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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Oct 24, 2016 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Frances Richmond, PhD, USC Faculty Pharmacy, Dir Int Center for Regulatory Science

    Talk Title: Regulatory and quality challenges for new product commercialization

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems

    Mon, Oct 24, 2016 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Mihailo Jovanovic, Professor, University of Minnesota

    Talk Title: Controller Architectures: Tradeoffs between Performance and Complexity

    Abstract: This talk describes the design of controller architectures that achieve a desired tradeoff between performance of cyber-physical systems and controller complexity. Our methodology consists of two steps. First, we design controller architecture by incorporating regularization functions into the optimal control problem and, second, we optimize the controller over the identified architecture. For large-scale networks of dynamical systems, the desired structural property is captured by limited information exchange between physical and cyber layers and the regularization term penalizes the number of communication links. In the first step, the controller architecture is designed using a customized proximal augmented Lagrangian algorithm. This method exploits separability of the sparsity-promoting regularization terms and transforms the augmented Lagrangian into a form that is continuously differentiable and can be efficiently minimized using a variety of methods. Although structured optimal control problems are, in general, nonconvex, we identify classes of convex problems that arise in the design of symmetric systems, undirected consensus and synchronization networks, optimal selection of sensors and actuators, and decentralized control of positive systems. Examples are provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the framework.

    Biography: Mihailo Jovanovic (www.umn.edu/~mihailo) received the PhD degree from UC Santa Barbara, in 2004. He is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota and has held visiting positions with Stanford University and the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications. His current research focuses on design of controller architectures, dynamics and control of fluid flows, and fundamental limitations in the control of large networks of dynamical systems. He serves as an Associate Editor of the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, Vice Chair of the APS External Affairs Committee, and had served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board from July 2006 until December 2010. Prof. Jovanovic received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2007, the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award from the IEEE Control Systems Society in 2013, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from UC Santa Barbara in 2014.

    Host: Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Estela Lopez

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  • Information Session in Shanghai, China

    Mon, Oct 24, 2016 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Interested in graduate studies in engineering or computer science?

    Candidates with a strong academic background and a Bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or physical science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend an information session to learn more about applying to graduate engineering programs at the University of Southern California.

    These events will be hosted by Ray Xu, Director of the USC Viterbi Shanghai Office, and joined by Camillia Lee, Assistant Dean for Graduate Recruitment at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

    Topics to be covered:

    - Master's & Ph.D. Programs in Engineering and Computer Science
    - How to Apply
    - Scholarships and Funding
    - Student Life at USC and in Los Angeles
    - Application Tips

    There will also be sufficient time for questions during the information session.

    For questions about these events, please contact us at viterbi.gradprograms@usc.edu.


    Location: JW Marriott Shanghai Tomorrow Square, Shanghai, China

    Audiences: Prospective students with a background in engineering, math or hard science

    Contact: Mary Kae/Graduate and Professional Programs

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