# Events Calendar

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## Events for September 10, 2018

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

Mon, Sep 10, 2018

University Calendar

This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS seniors 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!

RSVP

Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

Contact: Rebecca Kinnon

• ### Northrop Grumman -USC Micro Networking Event

Mon, Sep 10, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

Student Activity

Northrop Grumman has invited us to drop by and meet their University Relations & Recruiting team Monday, September 10, 2018 in RTH 526 between 3:00 to 5:30 PM. They are hiring both interns and new grads in 2019. You can pre-register and upload your resume
here. You can also drop by at any time to chat with them. Snacks will be provided.

Location: 526

Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

• ### Center for Engineering Diversity Open House

Mon, Sep 10, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

University Calendar

The Center for Engineering Diversity kicks off the school year with their newly renovated space. Drop by anytime to connect with staff, meet new students, and enjoy refreshments!

Time: Anytime on Monday, September 10th between 11am-4pm
Location: Ronald Tutor Hall 210

NO RSVP REQUIRED!

Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

Contact: Christina Martin

• ### Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

Mon, Sep 10, 2018 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

Biomedical Engineering

Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

Speaker: Fikret Kirkbir, Manager Intellectual Property Analysis and Assessment, AMI-USC

Talk Title: How to do patents

Host: Qifa Zhou

Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

Contact: Mischalgrace Diasanta

• ### Resume Lab with Sandia National Laboratories - Bring your Laptop!

Mon, Sep 10, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

Workshops & Infosessions

Labs are an activity where you can work on your resume in the presence of an employer to get tips on the spot.

Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

• ### Epstein Institute Seminar - ISE 651

Mon, Sep 10, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM

Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

Speaker: Dr. Mayank Kejriwal, USC, Information Sciences Institute

Talk Title: TBD

Host: Professor Carl Kesselman

Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

Contact: Grace Owh

• ### Joint CSC@USC/CommNetS-MHI Seminar

Mon, Sep 10, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

Speaker: Meisam Razaviyayn, University of Southern California

Talk Title: Finding a Local Optimum of a Constrained Non-Convex Optimization and its Connections to Global Optimality

Abstract: When is solving a non-convex optimization problem easy? Despite significant research efforts to answer this question, most existing results are problem specific and cannot be applied even with simple changes in the objective function. In this talk, we provide theoretical insights to this question by answering two related questions: 1) Are all local optima of a given optimization problem globally optimal? 2) When can we compute a local optimum of a given non-convex constrained optimization problem efficiently? In the first part of the talk, motivated by the non-convex training problem of deep neural networks, we provide simple sufficient conditions under which any local optimum of a given highly composite optimization problem is globally optimal. Unlike many existing results in the literature, our sufficient condition applies to many non-convex optimization problems such as training problem of non-convex multi-linear neural networks and non-linear neural networks with pyramidal structures.

In the second part of the talk, we consider the problem of finding a local optimum of a constrained non-convex optimization problem under strict saddle point property. We show that, unlike the unconstrained scenario, the vanilla projected gradient descent algorithm fails to escape saddle points even in the presence of a single linear constraint. We then propose a trust region algorithm which converges to second order stationary points for optimization problems with small number of linear constraints. Our algorithm is the first optimization procedure, with polynomial per-iteration complexity, which converges to $\epsilon$-first order stationary points of a non-manifold constrained optimization problem in $O(\epsilon^{-3/2})$ iterations, and at the same time can escape saddle points under strict saddle property.

This is a joint work with Maher Nouiehed.

Biography: Meisam Razaviyayn is an assistant professor at the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining USC, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University working with Professor David Tse. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering with minor in Computer Science at the University of Minnesota under the supervision of Professor Tom Luo. He obtained his MS degree in Mathematics under the supervision of Professor Gennady Lyubeznik. Meisam Razaviyayn is the recipient of the Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award in 2014 and the finalist for Best Paper Prize for Young Researcher in Continuous Optimization in 2013 and 2016.

Host: Urbashi Mitra

Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

Contact: Brienne Moore

• ### PwC Information Session

Mon, Sep 10, 2018 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

Workshops & Infosessions