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  • Spring CPT Info Session #1

    Wed, Nov 18, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    This information session is offered each semester to students interested in CPT (undergraduate and graduate student sessions)

    Please register here:

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar

    Wed, Nov 18, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Taylor T. Johnson, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Vanderbilt University

    Talk Title: Verifying Deep Neural Networks in Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems

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

    Abstract: The ongoing renaissance in artificial intelligence (AI) has led to the advent of machine learning (ML) methods deployed within components for sensing, actuation, and control in safety-critical cyber-physical systems (CPS). While such learning-enabled components (LECs) are enabling autonomy in systems like autonomous vehicles, swarm robots, and other CPS, as demonstrated in part through recent accidents in semi-autonomous/autonomous CPS and by adversarial ML attacks, ensuring such components operate reliably in all scenarios is extraordinarily challenging. We will discuss methods for assuring safety and security specifications in autonomous CPS using our NNV (Neural Network Verification) software tool (https://github.com/verivital/nnv), which has been applied to verify specifications for adaptive cruise control (ACC) and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems in motor vehicles. Next, we will present recent results on using NNV to prove robustness of neural networks used for perception tasks, such as image classification, applied to the VGG16/VGG19 networks that achieve high accuracy on ImageNet, as well as recent work on robustness of semantic segmentation. We will conclude with some architectural solutions to provide safety assurance in autonomous CPS at runtime, building on supervisory control with the Simplex architecture using real-time reachability, and will discuss future research directions for establishing trustworthy AI within CPS that we are exploring in a DARPA Assured Autonomy project.

    Biography: Dr. Taylor T. Johnson, PE, is an Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering (CmpE), Computer Science (CS), and Electrical Engineering (EE) in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in the School of Engineering (VUSE) at Vanderbilt University (since August 2016), where he directs the Verification and Validation for Intelligent and Trustworthy Autonomy Laboratory (VeriVITAL) and is a Senior Research Scientist in the Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS). Dr. Johnson was previously an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of Texas at Arlington (September 2013 to August 2016). Dr. Johnson earned a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013, where he worked in the Coordinated Science Laboratory with Prof. Sayan Mitra, and earlier earned an MSc in ECE at Illinois in 2010 and a BSEE from Rice University in 2008. Dr. Johnson has published over 90 papers on formal methods and their applications across cyber-physical systems (CPS) domains, such as power and energy, aerospace, automotive, transportation, biotechnology, and robotics, one of which was awarded an ACM Best Software Repeatability Award. Dr. Johnson is a 2018 and 2016 recipient of the AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) award, a 2015 recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII), and his research is / has been supported by AFOSR, ARO, AFRL, DARPA, NSA, NSF, the MathWorks, NVIDIA, ONR, Toyota, and USDOT. Dr. Johnson is a member of AAAI, AAAS, ACM, AIAA, IEEE, and SAE, and is a Professional Engineer (PE) in Tennessee.

    Host: Pierluigi Nuzzo, nuzzo@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YSl0DRVOQJetWGNAACPOYQ

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YSl0DRVOQJetWGNAACPOYQ

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

  • Paying for your USC Viterbi Education

    Wed, Nov 18, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    University Calendar

    Join Angie Solares, Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and Jessica Medina, Associate Director of Outreach at the USC Financial Aid Office, for a conversation on paying for your USC education. In this webinar, we will cover topics such as application fee waivers, merit scholarships, need-based financial aid, and more. You will also be able to engage in discussion with us through a lively Q&A session.

    Please register here: https://applyto.usc.edu/register/ViterbiFinAid

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Angie Solares

  • How to build your Research Portfolio

    Wed, Nov 18, 2020 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Doctoral Programs, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission, Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Interested in Master\'s or PhD programs in engineering or computer science? Want to learn some tips to help build your research resume?

    You are cordially invited to meet representatives from the Viterbi School of Engineering on an online webinar.

    Students who have earned or are in the process of earning a Bachelor\'s degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a hard science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend to learn more about applying to our graduate programs.

    The session will include information on the following topics:

    - Master\'s & PhD programs in engineering and computer science
    - How to seek out summer research opportunities
    - How to find research opportunities during the semester
    - How to Apply
    - Scholarships and funding
    - Student life at USC and in Los Angeles

    There will also be sufficient time for questions.

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3cfd0b7dfeef449e7872f78c11946d20

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Kevin Henry

  • Forecasting the Future: Current Trends Reshaping the Bay Area

    Wed, Nov 18, 2020 @ 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Alumni

    Workshops & Infosessions

    This year the world has had to pivot from the way we normally operate, and the Bay Area is no exception. Current trends have created a renaissance in the way we work and where we live, which is reshaping industries and regions around the world.

    Join us for a conversation with local Trojan industry experts as they explore how current trends in technology, real estate, hospitality and healthcare are creating a new normal for the Bay Area. This event will start with a panel discussion followed by optional industry specific breakout sessions to allow guests the opportunity to dive deeper into the the future of the region.

    - Dr. Peter Pirnajad - Executive Director Global Public Sector - State and Local Government, Oracle

    - Sean Kundu - Vice President Corporate Development, 49ers
    - Jenny Rowe - Founder, BluePrint Real Estate
    - Ali Simnad - Vice President of Product Management, Pyron (Viterbi Alum)

    WebCast Link: https://tinyurl.com/y4nbffos

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Kristy Ly