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

    Fri, Sep 01, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Department of Biomedical Engineering Systems Cellular-Molecular Bioengineering Distinguished Speaker Series

    Fri, Sep 01, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Steven C. George, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis

    Talk Title: "Organ-on-a-Chip" Technologies: Basic and Translational Studies in Cancer and Cardiovascular Biology

    Series: Department of Biomedical Engineering Systems Cellular-Molecular Bioengineering Distinguished Speaker Series

    Host: Keyue Shen, PhD

    More Information: Steven George - flyer.pdf

    Location: 145

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • W.V.T. RUSCH ENGINEERING HONORS COLLOQUIUM

    Fri, Sep 01, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: C. L. "Max" Nikias, President, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Lessons of Leadership from the Classics

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Su Stevens

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Sep 04, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: NO CLASS--LABOR DAY HOLIDAY, NO CLASS--LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

    Talk Title: NO CLASS--LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

    Host: Stacey Finley, PhD

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • CS Colloquium: Ian Goodfellow (Google) - Generative Adversarial Networks

    Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ian Goodfellow, Google

    Talk Title: Generative Adversarial Networks

    Series: NVIDIA Distinguished Lecture Series in Machine Learning

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

    Generative adversarial networks (GANs) are machine learning models that are able to imagine new data, such as images, given a set of training data. They solve difficult approximate probabilistic computations using game theory. A generator network competes to fool a discriminator network in a game whose Nash equilibrium corresponds to recovering the probability distribution that generated the training data. GANs open many possibilities for machine learning algorithms.
    Rather than associating input values in the training set with specific output values, GANs are able to learn to evaluate whether a particular output was one of many potential acceptable outputs or not.

    Part of NVIDIA Distinguished Lecture Series in Machine Learning.


    Biography: Ian Goodfellow (PhD in machine learning, University of Montreal, 2014) is a research scientist at Google. His research interests include most deep learning topics, especially generative models and machine learning security and privacy. He invented generative adversarial networks, was an influential early researcher studying adversarial examples, and is the lead author of the MIT Press textbook Deep Learning (www.deeplearningbook.org). He runs the Self-Organizing Conference on Machine Learning, which was founded at OpenAI in 2016.

    Host: Yan Liu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Epstein Institute Seminar, ISE 651

    Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Lijuan Xu, Sr. Quantitative Analyst, Google

    Talk Title: Being a Data Scientist in Tech

    Host: Prof. Qiang Huang

    More Information: September 5, 2017.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • PhD Defense: Compression of Signal on Graphs with Application to Image and Video Coding

    Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Graph is a generic data structure that is useful in representing signals in various applications. In this thesis, we discuss several transform designs based on graph representation and the application in multimedia compression. Graphs can adapt to local characteristics, e.g. edges, and therefore provide more flexibilities than conventional transforms, e.g. Discrete Cosine Transform(DCT). A frequency interpretation for signal on graphs can be derived using Graph Fourier Transform (GFT). By properly adjusting the graph structure based on signal characteristics, GFT can provide compact representation even for signals with discontinuities. However, the transform requires high complexity in implementation, making it less applicable in signals of large size, e.g. video sequences. In our work, we develop a transform coding scheme based on a low complexity lifting transform on graphs. More specifically, we focus on two problems in the design of lifting transform, namely the design of bipartition and bipartite graph approximation. For the application, we consider two types of multimedia signals, including regular signals on 2D grid and signals that are irregularly distributed. For the former one, we consider the compression of intra-predicted video residuals. The data contain significant edge structures, which are difficult to be represented efficiently with existing transform coding standards. We also discuss different types of edge models for intra and inter-predicted video residuals in terms of the coding efficiency in GFT. For the other type of signal, we discuss the coding scheme for un-demosaicked light field images. Without demosaicking from the raw data captured using Color Filter Array (CFA) to full-color sub-aperture images, we can avoid large redundancies introduced from color interpolation. However, the pixels of each color channel will be distributed irregularly within each sub-aperture image, and therefore motivates the application of graph representation. A novel intra-prediction scheme and graph construction based on sparsely distributed pixels are proposed. Theoretical interpretation and comprehensive experimental results are presented for proposed methods.

    More Information: Yung-Hsuan Chao Seminar.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gloria Halfacre

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  • Viterbi Progressive Degree Program Info Session

    Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

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

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Interested in earning your MS from Viterbi?
    How about starting an MS degree during your senior year?
    The Viterbi Graduate Admission team is hosting a Progressive Degree information session!

    What are the details?
    When: Tuesday, September 5 at 5:00pm
    Where: RTH 211

    Who should attend?
    All undergraduate students thinking about pursuing an MS degree through USC.

    What is the Progressive Degree Program?
    The Progressive Degree Program (PDP) gives continuing USC undergraduates another path to earning a Master's degree from USC.

    The main advantages to a Progressive Degree are:
    1) Start graduate-level classes during your senior year
    2) Reduce the units required for a Master's Degree

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Viterbi PDP

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  • Cookie Decorating with Alpha Omega Epsilon

    Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Come and decorate cookies with the actives of Alpha Omega Epsilon while learning more about our sorority! This event is free :)

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Alpha Omega Epsilon USC

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

    Wed, Sep 06, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • VIRTUAL Workshop: Writing Effective Resumes

    Wed, Sep 06, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Learn how to create a resume that will serve as the marketing tool that will get your foot inside industrys door!

    To access this virtual workshop, go to https://bluejeans.com/202113590 and log in with your netID and password.

    Location: ONLINE

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Sophomore Info Session

    Wed, Sep 06, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Dear BSEE Sophomores,

    You're invited to Meet Your EE Dept. on Wed., Sept. 6 at 4:00 pm in EEB 248.

    Delve into the BSEE requirements, undergraduate research opportunities and graduate degrees - PDP and PhD (not too early!). Profs. Maby and Redekopp will be there to answer any questions you have about anything. Meet your advisors.

    See you then!

    EE Student Services

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 102

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Benjamin Paul

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  • Northrop Grumman Corporation PhD and Master Student Resume Building Workshop

    Wed, Sep 06, 2017 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    PhD and Master Student Resume Building Workshop.

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

    Audiences: Viterbi PhD and Masters Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Alpha Omega Epsilon Alumnae Dinner

    Wed, Sep 06, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Come meet some of Alpha Omega Epsilon's successful alumnae! We'll be having dinner off campus, and this is a great opportunity to figure out if A.O.E. is right for you! If you're interested in attending this event, please email our Vice President, Hannah Adams, at hannahad@usc.edu for more information.

    Location: Off Campus

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Alpha Omega Epsilon USC

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  • Towards Accelerator-Rich Architectures and Systems

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Zhenman Fang, UCLA

    Talk Title: Towards Accelerator-Rich Architectures and Systems

    Abstract: With Intel's $16.7B acquisition of Altera and the deployment of FPGAs in major cloud service providers including Microsoft and Amazon, we are entering a new era of customized computing. In future architectures and systems, it is anticipated that there will be a sea of heterogeneous accelerators customized for important application domains, such as machine learning and personalized healthcare, to provide better performance and energy-efficiency. Many research problems are still open, such as how to efficiently integrate accelerators into future chips and commodity datacenters, and how to program such accelerator-rich architectures and systems.
    In this talk, I will first briefly explain how customized accelerators can achieve orders-of-magnitude performance improvement, based on our open-source simulator PARADE [ICCAD 2015, tutorials at ISCA 2015 & MICRO 2016]. Second, I will present our initial work on CPU-accelerator co-design, where we provide efficient and unified address translation support between CPU cores and accelerators [HPCA 2017 Best Paper Nominee]. It shows that a simple two-level TLB design for accelerators plus the host core MMU for accelerator page walking can be very efficient. On average, it achieves 7.6x speedup over the naïve IOMMU and there is only 6.4% performance gap to the ideal address translation. Finally, I will present the open-source Blaze system that provides programming and runtime support to enable easy and efficient FPGA accelerator deployment in datacenters [HotCloud 2016, ACM SOCC 2016]. Blaze abstracts accelerators-as-a-service, and bridges the gap between big data applications (e.g., Apache Spark programs) and emerging accelerators (e.g., FPGAs). By plugging a PCIe-based FPGA board into each CPU server, it can improve the system throughput by several folds for a range of applications.

    Biography: Dr. Zhenman Fang is a postdoc in the Computer Science Department, UCLA, working with Prof. Jason Cong and Prof. Glenn Reinman. He is a member of the NSF/Intel funded multi-university Center for Domain-Specific Computing (CDSC) and the SRC/DARPA funded multi-university Center for Future Architectures Research (C-FAR). Zhenman received his PhD in June 2014 from Fudan University, China and spent the last 15 months of his PhD program visiting University of Minnesota at Twin Cities. Zhenman's research lies at the boundary of heterogeneous and energy-efficient computer architectures, big data workloads and systems, and system-level design automation. He has published 10+ papers in top venues that span across computer architecture (HPCA, TACO, ICS), design automation (DAC, ICCAD, FCCM, IEEE Design & Test), and cloud computing (ACM SOCC). He received several awards, including a postdoc fellowship from UCLA Institute of Digital Research and Education, a best paper nominee of HPCA 2017, a best demo award at the C-FAR center annual review. More details can be found in his personal website: https://sites.google.com/site/fangzhenman/.
    Host: Xuehai Qian, x04459, xuehai.qian@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gerrielyn Ramos

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  • The 2017 Albert Dorman Lecture Series

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: C. D. Mote, Jr., President of the National Academy of Engineering

    Talk Title: Understanding and Executing Leadership

    Biography:


    Host: Lucio Soibelman

    More Information: Mote Poster.pdf

    Location: 526

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Kaela Berry

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  • CAIS Seminar: Drs. Milind Tambe & Eric Rice (University of Southern California) - AI for Social Good

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Milind Tambe & Dr. Eric Rice, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: AI for Social Good

    Series: Center for AI in Society (CAIS) Seminar Series

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

    How can AI be used for social good? Artificial intelligence has received an enormous amount of attention in the popular press over the past few years. Much of this press is negative, focusing on job loss due to automation or fears of weaponized AI. In this lecture, Drs. Tambe and Rice will share their vision for how AI and social work can come together in the 21st century to tackle some of the world's most vexing social issues. They will discuss how they created the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society and its mission; and will share some of CAIS main areas of research, including homelessness, suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, gang violence prevention, wildlife conservation, and counter-terrorism.


    Biography: Drs. Milind Tambe and Eric Rice are the co-directors and co-founders of USC CAIS. Dr. Tambe is the Helen N. and Emmett H. Jones Professor in Viterbi School of Engineering and Dr. Rice is an associate professor in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

    Host: Milind Tambe

    Location: Seeley Wintersmith Mudd Memorial Hall (of Philosophy) (MHP) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Cover Letter Workshop

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Learn how to create a cover letter that will serve as the marketing tool that will get your foot inside industrys door!

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Northrop Grumman Corporation Info Session

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join us as we define the future of science, technology and engineering. At Northrop Grumman, we've developed the Future Technical Leaders (FTL) Program - a professional development opportunity aimed at identifying and investing in Northrop Grumman's next generation of technologists and leaders.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • BIOMED

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    BIOMED is a beginning-of-the-year dinner meant to introduce incoming and current students of any background to medical issues that face our world today. This semi-formal event invites faculty and PhD students in the USC Department of Biomedical Engineering to discuss their experiences in the research field and provides an opportunity for students to become better acquainted with their peers, faculty, and staff at USC. BIOMED will be taking place Thursday, September 7th in TCC 301/302. We are excited to welcome the Chair of the Viterbi BME department, Dr. Ellis Meng, as our keynote speaker and our three distinguished speakers: Dr. Francisco Valero-Cuevas, Dr. Christina Zavaleta, and Dr. Andrea Armani. Refundable deposits of 10$ are due to the front desk of DRB Wednesday, September 6th. Please reserve your spot by filling out the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdi5rvx4ly_8g42GNtPRnR7Rkmi5AHlmGMOQor7idF61Oyvow/viewform?c=0&w=

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 301

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • Speed Date an A.O.E. Active!

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Come speed date our actives! In order to get to know us on a more personal level, you'll have a few minutes with each active and some question prompts. This is one of the last chances to get to know us, so please come out! If you have any questions, please contact our Vice President, Hannah Adams, at hannahad@usc.edu.

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Alpha Omega Epsilon USC

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  • High School Counselor Conference

    Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This full-day program will introduce high school counselors, independent counselors and CBOs that serve high school students, to USC's admission and financial aid practices and include: presentations by several of our academic units; tours of campus; and a luncheon with USC admission, financial aid and academic unit representatives.

    RSVP Here

    Location: Town & Gown (TGF) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • W.V.T. RUSCH ENGINEERING HONORS COLLOQUIUM

    Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ellen Feldman, Fall 2013 Colloquium Moderator and PhD Candidate, California Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Treating Spinal Cord Injury via Electrical Spinal Cord Stimulation

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Su Stevens

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Amir AghaKouchak, University of California, Irvine

    Talk Title: Compound and Concurrent Climate Extremes: Detection, Modeling and Risk Analysis

    More Information: AghaKouchak announcement.pdf

    Location: Waite Phillips Hall Of Education (WPH) - B27

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • NL Seminar-1. IMPROVING LOW RESOURCE NEURAL MACHINE TRANSLATION 2. LANGUAGE-INDEPENDENT TRANSLATION OF OUT OF VOCABULARY WORDS

    Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Nelson Liu and Leon Cheung, USC/ISI

    Talk Title: 1. IMPROVING LOW RESOURCE NEURAL MACHINE TRANSLATION 2. LANGUAGE-INDEPENDENT TRANSLATION OF OUT OF VOCABULARY WORDS

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: 1. Statistical models have outperformed neural models in machine translation, until recently, with the introduction of the sequence to sequence neural model. However, this model's performance suffers greatly when starved of bilingual parallel data. This talk will discuss several strategies that try to overcome this low resource challenge, including modifications to the sequence to sequence model, transfer learning, data augmentation, and the use of monolingual data.

    2. Neural machine translation is effective for language pairs with large datasets, but falls short to traditional methods e.g. phrase or syntax-based machine translation in the low resource setting. However, these classic approaches struggle to translate out of vocabulary tokens, a limitation that is amplified when there is little training data. In this work, we augment a syntax-based machine translation system with a module that provides translations of out of vocabulary tokens. We present several language-independent strategies for translation of unknown tokens, and benchmark their accuracy on an intrinsic out of vocabulary translation task across a typologically diverse dataset of sixteen languages. Lastly, we explore the effects of using the module to add rules to a syntax-based machine translation system on overall translation quality.

    Biography: Leon Cheung is a second year undergraduate from UC San Diego. This summer he has been working with Jon May and Kevin Knight to improve neural machine translation for low resource languages.

    Nelson Liu is an undergraduate at the University of Washington, where he works with Professor Noah Smith. His research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning and natural language processing. Previously, he worked at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence on machine comprehension. He is currently a summer intern at ISI working with Professors Kevin Knight and Jonathan May.

