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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Apr 24, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Arman Nadershahi, AMI, Sr. Director Corporate and Intellectual Property Counsel

    Talk Title: Microbiology with Therapy

    Biography: Mr. Nadershahi serves as Senior Director, Corporate and Intellectual Property Counsel. His expertise includes patent, trademark, and trade-secret protection and licensing; mergers and acquisitions; corporate law; raising capital for start-up companies; FDA regulatory affairs; quality assurance; competitive strategy and planning; product development; technology valuation and commercialization; and leadership.

    Prior to joining AMI-USC, Mr. Nadershahi practiced intellectual property law at Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP, where he focused on patent prosecution, licensing, and intellectual property litigation in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. Arman is also a co-founder and the CEO of Proa Medical, Inc., a spinout company from AMI-USC that commercializes medical devices for women's health.

    Mr. Nadershahi is a member of the State Bar of California, is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, has earned US and EU Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC-US & RAC-EU), is an ASQ Certified Biomedical Auditor (CBA), and is an ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organization Excellence (CMQ/OE).

    Mr. Nadershahi graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology and English Literature. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School, a Master of Science degree in Biological Science from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Science degree in Regulatory Science from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Marshall School of Business at USC.

    Mr. Nadershahi may be contacted at nadersha AT usc DOT edu.

    Host: Qifa Zhou

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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

    Mon, Apr 24, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dennice F. Gayme, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

    Talk Title: Quantifying efficiency and robustness in large-scale networks

    Abstract: Dynamical systems coupled over graphs arise in a number of applications from power grids to vehicle networks. These systems are most often characterized in terms of their stability. However, the performance of these networks is also of great importance as it often corresponds to system efficiency and robustness. In this talk, we discuss a broad class of performance measures for first and second order systems whose outputs are defined so that particular performance metrics can be quantified through the input-output H2 norm of the system. We first present results for systems with the same physical interconnection and communication graph structures. We discuss the effect of graph size and interconnection structure for two applications; characterizing transient real power losses in power grids and evaluating long range disorder in vehicular platoons with both relative and absolute velocity feedback. We then extend our results to vehicular networks with arbitrary physical arrangements and communication structures to demonstrate that our proposed suite of performance measures can be adapted to determine the minimum disturbance energy that is required to cause a collision between any two vehicles. Finally, we further explore the effect of graph structure by considering systems with directed communication graphs.

    Biography: Dennice F. Gayme is an Assistant Professor and the Carol Croft Linde Faculty Scholar in Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. She earned her B. Eng. & Society from McMaster University in 1997 and an M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998, both in Mechanical Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Control and Dynamical Systems in 2010 from the California Institute of Technology, where she was a recipient of the P.E.O. scholar award in 2007 and the James Irvine Foundation Graduate Fellowship in 2003. Her research interests are in modeling, analysis and control for spatially distributed and large-scale networked systems in applications such as wall-bounded turbulent flows, wind farms, power grids and vehicular networks. She was a recipient of the JHU Catalyst Award in 2015, a 2017 ONR Young Investigator award, and an NSF CAREER award in 2017.

    Host: Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Estela Lopez

  • CS Colloquium Event: Facebook Tech Talk - Query Understanding and Semantic Search

    Mon, Apr 24, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Haixun Wang, Facebook

    Talk Title: Facebook Tech Talk - Query Understanding and Semantic Search

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.
    Understanding short texts is crucial to many applications, but challenges abound. First, queries do not always observe the syntax of a written language. As a result, traditional natural language processing methods cannot be easily applied. Second, queries usually do not contact in sufficient statistical signals to support many state-of-the-art approaches for text processing such as topic modeling. Third, queries are usually more ambiguous. We argue that knowledge is needed in order to better understand short texts. In this talk, I describe how to use lexical semantic knowledge provided by a well-known semantic network for short text understanding. Our knowledge-intensive approach disrupts traditional methods for tasks such as text segmentation, part-of-speech tagging, and concept labeling, in the sense that we focus on semantics in all the set tasks. We conduct a comprehensive performance evaluation on real-life data. The results show that knowledge is indispensable for short text understanding, and our knowledge-intensive approaches are effective in harvesting semantics of short texts.

    Biography: Haixun Wang is a Research Scientist at Facebook and he manages the Query and Document Understanding team. Before Facebook, he was with Google Research, working on natural language processing. From 2009 to 2013, he led research in semantic search, graph data processing systems, and distributed query processing at Microsoft Research Asia. He had been a research staff member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center from 2000 -“ 2009. He was Technical Assistant to Stuart Feldman (Vice President of Computer Science of IBM Research) from 2006 to 2007, and Technical Assistant to Mark Wegman (Head of Computer Science of IBM Research) from 2007 to 2009. He received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000. He has published more than 150 research papers in referred international journals and conference proceedings. He served PC Chair of conferences such as CIKM'12, and he is on the editorial board of journals such as IEEE Transactions of Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE) and Journal of Computer Science and Technology (JCST). He won the best paper award in ICDE 2015, 10 year best paper award in ICDM 2013, and best paper award of ER 2009.

    Host: CS Department

    Location: Mark Taper Hall Of Humanities (THH) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

  • LavaLab Demo Night

    Mon, Apr 24, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Student Activity

    LavaLab, the University of Southern California's product incubator, admits the top design, business, and engineering minds to create innovative products over the course of a semester.

    On April 24, the ideas, innovation, and hard work of our seven teams will culminate into product demonstrations at the forefront of student development. Each team comprises of design, business, and engineering students focused on building productive solutions to problems of all kinds. Each has spent the entire semester working with industry experts and customers, refining their products from ideation, to wireframing and prototyping, to implementation.

    Join an audience of tech experts, avid students, and bright minds at LavaLab Demo Night.


    Doors open at 6:30pm, pitches begin at 7pm. Light refreshments will be served. Demo time starts at 8pm.

    We're located in the basement of TCC or SKS, in Tommy's Place

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - Tommy's Place

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Ryan Rozan