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  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Wed, Aug 01, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Fri, Aug 03, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Mon, Aug 06, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Wed, Aug 08, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Fri, Aug 10, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • PhD Defense- David C. Kale

    Tue, Aug 14, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

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    Title: Learning to Diagnose from Electronic Health Records Data
    Ph.D. Candidate: David C. Kale
    Date and Time: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM in GFS 108
    Committee: Greg Ver Steeg (Chair), Aram Galstyan, Gaurav Sukhatme, and Raghu Raghavendra

    Abstract:

    With the widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), US hospitals now digitally record millions of patient encounters each year. At the same time, we have seen high-profile successes by machine learning, including superhuman performance in complex games. These factors have driven speculation that similar breakthroughs in healthcare are just around the corner, but there are major obstacles to replicating these successes. In this talk, we will discuss solutions to some of these challenges in the context of learning to diagnose, which involves building software to recognize diseases based on the analysis of historical data rather than expert knowledge. Our central hypothesis is that we can build such systems while minimizing the burden of effort on clinical experts. We will present results from one of the first successful applications of recurrent neural networks to the classification of multivariate clinical time series. We will then show how to extend this framework to model non-random missing values and heterogeneous prediction tasks. Finally, we will describe a public benchmark for clinical prediction and multitask learning that addresses the crisis of reproducibility in clinical machine learning and lowers the barrier to entry for new researchers. We will also spotlight additional research that considers nearest neighbor approaches and weak supervision in the absence of ground truth labels. We conclude by considering the broader impact of information technology on healthcare and how machine learning can help fulfill the vision of a learning healthcare system.

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 108

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Lizsl De Leon

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  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Mon, Aug 20, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Wed, Aug 22, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Fri, Aug 24, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Mon, Aug 27, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • PhD Defense - Sara Marie McCarthy

    Mon, Aug 27, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

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    Title: Hierarchical Planning in Security Games; A Game Theoretic Approach to Strategic, Tactical and Operational Decision Making

    Ph.D. Candidate: Sara Marie Mc Carthy

    Date and Time: Monday August 27th 2018, 10:00 AM EEB 132

    Committee: Milind Tambe, Phebe Vayanos, Eric Rice, Jonathan Gratch, Jelena Mirkovic

    Abstract:

    In the presence of an intelligent adversary, game theoretic models such as security games, have proven to be effective tools for mitigating risks from exploitable gaps in protection and security protocols, as they model the strategic interaction between an adversary and defender, and allow the defender to plan the use of scarce or limited resources in the face of such an adversary. However, standard security game models have limited expressivity in the types of planning they allow the defender to perform, as they look only at the deployment and allocation of a fixed set of security resources. This ignores two very important planning problems which concern the strategic design of the security system and resources to deploy as well as the usability and implementation of the security protocols. When these problems appear in real world systems, significant losses in utility and efficiency of security protocols can occur if they are not dealt with in a principled way.

    To address these limitations, in this thesis I introduce a new hierarchical structure of planning problems for security games, dividing the problem into three levels of planning (i) Strategic Planning, which considers long term planning horizons, and decisions related to game design which constrain the possible defender strategies, (ii) Tactical Planning, which considers shorter term horizons, dealing with the deployment of resources, and selection of defender strategies subject to strategic level constraints and (iii) Operational Planning, dealing with implementation of strategies in real world setting.

    First, focusing on Strategic Planning, I address the design problem of selecting a set of resource and schedule types. I introduce a new yet fundamental problem, the Simultaneous Optimization of Resource Teams and Tactics (SORT) which models the coupled problem of both strategic and tactical planning, optimizing over both game design with respect to selection of resource types, as well as their deployment actual in the field. I provide algorithms for efficiently solving the SORT problem, which use hierarchical relaxations of the optimization problem to compute these strategic level investment decisions. I show that this more expressive model allows the defender to perform more fine grained decision making that results in significant gains in utility. Second, motivated by the relevance and hardness of security games with resource heterogeneity, I also address challenges in tactical planning by providing a framework for computing adaptive strategies with heterogeneous resources. Lastly I look at the problem of operational planning, which has never been formally studied in the security game literature. I propose a new solution concept of operationalizable strategies, which randomize over an optimally chosen subset of pure strategies whose cardinality is selected by the defender. I show hardness of computing such operationalizable strategies and provide an algorithm for computing ε-optimal equilibria which are operationalizable.

