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

    Mon, Oct 15, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    University Calendar


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS seniors and younger) 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!

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Rebecca Kinnon

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  • CS Colloquium: Judea Pearl (UCLA) - The New Science of Cause and Effect

    Mon, Oct 15, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Judea Pearl, UCLA

    Talk Title: The New Science of Cause and Effect

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: Professor Judea Pearl's talk will summarize a revolution that has changed the way scientists deal with cause-effect questions and that will have profound effects on our future. Pearl will first describe how hard causal questions that long were regarded as
    either metaphysical or unmanageable can now be solved using elementary steps and what this tells us about how our mind achieves causal understanding. He will then outline how robots can be built that learn to communicate in our language of cause and effect and reason counterfactually about credit and blame, regret, intent and responsibility.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    This talk is co-sponsored by: USC Viterbi Department of Computer Science, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USC Marshall Department of Data Sciences and Operations and USC Dornsife Department of Economics.


    Biography: Judea Pearl is a professor of computer science and statistics at UCLA, where he directs the Cognitive Systems Laboratory and conducts research in artificial intelligence, human cognition, and philosophy of science. Pearl is the 2011 recipient of the ACM Alan Turing Award, and the 2002 London School of Economics Lakatos Award in the philosophy of science. He is the author of Heuristics (1983), Probabilistic Reasoning (1988), Causality (2000, 2009) and most recently co-authored The Book of Why (2018).


    Host: Computer Science Department and School of Communication in Annenberg

    Location: Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN) 106 (Sheindlin Forum)

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Oct 15, 2018 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Hanming Peng, USC Visiting Professor

    Talk Title: Drug delivery for cancer application

    Host: Qifa Zhou

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • Resume Lab - Bring your Laptop!

    Mon, Oct 15, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Labs are an activity where you can work on your resume in the presence of a career advisor to get tips on the spot.

    Bring your Laptop!

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Fall 2018 Joint CSC@USC/CommNetS-MHI Seminar Series

    Mon, Oct 15, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Stanley Chan, Purdue University

    Talk Title: Understanding Plug-and-Play ADMM: Convergence, Objective Function, and Generalization

    Abstract: The Plug-and-Play (PnP) ADMM algorithm is a recently developed image restoration method that allows advanced image denoisers to be integrated into physical forward models to yield a provable convergent algorithm. Since its introduction in 2013, PnP ADMM has enabled numerous record-breaking image recovery results in deblurring, inpainting, super-resolution, Poisson denoising, and compressed sensing, etc. However, despite the successful applications and promising results, very little is known about why PnP ADMM performs so well. Fundamentally, the challenge lies in the fact that many of the latest denoisers are not easily expressible as proximal maps, e.g., deep neural networks.
    In this talk, I will highlight a few recent progresses made by my group and collaborators. I will discuss three questions. (1) Convergence: Under what conditions of the denoisers will PnP ADMM converge? Answering this question will allow us to comment on what kind of denoisers we can use and what kind of convergence we should expect. (2) Objective Function: By plugging in an off-the-shelf denoiser, what does PnP ADMM actually solve? That is, what is the corresponding objective function? This problem will tell us why and when PnP ADMM will perform well, and when PnP ADMM will fail. (3) Generalization: Are we able to generalize PnP ADMM to accommodate multiple agents beyond a single forward model and a single denoiser? This leads to a new concept called consensus equilibrium, which allows us to integrate multiple weak experts to produce an overall strong recovery method. I will illustrate the ideas through examples in image denoising, graph signal processing, turbulence removal and automatic foreground extraction.


    Biography: Stanley H. Chan is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Statistics at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He received the B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hong Kong in 2007, the M.A. degree in Mathematics from UC San Diego in 2009, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego in 2011. In 2012-2014, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard. His PhD study and postdoctoral training were supported by the Croucher Foundation PhD Scholarship and postdoctoral Fellowship, two of the most prestigious scholarships in Hong Kong.
    Dr. Chan is a recipient of the Best Paper Award of IEEE International Conference on Image Processing 2016 for his work on single photon image sensors. He is also a recipient of multiple education awards including the IEEE Signal Processing Cup Second Prize, Purdue College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, Eta Kappa Nu Teaching Award, Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Professor Award, and Purdue Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship.
    Dr. Chan is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging since 2018, an Associate Editor of OSA Optics Express in 2016 - 2018, an Elected Member and the subcommittee Chair of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Special Interest Group in Computational Imaging since 2015. He was the co-chair and co-organizer of the computational imaging special session in ICIP 2016, and had served on multiple technical program committees including ICIP, ICASSP, OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress, and Midwest Machine Learning Symposium.


    Host: Antonio Ortega, antonio.ortega@sipi.usc.edu

    More Info: http://csc.usc.edu/seminars/2018Fall/chan.html

    More Information: 18.10.15 Stanley Chan_CSC@USC Seminar.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Brienne Moore

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  • Biomedical Engineering Alumni & Industry Spotlight Panel

    Mon, Oct 15, 2018 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Viterbi Industry & Alumni Spotlight is a great opportunity for you to connect with USC alumni and industry professionals that have been in your shoes. They will share their experiences on how they got to where they are in their career and offer words of wisdom along the way. This is an undergraduate only event.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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