    Host: Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Knight

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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  • 2nd Annual Undergraduate Open House

    Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Student Activity


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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cathy Huang

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  • PwC Tech Talk presented by CybOrg

    Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    PwC, in conjunction with the Cyber Security & Forensics Organization, is hosting a PwC Tech Talk on Friday, September 8th.

    Presentation from PwC Cybersecurity team & networking with professionals. Stop by to learn more about opportunities within our Advisory Cybersecurity practice at PwC!

    PwC Advisory helps clients with their most challenging imperatives from strategy through execution. The Advisory line of service combines the breadth of knowledge of over 48,000 global professionals with deep industry knowledge to deliver custom solutions to some of the world's largest and most complex companies. As a result, the firm has become one of the world's top consulting organizations giving PwC professionals tremendous development and advancement opportunities.

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    STEPS to Register:

    Log-in to ConnectSC -> Navigate to Events tab on the left column -> Trojan Talks -> PwC

    (make sure you register for the right one as PwC is hosting multiple events across multiple dates)

    Like our FB Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/cyborgatusc/

    Join our LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/10347148

    Sign up for our mailing list:
    https://goo.gl/forms/UD9A7e2DPMbaZXkq1

    Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cyborgatusc

    Location: Gwynn Wilson Student Union (STU) - B3

    Audiences: Members have first priority, but anyone can RSVP

    Posted By: USC CybOrg

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  • Alpha Omega Epsilon Preference Party

    Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    This is our last recruitment event! If you are interested in joining A.O.E., you must be at this event! It is RSVP only, so please contact our Vice President, Hannah Adams, at hannahad@usc.edu for more information.

    Location: Off-Campus

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Alpha Omega Epsilon USC

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

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: George Tolomiczenko, Ph.D., Health, Technology & Engineering Program (HTE@USC), Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Research Presentation & Career Path

    Host: Stacey Finley, PhD

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • VIRTUAL Workshop: Cover Letters

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Learn how to create a cover letter that will serve as the marketing tool that will get your foot inside industrys door!

    To access this virtual workshop, go to https://bluejeans.com/489057558 and log in with your netID and password.

    Location: ONLINE

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • PhD Defense - Sung-Han Lin

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Computer Science

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    PhD Candidate: Sung-Han Lin
    Committee: Leana Golubchik (Chair), Fei Sha and Konstantinos Psounis
    Title: Distributed Resource Management for QoS-Aware Service Provision
    Time: September 11 (Monday) 1:00-3:00pm
    Location: SAL 322

    Abstract:
    Provision of quality of service (QoS) is of significant importance to service providers, where QoS is a function of resource availability. When resources are insufficient at a particular service provider, two approaches to mitigating this problem are for that service provider to (a) limit the amount of resources allocated to its users, and (b) cooperate with other resource holders and find a reasonable way to share those resources. For instance, a private cloud could can reject its customers' requests or forward some requests to public clouds (e.g., Amazon) to achieve satisfactory QoS. To this end, in addition to designing resource allocation approaches, service providers should also consider how to maximize their utilities when cooperating with other resource holders.
    Motivated by cooperation among resource holders and related resource allocation problems, in this document, we focus on several services and study how to allocate resources efficiently while maximizing all participants-benefit: For P2P video streaming, where the resource is the download rate for video playback, we eliminate the problem of playback pauses by adopting -reduced advertisement viewing duration- as a positive incentive for peers to contribute their unused download rates. For provision of on-demand compute capacity in the cloud service, where the resources are virtual machines (VMs), we study the incentives motivating the small-scale clouds to share their resources in some cooperative manner in order to achieve profitable service while maintaining customer SLAs. For co-locating machine learning training jobs, where the resource is the CPU core or GPU, we investigate the throughput improvement of a distributed training job via studying the trade-off of using more resources, and integrate the throughput estimation technique into the scheduling mechanisms for better sharing the limited computing resources.

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 322

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Lizsl De Leon

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  • External Fellowship Information Session

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Doctoral Programs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Viterbi PhD students, MS students, undergraduate juniors and seniors are invited to attend an information session on Monday, September 11th from 1:30-2:30pm in RTH-526 to learn more about applying for external fellowships. Students will have the opportunity to hear from current external fellows, as well as from Professor of Computer Science And Vice Dean for Research, Maja Mataric, and Associate Professor of Technical Communication Practice and Engineering Writing Program Director, Steve Bucher.

    RSVP requested via https://viterbigrad.usc.edu/external-fellowship-information-session/

    Questions may be directed to Jennifer Gerson, Director, Doctoral Programs, at jgerson@usc.edu.

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

    Audiences: PhD, MS, Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors (U.S. citizens/permanent residents only)

    Posted By: Jennifer Gerson

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  • Center for Systems and Control (CSC@USC) and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ramtin Pedarsani, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Talk Title: Robust Scheduling for Flexible Stochastic Networks

    Abstract: Modern large-scale stochastic systems face much demand and processing variability, and a key challenge is the design of efficient control and scheduling policies that are robust to these uncertainties. In this talk, I will present several robust scheduling policies for stochastic models with applications to emerging sectors such as data centers and intelligent transportation systems. In the first part, I present a robust scheduling policy with performance guarantee, for a novel stochastic model of job scheduling in data centers, where jobs are represented as directed acyclic graphs (DAG). I will then visit the long-standing open problem on the stability of of the longest-queue-first scheduling policy for multiclass open queueing networks, and resolve this problem for an important special case. In the second part of the talk, I focus on transportation networks. I develop the first exact analysis of fixed-time control for urban networks, and briefly mention a few opportunities and challenges in exploiting autonomous vehicles for enhancing network's performance.

    Biography: Ramtin Pedarsani is an assistant professor in the ECE department at UCSB. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley in 2015. He received his M.Sc. degree at EPFL in 2011 and his B.Sc. degree at the University of Tehran in 2009. His research interests include stochastic networks, information and coding theory, and transportation systems. He is the recipient of the best paper award in the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) in 2014.

    Host: Insoon Yang, x.02351, insoonya@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • SAE 549 Systems Architecting Guest Lecture

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Systems Architecting and Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Terry Bahill, Emeritus Professor of Systems Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, University of Arizona

    Talk Title: Part A The Science of Baseball, A Modeling Perspective; Part B Tradeoff Studies

    Series: SAE Distinguished Speaker Series

    Abstract: The first part of the talk is on the science of baseball and the complex models needed to analyze bat and ball collisions. Collisions between baseballs, softballs and bats are complex and therefore their models are complex. The purpose of the first talk is to show how complex these collisions can be, while still being modeled using only Newton's principles and the conservation laws of physics. This talk presents models for the speed and spin of balls and bats. These models and equations for bat and ball collisions are intended for use by high school and college physics students, engineering students, the baseball analytics community and, most importantly, students of the science of baseball. These models use only simple Newtonian principles and the conservation laws to explain simple bat and ball collision configurations. These models are used to show the necessary sixteen tasks in the modeling process.

    The second part of the talk is on tradeoff studies. Tradeoff studies are a part of decision analysis and resolution (DAR). When the decision is one of selecting the preferred alternatives from amongst many alternatives, and the alternatives are to be examined in parallel, then the problem is amenable to a tradeoff study. Tradeoff studies address a range of problems from selecting high level system architecture to selecting commercial off the shelf hardware or software. Tradeoff studies are the typical outputs of formal evaluation processes. Nevertheless, even if the mathematics and utility curves are done correctly, care still needs to be exercised in doing a tradeoff study, because it is difficult to overcome mental mistakes. This talk will discuss mental mistakes in tradeoff studies and offer suggestions for ameliorating their occurrence.

    Biography: Terry Bahill is an Emeritus Professor of Systems Engineering and of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of eight engineering books and over two hundred and fifty papers, over one hundred of them in peer reviewed scientific journals. Bahill has worked with dozens of high tech companies presenting seminars on Systems Engineering, working on system development teams and helping them to describe their Systems Engineering processes. He holds a U.S. patent for the Bat Chooser, a system that computes the Ideal Bat Weight for individual baseball and softball batters. He was elected to the Omega Alpha Association, the systems engineering honor society. He received the Sandia National Laboratories Gold President's Quality Award. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), of Raytheon Missile Systems, of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is the Founding Chair Emeritus of the INCOSE Fellows Committee. His picture is in the Baseball Hall of Fame exhibition Baseball as America. You can view this picture at http://sysengr.engr.arizona.edu/ .

    Host: Prof. Azad Madni, Executive Director, Systems Architecting and Engineering Program

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 217

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Microsoft Info Session

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join us for our Meet the Company presentation. Come by for free food, insight on opportunities, a chance to hear from USC Alumni at Microsoft and an up close look into Microsoft technologies and initiatives.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • PwC Advisory Information Session presented by USC CybOrg

    Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    General Advisory information session highlighting all Advisory opportunities at PwC. Presentation from PwC partners and staff following by Q&A and networking. Food will be provided!

    More Information: About PwC Advisory.pdf

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

    Audiences: Members have first priority, but anyone can RSVP

    Posted By: USC CybOrg

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  • Systems Engineering Leadership Series

    Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Systems Architecting and Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Garud Iyengar , Department Chair and Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Columbia University

    Talk Title: Modeling Systemic Risk

    Series: SERC Talks

    Abstract: Systemic risk refers to the risk of collapse of an entire complex system as a result of the actions taken by the individual component entities or agents that comprise the system. Systemic risk is an issue of great concern in modern financial markets as well as, more broadly, in the management of complex business and engineering systems. In this talk, we will survey our work on modeling systemic risk. We will present an axiomatic framework for analysis of outcomes across agents in the system and over scenarios of nature, a structural model for systemic risk that introduces dynamics into the analysis, and a signed directed graphs (SDG) model for systemic risk that is inspired by work in process systems engineering.

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    The Systems Leadership Series is a series of interactive conversations with leading systems thinkers who explore and examine the nature and complexity of systems that modern society depends upon. The series is an unparalleled learning opportunity as prominent speakers come to share cutting-edge ideas, leadership styles and personal philosophies with students and faculty members.

    Biography: Garud Iyengar is a Professor in the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. He received his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. His research interests are broadly in information theory, control and optimization. His published works span a diverse range of fields, including information theory, applied mathematics, computer science, operations research, economics and financing engineering. His current projects focus on the areas of large scale portfolio selection, systemic risk management, quantitative marketing, smart grids, public health and systems biology.

    Host: System Engineering Research Center

    More Info: https://www.stevens.edu/events/modeling-systemic-risk
    Webcast: https://stevensinstitute-events.webex.com/mw3100/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=stevensinstitute-events&service=6&rnd=0.06171461554157853&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fstevensinstitute-events.webex.com%2Fec3100%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3Ft

    Location: • Online via WebEX

    WebCast Link: https://stevensinstitute-events.webex.com/mw3100/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=stevensinstitute-events&service=6&rnd=0.06171461554157853&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fstevensinstitute-events.webex.com%2Fec3100%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3Fth

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: James Moore II

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  • Epstein Institute Seminar, ISE 651

    Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Shan Liu, Assistant Professor, University of Washington

    Talk Title: Operations Research in Medical Decision Making: Models and Insights for Depression Care Management

    Host: Prof. Sze-chuan Suen

    More Information: September 12, 2017.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Navigating the U.S. Recruitment Process

    Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Tailored for our international students, learn about the best resources to help you find employment, networking tips, and interviewing techniques.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • The Connected Vehicle Revolution

    Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

    Systems Architecting and Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Kay Das, GPS Program Manager and Technical Director at LinQuest Corporation in Los Angeles (retired)

    Talk Title: The Connected Vehicle Revolution

    Abstract: A light-hearted but critical look at the Connected Vehicle revolution. There is currently much on-going activity in the research and design of systems to enhance the safety of vehicular traffic on roads and highways. These include vehicle-to-vehicle based and vehicle-to-infrastructure based electronics systems with extension to personal devices. These systems need to work collaboratively in an intelligent and reconfigurable network environment characterized by multiple localized and dynamically changing motion control loops which include each individual vehicle driver (and pedestrian). Systems will comprise a mix of existing and new technologies such as laser, imaging, computer vision, radar, cellular, WiFi, GPS, millimetric Waves, and others. System complexity is very high in order to deliver and sustain the required levels of reliability. A range of products and systems will compete for market entry from diverse developers and nations. Compliance with a safety culture within product development, such as directed by the ISO 26262 cocoon, is desireable. Safety needs to be regarded as an integral and critical element in system, software, hardware, and device/sensor design. A significant challenge also exists in validating prototypes and final systems productized for market entry. The cost of failure is high as human life is in the loop. This presentation reviews some of the challenges and offers some directions for this burgeoning industry propelled by developments ranging from Shannon's Law and Moore's Law to the evolving Internet of Things and 5G cellular communications. Management of systems research and development with frugality, without over-design, and with a holistic approach on a scale probably never demanded before, is required.

    Please RSVP at the event link by noon September 5th to facilitate event registration and planning, foreign nationals by August 29th.

    DIRECTIONS TO THE AEROSPACE CORPORATION
    From the 105 Freeway traveling WEST:
    1. Take the exit towards 405 South
    2. Before getting onto the 405 Freeway, take the El Segundo Blvd exit
    3. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left (west)
    4. Turn right on Aviation Blvd.
    5. Bldg. D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.
    The facility is the third building from the corner of Aviation and El Segundo, just north of the discount bakery outlet. The facility has 4 gates, but only the southern-most gate is open. Identify yourself to the security guard as attending the INCOSE meeting. You can park where Security directs and enter through the lobby at the center of the building where the flag poles are. Knock on the first of the double doors, and someone will open the door for you. The handicap ramp is on the north side and can be reached by driving all the way around the back of the building. Inform the security guard if you plan to use that ramp.


    Biography: Kay Das was GPS Program Manager and Technical Director at LinQuest Corporation in Los Angeles from 2007 to 2013 where he additionally led new business development thrusts in the commercial and automotive safety markets. He has previously held responsibilities as R&D Director for STMicroelectronics' Asia Pacific region. He is a winner of a Singapore Government National Award for "The Initiation and Expansion of High-value R&D and Promotion of Partnerships." He has built and led teams in different parts of the world and managed the development of diverse silicon-based signal processing systems over 40 years in industry. His current pursuits are the application of communication (such as 5G/ DSRC) and location technologies (such as GPS/ GNSS) to the Connected Vehicle revolution. He holds a MS in Electronics Systems from the Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK. His pursuits in retirement other than Connected Vehicle include amateur astronomy, Internet radio, and he is a professional musician. He is an IEEE Life Member and a member of several societies.

    Host: The Aerospace Corporation (Venue); INCOSE-Los Angeles (Event)

    More Info: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=l4ihvgeab&oeidk=a07ee505f1dd3856d34

    Location: The Aerospace Corporation, Building D8/1010, 200 N. Aviation, El Segundo, CA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • An Evening with Goldman Sachs USC Recruiters

    Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    We are excited to have USC recruiters from Goldman Sachs join us for an evening of info and networking! They will also be addressing their open positions for 2018 Analyst opportunities. It's a great way to meet the recruiters face-to-face in a smaller, more intimate environment before the Career Fair. We're going to cap the number of attendees to ensure you get one-on-one time with the recruiters, so make sure to arrive 5-10 minutes early and bring a few copies of your CV. We're looking forward to an incredibly resourceful event!
    Please RSVP on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nobeusc or email us with any questions at uscnobe@gmail.com.

