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  • Jian Pei (Simon Fraser University) - Defining One Unified CS through Many Diversified Paths

    Wed, Nov 17, 2021 @ 09:00 AM - 09:45 AM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jian Pei, Simon Fraser University

    Talk Title: Defining One Unified CS through Many Diversified Paths

    Abstract: Computer science broadly construed becomes a new dimension disruptive in higher education and research. Computer science departments face grand opportunities and challenges. Most importantly, a responsible computer science department should obligatorily take the lead to establish a university-wise unified computer science identity, including strategies, workforces, culture, and impact, and leverage and extend the rich leadership, advantages, and resources of the university. We need to ensure that the unified CS identity best contributes to building an academic learning and research environment of inclusiveness, diversity, and equity. Defining one unified CS as a new dimension in educational programs and research initiatives has to embrace many diversified paths and inclusively collaborate with many units and resources on campus and beyond. In this talk, I will share my ideas about the strategies, organization, student experience, outreach, community building, recruitment and retention, and working plan to evolve from an established leading CS department today into a powerful engine of new CS era tomorrow.

    Biography: Jian Pei is a Professor in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. His research focuses on data science, big data, data mining, database systems, and information retrieval. His expertise is in developing effective and efficient data analysis techniques for novel data intensive applications, and transferring his research results to industry products and business practice. He is recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Canada's national academy), the Canadian Academy of Engineering, ACM, and IEEE. Since 2000, he has published one textbook, two monographs and over 300 research papers in refereed journals and conferences, which have been cited extensively by others. He was the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions of Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE) in 2013-16, the chair of ACM SIGKDD in 2017-2021. He received a few prestigious awards, including the 2017 ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award, the 2015 ACM SIGKDD Service Award, the 2014 IEEE ICDM Research Contributions Award, the British Columbia Innovation Council 2005 Young Innovator Award, an IBM Faculty Award, a KDD Best Application Paper Award, and an ICDE Influential Paper Award.

    Host: Ellis Horowitz

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 105

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Violence Against Women is a Men's Issue

    Wed, Nov 17, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Speaker Jackson Katz, Ph.D., will outline key conceptual frameworks and practical tools for engaging men and young men in the prevention of sexual assault and relationship
    abuse. He will also discuss the relationship between men's violence against women and men's violence against other men, and themselves, all with an intersectional analysis that links incidents of interpersonal abuse to larger institutional and societal forces, and the belief systems that underlie them.

    Katz is an internationally renowned educator, author, and filmmaker who is one of the leading figures in the growing global movement of men working to prevent gender-based violence. He is co-founder of the multiracial, mixed-gender Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America and beyond. MVP was the first large-scale prevention initiative in sports culture and the U.S. military, and introduced "bystander" training to the sexual assault and domestic violence prevention fields. Katz is the author of numerous articles and two books, including the classic bestseller The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help. He created the award-winning Tough Guise educational documentary series, as well as The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at Its Roots.

    More Information: CCRT_JacksonKatz_Campus_Event.pdf

    Location: Bovard Auditorium

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Vyeu9rsMQCK34SM9snnhbA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: YWCA of Greater Los Angeles

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Nov 17, 2021 @ 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: TBD

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Repeating EventCS Undergraduate Live Chat Drop-in Advisement

    Wed, Nov 17, 2021 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    CS Advisors will be available on Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays this fall from 1:30pm to 2:30pm to assist undergraduates in our four majors (CSCI, CSBA, CSGA, and CECS) via Live Chat. Access the live chat through our website at https://cs.usc.edu/chat

    Location: Online - Live Chat

    Audiences: Undergrad

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    Contact: USC Computer Sciecne

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  • Center of Autonomy and AI, Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things, and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series

    Wed, Nov 17, 2021 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Erika Abraham, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

    Talk Title: Analysing Hybrid Systems with HyPro

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

    Abstract: Hybrid systems are systems with mixed discrete-continuous behaviour, such as automotive systems or digitally controlled physical or chemical plants. For their analysis we are interested in solving the reachability problem, i.e. checking whether a hybrid system (model) can reach any "usafe" state during its execution. Though this problem is in general undecidable, there are different techniques that are either applicable to certain types of systems only or compute conservative approximations. In this talk we discuss available approaches with the focus on techniques implemented in our HyPro tool.

