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

    Wed, Nov 07, 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!


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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Rebecca Kinnon

  • Why Blocks and Why Chains; A First Principles (Re)Design of Blockchains

    Wed, Nov 07, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Pramod Viswanath, Co-Founder and CEO, Applied Protocol Research, Inc University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Talk Title: Why Blocks and Why Chains; A First Principles (Re)Design of Blockchains

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

    Abstract: Today's blockchains do not scale in a meaningful way. As more nodes join the system, the efficiency of the system (computation, communication, and storage) degrades, or at best stays constant. Furthermore, the security of the permissionless system imposes limitations on the core performance metrics of throughput, latency and confirmation probability. We take a first principle approach to the blockchain ecosystem addressing each of the various components holistically. Our approach is characterized by seeking fundamental limits (those prescribed by the physics of the underlying network) to performance and designing algorithms that attain them. This research is informed by decades of experience in information theory, coding theory, algorithms, wireless communication and, packet networks. This talk will highlight key outcomes of this research program, including Prism (a new consensus algorithm that guarantees information theoretically optimal throughput, latency, reliability), Spider (a new networking protocol for off-chain payment channels), Polyshard (a new coded storage architecture), and Dandelion (a new network privacy layer).


    Biography: Pramod Viswanath received the Ph.D. degree in EECS from UC Berkeley in 2000. From 2000 to 2001, he was a member of research staff at Flarion technologies, NJ. Since 2001, he is on the faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he currently is a professor. He is a coauthor, with David Tse, of the text Fundamentals of Wireless Communication, which has been used in over 60 institutions around the world. He is coinventor of the opportunistic beamforming method and codesigner of Flash-OFDM communication algorithms adapted into fourth-generation cellular systems.

    His current research interests are in blockchain technologies from a variety of angles: networking protocols, consensus algorithms, payment channels, distributed coded storage and incentive designs. He is co-founder and CEO of Applied Protocol Research, a startup doing research on blockchain technologies. Applied Protocol Research is staffed by academics (professors, PhDs, and intern graduate students), with a wide variety of backgrounds (EE/CS/ECON covering both theory/systems) from different institutions (Berkeley, CMU, Illinois, MIT, Stanford, USC, UW-Seattle). This talk is joint work by the speaker with: Mohammad Alizadeh (MIT), Salman Avestimehr (USC), Giulia Fanti (CMU), Sreeram Kannan (UW-Seattle), Sewoong Oh (Illinois) and David Tse (Stanford).

    Host: Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Wed, Nov 07, 2018 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Jesse Kroll, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Low-cost air quality sensors for measuring atmospheric

    Abstract: See attachment

    Host: Dr. Patrick Lynett and Dr. George Ban-Weiss

    More Information: Jesse_Kroll_Announcement_v2.pdf

    Location: Ray R. Irani Hall (RRI) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

  • CAIS Seminar: Dr. Adnan Darwiche (UCLA) - Explaining and Verifying AI Systems

    Wed, Nov 07, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Adnan Darwiche, UCLA

    Talk Title: Explaining and Verifying AI Systems

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

    Abstract: Explaining the decisions of AI systems and formally verifying their properties have come into focus recently. In this talk, Dr. Darwiche will discuss an approach for explaining and verifying Bayesian network classifiers, which is based on compiling them into equivalent and symbolic decision graphs. He will also discuss a new class of circuits that are as expressive as neural networks and that can be synthesized from Bayesian network models, allowing one to provide formal guarantees on their behaviors regardless of how they are trained from data.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Dr. Adnan Darwiche is a professor and chairman of the computer science department at UCLA. He directs the automated reasoning group which focuses on probabilistic and logical reasoning, and their applications including to machine learning (http://reasoning.cs.ucla.edu/.

    Host: Milind Tambe

    Location: Mark Taper Hall Of Humanities (THH) - 301

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

  • Cryptoeconomics, Tokenomics, and the Economics of Blockchain

    Wed, Nov 07, 2018 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Course Sessions & Times:
    Session 1: Monday, November 5 | 6pm to 8pm
    Session 2: Wednesday, November 7 | 6pm to 8pm
    Session 3: Thursday, November 8 | 6pm to 8pm

    Course Outline:
    This mini-course is a collaboration between USC Viterbi Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things & Prysm Group.
    This three-session course provides an introduction to applicable economics for engineers and computer scientists working or interested in the blockchain and distributed ledger space. This course assumes a working knowledge of blockchain technology, but not previous knowledge of economics. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to identify the major economic challenges facing blockchain projects and current solutions.

    100% of course fee will be refunded upon completion of attending all sessions.

    Please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cryptoeconomics-tokenomics-and-the-economics-of-blockchain-mini-course-tickets-50744539283?aff=erelexpmlt

    More Information: 19.11.05_Cryptoecomics_MiniWorkshop_flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Graduate

    Contact: Brienne Moore

  • CS Colloquium: Paul Rosenbloom (USC) - A Common Model of Cognition (née A Standard Model of the Mind)

    Wed, Nov 07, 2018 @ 06:00 PM - 07:20 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom , USC

    Talk Title: A Common Model of Cognition (née A Standard Model of the Mind)

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: A common (or standard) model captures a community consensus over a coherent region of science, serving as a cumulative reference point for the field that can provide guidance for both research and applications, while also focusing efforts to extend or revise it. An effort has been initiated recently to build such a model for human-like minds, computational entities -" whether natural or artificial -" whose structures and processes are substantially similar to those found in human cognition. The core hypothesis is that cognitive architectures provide the appropriate computational abstraction for defining such a model, although the model is not itself such an architecture. The model began as a consensus at the 2013 AAAI Fall Symposium on Integrated Cognition but has since been extended via a synthesis across three existing cognitive architectures: ACT-R, Sigma, and Soar. The resulting model spans key aspects of structure and processing, memory and content, learning, and perception and motor; highlighting loci of architectural agreement as well as disagreement with the consensus while identifying potential areas of remaining incompleteness. Work to build this into a community-wide effort is also in progress.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Biography: Paul Rosenbloom is Professor of Computer Science in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California and Director for Cognitive Architecture Research at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies. He was a member of USC's Information Sciences Institute for two decades, ending as its Deputy Director, and earlier was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University. His research concentrates on cognitive architectures (integrated models of the fixed structures underlying minds), the possibility of a Common Model of Cognition (a community consensus concerning what must be in a cognitive architecture), and on the nature and structure of computing as a scientific domain and its overlap with the other domains of human study. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Cognitive Science Society.

    More Info: https://goo.gl/forms/w7WRcpF7xqY3As4T2

    Host: AAAI@USC

    Location: Mark Taper Hall Of Humanities (THH) - 202

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

  • Industrial and Systems Engineering Alumni & Industry Spotlight Panel

    Wed, Nov 07, 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

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

  • ASBME GM 5: Product Development

    Wed, Nov 07, 2018 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity

    Come join ASBME as Hope Miller from Karten Design comes and tells us about her company. Karten Design is a product innovation company that works to solve many of the problems facing healthcare today. Come learn about the process of product development, how a company like this is organized and runs on a daily basis, and to learn how to best tailor your college experience for a future career in industry!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 227

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering