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  • ECE Seminar: High-Assurance Design Methods for Trustworthy Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems

    Tue, Oct 18, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Professor Pierluigi Nuzzo, Ming Hsieh Dept of ECE, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Talk Title: High-Assurance Design Methods for Trustworthy Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems

    Abstract: Correctness and safety assurance is of utmost importance in mission-critical systems for various applications, for example, in avionics, automobiles, robotics, and manufacturing. In these systems, increasingly more sophisticated tasks that were previously allocated to humans are expected to be performed by software, including modern artificial intelligence (AI) methods. One of the biggest challenges to full autonomy is arguably in showing that these AI and autonomous software functions will still satisfy the stringent safety and correctness requirements of mission-critical systems in uncertain or unpredictable environments. In this talk, I will introduce our approach toward enhancing design-time assurance for trustworthy autonomous cyber-physical systems. I will present synthesis methods for correct-by-construction design of optimal control and reinforcement learning policies in uncertain and unknown environments with provable guarantees on the satisfaction of complex missions, expressed by temporal logic specifications. I will then introduce the rich specification formalism of stochastic assume-guarantee contracts for compositional, quantitative requirement analysis and system verification under uncertainty. Finally, I will discuss how stochastic contracts can provide the semantic foundation for the automated construction of assurance cases, structured arguments about system dependability, which can accelerate system certification and help transition from a process-driven to a property-driven certification approach.

    Biography: Pierluigi Nuzzo is an Assistant Professor and the Kenneth C. Dahlberg Early Career Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at USC, where he is also the Associate Director of the Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence. He received the PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley, and BS and MS degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Pisa and the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy. Before joining UC Berkeley, he held research positions at the University of Pisa and IMEC, Leuven, Belgium, working on analog and mixed-signal circuit design. His interests focus on methodologies and tools for high-assurance design of cyber-physical systems and systems-on-chip, including the application of formal methods and optimization theory to problems in embedded and cyber-physical systems, electronic design automation, requirement engineering, security, and artificial intelligence. He received the 2022 Early-Career Award from the IEEE Technical Committee on Cyber-Physical Systems, the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2020, the NSF CAREER Award in 2019, and best paper and design competition awards from the International Conference on Formal Methods and Models for System Design (MEMOCODE), the International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS), the Design Automation Conference (DAC) and the International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC). His awards also include the IBM PhD Fellowship, the UC Berkeley Outstanding Instructor Award, and the UC Berkeley EECS David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize for his doctoral research.

    Host: Professor Richard M. Leahy (leahy@sipi.usc.edu)

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91207739138?pwd=aDVQOXRwNUZyMm5DYXhvTTM5K0Z1dz09

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91207739138?pwd=aDVQOXRwNUZyMm5DYXhvTTM5K0Z1dz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher

  • Tenstorrent Information Session

    Tue, Oct 18, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Tenstorrent Information Session

    Date: Tuesday, October 18th
    Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Location: Zoom RSVP HERE

    At Tenstorrent, we are working on building high performance computers based on open source RISC-V architecture, under the vision and leadership of Jim Keller.

    During this Trojan Talk, our CPU core team leads Srikanth Arekapudi and Divyang Agrawal will share the latest news about our current and upcoming products, such as GraySkull.

    We will also talk about current/future opportunities in our CPU DV and CPU RTL Design teams and tell you more about our recruitment process.

    Speakers: Srikanth Arekapudi & Divyang Agrawal (RISC-V CPU core team leads)

    Current Opportunities

    CPU DV Spring / Summer Internship
    CPU RTL Design Spring / Summer Internship
    CPU DV graduate full-time role
    CPU RTL Design graduate full-time role

    What majors and class levels are you interested in connecting with? EE/CE Bachelors, Masters and PhDs

    Are you recruiting for internships, full-time, or both? Both, however, you need to be able to work full time and on-site during your internship.

    Can you offer Visa sponsorship? Depends on the situation but in most cases, we can.

    Are you able to hire a student on CPT or OPT? Yes

    Location: Zoom, please see below for details on how to RSVP

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections


    Tue, Oct 18, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - GER 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

  • Apple Information Session - What it Takes to Stand Out (External, Virtual)

    Tue, Oct 18, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Apple Information Session - What it Takes to Stand Out

    There is a Place at Apple for Every Kind of Brilliant
    Our differences are our greatest strengths, leading to the collaboration and innovation that allow you to do the best work of your life.

    October 18, 2022
    3:30 p.m. â“ 4:30 p.m. PT
    Register in Viterbi Career Gateway

    Please create a profile at jobs.apple.com before the event.
    Questions? Email uevents@apple.com

    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Viterbi Career Connections Office. They are posted on Viterbi Career Connections because they may be of interest to members of the Viterbi community. The inclusion of any activity does not indicate USC sponsorship or endorsement of that activity or event. It is the participants responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Location: Virtual

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

  • MFD Seminar: Mechanisms for Diffusion Dependent Interfacial Strain: New Insights for Ultrahigh Temperature In Situ TEM

    Tue, Oct 18, 2022 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Professor Shen J. Dillon, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Irvine

    Talk Title: Mechanisms for Diffusion Dependent Interfacial Strain: New Insights for Ultrahigh Temperature In Situ TEM

    Abstract: Series: MFD Distinguished Lecture Series

    Polycrystals can exhibit high-temperature interface-mediated strain in response to an externally applied stress, such as creep, superplasticity, or hot-press sintering, or internal stress, such as stress relaxation at interfaces during thermal cycling or oxide scale growth, fission bubble growth, and densification during sintering. Such problems have mostly been analyzed and treated in the context of purely diffusional models. The diffusional flux, however, is one of only three necessary steps or conditions required for diffusional dependent interfacial strain, the other two include interfacial dislocation nucleation and the emission and absorption of point defects at the interfacial dislocations. The prevalence of diffusional rate limited models results from somewhat unsubstantiated assumptions within the early literature along with the non-uniqueness of the various rate-limiting kinetic models, i.e., disparate models often fit isothermal kinetic data obtained from polycrystalline experiments equally well.

    Our group developed a laser heating-based approach for ultrahigh temperature in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) during small-scale mechanical testing. This approach enables a more direct characterization of interfacial strain kinetics and thermodynamics at individual grain boundaries, which provides an improved basis for evaluating the high-temperature deformation mechanisms. This talk will present experiments that reveal grain boundary dislocation nucleation limits interfacial strain kinetics in many systems up to relatively large stresses. Based on the experimental observations, new models for sintering and grain boundary creep are developed to account for the appropriate mechanism. These are demonstrated to fit experimental data well, predict broad trends in the literature, and provide explanations for several poorly understood phenomena within the sintering and creep literature. The talk will conclude by discussing the broader implications of the new scientific understanding.

    Biography: Shen J. Dillon is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California Irvine. He received his B.S. and then Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Lehigh University in 2007. He began as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009 and joined the faculty at UC Irvine in 2021. His scientific interests relate to understanding the key role played by inorganic interfacial structure-property relationships in affecting the performance of systems in extreme environments. Much of his recent work relates to developing and applying novel in situ characterization techniques that can be applied to understanding the dynamic properties of materials and their interfaces. He is the author of over 100 articles and was a recipient of the 2011 Department of Energy Early Career Award, the 2013 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the 2015 American Ceramic Society's Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars.

    Host: Professor Branicio, Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    More Information: Shen Dillon Seminar Flyer 10.18.22 (1).pdf

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 352

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Anthony Tritto