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  • PLAYTEST at OA's Open Playtest Event 2!

    Sun, Nov 01, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    Like playing games? Want a peek behind the curtain in game development? Interested in seeing what Open Alpha does every semester?
    Come playtest Open Alpha's newest game prototype this Sunday November 1st, 2-4pm PST! Check out bit.ly/oaplaytest for more information!

    The event will run at this Zoom link. To sign up for a time slot, please RSVP here. There's more information about the event at bit.ly/oaplaytest, but here's the gist of it:

    When you show up, we'll set you up in a breakout room with an OA member who will be running your playtest. It'll only take about 15 minutes.

    After you RSVP, we'll let you know what time you should come. Let us know if your plans change and you can't make it.

    If you can't make this event, keep checking your email; we'll have our third (and final) Open Playtest Event at the end of the semester.

    This playtest event is OPEN, meaning invite your friends! We want to get feedback from as many people as possible!
    See you next Sunday 2-4pm!

    RSVP form: https://forms.gle/UA8tCPu9ZG4KbY1i6

    Zoom link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95570185775

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95570185775

    Audiences: Undergraduate and Graduate Students

    Posted By: USC Computer Science

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  • Spotlight Series: Engineering Management

    Mon, Nov 02, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi School of Engineering for a webinar highlighting the MS in Engineering Management with Prof. Geza Bottlik to learn more about the program, online delivery option, admission requirements, and more!

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb87c07f5b52e156bd79e1e0fe40f9467

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Mon, Nov 02, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Larry Rosen, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, California State University, Dominguez Hills

    Talk Title: WE ARE FACING AN ATTENTION CRISIS: WHAT IS DRIVING OUR DISTRACTED MINDS?

    Abstract: Please see attached Abstract-Bio and Zoom Meeting info.

    Host: Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber

    More Information: L. Rosen_Abstract_Bio.pdf

    Location: Join Zoom Meeting: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98766114432 Meeting Id #98766114432 Passcode: 175729

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Undergraduate Students Only Session with Walmart | Cyber Security Trojan Talk

    Mon, Nov 02, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    *This is an external event hosted by Walmart*

    This event is for Undergraduates only.

    Meet with industry leaders within Walmart and learn how you can start an exciting career in cyber security! All CS and related majors

    To receive the link to join, you must register here: here: https://walmart.recsolu.com/external/events/zS_IcetoHQsLz5yj6_u3IA

    Is this event specific to USC Viterbi School of engineering, or multi-university event?
    This is mutli-university event

    Event overview, who will be speaking, details and what your opportunities are, and any other pertinent information (like the link to register).
    We will have about 4 different engineers speaking at this event.

    What majors and class levels are you interested in connecting with?
    Right now we are looking at Intern and Full Time Opportunities in Engineering and Computer Science. Ideal degree might be a BS in Engineering and Computer Science.

    Are you recruiting for internships, full time, or both?
    Yes. Internships and Full Time. Hires will start in June 2021.

    Can you offer Visa sponsorship?
    Right now we are not sponsoring.

    Are you willing to hire a student on CTP or OPT?
    Right now we are not.

    Audiences: All Viterbi Undergraduate Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Professional Enhancement Seminar

    Tue, Nov 03, 2020 @ 04:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD, TBD

    Talk Title: TBD

    Abstract: This bi-monthly seminar brings industry professionals from fields within electrical and computer engineering to share advice and answer questions about what students can do to improve their professional experience.

    Meeting ID: 974 2555 7004
    Passcode: 494632

    Host: Mihailo Jovanovic

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97425557004?pwd=T29UWER0emdmRllVMVFiT3pRNlk5QT09

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97425557004?pwd=T29UWER0emdmRllVMVFiT3pRNlk5QT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Benjamin Paul

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  • Miracles of Semiconductor Fabrication with Lam Research Corporation

    Tue, Nov 03, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Lam Research is a trusted, collaborative partner to the world's leading semiconductor companies. Lam Research is a fundamental enabler of the silicon roadmap. In fact, today, nearly every advanced chip is built with Lam technology. Our innovative wafer fabrication equipment and services allow chipmakers to build smaller, faster, and better performing electronic devices.

    REGISTER using the QR code in the attached flyer, or go to: https://app.joinhandshake.com/login

    Aaron Fellis, USC Alum, and currently the VP and GM of the Dielectric Atomic Layer Deposition Group at Lam. Aaron will be hosting a virtual Tech Talk to discuss the Miracles of Semiconductor Fabrication.

    This is a great opportunity for students interested in learning more about what Lam Research does. Each year Lam hires 100+ New College Grads and has 100+ internship opportunities at the Bachelor's, Master's and PhD levels.

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Nov 03, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Pitu Mirchandani, Professor, Department of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engr, ASU

    Talk Title: Managing Hurricane Evacuation with Stochastic Dynamic Networks

    Host: Prof. Suvrajeet Sen

    More Information: November 3, 2020.pdf

    Location: Online/Zoom

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • CS Colloquium: Yuanzhi Li (CMU) - Multi-player Multi-armed Bandit: Can We Collaborate Without "Zoom"?

    Tue, Nov 03, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Yuanzhi Li, Carnegie Mellon University

    Talk Title: Multi-player Multi-armed Bandit: Can We Collaborate Without "Zoom"?

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: Multi-armed bandit is a well-established area in online decision making, where one player makes sequential decisions in a non-stationary environment to maximize his/her accumulative rewards. The traditional multi-armed bandit problem becomes significantly more challenging when there are multiple players in the same environment, while only one piece of reward is presented at a time for each arm. In this setting, if two players pick the same arm at the same round, they are only able to get one piece of reward instead of two. When the rewards are non-negative, to maximize the total accumulative rewards by all players, they need to collaborate to avoid "collision" -- i.e. the players need to make sure that they do not all rush to the same arm (even if it has the highest reward) at the same round. We focus on the setting where communications between players are completely disabled: e.g. they are separated in different places of the world without any "Zoom". We show that low-regret can still be obtained in this setting: Players can actually collaborate to maximize total rewards by avoiding collision in a non-stationary environment, even when they do not communicate at all during the entire sequence of decisions.


    Register in advance for this webinar at:

    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kVp5jz5qSIKAZIphNGWaWw

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

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Yuanzhi Li is an assistant professor at CMU, Machine Learning Department. He did his Ph.D. at Princeton, under the advice of Sanjeev Arora (2014-2018) as well as a one-year postdoc at Stanford. His wife is Yandi Jin.


    Host: Haipeng Luo

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kVp5jz5qSIKAZIphNGWaWw

    Location: Online Zoom Webinar

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Foundations of Cyber Security with Protivit Inc.

    Wed, Nov 04, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Protiviti would like to invite all Engineering and Computer Science majors to attend our Foundations of Cyber Security Presentation. This interactive presentation will focus on attack and penetration testing in the consulting space and allow students to learn more about the world of Cyber Security.

    Register HERE: http://tinyurl.com/y5qvmtmy

    Presentation Details:
    Is this event specific to USC Viterbi School of engineering, or a multi-university event?
    Multi University

    What majors are you recruiting for?
    All engineering and computer science majors

    Are you recruiting for internships, full time, or both?
    Both

    Can you offer Visa sponsorship?
    No

    Are you willing to hire a student on CTP or OPT?
    Are those items that require sponsorship? If so then no.

    Access the presentation via ZOOM
    o Meeting ID: 983 5201 4543
    o Passcode: m#2v5D

    This interactive presentation will focus on attack and penetration testing in the consulting space.

    Audiences: Viterbi BS and MS Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • WiE's Negotiation Seminar with Tahl Raz, 11/4 at 1pm

    Wed, Nov 04, 2020 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Tahl Raz, Co-Author of Never Split the Difference

    Talk Title: Negotiation Seminar

    Abstract: Our event is back on! We're happy that our speaker is feeling better and are looking forward to seeing you all soon! The Graduate Committee of Women in Engineering is excited to host Tahl Raz, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and co-author of the nation's leading publication on negotiation, Never Split the Difference, in our Negotiation Seminar on Wednesday, November 4th at 1pm PST.

