
    Date, Time, and Location: Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm in MCB 102
    Committee: Prof. Laurent Itti (chair), Prof. Bartlett Mel, and Prof. Hao Li


    Emerging wearable and cloud-connected sensor technologies offer new sensor placement options on the human body and machines. This opens new opportunities to explore cyber robotics algorithms (sensors and human motor plant) and smart manufacturing algorithms (sensors and manufacturing equipment). These algorithms process motion sensor data and provide situation awareness for a wide range of applications. Smart management and training systems assist humans in day-to-day living routines, healthcare and sports. Machines benefit from smart monitoring in manufacturing, retail machinery, transportation, and construction safety. During my PhD Research, I have developed several approaches for motion analysis and classification. (1) A situation awareness system (SAS) for head-mounted smartphones to respond to user activities (e.g., disable incoming phone calls in elevators, activate video recording while car driving), (2) a filter for head-mounted sensors (HOS) to allow full-body motion capturing by removing interfering head-motions, (3) an Inertial Machine Monitoring System (IMMS) to detect equipment failure or degraded states of a 3D-Printer, and (4) a "Smart Teaching System" (STS) for targeted motion feedback to refine physical tasks. To capture real-world sensor data, we designed hardware prototypes or used state-of-the-art wearable technology. We developed novel sensor fusion algorithms, implemented feature extraction methods based on gist, statistics, physics, frequency diagrams and validated classifiers: SAS achieved high accuracy (81.5%) when distinguishing between 20 real-world activities. HOS reduced the positional error of a traveled distance below 2.5 % with head-mounted sensors for pedestrian dead reckoning applications. IMMS yielded 11-way classification accuracy over 99% when distinguishing between normal operation vs. 10 types of real-world abnormal equipment behavior. STS demonstrated that combining motion sensors and provide targeted feedback yield significantly improved golf swing training (3.7x increased performance score).

    Location: 102

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Thu, Apr 18, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Gustavo A. Fimbres Weihs, PhD, CONACYT Research Fellow - ITSON, Dept. of Water & Environmental Sciences, Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora

    Talk Title: Reducing the impacts of biofouling in RO through membrane modifications and hydrodynamics -“ Dealing with water scarcity in Sonora, Mexico

    Abstract: Water scarcity affects many regions of the world that already face issues with water supply. The state of Sonora, Mexico, is constantly afflicted by physical water scarcity, and this has led to social conflict in recent years. This work summarizes recent results of the CONACyT Fellowship Research Project at ITSON, which aims to improve the understanding of reverse osmosis membrane biofouling, specifically for the Pacific coast of Mexico, and develop strategies for reducing its impact on seawater desalination. Both experimental and numerical (CFD) efforts are underway. Through the analysis of the microbiological composition and seasonal variability of water from the Sea of Cortez, native seawater bacterium strain (Bacillus halotolerans MCC1) has been isolated and used for accelerated biofouling experiments. The suitability of iron nanoparticles (FeNPs) and graphene oxide (GO) for reducing biofouling has been tested. CFD simulations have been performed to test forced transient flow techniques for improving mass transfers in membrane modules, and for designing novel spacer geometries through 3D printing techniques. Moreover, the use of solar energy for desalination is being assessed and optimized. By means of this multi-prong approach, the aim is to reduce costs and make RO desalination an accessible technology for dealing with water scarcity in Sonora.

    Biography: Dr. Gustavo Fimbres Weihs received his B.Eng. in Chemical and Systems Engineering in 2002 from Monterrey Tech, Campus Monterrey, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2008 from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), in Sydney, Australia, at the UNESCO Membrane Science and Technology Center. During his doctoral work he used numerical simulations of fluid dynamics (CFD) to analyze the flows within the membrane modules that are used for water treatment and desalination. He also worked on a desalination linkage project between the University of New South Wales and the European Union, as part of Framework Programme 6. From 2009 to 2014 he worked as a researcher for the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) in Australia, where he led the research into CO2 Transport Networks and co-led the development of a techno-economic model for the analysis of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects. He has collaborated on consultancy and feasibility studies conducted by CO2CRC. He is currently a CONACYT Research Fellow at the Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora (ITSON), where he leads collaborative research projects dealing with RO membrane biofouling (IHE-Delft), membrane modifications, solar energy use for desalination (CSIR-CSMCRI India) and CFD modelling of the hydrodynamics in membrane modules (UMP Malaysia). He is a board member of the Mexican Society of Membrane Science and Technology

    Host: Dr. Amy Childress

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • BME Maker Lab Open House

    Thu, Apr 18, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events

    BME faculty and students are invited to this introduction to the BME Maker Lab, a space for students to develop independent projects, to innovate and test ideas for biomedical devices and products.

    The facility is primarily for mechanical and electronic fabrication and testing, and will function as a gathering place for students to formulate ideas. The lab is aimed at undergraduate students, as well as graduate students who are also interested in working out independent projects, outside of their research.

    For further information about the BME Maker Lab, contact Jean-Michel Maarek at maarek@usc.edu.

    Location: Corwin D. Denney Research Center (DRB) - DRB 342, DRB 348, and DRB 351

    Audiences: Department of Biomedical Engineering faculty and students

    Contact: Greta Harrison

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  • Game Careers Industry Night

    Game Careers Industry Night

    Thu, Apr 18, 2019 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Join us for an exciting night of discussion about careers in the video game industry! Game programmers, level designers, producers, and consultants will be a part of our career panel. We hope you are able to join! All students are invited to attended.

    This event will be on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7p.m. in STU B3 at the USC Career Center. No RSVP required. Refreshments will be provided.

    This event is hosted by the Information Technology Program and is organized by Professor Tom Sloper. Professor Sloper brings his experience at Activision, Sega, Atari, and Yahoo to teach courses in video game design, production, and management at the Information Technology Program.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

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    Location: Gwynn Wilson Student Union (STU) - B3

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tim Gotimer

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