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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi School of Engineering for a virtual information session via WebEx, providing an introduction to DEN@Viterbi, our top ranked online delivery system. Discover the 40+ graduate engineering and computer science programs available entirely online.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives during the session to discuss the admission process, program details and the benefits of online delivery for the working professional.

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3fdecc62522f8cfc54ea3d0d32ca7b3a

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    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

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Repeating EventUndergraduate Advisement Drop-in Hours

    Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Do you have a quick question? The CS advisement team will be available for drop-in live chat advisement for declared undergraduate students in our four majors during the fall semester on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm PDT. Access the live chat on our website at: https://www.cs.usc.edu/chat/

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Undergrad

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    Posted By: USC Computer Science

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

    Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Walid Saad, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virgina Tech

    Talk Title: Reliable Low Latency Communications for Connected Autonomy: Experienced Deep Learning and Control

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

    Abstract: In this talk, we provide an overview on the frontier of research in the area of ultra reliable low latency communications (URLLC) for connected autonomy. In particular, we first introduce a novel framework, dubbed experienced deep learning, that combines deep reinforcement learning with generative adversarial networks (GANs) to enable model-free URLLC under limited data availability and without requiring any knowledge or assumptions on the delay models of the wireless users. This framework is particularly suitable to enable reliable and low latency connectivity for connected autonomy applications whose performance is highly sensitive to the dynamics of the wireless network environment. We show how the proposed framework can intelligently optimize wireless resources while balancing the tradeoff between reliability, latency, and rate. This approach presents a major departure from prior URLLC approaches that often ignore the rate requirements of the users and rely on historic data or on unrealistic delay modeling assumptions. Then, we turn our attention to the problem of joint communications and control for autonomous connected vehicles. In this area, we introduce a new cyber-physical approach for characterizing the wireless reliability of an autonomous vehicle system while being explicitly cognizant of its control system requirements. After characterizing reliability, we show how one can optimize the operation of the autonomous vehicle system while jointly taking into account the delay of the vehicular network and the stability of the control system The synergies between URLLC and control system designs are then discussed. We conclude the talk with an overview on future opportunities in these exciting areas.

    Biography: Walid Saad received his Ph.D degree from the University of Oslo in 2010. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he leads the Network sciEnce, Wireless, and Security (NEWS) laboratory. His research interests include wireless networks, machine learning, game theory, security, unmanned aerial vehicles, cyber-physical systems, and network science. Dr. Saad is a Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is also the recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2013 and the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in 2015. He was the author/co-author of nine conference best paper awards at WiOpt in 2009, ICIMP in 2010, IEEE WCNC in 2012, IEEE PIMRC in 2015, IEEE SmartGridComm in 2015, EuCNC in 2017, IEEE GLOBECOM in 2018, IFIP NTMS in 2019, and IEEE ICC in 2020. He is the recipient of the 2015 Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, of the 2017 IEEE ComSoc Best Young Professional in Academia award, of the 2018 IEEE ComSoc Radio Communications Committee Early Achievement Award, and of the 2019 IEEE ComSoc Communication Theory Technical Committee. He was also a co-author of the 2019 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper. He received the Dean's award for Research Excellence from Virginia Tech in 2019. He currently serves as an editor for most major IEEE Transactions.

    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

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Shilpa Khatri, University of California Merced

    Talk Title: Fluid-Structure Interactions within Marine Phenomena

    Abstract: To understand the fluid dynamics of marine phenomena fluid-structure interaction problems must be solved. Challenges exist in developing numerical techniques to solve these complex flow problems with boundary conditions at fluid-structure interfaces. I will present details of two different problems where these challenges are handled: (1) modeling of pulsating soft corals and (2) simulations of crab odor-capture organs. Both of these problems will be motivated by field and experimental work in the marine sciences. I will discuss these related data and provide comparisons with the modeling.

    Biography: Shilpa Khatri received her Ph.D. in 2009 from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (NYU). After a postdoctoral position in the Department of Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she joined the faculty in Applied Mathematics at UC Merced in 2014. The focus of her research is fluid dynamics arising in the context of marine phenomena, such as the transport of nutrients, organisms, and pollutants in the ocean. She designs numerical methods for mathematical models that she develops and analyzes while comparing with experimental data - specifically for fluid-structure interactions and multiphase flows.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92600319795

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92600319795

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92600319795

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tessa Yao

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  • Evaluating & Negotiating Job Offers Open Forum

    Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Consider best practices on evaluating and negotiating job or internship offers 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

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CAIS Seminar: Meredith Gore (Michigan State University) - Wildlife Trafficking in the Anthropocene: Conservation, Crime & Communities

    Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Meredith Gore, Michigan State University

    Talk Title: Wildlife Trafficking in the Anthropocene: Conservation, Crime & Communities