    RSVP to attend!

    Learn more about Tahl: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tahlraz

    Zoom Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98308499819?pwd=bVZHeDJRODcrSlFpN3hGZ1dyczU2UT09

    RSVP Form: https://forms.gle/7dHxaaMwyq7faceb8


    Biography: Learn more about Tahl: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tahlraz

    Host: The Graduate Committee of Women in Engineering

    More Info: https://forms.gle/7dHxaaMwyq7faceb8

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98308499819?pwd=bVZHeDJRODcrSlFpN3hGZ1dyczU2UT09

    Location: Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98308499819?pwd=bVZHeDJRODcrSlFpN3hGZ1dyczU2UT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Computer Science

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  • Spotlight Series: Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

    Wed, Nov 04, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi for a webinar highlighting master's programs in Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering with Prof. Paul Ronney. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to attend the session to learn more about the master's programs offered, the online DEN@Viterbi delivery option, admission requirements, and more!

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e90f2741ab62355463b131f0e187530d0

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corporate & Professional Programs

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

    Wed, Nov 04, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Nick Gravish, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering University of California, San Diego

    Talk Title: The Hard Parts of Soft Robots

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

    Abstract: The form and shape of modern robots are rapidly changing from rigid, stiff, but precise machines to more compliant, adaptable, but inherently underactuated systems; often called soft robotics. The emergence of soft robots is in part motivated by the need for safe robotic technologies when human interaction is frequent. However, another motivation for designing soft robotic systems is to exploit the compliant mechanics and high degree of freedom of these systems for adaptability, actuation, and sensing. The majority of efforts to build soft robots utilize a standard toolkit of silicone elastomer casting, pneumatic actuation, and stretchable conducting elements. In this talk I will present our efforts to design and build robots capable of compliance control, reconfiguration, and adaptability using laminate and 3D printing techniques, where "softness" is derived from the configuration of rigid constituent materials. This will focus on three research efforts: compliance control through sliding-layer laminates, insect-inspired 3D printing for "flexoskeleton" robots, and shape changing robot feet for improved mobility of legged robots. While these efforts focus primarily on the mechanical domain of soft robots I will highlight opportunities for sensor and electronics integration through these fabrication approaches.

    Biography: Dr. Nick Gravish received his PhD from Georgia Tech where he worked on understanding the locomotion of ants within their nest. Gravish used robots as physical models to motivate and study aspects of biological locomotion. During his post-doc Gravish worked in the microrobotics lab of Rob Wood at Harvard, where he gained expertise in designing and studying insect-scale robots. Gravish is an assistant professor at UC San Diego in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department. His lab focuses on developing new bio-inspired robotic technologies to improve the adaptability and resilience of mobile robots.

    Host: Feifei Qian, feifeiqi@usc.edu

    More Info:

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YSl0DRVOQJetWGNAACPOYQ

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YSl0DRVOQJetWGNAACPOYQ

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Nov 04, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Faisal Amlani, USC

    Talk Title: Novel High-Performance Numerical Methods for Problems in Solids, Fluids and Their Interactions: Predictions and Insights into the Underlying Physics

    Abstract: This talk discusses efforts to study wave-like phenomena in realistic applications through the development of new high-order methodologies for the numerical analysis of the partial differential equations (PDEs) that govern both linear and nonlinear behavior. These techniques include new Fourier-based methods in the time-domain as well as adaptive boundary element methods in frequency-space, where the ultimate goal is to provide fast, stable and physically-faithful resolution of the underlying mechanical dynamics. With an eye towards mutual validation of both simulation and experiment, these tools will be demonstrated through some of the collaborative scientific problems that have inspired them, including those in materials science (ultrasonic non-destructive testing), cardiovascular medicine (hemodynamic waves) and geophysics (supershear ruptures and tsunami generation).

    Biography: Faisal Amlani received his BA from Rice University and his PhD from Caltech, both in applied mathematics. His doctoral work was awarded the Caltech W.P. Carey Prize and the Caltech Demetriades Prize for the most outstanding dissertation in mathematics and seismo-engineering, respectively. After some years working as an experimentalist and engineer at an R&D aerospace startup in Los Angeles, he returned to academia by way of France through postdocs at Sorbonne University and the Institut Polytechnique de Paris. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar-Research Associate in the Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering at USC.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98031374607

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98031374607

    Location: Online event

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98031374607

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tessa Yao

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  • USC Master's and Progressive Degree Options

    Wed, Nov 04, 2020 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Doctoral Programs, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission, Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    You are cordially invited to meet representatives from the following schools at USC:

    -The Viterbi School of Engineering
    -The Annenberg School for Communication
    -The Marshall School of Business
    -The Rossier School for Education
    -The School of Public Policy
    -The School of Social Work

    As we take an in-depth look at continuing your education at USC and obtaining your Master's degree through USC's progressive degree program and general MS program.

    The session will include information on the following topics:

    - What is the Progressive Degree Program
    - How to Apply
    - How to apply to the general Master's program
    - Scholarships and funding

    There will also be sufficient time for questions.

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e112b6a8879f3072ce3cbaa18492d8f85

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Kevin Henry

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  • Undergraduate Students Only Tech Talk with Walmart: Software Engineering

    Wed, Nov 04, 2020 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    *This is an external event hosted by Walmart*

    For UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS only

    Take a deeper dive into the world of Technology at Walmart! Hear from the industry leaders on how they are driving innovation within the company and why Walmart should be your first-choice employer!

    This event is for undergraduate Software Engineering and Computer Science majors. This event will be hosted by Walmart. Zoom information to be given out through Yello.

    Please register with us at Yello - https://tinyurl.com/y67otbl6

    Audiences: All Viterbi Undergraduate Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • DEN@Viterbi Live Chat with Alumni: Northeast

    Wed, Nov 04, 2020 @ 06:30 PM - 07:15 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi for a virtual chat session with USC Viterbi representatives and DEN@Viterbi alumni. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about USC Viterbi's online DEN@Viterbi method and to ask DEN@Viterbi alumni questions about their online experience.

    Event Time: 6:30pm-7:15pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
    (3:30pm-4:15pm PDT)

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=eda282e10bee1dab2c76f16190cd43d0f

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Spotlight: Advanced Design & Construction Technology

    Thu, Nov 05, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join Program Director and Associate Professor Dr. David Gerber to learn more about USC Viterbi's MS in Civil Engineering - Advanced Design and Construction Technology.

    Register today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1f543301920a104a001ec72a8ed47199

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jessica Viterbi Admission & Student Engagement

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  • AME PhD Student Seminar

    Fri, Nov 06, 2020 @ 03:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Shilpa Vijay, USC AME PhD Student

    Talk Title: Interfacial thermal transport in partially porous channel flow at turbulent flow regimes

    Abstract: We investigate interfacial thermal transport in a partially porous channel via laboratory experiments to evaluate the effect of porous medium microstructure at varying Reynolds numbers. Previous direct numerical simulations for partially porous channel flow indicate that large vortex structures enhance turbulent heat transfer at the porous medium-unobstructed
    flow interface. Commercially-available Aluminum foams with nominal pore sizes 10 ppi and 40 ppi are attached to a heater block and placed in a forced convection arrangement adjacent to an unobstructed channel. Measurements of pressure drop and temperatures are made across the porous section for bulk Reynolds number varying from 500 to 1500 to characterize friction factors and Nusselt numbers. Heat transfer efficiency with respect
    to pumping power requirements is evaluated. Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) measurements made at a subset of these Reynolds numbers are being analyzed to test for the emergence of interfacial vortex structures, and quantify their effect on interfacial thermal transport.


    Biography: Shilpa Vijay is a Ph.D. student under Professor Mitul Luhar. Her research focuses on characterizing thermal transport over porous interfaces in turbulent regimes. Shilpa has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from College of Engineering Pune in India (2016), and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from USC (2018).

