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

    Mon, Oct 01, 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!

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Rebecca Kinnon

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Oct 01, 2018 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: B. Hyle Park, PhD, UC-Riverside, Associate Professor of Bioengineering

    Talk Title: Novel OCT Imaging

    Host: Qifa Zhou

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • Fall 2018 Joint CSC USC/CommNetS-MHI Seminar Series

    Mon, Oct 01, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Vanessa Jonsson, City of Hope Beckman Research Institute

    Talk Title: Adaptive Clinical Trial Design to Address Acquired Resistance and Therapeutic Failure

    Abstract: One of the challenges facing immunotherapy as a durable therapeutic approach in a variety of metastatic cancers is the development of acquired resistance and subsequent therapeutic failure. Widespread clinical applicability of immunotherapy to solid tumors depends on the understanding of response and resistance mechanisms that are mediated by evolving interactions between the immune system and cancer cells. These dynamic interactions are increasingly being identified through longitudinal molecular analysis and immunological profiling and combine to produce an evolving measure of a patient cancer-immune status. However, cancer immune dynamics have yet to be formally quantified and studied as an evolutionary process in the context of immunotherapy clinical trials. To address this, we propose a method to integrate high dimensional, heterogeneous, longitudinal patient-derived cancer and immunological clinical data sets to identify cancer immune dynamics as well as a control theoretic method to preemptively address the onset of resistance through the prediction and synthesis of actionable immunotherapy combination strategies. We apply these methods to genomic and immunological data collected from a patient with recurrent multifocal glioblastoma that elicited a complete response and eventually recurred while enrolled in City of Hope's ongoing IL13R 2-targeting chimeric antigen (CAR) T cell trial for patients with recurrent glioblastoma. We show that dynamic treatment strategies are necessary for the control of tumors with high antigen heterogeneity and propose this as a framework by which to assess the effectiveness of adaptive clinical trial design and patient stratification for combination immunotherapy trials.

    Biography: Vanessa Jonsson is an assistant research professor in the and Department of Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and leader of the Computational Immuno-Oncology group in the T Cell Immunotherapy Program at City of Hope. Her research program in computational biology focusses on the integration, mathematical modeling and analysis of large-scale, longitudinal genomic, transcriptomic and immunological data from clinical studies to inform and address the mechanisms of immune-resistant cancer progression. In 2015, Vanessa completed her PhD at Caltech, where she was advised by Richard Murray and David Baltimore. She is a principal investigator on a Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy award to model the evolution of cancer immunity during immunotherapy trials and co-investigator on a California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) award to study response and resistance in a phase I CAR T cell trial targeting malignant glioma. She is the recipient of the NIH and NCI career development award in clinical oncology (K12), with a focus on immuno-oncology.

    Host: Mihailo Jovanovic

    More Info: http://csc.usc.edu/seminars/2018Fall/jonsson.html

    More Information: 18.10.01_Vanessa Jonsson CSCUSC Seminar.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Brienne Moore

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  • General Meetings

    Mon, Oct 01, 2018 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Learning how to properly vet and evaluate need areas in the healthcare system takes years of trial, error, and experience, but nobody has time for that. Swing by THH 116 this Monday to step through the notorious Stanford Biodesign process, brainstorm like the best of them, and, of course, eat!

    Location: Mark Taper Hall Of Humanities (THH) - 116

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: MEDesign USC

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  • Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Tue, Oct 02, 2018

    Executive Education

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Talk Title: Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Abstract: Abstract: 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.


    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

    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • Viterbi Career Fair

    Tue, Oct 02, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Receptions & Special Events


    The Viterbi Career Fair is free and open to all students in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. This casual, yet professional, environment allows students the opportunity to have brief conversations with recruiters about full-time employment, internships, and co-ops. Don't forget your resume!

    Coming soon- Info on New Format!

    Location: Trousdale & Alumni Park

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • PhD Defense

    Tue, Oct 02, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Yuan Jin , Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering

    Talk Title: Statistical modeling and process data analytics for smart manufacturing

    Abstract: Smart manufacturing has been the focus of many researchers and has been extended to varies areas. With the increased complexity of the manufacturing process and the variety data collected from various aspects throughout the process, process data analytics is thus essential to discover process knowledge and predict the future production. In this dissertation, we introduced two challenges accompanied by smart manufacturing and discussed how we handle the challenges for processes with different manufacturing characters. The two challenges are "complexity" and "variety", the areas of applications are additive manufacturing (AM) and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

    To handle the challenges accompanying with AM, we first study a statistical modeling and optimal compensation approach to predict and improve the shape accuracy of AM printed parts, especially for the out-of-plane deviation. This method is data driven and thus, not blocked by the complicated AM physical mechanism. Moreover, this method is able to deal with low volume sample data and high volume geometric variety. The feasibility and effectiveness of this approach is proved by experimental study.

    To deal with the challenges accompanying with pharmaceutical manufacturing, we proposed a two-stage strategy to study a large-scale cell culture manufacturing process variability. This strategy not only adopts multivariate analysis (MVA) and machine learning (ML) methods on intricate multiple-step bio-processes, but also takes use of multilevel heterogeneous datasets to unveil hidden process characteristics and provide insights into factors affecting process quality. This strategy has been applied to a real antibody pharmaceutical manufacturing, pointing to new cues for domain experts to better understand the process.


    Biography: Yuan Jin is a Ph.D. candidate in Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science at University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA. She received her B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang in 2013. Her research is about statistical modeling and process data analytics for smart manufacturing.

    Host: Dr. Joe Qin

    Location: Hedco Pertroleum and Chemical Engineering Building (HED) - 116

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Karen Woo/Mork Family

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  • Epstein Institute Seminar - ISE 651

    Tue, Oct 02, 2018 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Ying Cui, Postdoctoral Scholar - Research Associate, USC, Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Talk Title: Composite Difference-Max Programs for Modern Statistical Estimations

    Host: Professor Jong-Shi Pang

    More Information: October 2, 2018.pdf

    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Seminar - Lyman L. Handy Colloquia

    Tue, Oct 02, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Doraiswami Ramkrishna , H.C.Peffer Distinguished Professor, Davidson School of Chemical Engineering. Purdue University

    Talk Title: Metabolic Complexity. Is there Music Behind it?

    Abstract: The complexity of metabolic networks would appear to fit in more appropriately with a cacophonic scenario than anything remotely musical. However, this talk will attempt to show that a mathematical view can be had of this complex process in which the phenomenon of metabolic regulation can be likened to the conductor of a symphonic orchestra summoning combinations of instruments representing metabolic reactions towards superlative music. It will be the objective of this seminar to let this analogy lead the discussion of a cybernetic theory of cellular metabolism which interprets the diversity of gene expression as a targeted effort to maximize the organism's survival. The applicability of the model to bioprocess engineering is demonstrated.



    Host: Professor Theo Tsotsis

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 200

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Karen Woo/Mork Family

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  • Cypress Semiconductor Info Session

    Tue, Oct 02, 2018 @ 05:10 PM - 06:40 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Come hang out with us for an hour to learn how you can kick off your career with Cypress. We'll be sharing a few things we know you'll want to hear, from our values to our culture and different opportunities within our global organization. You'll walk away from this session with more insight into our company, our products and will have the opportunity to ask questions and discover more on how you can join our team of industry-leading problem solvers.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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

    Wed, Oct 03, 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!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Rebecca Kinnon

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  • Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Wed, Oct 03, 2018

    Executive Education

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Talk Title: Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Abstract: Abstract: 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



    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

    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • SERC Talks

    Wed, Oct 03, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Systems Architecting and Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Bill Curtis, Senior VP and Chief Scientist, CAST Software; Head of CAST Research Labs; Executive Director, Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ)

    Talk Title: How Can We Advance Structural Quality Analysis with Standards and Machine Learning?

    Series: Systems and Software Qualities Tradespace Analysis

    Abstract: The C-suite is fed up with software disasters putting the quarterly statement at risk as they digitize the business. They will demand more accountability and force improvements in software processes that may clash with agile culture. Business critical applications have become so complex and demand for functionality so immediate that human-based quality practices are no longer sufficient. Developer capabilities must be enhanced by system-level analysis of structural weaknesses and operational risks enabled by structural quality technology and measurement standards supported in DevOps toolchains. Empirical results will be reported from research on how some of the most severe Security and Reliability flaws are distributed in business applications. Recent results from machine learning research in structural quality will be discussed along with some caveats about what to expect. International standards for measuring the structural quality of software developed by the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) that supplement ISO 25023 will be reviewed. The talk concludes with organizational requirements for successfully adopting these advances.

    This talk is broadcast on WebEx. Visit the registration link at the event link to join the broadcast. Alternatively, join using

    Event number: 667 578 255
    Registration ID: 543308
    Event password: SERC

    Biography: Dr. Bill Curtis is the Executive Director of the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ), an industry consortium chartered with building international standards for automating the measurement of size and structural quality from source code. He is also Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist at CAST Software, where he heads CAST Research Labs. He led development of the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) while at the Software Engineering Institute. He has worked at the University of Washington, GE Space Division, the ITT Programming Technology Center, Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC), the SEI, TeraQuest Metrics which he co-founded, Borland Software Company, and CAST. He has published 4 books, over 150 papers, and is an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to software process improvement and measurement.

    Host: Prof. Barry Boehm

    More Info: https://sercuarc.org/event/serc-talks-how-can-we-advance-structural-quality-analysis-with-standards-and-machine-learning/
    Webcast: https://sercuarc.org/event/serc-talks-how-can-we-advance-structural-quality-analysis-with-standards-and-machine-learning

    Location: This talk is broadcast on WebEx.

    WebCast Link: https://sercuarc.org/event/serc-talks-how-can-we-advance-structural-quality-analysis-with-standards-and-machine-learning/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ms. Mimi Marcus

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  • CS Colloquium: Ardalan Amiri Sani (UC Irvine) - Dealing with Vulnerabilities in Device Drivers

    Wed, Oct 03, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ardalan Amiri Sani, UC Irvine

    Talk Title: Dealing with Vulnerabilities in Device Drivers

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: Vulnerabilities in the device drivers of today's commodity operating systems (e.g., Android) remain a security concern due to the monolithic structure of the kernel. In this talk, we investigate three methods to mitigate this concern, with a focus on mobile devices. These approaches include a novel tool to find and fix these vulnerabilities, an efficient vetting layer to make exploits harder, and a device driver design possible for I/O devices with virtualization support.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium. Please note, due to limited capacity, seats will be first come first serve.


    Biography: Ardalan Amiri Sani is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at UC Irvine. His research is at the intersection of mobile computing, security, and operating systems. His work has appeared in various top-tier conferences such as MobiSys (including a best paper award), USENIX Security, CCS, and ASPLOS. Ardalan received his Ph.D. from Rice University in 2015.