    Biography: Erika Abraham graduated at the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel (Germany), and received her PhD from the University of Leiden (The Netherlands) for her work on the development and application of deductive proof systems for concurrent programs. Then she moved to the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Germany), where she started to work on the development and application of SAT and SMT solvers. Since 2008 she is professor at RWTH Aachen University (Germany), with main research focus on SMT solving for real and integer arithmetic, and formal methods for probabilistic and hybrid systems.


    Host: Pierluigi Nuzzo

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_p5OEJlPxQlakO4hqovuGEQ

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_p5OEJlPxQlakO4hqovuGEQ

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • CSCI/DSCI MS Course Planning 101

    Wed, Nov 17, 2021 @ 02:30 PM - 03:36 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    With the d-clearance system opening on November 22nd for students in the M.S. Computer Science and Data Science Programs, you may have questions on how to select courses for your program or course sequencing. The Department of Computer Science will be hosting a special information session called "Course Planning 101."

    This session will answer important questions such as "Do I have a balanced course load?", "How do I know if a course is light or heavy?", and "How do I know which elective course is best to take?".

    We will also provide course sequencing tips for our students who are in the Applied Data Science program and interdisciplinary data science programs such as Communication and Healthcare Data Science.

    We will be taking live questions at the end of the session.

    Zoom link sent directly to CS/DS students on 11/11.

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate

    Contact: USC Computer Science

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Nov 17, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Paul Kruger, Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, SMU

    Talk Title: Additives in Extrusion-Based Additive Manufacturing

    Abstract: Material additives in additive manufacturing (AM) can serve a variety of functions from improving the manufacturing process to adjusting material properties in the final build. This talk will discuss several uses of additives in extrusion-based additive manufacturing. The first focuses on using carbon-black-based additives in AM for silicones. Silicones have a range of desirable properties (durability, large elongation, bio-compatibility, etc.) that make them appealing for AM, but because they are thermosets, additional complexity is required to use them in AM, including in-situ curing of the material. In this work, carbon-black additives are shown to improve the print quality of silicone parts with UV-curing due to reducing disturbance of material deposition from electro-static forces, even though the concentration is too low to promote material conductivity. Carbon black is also shown to be an effective radiation absorbing agent, allowing for material heating via an infrared laser in printing of thermally-cured silicones.

    The second considers metallic micro-spheres as additives to promote electrical conductivity at sufficient concentrations to create printable electrically conductive polymer composites (ECPCs). ECPCs are useful for providing electrical connections, resistors, or other electrical functionality in printed parts. But for high conductivity, high concentrations of particles are required, making extrusion of the composite material difficult. Investigation of the rheology of these materials will be presented, using non-Newtonian silicones as a surrogate for the molten polymers during printing. The results show that the composite materials behave like power-law materials with a strong dependence on the particle concentration and the ratio of the diameter of the extrusion tube/nozzle to the mean particle diameter. For particle diameter decreasing toward 1, the flow consistency index (effective viscosity) decreases and then sharply increases as particles begin to jam within the tube. A semi-empirical model reproducing these effects will be presented.

    Stay after the seminar for a brief overview of graduate programs in Mechanical Engineering at SMU. Learn about research opportunities and unique degree programs including MS in Manufacturing Management and the direct admission PhD program.

    Biography: Paul Krueger received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1997 from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his M.S. in Aeronautics in 1998 and his Ph.D. in Aeronautics in 2001, both from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). In 2002 he joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) where he is currently a Professor and department chair. He is a recipient of the Rolf D. Buhler Memorial Award in Aeronautics, the Richard Bruce Chapman Memorial Award for distinguished research in Hydrodynamics, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (2004), and the Ford Senior Research Fellowship from SMU (2012). His research interests include unsteady hydrodynamics and aerodynamics, vortex dynamics, bio-fluid mechanics, bio-morphic propulsion, fluid-boundary and fluid-particle interactions, and fluid processes in additive manufacturing.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97427241653?pwd=UGd2aXY2b3dsQkxMdzdvcnNBMjRJZz09

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97427241653?pwd=UGd2aXY2b3dsQkxMdzdvcnNBMjRJZz09

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 202

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97427241653?pwd=UGd2aXY2b3dsQkxMdzdvcnNBMjRJZz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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