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 144

    Audiences: Everyone, but please RSVP online

    Posted By: USC National Organization for Business and Engineering

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

    Wed, Sep 13, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events


    Bi-Weekly regular faculty meeting for invited full-time Computer Science faculty only. Event details emailed directly to attendees.

    Location TBD.

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Viterbi Progressive Degree Program Info Session

    Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

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

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Interested in earning your MS from Viterbi?
    How about starting an MS degree during your senior year?
    The Viterbi Graduate Admission team is hosting a Progressive Degree information session!

    What are the details?
    When: Wednesday, September 13 at 1:00pm
    Where: RTH 211

    Who should attend?
    All undergraduate students thinking about pursuing an MS degree through USC.

    What is the Progressive Degree Program?
    The Progressive Degree Program (PDP) gives continuing USC undergraduates another path to earning a Master's degree from USC.

    The main advantages to a Progressive Degree are:
    1) Start graduate-level classes during your senior year
    2) Reduce the units required for a Master's Degree

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Viterbi PDP

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  • Epstein Department, Guest Speaker Event

    Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Ricardo Valerdi, SpaceX and Associate Professor, University of Arizona

    Talk Title: Cost Estimation for Systems Engineering

    Host: Dr. Julie Higle

    More Information: Valerdi_flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems

    Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Nikos Arechiga, Toyota Research Institute

    Talk Title: Scalable Automatic Reasoning in Model-Based Development

    Abstract: Recent progress in vehicle autonomy and robotics has increased the importance of system assurance, ranging from safety to security concerns. These assurances require systems that are able to reason about large and complex system designs, often containing large lookup tables as well as AI components.

    This talk presents a general-purpose technique that leverages machine learning to automatically learn logical antecedents and consequents to simplify a complex formal verification task.

    We also describe a specialization of this technique that has been used within Toyota to reason about software with large lookup tables, including a public benchmark.

    Finally, we look to the future and describe emerging research directions in automatic reasoning.

    Biography: Dr. Nikos Arechiga graduated with a Ph. D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon working with Professor Bruce Krogh. His graduate work touched on automatic inference of barrier certificates to simplify proofs of safety as well as techniques for provably-correct controller synthesis.

    He has been working at Toyota for two years, and has been involved with developing scalable reasoning techniques to address complex models with lookup tables, and is recently considering the problem of reasoning about AI components.


    Host: Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Estela Lopez

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  • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Seminar

    Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Birendra Jha, Assistant Professor/USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Talk Title: Coupled Flow and Geomechanics of Petroleum Reservoirs, Aquifers, and Faults

    Abstract: Can we inject and produce fluids out of subsurface reservoirs without causing damaging earthquakes? Can we design and control hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" of rocks to maximize productivity but minimize risks? Will underground sequestration of CO2 lead to induced seismicity and eventually CO2 leakage along faults? Did Indian monsoon rainfall have something to do with the Nepal earthquake? These are some of the questions facing the petroleum industry, geothermal industry, environmental scientists, and the geoscience community-at-large. One way to approach these questions, and the approach that we follow, is physics-based modeling of the underlying processes of fluid flow, rock deformation, and faulting or fracturing. We specialize in computational modeling and simulation of continuum scale coupled flow, transport and geomechanical processes. We develop mathematically rigorous and computationally efficient numerical frameworks and conduct lab experiments to understand, forecast and eventually control these processes in nature. I will present some of the salient features of our computational framework that includes a finite element-finite volume method to solve the flow and deformation problems sequentially. Then I will show results from a few studies that attempt to answer the questions posed in the beginning.

    Biography: Birendra Jha is an Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at USC. He received his masters in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT. He has several years of experience in the petroleum industry in India and US. In the Geosystems Engineering and Multiphysics Lab (gemlab.usc.edu) at USC, Birendra's group conducts research in computational and experimental geomechanics funded by the Department of Energy and the Rose Hills Foundation.

    Host: Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ashleen Knutsen

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  • Google Info Session

    Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Tech talk and information session about Google culture, roles, recruiting process, and Q&A Session for UNDERGRADUATE CS students ONLY.

    THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT. FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED AT THE DOOR. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE A TICKET. RSVP DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMITTANCE. ONCE ROOM CAPACITY IS REACHED, THIS SESSION WILL BE CLOSED. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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

    Audiences: Viterbi Undergrad Computer Science Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Chemical Engineering Alumni & Industry Spotlight

    Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Students will hear from alumni and industry professionals regarding their academic/professional experiences.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Undergraduate Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • VIRTUAL Workshop: Navigating the U.S. Recruitment Process

    Thu, Sep 14, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Tailored for our international students, learn about the best resources to help you find employment, networking tips, and interviewing techniques.

    TIME TBD

    Online log-in info coming soon!

    Location: ONLINE

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • USC Fall Career Fair

    Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    University Calendar


    The USC Career Center hosts two Career Fairs each year -“ one in the fall and another in the spring. Employers participate in the Career Fair to recruit for full-time, part-time, and paid internship opportunities. To ensure you get the most out of the day, please read the following tips.

    Please visit the General Career Fair page for additional information.

    Location: Trousdale Parkway

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: GAPP Office

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  • High-Level Program Optimizations for Data Analytics

    Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Yufei Ding, University of California at Santa Barbara

    Talk Title: High-Level Program Optimizations for Data Analytics

    Abstract: Many modern applications, especially those data analytics, often spend a large number of cycles on unnecessary computations. To find a document most similar to a query document, for instance, these applications typically would need to examine hundreds of thousands of other documents (that are not the most similar ones) in the dataset. Such redundant computations have been hidden in the useful instructions of the applications and are elusive for traditional compiler-based code optimizations. My work harnesses these hidden but significant optimization opportunities by raising the level of program optimizations from implementations to algorithms, and from instructions to formulas.

    Biography:

    Yufei Ding will soon join the department of Computer Science, University of California at Santa Barbara as an assistant professor. She received her Ph.D. in the Computer Science from North Carolina State University, and B.S. and M.S. in Physics from University of Science and Technology of China and The College of William and Mary respectively. In 2012, she started her Ph.D. study in Computer Science. Her research interest resides at the intersection of Compiler Technology and (Big) Data Analytics, with a focus on enabling HighI-Level Program Optimizations for data analytics and other data-intensive applications. Yufei has been actively publishing in major venues in both computer systems and data analytics areas, such as ASPLOS, PLDI, OOPSLA, VLDB, ICDE, and ICML. She was the receipt of NCSU Computer Science Outstanding Research Award in 2016.


    Host: Xuehai Qian, x04459, xuehai.qian@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • CAIS Seminar: Dr. David Traum (University of Southern California) - Conversations with History: The New Dimensions in Testimony Project

    Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. David Traum, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Conversations with History: The New Dimensions in Testimony Project

    Series: Center for AI in Society (CAIS) Seminar Series

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

    One of the best and most engaging methods of learning about history, and particularly implications for future behavior, is direct conversation with those who can give a first person account. The USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) has developed "time-offset interaction" technology to allow interactive conversations with recordings of an eyewitness to history, so that much of this experience can be had without the synchronous participation of the subject. I will describe and demo the use of this technology in the New Dimensions in Testimony project - a collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation and Conscience Display, in which people can interact with Holocaust survivors in this manner. Time permitting, I will also present its use in a similar project to increase awareness of the consequences of sexual assault in the military.


    Biography: David Traum is the Director for Natural Language Research at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and a research faculty member of the Department of Computer Science at USC. He leads the Natural Language Dialogue Group at ICT; his research focus is on interactive dialogue between humans and machines.

    Host: Milind Tambe

    Location: Seeley Wintersmith Mudd Memorial Hall (of Philosophy) (MHP) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Microsoft Coding Competition

    Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Microsoft Coding Competition

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Get Connected for Maximum Job Search Success- Presented by MGM

    Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join MGM executives to help you find out how to build relationships & connections to assist you in your academic career & in your job search. Develop the 30 Second Commercial you need to interact with employers.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • EY Tech Talk presented by CybOrg

    Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    EY and the USC Cyber Security & Forensics student organization invites you to join us for an evening of learning and discussions about innovation with its Americas Advisory Innovation team.

    The session will focus on key drivers of innovation, emerging technologies impacting us today and tomorrow, and how EY approaches bringing new ideas to life.

    This session will be an opportunity to further your understanding of how innovation and disruption is impacting organizations across the globe and engage with EY presenters.

    You will also learn more about the various intern and full-time technology opportunities

    EY is recruiting for this fall. Light appetizers and soft drinks will be provided. Networking to follow after the conclusion of the presentation.

    STEPS to Register:

    RSVP @ https://goo.gl/PD6cKu

    Like our FB Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/cyborgatusc/

    Join our LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/10347148

    Sign up for our mailing list:
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    Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cyborgatusc

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    Location: Radisson Midcity Hotel (RMH) - Ballroom

    Audiences: Members have first priority, but anyone can RSVP

    Posted By: USC CybOrg

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  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Fri, Sep 15, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Graduate School Info Session w/Ellis Meng and Mischal Diasanta

    Fri, Sep 15, 2017 @ 03:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Thinking of applying to a PhD or master's program, USC or elsewhere? Dr. Ellis Meng, BME department chair, and Mischal Diasanta, head of graduate school admissions for USC BME, will be holding an information session detailing the application process and financial aid available to students. This session will be taking place Friday, September 15th from 3:00-4:00 PM in DRB 146. Snacks will be provided!

    Location: Corwin D. Denney Research Center (DRB) - 146

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • Internet of Skills-Enabled by 5G Decoupled Uplink & Downlink

    Fri, Sep 15, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mischa Dohler, King's College London, UK

    Talk Title: Internet of Skills-Enabled by 5G Decoupled Uplink & Downlink

    Abstract: With the emergence of an ultra-responsive and reliable 5G 'Tactile Internet,' advanced techniques in robotics and artificial intelligence, we advocate for the emergence of an 'Internet of Skills' which allows the "transmission of labor" globally. It will invoke an important shift from content-delivery to skillset-delivery networks, where engineers would service cars or surgeons performing critical operations anywhere on the planet. For this to work, however, we require some fundamental changes to wireless communications systems. This presentation will look at the disruptive technology approaches in wireless 5G, notably the impact of decoupling up and downlinks; as well as the impact it has on different industry verticals.


    Biography: Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King's College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts. He is the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder of the pioneering smart city company Worldsensing, Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence.

    He is a frequent keynote, panel and tutorial speaker, and has received numerous awards. He has pioneered several research fields, contributed to numerous wireless broadband, IoT/M2M and cyber security standards, holds a dozen patents, organized and chaired numerous conferences, was the Editor-in-Chief of two journals, has more than 200 highly-cited publications, and authored several books.

    He acts as policy, technology and entrepreneurship adviser, examples being Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, former Minister David Willetts' 8 Great Technology Fund, UK Regulator Ofcom, UK Ministries, No 10, EPSRC ICT Strategy Advisory Team, European Commission, Tech London Advocate, ISO Smart City working group, and various start-ups.

    He is also an entrepreneur; composer & pianist with 5 albums on iTunes and an artist-verified Spotify account; as well as fluent in 6 languages. He has talked twice at TEDx. He had coverage by national and international TV & radio, and his contributions have featured on the BBC, the Wall Street Journal and many others.

    Host: Urbashi Mitra, ubli@usc.edu, EEB 536, x04667

    Location: 248

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gerrielyn Ramos

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  • W.V.T. RUSCH ENGINEERING HONORS COLLOQUIUM

    Fri, Sep 15, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mike Lopez,, Project Manager, Cianna Medical, Inc.

    Talk Title: Engineering Medical Devices

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Su Stevens

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  • Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series on Integrated Systems

    Fri, Sep 15, 2017 @ 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Vesna Radisic, Principle Scientist, Northrop Grumman

    Talk Title: Engineered and Full 3D RF Materials

    Host: Profs. Hossein Hashemi, Mike Chen, Mahta Moghaddam, and Dina El-Damak

    More Information: MHI Seminar Series IS -Vesna Radisic.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jenny Lin

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Fri, Sep 15, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. James Tsai, Georgia Tech, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Talk Title: Smart Cities Transportation Asset Health Condition Assessment and Management Using Emerging 3D Technologies and Artificial Intelligence

    More Information: Tsai Announcement.pdf

    Location: Waite Phillips Hall Of Education (WPH) - B27

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • USC Racing Friends and Family Day

    Sat, Sep 16, 2017

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events


    On September 16, USC Racing will be hosting its first Friends and Family Day of the semester. The event will take place at USCʼs Engineering Quad in the form of a tailgate before the USC vs. Texas football game. During the event, USC Racing will be providing:

    - Burgers and Soft Drinks
    - A raffle for USC Racing Apparel
    - An opportunity to take a picture in our most recent car More special prizes

    Regardless of whether you are currently a part of the USC Racing family or would like to become a part of it, please feel free to stop by and join us at our tailgate tent!

    More Information: USC Racing Friends and Family Day 2017.pdf

    Location: Engineering Quad

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ashleen Knutsen

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  • Mentoring Kickoff

    Sun, Sep 17, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Looking to find a family within ASBME? Come to the 2017 Mentoring Kick-Off on Sunday, September 17th from 1-2pm! It'll be a great way to find your mentor or mentee and have fun competing in mini challenges. Make sure to fill out the mentoring interest form if you haven't already!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 301/302

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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

    Mon, Sep 18, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Sep 18, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Noah Malmstadt, Ph.D., Founder, ReoLab, Professor, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Research Presentation & Career Path

    Host: Stacey Finley, PhD

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • Center for Systems and Control (CSC@USC) and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering

    Mon, Sep 18, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Andrzej Banaszuk, Andrew Sparks, and Fu Lin, United Technologies Research Center

    Talk Title: Systems and Control Research at United Technologies Research Center

    Abstract: This presentation will give a broad overview of research at UTRC's Systems Department, with particular focus on the areas of autonomous and intelligent systems, robotics, and control of complex systems. The research is conducted by a diverse team of researchers in dynamical systems, advanced control, applied mathematics, and human factors. Autonomous and intelligent systems research for aerial and ground robotics includes intelligent system architecture, human-machine systems, perception, collaborative motion planning with dynamic collision avoidance, manipulation, and formal verification. Research for large-scale, complex, and interconnected systems includes systematic methods to functionally decompose complex, interconnected systems to inform control architecture as well as approaches to sparse and distributed control. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of existing and future career and internship opportunities in the broad area of autonomous and intelligent systems, controls, and robotics.

    Biography: http://csc.usc.edu/seminars/2017Fall/banaszuk_sparks_lin.html
    Host: Mihailo Jovanovic, mihailo@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gerrielyn Ramos

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  • Abbott Construction Info Session

    Mon, Sep 18, 2017 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    As Abbott Construction continues to grow, we look to graduates to add value to our company and contribute to our vision. For this reason, we implemented the Internship Program.
    Abbott is looking for students who are passionate about construction, dynamic, customer service- oriented, professional, highly organized, self- motivated, willing to learn, good listeners, and who have strong writing and verbal communication skills.