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92144809085

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Christine Franks

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  • Spotlight Series: Civil & Environmental Engineering

    Fri, Nov 06, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi for a webinar highlighting master's degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering with Prof. Lucio Soibelman. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to attend the session to learn more about the master's programs offered, the online DEN@Viterbi delivery option, admission requirements, and more!

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef6e81f483f6b3ed1bf54a46bbfdb2172

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Advanced Manufacturing Seminar Series

    Fri, Nov 06, 2020 @ 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Ajay Malshe, Purdue

    Talk Title: Nature's Tool Box for Smart Manufacturing Enterprise

    Abstract: Speaker will discuss simplicity, elegance, and robustness as foundations for innovations for equity in a smart and inclusive enterprise. This talk will discuss functions, structures, and resilience demonstrated by nature in a sustainable ecosystem. Speaker will share multiple examples to illustrate lessons materials and manufacturing disciplines can learn and apply to advance state of the art for better multifunctionality,
    adaptability, survivability, and sustainability.

    Biography: Please see attached flyer.

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Og2AM47xQPmuDYgkAP-3NA

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Og2AM47xQPmuDYgkAP-3NA

    More Information: Adv Mfg Seminar Fall 2020_Ajay Malshe.pdf

    Location: Online event

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Og2AM47xQPmuDYgkAP-3NA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tessa Yao

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  • USC MEGA Student Speaker Series

    Fri, Nov 06, 2020 @ 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    Want to learn how to get started with motion capture techniques at home? Come join student speaker Steven Harmon this Friday, November 6 at 5:00 PM PST for an in-depth look at what motion capture is and how you can use it in your own projects! Steven will be covering the basics of traditional mocap techniques, the pros and cons of each type of capture, a basic pipeline overview, and four solutions for bedroom mocap (Kinect, VRIK avatars, AR & pose estimation, and iPhone face/lip sync plugins).

    Steven Harmon is currently a senior at USC studying Interactive Media and Game Design. Steven has experience as an independent game developer with over 60 published games to date. He also has experience working at House of Moves and Activision. Students from all backgrounds are welcome to join! Have any questions for Steven? Stick around after the presentation for a quick Q&A session!

    Check out Steven's free book on getting into game development here: bit.ly/stevenbook

    Zoom link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94295135999?pwd=cjdNUEVta3drNEp4N21uNG5pM1o1QT09
    Meeting ID: 942 9513 5999
    Passcode: 110620

    For any questions, please email megamesusc@gmail.com or reach out to us via our socials:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/USCMEGA
    Discord: https://discord.gg/4rDUD6H
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MEGA_USC
    Website: www.uscmega.org

    Best,
    MEGA

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94295135999?pwd=cjdNUEVta3drNEp4N21uNG5pM1o1QT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC MEGA

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  • Viterbi Voices Live Chat - Research & Projects in Viterbi

    Sun, Nov 08, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join us for this student hosted live chat! During this hour long event, we will be talking about the research and projects we're involved in as engineering students at USC Viterbi. We are here to answer the questions you may have about getting involved in research, various research areas, and what we actually do in our labs.

    Register at the webcast link below

    Location: Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://applyto.usc.edu/register/handson

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Undergraduate Admission

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  • Spotlight Series: Financial Engineering

    Mon, Nov 09, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi School of Engineering for a webinar highlighting the MS in Financial Engineering with Prof. Petros Ioannou. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to attend the session to learn more about the master's programs offered, USC Viterbi's online delivery option, admission requirements, and more!

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e553e2765683fe54459ebf7d0fcd588da

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Mon, Nov 09, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Henry Burton, Englekirk Presidential Chair in Structural Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

    Talk Title: Seismic Risk and Resilience Modeling of Water Distribution Systems

    Abstract: Water distribution systems are critical to the well-being of communities since they contribute to the functionality of all other infrastructure. Earthquakes and other natural hazards can cause damage to the components of a water distribution system, causing far-reaching socioeconomic consequences. This presentation will discuss some recent advancements in seismic risk and resilience modeling of water distribution systems. First, an end-to-end simulation framework to evaluate post-earthquake functional loss and restoration of a water system is developed, which encompasses seismic hazard characterization, component damage, hydraulic performance and network restoration modeling. The modeling framework is validated using data from the 2014 South Napa Earthquake and extended to a hypothetical scenario. To deal with the temporal complexities that are embedded in the post-earthquake restoration process, a general dynamic updating framework is developed to reduce uncertainties in the outcomes of post-event recovery forecasts using Bayesian Inferencing, by exploiting real-time data. The specific example of updating post-earthquake functional recovery forecasts is presented and validated on a real pipe network (Napa water system) and event (2014 earthquake and recovery). The end-to-end framework is then extended to enable stochastic event set assessments of the water network using the UCERF2 earthquake rupture forecast model. Given that evaluating a large set of events with end-to-end simulation modeling is computationally expensive, a framework that uses active learning to select a subset of ground motion maps and associated occurrence rates that reasonably estimates the water network risk is also developed.



    Biography: Dr. Henry V. Burton is an Associate Professor and the Englekirk Presidential Chair in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research is directed towards understanding and modeling the relationship between the performance of infrastructure systems within the built environment, and the ability of communities to minimize the extent of socioeconomic disruption following extreme events. Dr. Burton is a registered structural engineer in the state of California. Prior to obtaining his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, he spent six years in practice at Degenkolb Engineers, where he worked on numerous projects involving design of new buildings and seismic evaluation and retrofit of existing buildings. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Next Generation of Disaster Researchers Fellowship (2014) and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2016).




    Host: Dr. Bora Gencturk and Dr. Roger Ghanem

    Location: Zoom Meeting: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98766114432 Meeting ID#98766114432 Passcode:175729

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • CS Colloquium: Xuezhe Ma (USC ISI) - Towards Structured-Infused and Disentangled Representation Learning

    Tue, Nov 10, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Xuezhe Ma, USC

    Talk Title: Towards Structured-Infused and Disentangled Representation Learning

    Abstract: One of the keys to the empirical successes of deep neural networks in many domains, such as natural language processing and computer vision, is their ability to automatically extract salient features for downstream tasks via the end-to-end learning paradigm.
    In this talk, I will present two of our recent work. First, I will introduce how to encode structured dependencies into learned representations to achieve efficient non-autoregressive machine translation models. Second, I will present our work on learning representations to decouple global and local information from/for image generation. I will conclude by laying out future research directions towards interpretable and controllable representation learning.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://usc.zoom.us/j/91743613540?pwd=S0hPWEk5MHFSTVdoSmVidkxLVmlwQT09

    Meeting ID: 917 4361 3540
    Passcode: 296867


    Biography: Xuezhe Ma joined ISI as a computer scientist in Fall 2020.
    Xuezhe received his PhD degree in Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, advised by Eduard Hovy.
    Before that, he received his B.E and M.S from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research interests fall in areas of natural language processing and machine learning, particularly in deep learning and representation learning with applications to linguistic structured prediction and deep generative models. Xuezhe has interned at Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) and earned the AI2 Outstanding Intern award. His research has been recognized with outstanding paper award at ACL 2016 and best demo paper nomination at ACL 2019.


