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  • Photonics Seminar Series

    Tue, Oct 12, 2021 @ 01:30 AM - 02:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Jiefei Zhang, Professor University of Southern California

    Talk Title: On-Chip Scalable Ordered Single Photon Sources: A Step Closer to Quantum Optical Circuits

    Series: Photonics Seminar

    Host: Electrical and Computer Engineering: Wade Hsu, Mercedeh Khajavikhan, Michelle Povinelli, Constantine Sideris, and Wei Wu

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91808071892?pwd=VUwyK3NSNW5rSzVLQzFKSGdPc05yUT09

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91808071892?pwd=VUwyK3NSNW5rSzVLQzFKSGdPc05yUT09

    More Information: Photonics Seminar _Jiefei Zhang 10-12-21.pdf

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

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91808071892?pwd=VUwyK3NSNW5rSzVLQzFKSGdPc05yUT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Jennifer Ramos/Electrophysics

  • Repeating EventSkill-Building for Success: Reading Strategies

    Tue, Oct 12, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Hello Trojans!

    Are you looking for assistance on returning to campus, improving their time management skills, and alleviating stress? Please come to our workshops and Drop-in hours hosted by the USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity. No reservation or appointment is required for our workshops and drop-ins.

    KCLC will be hosting Drop-in Hours and Skill Building for Success Workshops on Zoom with a weekly theme of time management, reading strategies, stress management or test-taking. The workshops will be interactive with great tips and resources.

    This week, KCLC will be focusing on Reading Strategies, acquiring strategies for how to complete your course readings effectively and improve comprehension.

    Drop-in hours are available for undergraduate or graduate students to meet with an academic coach without needing to make a reservation. These sessions may be held in a group setting, dependent upon staffing availability and demand.

    If you are interested in learning more about weekly academic coaching, email us at kortschakcenter@usc.edu for additional information.

    KCLC will have more events throughout the semester, and you can check out the most up to date workshop and drop-in schedule on their website https://kortschakcenter.usc.edu/events/

    More Information: Oct 2021 Skill-Building for Success.pdf

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95019147813

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity

  • ENGL-352: Maymester Bookpacking Experience Info Session

    Tue, Oct 12, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Workshops & Infosessions

    We want to share an exciting Maymester opportunity from the USC English Department:

    Do you want to get away? Use some of your elective units to join award-winning BBC filmmaker Andrew Chater in a unique Bookpacking experience.

    The Maymester Bookpacking experience is open to all students; we would like to have a diverse group of students to provide different perspectives. Maymester courses will appear in the Spring 2022 Schedule of Classes, but are stand-alone Faculty-Led Program (FLP) offerings that provide exceptional opportunities for research and experiential learning off-campus, throughout the United States, or even abroad.

    If you are interested in the ENGL-352g "Bookpacking 'The Big Easy'" Maymester class, which counts for GE-B "Humanistic Inquiry" credit, please plan to attend an informational session with Professor Andrew Chater on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12th, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm or WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20th from 12:00 pm TO 1:00 pm via Zoom.

    The info session will be an open forum setting, and you will be able to come in and excuse yourself at any point.

    The ENGL-352g course will take you through New Orleans and Southern Louisiana, where you will learn about the French Creole, Cajun, White Protestant, and African-Americans by living the experience through novels, music, and southern food.

    If you have any questions, please email Andrew Chater at chater@usc.edu or Jose G. Perez-Guerrero at jperezgu@usc.edu.

    Applications are due FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22nd by 4:30 pm via email to jperezgu@usc.edu with a Subject Line: ENGL-352 Application.

    More Information: ENGL_352_Maymester_Application_Fillable_Form_1_.pdf

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/9305949062

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Andrew Chater

  • Repeating EventCS Undergraduate Live Chat Drop-in Advisement

    Tue, Oct 12, 2021 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity

    CS Advisors will be available on Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays this fall from 1:30pm to 2:30pm to assist undergraduates in our four majors (CSCI, CSBA, CSGA, and CECS) via Live Chat. Access the live chat through our website at https://cs.usc.edu/chat

    Location: Online - Live Chat

    Audiences: Undergrad

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    Contact: USC Computer Sciecne

  • Repeating EventDrop-In Weekly Office Hours [Virtual] Posted By: Center for Advanced Research Computing

    Tue, Oct 12, 2021 @ 02:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Every Tuesday, office hours are an opportunity for CARC users to ask questions about research computing. No appointment/registration is necessary, but you must use your USC credentials to access the Zoom meeting by clicking "Register" below. For in-person support, we are also in Leavey Library room 3M (basement) during this same time period. Register Here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Center for Advanced Research Computing

  • ***CANCELLED*** No ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Oct 12, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Location: Zoom/Online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

  • CS Colloquium: Thomas Howard (University of Rochester) - Enabling Grounded Language Communication for Human-Robot Teaming

    Tue, Oct 12, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Thomas Howard, University of Rochester

    Talk Title: Enabling Grounded Language Communication for Human-Robot Teaming

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: The ability for robots to effectively understand natural language instructions and convey information about their observations and interactions with the physical world is highly dependent on the sophistication and fidelity of the robot's representations of language, environment, and actions. As we progress towards more intelligent systems that perform a wider range of tasks in a greater variety of domains, we need models that can adapt their representations of language and environment to achieve the real-time performance necessitated by the cadence of human-robot interaction within the computational resource constraints of the platform. In this talk I will review my laboratory's research on algorithms and models for robot planning, mapping, control, and interaction with a specific focus on language-guided adaptive perception and bi-directional communication with deliberative interactive estimation.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:

    After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Biography: Thomas Howard is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Rochester. He also holds secondary appointments in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Computer Science, is an affiliate of the Goergen Institute of Data Science and directs the University of Rochester's Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Previously he held appointments as a research scientist and a postdoctoral associate at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the Robust Robotics Group, a research technologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Robotic Software Systems Group, and a lecturer in mechanical engineering at Caltech.