    If you fit this description, we want to meet you. Come learn about us!

    Light refreshments will be served.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • KPMG Cyber Tech Talk

    Mon, Sep 18, 2017 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    USC Cyber Security & Digital Forensics organization along with the Business Technology Networking Group present a night with professionals from KPMG.

    Come network with professionals from KPMG's Cyber and Forensics practices. Networking to follow after the presentation. KPMG is recruiting both for full-time and internship positions.

    This event is open to members who have PAID THEIR DUES. Dues can be paid while you sign in for each respective event.

    Venmo Handle: @USC-Cyborg
    $15/semester or $25/year

    STEPS to Register:

    Like our FB Pages:
    https://www.facebook.com/cyborgatusc/ https://www.facebook.com/USCBTNG/

    Join our LinkedIn Group:
    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/10347148

    Sign up for our mailing list:
    https://goo.gl/forms/UD9A7e2DPMbaZXkq1

    Join our FB Group:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/cyborgatusc

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

    Audiences: Members have first priority, but anyone can RSVP

    Posted By: USC CybOrg

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  • CS Colloquium: Julian McAuley (UCSD) - Structured Output Models of Recommendations, Activities, and Behavior

    Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Julian McAuley, University of California, San Diego

    Talk Title: Structured Output Models of Recommendations, Activities, and Behavior

    Series: Visa Research Machine Learning Seminar Series hosted by USC Machine Learning Center

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

    Predictive models of human behavior--and in particular recommender systems--learn patterns from large volumes of historical activity data, in order to make personalized predictions that adapt to the needs, nuances, and preferences of individuals. Models may take incredibly complex data as *input*, ranging from text, images, social networks, or sequence data. However, the *outputs* they are trained to predict--clicks, purchases, transactions, etc.--are typically simple, numerical quantities, in order for the problem to be cast in terms of traditional supervised learning frameworks.

    In this talk, we discuss possible extensions to such personalized, predictive models of human behavior so that they are capable of predicting complex structured *outputs*. For example, rather than training a model to predict what content a user might interact with, we could predict how they would react to unseen content, in the form of text they might write. Or, rather than predicting whether a user would purchase an existing product, we could predict the characteristics or attributes of the types of products that *should* be created.


    Biography: Julian McAuley has been an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of California, San Diego since 2014. Previously he was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University after receiving his PhD from the Australian National University in 2011. His research is concerned with developing predictive models of human behavior using large volumes of online activity data.

    Host: Yan Liu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Epstein Institute Seminar, ISE 651

    Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Tuo Zhao, Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Compute Faster and Learn Better: Machine Learning via Nonconvex Model-based Optimization

    Host: Prof. Meisam Razaviyayn

    More Information: September 19, 2017.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Honeywell Aerospace Info Session

    Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Honeywell Information Session

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Deloitte Cyber Tech Talk presented by USC CybOrg

    Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Come network with professionals from Deloitte's Cyber and Forensics practices. Networking to follow after the presentation. Deloitte is recruiting both for full-time and internship positions.

    This event is open to members who have PAID THEIR DUES. Dues can be paid while you sign in for each respective event.

    Venmo Handle: @USC-Cyborg
    $15/semester or $25/year

    STEPS to Register:

    Like our FB Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/cyborgatusc/

    Join our LinkedIn Group:
    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/10347148

    Sign up for our mailing list:
    https://goo.gl/forms/UD9A7e2DPMbaZXkq1

    Join our FB Group:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/cyborgatusc

    More Information: CybOrg Event Flyer.jpg

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

    Audiences: Members have first priority, but anyone can RSVP

    Posted By: USC CybOrg

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

    Wed, Sep 20, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • INCOSE Webinar

    Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 08:00 AM - 09:00 PM

    Systems Architecting and Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Rick Dove, CEO, Paradigm Shift International

    Talk Title: Agile Systems & Processes -- Risk Management and Mitigation

    Series: INCOSE Speaker Series

    Abstract: To be effective, systems/processes have to mate well with their operational environments. Operational environments are not static, they react to disturbances and evolve with opportunity and risk. Inserting a system into an environment is a disturbance. Sustaining a system in a dynamic environment requires compatible evolution. The environment is the problem space the system will occupy. Understanding the requirements for a compatible-to-the-space solution is best done before system functional requirements shape an incompatible path. Given enough understanding about the problem, effective solution requirements and features becomes (almost) obvious. The problem shapes and constrains effective solution. But how do we characterize the environment as a dynamic problem space and develop solution-response requirements; and then, how do we structure a solution for risk-mitigating agility? This webinar introduces methods for dynamic problem-space characterization, and reviews companion methods for risk-mitigating solution-space agility.

    Note that the webinar is a combination of PowerPoint slides and audio. You need to set your browser to the url listed below to see the slides and also dial into the phone number below to hear the audio. We are using Webex for this webinar. Please note that you can now access the webinar using mobile devices. There are 300 virtual seats available for the webinar. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Event number: 595 766 920
    Event password: INCOSE104

    Primary Access Telephone Number:
    USA/Canada: 1-719-325-2630 (toll) 1-855-747-8824 (toll free)

    Guest Pass Code: 434 812 4177

    Webex can be used to record meetings. By participating in this meeting, you agree that your communications may be monitored or recorded at any time during the meeting.

    Biography: Rick Dove is a leading researcher, practitioner, and educator of fundamental principles for agile enterprise, agile systems, and agile development processes. In 1991 he initiated the global interest in agility as co-PI on the seminal 21st Century Manufacturing Enterprise Strategy project at Lehigh University. Subsequently he organized and led collaborative research at the DARPA-funded Agility Forum, involving 250 organizations and 1,000 participants in workshop discovery of fundamental enabling principles for agile systems and processes. He is CEO of Paradigm Shift International, specializing in agile systems research, engineering, and education; and is an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology teaching graduate courses in agile and self-organizing systems. He chairs the INCOSE working groups for Agile Systems and Systems Engineering, and for Systems Security Engineering, and is the leader of the current INCOSE Agile Systems Engineering Life Cycle Model Discovery Project. He is an INCOSE Fellow, and the author of Response Ability - the Language, Structure, and Culture of the Agile Enterprise.

    Host: Andy Pickard, INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board

    More Info: http://www.incose.org/docs/default-source/events-documents/Webinars/incose-webinar-104-invitationdacbed8472db67488e78ff000036190a.pdf?sfvrsn=0
    Webcast: https://incoseevents.webex.com/incoseevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb39bd106d4bcd7731509d2bdecf9646

    Location: Online via WebEX

    WebCast Link: https://incoseevents.webex.com/incoseevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb39bd106d4bcd7731509d2bdecf9646d

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: James Moore II

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  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems

    Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: BaekGyu Kim, Toyota InfoTechnology Center

    Talk Title: Test Specification and Generation for Connected and Autonomous Vehicle in Virtual Road Environment

    Abstract: The trend of connected / autonomous features adds significant complexity to the traditional automotive systems. In order to improve driving safety and comfort, vehicles are expected to drive autonomously and/or to communicate with each other and infrastructures. Such complexity makes engineers harder to test correctness, performance or effectiveness of those driving features in the physical environment. In this talk, we introduce a virtual test framework that utilizes existing visualization engines (e.g., Unity3D, Unreal Engine or Prescan). In this test framework, a system component is integrated with a virtual vehicle that can be tested under a wide range of virtual road environments to overcome the limitation of the physical testing. In order to build such test environments, we introduce a formal way to specify geometric and behavioral aspects of the road environments using SMT constraints (Satisfiability Modulo Theories) and timed automata. We also introduce a systematic way to generate those road environments from the formal specification based on several test criteria. Finally, we show the applicability of the proposed road environment generation method using adaptive cruise control (an example of autonomous features) and right-turn pedestrian warning system (an example of connected features).

    Biography: BaekGyu Kim earned B.S. and M.S. from Kyungpook National University in South Korea in 2007 and 2009, and earned Ph.D. in computer science from University of Pennsylvania in 2015. His research interest is applying various formal techniques to build safety-critical real-time embedded systems according to the model-based development paradigm. His doctoral dissertation topic was to design model-based implementation framework to assure the safety of infusion pump systems (medical device) as a part of Generic Infusion Pump project. After joining Toyota InfoTechnology Center, he started applying those techniques to analyze correctness and effectiveness of automotive systems.

    Host: Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Estela Lopez

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  • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Seminar

    Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: J. Michael McCarthy, Professor/UC Irvine

    Talk Title: Design of Linkage Systems to Draw Specified Curves

    Abstract: Kinematic synthesis is a set of mathematical techniques to calculate the dimensions of a mechanism or robot to achieve a desired task. Since the time of James Watt, whose "parallel motion generator" made the double-acting steam engine practical, engineers and mathematicians have studied curve-drawing linkages for practical as well as theoretical purposes. Recent mathematical results prove that such linkages exist for every algebraic curve, and this talk presents an overview of a variety of techniques to design these linkages. One interesting result is that the equations for kinematic synthesis rapidly expand beyond the ability of current computers to solve completely. On the other hand, because Bezier curves can be written as parameterized trigonometric curves, there is a way to design relatively simple linkage systems that draw Bezier approximations to arbitrary curves.

    Biography: Michael McCarthy is the Director of UCI's Performance Engineering Program, having completed a eight year term as the Henry Samueli Professor and Director of the Center for Engineering Science in Design at the University of California, Irvine, which supports the design and execution of team engineering projects across the School of Engineering. He received his Ph.D. at Stanford University, and has taught at Loyola Marymount University and the University of Pennsylvania before joining UCI in 1986.

    He has over 200 publications and five books including The Geometric Design of Linkages (Springer 2000, 2nd Ed. 2010). He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design (2002-2007) and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics (2007-2014). His research team is responsible for the Sphinx, Synthetica and MecGen software packages, which extend computer-aided design to spherical and spatial linkage systems and integrate this process with geometric modeling. He has organized and presented tutorials on the design of linkages and robotic systems at ASME and IEEE conferences, including the NSF sponsored 2012 Workshop on 21st Century Kinematics.
    He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and has received the 2009 ASME Machine Design Award, the 2011 ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Award, and the 2013 Robert E. Abbott Lifetime Service Award from the Design Engineering Division of ASME International. At the 2015 Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, he and his co-author received the A.T. Yang Memorial Award in Theoretical Kinematics for their paper on the design of a linkage system that reproduces the flapping motion of a bird in flight.

    Host: Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ashleen Knutsen

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  • OnPrem Solution Partners Info Session

    Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Info Session for students to learn more about working for OnPrem Solution Partners. We will go over what it is like to work for us, what qualities we are looking for in our candidates, and the interview process.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • General Meeting 1

    Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Prepare for this year's recruiting season by revamping your elevator pitch and learning how to put your best foot forward in your resume. Come learn about the in's and out's of appealing to companies and recruiters. We'll have a resume workshop where you can get personal tips and suggestions on your own resume as well. As always, food will be provided!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 227

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • DEN@Viterbi Information Session

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Webinars are held ONLINE throughout the year using WebEx technology. All that is needed to participate is a computer with internet access. These 1-hour information sessions are designed to introduce the Viterbi School of Engineering, online graduate engineering programs, application requirements and procedures. USC representatives will be on-hand to answer questions.

    More information.

    WebCast Link: https://gapp.webex.com/mw3200/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=gapp&service=6&rnd=0.3174729443092855&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgapp.webex.com%2Fec3200%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b0000000420be0c47bc4

    Audiences: RSVP Only

    Posted By: Viterbi Graduate and Professional Programs

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  • Dramatic Improvements in Pre-silicon and Post-silicon Validation of Digital Systems with Quick Error Detection and Formal Methods

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Clark Barrett, Stanford University

    Talk Title: Dramatic Improvements in Pre-silicon and Post-silicon Validation of Digital Systems with Quick Error Detection and Formal Methods

    Abstract: Ensuring the correctness of integrated circuits (ICs) is essential for ensuring the correctness, safety and security of the many electronic systems we rely on. However, the effort required to validate ICs continues to be a major bottleneck in modern system design. To make matters worse, difficult bugs still escape into post-silicon and even production systems. I will present a set of results based on Quick Error Detection (QED). The standard QED technique is a testing technique which drastically reduces error detection latency, the time elapsed between the occurrence of an error caused by a bug and its manifestation as an observable failure. I will then present two new techniques, Symbolic QED and Electrical QED which use formal methods to dramatically extend the reach of QED: to automatically detect and localize both logic and electrical bugs during both pre- and post-silicon validation. Experimental results collected from several commercial designs as well as hardware platforms demonstrate the effectiveness and practicality of these methods. For example, for a 500 million transistor multi-core IC, Symbolic QED automatically detected and localized difficult logic design bugs (the kind that could escape traditional simulation-based pre-silicon verification) in only a few hours (~ 8 hours on average). This research was performed at Stanford University in collaboration with Prof. Subhasish Mitra, several graduate students, and several industrial collaborators.

    Biography: Clark Barrett is an associate professor (research) of computer science at Stanford University, with expertise in constraint solving and its applications to verification. His PhD dissertation introduced a novel approach to constraint solving now known as satisfiability modulo theories (SMT). His subsequent work on SMT has been recognized with a best paper award at DAC, an IBM Software Quality Innovation award, the Haifa Verification Conference award, and first-place honors at the SMT, CASC, and SyGuS competitions. He was also an early pioneer in the development of formal hardware verification: at Intel, he collaborated on a novel theorem prover used to verify key microprocessor properties; and at 0-in Design Automation (now part of Mentor Graphics), he helped build one of the first industrially successful assertion-based verification tool-sets for hardware.

    Host: Pierluigi Nuzzo, x09079, nuzzo@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Hong-Linh Truong, Priv.Doz and an Assistant Professor, TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), Austria

    Talk Title: Managing and Testing Ensembles of IoT, Network functions, and Clouds

    Abstract: By leveraging virtualization and pay-per-use models, we believe that eventually applications will easily acquire IoT, network functions, and cloud services together to establish a virtual, unified resource ensemble across various subsystems from different IoT, network and cloud providers. But this will require us to research and develop various programming and management utilities. In this talk, we will first discuss the necessity and feasibility of application-level resource slice provisioning. We will overview our SINC - Slicing IoT, Network functions, and Clouds - as an approach for provisioning resource slices of end-to-end IoT, network functions, and cloud capabilities for novel requirements from a wide range of IoT/CPS applications. We will present several works on service engineering analytics for SINC, including harmonizing IoT, network functions, and cloud resources, supporting end-to-end monitoring and analytics, and testing uncertainties.

    Some links to related tools:
    http://rdsea.github.io/
    http://sincconcept.github.io/
    http://sincconcept.github.io/HINC/
    https://github.com/tuwiendsg/COMOT4U/
    http://tuwiendsg.github.io/iCOMOT/


    Biography: Hong-Linh Truong is currently a Priv.Doz and an assistant professor for Service Engineering Analytics at TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), Austria. He received an engineer degree from the Bach Khoa University (HoChiMinh City University of Technology), Vietnam, in 1998, a PhD degree, in 2005, and a Habilitation, in 2013, both from TU Wien, Austria; all in computer science and engineering. His main research interest focuses Systems, Software, Data and Service Engineering Analytics by developing novel techniques and tools for monitoring, analyzing, and optimizing functions, performance, data quality, elasticity, and uncertainties associated with systems, software, data and services. His research has been applied to: Monitoring, Analysis and Optimization Techniques for Programs, Data and Systems; Parallel, Grid and Cloud Computing, and IoT; Data Service Models and Analytics; Socio-technical Services Engineering; and Elastic Computing. Furthermore, he is interested in (free) ICT solutions for (under) developing countries. He had delivered several invited talks and he published more than 180 refereed papers in books, conferences/workshops and journals. He (co)receives an outstanding paper award, seven best paper awards, one best paper run-up award, and one best poster award. Contact him at truong@dsg.tuwien.ac.at http://dsg.tuwien.ac.at/staff/truong .

    Host: Bhaskar Krishnamachari and Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • CS Colloquium: Dr. Kris Zacny (Honeybee Robotics) - Honeybee Robotics

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Kris Zacny, PhD, Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corporation

    Talk Title: Honeybee Robotics

    Series: CS Colloquium

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

    Honeybee Robotics, based in Pasadena, develops cutting edge robotic systems for solar system destinations such as the Moon, Mars, Venus, and comets. We are currently operating our hardware on the surface of Mars. Our technologies are also used for Oil & Gas, mining, and U.S. Special Forces.

    The presentation will initially provide some background to space exploration and then introduce several exciting missions in the works. These include Lunar Resource Prospector with a goal of identifying volatiles at the lunar South Pole, Mars2020 mission with a goal of returning samples from Mars, Europa deep drill mission with a purpose of penetrating through >10 km thick ice crust and reaching subglacial ice, as well as Planetary Volatiles Extractor with a goal of mining the Moon and Mars.

    We will also discuss various ways USC faculty and students could collaborate with Honeybee Robotics. Our company currently employs several USC alumni as well as interns, and works with USC professors on space technologies.


    Biography: Dr. Kris Zacny is Vice President and Director of Exploration Technology Group at Honeybee Robotics in Pasadena. His expertise includes terrestrial and extraterrestrial robotic drilling, excavation, sample handling and processing, geotechnical systems, and sensors.

    In his previous capacity as an engineer in the South African mining industry, Dr. Zacny managed numerous underground mining projects. Dr. Zacny received his PhD at UC Berkeley in Geotechnical Engineering with an emphasis on Mars drilling, and his ME at UC Berkeley in Petroleum Engineering with emphasis on Drilling and Materials Science. He received his BSc cum laude in Mechanical Engineering at U. Cape Town.

    He has participated in several Arctic, Antarctic, Atacama, and Greenland expeditions. Dr. Zacny has over 200 publications related to extreme drilling and excavation and has managed over 100 technology projects. He has over 40 NASA New Technology Records and four NASA Group Achievement Awards.


    Host: Computer Science Department

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • CAIS Seminar: Dr. Ece Kamar (Microsoft Research) - Directions in Hybrid Intelligence: Discovering Blind Spots of AI

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Ece Kamar, Microsoft Research

    Talk Title: Directions in Hybrid Intelligence: Discovering Blind Spots of AI

    Series: Center for AI in Society (CAIS) Seminar Series

    Abstract: Despite advances in AI, machines still have limitations in accomplishing tasks that come naturally to humans. When AI systems are fielded in the open world, these limitations cause concerns around reliability, biases and trust. In this talk, Dr. Kamar will argue that hybrid systems that combine the strengths of machine and human intelligence is key to overcoming the limitations of AI algorithms and developing reliable systems. She will provide an overview of multiple projects, which investigate how to integrate human intelligence into the training, execution and troubleshooting of AI systems.

    Biography: Dr. Ece Kamar is a Senior Researcher in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group at Microsoft Research. She received her Ph.D. in computer science from Harvard University. Her work spans several subfields of AI, including planning, machine learning, multi-agent systems and human-computer teamwork and is inspired by real-world applications.

    Host: Milind Tambe

    Location: Seeley Wintersmith Mudd Memorial Hall (of Philosophy) (MHP) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Navigating the Internship & Job Search- Presented by ITP Faculty Larry Jordan

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Virtually everything you think you know about getting a job/internship is wrong -- especially in the real-world after graduation. Join Larry Jordan for this one-hour session on what you NEED to know to find the job/internship of your dreams.

    Discover how to cope with competition and avoid pitfalls in your job hunt, learn what employers are actually looking for during an interview and get tips on how to negotiate your salary.

    Larry Jordan has hired teams in media and high-tech for more than 40 years. He's part of the ITP Part-Time Faculty Job Search committee and has run his own business for more than 20 years. He also teaches ITP-211 and ITP-411. This is his favorite lecture from his award-winning course.

    This will be one of the most valuable hours you spend this entire year.

    Pizza will be provided!

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Raytheon Information Session

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 07:15 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Raytheon is a global technology leader that provides innovative solutions to customers in 80 nations with the most advanced technology in the world and in the strategic business areas of Homeland Security, Missile Defense, Precision Engagement and Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance. With opportunities available in all engineering fields, including software, electronics design and manufacturing, mechanical engineering, and aerospace, use this event to network and explore career opportunities with Raytheon.

    Light refreshments will be provided.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • DEN@Viterbi Information Session

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Webinars are held ONLINE throughout the year using WebEx technology. All that is needed to participate is a computer with internet access. These 1-hour information sessions are designed to introduce the Viterbi School of Engineering, online graduate engineering programs, application requirements and procedures. USC representatives will be on-hand to answer questions. More information.

    WebCast Link: https://gapp.webex.com/mw3200/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=gapp&service=6&rnd=0.05779103162439525&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgapp.webex.com%2Fec3200%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b000000044e3c2efe96

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

    Posted By: Viterbi Graduate and Professional Programs

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  • Transfer Day

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

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

    RSVP

    Location: USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • A Model-Based Iterative Reconstruction Approach to Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Tomograph

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Zeeshan Nadir, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

    Talk Title: A Model-Based Iterative Reconstruction Approach to Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Tomography

    Abstract: Many imaging and sensing problems in the fields of medical imaging, computer vision, machine learning, communications and signal processing etc. can be posed as inverse problems. Broadly, an inverse problem consists of recovering some underlying signal of interest that leads to a directly observable measurement dataset where the measurement dataset may be corrupted by noise. In the presence of sufficient quantity of good quality measurement dataset, the inversion problem can often be solved by direct methods often involving closed form inverse formulas like filtered back projection. However, when the measurement data contains noise or is extremely sparse, then such conventional techniques do not work. Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Tomography (TDLAT) is such an ill-posed nonlinear inverse problem where 2D concentration and temperature images are required to be reconstructed from a handful of projection measurements.

    Bayesian methods are a probabilistic approach to reconstruct signals by incorporating prior information about the signals in the form of a prior probability distribution. Typical 2D prior models like Markov Random Field enforce local smoothness on the images by penalizing differences between neighboring pixels. However, the major limitation of such prior models is that they cannot express non-homogeneous and non-Gaussian characteristics of the images and therefore cannot model the long-range correlations between image pixels. In this presentation, I shall present a Gaussian Mixture Model as a prior distribution which can be trained with a few training examples. In order to show the utility of this approach, I shall apply it to Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Tomography problem. I shall formulate the reconstruction problem as a Maximum-aposteriori estimation problem. I shall present an efficient multigrid algorithm to perform the resulting optimization. The results using simulated datasets show that the proposed approach can reduce reconstruction error while also resulting in a computationally efficient algorithm.

    Biography: Zeeshan Nadir is a Ph.D. candidate in the school of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. In Summer 2016, he was an intern at MathWorks, Inc., Natick, MA, where he worked on MATLAB coder package. He developed a new functionality in MATLAB Coder which has been incorporated in MATLAB R2017a release. His research interests include statistical signal processing, inverse problems, computational imaging, machine learning and computer vision.



    Host: Hosted by Prof. Richard Leahy

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Department of Biomedical Engineering Systems Cellular-Molecular Bioengineering Distinguished Speaker Series

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ravi Iyengar, Professor, Pharmacological Sciences Director, Institute for Systems Biomedicine Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    Talk Title: Information from cell shape controls cellular responses

    Series: Department of Biomedical Engineering Systems Cellular-Molecular Bioengineering Distinguished Speaker Series

    Biography: Dr. Iyengar is a Dorothy H. and Lewis Rosenstiel Professor in the Department of Pharmacologyand Systems Therapeutics. He is the Director and Principal Investigator of the NIGMS funded SystemsBiology Center New York. Dr. Iyengar completed his undergraduate and masters degrees at Bombay University in India. He then moved to the University of Houston and completed his Ph.D. training in Biophysical Sciences. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Baylor College of Medicine before starting an academic career at Mt. Sinai in 1980.
    The Iyengar lab is interested in understanding cellular regulatory networks at a systems level and in using this understanding to develop therapeutic strategies and phenotypic signatures for complex diseases. Dr. Iyengar is especially interested in the role of cell shape and its relationship to extracellular spaces within tissue in information processing, and he uses a combination of experimental, theoretical and computational approaches to study these questions. Dr. Iyengar has authored more than 120 research papers, written 112 invited review articles, and edited six books. He received the NIH New Investigator Award in 1980, received the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


    Host: Stacey Finley, PhD

    More Information: Iyengar Ravi_flyer_September 22.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • W.V.T. RUSCH ENGINEERING HONORS COLLOQUIUM

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Doug Heckmann, Investment Manager at LH Ventures

    Talk Title: Entrepreneurial Ventures

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Su Stevens

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. Seminar

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ali Kazemian and Mohammad Motie Share , Astani CEE Graduate Students

    Talk Title: A Performance-based Framework for Laboratory Testing of Cementitious Materials for Construction-Scale 3D Printing and A Vacation Queue Approach to Queue Size Computation for a Signalized Traffic Intersection

    Abstract: During recent decades,construction industry has been criticized for limited use of innovative methods and slow adoption of cutting edge technologies. However,it seems that a transformation is about to happen and construction industry is getting ready for some revolutionary changes. Employing and scaling up additive manufacturing techniques for automated construction of whole buildings is a novel idea which has been topic of discussion for several years. A review of related projects and research works reveals that Portland cement concrete is the most viable option as the material to be used in automated construction processes in near future. However,the performance requirements for a cementitious printing mixture have not been clearly defined.
    In this presentation,a framework for performance based laboratory testing of cementitious mixtures for construction scale 3D printing in fresh state will be discussed,in which workability of a fresh printing mixture is described in terms of print quality, shape stability, and printability window. In order to elaborate on the proposed framework and suggested test methods, an experimental program was carried out using four different mixtures. The results of several conventional test methods, as well as proposed tests, will also be presented and performance of different mixtures will be compared. Finally, ongoing research related to real-time quality monitoring of cementitious materials during the concrete 3D printing process will be discussed.

    Abstract by Mohammad Motie Share

    Analyzing queues of vehicles at signalized intersections reveals useful insight about the performance of arterial networks. Typically, the average evolution of these queues is studied under deterministic conditions, fixed time policies, and simplifying assumptions. We propose an approach to probabilistically characterize the dynamics of these queues by incorporating the uncertain and dynamic nature of traffic streams and intersection management policy. We consider a vacation queue model for a signalized traffic intersection to elucidate intra-cycle queue size variations. In particular, we study two one-way single-lane streets interacting at a signalized intersection. Vehicles arrive at the intersection according to two independent Poisson processes with different intensities. We approximate queues of vehicles on each intersection leg by simple queuing systems that their server becomes unavailable during red phases. Motivated by vacation queues, an embedded Markov chain corresponding to queue sizes at the end of cycles is considered, whose transition probabilities are computed from analytical transient solutions of vacation queues.


    Location: Waite Phillips Hall Of Education (WPH) - B27

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • VIRTUAL Workshop: Navigating the Internship & Job Search (Viterbi Career Gateway)

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Discover tips to help you find an engineering internship/co-op opportunity or full-time employment using the Viterbi Career Gateway portal.

    To access this virtual workshop, go to https://bluejeans.com/989656911 and log in with your netID and password.

    Location: ONLINE

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Probability and Statistics Seminar: Ilya Mironov (Google Brain) - Differential Privacy: From Principled Foundations to Your Browser

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 03:20 PM - 04:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ilya Mironov, Google Brain

    Talk Title: Differential Privacy: From Principled Foundations to Your Browser

    Series: Probability and Statistics Seminar

    Abstract: We survey progress in understanding of privacy in statistical databases over the last 10+ years, starting with early negative results followed by emergence of the notion of differential privacy and its variants. In the second half of the talk we cover uses of differential privacy in the Chrome browser, and its recent applications in machine learning tasks such as text and image recognition.

    Biography: Ilya Mironov is a Staff Research Scientist in Google Brain. After completing his PhD at Stanford in 2003, he joined Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, where he worked on cryptography, cryptanalysis, and privacy until 2014.

    Host: Stanislav Minsker

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 414

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Discover USC: Bay Area - San Francisco

    Sat, Sep 23, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join Viterbi Admission - along with the USC Admission & Financial Aid staff - at the Discover USC Program in San Francisco.

    Discover USC, a program for high school seniors, is a 2-hour info session that will cover: the USC Application Process, Financial Aid, Life on Campus, Plus, an Engineering Session led by Paul Ledesma, Director of Admission, USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC: Atlanta

    Sat, Sep 23, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the Viterbi Admission Team - along with the USC Admission & Financial Aid staff - at the Discover USC Program in Atlanta.

    Discover USC, a program for high school seniors, is a 2-hour info session that will cover: the USC Application Process, Financial Aid, Life on Campus, Plus, an Engineering Session led by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Grand Hyatt Buckhead

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC: Bay Area - Santa Clara

    Sun, Sep 24, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join Viterbi Admission - along with the USC Admission & Financial Aid staff - at the Discover USC Program in Santa Clara.

    Discover USC, a program for high school seniors, is a 2-hour info session that will cover: the USC Application Process, Financial Aid, Life on Campus, Plus, an Engineering Session led by Paul Ledesma, Director of Admission, USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC: South Florida

    Sun, Sep 24, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

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

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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

    Mon, Sep 25, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • MHI Pioneer Series

    Mon, Sep 25, 2017 @ 03:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Andrew Viterbi, University of Southern California Trustee, Presidential Chair, and Professor of Electrical Engineering

    Talk Title: "It was the worst of times, it was the best of times." (with apologies to Mr. Dickens)

    Series: MHI Pioneer Series

    Abstract: The last two thirds of the 20th Century was a period of tremendous upheaval and progress, social, political and especially technological. This was the period during which I pursued two careers which were tightly intertwined. Curiously both were also influenced by our nation's most threatening competitor, Russia.

    The first was my academic career and the second my entrepreneurial career, both of which covered over thirty years, with considerable overlap. Though unrecognized at the time, my academic research had roots in the work of the Russian mathematician Andrei Markov, while with full recognition, my entrepreneurial career was launched and initially supported by our Defense research efforts to counter the Soviet threat.