    Host: Ramesh Govindan

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 100D

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • On the Role of Interaction in Future Mobility Systems, from Vehicle-Centric to System-Wide Control

    Wed, Oct 03, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Marco Pavone, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University

    Talk Title: On the Role of Interaction in Future Mobility Systems, from Vehicle-Centric to System-Wide Control

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

    Abstract: In this talk I will discuss my work on self-driving vehicles, with an emphasis on accounting for interactions with external counterparts at both the vehicle- and system-levels. Specifically, I will first discuss a decision-making framework that enables a self-driving vehicle to proactively interact with humans to infer their intents, and to use such information for safe and efficient driving. I will then turn the discussion to the operational and economic aspects of autonomous mobility-on-demand (AMoD) systems, with an emphasis on the interaction between AMoD and other infrastructures, such as the electric power and public transit networks.


    Biography: Dr. Marco Pavone is an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, where he is the Director of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory and Co-Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford. Before joining Stanford, he was a Research Technologist within the Robotics Section at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010. His main research interests are in the development of methodologies for the analysis, design, and control of autonomous systems, with an emphasis on self-driving cars, autonomous aerospace vehicles, and future mobility systems. He is a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, an ONR YIP Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a NASA Early Career Faculty Award, a Hellman Faculty Scholar Award, and was named NASA NIAC Fellow in 2011. He was identified by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) as one of America's 20 most highly promising investigators under the age of 40. His work has been recognized with best paper nominations or awards at the Field and Service Robotics Conference, at the Robotics: Science and Systems Conference, and at NASA symposia. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Control Systems Magazine.

    Host: Professor Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • Oath (formerly Yahoo) Information Session

    Wed, Oct 03, 2018 @ 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join company representatives to network and learn about available internship and job opportunities.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Thu, Oct 04, 2018

    Executive Education

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Talk Title: Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

    Abstract: Abstract: 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.




    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

    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

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  • CS Colloquium: Mohammad Soleymani (USC-ICT) - What Do Machines Learn in Emotion Recognition from EEG Signals?

    Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mohammed Soleymani, USC-ICT

    Talk Title: What Do Machines Learn in Emotion Recognition from EEG Signals?

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Machines that are able to read our emotions and cognitive states make better companions. Emotions are often sensed by their external manifestations such as facial and vocal expressions. Additionally, studies in affective neuroscience have identified a set of emotional neural activities that can be captured by eletroencephalogram (EEG) signals, including asymmetric frontal brain activity and increase in information transfer. Motivated by these findings, a growing number of studies report developing EEG-based emotion recognition systems with promising results. In this talk, I first present my work on recognizing emotions of people watching videos. I then present a follow up study in which we aimed to better understand what machine learns in such scenarios. In the follow up work, we recorded a dataset which includes spontaneous emotions and posed expressions. Our analysis on the data collected in the follow up study demonstrates that the performance of existing EEG-based emotion recognition methods significantly decreases when evaluated across different corpora. We also found that models trained on spontaneous emotions perform well on recognizing mimicked expressions. Our results provide evidence that stimuli-related sensory information and facial electromyogram activities are the main components learned by machine learning models for emotion recognition using EEG signals.



    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium. Please note, due to limited capacity, seats will be first come first serve.

    Biography: Mohammed Soleymani is a research scientist with the USC Institute of Creative Technologies. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Geneva in 2011. From 2012 to 2014, he was a Marie Curie fellow at Imperial College London. Prior to joining ICT, he was a research scientist at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva. His main line of research involves developing automatic emotion recognition and behavior understanding methods using physiological signals and facial expressions. He is also interested in understanding subjective attributes in multimedia content, e.g, predicting whether an image is interesting from its pixels or automatic recognition of music mood from acoustic content. He is a recipient of the Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione grant and the EU Marie Curie fellowship. He has served on multiple conference organization committees and editorial roles, most notably as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing and technical program chair for ACM ICMI 2018 and ACII 2017. He is one of the founding organizers of the MediaEval multimedia retrieval benchmarking campaign and the president elect for the Association for Advancement of Affective Computing (AAAC).

    Host: David Traum

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 115

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • NL Seminar- CoQA, A Conversational Question Answering Challenge

    Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Siva Reddy , Stanford University

    Talk Title: CoQA: A Conversational Question Answering Challenge

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Humans gather information by engaging in conversations involving a series of interconnected questions and answers. For machines to assist in information gathering, it is therefore essential to enable them to answer conversational questions. In this talk, I will present our work on CoQA, a novel dataset for building Conversational Question Answering systems. CoQA contains 127k questions with answers, obtained from 8k conversations about text passages from seven diverse domains. The questions are conversational, and the answers are free-form text with their corresponding evidence highlighted in the passage. We analyze CoQA in depth and show that conversational questions have challenging phenomena not present in existing reading comprehension datasets, e.g., coreference and pragmatic reasoning. We evaluate strong conversational and reading comprehension models on CoQA. The best system obtains an F1 score of 65.1%, which is 23.7 points behind human performance 88.8 percent, indicating there is ample room for improvement. We launch CoQA as a challenge to the community. See link below.




    Biography: Siva Reddy is a postdoc in Computer Science at Stanford University working with Prof. Christopher Manning. His research focuses on enabling natural communication between humans and machines. Prior to the postdoc, he was a Google PhD Fellow at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Prof. Mirella Lapata and Prof. Mark Steedman.

    Host: Xusen Yin

    More Info: https://stanfordnlp.github.io/coqa/
    Webcast: https://bluejeans.com/s/iHu_F

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 6th Floor Conf Rm-CR# 689

    WebCast Link: https://bluejeans.com/s/iHu_F/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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  • CENG Seminar Series

    Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Yu Hua, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

    Talk Title: Encrypted Non-volatile Main Memory Systems

    Abstract: Non-volatile memory (NVM) technologies are considered as promising candidates of the next-generation main memory. However, the non-volatility of NVMs leads to new security vulnerabilities. Memory encryption can be employed to mitigate the security vulnerabilities, but it increases the number of bits written to NVMs due to the diffusion property and thereby aggravates the NVM wear-out induced by writes. To address these security and endurance challenges, we propose DeWrite, a secure and deduplication-aware scheme to enhance the performance and endurance of encrypted NVMs based on a new in-line deduplication technique and the synergistic integrations of deduplication and memory encryption. Specifically, it performs low-latency in-line deduplication to exploit the abundant cache-line-level duplications leveraging the intrinsic read/write asymmetry of NVMs and light-weight hashing. It also opportunistically parallelizes the operations of deduplication and encryption and allows them to co-locate the metadata for high efficiency. DeWrite was implemented on the gem5 with NVMain.

    Biography: Dr. Yu Hua is a professor in Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He was Postdoc Research Associate in McGill University in 2009, and Postdoc Research Fellow in University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010-2011. He obtained his B.E and Ph.D degrees from Wuhan University respectively in 2001 and 2005. His research interests include file systems, cloud storage systems, non-volatile memory, big data analytics, etc. He publishes multiple papers in conferences and journals, including OSDI, MICRO, FAST, USENIX ATC, ACM SoCC, SC, HPDC, etc. He serves for multiple international conferences, including USENIX ATC, ASPLOS (ERC), SC, ACM SoCC, RTSS, ICDCS, ICCD, INFOCOM, IPDPS, etc. He is the distinguished member of CCF, senior member of ACM and IEEE, and the member of USENIX. He has been appointed as the Distinguished Speaker of ACM and CCF. His homepage is at: https://csyhua.github.io
    Host: Xuehai Qian, xuehai.qian@usc.edu

    More Information: 18.10.04_Yu Hua_CENG Seminar.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Brienne Moore

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  • CS Tech Talk: Parisa Mansourifard (Facebook) - Infrastructure Data Science Team at Facebook

    Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Parisa Mansourifard, Facebook

    Talk Title: Infrastructure Data Science Team at Facebook

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: In this talk, I will present what my team does at Facebook and what problems we aim to solve. Infrastructure Data Science partners with engineering teams to develop data-driven solutions for significant infrastructure challenges such as app and site performance, systems efficiency and reliability, resource allocation and long-term capacity forecasts. Infra Data Scientists use a range of tools, from A/B testing to machine learning, to help Facebook make decisions about operations and system design. The team contributes to all parts of a project's lifecycle, including scoping, data discovery, research, methodological design, code implementation, and reporting and interpreting final results. The teams' work varies, in line with the complex and diverse challenges of maintaining one of the largest and most advanced enterprise infrastructures in the world. We look for candidates with a wide range of backgrounds to join our team and help with this work.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Parisa Mansourifard is currently a data scientist at Infrastructure data science team at Facebook. Before joining Facebook, she was a data scientist at SupplyFrame Inc. and a part-time lecturer at CS department of University of Southern California teaching machine learning. She received the B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Sharif university of technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2008 and 2010 respectively. She also got a M.S. in computer science and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, in 2015 and 2017, respectively. During her Ph.D. she held Viterbi Dean fellowships in 2011-2014 and AAUW dissertation completion fellowship in 2015-2016. She also got a best paper award for the operations research track at EU IEOM conference in Paris 2018.


    Host: Computer Science Department

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility Info Session

    Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and IMF (PHNSY & IMF), the largest industrial employer in the State of Hawaii with over 5500 civilian and military employees, is in the business of repairing and modernizing naval ships and submarines. Our engineers, from a variety of disciplines, are involved in the planning and supervision of the highly challenging work of providing technical guidance through written work procedures and on-the-job direction of the workforce. On a day-to-day basis, our engineers spend their time working onboard submarines or surface ships and working in an office setting. PHNSY & IMF is looking for energetic self-motivated engineers to join the select group of men and women in our various Engineering Departments. We offer competitive pay, generous vacation benefits, paid overtime, excellent retirement system and federal health benefits.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CCI presents Blockfinity's "Bringing Cities on to the Blockchain - Los Angeles"

    Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events


    Blockchain is a fast-growing technology with the intent to decentralize bureaucratic processes, create transparent transactions between multiple parties, and optimize enormous databases. The applications are endless when it comes to government, and municipalities, but our goal is to bring the community together to discuss theory, implementation, and case studies of how cities may work with Blockchain.

    Let's imagine the changes in social, economic and environmental by ridding of bureaucracy in city infrastructure such as piles of papers, giant traffic jams, documentation errors and double transactions. Join our discussion to understand which cities around the world are implementing blockchain and how, what can be improved, and how would this help us here in Los Angeles.

    Please RSVP here:
    Bringing Cities on to the Blockchain - Los Angeles

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Brienne Moore

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  • Last day to drop a course without a mark of W on the transcript *Please drop any course by the end of week three for session 001 (or the 20 percent mark of the session in which the course is offered) to avoid tuition charges.

    Fri, Oct 05, 2018 @ 12:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    University Calendar


    Last day to drop a course without a mark of W on the transcript

    *Please drop any course by the end of week three for session 001 (or the 20 percent mark of the session in which the course is offered) to avoid tuition charges.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Academic Services

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  • Last day to change a Pass/No Pass course to letter grade

    Fri, Oct 05, 2018 @ 12:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    University Calendar


    Last day to change a Pass/No Pass course to letter grade

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Academic Services

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  • Farewell to Servers: Hardware, Software, and Network Approaches towards Datacenter Resource Disaggregation

    Fri, Oct 05, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Yiying Zhang, Purdue University

    Talk Title: Farewell to Servers: Hardware, Software, and Network Approaches towards Datacenter Resource Disaggregation

    Abstract: Datacenters have been using a "monolithic" server model for decades, where each server has a motherboard that hosts a set of hardware devices such as processors and memory chips. This monolithic architecture is easy to deploy but cannot fully support the growing hardware heterogeneity in datacenters or provide hardware elasticity, failure isolation, and efficient resource utilization. Going forward, we have to rethink the decade-long server-centric model.

    Our answer is to break the monolithic server model into distributed, network-attached hardware components that can each manage its own resources and can fail independently. For the past three years, my lab has been working on such datacenter "resource disaggregation" at system software, networking, and hardware levels. In this talk, I will discuss our various efforts in building a disaggregated datacenter (or "DC-3.0"). Specifically, I will focus on two systems: LegoOS, a new distributed, disseminated OS designed for datacenter resource disaggregation (OSDI'18), and LITE, a Local Indirection TiEr in kernel to virtualize native RDMA into a flexible, high-level, easy-to-use abstraction (SOSP'17).

    Biography: Yiying Zhang is an assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. Her research interests span operating systems, distributed systems, datacenter networking, and computer architecture, with a focus on building software, hardware, network systems for next-generation datacenters. Her lab is pioneering in the field of datacenter resource disaggregation and is among the few groups in the world that builds new OSes and full-stack, cross-layer systems. She has published at and served on the program committees of top systems conferences such as SOSP, OSDI, and ASPLOS, and her work has attracted various industry and academia attentions. Yiying received her Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, San Diego before joining Purdue.

    Host: Xuehai Qian, xuehai.qian@usc.edu

    More Information: 18.10.05_Yiying Zhang .pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Brienne Moore

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  • W.V.T. RUSCH ENGINEERING HONORS COLLOQUIUM

    Fri, Oct 05, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jim Cahill , Developer of Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback Training, Medicine Mind, Inc., Silvergate Medical Center

    Talk Title: Contemplative Science: Empirical Approaches to Understanding the Mind

    Host: EHP and Dr. Prata

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Amanda McCraven

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  • BME seminars

    Fri, Oct 05, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Steve Kay, PhD, USC Keck School of Medicine, Provost Professor of Neurology, Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences, Director of Convergent Bioscience

    Talk Title: Circadian Gene Regulatory Networks in Health and Disease

    Series: Seminars in BME (Lab Rotations)

    Host: Brent Liu, PhD

    Location: Corwin D. Denney Research Center (DRB) - 145a

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Fri, Oct 05, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. David Cwiertny, University of Iowa

    Talk Title: Beyond emerging contaminants: bioactive transformation products and what we should do about them

    Abstract: See Attachment

    Host: Dr. Daniel McCurry

    More Information: Cwiertny_Announcement.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • ASBME Fall Networking Night

    Fri, Oct 05, 2018 @ 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Join ASBME at our seventh annual Fall Networking Night with representatives from various biomedical companies! This event will offer you a unique opportunity to converse with recruiters over dinner and learn about internship programs and job openings in 2019. Companies attending include Abbott, Edwards Lifesciences, Medtronic, and more! To reserve your seat, please RSVP by filling out this form here AND submitting a $20 deposit to the front desk of DRB 140 by Friday, September 28th. The deposit will be returned to you at check-in for the event. Due to limited room capacity, preference will be given to junior and senior undergraduate students who are MEMBERS of ASBME. However, we suggest that any interested underclassmen should still RSVP as spots may open up. Spot confirmations and additional details will be sent out by Monday, October 1st. Any questions can be directed to Dominie Miyasato at dmiyasat@usc.edu.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 450

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • Discover USC - Boston

    Sat, Oct 06, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Boston.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Boston Marriott Copley Place

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC - Phoenix

    Sat, Oct 06, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Phoenix.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Scottsdale

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • GRAMMAR WORKSHOP FOR VITERBI STUDENTS

    Sun, Oct 07, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    All Viterbi undergraduate and graduate students who need extra assistance with grammar are invited to attend a workshop with WRIT 340E Professors Choi and Schroeder. Students will receive a short grammar lesson, followed by one-on-one help with individual writing questions.
    Students should sign-up in advance here: https://goo.gl/forms/rmMPSezGAtzFJBrY2

    If you have questions, please contact Prof. Choi at helenhch@usc.edu.

    Location: Thomas & Dorothy Leavey Library (LVL) - 16

    Audiences: Currently enrolled WRIT340E students

    Posted By: Helen Choi

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  • Discover USC - Denver

    Sun, Oct 07, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Denver.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC - New York

    Sun, Oct 07, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in New York.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC - Hong Kong

    Sun, Oct 07, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Hong Kong.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Conrad Hong Kong

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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

    Mon, Oct 08, 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!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Niels Reimers - Keynote Seminar on Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Laboratory to Market: University Technology Licensing, Monday, October 8th at 10:30am in EEB 132

    Mon, Oct 08, 2018 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Niels Reimers, Niels Reimers

    Talk Title: Laboratory to Market: University Technology Licensing

    Abstract: Abstract: A discussion of today's knowledge society, role of universities, specifics of Stanford's experience, cultural and other impediments to innovation, university policies, and elements of a university technology licensing office.

    Biography: Biography: Niels Founded and directed Stanford Office of Technology Licensing, 1968-91. During the 22 years he managed the program at Stanford, he was loaned to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to reform its program, and to the University of California, Berkeley to found its program.
    Cumulative licensing income to Stanford from an outside management firm, from 1954-67, totaled about $4,500. Niels proposed a pilot year-long licensing office with a marketing focus, which pilot year (1968-69) achieved $55,000 in licensing income. A permanent office then was approved, with a staff of Niels and a secretary/office manager. As the work load grew from increasing numbers of technology disclosures from faculty and students, staff were added. Cumulative licensing income from 1968 is expected to top $2 billion in fiscal year 2019.

    Host: Ming Hsieh Institute

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Oct 08, 2018 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Hongqiao Zhang, MD, PhD, USC, Research Assistant Professor of Gerontology

    Talk Title: Nano particle effect on health

    Host: Qifa Zhou

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • Interviews Open Forum

    Mon, Oct 08, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your career and internship knowledge for interviews by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Fall 2018 Joint CSC@USC/CommNetS-MHI Seminar Series

    Mon, Oct 08, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Murat Arcak, University of California Berkeley

    Talk Title: Scalable Symbolic Control

    Abstract: Finite abstractions of continuous dynamical systems play a central role in synthesizing controllers that enforce complex specifications, such as those expressed in temporal logic, and enable the designer to leverage tools from model checking and reactive synthesis. The resulting controller is symbolic, meaning that it only requires knowledge of quantized states that represent the currently occupied partition of the state space. Existing computational tools for this approach have been limited to small systems because both the abstraction and synthesis steps suffer from severe time and space bottlenecks as the system dimension grows. This talk will present recent results that overcome these bottlenecks by exploiting structural system properties. These results include: (1) taking advantage of monotonicity properties of the dynamical model for efficient reachability computations, (2) using sparsity structures in the dependency graph of state variables for parsimonious abstraction algorithms that dramatically reduce runtime, and (3) dividing the control synthesis task into sub-problems of manageable size with compositional procedures. The results will be illustrated with several practically motivated examples.

    Biography: Murat Arcak is a professor at UC Berkeley with appointments in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Bogazici University, Istanbul (1996) and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1997 and 2000). His research is in dynamical systems and control theory with applications to synthetic biology, multi-agent systems, and transportation. He received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2003, the Donald P. Eckman Award from the American Automatic Control Council in 2006, the Control and Systems Theory Prize from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in 2007, and the Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize from the IEEE Control Systems Society in 2014. He is a member of SIAM and a fellow of IEEE.

    Host: Ketan Savla, ksavla@usc.edu

    More Info: http://csc.usc.edu/seminars/2018Fall/arcak.html

    More Information: 18.10.08_Murat Arcak CSCUSC Seminar.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Brienne Moore

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  • Discover USC - Las Vegas

    Mon, Oct 08, 2018 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Las Vegas.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Convention Center Las Vegas

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC - Washington, DC

    Mon, Oct 08, 2018 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Washington, DC.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Key Bridge Marriott

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Interviews Open Forum

    Tue, Oct 09, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your career and internship knowledge for interviews by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CS Colloquium: Xinyu Xing (Pennsylvania State University) - Tracking down Software Vulnerabilities from Unexpected Crashes

    Tue, Oct 09, 2018 @ 03:40 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Xinyu Xing, Pennsylvania State University

    Talk Title: Tracking down Software Vulnerabilities from Unexpected Crashes

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: Despite the best efforts of developers, software inevitably contains flaws that may be leveraged as security vulnerabilities. Modern operating systems integrate various security mechanisms to prevent software faults from being exploited. To bypass these defenses and hijack program execution, an attacker therefore needs to constantly mutate an exploit and make many attempts. While in their attempts, the exploit triggers a security vulnerability and makes the running process terminate abnormally.

    After a program has crashed and terminated abnormally, it typically leaves behind a snapshot of its crashing state in the form of a core dump. While a core dump carries a large amount of information, which has long been used for software debugging, it barely serves as informative debugging aids in locating software faults, particularly memory corruption vulnerabilities. As such, previous research mainly seeks fully reproducible execution tracing to identify software vulnerabilities in crashes. However, such techniques are usually impractical for complex programs. Even for simple programs, the overhead of fully reproducible tracing may only be acceptable at the time of in-house testing.

    In this talk, I will introduce a reverse execution technique, which takes as input a core dump, reversely executes the corresponding crashing program and automatically pinpoints the root cause of the vulnerable site hidden behind the crash. In the process of performing reverse execution, our technique typically encounters uncertainty (e.g., uncertain control or data flow) which significantly influence the capability of identifying vulnerabilities. Therefore, as part of the talk, I will also briefly discuss how we utilize deep recurrent neural network to tackle this technical challenge.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Dr. Xinyu Xing is an Assistant Professor at the Pennsylvania State University. His research interest includes exploring, designing and developing tools to automate vulnerability discovery, failure reproduction, vulnerability diagnosis (and triage), exploit and security patch generation. Recently, he is also interested in developing deep learning techniques to perform highly accurate binary and malware analysis. His past research has been featured by many mainstream medium, such as Technology Review, New Scientists and NYTimes etc. Going beyond academic research, he also actively participates and hosts many world-class cybersecurity competitions (such as HITB and XCTF). This year, his team was selected for DEFCON/GeekPwn CAAD challenge grand final at Las Vegas. He led Penn State to finish NSA code breaker competition 2017 and ranked at the top 3 nationwide. In the white-hat hacker community, his research team has contributed many CVEs for the open source community. The tools his team developed have been downloaded by thousands of developers and security researchers.


    Host: Muhammad Naveed

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Seminar - Distinguished Lecture Series

    Tue, Oct 09, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Vivian Ferry, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota

    Talk Title: Optical nanomaterials: chirality, refractive index, and applications to solar energy conversion

    Abstract: Optical nanomaterials offer the ability to bend, twist, guide, and confine light in nanoscale dimensions, leading to new applications in photovoltaics, sensing, light emission control, and other optoelectronic devices. The first part of this talk will discuss strategies for capturing and managing incident sunlight effectively for solar energy conversion. I will discuss complementary strategies for managing incident sunlight before it interacts with the solar panel, including luminescent solar concentrators that down shift and concentrate sunlight using a combination of luminescent nanocrystals and nanostructured surfaces, and structures that integrate with photovoltaic modules for thermal management. The second part of the talk will discuss the development of chiral nanomaterials that interact selectively with right and left handed circularly polarized light. I will discuss strategies to tune the chiral optical response of both semiconductor nanocrystals and metamaterials.

    Biography: Vivian Ferry is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. She received her S. B. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 2006, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 2011, working with Prof. Harry Atwater. She was a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Paul Alivisatos in the Materials Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2011 to 2014. Her research focuses on light matter interactions in nanoscale materials, and her specific research interests include light management in solar energy conversion, switchable metamaterials, and nanoscale chirality. She is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award, an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, was named as one of Technology Reviews 35 Innovators under 35 in 2016, and holds a McKnight Land Grant Professorship at the University of Minnesota.

    Host: Professor Malancha Gupta

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 200

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Karen Woo/Mork Family

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  • NVIDIA Information Session

    Tue, Oct 09, 2018 @ 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Tech Talk & Coding Challenge

    Come hear from an NVIDIAN and explore our career opportunities!

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Discover USC - Philadelphia

    Tue, Oct 09, 2018 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Philadelphia.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Philadelphia Marriott West

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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

    Wed, Oct 10, 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!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Rebecca Kinnon

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 12:00 AM - 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: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) - 102

    Audiences: By invitation only.

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • CS Colloquium: Simone Silvetti and Laura Nenzi

    Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Simone Silvetti (Numerical Methods Group) and Laura Nenzi (TU Wien),

    Talk Title: Talk1: Combining Active learning optimization and Temporal logic for parameter synthesis and falsification of Complex Systems Talk 2: System Design of Stochastic Models using Robustness of Temporal Properties

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium jointly with CCI-MHI Cyber-Physical Systems Seminar

    Abstract: We are pleased to announce two talks during this colloquium.

    Talk 1: Combining Active learning optimization and Temporal logic for parameter synthesis and falsification of Complex Systems
    In this talk, we discuss the combination of Active Learning Optimization and temporal logic to the falsification and parameter synthesis of complex dynamical systems. First, we introduce Gaussian Processes and an active learning approach aimed to falsify a black box model with time-dependent functional inputs. Second, we introduce a technique also base on Gaussian Processes, named Smoothed Model Checking, which is able to estimate the probability that a stochastic system satisfies a temporal logic formula. We leverage this estimation ability and an active learning approach to find regions of the parameter space where the model satisfies a temporal logic formula with probability greater (or less) than a given threshold.

    Talk 2: System Design of Stochastic Models using Robustness of Temporal Properties
    In the last years, researchers from the verification community have proposed several notions of robustness for temporal logic providing suitable definitions of distance between a trajectory of a (deterministic) dynamical system and the boundaries of the set of trajectories satisfying the property of interest. In this talk, we present an extension of this notion of robustness to stochastic systems, showing that this naturally leads to a distribution of robustness degrees. Then, we show how to exploit this notion to address the system design problem, where the goal is to optimise some control parameters of a stochastic model in order to maximise robustness of the desired specifications. The key idea is to use a learning algorithm to estimate the dependence of the average robustness of a qualitative formula over the model parameters. A powerful and provably convergent machine learning method, namely the Gaussian Process - Upper Confidence Bound (GP-UCB) algorithm is use to improve the parameter optimisation. Finally, we demonstrate the applicability of our method on a number of case studies and ongoing works.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium. Please note, due to limited capacity in OHE 100D, seats will be first come first serve.


    Biography: Talk 1: Simone Silvetti is a researcher and developer at the Numerical Methods Group of Esteco SpA, Italy. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Udine in 2018 and a MSc in Mathematics from the University of Rome in 2012. His research focuses on the application of machine learning to quantitative formal methods and optimization.

    Talk 2: Since 2017, Laura Nenzi is a research assistant at the TU Wien. She received a Ph.D in Computer Science from IMT Lucca, in 2016. In December 2018, she will join the University of Trieste as Assistant Professor. Her research interests include: spatio-temporal logics, statistical verification routines for uncertain models and combination of formal methods with machine learning techniques.


    Host: Jyotirmoy Deshmukh and Paul Bogdan

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 100D

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Interviews Open Forum

    Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your career and internship knowledge for interviews by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Women in Engineering (WIE) MENTOR Program Launch and Match

    Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    University Calendar


    The Women in Engineering (WIE) office is proud to kick-0ff its new WIE MENTOR program. The mentorship program pairs first year and new transfer women (mentees) with upper-class students in Viterbi who will serve as mentors. Mentors and mentees will find out who they are matched with and then convene for a reception, where they will have an opportunity to get to know each other better.

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

    Audiences: invitation only

    Posted By: Monica De Los Santos

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  • CAIS Seminar: Dr. Pinar Keskinocak (Georgia Tech) - Quantitative Models for Decision-Support in Healthcare Applications

    Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Pinar Keskinocak, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Quantitative Models for Decision-Support in Healthcare Applications

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

    Abstract: With the goal of improving patient outcomes, efficiency, and effectiveness, quantitative models are increasingly used for decision-support in healthcare. In this presentation Dr. Keskinocak will discuss a few applications from organ transplant, vaccination, screening, and workforce allocation decisions.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium


    Biography: Dr. Pinar Keskinocak is the William W. George Chair and Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and co-founder and Director of the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems at Georgia Tech. She also serves as the College of Engineering ADVANCE Professor. Her research focuses on the applications of quantitative methods to have a positive impact in society, particularly in healthcare and humanitarian systems. She has worked on projects with a variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations, and healthcare providers, including American Red Cross, CDC, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory Healthcare, and Task Force for Global Health.


    Host: Dr. Milind Tambe and Dr. Sze-chuan Suen

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Joint Epstein Institute, ISE 651 & USC CAIS Seminar

    Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Pinar Keskinocak, Professor, Georgia Tech

    Talk Title: Quantitative Models for Decision-support in Healthcare Applications

    Host: Dr. Sze-chuan Suen

    More Information: October 10, 2018.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Multimodal Emotion Recognition: Quantifying Dynamics and Structure in Audio-Visual Expressive Speech

    Thu, Oct 11, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Yelin (Lynn) Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University at Albany, SUNY

    Talk Title: Multimodal Emotion Recognition: Quantifying Dynamics and Structure in Audio-Visual Expressive Speech

    Abstract: The rise of AI assistant systems, including Google Home, Apple Siri, and Amazon Echo, brings the urgent need for increased and deeper understanding of users. In this talk, I will present algorithmic and statistical methods for analyzing audio-visual human behavior, particularly focusing on emotional and social signals inferred from speech and facial expressions. These methods can provide emotional intelligence to AI systems. However, developing automatic emotion recognition systems is challenging since emotional expressions are complex, dynamic, inherently multimodal, and are entangled with other factors of modulation (e.g. speech generation and emphasis). I will present several algorithms to address these fundamental challenges in emotion recognition: (i) cross-modal modeling methods that capture and control for interactions between individual facial regions and speech using the Minimum Description Length (MDL) principle-based segmentation; (ii) localization and prediction of events with salient emotional behaviors using a max-margin optimization and dynamic programming; and (iii) temporal modeling methods to learn co-occurrence patterns between emotional behaviors and emotion label noise. These algorithms have enabled advancements in the modeling of audio-visual emotion recognition systems and increased the understanding of the underlying dynamic and multimodal structure of affective communication (e.g., cross-modal interaction, temporal structure, and inherent perceptual ambiguity).

    Biography: Yelin Kim http://yelinkim.com is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2013 and 2016, respectively, and her B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea in 2011. Her main research interests are in human-centered and affective computing, multimodal (audio-visual) modeling, and computational behavior analysis. Her work was recognized by several awards, including a Google Faculty Research Award (2018), a SUNY-A Faculty Research Award (2017), and the Best Student Paper Award at ACM Multimedia (2014).

    Host: Dr. Shrikanth Narayanan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Auto-Tuned Threading for OLDI Microservices

    Thu, Oct 11, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Akshitha Sriraman, University of Michigan

    Talk Title: Auto-Tuned Threading for OLDI Microservices

    Abstract: Modern On-Line Data Intensive (OLDI) applications have evolved from monolithic systems to instead comprise numerous, distributed microservices interacting via Remote Procedure Calls (RPCs). Microservices face sub-ms RPC latency goals, much tighter than their monolithic ancestors that must meet >=100ms latency targets. Sub-ms-scale threading and on currency design effects as well as OS and network overheads that were once insignificant for such monoliths, can now come to dominate in the sub-ms-scale microservice regime. It is therefore vital to characterize the influence of threading design, OS, and network effects on microservices. Unfortunately, widely used academic data center benchmark suites are unsuitable to aid this characterization as they use monolithic rather than microservice architectures.

    We first investigate how OS/network overheads impact microservice tail latency by developing a complete suite of microservices called mSuite that we use to facilitate our study. Our characterization reveals that the relationship between optimal OS/network parameters and service load is complex. Our primary finding is that non-optimal OS scheduler decisions can degrade microservice tail latency by up to ~87%.

    Secondly, we investigate how threading design critically impacts microservice tail latency by developing a taxonomy of threading models -“ a structured understanding of the implications of how microservices manage concurrency and interact with RPC interfaces under wide-ranging loads. We develop mTune, a system that has two features: (1) a novel framework that abstracts threading model implementation from application code, and (2) a novel automatic load adaptation system that curtails microservice tail latency by exploiting inherent latency trade-offs revealed in our taxonomy to transition among threading models. We study mTune in the context of mSuite to demonstrate up to 1.9x tail latency improvements over static threading choices and state-of-the-art adaptation techniques.

    Biography: Akshitha is a fourth year Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan, where she is advised by Dr. Thomas F. Wenisch. Her primary research interests are in software systems and computer architecture. Her research focuses on developing software and hardware optimizations to improve the performance of large-scale distributed data center system.

    Host: Xuehai Qian, xuehai.qian@usc.edu

    More Information: 18.10.11 Akshitha Sriraman_CENG.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • BME seminars

    Thu, Oct 11, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Abstract: Over the past decade we have been working to develop functional and molecular imaging technologies for a variety of applications. A current focus is technologies capable of functional imaging of picometer scale vibrations in the ear. This collaboration with researchers in otolaryngology has led to several recent papers that contribute new understandings of inner ear function. These were enabled by our development of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) as a highly sensitive spatially resolved vibrometer. Building on this approach, we have begun to develop devices to fill unmet clinical needs for diagnosis and therapeutic guidance in humans. The first of those devices (cochleoscope) is an endoscopic OCT system designed to traverse the human ear canal and peer into the inner ear through the round window. This device would be used clinically to identify endolymphatic hydrops, anomalous vibratory response, and ischemia of the inner ear. We recently demonstrated this device in a porcine model and have IRB approval for a first-in-human trial at USC. A second device attaches to the standard operating microscopes in the hearing clinic, enabling noninvasive imaging of middle ear morphology and function. In vivo human testing of this device has shown that we can achieve a sensitivity to vibrations of of

    More Information: Brian E. Applegate Flyer.pdf

    Location: 145a

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Resume Lab - Bring your Laptop!

    Thu, Oct 11, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Labs are an activity where you can work on your resume in the presence of a career advisor to get tips on the spot.

    Bring your Laptop!

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Discover USC - Shanghai

    Thu, Oct 11, 2018 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Shanghai.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Hotel Westin Bund Center

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

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

    Fri, Oct 12, 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!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Viterbi School of Engineering Dean’s Reception

    Fri, Oct 12, 2018 @ 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Receptions & Special Events


    During Trojan Family Weekend, Viterbi students and their families are invited to attend the Dean's Reception.

    Breakfast will be provided.

    Location: Epstein Family Plaza

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Amanda McCraven

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  • Research and Design Showcase

    Fri, Oct 12, 2018 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Receptions & Special Events


    After the Viterbi School of Engineering Dean's Reception families are invited to a Research and Design showcase presented by Viterbi students.

    Location: Epstein Family Plaza

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Amanda McCraven

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  • Munushian Seminar - Demetrios Christodoulides, Friday, October 12th at 2PM in EEB 132

    Fri, Oct 12, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Demetrios Christodoulides, CREOL The College of Optics and Photonics

    Talk Title: Optical Thermodynamics of Nonlinear Highly Multimode Systems

    Abstract: The past few years have witnessed a resurgence of interest in multimode waveguide structures, predominantly driven by the ever-increasing demand for higher information capacities. This renaissance, in turn, incited a flurry of activities in the general area of nonlinear multimode fiber optics. The sheer complexity associated with the presence of hundreds or thousands of nonlinearly interacting modes that collectively act as a many-body system, has led to new opportunities in observing a multitude of novel optical effects that would have been otherwise impossible in single-mode settings. In this talk, a thermodynamic theory capable of describing complex, highly multimoded, nonlinear optical systems is presented. It is shown that the mode occupancies in such nonlinear multimode arrangements follow a universal behavior that always tends to maximize the system's entropy at steady-state. This thermodynamic response takes place irrespective of the type of nonlinearities involved and can be utilized to either heat or cool an optical multimode system. Aspects associated with adiabatic compressions and expansions will be discussed along with the possibility for all-optical Carnot cycles.

    Biography: Biography: Demetrios Christodoulides is the Cobb Family Endowed Chair and Pegasus Professor of Optics at CREOL-the College of Optics and Photonics of the University of Central Florida. He received his Ph.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1986 and he subsequently joined Bellcore as a post-doctoral fellow. Between 1988 and 2002 he was with the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Lehigh University. His research interests include linear and nonlinear optical beam interactions, synthetic optical materials, optical solitons, and quantum electronics. He has authored and co-authored more than 350 papers. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society. He is the recipient of the 2011 Wood Prize and 2018 Max Born Award of OSA.

    Host: EE-Electrophysics

    More Info: https://minghsiehee.usc.edu/about/lectures/munushian/

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Faculty Address: Engineering a Better Society, Dr. Milind Tambe

    Fri, Oct 12, 2018 @ 02:30 PM - 03:20 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Dr. Milind Tambe is Helen N. and Emmett H. Jones Professor in Engineering at the University of Southern California(USC) and the Founding Co-Director of CAIS, the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society, where his research focuses on advancing AI and multiagent systems research for Social Good.

    He will be addressing Viterbi families on "Engineering a Better Society"

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Quantum Supremacy and its Applications

    Fri, Oct 12, 2018 @ 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Scott Aaronson, University of Texas at Austin

    Talk Title: Quantum Supremacy and its Applications

    Abstract: In the near future, there will likely be special-purpose quantum computers with 50-70 high-quality qubits and controllable nearest-neighbor couplings. In this talk, I'll discuss general theoretical foundations for how to use such devices to demonstrate quantum supremacy: that is, a clear quantum speedup for some task, motivated by the goal of overturning the Extended Church-Turing Thesis (which says that all physical systems can be efficiently simulated by classical computers) as confidently
    as possible. This part of the talk is based on joint work with Lijie
    Chen. Then, in a second part, I'll discuss new, not-yet-published work on how these experiments could be used to generate cryptographically certified random bits, for use in cryptocurrencies and other applications.


    Biography: Scott Aaronson is David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his bachelor's from Cornell University and his PhD from UC Berkeley, and did postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study as well as the University of Waterloo. Before coming to UT Austin, he spent nine years as a professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Aaronson's research in theoretical computer science has focused mainly on the capabilities and limits of quantum computers. His first book, Quantum Computing Since Democritus, was published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press. He received the National Science Foundation Alan T. Waterman Award, the United States PECASE Award, the Vannevar Bush Fellowship, the Tomassoni-Chisesi Prize in Physics, and MIT's Junior Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching.

    Host: Xuehai Qian, xuehai.qian@usc.edu

    More Information: 18.10.12 Scott Aaronson Seminar .pdf

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 109

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • NL Seminar-Mapping Functions for Multilingual Word Embeddings

    Fri, Oct 12, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ndapa Nakashole, UCSD

    Talk Title: Mapping Functions for Multilingual Word Embeddings

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Inducing multilingual word embeddings by learning a linear map between embedding spaces of different languages achieves remarkable accuracy on related languages. However, accuracy drops substantially when translating between distant languages. Given that languages exhibit differences in vocabulary, grammar, written form, or syntax, one would expect that embedding spaces of different languages have different structures especially for distant languages. I will present our work on understanding the behavior of linear maps learned by word translation methods. Additionally, I will present some initial solutions to the shortcomings of such linear maps.



    Biography: Ndapa Nakashole is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to UCSD, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University. She obtained her PhD from Saarland University, Germany, for research carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken. She completed undergraduate studies in Computer Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.


    Host: Xusen Yin

    More Info: http://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/
    Webcast: https://bluejeans.com/s/R09BB

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th Flr Conf Rm # 1135, Marina Del Rey

    WebCast Link: https://bluejeans.com/s/R09BB/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • The Job Search Process – Kaitlin Harada

    Fri, Oct 12, 2018 @ 03:30 PM - 04:20 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Kaitlin Harada, Director of Viterbi Career Connections will discuss the job search process.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Amanda McCraven

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  • Discover USC - Houston

    Sat, Oct 13, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Houston.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC - Portland

    Sat, Oct 13, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Portland.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Hilton Portland Downtown

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC - Dallas

    Sun, Oct 14, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Dallas.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC - Seattle

    Sun, Oct 14, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Seattle.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Grand Hyatt Seattle

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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

    Mon, Oct 15, 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!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • CS Colloquium: Judea Pearl (UCLA) - The New Science of Cause and Effect

    Mon, Oct 15, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Judea Pearl, UCLA

    Talk Title: The New Science of Cause and Effect

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: Professor Judea Pearl's talk will summarize a revolution that has changed the way scientists deal with cause-effect questions and that will have profound effects on our future. Pearl will first describe how hard causal questions that long were regarded as
    either metaphysical or unmanageable can now be solved using elementary steps and what this tells us about how our mind achieves causal understanding. He will then outline how robots can be built that learn to communicate in our language of cause and effect and reason counterfactually about credit and blame, regret, intent and responsibility.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    This talk is co-sponsored by: USC Viterbi Department of Computer Science, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USC Marshall Department of Data Sciences and Operations and USC Dornsife Department of Economics.


    Biography: Judea Pearl is a professor of computer science and statistics at UCLA, where he directs the Cognitive Systems Laboratory and conducts research in artificial intelligence, human cognition, and philosophy of science. Pearl is the 2011 recipient of the ACM Alan Turing Award, and the 2002 London School of Economics Lakatos Award in the philosophy of science. He is the author of Heuristics (1983), Probabilistic Reasoning (1988), Causality (2000, 2009) and most recently co-authored The Book of Why (2018).


    Host: Computer Science Department and School of Communication in Annenberg

    Location: Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN) 106 (Sheindlin Forum)

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Oct 15, 2018 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Hanming Peng, USC Visiting Professor

    Talk Title: Drug delivery for cancer application

    Host: Qifa Zhou

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • Resume Lab - Bring your Laptop!

    Mon, Oct 15, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Labs are an activity where you can work on your resume in the presence of a career advisor to get tips on the spot.

    Bring your Laptop!

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Fall 2018 Joint CSC@USC/CommNetS-MHI Seminar Series

    Mon, Oct 15, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Stanley Chan, Purdue University

    Talk Title: Understanding Plug-and-Play ADMM: Convergence, Objective Function, and Generalization

    Abstract: The Plug-and-Play (PnP) ADMM algorithm is a recently developed image restoration method that allows advanced image denoisers to be integrated into physical forward models to yield a provable convergent algorithm. Since its introduction in 2013, PnP ADMM has enabled numerous record-breaking image recovery results in deblurring, inpainting, super-resolution, Poisson denoising, and compressed sensing, etc. However, despite the successful applications and promising results, very little is known about why PnP ADMM performs so well. Fundamentally, the challenge lies in the fact that many of the latest denoisers are not easily expressible as proximal maps, e.g., deep neural networks.
    In this talk, I will highlight a few recent progresses made by my group and collaborators. I will discuss three questions. (1) Convergence: Under what conditions of the denoisers will PnP ADMM converge? Answering this question will allow us to comment on what kind of denoisers we can use and what kind of convergence we should expect. (2) Objective Function: By plugging in an off-the-shelf denoiser, what does PnP ADMM actually solve? That is, what is the corresponding objective function? This problem will tell us why and when PnP ADMM will perform well, and when PnP ADMM will fail. (3) Generalization: Are we able to generalize PnP ADMM to accommodate multiple agents beyond a single forward model and a single denoiser? This leads to a new concept called consensus equilibrium, which allows us to integrate multiple weak experts to produce an overall strong recovery method. I will illustrate the ideas through examples in image denoising, graph signal processing, turbulence removal and automatic foreground extraction.


    Biography: Stanley H. Chan is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Statistics at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He received the B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hong Kong in 2007, the M.A. degree in Mathematics from UC San Diego in 2009, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego in 2011. In 2012-2014, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard. His PhD study and postdoctoral training were supported by the Croucher Foundation PhD Scholarship and postdoctoral Fellowship, two of the most prestigious scholarships in Hong Kong.
    Dr. Chan is a recipient of the Best Paper Award of IEEE International Conference on Image Processing 2016 for his work on single photon image sensors. He is also a recipient of multiple education awards including the IEEE Signal Processing Cup Second Prize, Purdue College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, Eta Kappa Nu Teaching Award, Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Professor Award, and Purdue Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship.
    Dr. Chan is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging since 2018, an Associate Editor of OSA Optics Express in 2016 - 2018, an Elected Member and the subcommittee Chair of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Special Interest Group in Computational Imaging since 2015. He was the co-chair and co-organizer of the computational imaging special session in ICIP 2016, and had served on multiple technical program committees including ICIP, ICASSP, OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress, and Midwest Machine Learning Symposium.


    Host: Antonio Ortega, antonio.ortega@sipi.usc.edu

    More Info: http://csc.usc.edu/seminars/2018Fall/chan.html

    More Information: 18.10.15 Stanley Chan_CSC@USC Seminar.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Biomedical Engineering Alumni & Industry Spotlight Panel

    Mon, Oct 15, 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

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Finding Structure in Data: Clustering and Representation Learning

    Tue, Oct 16, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Arya Mazumdar, College of Information & Computer Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Talk Title: Finding Structure in Data: Clustering and Representation Learning

    Abstract: This talk is loosely divided into two parts, both about uncovering hidden structures in data by unsupervised or semisupervised methods. In the first, we discuss new tools to learn parameters of mixtures of distributions, statistical block models, and interactive algorithms for such problems. In the second, we describe new algorithms to learn nonlinear models of data, primarily focusing on networks of rectified linear units. We will emphasize on the information theoretic tools that have been used in both of the parts. We provide rigorous theoretical guarantees and our algorithms perform very well in experiments conducted with real data.


    Biography: Arya Mazumdar is an assistant professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since Fall 2015. Prior to this, Arya was an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and a postdoctoral scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Arya received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2011, where his thesis won the Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship Award. Arya is a recipient of the 2015 NSF CAREER award and the 2010 IEEE ISIT Jack K. Wolf Student Paper Award. He spent the summers of 2008 and 2010 at the Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA, and IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA, respectively. Arya's research interests include information theory and machine learning.

    Host: Professor Salman Avestimehr

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Interviews Open Forum

    Tue, Oct 16, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your career and internship knowledge for interviews by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Epstein Institute Seminar - ISE 651

    Tue, Oct 16, 2018 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Andrzej Ruszczynski , Professor, Rutgers Business School

    Talk Title: Risk-Averse Optimization and Control of Partially Observable Systems

    Host: Dr. Meisam Razaviyayn

    More Information: October 16, 2018.pdf

    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Seminar - Lyman L. Handy Colloquia

    Tue, Oct 16, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Susanne Stemmer, Materials Department , University of California, Santa Barbara

    Talk Title: Topological Heterostructures by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

    Abstract: Topology, both in real space and in reciprocal space, has emerged as a new design principle for materials that can host a wealth of novel properties. Interfaces and heterostructures with topological materials offer opportunities to control and manipulate their electronic states and associated phenomena, for example, via electric field effect, strain, or symmetry breaking. In this presentation, we will discuss recent progress in the growth of thin films of the three-dimensional Dirac semimetal Cd3As2 by molecular beam epitaxy. We show that high-mobility, epitaxial Cd3As2 films can be grown and discuss some of the phenomena that can be observed, such as an unusually large negative longitudinal magnetoresistance under parallel electric and magnetic fields. The heterostructures allow for experimental tests of theoretically predicted transitions between topological states by manipulating parameters, such as confinement and film strain. For example, as the film thickness is reduced, a band gap opens in the bulk Dirac electronic states and we observe a quantum Hall effect. Using electric field gating and Landau level spectroscopy, we demonstrate the Dirac dispersion of these two-dimensional states.

    Biography: Susanne Stemmer is Professor of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She did her doctoral work at the Max-Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart (Germany) and received her degree from the University of Stuttgart in 1995. Following postdoctoral positions, she moved to Rice University, where she was Assistant Professor from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, she joined the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests are in the development of scanning transmission electron microscopy techniques, molecular beam epitaxy, functional and strongly correlated oxide heterostructures, and topological materials. She has authored or co-authored more than 240 publications. Honors include election to Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Materials Research Society, Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America, and a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship of the Department of Defense.

    Host: Dr. Jayakanth Ravichandran

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 200

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Karen Woo/Mork Family

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

    Wed, Oct 17, 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!

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Machine-Integrated Intelligence, Controlled Sensing, and Active Learning

    Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 12:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Tara Javidi, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC San Diego

    Talk Title: Machine-Integrated Intelligence, Controlled Sensing, and Active Learning

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

    Abstract: The computing landscape has been drastically changing. The new computing realm, which is sometimes dubbed as internet of everything, includes networked devices ranging from tiny wearable sensors, smart home appliances, and personal autonomous robots, to connected self-driving cars, and to smart city infrastructures. In this new computing eco-system, comprising of resource-constrained, unreliable, and vulnerable components and networks, the non-recurring cost of hardware acceleration, engineering implementation, and system building has continued to grow significantly. This is in addition to the growing cost associated with the collection, curation, and labeling of data during both the training and the execution of various popular machine learning models. These design bottle-necks not only result in a significant increase in the non-recurring cost of engineering for companies but also provide a severe hurdle in technology development associated with hardware upgrade and/or system redesign.

    In the first part of the talk, I will discuss an overview of my research on information acquisition and active learning in the context of the mission of our newly formed UCSD Center for Machine-Integrated Computing and Security (MICS). I will report ongoing research in the center where this system integrated view has enabled best-in-class results by bringing Machine into Machine Learning. In the second part of the talk, I will delve deeper into the problems of information acquisition, controlled sensing, and active learning and show our solutions to significantly reduce the cost of data collection and/or data labeling while ensuring reliability and fidelity during the training or run-time. In particular, we illustrate our findings and algorithms in the context of DetecDrone: an ML-enabled drone intelligence platform developed in my lab to provide search, mapping, and monitoring off-the-shelf low cost drones.


    Biography: Tara Javidi studied electrical engineering at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran from 1992 to 1996. She received her MS degrees in electrical engineering (systems) and in applied mathematics (stochastic analysis) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1998 and 1999, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2002. From 2002 to 2004, Tara Javidi was an assistant professor at the Electrical Engineering Department, University of Washington, Seattle. In 2005, she joined the University of California, San Diego, where she is currently a professor of electrical and computer engineering and a founding co-director of the Center for Machine-aware Computing and Security (MICS). She is also a member of Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society (2017/18/19).

    Tara Javidi's research interests are in theory of active learning, information theory with feedback, stochastic control theory, and stochastic resource allocation in wireless communications and communication networks. Tara Javidi was a recipient of a 2018 Qualcomm Faculty Award, National Science Foundation early career award (CAREER) in 2004, Barbour Graduate Scholarship, University of Michigan, in 1999, and the Presidential and Ministerial Recognitions for Excellence in the National Entrance Exam, Iran, in 1992. Tara Javidi is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Information Theory Society (2017/18).

    Host: Professor Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • CS Colloquium: Fred Morstatter (USC-ISI) - Discovering, Mitigating and Characterizing Social Data Bias

    Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Fred Morstatter, USC - ISI

    Talk Title: Discovering, Mitigating and Characterizing Social Data Bias

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Researchers and practitioners use social media to extract actionable patterns about human behavior. However, biases are inevitable and can either be a hindrance or an asset to such analysis. In this talk, I will discuss perturbations to the underlying data that can lead to flawed analysis. I will show how common assumptions in handling social media data can lead to flawed research results, and suggest approaches to combat these problems. However, if we understand the biases in our dataset it can lead to deeper understanding of the populations we wish to study. Once the biases underlying a social dataset are recognized, researchers are in a better position to study the unique characteristics underlying different cultural groups. This talk will conclude with a discussion of ways to identify cultural groups online and to characterize the biases between them.


    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium. Please note, due to limited capacity, seats will be first come first serve.

    Biography: Fred Morstatter is a Computer Scientist at the Information Science Institute. His research focuses on understanding biases that occur in online social data. Specifically, he is interested in biases that can skew research results from big social data. He is also interested in characterizing the biases of cultural groups based upon the trace data they create on social media. He has been a key contributor to the Synergistic Anticipation of Geopolitical Events (SAGE) project under IARPA's Hybrid Forecasting Competition. This project combines human judgement with machine forecasts of geopolitical events in the form of a web platform that serves as a vehicle for research in social media mining. He has published in JMLR, WWW, KDD and ICWSM, among others. He is Program Committee Chair for ICWSM 2019. A full list of publications can be found at www.fredmorstatter.com. Contact him at fredmors@isi.edu.

    Host: Computer Science

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 100D

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Interviews Open Forum

    Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your career and internship knowledge for interviews by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CAIS Seminar: Dr. John Prindle (USC) – Predicting Risk of Future Child Welfare Involvement

    Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. John Prindle, USC

    Talk Title: Predicting Risk of Future Child Welfare Involvement

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

    Abstract: Child maltreatment impacts a significant number of children per year and is typically not limited to one encounter with the system. Past records provide a wealth of information which may be used to supplement current maltreatment allegations. Machine learning algorithms in the form of Random Forests were applied to these data to predict risk of future child welfare outcomes, past and present factors.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium


    Biography: Dr. John Prindle is a research assistant professor with the Children's Data Network at USC. His current work focuses on the impact of childhood maltreatment on downstream services such as education and medical services.


