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Events for August 27, 2020

  • Gateway Lab

    Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Take part in a live tutorial to help you navigate Viterbi Career Gateway, a powerful job and internship search tool available ONLY to Viterbi students.

    To access this workshop, log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>>Workshops: https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso/

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Repeating EventM.S. Group Advisement

    Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This optional group advisement session is for new and continuing M.S. Computer Science students and M.S. students in our Data Science Programs. Access instructions will be emailed to students prior to the session.

    Location: Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92220006953

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Ryan Rozan

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  • Webinar for U.S. Active Duty Military & Veteran Prospective Graduate Students

    Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi to learn about the funding and support provided to U.S. active duty military and veterans who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in engineering or computer science. This virtual information session via WebEx will discuss how USC Viterbi's flexible online DEN@Viterbi delivery enables active duty military and veterans to pursue their degree from anywhere in the world.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives during the session to discuss military funding and scholarships available, student support, frequently asked questions, and more!

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e0c2421b881e043f1d24fbb4cad4ac87a

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • ECE Seminar: Understanding Real-World Diffusion Processes: From Epidemics to Violence

    Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Ajitesh Srivastava, Senior Research Associate, Ming Hsieh Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering

    Talk Title: Understanding Real-World Diffusion Processes: From Epidemics to Violence

    Abstract: The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has encouraged researchers all around the world to identify how their skillsets can be best utilized to contribute to the efforts to deal with the epidemic. Containing the epidemic, providing informed predictions and identifying strategies to restart the economy are essential for the global population to resume their day-to-day life. This may not be the last pandemic we will face, and therefore the research does not end with COVID-19. In fact, the extensive data-collection and monitoring during this epidemic sets the stage for more impactful research in preparedness for future epidemics. Diseases are not the only contagions that fit the above described framework. Violence and drug-abuse are also known to spread through interactions. These issues severely affect the homeless and impede their attempts to safely and successfully exit homelessness and lead a long productive life. California Governor has signed an Executive order this year to assign state resources to reduce homelessness. Modeling how violence and drug-abuse spread among homeless is the key to designing peer-based intervention studies which can assist with these long-term goals.

    In this talk, I will discuss utilizing the full potential of Algorithms, Network Science and Data Mining in issues of societal importance, with epidemics and homelessness as examples, and the challenges and opportunities that come with it. By focusing on proper abstractions, we can capture many complexities of the process, and yet come up with a simple model, less prone to overfitting. Doing so can lead to fast and accurate forecasts. For instance, we can train and produce case and death forecasts for more than 3000 counties in under 30 seconds, while still being more accurate than the state-of-the-art methods. Useful modeling informed by sensible assumptions and coupled with optimization approaches can lead to impactful results. For instance, in a Pilot Study at a homeless youth center, we were able to achieve 40% reduction in violence.


    Biography: Dr. Ajitesh Srivastava is a Senior Research Associate at Ming Hsieh Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering. He is a member of the Data Science Lab led by Prof. Viktor K. Prasanna. He received his PhD in 2018 from University of Southern California, titled "Computing Cascades: How to Spread Rumors, Win Campaigns, Stop Violence and Predict Epidemics". His research interests include Data Mining, Algorithms, and Network Science applied to epidemics, social good, social networks, architecture, and smart grids. During the COVID-19 pandemic he has been producing weekly forecasts of COVID-19 cases and deaths for the CDC.

    Host: Dr. Richard Leahy, leahy@sipi.usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96802468309?pwd=LzBiWVJCMXI5aUEwM05oTzJXZGQ2QT09

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96802468309?pwd=LzBiWVJCMXI5aUEwM05oTzJXZGQ2QT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • NL Seminar- Translation of Asylum Testimonials from Low-Resource Languages

    Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ugur Yavuz ISI Summer Intern, Dartmouth College

    Talk Title: Translation of Asylum Testimonials from Low-Resource Languages

    Abstract: Many asylum seekers along the southern border of the United States speak low-resource languages that are not available on commercial translation services. As a result, the translation of their testimonials poses a real challenge to the legal system, as well as non-governmental organizations. We will discuss potential techniques that would facilitate this task, such as transfer learning, domain adaptation, and corpus expansion, and also explain our work in compiling bilingual corpora for Mixtec and Kanjobal languages.