    From 1957, when I arrived at Caltech's JPL just before the launch of Sputnik, until 2000 when I retired from Qualcomm, I was involved in furthering the knowledge, understanding and implementation of wireless digital communication, first for space and ultimately for cellular networks. My academic achievements, which have given me the most satisfaction, were primarily in the fields of synchronization and of error-suppressing coding. My entrepreneurial efforts were in support of the founding of two digital communication companies, Linkabit and Qualcomm, whose technologists achieved important breakthroughs through the practical realization of communication theory principles. Among these were the first Viterbi decoder now ubiquitous in digital wireless handsets, the first fully digitally implemented satellite modem, the first mobile satellite terrestrial network and the first spread spectrum digital cellular networks, which enabled the rise of a myriad of applications.
    In the new millennium, to prevent boredom and counter aging, my time has been devoted partly to activities on corporate boards of startup companies in digital communication, data storage and their numerous applications. My Memoir, "Reflections of an Educator, Researcher and Entrepreneur," was published recently.


    Host: Ming Hsieh Institute

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cathy Huang

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  • Center for Systems and Control (CSC@USC) and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering

    Mon, Sep 25, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Angelia Nedich, Arizona State University

    Talk Title: Fast Distributed Algorithms for Optimization and Resource Sharing in Networks

    Abstract: We will discuss the problems of distributed optimization over graphs. For the case of undirected graphs, we introduce a distributed algorithm, referred to as DIGing, which is a combination of a distributed inexact gradient method and a gradient-tracking mechanism. The DIGing algorithm uses doubly stochastic mixing matrices and employs fixed step-sizes and, yet, drives all agents' iterates to a common global minimizer. When the graphs are directed, in which case the implementation of doubly stochastic mixing matrices is unrealistic, we construct an algorithm that incorporates the push-sum protocol into the DIGing structure, thus obtaining Push-DIGing algorithm. Under the strong convexity assumption for the objective function, we prove that both algorithms converge at R-linear (geometric) rates, as long as the step-sizes do not exceed some upper bounds. We establish explicit convergence rate estimates for the convergence rates. When the graph is undirected, we show that the convergence rate of DIGing scales polynomially in the number of agents. We also provide some numerical experiments to demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed algorithms and to validate our theoretical findings. We then discuss the variants of these algorithms for resource allocation problems in graphs.

    Biography: Angelia Nedich holds a Ph.D. from Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, in Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Physics (1994), and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA in Electrical and Computer Science Engineering (2002). She has worked as a senior engineer in BAE Systems North America, Advanced Information Technology Division at Burlington, MA. She is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award 2007 in Operations Research for her work in distributed multi-agent optimization. She is a recipient (jointly with her co-authors) of the Best Paper Award at the Winter Simulation Conference 2013 and the Best Paper Award at the International Symposium on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc and Wireless Networks (WiOpt) 2015 (with co-authors). She has served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and Transactions of Control of Network Systems. She is currently serving on Editorial Board of SIAM Journal on Optimization and for INFORMS Operations Research. Her current interest is in large-scale optimization, games, control and information processing in networks.

    Host: Mihailo Jovanovic, mihailo@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gerrielyn Ramos

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Sep 25, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Nitin Mehta (alumnus, USC BME M.S. program), Cardiac Implant and Catheter Expert, TUV SUD America

    Talk Title: Research Presentation & Career Path

    Host: Stacey Finley, PhD

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • Boeing Info Session

    Mon, Sep 25, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Boeing Information Session

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Discover USC: Sacramento

    Mon, Sep 25, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

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

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Center for Systems and Control (CSC@USC) and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering

    Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Evangelos Theodorou, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: The Science of Autonomy: a "Happy" Symbiosis Among Learning, Control, and Physics

    Series: Fall 2017 Joint CSC@USC/CommNetS-MHI Seminar Series

    Abstract: In this talk, I will present an information theoretic approach to stochastic optimal control that has advantages over classical methodologies and theories for decision making under uncertainty. The main idea is that there are certain connections between optimality principles in control and information theoretic inequalities in statistical physics that allow us to solve hard decision making problems in robotics, autonomous systems and beyond. There are essentially two different points of view of the same "thing" and these two different points of view overlap for a fairly general class of dynamical systems that undergo stochastic effects. The information theoretic approach can also be used in a game theoretic setting for teams of robots performing cooperative or non-cooperative tasks. I will also present a holistic view to autonomy that collapses planning, perception and control into one computational engine, and ask questions related to how organization and structure relates to functionality and performance in "engineered" organisms. The last part of my talk includes computational frameworks for uncertainty representation and suggests ways to incorporate these representations within decision making and control.

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

    Host: Mihailo Jovanovic, mihailo@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • VIRTUAL Workshop: Get Connected for Maximum Job Search Success

    Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Find out how to build relationships & connections to assist you in your academic career & in your job search. Develop the 30 Second Commercial you need to interact with employers.

    2 - 3 PM

    To join the webinar, go to https://bluejeans.com/8071179753 and log in using your NetID and password.

    Location: ONLINE

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Epstein Institute Seminar, ISE 651

    Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Nozer D. Singpurwalla, Emeritus Professor of Statistics and Distinguished Research Professor, George Washington University

    Talk Title: The Dinegentropy of Diagnostic and Detection Tests

    Host: Prof. Sheldon Ross

    More Information: September 26, 2017.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • CS Colloquium: Kai-Wei Chang (UCLA) - Structured Predictions: Practical Advancements and Applications in Natural Language Processing

    Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Kai-Wei Chang, University of California, Los Angeles

    Talk Title: Structured Predictions: Practical Advancements and Applications in Natural Language Processing

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

    Many machine learning problems involve making joint predictions over a set of mutually dependent output variables. The
    dependencies between output variables can be represented by a structure, such as a sequence, a tree, a clustering of nodes, or a graph. Structured prediction models have been proposed for problems of this type, and they have been shown to be successful in many application areas, such as natural language processing, computer vision, and bioinformatics. In this talk, I will describe a collection of results that improve several aspects of these approaches. Our results lead to efficient learning algorithms for structured prediction models, which, in turn, support reduction in problem size, improvements in
    training and evaluation speed. I will also discuss potential risks and challenges when using structured prediction models.

    Related information is at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.cs.virginia.edu_-7Ekc2wc_talk_sp.html&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=LW6zU4yKxktEWcUPnmtKow&m=gw-3C-3UJqv9mPCsdDWaZHFxfXoQ6oXlSMsVWGL1xE0&s=l7eOcCL3YxMMSSFD4dVdUUMKTrGVB5Z8Dm0VD1cHVDM&e=


    Biography: Kai-Wei Chang is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has published broadly in machine learning and natural language processing. His research has mainly focused on designing machine learning methods for handling large and complex data. He has been involved in developing several machine learning libraries, including LIBLINEAR, Vowpal Wabbit, and Illinois-SL. He was an assistant professor at the University of Virginia in 2016-2017. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015 and was a post-doctoral researcher at Microsoft Research in 2016. Kai-Wei was awarded the KDD Best Paper Award (2010), EMNLP Best Long Paper Award (2017), and the Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Award (2011).

    Additional information is available at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__kwchang.net&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=LW6zU4yKxktEWcUPnmtKow&m=gw-3C-3UJqv9mPCsdDWaZHFxfXoQ6oXlSMsVWGL1xE0&s=wik3X8kutwqg-z2gIVP9M7W-uRkf04mPpX4HhWqxCDM&e=.


    Host: Fei Sha

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Clark Construction Info Session

    Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Clark Construction Information Session

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Crowdstrike Cyber Security Tech Talk

    Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    CrowdStrike was founded in 2011 to fix a fundamental problem: The sophisticated attacks that were forcing the world's leading businesses into the headlines could not be solved with existing malware-based defenses. Co-founders George Kurtz and Dmitri Alperovitch realized that a brand new approach was needed -- one that combines the most advanced endpoint protection with expert intelligence to pinpoint the adversaries perpetrating the attacks, not just the malware.

    CrowdStrike burst onto the national scene during the U.S. election season last year when it became the first to pin a data breach at the Democratic National Committee on Russia. They recently closed a $100 million funding round at a valuation exceeding $1 billion.

    COME NETWORK WITH PROFESSIONALS FROM THE TEAM.

    Follow us:

    Like our FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/cyborgatusc/

    Join our LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/10347148

    Sign up for our mailing list: https://goo.gl/forms/UD9A7e2DPMbaZXkq1

    Join our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cyborgatusc/

    Club Dues are strongly encouraged and can be paid while you sign in for each respective event.

    Venmo Handle: @USC-Cyborg
    $15/semester or $25/year

    More Information: CybOrg Event Flyer 2.jpg

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 252

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC CybOrg

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

    Wed, Sep 27, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

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  • A Book Talk about A MIND AT PLAY: HOW CLAUDE SHANNON INVENTED THE INFORMATION AGE

    Wed, Sep 27, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jimmy Soni, Author

    Talk Title: A Book Talk about A MIND AT PLAY: HOW CLAUDE SHANNON INVENTED THE INFORMATION AGE

    Abstract: Claude Shannon was a groundbreaking polymath, a brilliant tinkerer, and a digital pioneer. He constructed a fleet of customized unicycles and a flamethrowing trumpet, outfoxed Vegas casinos, and built juggling robots. He also wrote the seminal text of the digital revolution, which has been called "the Magna Carta of the Information Age." His discoveries would lead contemporaries to compare him to Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. His work anticipated by decades the world we'd be living in today - and gave mathematicians and engineers the tools to bring that world to pass.

    In this elegantly written, exhaustively researched biography, Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman reveal Claude Shannon's full story for the first time. It's the story of a small-town Michigan boy whose career stretched from the era of room-sized computers powered by gears and string to the age of Apple. It's the story of the origins of our digital world in the tunnels of MIT and the "idea factory" of Bell Labs, in the "scientists' war" with Nazi Germany, and in the work of Shannon's collaborators and rivals, thinkers like Alan Turing, John von Neumann, Vannevar Bush, and Norbert Wiener.

    And it's the story of Shannon's life as an often reclusive, always playful genius. With access to Shannon's family and friends, A Mind at Play brings this singular innovator and creative genius to life.

    Biography: Jimmy Soni was managing editor at The Huffington Post from January 2012-2014. Previously he had worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey and Company, as well as a speech writer at the office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia. Soni has co-authored several pieces with fellow Duke graduate Rob Goodman; their work has been featured in Politico, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, AdWeek, and The Atlantic, among others.

    In 2012, Jimmy, published his first book a biography of Cato the Younger, titled Rome's Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar.

    Host: Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things

    More Information: CCI_Shannon_BookTalk_September27_2017.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • CCI Seminar: Jimmy Soni – A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

    Wed, Sep 27, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jimmy Soni,

    Talk Title: A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

    Abstract: Claude Shannon was a groundbreaking polymath, a brilliant tinkerer, and a digital pioneer. He constructed a fleet of customized unicycles and a flamethrowing trumpet, outfoxed Vegas casinos, and built juggling robots. He also wrote the seminal text of the digital revolution, which has been called "the Magna Carta of the Information Age." His discoveries would lead contemporaries to compare him to Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. His work anticipated by decades the world we'd be living in today-”and gave mathematicians and engineers the tools to bring that world to pass.

    In this elegantly written, exhaustively researched biography, Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman reveal Claude Shannon's full story for the first time. It's the story of a small-town Michigan boy whose career stretched from the era of room-sized computers powered by gears and string to the age of Apple. It's the story of the origins of our digital world in the tunnels of MIT and the "idea factory" of Bell Labs, in the "scientists' war" with Nazi Germany, and in the work of Shannon's collaborators and rivals, thinkers like Alan Turing, John von Neumann, Vannevar Bush, and Norbert Wiener.

    And it's the story of Shannon's life as an often reclusive, always playful genius. With access to Shannon's family and friends, A Mind at Play brings this singular innovator and creative genius to life.


    Biography: Jimmy Soni was managing editor at The Huffington Post from January 2012-2014. Previously he had worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey and Company, as well as a speech writer at the office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia. Soni has co-authored several pieces with fellow Duke graduate Rob Goodman; their work has been featured in Politico, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, AdWeek, and The Atlantic, among others.

    In 2012, Jimmy, published his first book a biography of Cato the Younger, titled Rome's Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar.


    Host: Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Amgen Seminar: Bryan Moyer

    Wed, Sep 27, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Bryan Moyer, Amgen

    Talk Title: Nav1.7 drug development for pain

    Series: USC/Amgen Seminar Series

    Host: USC/Amgen

    More Info: http://stemcell.usc.edu/events

    Location: Eli & Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Resch. (BCC) - First Floor Conference Room

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cristy Lytal/USC Stem Cell

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Sep 27, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events


    Bi-Weekly regular faculty meeting for invited full-time Computer Science faculty only. Event details emailed directly to attendees.

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

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems

    Wed, Sep 27, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Eric Feron , Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: 20 Years of Aerobatic Flight with Autonomous Air Vehicles

    Abstract: The past 20 years have seen a remarkable evolution of the drone technology. Back in 1997, academia had to deal with heavy, bulky and expensive machines powered by cranky internal combustion engines. Unmanned vehicles today are a lot cheaper, lighter, and reliable, making them a lot more approachable by students and faculty alike. After tracing our research back to the late 1990s, this talk will introduce an aerobatic drone capable of producing reduced- or zero-gravity conditions at an affordable cost. The platform is still a prototype, but it captures most of the difficulties faced by the larger platform of our dreams. The controller design will be discussed, and a full non-linear maneuver stability analysis will be presented that mixes the concept of transverse dynamics with well-known concepts from robust control. This is joint work with John Hauser (U. Colorado, Boulder) and Pablo Afman (Georgia Tech).

    Biography: Eric Feron is a professor at Georgia Tech, where he directs the Decision and Control Laboratory. His basic training is in applied mathematics, computer science, and operations research. His interests include aerospace systems and robotics. Noteworthy achievements include an airport congestion control algorithm now used at many major airports (1999), the first aerobatic autonomous air vehicle (2001), the english translation of Étienne Bézout's General Theory of Algebraic Equations (2006), and a course on cyber-physical systems offered by Georgia Tech as part of its Online Master of Science in Computer Science (2017).

    Host: Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Estela Lopez

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  • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Seminar

    Wed, Sep 27, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: James Friend, Professor/UCSD

    Talk Title: Acoustic Nanofluidics

    Abstract: Acoustic waves have found new utility in microfluidics, providing an enormously powerful ability to manipulate fluids and suspended particles in open and closed fluid systems. In this talk, we cover some fundamental and powerful concepts of acoustic wave generation and propagation often overlooked in the literature, and follow it with exploration of new phenomena observed at the nanoscale. In fact, the usefulness of acoustic waves at the micro-scale is even more compelling at the nano-scale, in ways not predicted by classical theory. Particle deagglomeration, fluid pumping, pattern formation, and other curious physical phenomena will be shown in the context of potentially useful applications. Along the way, the fascinating underlying physics tying together the acoustics, fluid dynamics, and free fluid interface in these systems will be described.

