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  • USC Graduate Engineering Info Session: Bangalore

    Sun, Oct 13, 2019 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    TechNext India: A Talk on MS and PhD Programs Rising in Popularity in US

    Who should attend:
    Candidates with a strong academic background and a Bachelor's degree (or those in the process of earning a Bachelor's degree) in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or physical science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend this session to learn more about graduate and doctoral engineering program trends and about applying to the University of Southern California.

    Topics covered:

    Master's & PhD Programs Trends in the US
    Popular Programs at USC (CS, Mech, Data Science, BioMed, Civil, EM etc.)
    How to Apply
    Scholarships and Funding
    Student Life at USC and in Los Angeles
    Application Tips
    Q & A

    Register Here

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Viterbi Graduate Programs

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  • Engineering Nano-electronics for Enabling Ubiquitous Intelligence

    Mon, Oct 14, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Akhilesh Jaiswal, Senior Research Engineer, GLOBALFOUNDRIES Worldwide Research Division

    Talk Title: Engineering Nano-electronics for Enabling Ubiquitous Intelligence

    Abstract: The science of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is built upon multi-disciplinary areas of research such as Nano-, Bio-electronics, and computational engineering. Despite its meticulous design, the underlying hardware fabrics fueling AI systems are based on decades-old computing principles using Boolean transistor switches. Although transistors have scaled from planar to 3D, the basic synchronous digital computing paradigm based on von-Neumann architecture has remained unaltered. Moreover, transistor scaling, which has been the driving force behind the ever-improving performance of traditional digital systems is approaching its imminent demise. These factors have led to multiple bottlenecks in terms of memory-wall, energy-efficiency, throughput, and security concerns. As such, the vision of enabling 'Ubiquitous Intelligence' cannot be achieved without mitigating the challenges mentioned above and embedding intelligent computations across high-end servers down to resource-constrained edge devices. In this talk, I will present two solutions to mitigate energy- and throughput- bottleneck based on emerging non-volatile technologies and also CMOS SRAM. In particular, I will discuss 1) voltage-controlled spin dynamics to achieve massively parallel in-memory Boolean computing, 3) embedding three terminal spin Hall device into standard SRAM cell to enable in-situ checkpointing and restore operations for intermittently powered devices 3) digital 8 transistor-SRAM bit-cells as multi-bit-analog dot product engine for AI acceleration. I will conclude the talk by presenting future research directions for beyond Moore-era AI computing.

    Biography: Akhilesh Jaiswal is currently a Senior Research Engineer for GLOBALFOUNDRIES Worldwide Research Division. As a Senior Engineer he is responsible for 1) developing compact device model for MRAM based AI in-memory circuits 2) enabling AI acceleration through hybrid photonic-electronic neuro-mimetic devices.

    Akhilesh received his Ph.D. degree in Nano-electronics from Purdue University in May 2019 under supervision of Prof. Kaushik Roy and Master's degree from University of Minnesota in May 2014. As a part of doctoral program his research focused on 1) Exploration of bio-mimetic devices and circuits using emerging non-volatile technologies for Neuromorphic computing. 2) CMOS based analog and digital in-memory and near-memory computing using standard memory bit-cells for beyond von-Neumann AI/ML acceleration. Akhilesh was an intern with GF Differentiating Technology Lab, Malta, in summer of 2017 and with ARM Devices-Circuits-System Research Group, Austin, in summer 2018. He has authored over 25+ articles in journals and conferences and has 2 issued patents and 13 pending patents under USPTO.

    Host: Professor Richard Leahy, leahy@sipi.usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • Fall 2019 Joint CSC@USC/CommNetS-MHI Seminar Series

    Mon, Oct 14, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Vasileios Christopoulos, University of California, Riverside

    Talk Title: The acting and adapting brain: Making decisions and learning to adapt in a dynamic world

    Abstract: The ability to select between competing options while acting, and learning to adapt to new situations, underlies our impressive capabilities of playing soccer, flying aircrafts and skiing on the Olympics. Although significant progress has been made on understanding the mechanisms underpinning decision-making and learning, there is no strong consensus on how the brain chooses between actions and adapts to new environmental conditions. I will discuss recent findings from our lab providing evidence that decision-making is not a centralized cognitive process that resides solely within the frontal lobe. Instead, it also includes brain areas that have been traditionally associated with planning and generating actions. By modeling the decision-making process within a neurodynamical framework, I will present an alternative hypothesis according to which decisions emerge via a continuous competition between multiple potential actions. To select between actions, the brain needs an accurate representation of the state of the body and the environment it is in. Despite the sophistication of our sensory system, it is unlikely to extract a complete and accurate representation of the state due to noise and long sensory delays. To avoid instabilities due to these factors, previous work has suggested that the brain builds internal models that predict sensory outcome of motor actions. These predictions are integrated with the incoming sensory feedback to update the estimate of the current state. By recording neural activity from the posterior parietal cortex (PPC) in both humans and non-human primates, I will show that PPC contains an adaptive internal forward model that learns to compensate for delayed visual feedback. I will also discuss clinical brain-machine interface (BMI) studies in human with tetraplegia that have taken steps to elucidate the mechanisms behind the acquisition of new skills and why learning new skills is easier when they are related to already learned abilities. By training a participant to control a computer cursor by modulating the neural activity of PPC neurons, we found that some patterns of activity were generated more easily than others. The easier-to-learn patterns of activity were combinations of pre-existing neuronal patterns, whereas the difficult-to-learn activity patterns were different from the neuronal patterns that the participant had experienced in the past. Importantly, there were neuronal patterns that PPC could not generate indicating that neuroplasticity in learning is constrained by the pre-existing structure of the brain. This fundamental constraint may explain why learning novel tasks can be challenging.

    Biography: Dr. Christopoulos is an Assistant Professor at the Bioengineering Department at the University of California Riverside. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering (with minor in Cognitive Sciences) from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 2010. He then moved to California Institute of Technology (Caltech) to work as a post-doctoral fellow at the Andersens lab. In 2017, he was appointed as Research Faculty at the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering at Caltech and Director of Neurotechnology at the T&C Chen Brain-Machine Interface Center. Dr. Christopoulos research group uses neurophysiological, functional brain-imaging and computational methods to elucidate the mechanisms underlying decision-making, motor learning and spatial awareness, and explore circuit dysfunctions in neurological and psychiatric disorders. In recent years, Dr. Christopoulos extended his research to clinical trials including neural prosthetic applications in individuals with tetraplegia (intracortical Brain-Machine Interface), and deep brain stimulation (DBS) in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients.

    Host: Mihailo Jovanovic, mihailo@usc.edu

    More Info: http://csc.usc.edu/seminars/2019Fall/christopoulos.html

    More Information: 191014_Vasileios Christopoulos_CSC.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Brienne Moore

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  • CILQ Faculty Seminar

    Mon, Oct 14, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Salman Avestimehr, Professor/USC

    Talk Title: Coded Computing: A Transformative Framework for Resilient, Secure, and Private Distributed Learning

    Abstract: This talk introduces Coded Computing, a new framework that brings concepts and tools from information theory and coding into distributed computing to mitigate several performance bottlenecks that arise in large-scale distributed computing and machine learning, such as resiliency to stragglers and bandwidth bottleneck. Furthermore, coded computing can enable (information-theoretically) secure and private learning over untrusted workers that is gaining increasing importance in various application domains. In particular, we present CodedPrivateML for distributed learning, which keeps both the data and the model private while allowing efficient parallelization of training across untrusted distributed workers. We demonstrate that CodedPrivateML can provide an order of magnitude speedup (up to ~30x) over the cryptographic approaches that rely on secure multiparty computing.

    Host: CSI

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corine Wong

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Mon, Oct 14, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Yves Weinand, Director and Head of Laboratory for Timber Construction (IBOIS)

    Talk Title: Advanced Timber Construction Using Digital Fabrication and Robotics Assemblies

    Abstract: Please see Attached.

    Host: Dr. Erik Johnson

    More Information: Y. Weinand Talk_10-14-19.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • USC Graduate Engineering Info Session: Chennai

    Mon, Oct 14, 2019 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    TechNext India: A Talk on MS and PhD Programs Rising in Popularity in US

    Who should attend:
    Candidates with a strong academic background and a Bachelor's degree (or those in the process of earning a Bachelor's degree) in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or physical science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend this session to learn more about graduate and doctoral engineering program trends and about applying to the University of Southern California.

    Topics covered:

    Master's & PhD Programs Trends in the US
    Popular Programs at USC (CS, Mech, Data Science, BioMed, Civil, EM etc.)
    How to Apply
    Scholarships and Funding
    Student Life at USC and in Los Angeles
    Application Tips
    Q & A

    Register Here

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Viterbi Graduate Programs

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  • Interviews Open Forum

    Tue, Oct 15, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series on Integrated Systems

    Tue, Oct 15, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Nagendra Krishnapura, Professor, IIT Madras

    Talk Title: Widely Tunable Active True-Time-Delay Line and Millimeter-Wave VCO

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

    More Information: MHI Seminar Series IS - Nagendra Krishnapura.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jenny Lin

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  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Oct 15, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Golbon Zakeri, Associate Professor

    Talk Title: Pricing Intermittent Renewable Generation Using Stochastic Flexi-Auctions

    Host: Prof. Suvrajeet Sen

    More Information: October 15, 2019.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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

    Tue, Oct 15, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Jeremy Levy, University of Pittsburgh

    Talk Title: Correlated Nanoelectronics

    Host: Professor Vashishta

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Karen Woo/Mork Family

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  • USC Graduate Engineering Info Session: Delhi

    Tue, Oct 15, 2019 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    TechNext India: A Talk on MS and PhD Programs Rising in Popularity in US

    Who should attend:
    Candidates with a strong academic background and a Bachelor's degree (or those in the process of earning a Bachelor's degree) in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or physical science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend this session to learn more about graduate and doctoral engineering program trends and about applying to the University of Southern California.

    Topics covered:

    Master's & PhD Programs Trends in the US
    Popular Programs at USC (CS, Mech, Data Science, BioMed, Civil, EM etc.)
    How to Apply
    Scholarships and Funding
    Student Life at USC and in Los Angeles
    Application Tips
    Q & A

    Register Here

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Viterbi Graduate Programs

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

    Wed, Oct 16, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

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

    Register Here

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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

    Wed, Oct 16, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

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

    Register Here

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Medical Imaging Seminar

    Wed, Oct 16, 2019 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Vanessa Landes, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Radiofrequency Pulse Performance for Myocardial ASL

    Series: Medical Imaging Seminar Series

    Abstract: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, accounting for approximately one third of all deaths in individuals over the age of 35. Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is an important tool to diagnose or monitor patients with CAD. Current techniques use ionizing radiation or contrast agents, and are not suitable for routine monitoring or in patients with chronic kidney disease. Myocardial Arterial Spin Labeling is under development as a contrast and radiation free MPI technique. Spatial coverage must be increased and sensitivity to transit delay must be eliminated for clinical adaptation.

    This talk will discuss technical improvements in RF pulse performance for myocardial ASL. First, a hardware-free, efficient RF predistortion technique is developed to improve SMS bSSFP imaging for increased spatial coverage of myocardial ASL. Second, a VS pulse is designed using Fourier Velocity encoding techniques and tailored specifically for labeling of coronary blood at 3T to remove transit delay sensitivities of myocardial ASL. With the proposed methods, the development of myocardial ASL approaches clinical reality.

    Biography: Vanessa Landes is a Ph.D. candidate working under the supervision of Prof. Krishna Nayak at the Magnetic Resonance Engineering Laboratory. Her research focuses on MR pulse sequence development and RF pulse design for cardiac applications at 3T.