    Biography: Ugur Yavuz is a summer intern working at the Natural Language Group with Dr. Jon May. He is a rising senior at Dartmouth College studying computer science and mathematics.

    Host: Jon May and Emily Sheng

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

    Webcast: https://youtu.be/xL9kMb2lTa4

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual Only

    WebCast Link: https://youtu.be/xL9kMb2lTa4

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Petet Zamar

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  • WiE Social Event 1 – Zoom Game Night

    Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Event Name: WiE Social Event #1 -Zoom Game Night

    Did you enjoy WiE Launch? Did you miss WiE Launch but still want to hang out with your favorite women in engineering? You are in luck! Come spend a chill Thursday afternoon playing games with your fellow WiE members on August 27 from 3-4 pm PST. We have a variety of Zoom-friendly games to play, and we hope to see some new and returning faces!


    Zoom Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92401985181

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Undergraduate and graduate students.

    Contact: Monica De Los Santos

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  • Repeating EventUndergraduate Advisement Drop-in Hours

    Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The CS advisement team will be hosting drop-in live chat advisement for declared undergraduate students in our four majors during the add/drop registration period. Weeks 1-3 Monday through Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm PDT on our website at: https://www.cs.usc.edu/chat/

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Undergrad

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    Contact: Ryan Rozan

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  • Virtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 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.

    Please register here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • Gateway Lab

    Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Take part in a live tutorial to help you navigate Viterbi Career Gateway, a powerful job and internship search tool available ONLY to Viterbi students.

    To access this workshop, log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>>Workshops: https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso/

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Internship Course Enrollment & Success- (ENGR 395) Undergrads

    Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Are you currently working at an internship & want to receive course credit for your work? Did you just receive an internship offer and need to enroll in a course for credit to obtain CPT? It's not too late! Join Viterbi Career Connections to discuss ENGR 395, the undergraduate internship course for credit. We will review Enrollment, How to Have a Successful Internship, Understanding Course Requirements, and Internships & Academic Progress. Register in advance for this webinar through Viterbi Career Gateway:https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso/
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    Location: Virtual

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Bloomberg Trivia Night

    Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 05:30 PM - 06:45 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    University Calendar


    This is an external event hosted by Bloomberg, LP*

    Bloomberg Engineering would like to welcome you back to school with a week of exciting events! Join our virtual events to learn more about Bloomberg, meet our engineers and ask questions about our 2021 career opportunities.

    Join us for an awesome night of trivia. Winners will receive prizes!

    Register here: http://tinyurl.com/yyewrequ

    Location: Virtual

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • IEEE General Body Meeting

    Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Come to our first General Body Meeting to learn more about us! :-)

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99255568668

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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  • ACM Welcome Back General Meeting

    Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join ACM, USC's largest student-run Computer Science organization! We have professional, social, and mentorship events planned throughout the semester! As an ACM member, you'll have the chance to explore USC's computer science community through our industry events, hackathons, and workshops. Here are the events we have planned for this week:

    Welcome Back - General Meeting #1: Are you interested in computer science? Come to ACM's first general meeting on Thursday, August 27th from 7-8PM to learn about our club, play trivia games, and meet people! Join here: https://www.facebook.com/events/784794452335987/

    Peer Mentoring Applications: Sign up for ACM's mentoring program! You will be matched with a peer taking similar classes as you so you can share notes, study together, and learn from each other. We will also pair you with a student further along in their degree who has taken those courses so you can get advice on classes and internships. See more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2151680661642736/

    ACM Executive Board Applications: Joining E-board is a great way to get more involved in USC's computer science community while making friends and planning fun events. Apply and learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/335922597449272/

    To hear about more events, sign up for our newsletter and become a member: https://uscacm.typeform.com/to/lTVmvi

    While the majority of our events are open to everyone, a few each semester are open only to paid members (we'll let you know when we have an event that is only for paid members). Becoming a paid member costs $15 and instructions to pay are on the form linked above.

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96946883790?pwd=OUxaZFFHQ2tMMkExT2h1NVdhdmlyQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Caitlin Swanson

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