    Host: Xiang Ren

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cherie Carter

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  • ***NO ISE 651, Epstein Seminar - Week of INFORMS***

    Tue, Nov 10, 2020 @ 03:00 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • CS Distinguished Lecture: Steve Easterbrook (University of Toronto) - Computing the Climate: Building the Software for Understanding Climate Change

    Tue, Nov 10, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Steve Easterbrook, University of Toronto

    Talk Title: Computing the Climate: Building the Software for Understanding Climate Change

    Series: Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: The history of climate science is closely tied to the history of computing. Climate scientists have always pushed the limits of computational modelling, from the first computational weather forecasts developed by von Neumann and Charney to run on ENIAC, to the earth system models used to produce projections of future climate change for the most recent IPCC reports. Along the way, climate scientists have developed a sophisticated set of software development practices tailored to the needs of a science in which virtual experiments are essential for understanding the relationships between human activity and the global climate system. In this talk, I will first explain what climate models do, via a quick tour of the history of climate modelling. I will then show how a core set of software development practices are used to support a culture of scientific experimentation which provides robust answers to societally important questions. I will end the talk with a brief overview of the current generation of climate model experiments. These address critically important questions such as whether there are still viable pathways to deliver the UN's commitment to constrain global warming to no more than +2*C, and whether geo-engineering can buy us more time to address the underlying causes of climate change.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:
    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0sw0PJhSTFuyqKxoQie5Gw

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

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Steve Easterbrook is the Director of the School of the Environment and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. (1991) in Computing from Imperial College in London (UK), and joined the faculty at the School of Cognitive and Computing Science, University of Sussex. From 1995-99, he was lead scientist at NASA's Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility in West Virginia, where he investigated software verification on the Space Shuttle Flight Software, the International Space Station, and the Earth Observation System. He moved to the University of Toronto in 1999. His research interests range from modelling and analysis of complex adaptive systems to the socio-cognitive aspects of team interaction. His current research is in climate informatics, where he studies how climate scientists develop computational models to improve their understanding of earth systems and climate change, and the broader question of how that knowledge is shared with other communities. He has been a visiting scientist at the UK Met Office Hadley Centre, in Exeter, the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado; the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology, in Hamburg, and the Institute Pierre Simon Laplace in Paris.


    Host: Heather Culbertson

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0sw0PJhSTFuyqKxoQie5Gw

    Location: Online Zoom Webinar

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Lyman L. Handy Colloquia - Nick Birbillis

    Tue, Nov 10, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Nick Birbillis, Australian National University

    Talk Title: CAUSE WE ARE LIVING IN A MATERIAL WORLD

    Abstract: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93139729396?pwd=UmNqVmVac1BGcEZoVEgxaGNnRzVaUT09
    Meeting ID: 931 3972 9396
    Passcode: 514283


    Host: Andrea Hodge

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Greta Harrison

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  • DEN@Viterbi Live Chat with Alumni: South

    Tue, Nov 10, 2020 @ 06:00 PM - 06:45 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi for a virtual chat session with USC Viterbi representatives and a DEN@Viterbi current student and alumnus. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about USC Viterbi's online DEN@Viterbi method and to ask a DEN@Viterbi alumnus and current student questions about their online experience.

    Event Time: 6:00pm-6:45pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (3pm-3:45pm PDT)

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=efff7a1462ce787f4e485d642d0c127b2

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Wed, Nov 11, 2020 @ 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=ece306f4a9390f226d006628623d51d1c

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Nov 11, 2020 @ 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: Zoom Meeting

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Nov 11, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mark Hodes, Tufts University

    Talk Title: Asymptotic Nusselt Numbers for Internal Flow in the Cassie State and Their Application to Thermal Management of Electronics

    Abstract: We consider laminar, fully-developed, Poiseuille flows of liquid in the Cassie state through diabatic, parallel-plate microchannels symmetrically textured with isoflux ridges. Through the use of matched asymptotic expansions we analytically develop expressions for dimensionless (apparent hydrodynamic) slip lengths and variously-defined Nusselt numbers. Our small parameter (ε) is the pitch of the ridges divided by the height of the microchannel. When the ridges are oriented parallel to the (fully developed) flow, we quantify the error in the Nusselt number expressions in the literature and we provide a new closed-form result. The latter is accurate to O(ε2) and valid for any solid (ridge) fraction, whereas those in the current literature are accurate to O(ε) and break down in the important limit when solid fraction approaches zero. When the ridges are oriented transverse to the (periodically fully-developed) flow, the error associated with neglecting inertial effects to find the slip length is shown to be O(ε3Re) where Re is the channel-scale Reynolds number based on its hydraulic diameter. The corresponding Nusselt number expressions are new and their accuracy is shown to be dependent on Reynolds number, Peclet number and Prandtl number in addition to ε. They're compared to numerical results from the literature. In concluding this talk, we will show how the results can be used to design enhanced liquid-metal cooling solutions for microelectronics.

    Biography: Marc Hodes earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Minnesota and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively. He spent 10 years at Bell Labs Research (Murray Hill, NJ) and has spent extended periods in residence at the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST), the University of Limerick and Imperial College London. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University in 2008 where he is a Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies. His Groups research there has been funded by government agencies, e.g., NSF, DARPA and DoE, and industry, e.g., Huawei and Google. Research interests are in Transport Phenomena and, over the course of his career, four thematic areas have been addressed: 1) the thermal management of electronics, 2) mass transfer in supercritical fluids, 3) analysis of thermoelectric modules, and 4) momentum, heat, mass and charge transport in the presence of apparent slip. Professor Hodes is the sole- or co-author of 50 papers in archival journals on these subjects. He is also a co-inventor on 15 issued US patents. His current research lies in three areas. First, analytical solutions for Poiseuille and Nusselt numbers for liquid flows over diabatic structured surfaces that capture, e.g., the effects of curvature, thermocapillary stress and/or evaporation and condensation along menisci, are being developed. This thread is in the context of the Red Lotus Project, a collaboration with applied mathematicians at Imperial College London. Secondly, a series of experiments to measure densities, molecular and Soret diffusion coefficients and mass transfer rates in alcohol-carbon dioxide solutions at supercritical conditions relevant to the drying of aerogels are being conducted. Thirdly, a numerical method for the optimization of heat sinks is under development. The latter was recently spun out of Tufts University as a software product by a start-up company, Transport Phenomena Technologies, LLC, co-founded by Professor Hodes, per NSF SBIR funding.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94808927541

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94808927541

    Location: Online event

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94808927541

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tessa Yao

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  • USC MEGA Student Speaker Series

    Wed, Nov 11, 2020 @ 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    What exactly are edutainment games? Most are designed to teach simple concepts like basic math and language skills to young children. But what makes some educational games better than others, and why is this interactive medium the perfect way to learn new concepts? Come join student speaker Meha Murthy this Wednesday, November 11 at 5:00 PM PST to find out the answers to these questions and more!

    Meha Murthy is currently a junior at USC majoring in Interactive Media and Game Design. An avid gamer, Meha has experience with all things games and is also the Creative Director of narrative puzzle game Larger Than Light. Have any questions for Meha? Stick around after the presentation for a quick Q&A session!

    Check out Meha's work here: 1010meha.wixsite.com/games

    Zoom link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91823784240?pwd=d2MxcjQ4bmthQkZSTHVuSVVXKytmdz09
    Meeting ID: 918 2378 4240
    Passcode: 111120

    For any questions, please email megamesusc@gmail.com or reach out to us via our socials:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/USCMEGA
    Discord: https://discord.gg/4rDUD6H
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MEGA_USC
    Website: www.uscmega.org

    Best,

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91823784240?pwd=d2MxcjQ4bmthQkZSTHVuSVVXKytmdz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC MEGA

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Wed, Nov 11, 2020 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e61ad190e07d8c4c7d219bdd5ee40867e

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • DEN@Viterbi: How to Apply Virtual Info Session

    Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e999ba80e88d7173c9d4a02427da82182

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Life as a Viterbi Engineering Student

    Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Doctoral Programs, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission, Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Interested in Master's or PhD programs in engineering or computer science? Would you like to hear from some of our current USC Viterbi Engineering students?

    You are cordially invited to meet representatives from the Viterbi School of Engineering on an online webinar.

    Students who have earned or are in the process of earning a Bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a hard science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend to learn more about applying to our graduate programs.

    The session will include information on the following topics:

    - Master's & PhD programs in engineering and computer science
    - How to Apply
    - Scholarships and funding
    - Student life at USC and in Los Angeles

    There will also be sufficient time for questions.

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1761ed258164d8f7dfc91e94a6d7caad

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Kevin Henry

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  • NL Seminar-The Unreasonable Syntactic Expressivity of RNNs

    Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: John Hewitt, Stanford University

    Talk Title: The Unreasonable Syntactic Expressivity of RNNs

    Series: NL Seminar

    Abstract: In 2015, Andrej Karpathy posted a now famous blog post on The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Recurrent Neural Networks. To summarize this sense of wonder, Karpathy emphasized We will train RNNs to generate text character by character and ponder the question how is that even possible? RNNs empirically generate natural language with high syntactic fidelity, but their success is not well understood theoretically. In this talk, I will provide theoretical insight into this success, proving in a finite precision setting that RNNs can efficiently generate bounded hierarchical languages that reflect the scaffolding of natural language syntax. I will introduce Dyck k,m, the language of well nested brackets of k types and m bounded nesting depth, reflecting the bounded memory needs and long distance dependencies of natural language syntax. The best previously known results use Ok m 2 memory hidden units to generate these languages. I will prove that an RNN with O m log k hidden units suffices, an exponential reduction in memory, by an explicit construction. Finally, I will show that no algorithm, even with unbounded computation, can suffice with o m log k hidden units.

    Biography: John is a 3rd year PhD student in computer science at Stanford University, advised by Chris Manning and Percy Liang. He works on understanding and improving how unsupervised neural networks learn and process human languages. He is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and is the recipient of an EMNLP Runner Up Best Paper award.


    Host: Jon May and Mozhdeh Gheini

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

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95584315616

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual Only

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95584315616

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Petet Zamar

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  • CS Colloquium: Muhao Chen (USC ISI) - Knowledge Acquisition with Transferable Representation Learning

    Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Muhao Chen, USC

    Talk Title: Knowledge Acquisition with Transferable Representation Learning

    Abstract: Multi-relational data provide structural and actionable knowledge representations for various AI systems. As constructing such structural knowledge is often costly and has relied on extensive human effort, there is a pressing need for approaches to automate knowledge acquisition. In this talk, I will summarize two lines of my research to accomplish this mission: (i) transferable representation learning, and (ii) constrained and indirect supervision. Transferable representation learning can automatically capture the association of knowledge across different data sources with minimal supervision, therefore holds the promise of creating a universal representation scheme to support the synchronization of knowledge. Meanwhile, constrained and indirect supervision methods could develop more reliable learning systems for knowledge acquisition from unstructured data, particularly in cases without sufficient training labels. Based on these two lines of research, I will also discuss several applications for a wide range of tasks in areas of knowledge base construction, natural language understanding and computational biology.

    This talk satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://usc.zoom.us/j/96706950791?pwd=cXp3TWlhRmo5ZDB0bnA0a0lOQ1VVdz09

    Meeting ID: 967 0695 0791
    Passcode: 808248


    Biography: Muhao Chen joined as a computer scientist at USC ISI in Fall 2020. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral fellow at UPenn, hosted by Dan Roth. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA in 2019, and B.S. in Computer Science from Fudan University in 2014. His research focuses on data-driven machine learning approaches for processing structured data, and knowledge acquisition from unstructured data. Particularly, he is interested in developing knowledge-aware learning systems with generalizability and requiring minimal supervision, and with concrete applications to natural language understanding, knowledge base construction, computational biology and medicine. Muhao has published over 40 papers in leading AI, NLP and Comp. Bio/med venues. His work has received a best student paper award at ACM BCB, and best paper award nomination at CoNLL. Additional information is available at https://muhaochen.github.io/

    Host: CS Department

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cherie Carter

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  • Virtual Q&A Panel: What you should know about leading in TECH!

    Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This event is hosted by ITP. CS students are invited to join.

    Please join us on Thursday, November 12 at 4:30 pm PST for a virtual Q&A panel featuring leaders in data science, product management, software engineering, and network security. Additionally, students will be able to network with panelists and ask questions regarding the tech field during COVID-19, career insight, and much more!

    This event is highly recommended to students who want to start their career in the technology industry. All USC students are welcome to join and participate. The Q&A will be recorded and can be sent to students if requested. Online participants will get a chance to ask questions.

    Click the Zoom link below to join on Thursday, November 12 at 4:30pm PST:
    https://usc.zoom.us/j/99308109238?pwd=elMwbWp5cDdjMkJHNG03Z0h6ZW84dz09

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99308109238?pwd=elMwbWp5cDdjMkJHNG03Z0h6ZW84dz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Computer Science

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  • Viterbi Impact Program (VIP) Celebration

    Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join us as we celebrate and thank our Viterbi Impact volunteers for their service!

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92595709853?pwd=V0dHRFdod015RGhvejdCNitTampxZz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • DEN@Viterbi: How to Apply Virtual Info Session

    Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e97d29aba08ea45d2265bd9d069884740

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Grammar Tutoring

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    One-on-One Grammar Tutoring for Viterbi Graduate and Undergraduate Students

    Students are welcome to bring any type of writing in any stage of development, including drafts. Examples include dissertations, articles, papers, cover letters, resumes, and personal statements.

    Viterbi writing professors will work with students to identify recurring errors and teach students how to correct them.

    Fall 2020 sessions will be conducted via Zoom on alternate Fridays. Contact helenhch@usc.edu to schedule an appointment today!

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate and Undergraduate Students

    Posted By: Helen Choi

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  • Career & Internship Boot Camp: Resume & Cover Letters

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Need a job or internship?

    Attend Boot Camp to receive practical tools for the job and internship search.

    Your resume and cover letter are often an employer's first impression of you, but how much of an impression are you really making? Information in this workshop will cover:

    - Myth-busting some of the most common misconceptions about resumes and cover letters.
    - The anatomy of a cover letter.
    - How to tailor your resume in five easy steps.
    - Practical tools you can use to improve your resume and apply to jobs more efficiently.

    Register on Gateway -> Workshops

    Location: Online

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Career & Internship Boot Camp: Job & Internship Search

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Need a job or internship?

    Attend Boot Camp to receive practical tools for the job and internship search.
    Your job and internship search can often be a daunting task. How do you get started? Are you running into barriers? What resources are actually helpful? Information in this workshop will cover:

    - Myth-busting some of the most common misconceptions about the job and internship search.
    - Creating a job search plan and outreach strategy.
    - How to search virtually anywhere.
    - Practical tools you can use to help you work smarter rather than harder & track results.

    Register on Gateway -> Workshops

    Location: Online

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Submitting Success – How to Write and Prepare your Application

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Throughout USC and the Viterbi School, there have been a number of opportunities available for our students to take advantage of and learn about the NAE Grand Challenges. We have encouraged students to participate in Engineering +, undergraduate research, entrepreneurship, multicultural and service opportunities, all of which match up with the components for Grand Challenge Scholar recognition.


    While in order to considered for Grand Challenge Scholar recognition, you must have had some experiences in each of the five components, only one of the experiences must be "in-depth" In other words, if you have conducted research or had an internship related to one of the NAE Grand Challenges, that can be your in-depth experience!

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93970239765?pwd=NUZ5cEJaNWV0cnNtSGk0MHVxL1V3QT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • Career & Internship Boot Camp: Building Professional Relationships (Networking)

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Need a job or internship?

    Attend Boot Camp to receive practical tools for the job and internship search.
    It is important to learn how to network and develop meaningful contacts with industry professionals to improve your job search and career development. Information in this workshop will cover:

    - Myth-busting some of the most common misconceptions about networking.
    - Discussing the many ways to network, including virtual networking.
    - How to start and end a conversation.
    - How to build professional contacts and relationships.

    Register on Gateway -> Workshops

    Location: Online

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Career & Internship Boot Camp: Interview Preparation

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Need a job or internship?

    Attend Boot Camp to receive practical tools for the job and internship search.
    Your resume will get you an interview, but your interview will land you the job. Learn strategies and techniques to ace your interview. Information in this workshop will cover:

    - Myth-busting some of the most common misconceptions about who gets the job.
    - Discussing the many ways to interview, including virtual interviewing.
    - How to create an interview strategy.
    - Learning what hiring managers and recruiters consider during the interview process.

    Register on Gateway -> Workshops

    Location: Online

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Career & Internship Boot Camp: Evaluating Job Offers

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Need a job or internship?

    Attend Boot Camp to receive practical tools for the job and internship search.
    Is negotiating your salary easier than you think? Information in this workshop will cover:

    - Identifying the basic elements of evaluating a job offer.
    - What is typically included in a hiring package.
    - Creating a strategy to negotiate a job offer.

    Register on Gateway -> Workshops

    Location: Online

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • AME PhD Student Seminar

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mark Hermes, USC AME PhD Student

    Talk Title: Pentaradial sea stars generate downforce

    Abstract: Intertidal sea stars often function in environments with extreme hydrodynamic loads that can compromise their ability to remain attached to surfaces. While behavioral responses such as burrowing into sand or sheltering in rock crevices can help minimize hydrodynamic loads, previous work shows that sea stars also alter body shape in response to flow conditions. This morphological plasticity suggests that sea star body shape may play an important hydrodynamic role. In this study, we measured the fluid forces acting on surface-mounted sea star and spherical dome models in water channel tests. All sea star models created downforce, i.e., the fluid pushed the body towards the surface. In contrast, the spherical dome generated lift. We also used Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) to measure the midplane flow field around the models. Control volume analyses based on the PIV data show that downforce arises because the sea star bodies serve as ramps that divert fluid away from the surface. These observations are further rationalized using force predictions and flow visualizations from numerical simulations. The discovery of downforce generation could explain why sea stars are shaped as they are: the pentaradial geometry aids attachment to surfaces in the presence of high hydrodynamic loads.

    Biography: Mark Hermes is a Ph.D. student advised by Dr. Mitul Luhar working in the Fluid-Structure Interactions Lab at University of Southern California (USC). His research explores the intersection of underwater crawling and hydrodynamic shape optimization for surface-attached bodies. Mark received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and his M.S. at USC.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92144809085

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Christine Franks

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  • USC Viterbi Application AMA

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join Paul Ledesma, the Director of Undergraduate Admission at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and his admission colleagues for a last-minute conversation about the application. This informal event will give you an inside look at how USC and the Viterbi School review your application. You will also be able to engage in discussion with us through a lively Q&A session.

    Register at viterbi.live/AMA!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • VGSA CS Senate: Virtual Chat with a Professor Series: Dr. Saty Raghavachary

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    Join Dr. Saty Raghavachary, the first keynote speaker for our series entitled -A Virtual Chat with a Professor-, tomorrow from 6-7 pm PST. Hear about his journey: life at USC as a professor, his experiences as a student, his research and industrial experience, followed up by a Q&A session, which would be a great opportunity for all of you to interact with the Professor! Raffle Amazon 15$ gift card prizes up for grabs!

    RSVP Link: https://usc.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6607280

    Zoom Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93845312353

    Looking forward to seeing you all there!

    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to any of the CS Senators: Vignesh (vigneshk@usc.edu), Vaishnavi (vmanjuna@usc.edu), Elizabeth (ondula@usc.edu), Jeffrey (qihongwa@usc.edu), or Sarah (spursley@usc.edu).

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93845312353

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Computer Science

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  • Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Mon, Nov 16, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Jose-Luis Jimenez, University of Colorado at Boulder

    Talk Title: The Modes of Transmission of SARS-CoV-2, and How to Protect Ourselves: What We Know Now

    Abstract: See attached Abstract and Bio.

    Host: Dr. George Ban-Weiss

    More Information: J. Jimenez- Abstract-Bio.pdf

    Location: Zoom Meeting

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • USC Makers Fall 2020 Showcase

    Mon, Nov 16, 2020 @ 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    We are Makers at USC (http://viterbimakers.usc.edu/) - an electronics hobbyist club started in Fall 2016 by three engineering students as an effort to promote more innovation and interest in electronics on campus. Our mission is to facilitate the exploration of concepts in electronics design and stimulate interest in fields of electronics such as the Internet of Things, Embedded Systems, and Robotics. Our organization hopes to serve as a resource for the USC community by offering assistance with electronics-related projects and hosting workshops that are open to the general public.

    Our members (mainly EE/CS/MechE majors) work in teams to create projects, and this month, we're excited to show off the progress we have made on our creations! This semester has been very unconventional, to say the least, but we are proud to announce that we were still able to create physical hardware projects virtually. Please join us for our fall showcase to see what we have made thus far and celebrate the end of the semester!

    When: November 16th, 8 pm to 10 pm PST

    Where: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91703823421

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91703823421

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Computer Science

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  • CS Colloquium: Mohammad Rostami (USC ISI) - Learning Efficiently in Data-Scarce Regimes

    Tue, Nov 17, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mohammad Rostami, USC

    Talk Title: Learning Efficiently in Data-Scarce Regimes

    Abstract: The unprecedented processing demand, posed by the explosion of big data, challenges researchers to design efficient and adaptive machine learning algorithms that do not require persistent retraining and avoid learning redundant information. Inspired from learning techniques of intelligent biological agents, identifying transferable knowledge across learning problems has been a significant research focus to improve machine learning algorithms. In this talk, we explain how the challenges of knowledge transfer can be addressed through embedding spaces that capture and store hierarchical knowledge.

    We first focus on the problem of cross-domain knowledge transfer. We explore the problem of zero-shot image classification, where the goal is to identify images from unseen classes using semantic descriptions of these classes. We train two coupled dictionaries that align visual and semantic domains via an intermediate embedding space. We then extend this idea by training deep networks that match data distributions of two visual domains in a shared cross-domain embedding space.

    We then investigate the problem of cross-task knowledge transfer in sequential learning settings. Here, the goal is to identify relations and similarities of multiple machine learning tasks to improve performance across the tasks. We first address the problem of zero-shot learning in a lifelong machine learning setting, where the goal is to learn tasks with no data using high-level task descriptions. Our idea is to relate high-level task descriptors to the optimal task parameters through an embedding space. We then develop a method to overcome the problem of catastrophic forgetting within a continual learning setting of deep neural networks by enforcing the tasks to share the same distribution in the embedding space.

    Finally, we focus on current research directions to expand the past progress and plans for the future research directions. Through this talk, we demonstrate that despite major differences, problems within the above learning scenarios can be tackled using a unifying strategy that allows transferring knowledge effectively.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium


    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://usc.zoom.us/j/91954313931?pwd=U3JmUWR4WVZ6aDEyMUs0dEk0akZ5QT09

    Meeting ID: 919 5431 3931
    Passcode: 299776

    Biography: Mohammad Rostami is a computer scientist at USC Information Sciences Institute. He received Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in August 2019. He also received an M.S. degree in Robotics and M.A. degree in Philosophy at Penn. Before Penn, he obtained an M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo, and B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and B.Sc. degree in Mathematics from the Sharif University of Technology. His current research area is learning in time-dependent and data-scarce regimes within machine learning.

    Host: CS Department

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cherie Carter

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  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Nov 17, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Siqian Shen, Associate Professor, Industrial & Operations Engineering, University of Michigan

    Talk Title: Multistage Distributionally Robust Mixed-Integer Programming with Decision-Dependent Moment-Based Ambiguity Sets

    Host: Prof. Suvrajeet Sen

    More Information: November 17, 2020.pdf

    Location: Online/Zoom

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • CS Distinguished Lecture: Jennifer Rexford (Princeton University) - Securing Internet Applications From Routing Attacks

    Tue, Nov 17, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University

    Talk Title: Securing Internet Applications From Routing Attacks

    Series: Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: The Internet is a "network of networks" that interconnects tens of thousands of separately administered networks. Yet, the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), the glue that holds the disparate parts of the Internet together, is notoriously vulnerable to misconfiguration and attack. The consequences range from making destinations unreachable, to misdirecting traffic through unexpected intermediaries, to impersonating legitimate services. Attacks on Internet routing are typically viewed through the lens of availability and confidentiality, assuming an adversary that either discards traffic or performs eavesdropping. Yet, a strategic adversary can use routing attacks to compromise the security of critical Internet applications like Tor, certificate authorities, and the bitcoin network. In this talk, we survey such application-specific routing attacks and argue that both application-layer and network-layer defenses are essential and urgently needed. While application-layer defenses are easier to deploy in the short term, we hope that greater awareness of strategic attacks on important applications can provide much needed momentum for the deployment of network-layer defenses like secure routing protocols.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:

    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uiLYEP8mRR2_UIQ4oJn5ug

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

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Jennifer Rexford is the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering and the Chair of Computer Science at Princeton University. Before joining Princeton in 2005, she worked for nine years at AT&T Labs--Research. Jennifer received her BSE degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1991, and her PhD degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan in 1996. She is co-author of the book "Web Protocols and Practice" (Addison-Wesley, 2001). She served as the chair of ACM SIGCOMM from 2003 to 2007. Jennifer received ACM's Grace Murray Hopper Award for outstanding young computer professional, the ACM Athena Lecturer Award, the NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award, the ACM SIGCOMM award for lifetime contributions, and the IEEE Internet Award. She is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences.


    Host: Heather Culbertson

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uiLYEP8mRR2_UIQ4oJn5ug

    Location: Online Zoom Webinar

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Spring CPT Info Session #1

    Wed, Nov 18, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This information session is offered each semester to students interested in CPT (undergraduate and graduate student sessions)

    Please register here:
    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T6W_ezWuSxCiJSLgG28Acw

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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

    Wed, Nov 18, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Taylor T. Johnson, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Vanderbilt University

    Talk Title: Verifying Deep Neural Networks in Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems

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

    Abstract: The ongoing renaissance in artificial intelligence (AI) has led to the advent of machine learning (ML) methods deployed within components for sensing, actuation, and control in safety-critical cyber-physical systems (CPS). While such learning-enabled components (LECs) are enabling autonomy in systems like autonomous vehicles, swarm robots, and other CPS, as demonstrated in part through recent accidents in semi-autonomous/autonomous CPS and by adversarial ML attacks, ensuring such components operate reliably in all scenarios is extraordinarily challenging. We will discuss methods for assuring safety and security specifications in autonomous CPS using our NNV (Neural Network Verification) software tool (https://github.com/verivital/nnv), which has been applied to verify specifications for adaptive cruise control (ACC) and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems in motor vehicles. Next, we will present recent results on using NNV to prove robustness of neural networks used for perception tasks, such as image classification, applied to the VGG16/VGG19 networks that achieve high accuracy on ImageNet, as well as recent work on robustness of semantic segmentation. We will conclude with some architectural solutions to provide safety assurance in autonomous CPS at runtime, building on supervisory control with the Simplex architecture using real-time reachability, and will discuss future research directions for establishing trustworthy AI within CPS that we are exploring in a DARPA Assured Autonomy project.

    Biography: Dr. Taylor T. Johnson, PE, is an Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering (CmpE), Computer Science (CS), and Electrical Engineering (EE) in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in the School of Engineering (VUSE) at Vanderbilt University (since August 2016), where he directs the Verification and Validation for Intelligent and Trustworthy Autonomy Laboratory (VeriVITAL) and is a Senior Research Scientist in the Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS). Dr. Johnson was previously an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of Texas at Arlington (September 2013 to August 2016). Dr. Johnson earned a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013, where he worked in the Coordinated Science Laboratory with Prof. Sayan Mitra, and earlier earned an MSc in ECE at Illinois in 2010 and a BSEE from Rice University in 2008. Dr. Johnson has published over 90 papers on formal methods and their applications across cyber-physical systems (CPS) domains, such as power and energy, aerospace, automotive, transportation, biotechnology, and robotics, one of which was awarded an ACM Best Software Repeatability Award. Dr. Johnson is a 2018 and 2016 recipient of the AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) award, a 2015 recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII), and his research is / has been supported by AFOSR, ARO, AFRL, DARPA, NSA, NSF, the MathWorks, NVIDIA, ONR, Toyota, and USDOT. Dr. Johnson is a member of AAAI, AAAS, ACM, AIAA, IEEE, and SAE, and is a Professional Engineer (PE) in Tennessee.

    Host: Pierluigi Nuzzo, nuzzo@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YSl0DRVOQJetWGNAACPOYQ

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YSl0DRVOQJetWGNAACPOYQ

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • Paying for your USC Viterbi Education

    Wed, Nov 18, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    University Calendar


    Join Angie Solares, Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and Jessica Medina, Associate Director of Outreach at the USC Financial Aid Office, for a conversation on paying for your USC education. In this webinar, we will cover topics such as application fee waivers, merit scholarships, need-based financial aid, and more. You will also be able to engage in discussion with us through a lively Q&A session.

    Please register here: https://applyto.usc.edu/register/ViterbiFinAid

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Angie Solares

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  • How to build your Research Portfolio

    Wed, Nov 18, 2020 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Doctoral Programs, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission, Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Interested in Master's or PhD programs in engineering or computer science? Want to learn some tips to help build your research resume?

    You are cordially invited to meet representatives from the Viterbi School of Engineering on an online webinar.

    Students who have earned or are in the process of earning a Bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a hard science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend to learn more about applying to our graduate programs.

    The session will include information on the following topics:

    - Master's & PhD programs in engineering and computer science
    - How to seek out summer research opportunities
    - How to find research opportunities during the semester
    - How to Apply
    - Scholarships and funding
    - Student life at USC and in Los Angeles

    There will also be sufficient time for questions.

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3cfd0b7dfeef449e7872f78c11946d20

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Kevin Henry

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  • Forecasting the Future: Current Trends Reshaping the Bay Area

    Wed, Nov 18, 2020 @ 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Alumni

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This year the world has had to pivot from the way we normally operate, and the Bay Area is no exception. Current trends have created a renaissance in the way we work and where we live, which is reshaping industries and regions around the world.

    Join us for a conversation with local Trojan industry experts as they explore how current trends in technology, real estate, hospitality and healthcare are creating a new normal for the Bay Area. This event will start with a panel discussion followed by optional industry specific breakout sessions to allow guests the opportunity to dive deeper into the the future of the region.

    Moderator:
    - Dr. Peter Pirnajad - Executive Director Global Public Sector - State and Local Government, Oracle

    Panelists
    - Sean Kundu - Vice President Corporate Development, 49ers
    - Jenny Rowe - Founder, BluePrint Real Estate
    - Ali Simnad - Vice President of Product Management, Pyron (Viterbi Alum)

    WebCast Link: https://tinyurl.com/y4nbffos

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Kristy Ly

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  • Spring CPT Info Session #2

    Thu, Nov 19, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This information session is offered each semester to students interested in CPT (undergraduate and graduate student sessions)

    Please register here:
    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ih-NMWBcQsqpsI2HBUPWng

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CS Colloquium: Matthew Gombolay (Georgia Institute of Technology) - Democratizing Robot Learning for Safe, Efficient Human-Robot Interaction

    Thu, Nov 19, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Matthew Gombolay, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Democratizing Robot Learning for Safe, Efficient Human-Robot Interaction

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: Robotic technology offers the promise of performing at-home care tasks, revitalizing manufacturing, and even scaling the power of earth-bound scientists in autonomous space exploration. However, each new robot deployment today requires an ad hoc army of consultants and vast computing resources operating on black box, sample-inefficient models. To unlock the potential of robotics, we need to democratize machine learning and put the power of these tools in the hands of the end user. In this talk, I will present exciting, novel work in my lab that enables to safely and efficiently learn from human teachers and interactions with their environments. I will demonstrate how we can 1) enable robots to learn new skills from heterogeneous human teachers, 2) balance the need to actively learn more about their environment while remaining safe in proximity to humans, and 3) and convey their knowledge to human teachers and teammates through interpretable machine learning representations.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:

    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6Ti2CLNuS7SqIcROZ7FJ6Q

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

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Dr. Matthew Gombolay is an Assistant Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 2011, an S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 2013, and a Ph.D. in Autonomous Systems from MIT in 2017. Gombolay's research interests span robotics, AI/ML, human-robot interaction, and operations research. Between defending his dissertation and joining the faculty at Georgia Tech, Dr. Gombolay served as a technical staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, transitioning his research to the U.S. Navy, earning him an R&D 100 Award. His publication record includes a best paper award from American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, a best student paper from the American Controls Conference, and he was selected as a DARPA Riser in 2018. He was also awarded a NASA Early Career Fellowship for his work increasing science autonomy in space.