    In all of these problems, I am motivated by real world challenges, and developing solution methods that are usable in the real world. As such much of this work has been in collaboration with organizations such as Panthera, WWF and other NGOs, to help protect the national parks and wildlife against deforestation and poaching, and the TSA, to protect critical infrastructure such as our airports from terrorist attacks. Because of this, in addressing these three levels of planning I develop solutions which are not only novel and academically interesting but also deployable with a real world impact.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Lizsl De Leon

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  • AOE Info Session #1

    Tue, Aug 28, 2018 @ 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

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    Informational session for potential new members! Pizza will be served, and you will be able to ask questions from our active members, as well as hear some of their personal experiences.

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 213

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Alpha Omega Epsilon USC

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  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Wed, Aug 29, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • PhD Defense - Elizabeth Cha

    Wed, Aug 29, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

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    Title: Nonverbal Communication for Non-Humanoid Robots
    Ph.D. Candidate: Elizabeth Cha
    Date and Time: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM in RTH 406
    Committee: Maja Matarić (Chair), Gaurav Sukhatme, and Panayiotis Georgiou

    Abstract:

    Robots are increasingly required to operate with and alongside humans in dynamic, unstructured environments. To facilitate the high levels of coordination and collaboration necessary for this goal, robots must communicate information about their state and actions. This information enables humans to predict a robot's future behavior and to plan their own actions accordingly. In human-human communication, this information is often exchanged through nonverbal cues. Non-humanoid robots, such as drones and autonomous cars, lack the anthropomorphic channels to replicate these cues. In this thesis, we primarily address two of the research challenges for human-robot communication for non-humanoid robots. First, we present experiments exploring the systematic design and application of nonverbal signals in different human-robot interaction scenarios. Second, we propose a framework for planning robot communication under uncertainty that employs our results in signal design to improve human-robot collaboration. We present results from an application and validation of this communication framework. Finally, we discuss the implications of this thesis work on the field of HRI and its impact on non-humanoid robots deployed in the real world.


    Location: 406

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Lizsl De Leon

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  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Fri, Aug 31, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • PhD Defense - Zhengping Che

    Fri, Aug 31, 2018 @ 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Computer Science

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    Title: Deep Learning Models for Temporal Data in Health Care
    Date, Time, and Location: Friday, August 31, 2018, at 2:30 PM in SAL 322

    Ph.D. Candidate: Zhengping Che

    Committee:
    Professor Yan Liu (chair)
    Professor Kevin Knight
    Professor Shinyi Wu (outside member)

    Abstract:
    The national push for electronic health records has resulted in an exponential surge in volume, detail, and availability of digital health data which offers an unprecedented opportunity to solve many difficult and important problems in health care. Clinicians are collaborating with computer scientists by using this opportunity to improve the state of data-driven and personalized health care services. Meanwhile, recent success and development of deep learning is revolutionizing many domains and provides promising solutions to the problem of prediction and feature discovery on health care data, which have made us closest ever towards the ultimate goal of improving health quality, reducing cost, and most importantly saving lives. However, the recent rise of this research field with more available data and new applications has also introduced several challenges which have not been answered well. Our work focuses on providing deep learning-based solutions to three major challenges in this field from data heterogeneity, data availability, and the difficulty of applying deep learning in healthcare applications in practice. In this talk, we will first introduce a hierarchical deep generative model for multi-rate multivariate time series which can capture multi-scale temporal dependencies and complex underlying generation mechanism of temporal healthcare data. Then we will introduce a semi-supervised learning framework with modified generative adversarial networks to boost prediction performance with a limited amount of labeled data. Finally, we will describe our deep learning solutions to opioid usage and addiction study on a large-scale dataset and demonstrate how deep learning can be applied to important and urgent healthcare tasks in the real world.

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 322

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Lizsl De Leon

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