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

    Wed, Sep 01, 2021 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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    Speaker: Nathan Dahlin, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    Talk Title: Pricing Randomness, Risk and Flexibility: Market Design For a Smarter Grid

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

    Abstract: The current moment finds the world's energy infrastructure at the threshold of rapid transformation. Today's power systems are defined by increasing penetration of renewable and distributed energy resources on the supply side, and the emergence of flexible loads on the demand side. Clearly, market institutions have a crucial role to play in this transformation as well. Through market analysis, design and optimization, this talk will explore how such institutions can evolve to address four key characteristics of modern power systems: uncertainty, risk, flexibility and strategic behavior.

    First, given that user flexibility is considered one of the most valuable, yet still untapped resources available for accommodating the transition to renewables, an explicit market for flexibility is designed and analyzed. Users report preferences for service over a finite time horizon to a scheduler which shapes the aggregate demand profile to the output of a renewable generator, while minimizing the costs associated with resorting to thermal generation. Social welfare properties of competitive equilibria and an accompanying mechanism are studied. As the competitive equilibria arise from a convex relaxation of the binary constrained load scheduling problem, an interpretation of equilibrium schedules as giving a stochastic method for generating an optimal schedule in the large economy limit is also examined. Next, focusing on the transmission component of the power grid, rather than arrange advance supply and account for real time imbalances in supply and demand separately, a two-stage, stochastic market clearing paradigm is considered. Probabilistic information regarding renewable generation is used to couple day ahead and expected real time recourse decisions, increasing efficiency. A two-stage mechanism is developed for a two-sided exchange with primary and ancillary generation and demand response, implementing a sequential competitive equilibrium (SCEq). Allowing for strategic behavior, sufficient conditions are provided for the existence of efficient sequential Nash equilibria.


    Biography: Nathan Dahlin received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering in 2008 and 2020, respectively, and the M.A. degree in applied mathematics in 2020 from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, USA. In 2021 he completed the Ph.D degree in electrical engineering at USC, under advisement of Prof. Rahul Jain. From 2008 to 2015 he worked as a research and development engineer at Audyssey Laboratories in Los Angeles. He is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, under advisement of Prof. Subhonmesh Bose.

    Host: Pierluigi Nuzzo, nuzzo@usc.edu

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Sep 01, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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    Speaker: Sutanu Sarkar, University of California at San Diego

    Talk Title: Wakes in the Natural Environment

    Abstract: Environmental wakes are produced by flows past structures which are engineered (e.g., oceanic submersibles, aerial vehicles, wind turbines, urban structures) or in nature (hills, mountain ranges, islands, seamounts). These wakes impact drag on the incident flow as well as transport of material, pollutants and environmental constituents. We will illustrate wake flow physics with a few examples studied using high-resolution simulation. The wake of a blunt object such as a disk will be contrasted with a streamlined object such as a prolate spheroid with respect to mean velocity, turbulence levels, flow instabilities and coherent structures. We will discuss both a constant density fluid and a density-stratified fluid where buoyancy inevitably alters the wake of the body. We will also present an example from nature, an oceanic current past a submerged hill, where we find synchronization of wake vortices with subharmonics of the oscillating tide and also states of high drag.



    Biography: Sutanu Sarkar received his B. Tech. from IIT Bombay, M. S. from Ohio State University and Ph. D. from Cornell University. After 4 years as a staff scientist at ICASE, NASA Langley Research Center, he joined UCSD where he currently holds the Blasker Chair of Environmental Engineering, is a Distinguished Professor in the department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE), and is an affiliate professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He was Chair of MAE from 2009-2014. He has broad interests in the simulation and modeling of turbulent flows. He has worked in problems concerning the environment, energy, aerospace and propulsion. His current research interests are turbulence and mixing in the ocean and atmosphere, wakes and boundary layers of engineered structures in the natural environment, and renewable energy. He has received a NASA group achievement award (1994), the Bessel Award from the Humboldt Foundation (2001), and was elected Fellow, American Physical Society (2006), Associate Fellow, AIAA (2009) and Fellow, ASME (2010). He is an associate editor of JFM.