    Host: Stefanos Nikolaidis

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6Ti2CLNuS7SqIcROZ7FJ6Q

    Location: Online Zoom Webinar

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • 'Limited Status: How to Get Started' Virtual Information Session

    Thu, Nov 19, 2020 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi representatives for a step-by-step guide for how to get started with courses as early as the Spring 2021 semester as a Limited Status student.

    Please note: In order to be qualified for Limited Status, you must have an undergraduate degree in engineering or related field from a regionally-accredited university with a 3.0 GPA or above.

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3d9f3840f72378a3bf2632722ccf8428

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Advanced Manufacturing Seminar

    Fri, Nov 20, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Hangbo Zhao, USC

    Talk Title: Unconventional Manufacturing of 3D Micro- and Mesostructures: From Strain-Engineered Growth to Mechanically Guided Assembly

    Abstract: The growing availability of methods for 3D manufacturing has implications across diverse areas ranging from energy systems to microelectronics, yet few techniques offer the necessary capabilities in geometric complexity, materials compatibility and design versatility. In this talk, I will discuss two novel manufacturing approaches to creating 3D functional material systems that are not feasible by conventional manufacturing methods: 1) strain-engineered growth of complex 3D carbon nanotube microarchitectures, and 2) mechanically guided 3D assembly of a broad range of functional materials and electronics. I will show how strain-engineered growth of carbon nanotubes, in combination with conformal coatings, enables direct formation of hierarchically structured surfaces with tailorable mechanical and interfacial properties for controlling liquid wetting and adhesion. Next, I will describe novel manufacturing technologies that exploit structural buckling and local twisting to create morphable 3D micro- and mesoscale structures, and show their applications as optical metamaterials and as electronic scaffolds in tissue-on-chip systems.

    Biography: Dr. Hangbo Zhao is an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at USC. His focus areas include micro/nano manufacturing, bio-integrated electronics, engineered surfaces, and active/smart materials. Prior to joining USC, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics at Northwestern University, where he worked on multifunctional 3D materials systems and bio-integrated electronics for applications in tissue engineering and healthcare. He received his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 2017 on developing engineered, hierarchical surfaces for controlling liquid wetting and adhesion. His research has been published in journals including Advanced Materials, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), and Nano Today, and highlighted by Nature Nanotechnology and PNAS, His awards include the Materials Research Society (MRS) Best Poster Award (2014) and Outstanding Poster Award for the International Conference of the Polymer Processing Society (2015).


    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I7Rzv2KHQXeWKqDmB83P-g

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I7Rzv2KHQXeWKqDmB83P-g

    Location: Online event

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I7Rzv2KHQXeWKqDmB83P-g

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tessa Yao

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  • 'Limited Status: How to Get Started' Virtual Information Session

    Fri, Nov 20, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi representatives for a step-by-step guide for how to get started with courses as early as the Spring 2021 semester as a Limited Status student.

    Please note: In order to be qualified for Limited Status, you must have an undergraduate degree in engineering or related field from a regionally-accredited university with a 3.0 GPA or above.

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e249826a5c44d560adc6ef3d9e395c18a

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Spring CPT Info Session #3

    Fri, Nov 20, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This information session is offered each semester to students interested in CPT (undergraduate and graduate student sessions)

    Please register here:
    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rVtTum7QRiqh3Fp8-zYwCw

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • AME PhD Student Seminar

    Fri, Nov 20, 2020 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Vamsikrishna Chinta, USC AME PhD Student

    Talk Title: Reconstructing the time evolution of wall-bounded turbulent flows from non-time-resolved PIV measurements

    Abstract: Particle image velocimetry (PIV) systems are often limited in their ability to fully resolve the spatiotemporal fluctuations inherent in turbulent flows due to hardware constraints. In this study, we develop models based on rapid distortion theory (RDT) and Taylor's hypothesis (TH) to reconstruct the time evolution of a turbulent flow field in the intermediate period between consecutive PIV snapshots obtained using a non-time resolved system. The linear governing equations are evolved forward and backward in time using the PIV snapshots as initial conditions. The flow field in the intervening period is then reconstructed by taking a weighted sum of the forward and backward estimates. This spatiotemporal weighting function is designed to account for the advective nature of the RDT and TH equations. Reconstruction accuracy is evaluated as a function of spatial resolution and reconstruction time horizon using direct numerical simulation data for turbulent channel flow from the Johns Hopkins Turbulence Database. This method reconstructs single-point turbulence statistics well and resolves velocity spectra at frequencies higher than the temporal Nyquist limit of the acquisition system. Reconstructions obtained using a characteristics-based evolution of the flow field under TH prove to be more accurate compared to reconstructions obtained from numerical integration of the discretized forms of RDT and TH. The effect of measurement noise on reconstruction error is also evaluated.

    Biography: Vamsikrishna Chinta is a PhD student working with Prof. Mitul Luhar. His research focuses on turbulent flow reconstruction using physics-based models. Prior to joining USC as a PhD student, Vamsikrishna received his masters from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, and bachelors from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Calicut, both in Mechanical Engineering.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92144809085

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Christine Franks

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  • Viterbi Voices Live Chat - Internships & Co-Ops for Engineers

    Sun, Nov 22, 2020 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join us for this student hosted live chat! During this hour long event, we will be answering your questions about our experiences with internships, USC Viterbi's career center, and other professional resources. Come hear from our student panelists about their experiences finding, applying to, and working at internships and co-ops while at USC.

    Register at the webcast link below

    Location: Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://applyto.usc.edu/register/career

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Undergraduate Admission

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  • SCAD 3D Printable Objects Workshop with Professor Saty

    Tue, Nov 24, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    SCAD 3D Printable Objects Workshop - Tuesday 11/24 10 AM
    Wrap up your fall semester with the most exciting SCAD workshop! If you have any interest in 3D printing this workshop is for you! You will learn how to code and generate 3D-printable objects that you can even put up for sale. We'll use two software programs: OpenSCAD (or the browser-based equivalent, OpenJSCAD) and ShapeJS (also browser-based). You'll have tons of fun in this workshop as you create simple shapes, use different viewers to look at your creations, and learn to upload them to Shapeways, an online 3D marketplace. No prior experience is necessary. Hope to see you there!

    RSVP Here: https://forms.gle/Zh2VLzpPGd1JC1j57

    Join the zoom here: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91239642084

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91239642084

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Computer Science

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  • ***NO ISE 651, Epstein Seminar - Thanksgiving Recess***

    Tue, Nov 24, 2020 @ 03:00 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Mork Family Department Fall Virtual Seminars - Rafael Verduzco

    Tue, Nov 24, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Rafael Verduzco, Rice University

    Talk Title: EFFICIENT AND MECHANICALLY ROBUST ORGANIC PHOTOVOLTAICS THROUGH SELF-ASSEMBLY

    Abstract: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93139729396?pwd=UmNqVmVac1BGcEZoVEgxaGNnRzVaUT09
    Meeting ID: 931 3972 9396
    Passcode: 514283


    Host: Nicholas Graham

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Greta Harrison

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  • CANCELLED - Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Nov 25, 2020 @ 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: Zoom Meeting

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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