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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Thu, Dec 07, 2017 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Executive Education

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Talk Title: Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Abstract: December 6-8, 2017
    9:00am - 5:00pm

    Learn how to integrate principles of business, statistics, and engineering to achieve tangible results. Master the use of Six Sigma to quantify the critical quality issues in your company. Once the issues have been quantified, statistics can be applied to provide probabilities of success and failure. Six Sigma methods increase productivity and enhance quality. As a Six Sigma green belt, you will be equipped to support and champion a Six Sigma implementation in your organization. To earn the Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate, you will be required to pass the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineer's green belt exam (administered on the final day of the course).

    Host: USC Viterbi Executive Education

    More Info: https://viterbiexeced.usc.edu/engineering-program-areas/six-sigma-lean-certification/six-sigma-green-belt-process-improvement/

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • Requirements Engineering Challenges for Cyber-Physical Systems

    Thu, Dec 07, 2017 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jim Kapinski, Ph.D., Model-Based Development, Toyota Technical Center

    Talk Title: Requirements Engineering Challenges for Cyber-Physical Systems

    Series: Cyber-Physical Systems Joint Seminar Series

    Abstract: Cyber-physical systems (CPSs) are used in many mission critical applications, such as automobiles, aircraft, and medical devices; and the complexity of these systems is growing rapidly. New analysis techniques are available to increase confidence in the reliability of CPSs, but most methods rely on the availability of formal system requirements, which can be challenging to develop for complex applications. This talk presents promising recent developments in verification and validation for CPS, including formal methods and automated testing techniques, and addresses ongoing challenges related to the development of formal requirements.


    Biography: Jim Kapinski received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005 and was a postdoctoral researcher at CMU from 2007 to 2008. He went on to found and lead Fixed-Point Consulting, serving clients in the defense, aerospace, and automotive industries. Since 2012 he has been with the Model-Based Development group at the Toyota Technical Center. His work at Toyota focuses on advanced research into verification techniques for embedded software for powertrain control systems. Jim's research interests include verification techniques for embedded control system designs and analysis of hybrid dynamical systems.

    Host: Professor Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia Whtie

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  • PhD Defense - James Tanner

    Thu, Dec 07, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Computer Science

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    PhD Candidate: James Tanner

    Chair: Laurent Itti
    Irving Biederman
    Nora Ayanian


    Understanding the Relationship Between Goals and Attention

    It is well-known that tasks have a large influence on human gaze, and there exist many saliency models that incorporate some form of top-down features. However, these are all learned features, and little research has gone into quantifying the effects of task on eye movement behavior in a way that can predict those effects a priori. First, we demonstrate a new learning rule that suggests how top-down connections might operate in the brain, from a functional perspective. Then, we propose a quantitative theory for measuring the relevance of information with respect to tasks. Finally, we perform an experiment to further validate this theory and utilize it to improve a saliency model.

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 109

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Lizsl De Leon

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