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  • Admitted Student Explore USC #6

    Thu, Apr 21, 2022 @ 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    We are thrilled to finally be able to meet you on campus at one of our admitted student events. During the month of April, we have seven weekday events (each called Explore USC), as well as one full-day program (called Admitted Students Day) which is scheduled for a Sunday. Please only register for one event, either an Explore USC event during the week, or the Admitted Students Day on the weekend.

    Explore USC includes a Viterbi School overview, Faculty discussion from your major, lab/facility tour, lunch, and many opportunities to engage with current students.

    Register here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Thu, Apr 21, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for high school students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience. Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life. Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

    Register Here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Viterbi Admission

  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Hrayr Harutyunyan

    Thu, Apr 21, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    University Calendar

    Title: On information captured by neural networks: connections with memorization, generalization, and learning dynamics


    Despite their enormous capacity, modern neural networks generalize well. In this thesis proposal we use ideas from information theory to address various aspects of this phenomenon. We show that reducing label-noise information in network weights reduces memorization and improves generalization. We propose definitions for information content of data and introduce an efficient algorithm for estimating it. These definitions allow us to quantify amount of memorization of particular examples. Finally, we derive information-theoretic generalization gap bounds that depend on average information content of a single example. We demonstrate that these bounds are non-vacuous in the practical scenarios for deep learning.


    Aram Galstyan (advisor, CS)
    Greg Ver Steeg (advisor, CS)
    Haipeng Luo (CS)
    Bistra Dilkina (CS)
    Mahdi Soltanolkotabi (EE)

    Location: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95264586192?pwd=WEhERDNJcGJBblFCV2RwY29IWnJhQT09

    Date: Thursday, April 21, 11:00am-12:30pm.

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95264586192?pwd=WEhERDNJcGJBblFCV2RwY29IWnJhQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

  • Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Thu, Apr 21, 2022 @ 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Mr. Gerald Jerry Buckwalter, Chief Innovation Officer, American Society of Civil Engineers

    Talk Title: Future World Vision: Engineering the Future Built Environment

    Abstract: From climate change to autonomous vehicles, engineers are confronting a variety of environmental challenges, demographic shifts and technological changes that will require a drastic rethinking of how we build, operate, and maintain our infrastructure systems. Planning for the future is difficult for nearly every organization. ASCE decided to launch the Future World Vision project to help meet this challenge. We compiled and winnowed more than hundred global macrotrends to examine six important sociopolitical, economic, environmental, and technological trends as key drivers of change for future built infrastructure.

    Our desire is that the Future World Vision project will establish ASCE and civil engineers as bold thought leaders, provide a platform to envision the future built environment and ultimately optimize future system performance and the benefit to society, and be a next generation tool that interacts and resonates with those who will create the future built environment the next generation of civil engineers. The Future World Vision platform is an immersive computer model, using gaming engines, that will create virtual future worlds with evocative visuals, multiple characters and rich narratives that explore holistic city, community and neighborhood systems, including the cultural, social, economic, political, ethical and environmental aspects at different scales. This platform will enable engineers to ask the right questions about a future built environment that does not exist yet, contemplate solutions, postulate the resulting benefit to society well in advance of starting to design those solutions. This will enable us to better prepare engineers today for possible future needs and challenges.

    Biography: Gerald Jerry E. Buckwalter has more than 35 years of varied executive leadership in general management, business development, strategy and innovation, program operations and policy development. He has worked in infrastructure, electronics, information technology, commercial security, and technology services markets, spanning military, government, international and commercial domains.

    Mr. Buckwalter is the Chief Innovation Officer of ASCE and was formerly the Chief Operating and Strategy Officer. In that role, Jerry directs a forward-leaning strategic assessment and visualization project called Future World Vision where ASCE is creating a virtual and interactive computer model to assess potential built environments 50 years into the future. He also has his own consulting firm, Strategy Essentials, where he specializes in business, market, and technology strategic planning.

    Prior to joining ASCE, Mr. Buckwalter was a Northrop Grumman Corporate Director of Strategy. His responsibilities included reshaping the company business portfolio, mergers and acquisitions, long-term strategies, innovation initiatives and professional development. Jerry worked for many years coordinating company-wide homeland security business in border and transportation security, emergency preparedness and response, critical infrastructure protection and intelligence gathering.

    Mr. Buckwalter earned a degree in Physics from Monmouth University and has extensive continuing education at George Washington University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Host: Dr. Burcin Becerik

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91873923659 Meeting ID: 918 7392 3659 Pass: 975701

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91873923659 Meeting ID: 918 7392 3659 Pass: 975701

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

  • DEI Committee Meeting

    Thu, Apr 21, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events

    Bi-Weekly DEI Committee meeting for invited full-time Computer Science faculty only. Event details emailed directly to attendees.

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

  • DEN@Viterbi: How to Apply Virtual Info Session

    Thu, Apr 21, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    DEN@Viterbi, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Join USC Viterbi representatives for a step-by-step guide and tips for how to apply for formal admission into a Master's degree or Graduate Certificate program. The session is intended for individuals who wish to pursue a graduate degree program completely online via USC Viterbi's flexible online DEN@Viterbi delivery method.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives and ask questions about the admission process throughout the session.

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec4866a91bc21f96b3137175c2da515d6

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs