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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Wed, Aug 16, 2023 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Executive Education

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    USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement, offered in partnership with the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, allows professionals to learn how to integrate principles of business, statistics, and engineering to achieve tangible results.

    Master the use of Six Sigma to quantify the critical quality issues in your company. Once the issues have been quantified, statistics can be applied to provide probabilities of success and failure. Six Sigma methods increase productivity and enhance quality. As a USC Six Sigma Green Belt, you will be equipped to support and champion a Six Sigma implementation in your organization.

    To earn the USC Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate, you will be required to pass the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineer's green belt exam.

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) -

    Audiences: Registered Participants

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    Contact: Karen Escobar

    Event Link: https://viterbiexeced.usc.edu/engineering-program-areas/six-sigma-lean-certification/six-sigma-green-belt-process-improvement/

  • PhD Thesis Defense - Guillermo Baltra

    Wed, Aug 16, 2023 @ 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    PhD Thesis Defense - Guillermo Baltra

    Committee Members: John Heidemann (Chair), Ramesh Govindan, Antonio Ortega

    Title: Improving network reliability using a formal definition of the Internet core

    Abstract: After 50 years, the Internet is still defined as a collection of interconnected networks. Yet seamless, universal connectivity is challenged in several ways. Political pressure threatens fragmentation due to de peering, architectural changes such as carrier grade NAT, the cloud makes connectivity indirect, firewalls impede connectivity, and operational problems and commercial disputes all challenge the idea of a single set of interconnected networks. We propose that a new, conceptual definition of the Internet core helps disambiguate questions in analysis of network reliability and address space usage.
    We prove this statement through three studies. First, we improve coverage of outage detection by dealing with sparse sections of the Internet, increasing from a nominal 67 percent responsive 24 blocks coverage to 96 percent of the responsive Internet. Second, we provide a new definition of the Internet core, and use it to resolve partial reachability ambiguities. We show that the Internet today has peninsulas of persistent, partial connectivity, and that some outages cause islands where the Internet at the site is up, but partitioned from the main Internet. Finally, we use our definition to identify ISP trends, with applications to policy and improving outage detection accuracy. We show how these studies together thoroughly prove our thesis statement. We provide a new conceptual definition of the Internet core in our second study about partial reachability. We use our definition in our first and second studies to disambiguate questions about network reliability and in our third study, to ISP address space usage dynamics.

    Location: Charles Lee Powell Hall (PHE) - 325

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93940091161?pwd=S0tzNms2OW5EWTgzWFhtd3lSUlNudz09

  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Nicolaas Weideman

    Wed, Aug 16, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    PhD Thesis Proposal - Nicolaas Weideman

    Committee Members: Jelena Mirkovic (chair), Christophe Hauser, William Halfond, Mukund Raghothaman, Srivatsan Ravi, Peter Beerel

    Title: Improving the Security of Modern Software Systems through Binary Program Analysis with Semantic Understanding, Automated Vulnerability Discovery and Non-disruptive Patching

    Abstract: With the ever increasing reliance of the modern world on software systems, the frequency and impact of cyberattacks have greatly increased as well. Software must be analyzed thoroughly to evaluate its security, as vulnerabilities in software can have devastating consequences such as compromised privacy of users, shutdown of infrastructure and significant business losses, and even pose threat to human life. In this thesis we introduce our contributions toward addressing the challenges existing in software security evaluation. It is widely accepted that when evaluating the security of software, analyzing the source code is insufficient. We leverage and extend the field of binary program analysis in three key domains crucial for software security. These domains are semantic understanding, automated vulnerability discovery and nondisruptive patching. Jointly our contributions improve the field of binary program analysis in a threefold manner. We enable analysts to gain a deeper understanding of the program under analysis through extracting high level semantics. We design and implement a new approach for automated and precise vulnerability discovery. We automate vulnerability patching to secure software. Each of these directions independently pushes the boundaries of what is possible in defending modern software, leading to a more secure digital environment

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91332871311?pwd=TmhuUyttWEJqMWQ5NTd1cGlpZVk1QT09