    Howard earned a PhD in robotics from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009 in addition to BS degrees in electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester in 2004. His research interests span artificial intelligence, robotics, and human-robot interaction with a research focus on improving the optimality, efficiency, and fidelity of models for decision making in complex and unstructured environments with applications to robot motion planning, natural language understanding, and human-robot teaming. Howard was a member of the flight software team for the Mars Science Laboratory, the motion planning lead for the JPL/Caltech DARPA Autonomous Robotic Manipulation team, and a member of Tartan Racing, winner of the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. Howard has earned Best Paper Awards at RSS (2016) and IEEE SMC (2017), two NASA Group Achievement Awards (2012, 2014), was a finalist for the ICRA Best Manipulation Paper Award (2012) and was selected for the NASA Early Career Faculty Award (2019). Howard's research at the University of Rochester has been supported by National Science Foundation, Army Research Office, Army Research Laboratory, Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the New York State Center of Excellence in Data Science.

    Host: Stefanos Nikolaidis

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Rf6FW9NNSIWBkuNs9P5EcQ

    Location: Online Zoom Webinar

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Rf6FW9NNSIWBkuNs9P5EcQ

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Tue, Oct 12, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 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.

    Register here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Viterbi Admission

  • Mork Family Department Fall Seminars - Oliver Fiehn, UC, Davis

    Tue, Oct 12, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    University Calendar

    Mork Family Department Fall Seminars - Oliver Fiehn, UC, Davis
    Host: Prof. Nick Graham

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 982 2595 2695
    Passcode: 322435

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98225952695?pwd=d0NMenhCNkliR1ZIR1lBamRpZHh1UT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Greta Harrison

  • PhD Defense - Danyong Zhao

    Tue, Oct 12, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar

    PhD candidate: Dangyong Zhao

    Jernej Barbic (Chair)
    C.-C. Jay Kuo
    Yong Chen

    Date and Time: 10/12 at 4pm

    Acquisition of Human Tissue Elasticity Properties Using Pressure Sensors


    Physically based simulation of the human body in three dimensions is important in many applications in computer graphics, animation, virtual reality, virtual commerce, ergonomics and virtual medicine. Finite Element Method (FEM) is a robust and reliable approach to simulate deformable dynamics of three-dimensional elastic structures. However, for quality simulation that matches the behavior of real human tissues, FEM needs accurate material properties that correctly model real relationships between the strains and stresses in the human tissue. This thesis presents methods to capture such nonlinear materials for the human musculo-skeletal tissue (skin, fat, muscles) in vivo, through carefully designed poking experiments, force meters, lasers and ultrasound measuring devices. From our experiments, we obtain ground-truth relationships between the contact force and skin deformation. We then fit material models that best approximate the acquired real-world data.

    First, we design a measuring device that can simultaneously capture the skin contact force and the skin deformation, consisting of a force meter and a laser distance measuring device. We design sliding and pivoting joints to rigidly attach the force meter to the laser device, so that diverse human body locations (arm, hand, belly, etc.) can be measured ergonomically and reliably. We also use an ultrasound device to capture the depth of the human subcutaneous fat at different locations; enabling us to generate a 3d model of the fat layer, and optionally also the muscle layer, of the human body.

    Second, we propose a novel approach to equivalently convert 3D FEM simulations into 2D simulation, suitable for our material capture. This method permits us to greatly speed up our material optimizations, without losing any accuracy. We validated this approach by comparing the simulation result from 2D equations and the 3D traditional equations. We propose to use natural cubic splines to parameterize the three separable scalar elastic energy density functions based on the Valanis-Landel material model. Based on our novel 2D simulation method and the spline-based non-linear isotropic material, we present an efficient method to compute the gradient of the objective function for optimization and use the conjugate gradient optimization method to optimize the material.

    Lastly, we use our acquired materials to design the geometric shape of rigid supporting surfaces to maximize the ergonomics of physically based contact between the surface and a deformable human. We model the soft deformable human using a layer of FEM deformable tissue surrounding a rigid core, with measured realistic elastic material properties, and large-deformation nonlinear analysis using our material capturing and optimizing method. We define a novel cost function to measure the ergonomics of contact between the human and the supporting surface. We give a stable and computationally efficient contact model that is differentiable with respect to the supporting surface shape. This makes it possible to optimize our ergonomic cost function using gradient-based optimizers. We 3D-print the optimized shoe sole, measure contact pressure using pressure sensors, and demonstrate that the real unoptimized and optimized pressure distributions qualitatively match those predicted by our simulation.

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94230145329

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

  • The Fall Viterbi Networking Event

    Tue, Oct 12, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Receptions & Special Events

    The Fall Viterbi Networking Event on October 12th is open to all Viterbi class levels in the following departments: ASTE, AME, BME, CE, CHE, & ISE. (https://viterbicareers.usc.edu/viterbi-in-person-networking-event/)

    Connects students with Viterbi Alumni and industry professionals.
    Learn about different employers.
    Explore various industries.
    Get advice from recruiters and engineers.
    Set up informational interviews.

    This event will be hosted in-person in Epstein Family Plaza.

    How to Register:

    Login to Viterbi Career Gateway: https://viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/
    Go to Events under, Type, select Career Fairs
    Find the event titled, Fall 2021 Viterbi Networking Event

    Location: Epstein Family Plaza

    Audiences: Departments: ASTE, AME, BME, CE, CHE, & ISE.

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections