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  • Repeating EventThe Communications Hub - Academic Writing and Speaking Tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. Students

    Wed, Feb 01, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Communications Hub offers academic writing and speaking tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. students! Bring your academic and professional work (at any stage) to faculty at the Engineering in Society Program!

    Drop in hours are in RTH 222:
    Monday: 10-1
    Wednesday: 10-1
    Friday: 10-1

    We also offer online and custom appointments at https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home.

    See you at the Hub!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Feb 01, 2023 @ 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of 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 - Hybrid

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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

    Wed, Feb 01, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Benjamin Sapp, Waymo, LLC

    Talk Title: Behavioral Models for Interactive Motion Forecasting and Planning for Real-Word Autonomous Vehicles

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

    Abstract: Understanding the complex behavior of other cars, pedestrians and cyclists is essential for autonomous vehicle planning in the real world. In this talk, we\'ll first go over some of our recent advancements in scalable transformer architectures for behavior modeling. Next, we\'ll discuss joint behavior prediction and planning architectures, as well as how to factorize the joint output space of all possible futures in effective ways. Lastly, we discuss the interplay of our models deployed in the real-world with simulated agents and simulators and describe systems for closed loop simulation of agents and AVs.

    Biography: Understanding the complex behavior of other cars, pedestrians and cyclists is essential for autonomous vehicle planning in the real world. In this talk, we\'ll first go over some of our recent advancements in scalable transformer architectures for behavior modeling. Next, we\'ll discuss joint behavior prediction and planning architectures, as well as how to factorize the joint output space of all possible futures in effective ways. Lastly, we discuss the interplay of our models deployed in the real-world with simulated agents and simulators and describe systems for closed loop simulation of agents and AVs.



    Host: Somil Bansal, somilban@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92742577270?pwd=bEpXaWJudjZWRksyNk5lL1owUUdBQT09

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

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92742577270?pwd=bEpXaWJudjZWRksyNk5lL1owUUdBQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • What Recruiters Look for in Your Resume

    Wed, Feb 01, 2023 @ 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions



    THIS EVENT WILL BE HOSTED HYBRID: IN-PERSON & ONLINE SIMULTANEOUSLY

    Does your resume highlight the skills that will land an interview? Review tips and tricks on how to best showcase yourself to recruiters by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connection staff. Have your resume ready to take notes and make modifications in real time!

    To access more information on this workshop, log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>>Workshops: https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso/

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CIA information session

    Wed, Feb 01, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: CIA, CIA

    Talk Title: CIA Info Session

    Host: USC IC CAE

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J1_ObW2ESqur3PjH-rZAfg

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J1_ObW2ESqur3PjH-rZAfg

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

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J1_ObW2ESqur3PjH-rZAfg

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Jennifer Ramos/Electrophysics

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J1_ObW2ESqur3PjH-rZAfg

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  • Bpuzzled

    Wed, Feb 01, 2023 @ 05:30 PM - 09:15 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Date: Tuesday, February 1st
    Time: 5:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
    Location: Harris Hall (HAR) 101
    RSVP HERE

    Bpuzzled is a 3 hour long competition where teams use problem solving, creative thinking, and teamwork to solve challenging and intricate puzzles that are logical in nature, similar to those found in escape rooms. Winners from this event get a trip to NYC to compete in the Global Final against teams across the world!

    Please bring your laptop and charger!
    Arrive a bit earlier to finalize teams and for dinner!


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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Viterbi Impact Program Information Session

    Wed, Feb 01, 2023 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Want to make a difference in the Los Angeles Community? Join the Viterbi Impact Program! The Viterbi Impact Program (VIP) helps connect Viterbi students to volunteer opportunities through USC\'s K-12 STEM Center and local community organizations. Join this information session to learn more about VIP and the value of service in the local community and the engineering profession.

    Location: Sign into EngageSC to View Location

    Audiences:

    Contact: Noe Mora

    Event Link: https://engage.usc.edu/viterbi/rsvp?id=388401

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  • NL Seminar- Scaling unlocks emergent abilities in language models

    Thu, Feb 02, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jason Wei, Google Brain

    Talk Title: Scaling unlocks emergent abilities in language models

    Abstract: REMINDER

    Meeting hosts only admit guests that they know to the Zoom meeting. Hence, you are highly encouraged to use your USC account to sign into Zoom.

    If you are an outside visitor, please inform us at nlg DASH seminar DASH host AT isi DOT edu beforehand so we will be aware of your attendance and let you in.

    In person attendance will be permitted for USC ISI faculty, staff, students only. Open to the public virtually via the zoom link and online.
    Scaling up language models has been shown to predictably improve performance on a wide range of downstream tasks. In this talk, we will instead discuss an unpredictable phenomenon that we refer to as emergent abilities of large language models. An ability is considered emergent if it is not present in smaller models but is present in larger models, which means that the ability cannot be predicted simply by extrapolating the performance of smaller models. With the popularization of large language models such as GPT-3, Chinchilla, and PaLM, dozens of emergent abilities have been discovered, including chain-of-thought prompting, which enables state-of-the-art mathematical reasoning, and instruction finetuning, which enables large language models to be usable by the broader population. The existence of such emergent phenomena raises the question of whether additional scaling could potentially further expand the range of capabilities of language models.

    Biography: Jason Wei is a senior research scientist at Google Brain. His research focuses on large language models, and his research includes chain-of-thought prompting, instruction finetuning, and emergent abilities of language models. His work has been featured in more than five Google AI blog posts, and chain-of-thought prompting was presented last year at Google I/O 2022 by Google CEO Sundar Picchai. Before Google, Jason received his AB from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

    Host: Jon May and Justin Cho

    More Info: https://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91012548948

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual and ISI-Conf Rm#689

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91012548948

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Pete Zamar

    Event Link: https://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

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  • NCTC Info Session

    Thu, Feb 02, 2023 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: NCTC, NCTC

    Talk Title: National Counterterrorism Center Info Session

    Host: USC IC CAE

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9S3TSnwaSFKMxI7zQcsPXg

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9S3TSnwaSFKMxI7zQcsPXg

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9S3TSnwaSFKMxI7zQcsPXg

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Jennifer Ramos/Electrophysics

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9S3TSnwaSFKMxI7zQcsPXg

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  • DREAM Industry Mentorship Panel- Boeing

    Thu, Feb 02, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Workshops & Infosessions



    D.R.E.A.M. (Direct Response to Engineers Aspirations from Mentors) is a mentorship initiative that leverages insights from industry professionals who respond to student dream pitches, an original leadership communication assignment in WRIT 340 where students create a vision for their future selves, align their careers around purpose, and build consistent character in the context of growth, reinvention, and constant change. Guest speakers and panels feature experienced professionals from a variety of tech and destination companies.

    This event will feature talks with Viterbi alumni Justene Karimi, (M.S. Product Development Engineering), and Edgar Vargas, (M.S. Systems Architecture and Engineering) about their evolving careers as engineers and managers at Boeing.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Elisabeth Arnold Weiss

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  • Repeating EventThe Communications Hub - Academic Writing and Speaking Tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. Students

    Fri, Feb 03, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Communications Hub offers academic writing and speaking tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. students! Bring your academic and professional work (at any stage) to faculty at the Engineering in Society Program!

    Drop in hours are in RTH 222:
    Monday: 10-1
    Wednesday: 10-1
    Friday: 10-1

    We also offer online and custom appointments at https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home.

    See you at the Hub!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • BME Seminar Speaker, Dr. Tim Downing

    Fri, Feb 03, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Tim Downing, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, UCI Samueli School of Engineering

    Talk Title: Stem Cell Reprogramming, Epigenetics

    Host: BME Professor Megan McCain - ZOOM link available on request

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Michele Medina

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  • Repeating EventThe Communications Hub - Academic Writing and Speaking Tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. Students

    Mon, Feb 06, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Communications Hub offers academic writing and speaking tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. students! Bring your academic and professional work (at any stage) to faculty at the Engineering in Society Program!

    Drop in hours are in RTH 222:
    Monday: 10-1
    Wednesday: 10-1
    Friday: 10-1

    We also offer online and custom appointments at https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home.

    See you at the Hub!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • Viterbi Career & Internship Expo: Trojan Talks and Demos

    Mon, Feb 06, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    University Calendar


    Groups of pre-registered students meet with an organization for a 45-minute company info session or company product or service showcase in an on-campus location.

    Pre-registration required on Viterbi Career Gateway: USC Viterbi School of Engineering > Events > Information Sessions

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Viterbi Career & Internship Expo: On-Campus Trojan Talks and Demos

    Tue, Feb 07, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    University Calendar


    Groups of pre-registered students meet with an organization for a 45-minute company info session or company product or service showcase in an on-campus location.

    Pre-registration is required on Viterbi Career Gateway:
    USC Viterbi School of Engineering > Events > Information Sessions

    For the most up-to-date information visit the Career & Internship Expo Website: USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Dr. Karol Hausman (Google) - Preventing the Next Bitter Lesson

    Tue, Feb 07, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Karol Hausman, Google

    Talk Title: Preventing the Next Bitter Lesson

    Series: Robotics and Autonomous Systems Seminar

    Abstract: Richard Sutton\'s essay titled \"The Bitter Lesson\" remains one of the most insightful observations of the last 70 years of AI progress. Given the recent trends and developments in AI and robotics, it might be useful to predict what our next bitter lesson will be, and how we can prevent it today. In this talk, I will explore one potential answer to this question. Based on the resulting insights, I will discuss how leveraging foundation models in robotics can benefit both. I will show various examples of how low-level tasks can be combined with large language models to enable performing complex and temporally extended instructions that were not possible before.

    Biography: Karol Hausman is a researcher at Google and an adjunct professor at Stanford. He spent 5 wonderful years at USC where he did his PhD and he\'s super excited to be back to share his recent findings in robot learning

    Host: Gaurav Sukhatme

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Epstein Institute - ISE 651 Seminar

    Tue, Feb 07, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Santanu S. Dey, Russell Chandler III Professor; Associate Chair of Graduate Studies; Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering Georgia Tech

    Talk Title: Theoretical and Computational Analysis of Sizes of Branch-and-Bound Trees

    Host: Dr. Andres Gomez

    More Information: February 7, 2023.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • Repeating EventThe Communications Hub - Academic Writing and Speaking Tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. Students

    Wed, Feb 08, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Communications Hub offers academic writing and speaking tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. students! Bring your academic and professional work (at any stage) to faculty at the Engineering in Society Program!

    Drop in hours are in RTH 222:
    Monday: 10-1
    Wednesday: 10-1
    Friday: 10-1

    We also offer online and custom appointments at https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home.

    See you at the Hub!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • Viterbi Career & Internship Expo: Career Fair (On-Campus)

    Wed, Feb 08, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    University Calendar


    Viterbi Career Connections is excited to announce the Fall 2022 Career & Internship Fair will be hosted on campus! This recruitment event allows students the opportunity to have brief conversations with recruiters about full-time employment, internships, and co-ops. Join additional activities such as Trojan Talks and Meet & Greets on Febraury 6th and 7th.
    The Viterbi Career & Internship Expo is free and open to all students in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Don\'t forget your resume!

    For more information about the Expo: USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Feb 08, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of 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: Zoom only

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Feb 08, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Leonardo Zepeda-Núñez, Senior Research Scientist Google Research and Assistant Professor Department of Mathematics University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Talk Title: Dynamical Weighs: Learning Smooth Latent-Dynamics for Advection-Dominated Systems via Consistency-Constrained Hyper-Networks

    Abstract: We present a data-driven, space-time continuous framework to learn surrogate models for complex physical systems described by partial differential equations (PDEs). Our approach involves constructing hypernetwork-based latent dynamical models directly on the parameter space of a compact representation network specially tailored to the state space of the target system. The framework leverages the expressive power of the network with a specially designed consistency-inducing regularization to obtain latent trajectories that are both low-dimensional and smooth. These properties render our surrogate models highly efficient at inference time.

    We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach on advection-dominated systems. These systems have slow-decaying Kolmogorov n-widths that hinders standard methods, including reduced order modeling, from producing high-fidelity simulations at low cost. We show that our method is able to generate accurate multi-step rollout predictions at high efficiency, for several one- and two-dimensional PDEs. The resulting rollouts are shown to be stable and reflect statistics that are consistent with the ground truths.

    Biography: Leonardo Zepeda-Nunez is a Senior Research Scientist at Google Research and an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has held postdoctoral positions at Lawrence Berkeley Lab and University of California, working with Lin Lin and Hongkai Zhao respectively. He received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from MIT in 2015 under the direction of Laurent Demanet, an M.Sc. from University of Paris VI in 2010, and a Diploma from École Polytechnique in 2009. His research emcompases scientific machine learning with applications to weather and climate, electronic structure computations, wave-based inverse problems, and fast PDE solvers for wave phenomena.

    More Info: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 102

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

    Event Link: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Wed, Feb 08, 2023 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    DEN@Viterbi, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi School of Engineering for a virtual information session via WebEx, providing an introduction to DEN@Viterbi, our top ranked online delivery system. Discover the 40+ graduate engineering and computer science programs available entirely online.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives during the session to discuss the admission process, program details and the benefits of online delivery.

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef7c00d399297ebfa414baac3109050a3

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Baskin B. Senbaslar

    Thu, Feb 09, 2023 @ 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    University Calendar


    Title:
    Thesis Proposal: Real-time Trajectory Planning for Mobile Robot Navigation in Cluttered Environments

    Committee:
    Gaurav Sukhatme (Chair), Laurent Itti, Mihailo R. Jovanovic, Sven Koenig, and Satish Kumar Thittamaranahalli

    Date:
    Thursday, February 9th, 12:30pm PST

    Location:
    RTH 406

    Zoom Meeting Details:
    https://usc.zoom.us/j/97713760524?pwd=Ynh5enZTTzlTZmNpdW5FWmlGSGhtQT09

    Abstract:
    Collision-free mobile robot navigation in cluttered environments is a central problem for many robotics applications. In such environments, obstacles can be static, i.e. stationary, or dynamic, i.e. moving. Dynamic obstacles can be cooperative or non-cooperative. Non-cooperative dynamic obstacles can be interactive, i.e. changing their behavior according to the behavior of other entities, or not interactive. Navigation in such environments with obstacles with different behavior modalities require real-time decision making capabilities.

    In this thesis proposal, we investigate the safety requirements against these different types of objects, and develop a real-time trajectory planning algorithm satisfying the safety requirements. We investigate the context in which the planner should be used and delve into its interaction with other system components, including reactive controllers and global trajectory planners

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 406

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97713760524?pwd=Ynh5enZTTzlTZmNpdW5FWmlGSGhtQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • CED MESA Transfer Student Success Workshop #1

    Thu, Feb 09, 2023 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Center for Engineering Diversity

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This workshop will highlight academic resources available to youâ”Viterbi Learning Program (VLP) & the Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity (KCLC).

    VLP (a free tutoring service) will cover the basics of making an appointment with a tutor. They\'ll host a mock session so that participants know what to expect out of an appointment with VLP.

    The KCLC will present 2 time management tools that are useful in academic and professional spaces!

    More Information: Transfer Student Success Series Workshop.png

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Contact: Miguel Anzelmetti

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  • PHD Thesis Proposal (John Francis)

    Thu, Feb 09, 2023 @ 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    University Calendar


    PhD Candidate: John Francis
    Date: 02/09/23 (Thursday)

    Committee: Mike Zyda, Carl Kesselman, Jernej Barbic, Scott Fraser, Kate White

    Abstract:

    The structural modeling of cells can be accomplished by integrating images of cellular morphology from multiple scales and modalities using a parts based approach. In this thesis, we demonstrate a method for combining the statistical distribution of structures from x-ray tomography and fluorescence microscopy using neural networks to predict the localization of high resolution components in low resolution modalities by using the single cell as a shared unit of transfer.

    Location: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92031065960

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Asiroh Cham

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  • Become a Volunteer Tutor with STEMx Tutors! | Info Session

    Thu, Feb 09, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    EnCorps STEMx Expert Tutor Program is a national volunteer opportunity that supports STEM-focused college students interested in virtually volunteering two hours of their week to mentor and tutor a middle school student in need of academic and math support. EnCorps provides all the necessary onboarding information as well as the tools needed to effectively mentor students. EnCorps have over 150 STEM professionals and college students volunteering with their program. As a thank you to college volunteers EnCorps offers networking opportunities, letters of recommendation, and professional development opportunities.

    Visit the EnCorps STEMx Tutor Website to Learn More:
    https://encorps.org/volunteer-programs

    If you have any questions contact Ashley Lentz at ashley.lentz@encorps.org

    Location: Online Event

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Noe Mora

    Event Link: https://engage.usc.edu/viterbi/rsvp?id=388544

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  • CS Colloquium: Nicole Immorlica (Microsoft Research New England) - Data, the Fundamental Particle of Interaction

    Mon, Feb 13, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Nicole Immorlica, Microsoft Research New England

    Talk Title: Data, the Fundamental Particle of Interaction

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Most economic models of interaction assume that agents hold beliefs in the form of priors, or probability distributions over a state of the world, which guide their behavior. In this talk, I consider a model in which beliefs are built off data or anecdotes that are drawn from a distribution parameterized by the state of the world and study how this impacts outcomes. I first discuss a model where agents communicate by sharing anecdotes. This mode of communication results in higher noise and bias when agents have differing preferences, giving rise to informational homophily and polarization. The results have implications for content regulation in social networks. Next, I discuss a model where a principal selectively discloses anecdotes to facilitate social learning. Here I will show that an appropriate information structure, chosen ex ante, can incentivize exploration and thus avoid the herding problems common in such social learning settings. The results have implications for the selection of reviews in online recommendation systems.

    Based on joint work with Nika Haghtalab, Brendan Lucier, Jieming Mao, Markus Mobius, Divya Mohan, Alex Slivkins, and Steven Wu.


    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Nicole Immorlica is a senior principal researcher at Microsoft Research New England (MSR NE) where she leads the economics and computation group. She is also chair of SIGecom, the ACM Special Interest Group on Economics and Computation, which fosters world-class research in this interdisciplinary field through conferences, awards, and mentorship programs. She received her BS in 2000, MEng in 2001 and PhD in 2005 in theoretical computer science from MIT in Cambridge, MA. She joined MSR NE in 2012 after completing postdocs at Microsoft in Redmond, WA and Centruum vor Wiskunde en Informatics (CWI) in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and a professorship in computer science at Northwestern University. Nicole\'s research interest is in the design and operation of sociotechnical systems. Using tools and modeling concepts from both theoretical computer science and economics, Nicole hopes to explain, predict, and shape behavioral patterns in various online and offline systems, markets, and games. She is known for her work on social networks, matching markets, and mechanism design. She is the recipient of a number of fellowships and awards including the Sloan Fellowship, the Microsoft Faculty Fellowship and the NSF CAREER Award. She has been on several boards including SIGACT, the Game Theory Society, and INFORMS Auction and Market Design Section; is an associate editor of Operations Research and Games and Economic Behavior, and was program committee member and chair for several ACM, IEEE and INFORMS conferences in her area.

    Host: David Kempe

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • ECE Seminar: Interpreting Brain Activity Through Connectivity Using Graph Signal Processing

    Mon, Feb 13, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Nicolas Farrugia, Department of Mathematical and Electrical Engineering, Better Representations for Artificial INtelligence (BRAIn), IMT Atlantique

    Talk Title: Interpreting Brain Activity Through Connectivity Using Graph Signal Processing

    Abstract: The application of graph theory to model the complex structure and function of the brain has shed new light on its organization, prompting the emergence of network neuroscience. Despite the tremendous progress that has been achieved in this field, still relatively few methods exploit the topology of brain networks to analyze brain activity. Recent attempts in this direction have leveraged on the one hand graph spectral analysis (to decompose brain connectivity into eigenmodes or gradients) and graph signal processing (to decompose brain activity \"coupled to\" an underlying network in graph Fourier modes). In this talk, we will describe two ongoing works that attempt at integrating knowledge from brain connectivity in order to decode and interpret brain activity. In the first contribution, we use functional connectivity graphs to define spectral convolution operators in a deep residual network trained on task decoding. We show how parameter pruning can be used to select the most important connectivity gradients for the task. In the second study, we analyze brain measured using high-density EEG during video watching, and perform an analysis using graph signal processing to estimate coupling and decoupling of source-localized electrophysiological activity on a functional connectivity graph. We discuss relationships between inter-subject correlation during video watching and structure-function decoupling at the individual level, and as a function of the underlying graph. The overarching goal of this line of work is to explore whether connectivity-informed analysis of brain activity can contribute to a better understanding of brain complexity as multimodal signals over networks.


    Biography: Nicolas Farrugia (NF) obtained an electrical engineering degree at ENSEA, Cergy-Pontoise, in France, as well as a M.Sc. in Signal and Image processing, both in 2005. In 2008, he obtained a PhD at the Universite de Bourgogne and Orange Labs, Grenoble, working on hardware implementation of deep neural networks. In 2010, NF moved to the field of cognitive neurosciences as a postdoctoral researcher, with a focus on the neurosciences of music. As a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, he studied the effect of rhythm in the rehabilitation of Parkinson\'s Disease, as well as brain oscillations. He also did postdoctoral work on musical performance in drumming at the Music Performance and Brain Lab in Warsaw, and involuntary musical imagery in the Psychology Departement of Goldsmiths, University of London. NF published work in prestigious neuroscience and cognition journals such as \"NeuroImage\", \"Network Neuroscience\", \"Memory & Cognition\", and \"Neuropsychologia\". NF uses a wide range of cognitive neuroscience methods such as EEG, functional MRI, as well as behavioral psychology methods and motion capture. Since 2015, NF joined IMT Atlantique (previously known as Telecom Bretagne) to engage into a transdisciplinary effort, combining methods from Auditory Cognition, Neuroscience, Deep Learning, and Graph signal processing. Since 2016, he is part of the BRAIn team (Better Representations for Artificial Intelligence), together with Giulia Lioi, Bastien Pasdeloup, Vincent Gripon and Mathieu Leonardon.

    Host: Dr. Karim Jerbi, karim.jerbi.udem@gmail.com and Dr. Richard M. Leahy, leahy@sipi.usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93962625457?pwd=TlVOV0xzeHkzaUN2cjV3blY4K3JDQT09

    More Information: ECE Seminar Announcement-Farrugia-021323.pdf

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93962625457?pwd=TlVOV0xzeHkzaUN2cjV3blY4K3JDQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • CEE Seminar Series

    Mon, Feb 13, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Avantika Gori, Princeton University

    Talk Title: Quantifying evolving coastal multi-hazard risk: from regional projections to local-scale impacts

    Abstract: See attachment

    Host: CEE

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95242807214

    More Information: Gori_Announcement.docx

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Salina Palacios

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95242807214

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  • PhD Candidate: Romil Audhkhasi defense, Tuesday, February 14th at 9am in EEB 132

    Tue, Feb 14, 2023 @ 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Romil Audhkhasi, ECE at USC

    Talk Title: Microphotonics for tailored infrared emission and secure data encryption

    Abstract: The ability to control light-matter interactions is of paramount importance for the advancement of a wide variety of applications ranging from chemical and biological sensing to thermal management and energy harvesting. To this end, artificially engineered microstructures have received considerable attention from the scientific community. Unlike bulk materials that interact with light according to the laws of geometrical optics, microstructures harness resonant interactions with light waves. This allows such structures to achieve a richer suite of functionalities in a more compact size than their bulk counterparts. Light-matter interactions in microstructures come under the purview of microphotonics. In this talk, I will discuss the applications of microphotonics to two of the most exciting research areas in the field of optics: infrared emission tailoring and secure data encryption. The first part of the talk will present photonic devices with customizable optical properties in the infrared for applications in chemical sensing, photodetection and thermal emission control. The second part will explore the utility of microstructures in secure data storage with a discussion of a data-multiplexing based encryption scheme followed by its experimental implementation. The results presented in this talk will illustrate the potential of microstructures in efficiently manipulating optical waves, thereby providing intriguing opportunities for advancing the state-of-the-art for a broad class of applications.

    Biography: Romil Audhkhasi is a PhD candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at USC, advised by Prof. Michelle L. Povinelli. He received his bachelor\'s degree in Engineering Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. His current research focuses on the design of complex microphotonic devices for infrared emission control and encrypted data storage. During his time at USC, he has been the recipient of the Annenberg fellowship and has served as an MHI Scholar during 2020-21.

    Host: Michelle Povinelli, Wei Wu, Andrea Armani

    More Information: Romil Audukhasi Defence Flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Medical Imaging Seminar

    Tue, Feb 14, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Michael Loecher, Ph.D., Radiology, Stanford VA Hospital

    Talk Title: Optimizing MRI Encoding Gradients with GrOpt

    Series: Medical Imaging Seminar Series

    Abstract: Gradient waveform design in MRI has traditionally been accomplished with analytical and sometimes ad hoc combinations of trapezoidal gradients. An alternative approach is to use numerical optimization techniques to find the \"best\" waveform for a set of imaging constraints. This optimization technique has been shown to produce shorter gradients for better scan efficiency, as well as allows for adding constraints to minimize potential imaging errors.

    In this talk we will discuss a range of applications of gradient optimization, including PNS minimization, eddy current minimization in diffusion and flow imaging, acoustic noise reduction, and general scan time improvements. The talk will also discuss and demonstrate the software package designed to generate these waveforms, GrOpt.

    Host: Krishna Nayak, knayak@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • Recruiting in a Virtual Environment Workshop

    Tue, Feb 14, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions



    THIS EVENT WILL BE HOSTED HYBRID: IN-PERSON & ONLINE SIMULTANEOUSLY

    Learn about how recruitment has changed in this virtual environment and review best practices by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    To access more information on this workshop, log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>>Workshops: https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso/


    For more information about all workshops, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Tue, Feb 14, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    DEN@Viterbi, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi School of Engineering for a virtual information session via WebEx, providing an introduction to DEN@Viterbi, our top ranked online delivery system. Discover the 40+ graduate engineering and computer science programs available entirely online.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives during the session to discuss the admission process, program details and the benefits of online delivery.

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2601f3c2e683d55983857501fa06763e

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • PwC Pop In - Women's Consulting Experience (Tabling Session)

    Tue, Feb 14, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    PwC Pop In - Womens Consulting Experience (Tabling Session)

    Date: Tuesday, February 14th
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Location: Epstein Family Plaza

    Join us to learn more about PwCs Womens Consulting Experience (WCE)!

    No RSVP required! Stop by anytime between 12pm - 2:30pm to say hello.

    We are seeking individuals who:

    Identify as female
    Sophomores in a four-year degree program or juniors in a five-year degree program
    Are interested in learning more about a career in consulting!

    Meet with PwC professionals and former WCE participants to learn more about the program and opportunities available to you. Recruiting professionals will also be present.

    Are you recruiting for internships, full time, or both? Just internships, but they are full-time positions (40 hours a week).
    Can you offer Visa sponsorship? Are you able to hire a student on CPT or OPT? We cannot hire a student on CPT/OPT but we can sponsor for select roles.

    Location: Epstein Family Plaza

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Epstein Institute - ISE 651 Seminar

    Tue, Feb 14, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Alice Smith, Joe W. Forehand/Accenture Distinguished Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Auburn University

    Talk Title: Innovative Uses of Drones for Last Mile Delivery with a Focus on Healthcare

    Host: Prof. Maged Dessouky

    More Information: February 14, 2023.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • MHI Nano Science & Technology Seminar - Xiaodong Xu, Wednesday, February 15th at 11am in EEB 132

    Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Xiaodong Xu, University of Washington

    Talk Title: Elasto van der Waals Magnet

    Series: Nano Science & Technology

    Abstract: Van der Waals magnets have emerged as a powerful platform for exploring fundamental spin physics and potential applications in electrical and optical-driven spin-based devices. The ease of control of magnetic properties via external control knobs makes them particularly useful. In this talk, I will highlight our recent progress in tuning the magnetic properties of the newly discovered magnetic semiconductor CrSBr through uniaxial strain. This includes the coupling of exciton and interlayer magnetism, the reversible switching of antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transitions, and the strain-tuning of coherent spin waves (magnons) through optical spectroscopy of excitons. Lastly, I will discuss a strain-controlled van der Waals magnetic tunnel junction with programmable magnetic memory and probabilistic bit functionality, which holds potential for new memory and computing technologies.

    Biography: Xiaodong Xu is a Boeing Distinguished Professor at the Department of Physics, and Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He got his BS and PhD degree in physics from University of Science and Technology of China (2002) and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2008), respectively. He joined the University of Washington in 2010 after his postdoc at Cornell University.

    Host: J Yang, H Wang, C Zhou, S Cronin, W Wu

    More Information: Xiaodong_0215 Flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Ampere Computing Information Session

    Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Meet Ampere Computing

    Date: Wednesday, February 15th
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Zoom RSVP HERE HERE


    Introduce Ampere Computing to interested engineering students and provide insight into what type of internship positions and entry level positions we are hiring for.

    What majors and class levels are you interested in connecting with? CE, ECE, CS, EE. Master students preferred but will consider undergrad as well.
    Are you recruiting for internships, full time, or both? Both
    Can you offer Visa sponsorship? Are you able to hire a student on CPT or OPT? Yes

    Location: Zoom, please see below for details on how to RSVP

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Interview Success Workshop

    Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions



    THIS EVENT WILL BE HOSTED HYBRID: IN-PERSON & ONLINE SIMULTANEOUSLY

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

    To access more information on this workshop, log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>>Workshops: https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso/

    For more information about all workshops, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Bridging Ethical Algorithms, Law, and Practice: Hiring and Beyond

    Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Swati Gupta, Assistant Professor, Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech

    Talk Title: Bridging Ethical Algorithms, Law, and Practice: Hiring and Beyond

    Abstract: Optimization and statistical models based on historical and socio-economic data that do not incorporate fairness desiderata can lead to unfair, discriminatory, or biased outcomes. New ideas are needed to ensure that the developed systems are accountable under uncertainty and reduce a deeper propagation of biases in multi-level decisions. In this talk, I will first discuss methods for ensuring ethical hiring. Recent run-ins of Microsoft and Wells Fargo with the Labor Department\'s OFCCP highlight a paradox: failing to address workforce imbalance can result in legal sanctions and scrutiny, but proactive measures to address these issues might result in the same legal conflict. Dr. Gupta will propose that partially-ordered sets, \"posets\", can be used to transparently account for known uncertainties and biases in evaluation data, giving rise to an interesting class of optimization problems. We will showcase how to ensure a \"competitive\" online selection of candidates with this model. Keeping in mind the requirements of U.S. anti-discrimination law, however, certain methods can be construed as illegal (e.g., imposing quotas). I will discuss the tensions with the law and ways to argue the legal feasibility of our proposed approach. This is based on joint work with Deven Desai and Jad Salem. I will also briefly discuss ethical decision-making in the context of other applications such as admissions, detection of critical diseases like sepsis, facility location, and gerrymandering.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Biography: Dr. Swati Gupta is a Fouts Family Early Career Professor and Assistant Professor in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. She serves as the lead of Ethical AI in the NSF AI Institute on Advances in Optimization. She received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from MIT. Her research interests include optimization, machine learning, and algorithmic fairness, spanning various domains such as e-commerce, quantum optimization, and energy. She received the Class of 1934: Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching in 2021 and 2022 at Georgia Tech, the JP Morgan Early Career Faculty Award in 2021, and the NSF CISE Research Initiation Initiative Award in 2019, and the Google Women in Engineering Award (India) in 2011. She was also awarded the prestigious Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowship in 2017-2018, where she was selected as the Microsoft Research Fellow in 2018. Her research and students have received recognition at various venues like INFORMS Doing Good with OR 2022 (finalist), MIP Poster 2022 (honorable mention), INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research 2018 (honorable mention), INFORMS Computing Society 2016 (special recognition), and INFORMS Service Science Student Paper 2016 (finalist). Dr. Gupta\'s research is partially funded by the NSF and DARPA.

    Host: USC Center for AI in Society

    Location: Location: Register for the Zoom webinar here: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kmziSvzGT0OBw-

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Asiroh Cham

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

    Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Anirudha Majumdar, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

    Talk Title: Safety and Generalization for Learning-Based Robot Control

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

    Abstract: The ability of machine learning techniques to process rich sensory inputs such as vision makes them highly appealing for use in robotic systems (e.g., micro aerial vehicles and robotic manipulators). However, the increasing adoption of learning-based components in the robotics perception and control pipeline poses an important challenge: how can we guarantee the safety and performance of such systems? As an example, consider a micro aerial vehicle that learns to navigate using a thousand different obstacle environments or a robotic manipulator that learns to grasp using a million objects in a dataset. How likely are these systems to remain safe and perform well on a novel (i.e., previously unseen) environment or object? How can we learn control policies for robotic systems that provably generalize to environments that our robot has not previously encountered? Unfortunately, existing approaches either do not provide such guarantees or do so only under very restrictive assumptions.

    In this talk, I will present our group\'s work on developing a principled theoretical and algorithmic framework for learning control policies for robotic systems with formal guarantees on generalization to novel environments. The key technical insight is to leverage and extend powerful techniques from generalization theory in theoretical machine learning. We apply our techniques on problems including vision-based navigation and grasping in order to demonstrate the ability to provide strong generalization guarantees on robotic systems with complicated (e.g., nonlinear/hybrid) dynamics, rich sensory inputs (e.g., RGB-D), and neural network-based control policies.

    Biography: Anirudha Majumdar is an Assistant Professor at Princeton University in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department and Associated Faculty in the Computer Science department. He also holds a part-time position as a Visiting Research Scientist at the Google AI Lab in Princeton. His group works on controlling highly agile robotic systems in a manner that allows us to make formal guarantees on their safety and performance.

    Majumdar received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016, and a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University from 2016 to 2017 at the Autonomous Systems Lab in the Aeronautics and Astronautics department. He is a recipient of the ONR YIP award, the NSF CAREER award, the Google Faculty Research Award (twice), the Amazon Research Award (twice), the Young Faculty Researcher Award from the Toyota Research Institute, the Best Conference Paper Award at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), the Paper of the Year Award from the International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR), the Alfred Rheinstein Faculty Award (Princeton University), and the Excellence in Teaching Teaching Award from Princeton\'s School of Engineering and Applied Science.


    Host: Somil Bansal, somilban@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92742577270?pwd=bEpXaWJudjZWRksyNk5lL1owUUdBQT09

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92742577270?pwd=bEpXaWJudjZWRksyNk5lL1owUUdBQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Michelle C. Yuen , Harvard University

    Talk Title: Soft robots enabled by functional materials

    Abstract: Soft robots have the potential to extend the capabilities currently demonstrated within the field of robotics. By utilizing primarily soft materials in their construction, soft robots are inherently safe to operate around humans, can handle delicate tasks without advanced controls, and are robust to shocks and impacts during deployment. While proof-of-concept devices have been demonstrated, there remains a need for widely applicable, reliable soft robotic components.

    In this talk, I will present my work on enabling technologies for soft robotic systems and, more broadly, deformable electromechanical systems. Specifically, I will discuss 1) high-deformation strain sensors for state reconstruction and closed-loop control of soft robots, 2) stretchable electronics fabricated using room-temperature liquid metals, and 3) responsive structures enabled by variable-stiffness materials that can switch reversibly from flexible to stiff. These devices rely upon functional materials -“ materials that have a useful, intrinsic property (e.g., conductivity, thermal-responsiveness) -“ that can be leveraged for robotic needs. Throughout this talk, I will be highlighting the need for co-developed design, materials selection, and manufacturing processes to produce reliable devices that can be fabricated at scale.

    The work presented in this talk illustrates a path toward building deformable electromechanical systems that are adaptable and versatile by leveraging soft, functional multi-material systems.

    Biography: Michelle C. Yuen is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the Harvard Microrobotics Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2018, following a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from University of California, Davis in 2013. During her Ph.D. studies, she worked on the design, materials, and manufacturing methods for soft robotic components and systems. She was then awarded a Research Associateship from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine to work on next-generation stretchable electronic devices at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Currently, her work leverages her expertise in soft materials manipulation to building deployable inflated structures, soft actuators, and adhesion strategies for marine mammal tagging.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95805178776?pwd=aEtTRnQ2MmJ6UWE4dk9UMG9GdENLQT09

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 102

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95805178776?pwd=aEtTRnQ2MmJ6UWE4dk9UMG9GdENLQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

    Event Link: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

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  • NVDIA Recruiting Coffee Chat (External, Virtual)

    Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Date: Wednesday, February 15th
    Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Location: RSVP HERE

    Interested in early career opportunities at NVIDIA? Sign up to learn about recruiting opportunities, learn more about NVIDIA and meet your Campus Manager! Participants will also get a chance to win a NVIDIA swag! Open to Bachelors, Masters, and PhD students.

    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Viterbi Career Connections Office. They are posted on Viterbi Career Connections because they may be of interest to members of the Viterbi community. Inclusion of any activity does not indicate USC sponsorship or endorsement of that activity or event. It is the participants responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Location: Please see below for more details

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • SpaceX Trojan Talk

    Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This is an opportunity to learn about careers and internships at SpaceX. Hiring managers from a variety of disciplines will be in attendance accepting resumes for consideration across engineering roles.
    Majors recruited? Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering
    What class levels are you interested in connecting with? Juniors, seniors, and graduate students
    Can you offer Visa sponsorship? Are you able to hire a student on CPT or OPT? Decline to state

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 159

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Viterbi Employer Mock Interviews

    Thu, Feb 16, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Get a 1:1 mock interview with an employer!

    This event connects employer representatives and alumni with engineering students to help them refine their behavioral interviewing and networking skills.

    Location: On-Campus
    Audience: All Viterbi Students


    For more information: USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • MHI Photonics Seminar - Bo Zhen, Thursday, 2/16 at 4pm in EEB 248

    Thu, Feb 16, 2023 @ 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Bo Zhen, University of Pennsylvania

    Talk Title: Nonlinear Topological Photonics

    Series: Photonics Seminar Series

    Abstract: Topological photonics is a rapid developing field, drawing inspirations from the recent successes in electronic systems. Yet, there are two major differences between photons and electrons: (1) photons obey Maxwell\'s equations, which naturally permit nonlinearities, whereas the Schrodinger equation is always linear; (2) photons are bosons, which allows one to easily probe responses at virtually any desired energy (frequency) without the limitation of the Fermi energy. Based on these differences, I will present our recent theoretical and experimental results in understanding the role of optical nonlinearity in topological physics. On the theory side, these include defining topological invariants in driven nonlinear photonic crystals [1] and identifying various topological phases, such as the Floquet Chern insulators [1], dipole phases [2], quadrupole phases [3,4], and topological polaritons [5]. On the experiment side, I will present our recent results towards observing Floquet Chern insulators, protecting out-of-plane photon radiation losses using topology [6] and their potential applications as grating couplers [7]. Finally, I will present an outlook for potential opportunities in science and technology such as night-vision goggles.
    References: [1] Nature Communications 10, 4194 (2019). [2] Physical Review Letters 126, 113901 (2021). [3] Nature Communications 11, 3119 (2020). [4] Physical Review Letters 129, 063902 (2022). [5] Physical Review Letters 130, 043801 (2023). [6] Nature 574, 501 (2019). [7] Nature 580, 467 (2020).

    Biography: Bo Zhen is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. degrees (Mathematics and Physics) from Tsinghua University in 2008 and his Ph.D. degree (Physics) from MIT in 2014. His honors and awards include Air Force Young Investigator program (2018), Kaufman New Investigator (2018), Army Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2019), Office of Naval Research Young Investigator program (2021), Sloan Research Fellowship (2021), and International Commission for Optics Prize (2021).

    Host: Mercedeh Khajavikhan, Michelle Povinelli, Constantine Sideris; Hossein Hashemi; Wade Hsu; Mengjie Yu; Wei Wu; Tony Levi; Alan E. Willner; Andrea Martin Armani

    More Information: Bo Zhen Flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • DEN@Viterbi: How to Apply Virtual Info Session

    Thu, Feb 16, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    DEN@Viterbi, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi representatives for a step-by-step guide and tips for how to apply for formal admission into a Master\'s degree or Graduate Certificate program. The session is intended for individuals who wish to pursue a graduate degree program completely online via USC Viterbi\'s flexible online DEN@Viterbi delivery method.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives and ask questions about the admission process throughout the session.

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e6d69b7dbe56f14d78642782f1abfba8d

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Virgin Orbit Opportunities to Explore

    Thu, Feb 16, 2023 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Virtual Info session with Virgin Orbit, a satellite launch service company, is recruiting engineering students for full-time and internship roles within their engineering, IT, business development, manufacturing, safety/quality/mission assurance, and mission management sectors. Come to this event to engage with current employees at the company!

    Location: Online Event

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Thelma Federico Zaragoza

    Event Link: https://engage.usc.edu/WIE/rsvp?id=388562

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  • Hot Chocolate and Board Games Night

    Thu, Feb 16, 2023 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Student Activity


    A fun evening filled with hot beverages, yummy snacks and thrilling games. Come with your friends or come and make some new friends and meet your VGSA Ambassadors for Women In Engineering (WIE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Queers in Engineering, Science , and Technology (QuEST).

    Location: Private Location (register to display)

    Audiences:

    Contact: Akshita Swaminathan

    Event Link: https://engage.usc.edu/viterbi/rsvp?id=388767

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  • Nano Science & Technology Seminar - Sourav Dutta, Friday, 2/17 at 2pm in EEB 132

    Fri, Feb 17, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Sourav Dutta, Components Research at Intel

    Talk Title: Oxide Semiconductor Nanoelectronics for Energy-Efficient Computing

    Series: Nano Science & Technology

    Abstract: Advancements in deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI) have created a growing demand for domain-specific hardware architecture for accelerating data-intensive workloads. A key source of acceleration as well as energy-efficiency comes from the availability of dense on-chip embedded memory to overcome the memory bottleneck. While silicon transistor scaling continues to make steady progress, resulting in exponential increase in aerial transistor density to over 100 million per square millimeter, static random-access memory (SRAM), the primary workhorse for on-chip embedded memory, is approaching its scaling brick wall. In this talk, I will discuss how amorphous oxide semiconductor can allow us to escape the confines of two-dimensional scaling and embrace the third dimension for continued scaling of logic and embedded memory and enable merged logic-memory fabric. I will highlight the oustanding challenges in oxide semiconductors and discuss strategies towards obtaining back-end-of-line (BEOL) compatible high mobility n- and p-type oxide semiconductor transistor through disorder insensitive material design, band structure engineering and defect suppression. Through low temperature in situ synthesis and integration with functional materials such as ferroelectrics, I will discuss enabling BEOL compatible oxide semiconductor-based high-density embedded memory. Finally, I will discuss how oxide semiconductor-based monolithic 3D logic and memory can enable building specialized hardware tailored for accelerating key mathematical operations pertinent for AI workloads such as performing linear matrix operations or solving nonlinear coupled differential equations.

    Biography: Dr. Sourav Dutta is currently a memory device research engineer at Components Research at Intel. His current research focuses on novel high-density embedded memory for Intel\'s next generation technology nodes. He received his Ph.D. in 2018 from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology under Prof. Azad Naeemi. From 2018 to 2021, he was a postdoctoral research scholar with Prof. Suman Datta at University of Notre Dame. His research focused on emerging nanoelectronics devices with functional materials such as oxide semiconductors and ferroelectrics. He has worked on back-end-of-line (BEOL) compatible high performance oxide semiconductor transistor, high density embedded memory using oxide semiconductor and ferroelectric material, and monolithic 3D integration of logic and memory for compute-in-memory and collective computing applications. Dr. Dutta is the recipient of the 2018 Sigma Xi Best Doctoral Dissertation Award from Georgia Institute of Technology.

    Host: J Yang, H Wang, C Zhou, S Cronin, W Wu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • CEE Seminar Series

    Tue, Feb 21, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jeannie Wilkening, PhD, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Talk Title: Lets Get Physiological Plants as a Dynamic Diverse and Oftentimes Difficult Part of the Water Cycle

    Abstract: see attachment

    Host: CEE

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95242807214

    More Information: Wilkening_Announcement.docx

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95242807214

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Salina Palacios

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  • CS Colloquium: Christophe Hauser (USC / ISI) - Binary program analysis for systems security: a journey of post-design security challenges

    Tue, Feb 21, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Christophe Hauser, USC / ISI

    Talk Title: Binary program analysis for systems security: a journey of post-design security challenges

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Modern software stacks are complex and rapidly expanding. This continuous trend keeps raising new challenges for software security: the discrepancy between the number of trained human experts available and the growing scale of modern software makes traditional analysis techniques unfit to address security problems in a timely fashion in real-world settings. Existing solutions towards solving this conundrum are staggered across multiple stages in the software development process. While design-time approaches involving formal methods and proofs of correctness have received academic attention and demonstrated success in safety-critical domains such as aerospace, the current state-of-practice in most of the software industry relies on informal and reactive security techniques which often require manual analysis.
    My work focuses on addressing the unique challenges of post-development security through principled approaches leveraging formal methods, reverse engineering and machine learning to detect, patch and prevent vulnerabilities across the software stacks. However, security properties are difficult to guarantee in the context of modern, real-world computer architectures and software engineering practices, and this difficulty is further exacerbated when source code, specification or design-level information is unavailable. Unfortunately, this context is very common when it comes to evaluating the security of third-party software, whether it is released in the form of applications, libraries or embedded firmware.
    In this talk, I will present my research to date towards addressing these challenges by focusing on leveraging theoretically sound models while attempting to identify the best soundness trade-offs to make these practical and prioritize real-world impact.
    More specifically, I will present applications of these models to the problems of vulnerability discovery in a post-development context, retrofitting security in binary code and on extending the scalability of vulnerability models with machine learning.



    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Dr. Christophe Hauser is Research Computer Scientist and Research Lead at University of California\'s Information Sciences Institute, where he founded and co-leads the BASS (Binary Analysis and Systems Security) research group (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://bass.isi.edu__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!qKWHZjoxvzMpC-rGATAiOW1m9nqIFHGeItsBB8n2hqiYHcQ5pqEcPeMyuQgGrc1gg5tvklVajL8hTQ$ ).
    His research focuses on multiple aspects of systems security including intrusion detection, vulnerability discovery, binary program analysis and reverse engineering. He has been publishing high-impact papers in top security conferences such as USENIX Security, the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), USENIX Security, the Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) Symposium and the IEEE symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P). He also has been actively serving as technical committee member for top security conferences, including as the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), USENIX Security and ACSAC, and was part of the organizing committee of CCS 2022.
    Prior to joining USC-ISI, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Seclab at UC Santa Barbara where he worked on the design and development of the \"angr\" program analysis platform, which is now vastly used across academia and industry.
    He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from CentraleSupélec, University of Paris-Saclay, France, (jointly with Queensland university of technology, Australia).


    Host: Department of Computer Science

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • DEN@Viterbi: How to Apply Virtual Info Session

    Tue, Feb 21, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    DEN@Viterbi, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi representatives for a step-by-step guide and tips for how to apply for formal admission into a Master\'s degree or Graduate Certificate program. The session is intended for individuals who wish to pursue a graduate degree program completely online via USC Viterbi\'s flexible online DEN@Viterbi delivery method.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives and ask questions about the admission process throughout the session.

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee496f861450c6ae13654ed3c96e00e8c

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Epstein Institute - ISE 651 Seminar

    Tue, Feb 21, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Coralia Cartis, Professor, Mathematics Institute, Oxford University

    Talk Title: Dimensionality Reduction Techniques for Nonconvex Optimization

    Host: Prof. Jong-Shi Pang

    More Information: February 21, 2023.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • Edwards Lifesciences: Engineering Internship & Co-Op Virtual Tech Talk (External Info Session)

    Tue, Feb 21, 2023 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join the virtual Tech Talk here (MS Teams meeting)

    COME BE INSPIRED.
    Discover Edwards Lifesciences award winning products with our Engineering representatives. You\'ll learn about our Transcatheter Heart Valves, Surgical Structural Heart Therapies, Transcatheter Mitral & Tricuspid Therapies, and Critical Care monitoring systems in virtual and engaging environment.
    We will also take some time to discuss our Engineering Summer Internship opportunities.

    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

    ABOUT EDWARDS:
    Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world\'s leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Edwards Lifesciences has extensive operations in North America, Europe, Japan, Latin America and Asia and currently employs over 17,000 individuals worldwide.

    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Viterbi Career Connections Office. They are posted on Viterbi Career Connections because they may be of interest to members of the Viterbi community. Inclusion of any activity does not indicate USC sponsorship or endorsement of that activity or event. It is the participants responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Location: Teams, please see below for more details

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Feb 22, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of 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: Zoom only

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Evaluating & Negotiating Job Offers Workshop- NOTE DATE CHANGE

    Wed, Feb 22, 2023 @ 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    THIS EVENT WILL BE HOSTED HYBRID: IN-PERSON & ONLINE SIMULTANEOUSLY

    Consider best practices on evaluating and negotiating job or internship offers by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    To access more information on this workshop, log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>>Workshops: https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso/

    For more information about workshops, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Edwards Lifesciences: Engineering Internship & Co-Op Virtual Tech Talk (External Info Session)

    Wed, Feb 22, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join the virtual Tech Talk here(MS Teams meeting)

    COME BE INSPIRED.
    Discover Edwards Lifesciences award winning products with our Engineering representatives. You\'ll learn about our Transcatheter Heart Valves, Surgical Structural Heart Therapies, Transcatheter Mitral & Tricuspid Therapies, and Critical Care monitoring systems in virtual and engaging environment.
    We will also take some time to discuss our Engineering Summer Internship opportunities.

    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

    ABOUT EDWARDS:
    Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world\'s leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Edwards Lifesciences has extensive operations in North America, Europe, Japan, Latin America and Asia and currently employs over 17,000 individuals worldwide.

    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Viterbi Career Connections Office. They are posted on Viterbi Career Connections because they may be of interest to members of the Viterbi community. Inclusion of any activity does not indicate USC sponsorship or endorsement of that activity or event. It is the participants responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Location: Teams, please see below for more details

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Can collaborative systems science methods improve intervention strategies to reduce alcohol-related problems?

    Wed, Feb 22, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Christina Mair, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health

    Talk Title: Can collaborative systems science methods improve intervention strategies to reduce alcohol-related problems?

    Abstract: Systems science approaches, such as agent-based models, provide the opportunity to compare a range of intervention implementation strategies in a simulated environment. The usefulness of a given model, however, is limited by its accuracy, focus, and salience to end users. In this talk, Dr. Mair will share a collaborator-designed systems model of alcohol-involved sexual violence on college campuses currently being developed through a series of collaborative model building sessions with a learning collaborative. Integrating collaborative model building with agent-based model development is an innovative, empirically-based approach that can improve implementation of effective strategies to address alcohol-involved sexual violence, promote preventive interventions, and stimulate campus-level policy and programmatic changes to reduce sexual violence among students.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Location: Register for the Zoom webinar here: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O3DV23rCQNug1Plxj01MbA

    Biography: Dr. Mair is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, with secondary appointments in the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and Department of Epidemiology. She also serves as Director of the Center for Social Dynamics and Community Health and Associate Director of the Public Health Dynamics Lab. Her research seeks to understand structural and contextual influences on substance use-related problems with the goal to reduce these problems in community settings.

    Host: USC Center for AI in Society

    More Info: https://cais.usc.edu/events/bridging-ethical-algorithms-law-and-practice-hiring-and-beyond/

    Location: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O3DV23rCQNug1Plxj01MbA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Asiroh Cham

    Event Link: https://cais.usc.edu/events/bridging-ethical-algorithms-law-and-practice-hiring-and-beyond/

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  • CEE Seminar Series

    Wed, Feb 22, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ruolin Li, University of California Berkeley

    Talk Title: The Potential of Autonomous Vehicles in the Management of Intelligent Transportation Systems

    Abstract: See attachment

    Host: CEE

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95242807214

    More Information: Li_Announcement.docx

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95242807214

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Salina Palacios

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Feb 22, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: David Doan, Stanford University

    Talk Title: Strategies to Achieve Order: Colloidal Self-Assembly and Nano-Enhanced Additive Manufacturing

    Abstract: Achieving order is key to the improvement of materials properties in applications such as mechanics, catalysis, and photonics. Colloidal self-assembly has been a field of interest due to its ability to manipulate nanoscale/microscale particles to create periodic structures. However, a challenge in this field is the ability to expand the possible phase space of crystal structures that can be formed. Here, we explore the fundamentals of shape- or entropy-driven self-assembly to achieve different types of order. I will discuss an experimental framework that allows us to fabricate particles of complex shapes using two-photon lithography and assemble them under a gravitational field. I will present experimental, analytical, and computational results for the self-assembly of truncated tetrahedrons on a 2D interface.

    I will also present on enhancing mechanical properties through the addition of atomically precise nanoclusters in polymeric structures to create nanocomposites. This, in conjunction with two-photon lithography, allows us to fabricate strong but lightweight structures of arbitrary shapes. We show that these nanoclusters enhance the overall mechanical properties of the structure, above what is expected from simple composite theory.



    Biography: David Doan is currently a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University under the supervision of Professor Wendy Gu, with a planned graduation in mid-2023. He received his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford and Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He is an NSF Graduate Fellow and Questbridge Scholar. His current research focuses on the fundamentals of self-assembly and mechanics but eventually wants to develop more scalable fabrication techniques that connect the nanoscale to the macroscale.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 102

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

    Event Link: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

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  • BME Seminar Speaker, Dr. Rui Cao

    Thu, Feb 23, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    University Calendar


    More Information: bme seminar rui cao.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Michele Medina

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  • Viterbi Engineer's Week Game Night Mixer

    Thu, Feb 23, 2023 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Student Activity


    Join KIUEL to celebrate Engineer\'s Week with fun engineering games, snacks, and prizes!

    Location: RTH 2nd Floor (Baum Family Room), 3650 McClintock Avenue, OHE 106, Los Angeles, CA 90089, United States

    Audiences:

    Contact: Kamau Abercrombia

    Event Link: https://engage.usc.edu/viterbi/rsvp?id=388789

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  • Munushian seminar speaker - John A. Rogers, Friday, February 24th at 9am in EB 132

    Fri, Feb 24, 2023 @ 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: John A. Rogers, Northwestern University

    Talk Title: Director of the Querrey-Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics

    Series: Munushian Seminar Series

    Abstract: A remarkable feature of modern integrated circuit technology is its ability to operate in a stable fashion, almost indefinitely, without physical or chemical change. Recently developed classes of electronic materials create an opportunity to engineer the opposite outcome, in the form of \'transient\' devices that dissolve, disintegrate, degrade or otherwise physically disappear at triggered times or with controlled rates. Water-soluble classes of transient electronic devices serve as the foundations for applications in zero-impact environmental monitors, \'green\' consumer electronic gadgetry and bio-resorbable medical implants. This talk describes the foundational concepts in materials science, electrical engineering and assembly processes for bio/ecoresorbable electronics in a variety of formats and with a range of functions. Bioresorbable wireless stimulators that accelerate neuroregeneration of injured peripheral nerves and pacemakers that minimize risks after cardiac surgeries represent some recent system level examples.

    Biography: Professor John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989. From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and the PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in 1997 and then served as Director of the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department from the end of 2000 to 2002. He then spent thirteen years on the faculty at University of Illinois, most recently as the Swanlund Chair Professor and Director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory. In the Fall of 2016, he moved to Northwestern University where he is Director of the recently endowed Querrey-Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics. He has co-authored nearly 900 papers and his co-inventor on more than 100 patents. His research has been recognized by many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship (2009), the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2011), the Smithsonian Award for American Ingenuity in the Physical Sciences (2013), the Benjamin Franklin Medal from the Franklin Institute (2019), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2021). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Host: ECE-Electrophysics

    More Information: Flyer Munushian seminar John Rogers.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Nano Science & Technology Seminar - Mo Chen, Friday, 2/23 at 11am in EEB 248

    Fri, Feb 24, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mo Chen, California Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: A Hybrid Platform for Quantum Computing

    Series: Nano Science & Technology

    Abstract: Material defects are ubiquitous. Seven decades ago, defects challenged the new-born semiconductor industry, and today they are one of the major roadblocks for quantum technologies. Solid-state quantum devices, in particular, superconducting qubits, stand out as one of the leading platforms for fault-tolerant quantum computing. However, the performance of superconducting qubits is limited by the presence of various microscopic forms of two-level state (TLS) defects in the amorphous surfaces of the materials that make up the qubits. Previous attempts to address this issue mostly focused on circuit designs that reduced the negative impact of TLS, but advancements have plateaued since around 2012. In this seminar, I will introduce an orthogonal approach that engineers the TLS into a highly useful quantum resource that could positively impact the superconducting qubit\'s performance. First, I will introduce a hybrid platform which utilizes acoustic bandgap metamaterials to structure phonon modes and significantly enhance the TLS lifetime. Next, I will discuss quantum sensing techniques developed for color centers in diamond, and their applications to this hybrid system to gain further insights into the defect physics. Lastly, I will discuss the prospects of quantum computing based on the hybrid platform.

    Biography: Mo Chen is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Applied Physics and the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at the California Institute of Technology. He received his B.S. in Optics from Fudan University in 2012 and his S.M. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015 and 2020, respectively. His research interests are focused on gaining a fundamental understanding of device physics and applying that knowledge to engineer novel quantum devices, such as qubits, quantum sensors, and quantum memories.

    Host: J Yang, H Wang, C Zhou, S Cronin, W Wu

    More Information: Mo Chen Flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Viterbi Engineer's Week KIUEL X VGSA Karaoke

    Fri, Feb 24, 2023 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Student Activity


    Conclude Engineer\'s Week with a night of singing and fun!
    Sing all your favorite songs and enjoy some snacks with your friends.

    Location: Sign into EngageSC to View Location

    Audiences:

    Contact: Kamau Abercrombia

    Event Link: https://engage.usc.edu/viterbi/rsvp?id=388790

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  • MoBI Seminar: Individual Differences in Face Recognition Abilities

    Mon, Feb 27, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Frédéric Gosselin, Full Professor, Département de Psychologie, Université de Montréal

    Talk Title: Individual Differences in Face Recognition Abilities

    Abstract: Abilities for face recognition vary greatly even among neurologically typical individuals. At one end of the spectrum, developmental prosopagnosics show great difficulty recognizing faces, despite not having sustained any brain injuries. At the other end of the spectrum, super-recognizers easily recognize faces they have not seen in years, even if these faces have physically changed in a substantial manner. Understanding how perceptual mechanisms are linked with individual abilities can offer important and straightforward insights for improving face processing in both individuals with poor face recognition abilities and people whose jobs require strong face processing ability. We recently characterised the brain computations of participants of various face recognition abilities using high-density electroencephalographic signals and a combination of behavioural tests, artificial neural network models, and machine learning analyses. We found that individual face recognition ability can be decoded from brain activity in an extended temporal interval for face and non-face objects. We show that both visual and semantic brain computations contribute to these individual differences.

    Biography: Frédéric Gosselin is a Full Professor in the Département de psychologie at Université de Montréal, and, with Dr. Anne Gallagher, the co-founder and co-director of cerebrum. He is a world-leading expert in high-level vision. He is the co-inventor of the Bubbles technique. He has also developed the popular SHINE toolbox for controlling low-level image properties. In his research, he uses a combination of psychophysical, neuropsychological, brain imaging and computational methods. Recently, his work has focused on individual differences in face recognition abilities. Dr. Gosselin is the founder and CEO of Elephant Scientific Consulting Inc.. His company has been advising multinational corporations such as Unilever, Cirque du Soleil and Netflix for 20 years.

    Host: Dr. Karim Jerbi, karim.jerbi.udem@gmail.com and Dr. Richard M. Leahy, leahy@sipi.usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99092780975?pwd=aWcydXI1YmFxaXZaQ3VKRHhzOGJqUT09

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 539

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99092780975?pwd=aWcydXI1YmFxaXZaQ3VKRHhzOGJqUT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • CEE Seminar Series

    Mon, Feb 27, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Saverio Perri, Princeton University

    Talk Title: Salt-affected ecosystems: from plant-water relations to ecohydrological engineering

    Abstract: see attached

    Host: CEE

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95242807214

    More Information: Perri_Announcement.docx

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95242807214

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Salina Palacios

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  • PHD Thesis Proposal (Meryem M'Hamdi)

    Mon, Feb 27, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    University Calendar


    Presentation Title: Towards More Human-Like Cross-lingual Transfer Learning

    Abstract: Since their release, multilingual off-the-shelf representations such as M-BERT and other Transformer-based variants has gained tremendous popularity. Despite exhibiting surprisingly good zero-shot performance, they are often pre-trained and fine-tuned in a data-intensive manner and are less robust against data distribution shifts which is orthogonal to how humans learn. In this thesis proposal, we analyze and propose techniques to advance the capabilities of multilingual language models beyond this data-intensive identically distributed paradigm and more towards human-like cross-lingual transfer learning. We achieve that through human-inspired input requirements by adapting few-shot meta-learning approaches, human-inspired outcomes by understanding what it means to learn continually over a stream of languages, and cognitive human-learning strategies like spaced repetition to consolidate retention of knowledge learned across languages. We apply our techniques to information extraction, natural language understanding, question answering, and semantic search downstream tasks and analyze on typologically diverse benchmarks.


    Committee Members: Jonathan May (Chair), Kallirroi Georgila, Xuezhe Ma, Shrikanth Narayanan, Aiichiro Nakano

    Location: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94778821094?pwd=cFZISUdZZ0trUlpMNFdGSEE0TDExdz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Asiroh Cham

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  • AME Seminar

    Mon, Feb 27, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Janet Ellzey, University of Texas at Austin

    Talk Title: Humanitarian Engineering: Educating Bold, Responsible, and Innovative Leaders

    Abstract: Humanitarian engineering, the application of engineering solutions to low-income or marginalized communities, is a growing field in the US and worldwide. Sometimes called development engineering, researchers and practitioners focus on culturally appropriate solutions for resource-constrained environments such as refugee camps or low-income communities. Engineering schools are increasingly recognizing the importance of training students in humanitarian engineering and are developing programs using different approaches, from student organizations to full degree programs. At the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Janet Ellzey has built an academic certificate that provides students with several pathways to use their engineering skills to positively impact the world, including a design and build program in which student teams partner with local communities and an innovation program to develop new technologies for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. In this talk, Dr. Ellzey will discuss this exciting engineering field, describe the programs at UT-Austin with data on the diversity of students enrolled in the program, and present challenges and opportunities for universities wanting to enter this field.

    Biography: Janet Ellzey is a professor of mechanical engineering and the Engineering Foundation Centennial Teaching Fellow in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and her PhD from the University of California-Berkeley. After more than 30 years of conducting experimental and computational research in the field of combustion, she pivoted her career to focus on expanding unique educational opportunities for undergraduate students. Recognizing the enthusiasm that the current generation of students has for social justice, she launched a program in humanitarian engineering which she now directs. Through creative partnerships with local communities abroad as well as with major international organizations, she has developed a network to educate the next generation of leaders while positively impacting the world.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 102

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

    Event Link: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

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  • CS Colloquium: Yang Liu (UC Santa Cruz) - Reliable Machine Learning: From Data to Deployment

    Tue, Feb 28, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Yang Liu, UC Santa Cruz

    Talk Title: Reliable Machine Learning: From Data to Deployment

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Developing reliable machine learning systems presents challenges in handling biased input data and the consequences of deployment. For instance, a machine learning model for question answering (e.g., ChatGPT) can encode mistakes and biases that persist in the database; an unaware machine learning-powered decision-maker (e.g., for loan approval) can automatically deny people the chance of recourse, resulting in a decline of trust between human and machines; deploying a sequence of myopically optimized models may create an unfair \"echo chamber\" for users. The list goes on. This talk presents three challenges to building a reliable machine learning system: (1) developing fair and robust algorithms with biased training data, (2) auditing the dynamic interactions between users and machine learning models, and (3) maximizing the long-term welfare of machine learning ecosystems with efficient interventions. We will discuss our group\'s efforts in addressing these challenges.


    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Yang Liu is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC Santa Cruz (2019 - present). He also leads the machine learning fairness team at ByteDance AI Lab. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University (2016 - 2018). In 2015, he received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of EECS at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research focuses on developing fair and robust machine learning algorithms to tackle the challenges of biased and shifting data. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award. He has been selected to participate in several high-profile projects, including NSF-Amazon Fairness in AI, DARPA SCORE, and IARPA HFC. His research has observed deployments with FICO and Amazon. His recent work has been recognized with four best paper awards at relevant workshops.

    Host: Vatsal Sharan

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • CEE Seminar Series

    Tue, Feb 28, 2023 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Matei Gerogescu, Arizona State University

    Talk Title: Utility of Regional Climate Modeling for urban climate, energy, and agricultural applications

    Abstract: see attached

    Host: CEE

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95242807214

    More Information: Georgescu Announcement.docx

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95242807214

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Salina Palacios

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  • PhD Candidate: Shichen Liu

    Tue, Feb 28, 2023 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    University Calendar


    Title: Learning to Optimize the Geometry and Appearance from Images.


    Abstract:
    The ability to infer geometry and appearance from images impacts various applications such as AR/VR, autonomous driving, and more. Compared to traditional methods, deep convolutional neural networks have proven to be more robust and accurate. However, the practical use of deep learning in these applications still faces three major challenges: (1) the acquisition of 3D training data; (2) the development of a fast, robust, and accurate 3D vision framework; (3) the integration of complex 3D representations into the neural network.

    To address these challenges, my research focuses on optimization techniques in the context of deep learning. Specifically, when paired 2D and 3D data is not available, we propose a differentiable rendering framework that allows neural networks to learn 3D shapes directly from 2D images. On the other hand, when full supervision is available, we develop a framework that trains a neural network to optimize the target representation and demonstrate the performance on the vanishing point detection task. Finally, we explore the face avatar creation task and propose dense visual-semantic correlation on top of a semantically-aligned UV space to effectively integrate complex 3D representations into the neural optimization framework. Our neural optimization techniques help to develop practical 3D computer vision systems.

    Committee members are Randall Hill, Andrew Nealen, Aiichiro Nakano, Stefanos Nikolaidis, and Yajie Zhao.

    Location: https://usc.zoom.us/j/3154287574.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Asiroh Cham

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/3154287574

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  • Epstein Institute - ISE 651 Seminar

    Tue, Feb 28, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Abigail Horn, Research Assistant Professor of Epstein ISE; Research Lead, USC Viterbi ISI

    Talk Title: Tracing the Source of Large-Scale Outbreaks of Foodborne Contamination Across Complex Food Supply Networks

    Host: Prof. Suvrajeet Sen

    More Information: February 28, 2023.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • Boeing Freshman Design Challenge Information Session

    Tue, Feb 28, 2023 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Boeing Freshman Design Challenge Information Session

    Date: Tuesday, February 28th 2023
    Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Zoom RSVP HERE


    This is a virtual information session for the Boeing Freshman Design Challenge, which will be hosted on-campus on 03/07/2023.

    As the worlds leading aerospace company, Boeing is the worlds largest manufacturer of commercial airplanes and military aircraft. To continue this dominance, Boeing needs the young minds of tomorrow to provide innovative, new perspectives.

    Boeing is hosting a design challenge to engage with the Freshmen class at USC. In this competition, teams of three or four freshmen will have two hours to work together and design a solution to a typical, real-world engineering problem.

    During this unique, resume-building experience, students will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and network. Boeing engineers and executives will be available to act as mentors and judges.

    The Freshman Design Challenge will be in-person and food will be provided. Prizes are provided to top participants.

    If interested, drop in to this required virtual information session. Feel free to invite any freshman engineers to this event who may be interested, regardless of major!

    The design challenge will be held 6-9pm Tuesday, March 7th, 2023.

    If you have any questions about the event feel free to email: alan.c.simonini@boeing.com

    Location: Zoom, please see below for details on how to RSVP

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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