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Events for October 04, 2017

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

    Wed, Oct 04, 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!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • SpaceX Information Session

    Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 09:00 AM - 04:45 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Meet with SpaceX representatives and drop off your resume during their tabling session in the Epstein Family Plaza.

    Resume Drop Morning Session: 9:00 - 11:30 AM
    Resume Drop Afternoon Session: 1:30 - 4:45 PM

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Executive Education

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBA, TBA

    Talk Title: Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Abstract: 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 Six Sigma green belt, you will be equipped to support and champion a Six Sigma implementation in your organization. To earn the 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: USC Viterbi Executive Education

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

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • Novel Theoretical Characterization and Optimization of Experimental Efficiency for Diffusion MRI (Ph.D. Defense)

    Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Divya Varadarajan, Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Novel Theoretical Characterization and Optimization of Experimental Efficiency for Diffusion MRI (Ph.D. Defense)

    Series: Medical Imaging Seminar Series

    Abstract: Diffusion MRI (dMRI) has the unique ability to noninvasively quantify the Brownian motion characteristics of water molecules, and thus infer structural tissue features at microscopic spatial scales that are otherwise inaccessible through conventional millimeter-scale MRI. When applied to the brain, dMRI has emerged as an especially important tool for quantifying tissue microstructural characteristics that change as a result of factors such as brain development, plasticity, and pathology. Diffusion MRI is also used for reconstructing the white matter pathways that connect different brain regions.

    However, long scan times continue to be a major challenge for dMRI . While spending an hour or more in the scanner is acceptable forex-vivo tissue analysis or for motivated, healthy volunteers, it becomes challenging for in-vivo analysis for a number of important subject populations (such as younger children and sick individuals). In practice, scan times are constrained for human subjects, and studies have to make inferences working with the few samples acquired. The overall performance is directly impacted by the efficiency of the dMRI protocol, which consists of the sampling scheme used to acquire dMRI data, as well as the parameter estimation method used to make inferences from
    measured data.

    This work addresses the problem of making dMRI experiments as efficient as possible, including: (i) optimizing the scanner sampling protocol to maximize the amount of relevant information contained in the data, (ii) optimizing the parameter estimation protocol to maximize the amount of information extracted from the measured data, and (iii) developing statistical models that can be used to suppress noise contamination.


    Host: Prof. Justin Haldar

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • Systems Engineer Research Center Open Forum Discussion

    Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Systems Architecting and Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Gary McGraw, Vice President for Security Technology, Synopsys

    Talk Title: What are the Top Ten Software Security Flaws?

    Series: SERC Talks

    Abstract: SERC Talks is an open forum discussion series featuring researchers sharing their insights on various questions relevant to Systems Engineering (SE) and its evolution. Prof. Barry Boehm is the Editor-in-Chief of the series, curating the talks. The Systems Engineering Research Center encourages input and insights during these lively discussions to create an ongoing and more collaborative dialogue between academia, government and industry sectors of the SE community.

    Software security defects come in two categories--bugs in the implementation and flaws in the design. In the commercial marketplace, much more attention has been paid to finding and fixing bugs than has been paid to finding and fixing flaws. That is because automatically identifying bugs is a much easier problem than identifying design flaws. The IEEE Center for Secure Design was founded to address this issue head on. This will cover the IEEE CSD's first deliverable by introducing and discussing how to avoid the top ten software security flaws. The content was developed in concert with Twitter, Google, Cigital, HP, Sadosky Foundation of Argentina, George Washington University, Intel/McAfee, RSA, University of Washington, EMC, Harvard University, and Athens University of Economics and Business. The talk will include how to avoid the top ten software security design flaws. It is important, of course, to know that these flaws account for half of the defects commonly encountered in software security. But more important still is learning how to avoid these problems when designing a new system or revisiting an existing system.

    Biography: Gary McGraw is the Vice President Security Technology of Synopsys (SNPS), a silicon valley company headquartered in Mountain View, CA. He is a globally recognized authority on software security and the author of eight best selling books on this topic. His titles include Software Security, Exploiting Software, Building Secure Software, Java Security, Exploiting Online Games, and 6 other books. He is editor of the Addison-Wesley Software Security series. Dr. McGraw has also written over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, authors a periodic security column for SearchSecurity, and is frequently quoted in the press. Besides serving as a strategic counselor for top business and IT executives, Gary is on the Advisory Boards of Max Financial, NTrepid, and Ravenwhite. He has also served as a Board member of Cigital (acquired by Synopsys) and as Advisor to Dasient (acquired by Twitter), Fortify Software (acquired by HP), and Invotas (acquired by FireEye). His dual PhD is in Cognitive Science and Computer Science from Indiana University where he serves on the Dean's Advisory Council for the School of Informatics. Gary produces the monthly Silver Bullet Security Podcast for Synopsys and IEEE Security and Privacy magazine (syndicated by SearchSecurity).