    Series: USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS) Seminar Series

    Abstract: Levels of unsustainable and illegal natural resource exploitation have escalated in scope, scale, and severity. Illegal over-harvest of plant and animal species occurs around the world and poses risks to species, ecosystems, and people. Beyond the risk of species loss, overexploitation represents stolen natural resources, is associated with corruption and insecurity, human rights abuses, and regional destabilization in some of the world's most vulnerable developing nations. This presentation will discuss conservation criminology-”an interdisciplinary and applied science for understanding risks to global natural resources. Two case studies will illustrate how conservation criminology offers novel human dimensions insight about crime prevention and more responsive law enforcement in dynamic and multi-scale conservation contexts. The first case study tracks more than a decade of research on environmental insecurity, illegal logging and wildlife trafficking in Madagascar using participatory and interdisciplinary intelligence mapping. The second case study highlights illegal urban wildlife trafficking in Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Congo using negative space and participatory risk mapping of illicit supply chains as well as crime-place network theory and crime science. Although the presentation will focus mostly on wildlife trafficking and illegal logging, conservation criminology is applicable to other causes and consequences of environmental change, including illegal fishing and mining, invasive species, emerging infectious disease and water insecurity.


    Register in advance for this webinar at:

    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J3Q9F7t_SfOF0LcL5p-KbA

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

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.



    Biography: Prof. Meredith Gore is a conservation social scientist leveraging concepts of risk to enhance understanding of human-environment relationships. Her scholarship is designed to build evidence for action. The majority of her scientific inquiry can be described as convergence research on conservation issues such as wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, fishing and mining. Prof. Gore received her PhD in Natural Resource Policy and Management from Cornell University, MA in Environment and Resource Policy from George Washington University, and BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Brandeis University. She is a National Academies of Sciences Jefferson Science Fellow, US Department of State Embassy Science Fellow and Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leader.


    Host: USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS)

    Location: Online Zoom Webinar

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi School of Engineering for a virtual information session via WebEx, providing an introduction to DEN@Viterbi, our top ranked online delivery system. Discover the 40+ graduate engineering and computer science programs available entirely online.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives during the session to discuss the admission process, program details and the benefits of online delivery for the working professional.

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee77e58de03019701d139422d3e7955ce

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • USC MEGA Student Speaker Series

    Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    In preparation for the Newbies & Vets Game Jam, MEGA has a Unity workshop that is perfect for beginners! Come join us this Wednesday, October 14 at 5:00 PM PST for A Unity Overview to End Them All with Weston Bell-Geddes. In this talk, Weston will be doing a live code demo covering the basic concepts of constructing a game. After that, we will dive into some more advanced topics and explore the depths of Unity beyond the game engine. If you would like to follow along, Weston will be using Unity version 2019.4.12f1 during the workshop. Whether you are completely new to making games or you would like to solidify your knowledge of Unity and C#, all are welcome to join!

    Weston Bell-Geddes is currently a sophomore at USC majoring in Interactive Entertainment and minoring in Video Game Programming and Immersive Media. In addition to having four years of experience as a professional augmented and virtual reality developer, he also has experience as a NASA Unity Engineer Intern. You may also remember Weston as one of the creators of Left on Read, which was released in May 2020 and has over 200,000 downloads. Have any questions for Weston? Stick around after the presentation for a quick Q&A session!

    Check out Weston's work here: https://www.westonbdev.com/

    Zoom link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93739845990?pwd=ay9vNlVkOWszMy94bG9oaDEwR1VMUT09
    Meeting ID: 937 3984 5990
    Passcode: 101420 **

    **The passcode will always be the date of the event!

    For any questions, please email megamesusc@gmail.com or reach out to us via our socials:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/USCMEGA
    Discord: https://discord.gg/4rDUD6H
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MEGA_USC
    Website: www.uscmega.org

    Best,
    MEGA

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93739845990?pwd=ay9vNlVkOWszMy94bG9oaDEwR1VMUT09

    Audiences: Undergraduate and Graduate Students

    Posted By: USC MEGA

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  • Academic Integrity Session for CS Undergraduates

    Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Viterbi Learning Program (VLP) invites you to join the Academic Integrity Session on Wednesday, October 14th at 5:00 p.m. (PDT). Led by Viterbi faculty, the session is designed to help engineering students better understand the Viterbi Code of Integrity and how to prevent academic integrity violations.

    This session will focus on academic integrity within Computer Science. This session is for undergraduate students.

    Please feel free to join the session by using the link below:

    Zoom Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98027727491

    For more information about the Viterbi Code of Integrity, please see https://viterbischool.usc.edu/academic-integrity/. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

    Best regards,

    Viterbi Academic Services

    Academic Services
    Viterbi Admission & Student Engagement (VASE)
    USC Viterbi School of Engineering
    University of Southern California

    More Information: Academic Integrity Session Flyer.pdf

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98027727491

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: USC Computer Science

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