    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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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Thu, Sep 02, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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    Speaker: Dr. Pengfei Cao, Staff Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

    Talk Title: Surpass the Modulus- Extensibility Trade-off of Elastomers: Go Beyond the State-of-Art

    Abstract: Please see attached abstract and bio.

    Host: Dr. Qiming Wang

    More Information: Pengfei Cao_Abstract-Bio.pdf

    Location: Zoom Meeting: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99680049945? Meeting ID: 996 8004 9945 Passcode: 905716

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series on Integrated Systems

    Fri, Sep 03, 2021 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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    Speaker: Xilin Liu, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

    Talk Title: Intelligent Brain-Machine Interfacing Microsystems

    Host: Mike Chen, Hossein Hashemi, Manuel Monge, Constantine Sideris

    More Information: MHI Seminar Series IS - Xilin Liu_Flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Jenny Lin

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  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Sep 07, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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    Speaker: Dr. Yayue Pan, Associate Professor Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Talk Title: Multi-functional Additive Manufacturing of Smart Materials and Devices

    Host: Prof. Yong Chen

    More Info: Please email owh@usc.edu for Zoom Link

    More Information: September 7, 2021.pdf

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • Epstein Seminar: Yayue Pan (University of Illinois at Chicago) - Multi-functional Additive Manufacturing of Smart Materials and Devices

    Tue, Sep 07, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

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    Speaker: Dr. Yayue Pan, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Talk Title: Multi-functional Additive Manufacturing of Smart Materials and Devices

    Series: Epstein Institute Seminar

    Abstract: By combining various materials that serve mechanical, electrical, chemical, thermal, and/or optical functions into a component with locally controlled distributions, we can produce composites and multi-material objects with a higher degree of functionality than would normally be found in a pure material part. In addition to material combination, by integrating hierarchial surface structures with dimensions spanning from nanoscale to macroscale, superior functions can be engineered and integrated into the component. However, to manufacture such multi-material multi-scale components directly out of a digital model without assembly, grand challenges still exist in material distribution and localized material phase control. In this talk, I will present our recent research in addressing these manufacturing challenges by integrating external fields in varied additive manufacturing processes. First, I will introduce external field assisted projection stereolithography technologies for productions of functional particle-polymer objects with hierarchical surface structures. After that, I will present a electrowetting-assisted direct ink writing technology for productions of conductive patterns on rough substrates at meters per second speeds for energy related applications. More energy related applications will be presented with a self-binding selective laser sintering method. In these additive manufacturing processes, I will discuss the effectiveness of integrations of external fields on controlling local material distributions and combining multiple materials. Applications of the 3D printed multi-functional materials and components in soft robotics, electronics packaging, and energy storage will be demonstrated.

    More Info: Please email owh@usc.edu for Zoom Link

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Dr. Yayue Pan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her research focuses on multi-material and multi-functional Additive Manufacturing processes for applications in anisotropic composites, sensing and actuating devices, energy management and storage. Dr. Pan holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California. Some of her recent awards include Outstanding Paper Award in 41st SME NAMRC conference, 2017 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, 2017 UIC College of Engineering Faculty Research Award, 2020 ASME CIE TC Leadership Award, and several awards from National Science Foundation of United States.


    Host: Prof. Yong Chen

    Location: Online Zoom Only

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Sep 08, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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    Speaker: Tirtha Banerjee, UC Irvine

