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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events

    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen 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!


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

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

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    Contact: Viterbi Admission

  • VIRTUAL Workshop: Cover Letters

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Learn how to create a cover letter that will serve as the marketing tool that will get your foot inside industrys door!

    To access this virtual workshop, go to https://bluejeans.com/489057558 and log in with your netID and password.

    Location: ONLINE

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: George Tolomiczenko, Ph.D., Health, Technology & Engineering Program (HTE@USC), Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Research Presentation & Career Path

    Host: Stacey Finley, PhD

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mischalgrace Diasanta

  • PhD Defense - Sung-Han Lin

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    University Calendar

    PhD Candidate: Sung-Han Lin
    Committee: Leana Golubchik (Chair), Fei Sha and Konstantinos Psounis
    Title: Distributed Resource Management for QoS-Aware Service Provision
    Time: September 11 (Monday) 1:00-3:00pm
    Location: SAL 322

    Provision of quality of service (QoS) is of significant importance to service providers, where QoS is a function of resource availability. When resources are insufficient at a particular service provider, two approaches to mitigating this problem are for that service provider to (a) limit the amount of resources allocated to its users, and (b) cooperate with other resource holders and find a reasonable way to share those resources. For instance, a private cloud could can reject its customers' requests or forward some requests to public clouds (e.g., Amazon) to achieve satisfactory QoS. To this end, in addition to designing resource allocation approaches, service providers should also consider how to maximize their utilities when cooperating with other resource holders.
    Motivated by cooperation among resource holders and related resource allocation problems, in this document, we focus on several services and study how to allocate resources efficiently while maximizing all participants-benefit: For P2P video streaming, where the resource is the download rate for video playback, we eliminate the problem of playback pauses by adopting -reduced advertisement viewing duration- as a positive incentive for peers to contribute their unused download rates. For provision of on-demand compute capacity in the cloud service, where the resources are virtual machines (VMs), we study the incentives motivating the small-scale clouds to share their resources in some cooperative manner in order to achieve profitable service while maintaining customer SLAs. For co-locating machine learning training jobs, where the resource is the CPU core or GPU, we investigate the throughput improvement of a distributed training job via studying the trade-off of using more resources, and integrate the throughput estimation technique into the scheduling mechanisms for better sharing the limited computing resources.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

  • External Fellowship Information Session

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Doctoral Programs

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Viterbi PhD students, MS students, undergraduate juniors and seniors are invited to attend an information session on Monday, September 11th from 1:30-2:30pm in RTH-526 to learn more about applying for external fellowships. Students will have the opportunity to hear from current external fellows, as well as from Professor of Computer Science And Vice Dean for Research, Maja Mataric, and Associate Professor of Technical Communication Practice and Engineering Writing Program Director, Steve Bucher.

    RSVP requested via https://viterbigrad.usc.edu/external-fellowship-information-session/

    Questions may be directed to Jennifer Gerson, Director, Doctoral Programs, at jgerson@usc.edu.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: PhD, MS, Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors (U.S. citizens/permanent residents only)

    Contact: Jennifer Gerson

  • Center for Systems and Control (CSC@USC) and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Ramtin Pedarsani, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Talk Title: Robust Scheduling for Flexible Stochastic Networks

    Abstract: Modern large-scale stochastic systems face much demand and processing variability, and a key challenge is the design of efficient control and scheduling policies that are robust to these uncertainties. In this talk, I will present several robust scheduling policies for stochastic models with applications to emerging sectors such as data centers and intelligent transportation systems. In the first part, I present a robust scheduling policy with performance guarantee, for a novel stochastic model of job scheduling in data centers, where jobs are represented as directed acyclic graphs (DAG). I will then visit the long-standing open problem on the stability of of the longest-queue-first scheduling policy for multiclass open queueing networks, and resolve this problem for an important special case. In the second part of the talk, I focus on transportation networks. I develop the first exact analysis of fixed-time control for urban networks, and briefly mention a few opportunities and challenges in exploiting autonomous vehicles for enhancing network's performance.

    Biography: Ramtin Pedarsani is an assistant professor in the ECE department at UCSB. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley in 2015. He received his M.Sc. degree at EPFL in 2011 and his B.Sc. degree at the University of Tehran in 2009. His research interests include stochastic networks, information and coding theory, and transportation systems. He is the recipient of the best paper award in the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) in 2014.

    Host: Insoon Yang, x.02351, insoonya@usc.edu

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Gerrielyn Ramos

  • SAE 549 Systems Architecting Guest Lecture

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Systems Architecting and Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Terry Bahill, Emeritus Professor of Systems Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, University of Arizona

    Talk Title: Part A The Science of Baseball, A Modeling Perspective; Part B Tradeoff Studies

    Series: SAE Distinguished Speaker Series

    Abstract: The first part of the talk is on the science of baseball and the complex models needed to analyze bat and ball collisions. Collisions between baseballs, softballs and bats are complex and therefore their models are complex. The purpose of the first talk is to show how complex these collisions can be, while still being modeled using only Newton's principles and the conservation laws of physics. This talk presents models for the speed and spin of balls and bats. These models and equations for bat and ball collisions are intended for use by high school and college physics students, engineering students, the baseball analytics community and, most importantly, students of the science of baseball. These models use only simple Newtonian principles and the conservation laws to explain simple bat and ball collision configurations. These models are used to show the necessary sixteen tasks in the modeling process.

    The second part of the talk is on tradeoff studies. Tradeoff studies are a part of decision analysis and resolution (DAR). When the decision is one of selecting the preferred alternatives from amongst many alternatives, and the alternatives are to be examined in parallel, then the problem is amenable to a tradeoff study. Tradeoff studies address a range of problems from selecting high level system architecture to selecting commercial off the shelf hardware or software. Tradeoff studies are the typical outputs of formal evaluation processes. Nevertheless, even if the mathematics and utility curves are done correctly, care still needs to be exercised in doing a tradeoff study, because it is difficult to overcome mental mistakes. This talk will discuss mental mistakes in tradeoff studies and offer suggestions for ameliorating their occurrence.

    Biography: Terry Bahill is an Emeritus Professor of Systems Engineering and of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of eight engineering books and over two hundred and fifty papers, over one hundred of them in peer reviewed scientific journals. Bahill has worked with dozens of high tech companies presenting seminars on Systems Engineering, working on system development teams and helping them to describe their Systems Engineering processes. He holds a U.S. patent for the Bat Chooser, a system that computes the Ideal Bat Weight for individual baseball and softball batters. He was elected to the Omega Alpha Association, the systems engineering honor society. He received the Sandia National Laboratories Gold President's Quality Award. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), of Raytheon Missile Systems, of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is the Founding Chair Emeritus of the INCOSE Fellows Committee. His picture is in the Baseball Hall of Fame exhibition Baseball as America. You can view this picture at http://sysengr.engr.arizona.edu/ .

    Host: Prof. Azad Madni, Executive Director, Systems Architecting and Engineering Program

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 217

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: James Moore II

  • Microsoft Info Session

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Join us for our Meet the Company presentation. Come by for free food, insight on opportunities, a chance to hear from USC Alumni at Microsoft and an up close look into Microsoft technologies and initiatives.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

  • PwC Advisory Information Session presented by USC CybOrg

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions

    General Advisory information session highlighting all Advisory opportunities at PwC. Presentation from PwC partners and staff following by Q&A and networking. Food will be provided!

    More Information: About PwC Advisory.pdf

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 200

    Audiences: Members have first priority, but anyone can RSVP

    Contact: USC CybOrg