    Host: Prof. Barry Boehm

    More Info: https://www.garymcgraw.com/

    Webcast: http://www.sercuarc.org/events/serc-talks-what-are-the-top-ten-software-security-flaws/

    Location: • Online via WebEX

    WebCast Link: http://www.sercuarc.org/events/serc-talks-what-are-the-top-ten-software-security-flaws/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: James Moore II

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  • CiSoft Seminar

    Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mr. Jim Crompton, founder of Reflections Data Consulting

    Talk Title: Industry Overview: Lower for How Much Longer

    Series: CiSoft Seminar

    Host: CiSoft

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 324

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Juli Legat

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  • Viterbi Resume Day

    Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Get your resume looked over by Viterbi Advisors! Take this opportunity to prepare your resume for the Viterbi Career Fair.
    Please bring a hard copy of your resume.

    Date: WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 4TH
    Time: 1 PM - 4 PM
    Location: VHE BREEZEWAY

    Location: Vivian Hall of Engineering (VHE) - Breezeway

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Cross-listed between CCI-MHI Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems and CSC@USC Seminar Series

    Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Carolyn Beck, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Talk Title: Epidemic Processes Over Topologically Varying Networks

    Abstract: The study of epidemic processes has been a topic of interest for many years over a wide range of areas, including mathematical systems, biology, physics, computer science, social sciences and economics. More recently, there has been a resurgence of interest in the study of epidemic processes focused on the spread of viruses over networks, motivated not only by recent devastating outbreaks of infectious diseases, but also by the rapid spread of opinions over social networks, and the security threats posed by computer viruses. Most of the models considered in these recent studies have been focused on network models with static network structures, however almost all systems being considered have inherently dynamic structures. In this talk, we will discuss the modeling of epidemic processes over topologically varying networks, and present stability analysis results which elucidate the behavior of these systems. Specifically, we will derive conditions that guarantee convergence to the disease free equilibrium under varying assumptions on the networks and disease process parameters. Simulation results and potential control actions will be presented and discussed to conclude the talk.

    Biography: Carolyn L. Beck is a faculty member in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. She completed her Ph.D. at Caltech, her M.S. at Carnegie Mellon, and her B.S. at Cal Poly, all in Electrical Engineering. Prior to completing her Ph.D., she was an R&D engineer at Hewlett- Packard in Santa Clara. Carolyn has held visiting faculty positions at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Stanford University, and Lund University in Lund, Sweden.

    She was the recipient of an NSF CAREER award and an ONR Young Investigator award, as well as local teaching awards. Her research interests range from network inference problems to control of anesthetic pharmacodynamics and include mathematical systems theory, model reduction and approximation for the purpose of analysis and control design, and clustering and aggregation methods.

    Host: Ketan Savla, ksavla@usc.edu

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gerrielyn Ramos

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  • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Seminar

    Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Matthew McHenry, Professor/UC Irvine

    Talk Title: Predator Sensing and Evasion in Fish

    Abstract: The ability to survive encounters with predators is fundamental to the biology of a broad diversity of species. However, it is largely unclear how prey animals sense and evade predators. We study how the sensory and motor systems of fishes facilitate predator evasion with a focus on zebrafish (Danio rerio), where the adults prey on larvae of the same species. We have learned that the flow-sensitive lateral line system is necessary for survival by rapidly triggering a 'fast start' escape response. By replicating these conditions with a predator robot and modeling the flow stimulus with computational fluid dynamics, we were able to examine the cues that prey fish use to sense a predator. We similarly modeled the visual stimuli presented by a predator's approach. For both stimuli, we found that larvae direct their escape rapidly with coarse directionality. By examining these interactions with pursuit-evasion game modeling, we found that these directional responses are effective due to the high speed of the escape relative to the slow approach of the predator. Therefore, zebrafish survive encounters with a predator using either visual or flow cues that trigger a poorly-directed, but fast, escape response.

    Biography: Matt McHenry is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Irvine. Since his freshman year at Vassar College, Matt has studied biomechanics and sensing in aquatic animals. He earned a doctorate with Mimi Koehl at UC Berkeley and completed postdoctoral studies with George Lauder at Harvard. His lab's research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research.

    Host: Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ashleen Knutsen

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  • Preparing for the Engineering Career Fair- Presented by Northrop Grumman

    Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join a Northrop Grumman recruiter as they help you create a strategy to optimize your time, learn best practices when approaching employers, and get useful tips to help you prepare for this event.

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Discover USC: Philadelphia

    Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Philadelphia.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Philadelphia Marriott West

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • ASBME: General Meeting 2

    Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Recruitment season is upon us, and ASBME wants to make sure that YOU are well equipped to snag the internship/job of your dreams. Join us at our general meeting as we hear from experienced upperclassmen who have sucessfully completed internships and CoOps at some of the biggest names in biomedical industry! Gain an insider's perspective into the application process, work expectations, company culture, and much more.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 227

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • Electronic Arts (EA) Info Session

    Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Hear from USC Alumni now working at EA on the Digital Platform team focusing on Big Data. Also, come meet past interns and listen to their experiences and projects they worked on over the summer.

    Location: SGM 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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