    Talk Title: TBD

    Abstract: The traditional motivation behind studying the dynamics of turbulent wind flow in vegetation canopies has been to understand the nature of mass, momentum and energy exchange between the land surface and the atmosphere. The nature of this interaction determines the microclimate in a forest environment where plants exchange carbon and water and its understanding is relevant for a plethora of applications ranging from ecology, hydrology, agriculture and the modeling of weather and climate. However, the fundamental nature of turbulence in a vegetation canopy is significantly different from the atmospheric surface layer lying above, which means that scaling laws and exchange coefficients from traditional wall bounded flows are not applicable. In a forest canopy, momentum absorption happens not only at the ground surface but throughout the depth of the canopy, resulting in a unique roughness sub layer. Instead of a log-layer, the mean velocity profile is inflected, second order moments are variable with height and skewnesses are large. Large scale coherent structures impart significant impact on the turbulence dynamics. Sweeping motions arising out of downdraft motions of counter-rotating vortices dominate eddy fluxes. A mixing layer model is found to be a better model for describing canopy flows. High frequency measurements and computational fluid dynamics modeling, especially Large Eddy Simulations (LES) has been instrumental in revealing the nature of canopy turbulence in the last few decades. Now this knowledge is being used to push the frontiers of our limited understanding of how wildland fires behave. The main controls on wildland fire behavior -“ fuel (canopy and grasslands), weather and topography are strongly influenced by fine scale physics of canopy turbulence. We will demonstrate that further developments in the understanding of canopy turbulence can benefit wildfire modeling tools and developing actionable management strategies.

    Biography: Tirtha Banerjee is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India in 2011. During his undergraduate studies, he conducted research in the areas of structural dynamics and Aerospace Engineering in India and Germany as a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellow. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies in 2011, he moved to the U.S. and joined Duke University in Durham, NC, as a Ph.D. student and conducted theoretical, numerical and experimental studies involving environmental fluid dynamics and turbulent flows. He received his Ph.D. in 2015 and joined the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany for postdoctoral research in atmospheric boundary layer dynamics. He relocated to the U.S. in early 2017 to join the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico and started working on wildfires, ecosystem disturbance as well as wind energy resources. At LANL he received a Chick Keller Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2017 and a Directors Fellowship in 2018. He joined UC Irvine in fall 2019. Research in the Boundary Layers and Turbulence Lab led by Banerjee studies mass, momentum and energy exchange between the land surface and the atmosphere using a range of theoretical, numerical and experimental techniques. He currently serves as an associate editor of the journal Earth Systems and Environment (Springer) and as an editorial board member of the journal Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (Elsevier).

    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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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Thu, Sep 09, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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    Speaker: Dr. Kandis Leslie Abdul-Aziz, University of California, Riverside

    Talk Title: Creating Value from CO2 using Geo-inspired Perovskite Oxide Materials

    Abstract: Please see attached abstract and bio.








    Host: Dr. Qiming Wang

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom/j/99680049945? Meeting ID: 996 8004 9945 Passcode: 905716

    More Information: K.L. Abdul-Aziz Abstract-Bio 992021.pdf

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom/j/99680049945? Meeting ID: 996 8004 9945 Passcode: 905716

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Ph.D. Dissertation

    Mon, Sep 13, 2021 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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    Speaker: Jiaming Shi, Ph.D. Candidate, Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Talk Title: The formation, fate and transformation of nitromethane in potable reuse

    Abstract: Please see attached abstract.

    More Information: Jiaming Shi Abstract 9132021.pdf

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Sep 14, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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    Speaker: Dr. Stephen J. Wright, Professor Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Talk Title: The Role of Complexity Bounds in Optimization

    Host: Dr. Meisam Razaviyayn

    More Info: Please email owh@usc.edu for Zoom Link

    More Information: September 14, 2021.pdf

    Location: Zoom/Online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • Epstein Seminar: Stephen J. Wright (University of Wisconsin-Madison) - The Role of Complexity Bounds in Optimization

    Tue, Sep 14, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

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    Speaker: Dr. Stephen J. Wright, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Talk Title: The Role of Complexity Bounds in Optimization

    Abstract: Complexity analysis in optimization seeks upper bounds on the amount of work required to find approximate solutions of problems in a given class with a given algorithm, and also lower bounds, usually in the form of a worst-case example from a given problem class as regards the work required by a particular class of algorithms. The relationship between theoretical complexity bounds and practical performance of algorithms on "typical" problems varies widely across problem and algorithm classes, and relative interest among researchers between these two aspects of algorithm design and analysis has waxed and waned over the years. This talk surveys complexity analysis and its relationship to practice in optimization, with an emphasis on linear programming and convex and nonconvex nonlinear optimization, providing historical (and cultural) perspectives on research in these areas.