    Biography: James Friend James Friend is a Professor in the Center for Medical Devices and Instrumentation, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, at the University of California, San Diego, having received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1998. His research interests are diverse, but principally lie in exploring and exploiting acoustic and vibration phenomena at small scales. He has over 260 peer-reviewed research publications, including 138 journal papers and eight book chapters, and 27 patents in process or granted, completed 33 postgraduate students and supervised 18 postdoctoral staff, and been awarded over $25 million in competitive grant-based research funding over his career. He has been fortunate to receive an AIAA Jefferson Goblet Student Paper Award and an ASME Best Paper of Conference Award for a single talk at the AIAA/ASME/AHS/ASC/ASCE Structural Dynamics & Mechanics Conference in 1996; excellence in teaching, early career research, and research awards from the Monash Faculty of Engineering in 2006, 2008, and 2011, respectively; a Future Leader award from the Davos Future Summit in 2008; a Top 10 emerging scientific leader of Australia by Microsoft and The Australian newspaper award in 2009; an award as the corresponding author of one of the top 50 papers of the past 50 years of Applied Physics Letters in 2012; and the IEEE Carl Hellmuth Hertz Ultrasonics Award from the IEEE in 2015.

    Host: Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ashleen Knutsen

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  • USC LACI’s Life of a Consultant

    Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    University Calendar


    Interested in exploring a career in consulting? Come to Los Angeles Community Impact's Life of a Consultant event on Thursday, September 28th from 7:30-9:30pm! Meet consultants from several industry-leading firms in a small group setting as they answer your questions about a consultant's typical work day, the recruiting process, the unique culture at each firm, and more. Light refreshments will be served.

    You can RSVP for the event here: http://bit.ly/2xLWcrg. The link will go live on Wednesday, September 13 at 9:00AM, and you have to submit a $10 refundable deposit in order to confirm your place at the event. Contact LACI External Relations at laci.ambassador@gmail.com for any questions.

    Location: USC University Club, 705 W 34th St, Los Angeles, CA 90089

    Audiences: Undergrad

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  • The biomedical literature captures the most current biomedical knowledge and is a tremendously rich resource for research with over 26 million publications currently indexed in the US National Library of Medicine’s PubMed repository. Large-scale processin

    Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Karin Verspoor, University of Melbourne

    Talk Title: The scientific literature as a resource for biological prediction and data validation

    Abstract: The biomedical literature captures the most current biomedical knowledge and is a tremendously rich resource for research with over 26 million publications currently indexed in the US National Library of Medicines PubMed repository. Large scale processing of the literature enables direct biomedical knowledge discovery. In this presentation, I will introduce the use of text mining techniques for applications in protein function and phenotype prediction. I will also explore a novel alternative use of the literature to support curation of biological database records by cross checking their content with associated literature this work further broadens the value of the literature in bioinformatics applications.


    Biography: Karin is a Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems and Deputy Director of the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on text analytics and machine learning for biomedical applications, to enable knowledge extraction from unstructured data as well as to provide clinical decision support. A current active project is related to enabling precision medicine with machine learning.

    Karin was previously the Scientific Director for Health and Life Sciences at NICTA. Prior to arriving in Australia from the United States she held research roles at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Los Alamos National Laboratory, and spent 5 years developing language technology software in two start up companies.

    Host: Gully Burns

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th floor large conference room

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Scaling Machine Learning Performance with Moore's Law

    Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Kunle Olukotun, Stanford University

    Talk Title: Scaling Machine Learning Performance with Moore's Law

    Abstract: The computational demands of machine learning (ML) requires energy efficient machine learning specific accelerators. This naturally results in heterogeneous computing platforms composed of CPUs and ML Accelerators. However, the staggering cost (the majority of the cost is for software development) of designing custom integrated circuits for many application domains makes it cost-prohibitive to design these accelerators. This situation calls for a new paradigm for designing accelerators that can provide energy-efficient ML-specific performance and easier software development. The key to this new paradigm is to enable application developers to optimize the underlying hardware to make it specific to their ML application needs. The new design paradigm consists of new application ML-specific programing languages, new machine learning algorithms, new compilation technology to target both existing (FPGAs) and new (Software Defined Hardware) reconfigurable architectures.

    Biography: Kunle Olukotun is the Cadence Design Systems Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University. Olukotun is well known as a pioneer in multicore processor design and the leader of the Stanford Hydra chip multipocessor (CMP) research project. Olukotun founded Afara Websystems to develop high-throughput, low-power multicore processors for server systems. The Afara multicore processor, called Niagara, was acquired by Sun Microsystems. Niagara derived processors now power all Oracle SPARC-based servers. Olukotun currently directs the Stanford Pervasive Parallelism Lab (PPL), which seeks to proliferate the use of heterogeneous parallelism in all application areas using Domain Specific Languages (DSLs). Olukotun is a member of the Data Analytics for What's Next (DAWN) Lab which is developing infrastructure for usable machine learning. Olukotun is an ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow for contributions to multiprocessors on a chip and multi-threaded processor design. Olukotun received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from The University of Michigan.

    Host: Xuehai Qian, x04459, xuehai.qian@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gerrielyn Ramos

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  • CS Colloquium Event: Facebook Tech Talk

    Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Alex Helm, Catrina Manahan, Charles Kuykendoll, Yuandong Tian, Min Li, Qiachao Que, See Biography

    Talk Title: AI in Games: Achievements and Challenges

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

    Recently, substantial progress of AI has been made in applications that require advanced pattern reading, including computer vision, speech recognition and natural language processing. However, it remains an open problem whether AI will make the same level of progress in tasks that require sophisticated reasoning, planning and decision making in complicated game environments similar to the real-world. In this talk, I present the state-of-the-art approaches to build such an AI, our recent contributions in terms of designing more effective algorithms and building extensive and fast general environments, as well as issues and challenges.

    Biography: Yuandong Tian is a Research Scientist in Facebook AI Research, working on reasoning with deep learning in games and theoretical analysis of deep non-convex models. He is the leader researcher and engineer for DarkForest (Facebook Computer Go project). Prior to that, he was a Software Engineer/Researcher in Google Self-Driving Car team during 2013-2014. He received Ph.D. in Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University on 2013, Bachelor and Master degree of Computer Science in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is the recipient of 2013 ICCV Marr Prize Honorable Mentions for his work on global optimal solution to non-convex optimization in image alignment.

    Host: CS Department

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ryan Rozan

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  • CAIS Seminar: Dr. Peng Shi (University of Southern California) - Prediction and Optimization in School Choice

    Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Peng Shi, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Prediction and Optimization in School Choice

    Abstract: In public school choice, students submit preference rankings for a given set of schools to the school board, which takes into account everyone's choices to compute the assignment. An important policy lever is what choice options to offer to each neighborhood, and how to prioritize between students. A key trade-off is between giving students equitable chances to go to the schools they want and controlling the city's school busing costs.

    We study the optimization problem of choosing the choice menus and priorities for each neighborhood in order to maximize the sum of utilitarian and max-min welfare, subject to capacity and transportation constraints. The optimization is built on top of a predictive model of how students will choose given new choice menus, which we validate using both out-of-sample testing and a field experiment. Under a large market approximation, the optimization reduces to an assortment planning problem in which the objective is social-welfare rather than revenue. We show how to efficiently solve this sub-problem under various discrete choice models, and use this to produce better menus and priorities for Boston, which we evaluate by discrete simulations.

    Biography: Dr. Peng Shi is an Assistant Professor of Data Science and Operations at the USC Marshall School of Business. He is interested in developing quantitative methodologies for the betterment of society. His current research focuses on optimization in matching markets, with applications in school choice, public housing, and online marketplaces. His research on school choice won multiple awards, including the ACM SIGecom Doctoral Dissertation Award, the INFORMS Public Sector Operations Best Paper Competition, and the INFORMS Doing Good with Good OR Student Paper Competition. Prior to joining USC, he completed a PhD in Operations Research at MIT, and was a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research.

    Host: Milind Tambe

    Location: Seeley Wintersmith Mudd Memorial Hall (of Philosophy) (MHP) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Chevron IT Information Session

    Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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

    Fri, Sep 29, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series on Integrated Systems

    Fri, Sep 29, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Bodhisatwa Sadhu, Research Staff Member, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

    Talk Title: mmWave Radio Design for 5G Base-stations and Mobile Handsets

    Host: Profs. Hossein Hashemi, Mike Chen, Mahta Moghaddam, and Dina El-Damak

    More Information: MHI Seminar Series IS -Bodhisatwa Sadhu.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jenny Lin

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  • AI Seminar

    Fri, Sep 29, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Stefano Ermon, Stanford University

    Talk Title: Learning with limited supervision

    Abstract: Many of the recent successes of machine learning have been characterized by the availability of large quantities of labeled data. Nonetheless, we observe that humans are often able to learn with very few labeled examples or with only high level instructions for how a task should be performed. In this talk, I will present some new approaches for learning useful models in contexts where labeled training data is scarce or not available at all. I will first discuss and formally prove some limitations of existing training criteria used for learning hierarchical generative models. I will then introduce novel architectures and methods to overcome these limitations, allowing us to learn a hierarchy of interpretable features from unlabeled data. Finally, I will discuss ways to use prior knowledge (such as physics laws or simulators) to provide weak forms of supervision, showing how we can learn to solve useful tasks, including object tracking, without any labeled data.

    Biography: Stefano Ermon is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he is affiliated with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He completed his PhD in computer science at Cornell in 2015. His research interests include techniques for scalable and accurate inference in graphical models, large-scale combinatorial optimization, and robust decision making under uncertainty, and is motivated by a range of applications, in particular ones in the emerging field of computational sustainability. Stefano's research has won several awards, including three Best Paper Awards, a World Bank Big Data Innovation Challenge, and was selected by Scientific American as one of the 10 World Changing Ideas in 2016. He is a recipient of the Sony Faculty Innovation Award and NSF CAREER Award.

    Host: Aram Galstyan

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th floor large conference room

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Kary LAU

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  • W.V.T. RUSCH ENGINEERING HONORS COLLOQUIUM

    Fri, Sep 29, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. Albert Dato, Department of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College

    Talk Title: Fascinating Applications of Graphene

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Su Stevens

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  • PhD Defense - Matthias Hernandez

    Fri, Sep 29, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    Committee:
    Gerard Medioni (CS- chair)
    Aiichiro Nakano (CS)
    Antonio Ortega (EE)

    PhD Candidate: Matthias Hernandez

    Venue:
    PHE 223 - Friday, September 29th 1PM-2:30PM


    Title:
    3D inference and registration with application to retinal image analysis and face analysis

    Abstract:
    Image registration is a fundamental topic in image analysis, with applications in tracking, biometrics, medical imaging or 3D reconstruction. It consists in aligning 2 or multiple images of the same scene that are taken in different conditions, such as from different viewpoints, from different sensors or at different times. Similarly, 2D/3D registration aims at aligning captured 2D images with a 3D model.
    In this talk, we study registration problems in challenging cases in which traditional methods do not provide satisfactory results. We show that even weak prior knowledge on the 3D structure provides reliable information that can be used for accurate registration. Specifically, we focus on two specific cases: 2D/3D multimodal retinal imaging and 3D face reconstruction from low-resolution videos.
    For retinal image registration, we propose an integrated framework for registering an arbitrary number of images of different modalities, including a 3D volume. We propose a generic method to extract salient line structures in many image modality, based on dense tensor voting, and a robust registration framework for multiple images. Our approach can handle large variations across modalities and is evaluated on real-world retinal images with 5 modalities per eye.
    For 3D face modeling, we propose to constrain traditional Structure from Motion (SfM) with a face shape prior to guide the correspondence finding process. We initialize a 3D face model xon coarse facial landmarks. We perform 3D reconstruction by maximizing photometric consistency across the video over 3D shape, camera poses and facial expressions. We compare our method to several state-of-the-art methods and show that our method can generate more accurate reconstructions.
    To assess the discriminability of the reconstructed models, we develop an end-to-end 3D-3D facial recognition algorithm. We leverage existing deep learning networks trained on 2D images and fine tune-them on images generated by orthogonal projection of 3D data. We show that while having low amounts of 3D data, our method provides excellent recognition results while being significantly more scalable than state-of-the-art methods.
    Finally, while excellent recognition results can be achieved with laser-scan 3D data, we have observed that reconstructed facial 3D models cannot be relied on for recognition purposes. We analyze which level of accuracy is required for enabling reliable 3D face recognition, and which factors impact recognition from reconstructed data.

    Location: Charles Lee Powell Hall (PHE) - 223

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Munushian Seminar - Ming C. Wu, Friday, September 22nd at 2:00pm in EEB 132

    Fri, Sep 29, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ming C. Wu, University of California, Berkeley

    Talk Title: Silicon Photonic MEMS

    Abstract: Ming C. Wu is Nortel Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Co-Director of Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) and Faculty Director of UC Berkeley Marvell Nanolab. Dr. Wu received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988. He has been with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill (1988-1992) and UCLA (1993 to 2004) before joining the faculty at Berkeley. His research interests include optoelectronics, nanophotonics, MEMS, and optofluidics. He has published 8 book chapters, over 500 papers in journals and conferences, and 25 issued U.S. patents.
    Prof. Wu is an IEEE Fellow, and a Packard Foundation Fellow (1992 - 1997). He received the 2007 Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award, the 2017 C.E.K. Mees Medal from Optical Society of America, and the 2016 William Streifer Award from IEEE Photonics Society.

    Biography: Ming C. Wu is Nortel Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Co-Director of Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) and Faculty Director of UC Berkeley Marvell Nanolab. Dr. Wu received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988. He has been with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill (1988-1992) and UCLA (1993 to 2004) before joining the faculty at Berkeley. His research interests include optoelectronics, nanophotonics, MEMS, and optofluidics. He has published 8 book chapters, over 500 papers in journals and conferences, and 25 issued U.S. patents.
    Prof. Wu is an IEEE Fellow, and a Packard Foundation Fellow (1992 - 1997). He received the 2007 Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award, the 2017 C.E.K. Mees Medal from Optical Society of America, and the 2016 William Streifer Award from IEEE Photonics Society.

    Host: EE-Electrophysics

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Powering the Future of Imaging and Signal Processing with Data-Driven Systems

    Fri, Sep 29, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

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    Speaker: Saiprasad Ravishankar, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department, University of Michigan

    Talk Title: Powering the Future of Imaging and Signal Processing with Data-Driven Systems

    Series: Medical Imaging Seminar Series

    Abstract: The data-driven learning of signal models including dictionaries, sparsifying transforms, low-rank models, tensor and manifold models, etc., is of great interest in many applications. In this talk, I will present my research that developed efficient, scalable, and effective data-driven models and methodologies for signal processing and imaging. I will mainly discuss my work on transform learning. Various interesting structures for sparsifying transforms such as well-conditioning, double sparsity, union-of-transforms, incoherence, rotation invariance, etc., can be considered, which enable their efficient and effective learning and usage. Transform learning-driven approaches achieve promising results in applications such as image and video denoising, and X-ray computed tomography or magnetic resonance image (MRI) reconstruction from limited or corrupted data. The convergence properties of the algorithms will be discussed. I will also present recent work on efficient dictionary learning in combination with low-rank models, and demonstrate the usefulness of the resulting LASSI method for dynamic MRI. The efficiency and effectiveness of the methods proposed in my research may benefit a wide range of additional applications in imaging, computer vision, neuroscience, and other areas requiring data-driven parsimonious models. Finally, I will provide a brief overview of recent works on physics-driven deep training of image reconstruction algorithms, light field reconstruction from focal stacks, online data-driven estimation of dynamic data from streaming, limited measurements, etc.