    Host: Milind Tambe

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • CS Colloquium: Steve Chien (JPL) - The Growing Role for Artificial Intelligence in Space Exploration and the Search for Life Beyond Earth

    Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Steve Chien, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: The Growing Role for Artificial Intelligence in Space Exploration and the Search for Life Beyond Earth

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: Artificial Intelligence is playing an increasing role in our everyday lives and the business marketplace. This trend extends to the space sector, where AI has already shown considerable success and has the potential to revolutionize almost every aspect of space exploration. I first highlight a number of success stories of the tremendous impact of Artificial Intelligence in Space: over a dozen years of operations of the Autonomous Sciencecraft on EO-1, the Earth Observing Sensorweb tracking volcanoes, flooding and wildfires and automated targeting onboard the MSL Curiosity rover. Next I describe several search and optimization formulations of space scheduling problems: data management for spacecraft and observation scheduling. Finally I discuss why AI is critical to search for life beyond Earth, highlighting the role of AI in Europa Submersible and Interstellar mission concepts.

    RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/iLw0LrMKq6JvqxkD3

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Dr. Steve Chien is a Senior Research Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology where he leads efforts in autonomous systems for space exploration. Dr. Chien has received numerous awards for his research in space autonomous systems including: NASA Medals in 1997, 2000, 2007, and 2015; he is a four time honoree in the NASA Software of the Year competition (1999, 1999, 2005, 2011); and in 2011 he was awarded the inaugural AIAA Intelligent Systems Award. He has led the deployment of ground and flight autonomy software to numerous missions including the Autonomous Sciencecraft/Earth Observing One, WATCH/Mars Exploration Rovers, Earth Observing Sensorwebs, IPEX, and ESA's Rosetta.


    Host: AAAI@USC

    Location: Mark Taper Hall Of Humanities (THH) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Edwards Lifesciences Info Session

    Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    COME BE INSPIRED.

    Discover Edwards Lifesciences' award winning products through a hands-on demo with our Engineering representatives. You'll learn about our Transcatheter Heart Valves, Heart Valve Therapies, Transcatheter Mitral & Tricuspid Therapies, and Critical Care monitoring systems in an interactive group environment.

    We'll also take some time to discuss our Engineering New Grad (ENG) Programs and Summer Internship opportunities and dive deeper into Edwards as a company.

    DISCOVER LIFE HERE.
    At Edwards, you can:
    - Explore a wide variety of medical device engineering projects
    - Develop professional skills
    - Work in a stimulating learning environment
    - Partner with passionate employees fighting cardiovascular disease

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Stochastic Control of Finite and Infinite Dimensional Systems Under Uncertainty: Theory, Algorithms and Applications

    Thu, Oct 18, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Evangelos A. Theodorou , Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Stochastic Control of Finite and Infinite Dimensional Systems Under Uncertainty: Theory, Algorithms and Applications

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

    Abstract: In this talk, I will present an overview of projects related to stochastic control and machine learning methods and their applications to dynamical systems represented by stochastic differential and stochastic partial differential equations. These are typically systems that exists in autonomy and robotics as well as in areas of applied physics such as fluid mechanics, plasma physics and turbulence. I will discuss different forms of uncertainty representation that span Gaussian Processes, Polynomial Chaos, Deep Probabilistic Neural Networks and Q-Wiener processes. Finally, I will show applications to robotic terrestrial agility, perceptual control, social networks, large-scale swarms, and control of stochastic fields, and conclude with future directions.



    Biography: Evangelos A. Theodorou is an assistant professor with the Guggenheim School of aerospace engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also affiliated with the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Machines. Evangelos Theodorou earned his Diploma in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Crete (TUC), Greece in 2001. He has also received a MSc in Production Engineering from TUC in 2003, a MSc in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Minnesota in spring of 2007 and a MSc in Electrical Engineering on dynamics and controls from the University of Southern California(USC) in Spring 2010. In May of 2011 he graduated with his PhD, in Computer Science at USC. After his PhD, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the department of computer science and engineering, University of Washington, Seattle. Evangelos Theodorou is the recipient of the King-Sun Fu best paper award of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics for the year 2012 and recipient of the best paper award in cognitive robotics in International Conference of Robotics and Automation 2011. He was also the finalist for the best paper award in International Conference of Humanoid Robotics 2010, International Conference of Robotics and Automation 2017 and Robotics Science and Systems 2018. His theoretical research spans the areas of stochastic optimal control theory, machine learning, information theory and statistical physics. Applications involve learning, planning and control in autonomous, robotics and aerospace systems.

    Host: Prof. Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • Interviews Open Forum

    Thu, Oct 18, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your career and internship knowledge for interviews by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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

    Fri, Oct 19, 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!

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • W.V.T. RUSCH ENGINEERING HONORS COLLOQUIUM

    Fri, Oct 19, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Jakob van Zyl , Director for Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Talk Title: Exploring the Solar System and Beyond

    Host: EHP and Dr. Prata

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Amanda McCraven

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  • Repeating EventEssentials of Composites Manufacturing

    Sat, Oct 20, 2018 @ 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Executive Education

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Abstract: Essentials of Composites Manufacturing provides a high-level overview of manufacturing science and engineering for aerospace composite structures, focusing on prepreg and liquid molding processes, including hands-on laboratory demonstrations.
    Course participants will complete a multiple-choice quiz as a knowledge assessment, available online at the end of the course. When the course and quiz have been successfully completed, participants will receive USC Continuing Education Units.

    More Info: https://viterbiexeced.usc.edu/engineering-program-areas/chemical-engineering-materials-science/essentials-composites-manufacturing/

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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  • MESA College And Career Day

    Sat, Oct 20, 2018 @ 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering STEM Educational Outreach Programs

    Receptions & Special Events


    Middle and high school students from the USC Viterbi STEM Educational Outreach Programs (including from USC MESA),as well as students from the MESA centers at UCLA, CSULA, CSULB, UCSB, UC Riverside, SD State, UC Irvine, Imperial Valley, and Chapman will be attending. We are expecting about 1,000 students plus their teachers and parents. The day will consist of a college fair, workshops, campus tours and hands-on activities.

    If you are interested in volunteering, email stemeop@usc.edu

    Location: Founders and Associates Park

    Audiences: Middle and high school students

    Posted By: Darin Gray/Viterbi STEM Educational Outreach

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  • Discover USC - Minneapolis

    Sat, Oct 20, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Minneapolis.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Minneapolis Marriott City Center

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC - South Florida

    Sat, Oct 20, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in South Florida.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Hollywood Beach Marriott

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC - Atlanta

    Sun, Oct 21, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Atlanta.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC - Chicago

    Sun, Oct 21, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Chicago.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Sunday, October 21st at 2pm Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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

    Mon, Oct 22, 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!

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Oct 22, 2018 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Xuejun Qian, USC Biomedical Engineering, PhD Candidate

    Talk Title: High resolution vessel and elastograph imading

    Host: Qifa Zhou

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • Internship/Job Search Open Forum

    Mon, Oct 22, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your career and internship knowledge of the internship/job search by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Resume Lab - Bring your Laptop!

    Tue, Oct 23, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Labs are an activity where you can work on your resume in the presence of a career advisor to get tips on the spot.

    Bring your Laptop!

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CS Colloquium

    Tue, Oct 23, 2018 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBA, TBA

    Talk Title: TBA

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Host: Fei Sha

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Epstein Institute Seminar - ISE 651

    Tue, Oct 23, 2018 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Julie Swann, Professor and Dept. Chair, North Carolina State University

    Talk Title: TBD

    Host: Dr. Sze-chuan Suen

    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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

    Wed, Oct 24, 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!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Rebecca Kinnon

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Oct 24, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 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: Michelson 101

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Integrating Security in Cyber-physical Systems

    Wed, Oct 24, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Miroslav Pajic, Duke University

    Talk Title: : Integrating Security in Cyber-physical Systems

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

    Abstract: Modern embedded control architectures have moved from isolated systems to open architectures, such as new automotive systems with services that include remote diagnostics, code updates, and vehicle-to-vehicle communication. However, this increasing set of functionalities, network interoperability, and system design complexity have also introduced security vulnerabilities that are easily exploitable, since current embedded and cyber-physical systems have not been built with security in mind. Furthermore, the tight interaction between information technology and physical world makes these systems vulnerable to malicious attacks beyond the standard cyber-attacks, while relying exclusively on conventional security techniques may be unfeasible due to resource-constraints and long system lifetime.

    Consequently, there is a need to change the way we reason about security in cyber-physical systems, and start designing platform-aware attack-resilient components and architectures capable of dealing with various attacks on the systems and its environment. In this talk, I will present our recent efforts in this domain, starting from cyber-physical security techniques that (a) capture effects of attacks on system performance, (b) introduce attack resilience into control algorithms and facilitate attack detection, and (c) enable mapping of the desired Quality-of-Control (QoC) under attack guarantees into real-time performance requirements on the underlying OS and networks. In addition, I will introduce a physics-aware design framework for securing resource-constrained CPS, that supports design-time tradeoffs between QoC in the presence of attacks and system resources used by the deployed security mechanisms, such as message authentication. This design framework has been used to add strong security guarantees in several existing automotive system. Finally, for systems with varying levels of autonomy and human interaction, I will show how we can exploit human power of inductive reasoning and the ability to provide context, to improve the overall security guarantees


    Biography: Miroslav Pajic is the Nortel Networks Assistant Professor in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, with a secondary appointment in the Computer Science Department. He received the Dipl. Ing. and M.S. degrees from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 2003 and 2007, as well as the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 2010 and 2012, respectively. His research interests focus on design and analysis of cyber-physical systems (CPS) and in particular on model-based design of CPS, real-time and embedded systems, high-assurance distributed and networked control systems, and high-confidence medical devices and systems.

    Miroslav received various awards including the NSF CAREER Award, ONR Young Investigator Program Award, ACM SIGBED Frank Anger Memorial Award, the Joseph and Rosaline Wolf Dissertation Award from Penn Engineering, as well as six Best Paper and Runner-up Awards at the main CPS venues, including the Best Paper Awards at the 2017 ACM SIGBED International Conference on Embedded Software (EMSOFT) and 2014 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS), and the Best Student Paper award at the 2012 IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS).


    Host: Professor Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Internship/Job Search Open Forum

    Wed, Oct 24, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your career and internship knowledge of the internship/job search by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CAIS Seminar: Dr. Xiang Ren (USC) - Learning Text Structures with Weak Supervision

    Wed, Oct 24, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Xiang Ren, USC

    Talk Title: Learning Text Structures with Weak Supervision

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

    Abstract: The real-world data, though massive, are hard for machines to resolve as they are largely unstructured and in the form of natural-language text. One of the grand challenges is to turn such massive corpora into machine-actionable structures. Yet, most existing systems have heavy reliance on human effort in the process of structuring various corpora, slowing down the development of downstream applications. In this talk, I will introduce an effort-light framework that extracts structured facts from massive corpora without task-specific human labeling effort. I will briefly introduce several interesting learning frameworks for structure extraction, and will share some directions towards mining corpus-specific structured networks for knowledge discovery.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium


    Biography: Xiang Ren is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at USC affiliated with USC ISI. Xiang was a visiting researcher at Stanford University and received his PhD in CS at UIUC. He is interested in computational methods and systems that extract machine-actionable knowledge from massive unstructured text data, and is particularly excited about problems in the space of modeling sequence and graph data under weak supervision (learning with partial/noisy labels, and semi-supervised learning) and indirect supervision (multi-task learning, transfer learning, and reinforcement learning).


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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • GRAMMAR WORKSHOP FOR WRIT340E STUDENTS

    Wed, Oct 24, 2018 @ 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    WRIT 340E Professors Choi and Schroeder will be providing grammar lessons and individualized assistance to students currently taking WRIT 340 - Advanced Writing for Engineers.

    Students should bring their WRIT 340E assignments so that they can apply the lessons and also receive detailed feedback on grammar.

    This is the third of four workshops this semester. Each workshop will focus on a different area of grammar, and all will include individualized assistance on WRIT 340E assignments.

    Food will be served.

    Please be advised that attendance is not related to your grades in your WRIT 340E course.

    More Information: Workshop Flyer.pdf

    Location: Thomas & Dorothy Leavey Library (LVL) - 16

    Audiences: Currently enrolled WRIT340E students

    Posted By: Helen Choi

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  • The IEEE GRSS Chapter and University of Southern California Special Lecture Event, Wednesday, Oct. 24th at 6pm in EEB 132

    Wed, Oct 24, 2018 @ 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Jeff Puschell,, Principal Engineering Fellow and Chief Scientist Space Systems at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo

    Talk Title: ATLIS: Advanced Technology Land Imaging Spectroradiometer: a Next Generation Sustainable Land Imager

    Abstract: The Advanced Technology Land Imaging Spectroradiometer (ATLIS) is a small (0.04 m3), multispectral pushbroom imager to provide visible through shortwave (VSWIR) calibrated imagery for the Sustainable Land Imaging-Technology (SLI-T) reference mission architecture (RMA).
    ATLIS is designed to provide imaging spectroradiometry that meets SLI-T RMA key parameters with an instrument that is much smaller and much less massive than previous land imaging systems.
    This presentation describes a NASA ESTO funded project to design, build and test a six spectral band prototype ATLIS called ATLIS-P that will establish whether this compact, low mass design approach with wide field of view (WFOV), free form reflective telescope, large format, small detector digital FPA and on-chip processing meets SLI-T RMA VSWIR requirements. ATLIS is supported by NASA ESTO through grant NNX16AP64G.

    Biography: Dr. Jeff Puschell is Principal Engineering Fellow and Chief Scientist, Space Systems at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, California. He is an internationally recognized expert in the system engineering of space-based imaging and remote sensing systems. His 30+ years of experience is broadly based and includes leading and making major contributions to development of visible-infrared instruments for space-based research and operational environmental imaging and remote sensing, development and field testing of laser-based communication and remote sensing systems and building and using millimeter, infrared, visible and ultraviolet wavelength instrumentation for ground-based astronomy. Dr. Puschell has been Principal Investigator, Technical Director, Chief Engineer, Chief Scientist or Project Manager on more than 15 projects in space-based remote sensing and laser communication. He has authored or co- authored 130+ papers on a variety of topics in space-based imaging and remote sensing, optical communication and astrophysics. Dr. Puschell is co-editor and co-author for the leading reference book Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD. He is a Fellow of the AIAA and SPIE.

    Host: USC Viterbi School

    More Info: http://sites.ieee.org/metrola-grss/

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • ASBME GM 4: 3D Printing Workshop

    Wed, Oct 24, 2018 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Are you looking for more skills to put on your resume? Come out to our technical workshop to learn how to 3D print! Our 3D printing workshop will teach you the basics of how to use ASBME's Prusa 3D printer. Once trained on the printer, ASBME members will be able to use the 3D printer for personal projects! We will have free dinner too!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 227

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • MASCLE Machine Learning Seminar: Quanquan Gu (UCLA) - New Variance Reduction Algorithms for Nonconvex Finite-Sum Optimization

    Thu, Oct 25, 2018 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Quanquan Gu, UCLA

    Talk Title: New Variance Reduction Algorithms for Nonconvex Finite-Sum Optimization

    Series: Machine Learning Seminar Series

    Abstract: Nonconvex finite-sum optimization problems are ubiquitous in machine learning such as training deep neural networks. To solve this class of problems, various variance reduction based stochastic optimization algorithms have been proposed, which are guaranteed to converge to stationary points and enjoy improved gradient complexity than vanilla stochastic gradient descent. An natural question is whether there is still space for improvement to further speed up the finding of first-order stationary points and even local minimas.

    In the first part of this talk, I will introduce our work for finding first-order stationary points in nonconvex finite-sum optimization that further pushes the frontiers of this line of research. In particular, I will introduce a new stochastic nested variance reduced gradient algorithm (SNVRG) that achieves the fastest convergence rate to first-order stationary points in the literature by reducing the variance in stochastic algorithms through multiple referencing points and gradients. It outperforms the folklore variance reduction methods such as stochastic variance reduced gradient (SVRG) and stochastically controlled stochastic gradient (SCSG).

    In the second part of the talk, I will talk about methods for finding second-order stationary points (i.e., local minima) in nonconvex finite-sum optimization. Specifically, I will introduce a stochastic variance reduced cubic regularization algorithm that achieves the state-of-the-art second-order oracle complexity for finding local minima in nonconvex optimization.


    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Host: Yan Liu, USC Machine Learning Center

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Internship/Job Search Open Forum

    Thu, Oct 25, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your career and internship knowledge of the internship/job search by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Transfer Day - Morning Session

    Fri, Oct 26, 2018 @ 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    TRANSFER DAY FEATURES: A presentation from Viterbi Admission, Campus Tours, Academic Department Visits, and more!

    If you have questions about engineering and the transfer process then Transfer Day is for you. Transfer Day is a half-day comprehensive program designed to give you the most in-depth look at the transfer process and academic life at USC. Specifically, the program includes presentations on the admission process, transfer credit policy, academics, financial aid. You will also have the opportunity to visit an academic department or take a campus tour. Reservations are required.

    Location: USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • CS Colloquium: Barna Saha (UMass Amherst)

    Fri, Oct 26, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Barna Saha, UMass Amherst

    Talk Title: TBA

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Host: David Kempe

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • W.V.T. RUSCH ENGINEERING HONORS COLLOQUIUM

    Fri, Oct 26, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. Michael H. Dickinson, California Institute of Technology, Division of Biology and Biological Engineering

    Talk Title: Using the Brain of a Modern Fly to Reconstruct the Behaviors of an Ancient Word

    Host: EHP and Dr. Prata

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Amanda McCraven

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  • Transfer Day - Afternoon Session

    Fri, Oct 26, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    TRANSFER DAY FEATURES: A presentation from Viterbi Admission, Campus Tours, Academic Department Visits, and more!

    If you have questions about engineering and the transfer process then Transfer Day is for you. Transfer Day is a half-day comprehensive program designed to give you the most in-depth look at the transfer process and academic life at USC. Specifically, the program includes presentations on the admission process, transfer credit policy, academics, financial aid. You will also have the opportunity to visit an academic department or take a campus tour. Reservations are required.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Spitzer Lecture

    Fri, Oct 26, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 04:50 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Philip Kim, Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard University

    Talk Title: Stacking atomic layers: quest for new materials and physics

    Abstract: Modern electronics has been heavily relied on the technology to confine electrons in the interface layers of semiconductors. In recent years, scientists discovered that various atomically thin materials including graphene, a single atomic carbon layer, can be isolated. In these atomically thin materials, quantum physics allows electrons to move only in an effective 2-dimensional (2D) space. By stacking these 2D quantum materials, one can also create atomic-scale heterostructures with a wide variety of electronic and optical properties. I will discuss the creation of new heterostructures based on atomically thin materials and emerging new physics with technological implications therein.

    Host: Professor Jayakanth Ravichandran

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 123

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Karen Woo/Mork Family

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

    Mon, Oct 29, 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!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Rebecca Kinnon

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Oct 29, 2018 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Joseph Cocozza, PhD, USC, Department of Ophthalmology

    Talk Title: New program in biomedical area

    Host: Qifa Zhou

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • CS Distinguished Lecture: Nina Balcan (CMU)

    Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Nina Balcan, Carnegie Mellon University

    Talk Title: TBA

    Series: Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Host: Computer Science Department

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Epstein Institute Seminar - ISE 651

    Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Gino Lim, Professor and Dept. Chair, University of Houston

    Talk Title: TBD

    Host: Professor Julie Higle

    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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

    Wed, Oct 31, 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!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Rebecca Kinnon

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  • Resilient Distributed Inference in Cyber-Physical Systems

    Wed, Oct 31, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Soummya Kar, Carnegie Mellon University

    Talk Title: Resilient Distributed Inference in Cyber-Physical Systems

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

    Abstract: In applications such as large-scale cyber-physical systems (CPS) and Internet-of-Things (IoT), as the number of devices or agents continues to grow, the integrity and trustworthiness of data generated by these devices becomes a pressing issue of paramount importance. An adversary may hijack individual devices or the communication channel between devices to maliciously alter data streams. In numerous IoT applications, we deploy physical devices throughout an environment, and we are interested in using the stream of sensor measurements to make inferences about the environmental state. Due to the large-scale and distributed nature of devices and data it might be infeasible to carry out computation and decision-making in a classical centralized fashion as well as to prevent attacks and intrusions on all data sources. As a result, reactive countermeasures, such as intrusion detection schemes and resilient inference algorithms become a vital component of security in distributed IoT-type setups.

    As an alternative to traditional fusion-center based cloud setups, in this talk we focus on fog-type architectures in which devices themselves perform the necessary computations using local data and peer-to-peer information exchange with neighboring devices to make inferences about an environment. In the first part of the talk, we review distributed inference approaches and algorithms based on the consensus+innovations paradigm. We discuss performance metrics such as rates of convergence, communication complexity, and optimality. The second part of the talk focuses on recent work on secure and resilient variants of these algorithms in adversarial environments. Specifically, focusing on the case of data integrity attacks on the device network, we characterize fundamental trade-offs between resilience, quantified in terms of achievable inference performance and ability to detect intrusions and threats, and model properties such as observability and connectivity of the inter-device communication network.


    Biography: Soummya Kar received a B.Tech. in electronics and electrical communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in May 2005 and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, in 2010. From June 2010 to May 2011, he was with the Electrical Engineering Department, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA, as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. He is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. His research interests include decision-making in large-scale networked systems, stochastic systems, multi-agent systems and data science, with applications to cyber-physical systems and smart energy systems. Recent recognition of his work includes the 2016 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award from the American Automatic Control Council and a 2016 Dean's Early Career Fellowship from CIT, Carnegie Mellon.

    Host: Professor Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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