    More Info: Please email owh@usc.edu for Zoom Link

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Stephen J. Wright holds the George B. Dantzig Professorship, the Sheldon Lubar Chair, and the Amar and Balinder Sohi Professorship of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research is in computational optimization and its applications to data science and many other areas of science and engineering. Prior to joining UW-Madison in 2001, Wright held positions at North Carolina State University (1986-1990) and Argonne National Laboratory (1990-2001). He has served as Chair of the Mathematical Optimization Society (2007-2010) and as a Trustee of SIAM for the maximum three terms (2005-2014). He is a Fellow of SIAM. In 2014, he won the W.R.G. Baker Award from IEEE for best paper in an IEEE archival publication during the three years 2009-2011. He was awarded the Khachiyan Prize by the INFORMS Optimization Society in 2020 for lifetime achievements in optimization, and received the NeurIPS Test of Time Award in 2020 for a paper presented at that conference in 2011. Prof. Wright is the author / coauthor of widely used text and reference books in optimization including "Primal Dual Interior-Point Methods" and "Numerical Optimization". He has published widely on optimization theory, algorithms, software, and applications. Prof. Wright served from 2014-2019 as Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM Journal on Optimization and previously served as Editor-in-Chief of Mathematical Programming Series B. He has also served as Associate Editor of Mathematical Programming Series A, SIAM Review, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, and several other journals and book series.


    Host: Dr. Meisam Razaviyayn

    Location: Online Zoom Only

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Sep 15, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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    Speaker: Tim Colonius, Caltech

    Talk Title: Simulation of bubbly, cavitating flows with application to shock- and ultrasound-based medical therapies.

    Abstract: Models and numerical methods for simulating bubbly, cavitating flows have benefitted from recent advances in sharp and diffuse interface-capturing schemes, but many challenges remain to be solved before they can be routinely used to predict the complex, multiscale flows associated with important applications in engineering and medicine. In particular, the complex phase boundary, small length scales, and fast time scales associated with the dynamics of bubbles and clouds of bubbles strain existing algorithms and computational resources. In this talk, I will review different formulations for multiphase/multicomponent flows that involve large changes in volume, including methods that explicitly resolve the material interface, and ones that model the mixture as either homogeneous, or as a dilute dispersion of spherical bubbles. These methods are demonstrated in applications involving the high-intensity ultrasound and shock waves used for medical imaging and intra- and extra-corporeal manipulation of cells, tissue, and urinary calculi. Such waves are currently used to treat kidney stone disease, plantar fasciitis, and bone nonunion, and they are being investigated as a technique to ablate cancer tumors and mediate drug delivery. In many applications, acoustic waves induce the expansion and collapse of preexisting or newly cavitating bubbles. The resulting bubble dynamics generate large, localized stresses and strains that can be beneficial or deleterious depending on how effectively they can be controlled. I will describe efforts aimed at simulating the collapse of bubbles, both individually and in clusters, in order to characterize these mechanical stresses and strains.

    Biography: Tim Colonius is the Frank and Ora Lee Marble Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. He received his B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1987 and M.S and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1988 and 1994, respectively. He and his research team use numerical simulations to study a range of problems in fluid dynamics, including aeroacoustics, flow control, instabilities, shock waves, and bubble dynamics. Prof. Colonius also investigates medical applications of ultrasound, and is a member of the Medical Engineering faculty at Caltech. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Acoustical Society of America, and he is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics. He was the recipient of the 2018 AIAA Aeroacoustics Award.

    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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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Thu, Sep 16, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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    Speaker: Jiaming Shi, Ph.D. Candidate, Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Talk Title: The Fate and Transformation of Nitromethanes during Wastewater Reuse Processes

    Abstract: As water resources become increasingly scarce, potable reuse of wastewater is considered to be a potential solution. There are increasingly number of treatment processes currently in used in full- and pilot- scale water reclamation plants involves ozonation. Ozone is considered to be a highly effective oxidant and disinfectant. However, previous research has demonstrated that ozonation of wastewater overall drastically increases chloropicrin formation potential during subsequent chlorination. Nitromethane has been be proven to be the immediate precursor of chloropicrin prior to chlorination, however nitromethane itself is unlikely to be present in wastewater naturally. Previous research indicates that ozone directly oxidizing secondary amines bearing an N-methylamine functional group lead to nitromethane formation.