    Biography: Saiprasad Ravishankar received the B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, in 2008. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, in 2010 and 2014 respectively, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering during Spring 2015, and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Coordinated Science Laboratory until August, 2015. Since then, he has been a Research Fellow in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Michigan. His research interests include signal, image and video processing, signal modeling, data science, dictionary learning, biomedical and computational imaging, data-driven methods, inverse problems, compressed sensing, machine learning, and large-scale data processing.He has received multiple awards including the Sri Ramasarma V Kolluri Memorial Prize from IIT Madras and the IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award for his paper Learning Sparsifying Transforms published in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing.


    Host: Professor Richard Leahy

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 105

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems

    Fri, Sep 29, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Yanzhi Wang , Syracuse University

    Talk Title: Towards the limits of energy efficiency and performance of deep learning systems

    Abstract: Deep learning systems have achieved unprecedented progresses in a number of fields such as computer vision, robotics, game playing, unmanned driving and aerial systems, and other AI-related fields. However, the rapidly expanding model size is posing a significant restriction on both the computation and weight storage, for both inference and training, and on both high-performance computing systems and low-power embedded system and IoT applications. In order to overcome these limitations, we propose a holistic framework of incorporating structured matrices into deep learning systems, and could achieve (i) simultaneous reduction on weight storage and computational complexities, (ii) simultaneous speedup of training and inference, and (iii) generality and fundamentality that can be adopted to both software and hardware implementations, different platforms, and different neural network types, sizes, and scalability.

    Besides algorithm-level achievements, our framework has (i) a solid theoretical foundation to prove that our approach will converge to the same "effectiveness" as deep learning without compression, and to demonstrate/prove that our approach approach/achieve the theoretical limitation of computation and storage of deep learning systems; (ii) platform-specific implementations and optimizations on smartphones, FPGAs, and ASIC circuits. We demonstrate that our smartphone-based implementation achieves the similar speed of GPU and existing ASIC implementations on the same application. Our FPGA-based implementations for deep learning systems and LSTM networks could achieve 11X+ energy efficiency improvement compared with the best state-of-the-arts, and even higher energy efficiency gain compared with IBM TrueNorth neurosynaptic processor. Our proposed framework can achieve 3.5 TOPS computation performance in FPGAs, and is the first to enable nano-second level recognition speed for image recognition tasks.


    Biography: Yanzhi Wang is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University, from August 2015. He has received his Ph.D. Degree in Computer Engineering from University of Southern California (USC) in 2014, under supervision of Prof. Massoud Pedram, and his B.S. Degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2009.

    Dr. Wang's current research interests are the energy-efficient and high-performance implementations of deep learning and artificial intelligence systems, neuromorphic computing and new computing paradigms, and emerging deep learning algorithms/systems such as Bayesian neural networks, generative adversarial networks (GANs), and deep reinforcement learning. Besides, he works on the application of deep learning and machine intelligence in various mobile and IoT systems, medical systems, and UAVs, as well as the integration of security protection in deep learning systems. He also works on near-threshold computing for IoT devices and energy-efficient cyber-physical systems. His group works on both algorithms and actual implementations (FPGAs, circuit tapeouts, mobile and embedded systems, and UAVs).

    His work has been published in top venues in conferences and journals (e.g. ASPLOS, MICRO, ICML, DAC, ICCAD, DATE, ASP-DAC, ISLPED, INFOCOM, ICDCS, TComputer, TCAD, etc.), and has been cited for around 3,000 times according to Google Scholar. He has received four Best Paper or Top Paper Awards from major conferences including IEEE ICASSP (top 3 among all 2,000+ submissions), ISLPED, IEEE CLOUD, and ISVLSI. He has another six Best Paper Nominations and two Popular Papers in IEEE TCAD. His group is sponsored by the NSF, DARPA, IARPA, AFRL/AFOSR, Syracuse CASE Center, and industry sources.


    Host: Paul Bogdan

    Location: Corwin D. Denney Research Center (DRB) - 146

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • PhD Defense - Anh Tran

    Fri, Sep 29, 2017 @ 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    * PhD Candidate: Anh Tran
    * Committee:
    Gerard Medioni (chair)
    Ram Nevatia
    Sandeep Gupta (outside)
    * Title: Face Recognition and 3D Face Modeling from images in the wild.
    (I assume that I can change my thesis title from the one registered for the hooding ceremony)
    * Time: Sep 29 (Fri) 2:30-4:00pm
    * Room: PHE 223
    * Abstract:
    Face recognition and 3D face modeling are key problems in computer vision with many applications in biometrics, human-computer interactions, surveillance, entertainment, and many more. While we have witnessed improvements over the last few years, open problems remain when images and videos in the wild are considered. In this dissertation, we discuss how to address these problems effectively, as well as the connection between them. Face recognition must address appearance changes due to 3D factors, such as head pose, face shape, and expression. Second, 3D face modeling recovers stable and recognizable 3D shape.

    The first part of this thesis focuses on face recognition in the wild. We show that by coupling 3D face augmentation with a state-of-the-art 2D face recognition engine, we can greatly boost recognition accuracy. Our 3D face augmentation synthesizes facial images with different 3D head poses, 3D shapes, and expressions, thereby making our system robust to facial variations introduced by these factors. Our end-to-end system shows state-of-the-art performances on the latest challenging face recognition benchmarks. We also present some additional novel techniques to enhance the proposed system, from speeding-up rendering and matching to a complete landmark-free pipeline, which makes our system scalable and robust to a very-large training data and further break in-the-wild recognition records.

    Inferring the accurate 3D geometry of a face from one or more images is a challenging problem. In the second part of this thesis, we present robust methods to build 3D morphable face models (3DMM), and validate the quality with face recognition tests. First, we define the state of the art of traditional analysis-by-synthesis 3DMM methods. Particularly, we investigate the impact of multiple inputs on the 3D modeling results in both accuracy and distinctiveness. From this observation, we then generate a large amount of 3D "ground-truth" faces, and train a convolutional neural network (CNN) to regress 3D shape and texture directly from any single input photo. The 3D estimates produced by our CNN surpass the state-of-the-art 3D reconstruction accuracy. Our CNN also shows the first competitive face recognition results on the face recognition benchmarks using 3D face shapes as representations, rather than the somewhat opaque deep features used by other systems. Finally, we introduce some additional techniques to push 3D face reconstruction to the next level, thereby estimating expression in 3d and also 3D fine-grained details of the face, aiming towards laser-scan quality in the wild.

    Location: Charles Lee Powell Hall (PHE) - 223

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. Seminar

    Fri, Sep 29, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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    Speaker: Meida Chen and Sasan Tavakkol, Astani CEE Graduate Students

    Talk Title: Point Cloud Meshes Segmentation and Information Extraction of Outdoor Scenes for The Creation of Virtual Environments and Simulation andInteractive and Immersive Coastal Hydrodynamic Simulation

    Abstract: By Meida Chen

    Be able to segment, classify, and recognize different types of objects and identify and extract associated features in a photogrammetric generated meshes is essential for creating realistic virtual simulations. Rendering different objects in a virtual environment differently and assign actual physical properties to each object will not only enhance the visual quality but also allow various user interaction with a terrain model. For instance, consider the case of training soldiers in a virtual environment with 3D meshes representing the scene. The task is to recognize the shortest path from location A to location B with the minimum exposure to enemy fire. With the artificial intelligence AI searching algorithm, such as A, the shortest path could be computed, and penalties cloud be assigned to a route based on the number of obstructions that are blocking the enemies line of sight. However, realistically speaking, line of sight that is blocked by buildings and trees should be assigned with different penalties when considering a route, since some materials are easy to be destroyed and damaged. Though this example is an oversimplification, it emphasizes the point that without segmented semantic data, realistic virtual simulations could not be achieved. Thus, in this study the authors established a mesh segmentation and information extraction framework that combines both supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithms to analyze meshes point clouds that are generated with photogrammetric technique. The segmentation process will be first performed on the generated 3D point clouds. Following that, the generated meshes will be segmented accordingly. Object information such as individual tree locations, the dimension of a tree, and building footprints are then extracted separately. The proposed information extraction processes are designed to overcome the data quality issues in photogrammetric generated point clouds data tend to be noisy, and in some cases parts of a wall and the trunk of a tree cannot be captured due to dense canopy.

    By Sasan Tavakkol

    Recent catastrophic events such as the Tsunami in Japan 2011 and Hurricane Harvey storm surge and winds in the US 2017, have raised the global awareness for an urgent need to understand the response of developed coastal regions to tsunamis and wind waves. We discuss our efforts in developing the first interactive coastal wave simulation and visualization software, called Celeris. This software can significantly help scientists better understand nearshore wave dynamics as it allows them to observe wave interactions in real time, modify the boundary conditions and model parameters as the model is running, and see the effect of changes immediately. Celeris is released under a GNU license and is currently in use by hundreds of coastal researchers and engineering firms over the world. This software uses a hybrid finite volume finite difference method to solve the extended Boussinesq equations on the GPU. We also explore the opportunities in immersive visualization of coastal waves through Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to help engineers work in an interactive, immersive, and collaborative environment.


    Location: Waite Phillips Hall Of Education (WPH) - B27

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Social: Tree of Knowledge Hike

    Fri, Sep 29, 2017 @ 08:00 PM - 12:00 AM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Quickly becoming an iconic LA hiking destination, the Tree of Knowledge features stunning views of the downtown LA nightscape as well as the only surviving tree from the 2007 Hollywood Hills fires. Join ASBME Friday, September 29th as we make the night trek up to the tree and contribute to the famed geocaching box filled with inspirational stories, mesages, and quotes left by previous hikers. We will leave from campus at 8pm and don't forget a flashlight, water, snacks, good shoes, and a jacket.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • Systems Security Engineering: Concepts and Overview Tutorial as Presented at 27th INCOSE International Symposium

    Sat, Sep 30, 2017 @ 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Systems Architecting and Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Mark Winstead, and Dr. Daryl Hild, MITRE Corporation

    Talk Title: Systems Security Engineering: Concepts and Overview Tutorial as Presented at 27th INCOSE International Symposium

    Series: INCOSE-LA Speaker Series

    Abstract: System Security as a Design Problem (from NIST SP 800-160)

    "Providing satisfactory security controls in a computer system is in itself a system design problem. A combination of hardware,software, communications, physical, personnel and administrative-procedural safeguards is required for comprehensive security. In particular, software safeguards
    alone are not sufficient."

    --The Ware Report
    Defense Science Board Task Force on Computer Security, 1970.

    Systems security engineering, as an integral part of systems engineering, applies scientific, mathematical, engineering, and measurement principles, concepts, and methods to coordinate, orchestrate, and direct the activities of various security engineering specialties and other contributing engineering specialties (e.g. reliability, safety and human factors) for the system of interest. This provides a fully integrated, system-level engineering perspective of system security. This tutorial will discuss an overview of Systems Security Engineering (SSE) as an increasingly critical part of Systems Engineering (SE).
    SE is about meeting stakeholder needs. SSE is about meeting and ensuring sufficient protection of those stakeholder needs. The SSE activities include ensuring a system can function under adverse conditions associated with threats, disruptions and hazards (whether natural, e.g. weather, or man-made and whether malicious, misuse, or accidental). The SSE activities to protect stakeholder assets occur in all the life cycle phases (concept, development, production, utilization, support, and retirement). SSE as a discipline, as a role, as a set of activities across the life cycle to produce secure outcomes, and as a body of knowledge provide for meeting stakeholder protection needs. The tutorial will offer a system-oriented framing of the security perspective with connections to the methods and activities employed as part of a systems engineering project to address stakeholder security concerns.

    Tutorial objectives:

    --SSE as a Discipline: a specialty field and a branch of study in security foundations with open questions for potential research and development initiatives
    --SSE as a Role: that is integrated with systems engineering and that leveraging security and other specialties
    --SSE as an Activity: to plan, inform and achieve adequately secure outcomes via systems engineering processes as defined within INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook
    --SSE as a Body of Knowledge (BoK): that encompasses the history, vision, key terminology, and key concepts.

    Directions:

    The building is located on the northeast corner of Aviation and El Segundo Blvd. It is next to Big 5 Sporting Goods on El Segundo Blvd and Bimbo's Bakery on Aviation Blvd. There is plenty of parking assigned to the building. A MITRE host will meet attendees at the front door to let them into the building. If the MITRE host is not at the door upon arrival, they can be contacted at 310-297-8453. NOTE: Non-US Citizens will not be allowed to bring electronic devices due to facility security requirements.

    Registration:

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=l4ihvgeab&oeidk=a07eejljhycc2dcd102
    Biography: Mark Winstead: Mark had over twenty-five years' STEM experience before joining the MITRE Corporation in 2014, including stints as a cryptologic mathematician, software engineer, systems engineer, systems architect and systems engineer in addition to being a systems security engineer. He has worked for several defense contractors, an Environmental Protection Agency contractor, a Facebook-like startup, a fabless semi-conductor manufacturer of commercial security protocol acceleration solutions, and a network performance management solutions company. Mark current works with various MITRE sponsors, helping programs with security engineering as well as teaming with others on integrating SSE into the acquisition systems engineering process. He also works with the MITRE Institute on developing materials for internal training courses for SSE. Mark is a graduate of the University of Virginia (PhD, Mathematics) and Florida State University (BS & MS, Mathematics). He resides in Colorado Springs, CO.

    Daryl Hild: Daryl's career spans 3 decades helping warfighters with engineering solutions that span Army tactical communications networks, Army information technology network and systems management, NORAD/NORTHCOM air warning, NORAD/NORTHCOM missile warning, global positioning system, space systems, and cyberspace security. He currently serves as the Department Head for the Systems Security Engineering department within the MITRE Cyber Security Technical Center. Daryl previously served as Associate Department Head for the Combatant Commands and Air Force Space Command Security department. Within the Cyber Security Technical Center, he has collaborated with the MITRE Institute on developing a Systems Security Engineering (SSE) competency model and an SSE Learning Path. As well, Daryl is developing operational concepts and constructs for engineering defensive and offensive cybersecurity capabilities. Prior to MITRE, Daryl was an Army Signal Officer from 1984 to 1990. He received his bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington University, St. Louis, MO; and his master and doctoral degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. In the community, Daryl serves as a BSA Venturing advisor enabling youth to develop leadership skills through community service projects and high adventure experiences.

    Host: MITRE Corporation and INCOSE Los Angeles

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    Location: The MITRE Corporation, 2401 E. El Segundo BLVD, Suite 460, El Segundo, CA 90245.

    Audiences: INCOSE Members $25; Nonmembers $45. Register now, limited to 24 attendees.

    Posted By: Deborah A. Cannon

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