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  • Prep for Virtual Career Expo Open Forum

    Wed, Sep 16, 2020 @ 07:00 AM - 08:00 AM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Increase your preparedness for the Engineering Career Fair by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff.

    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: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • USC-IISc 2nd Faculty Research Online Symposium on COVID-19

    Wed, Sep 16, 2020 @ 08:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Alumni

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Join the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Indian Institute of Science as we team up again for our second Faculty Research Symposium on COVID-19.

    Please Register Here

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Kristy Ly

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Wed, Sep 16, 2020 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Executive Education

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: IISE Faculty, IISE

    Talk Title: Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Abstract: 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 (administered on the final day of the course).

    Host: Corporate and Professional Programs

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

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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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/

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Sep 16, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events

    Bi-Weekly regular faculty meeting for invited full-time Computer Science faculty only. Event details emailed directly to attendees.

    Location: Zoom Meeting

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar

    Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar

    Wed, Sep 16, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Feifei Qian, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Generating Desired Robot Movements from Complex Environments

    Series: Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things

    Abstract: Robots nowadays are expected to take on increasingly important roles in human society. However, state-of-the-art robots still struggle to move on natural terrains such as soft sand and rubble field, due to the lack of understanding of the interactions between robots and non-flat, non-rigid surfaces. In this talk, I will use a few examples from my recent work to illustrate how I use a "robophysics" approach -“ an integration of robotics, terradynamics, and locomotion biomechanics -- to create interaction models and frameworks that can guide design and control of bio-inspired robots to enable effective movements on challenging terrains.

    First, I will briefly review my previous work of modelling animal and robot locomotion on granular terrains such as sand, debris, and gravel, and discuss how legged locomotors could manipulate sand responses through adjustments in morphological parameters or contact strategy. These robot-sand interacting mechanisms have recently enabled development of desert-exploring robot assistants that can use their leg as soil strength sensors, and help human scientists generate erodibility maps by walking around the desert. I will then discuss my recent and on-going work on creating simplified representations for robot locomotion on perturbation-rich environments such as cluttered rubble field or fallen tree trunks, and demonstrate how a multi-legged robot could use different gait patterns to take advantage of obstacle collisions and generate desired motion under repeated disturbances. I will conclude with a vision of how these models and representations are leading to innovative strategies for environment-aided robot locomotion, better understandings of animal gait transition behaviors, and new cognitive workflows of human-robot collaborative explorations.

    Biography: Feifei Qian is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at USC. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology, in 2015 and 2011, respectively. Prior to her appointment at USC, she worked in the GRASP lab at University of Pennsylvania as a postdoctoral fellow. Her expertise is in analyzing and modeling the complex interactions between robots and environments, and developing innovative control and sensing strategies to improve robot mobility on challenging terrains. Her work has been featured in BBC News and R&D Magazine, and was awarded the best student paper of Robotics: Science & Systems.

    Host: Pierluigi Nuzzo, nuzzo@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YSl0DRVOQJetWGNAACPOYQ

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YSl0DRVOQJetWGNAACPOYQ

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • Coffee Chats with OnPrem!

    Wed, Sep 16, 2020 @ 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    *This is an external event hosted by OnPrem*

    Join us on September 16th for small group Q&A sessions to learn more about the world of technology consulting directly from an OnPrem team member. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about consulting within media & entertainment, and what it takes to be an OnPremmer.

    Please use the above link to sign up for a 45 minute time slot. *Space is limited*

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    Location: Online

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Sep 16, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Daniel Goldman, Georgia Tech

    Talk Title: TBD

    Abstract: Robots will soon move from the factory floor and into our lives (e.g. autonomous cars, package delivery drones, and search-and-rescue devices). However, compared to living systems, robot capabilities in complex environments are limited. I believe the mindset and tools of physics can help facilitate the creation of robust self-propelled autonomous systems. This robophysics approach -“ the systematic search for novel dynamics and principles in robotic systems -- can aid the computer science and engineering approaches which have proven successful in less complex environments. The rapidly decreasing cost of constructing sophisticated robot models with easy access to significant computational power bodes well for such interactions. Drawing from examples in the work of my group and our collaborators, I will discuss how robophysical studies have inspired new physics questions in low dimensional dynamical systems (e.g. creation of analog quantum mechanics and gravity systems) and soft matter physics (e.g. emergent capabilities in ensembles of active particles), have been useful to develop insight for biological locomotion in complex terrain (e.g. control targets via optimizing geometric phase), and have begun to aid engineers in the creation of devices that begin to achieve life-like locomotor abilities on and within complex environments (e.g. semi-soft myriapod robots).

    Biography: Dr. Daniel I. Goldman is a Dunn Family Professor in the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Georgia Power Professor of Excellence. Prof. Goldman became a faculty member at Georgia Tech in January 2007. He is an adjunct member of the School of Biology and is a member of the Interdisciplinary Bioengineering Graduate Program.
    Prof. Goldman's research program broadly investigates the interaction of biological and physical systems with complex materials like granular media. In particular, he integrates laboratory experiment, computer simulation, and physical and mathematical models to discover principles of movement of a diversity of animals and robots in controlled laboratory substrates.
    He received his S.B. in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. He received his PhD in Physics in 2002 from the University of Texas at Austin, studying nonlinear dynamics and granular media. From 2003-2007 he did postdoctoral work in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley studying locomotion biomechanics.

    Prof. Goldman is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2014), and has received an NSF CAREER/PECASE award, a DARPA Young Faculty Award, a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface, and the UT Austin Outstanding Dissertation in Physics (2002-2003).

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96536533521

    Location: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96536533521

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96536533521

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

    Event Link: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

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  • ACM Facebook Tech Talk

    Wed, Sep 16, 2020 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Student Activity

    Do you want to learn more about projects happening at Facebook? Are you interested in networking with Facebook engineers?

    Come to a Tech Talk hosted by ACM and Facebook! Facebook engineers will be talking about their experiences at Facebook and the projects they are working on. Many of the engineers are USC alums, so it is also a great opportunity to ask them how their path at USC led them to success at Facebook. Join us to learn about new technologies and network with computer science professionals!

    To attend the event, please fill out the RSVP form. Based on responses to the form, we will email the zoom invitation at a date closer to the event.

    Note that this event is only open to freshman, sophomore, and junior undergraduate students, and it is capped at 100 students. We're so excited to see you there!

    RSVP: https://forms.gle/G5VJCQ49CCBv2acR7

    If you're a freshman, sophomore, or junior undergraduate student, fill out the RSVP form: https://forms.gle/G5VJCQ49CCBv2acR7

    Location: Online - Zoom

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Contact: Caitlin Swanson

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