    Ozonation is widely used in wastewater reclamation treatment trains, either for micropollutant control or as a disinfectant and pre-oxidant in certain reuse processes. Nitromethane formation will be strongly promoted post ozonation but its fate through other treatment process remains uncharacterized, which raise the question of can nitromethane be detected in final product water. The objects of this study are to demonstrate that nitromethane formation post ozonation in real full- and pilot scale reuse plants and to characterize the nitromethane fate throughout the entire treatment trains.
    In this work, the fate of nitromethane through water reuse treatment trains was characterized by analyzing samples from five reuse operations employing ozone. Nitromethane was poorly (90%) nitromethane. Bench-scale experiments were conducted to verify low removal by RO in clean systems and with wastewater effluent, and to quantify the kinetics of direct and indirect photolysis of nitromethane in UV/AOP.

    These results indicate that nitromethane presents a unique hazard to direct potable reuse systems, due to its ubiquitous formation during wastewater ozonation, poor removal by RO and UV/AOP, and facile conversion into genotoxic halonitromethanes upon chlorine addition.



    Host: Dr. Daniel McCurry

    Webcast: Join Zoom Meeting https://usc.zoom.us/j/99680049945?pwd=V05hVU5xbERjajlUMjFSUHozRUdJQT09 Meeting ID: 996 8004 9945 Passcode: 905716

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    WebCast Link: Join Zoom Meeting https://usc.zoom.us/j/99680049945?pwd=V05hVU5xbERjajlUMjFSUHozRUdJQT09 Meeting ID: 996 8004 9945 Passcode: 905716

    Audiences: Graduate

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • WiSE Alumni Lecture Series: Blithe Rocher and Olivia Evanson

    Fri, Sep 17, 2021 @ 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

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    Speaker: Blithe Rocher and Olivia Evanson, Google and Boston Scientific

    Talk Title: WiSE Alumni Lectures

    Biography:
    Blithe Rocher, Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, USC

    Blithe Rocher is a software engineering manager at Google. She leads engineering teams to help people get the answers they need from their data at Looker. Prior to becoming a developer, she received a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Southern California.

    Olivia Evanson, Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, USC

    Olivia Evanson completed her MS in Operations Research Engineering and PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering at USC Viterbi (2015-2019). During her time at USC, she worked with Dr. Shinyi Wu in the Health Systems Engineering Lab. Olivia's research focused on analyzing newer care models designed to help treat patients with chronic conditions. After graduating, she began working at Boston Scientific in their Neuromodulation division as a product manager on the digital health team. Her job involves leading mobile app development teams to provide companion apps to patients during their treatment journey.

    The Women in Science and Engineering Program (WiSE) is hosting a series of talks aimed at connecting undergraduate and graduate students in STEM with USC WiSE alumni this fall semester. Alumni are invited back to share their career path, what helped them persevere, and why they encourage students to continue on their STEM paths.

    Register here: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Kej4mipOTcmdAY39muv2kA


    Host: USC Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Kej4mipOTcmdAY39muv2kA

    Location: Zoom Webinar

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marie Meneses/WiSE

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  • Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series on Integrated Systems

    Fri, Sep 17, 2021 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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    Speaker: Lei Gu, System Integration Engineer, Apple Inc.

    Talk Title: High-Frequency High-Density Power Conversion with Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors

    Host: Mike Chen, Hossein Hashemi, Manuel Monge, Constantine Sideris

    More Information: MHI IS Seminar - Lei Gu_Flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Jenny Lin

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  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Sep 21, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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    Speaker: Dr. David Woodruff, Professor of Management, School of Management, UC Davis

    Talk Title: Computing Bounds and Confidence Intervals for Stochastic Programs

    Host: Prof. Suvrajeet Sen

    More Info: Please email owh@usc.edu for Zoom Link

    More Information: September 21, 2021.pdf

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • Epstein Seminar: David Woodruff (UC Davis) - Computing Bounds and Confidence Intervals for Stochastic Programs

    Tue, Sep 21, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

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    Speaker: Dr. David Woodruff, UC Davis

    Talk Title: Computing Bounds and Confidence Intervals for Stochastic Programs

    Series: Epstein Institute Seminar

    Abstract: mpi-sppy (https://github.com/Pyomo/mpi-sppy) is a software package to allow for optimization of Pyomo optimization models uncertainty. In this talk we will overview design and performance considerations related to bounds and confidence intervals. Particular attention will be paid to issues associated with problems that have more than two stages and scenarios that do not exhibit stage-wise independence.

    More Info: Please email owh@usc.edu for Zoom Link

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: David Woodruff earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University. His current research primarily concerns computational aspects of optimization under uncertainty. His research includes solution algorithms, problem representation and modeling language support. He has worked on applications in operations, logistics, science, and has been involved recently in a number of applications in electrical energy planning and scheduling. He is one of the developers of Pyomo, (www.pyomo.org) that won the INFORMS Computing Society prize in 2019 and an R&D 100 award in 2016.


    Host: Prof. Suvrajeet Sen

    Location: Online Zoom Only

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Sep 22, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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    Speaker: Aaron Brandis, NASA Ames

    Talk Title: Dragonfly Titan Entry and Descent System and DrEAM Instrumentation Suite

    Abstract: This presentation will discuss the entry and descent phase for the Dragonfly missions arrival at Titan, a moon of Saturn. Dragonfly is a rotorcraft lander mission designed to take advantage of Titan's environment to sample materials and determine surface composition in different geologic settings, and even to search for chemical signatures that could indicate water-based and/or hydrocarbon-based life. The DrEAM instrumentation suite will take measurements of pressure, temperature and heatflux around the aeroshell during the Dragonfly entry.

    Biography: Dr Brandis is a senior research scientist employed by AMA Inc in the Aerothermodynamics branch at NASA Ames Research Center. He is the PI for NASA Entry Systems Modeling project, Dragonfly aerothermal lead and PI for Dragonfly Titan entry instrumentation, known as DrEAM. His research focuses on shock layer radiation with the NEQAIR code and EAST shock tube facility.

    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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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Thu, Sep 23, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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    Speaker: Prof., Dr. Christoph Holscher, Professor of Cognitive Science. ETH Zurich

    Talk Title: Navigating complex buildings: spatial cognition and agent-based simulation

    Abstract: Please see attached abstract, bio and photo.

    Host: Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber

    More Info: Zoom: https://usc.zoom.us/j/996-8004-9945 Meeting ID:99680049945 Passcode: 905716

    More Information: C. Holscher Abstract_bio 92321.pdf

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • CAIS Seminar: Sadiq Patel (Harvard Medical School) - The Telemedicine Use and Access to Health Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Tue, Sep 28, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

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    Speaker: Dr. Sadiq Patel, Harvard Medical School

    Talk Title: The Telemedicine Use and Access to Health Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

    Abstract: Using population-level data of 16.7M commercially insured individuals in the US, we examine 1) trends in telemedicine use, 2) variation in telemedicine use by clinical specialty, diagnosis, and patient characteristics, and 3) community factors driving telemedicine use. This analysis uses the machine learning procedure of targeted maximum likelihood estimation.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:
    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__jMcG86GQGKo6ppqXmz3vA

    After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Sadiq Patel is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. He received his PhD and MS from the University of Chicago in Social Work and Biostatistics. Prior to his doctoral education, he was also a senior data scientist at Accenture.

    Host: USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS)

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__jMcG86GQGKo6ppqXmz3vA

    Location: Online Zoom Webinar

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__jMcG86GQGKo6ppqXmz3vA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Sep 28, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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    Speaker: Dr. David Simchi-Levi, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT; Director, MIT Data Science Lab

    Talk Title: Statistical Learning in Operations Management

    Host: Prof. Suvrajeet Sen

    More Info: Please email owh@usc.edu for Zoom Link

    More Information: September 28, 2021.pdf

    Location: Zoom/Online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • Epstein Seminar: David Simchi-Levi (MIT) - Statistical Learning in Operations Management

    Tue, Sep 28, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

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    Speaker: Dr. David Simchi-Levi, MIT

    Talk Title: Statistical Learning in Operations Management

    Abstract: Traditionally, statistical learning is focused on either (i) online learning where data is generated online according to some unknown model; or (ii) offline learning where the entire data is available at the beginning of the process. In this talk we show that combining both approaches can accelerate learning. Specifically, we show that difficult online learning problems can be reduced to well-understood offline regression problems. We demonstrate the impact of our work in the context of product recommendation, multiclass classification problems, personalized medicine and dynamic pricing.

    More Info: Please email owh@usc.edu for Zoom Link

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: David Simchi-Levi is a Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT and serves as the head of the MIT Data Science Lab. He is considered one of the premier thought leaders in supply chain management and business analytics. His Ph.D. students have accepted faculty positions in leading academic institutes including U. of California Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon U., Columbia U., Duke U., Georgia Tech, Harvard U., U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, U. of Michigan, Purdue U. and Virginia Tech. Professor Simchi-Levi is the current Editor-in-Chief of Management Science, one of the two flagship journals of INFORMS. He served as the Editor-in-Chief for Operations Research (2006-2012), the other flagship journal of INFORMS and for Naval Research Logistics (2003-2005). In 2020, he was awarded the prestigious INFORMS Impact Prize for playing a leading role in developing and disseminating a new highly impactful paradigm for the identification and mitigation of risks in global supply chains.

    He is an INFORMS Fellow and MSOM Distinguished Fellow and the recipient of the 2020 INFORMS Koopman Award given to an outstanding publication in military operations research; Ford Motor Company 2015 Engineering Excellence Award; 2014 INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice; 2014 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Practice Award; and 2009 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Prize. He was the founder of LogicTools which provided software solutions and professional services for supply chain optimization. LogicTools became part of IBM in 2009. In 2012 he co-founded OPS Rules, an operations analytics consulting company. The company became part of Accenture in 2016. In 2014, he co-founded Opalytics, a cloud analytics platform company focusing on operations and supply chain decisions. The company became part of the Accenture Applied Intelligence in 2018.


    Host: Prof. Suvrajeet Sen

    Location: Online Zoom Only

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Sep 29, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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    Speaker: Malancha Gupta, USC

    Talk Title: Initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition of Polymer Coatings and Membranes

    Abstract: Initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) is a solventless process that can be used to synthesize polymer films and coatings with a range of functionalities including hydrophilicity, hydrophobicity, light-responsiveness, and thermo-responsiveness. This talk will present the mechanism, capabilities, and advantages of the iCVD process. We will demonstrate that the iCVD process can be used to modify the surface properties of fibers, membranes, and microfluidic channels for applications in textiles, separations, and diagnostics. We will also demonstrate that polymers can be deposited onto low vapor pressure liquids including ionic liquids and silicone oils to fabricate ultrathin freestanding polymer films, nanoparticles, core-shell particles, and gels. We will also show that lowering the temperature of the substrate below the freezing point of the monomer leads to the formation of polymer membranes. These membranes can be deposited onto porous substrates to create hierarchical porous-on-porous structures that can enable improved filtration for water purification and sensor applications.

    Biography: Malancha Gupta is the Gabilan Distinguished Professor at the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California. She received her B.S. in chemical engineering from The Cooper Union in New York City in 2002. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007 under the guidance of Professor Karen Gleason. From 2007-2009, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University working under the guidance of Professor George Whitesides. Her current research interests include polymer coatings and thin films, chemical vapor deposition, ionic liquids, and microfluidics. She has mentored 16 doctoral students and published 68 peer-reviewed manuscripts. She received the Jack Munushian Early Career Chair in 2013, the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2013, and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Junior Faculty Award in 2014. She was director of the chemical engineering program from 2018-2020 and she has served as chair of the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) engineering committee at USC since 2015.

    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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