    Host: Professor Krishna Nayak

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Oct 16, 2019 @ 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: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) - 101

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Interviews Open Forum

    Wed, Oct 16, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    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, Oct 16, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Sayan Mitra , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Talk Title: Optimal Data Rate Estimation and Model Detection for Safe Autonomy

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

    Abstract: Building a safe autonomous system will involve connecting a number of perception, monitoring, and decision components over a bandwidth-constrained network. Secondly, many of these components rely heavily on models. Based on these two observations, we motivate a new line of theoretical investigation on data-rate optimal state estimation and model detection. We introduce the notion of estimation entropy that captures the minimal data rate needed for state estimation of dynamical and switched systems. While there are parallels with the information-theoretic counterparts, this notion of estimation bounds the worst-case errors which is often necessary for reasoning about safety. As we believe that computing the estimation entropy of a system exactly will be difficult, we provide upper bounds. We present an algorithm for state estimation over finite bandwidth channels that matches this upper bound. Building on this estimator, we then present an algorithm that can detect the correct model of a system from a set of candidate models. We will conclude with a discussion of switched systems and connections with formal verification.


    Biography: Sayan Mitra is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an affiliate professor of Computer Science. He is the Associate director of research at the recently formed Center for Autonomy. His research interests lie around formal verification, autonomous systems, safety and privacy in control systems, and distributed computing. He has authored a textbook on verification of cyber-physical systems (to be published by MIT press). His research group has developed several leading tools for verification and synthesis of hybrid systems. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, MSc from the Indian Institute of Science, and a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech (2008), and has held visiting faculty positions at Oxford University, TU Vienna, and Kirtland Air Force Research Laboratory. Sayan received the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award, AFOSR Young Investigator Research Program Award, IEEE-HKN C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award, a RiSE Fellowship, a Seibel Research Grant, and several best paper awards.

    Host: Jyotirmoy Vinay Deshmukh

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • CAIS Seminar: Kayla de la Haye (University of Southern California) - Promoting Healthy Eating through Local and Global Social Networks

    Wed, Oct 16, 2019 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Kayla de la Haye, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Promoting Healthy Eating through Local and Global Social Networks

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

    Abstract: Poor diets are a major cause of common 'lifestyle' diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Although eating is often conceptualized as an individual behavior, the evidence shows that it is shaped by social and environmental forces that are insufficiently addressed in many interventions. This talk describes how complex social networks of family, friends, peers, and community stakeholders influence what people eat, and how interventions and policy can target "social architecture" to promote healthy nutrition. I emphasize the important role of innovative network and data science methods, big data, and transdisciplinary team science to advance this work.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium


    Biography: Dr. de la Haye works to promote health and prevent disease by applying social network analysis and systems science. Her research, funded by the NIH, the NSF, and the DoD, targets family and community social networks to promote healthy eating and prevent childhood obesity, and to understand the role of social networks in group problem solving in families, teams, and coalitions. She is Treasurer of the International Network of Social Network Analysis (INSNA), and in 2018, she received the INSNA Freeman Award for significant contributions to the study of social structure.

    URL: www.kayladelahaye.com
    Twitter: @kayladelahaye


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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Oct 16, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Kenneth Christensen, Notre Dame

    Talk Title: TBD

    Abstract: TBD

    Biography: TBD

    Host: AME Department

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tessa Yao

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  • USC Graduate Engineering Info Session: Pune

    Wed, Oct 16, 2019 @ 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    TechNext India: A Talk on MS and PhD Programs Rising in Popularity in US

    Who should attend:
    Candidates with a strong academic background and a Bachelor's degree (or those in the process of earning a Bachelor's degree) in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or physical science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend this session to learn more about graduate and doctoral engineering program trends and about applying to the University of Southern California.

    Topics covered:

    Master's & PhD Programs Trends in the US
    Popular Programs at USC (CS, Mech, Data Science, BioMed, Civil, EM etc.)
    How to Apply
    Scholarships and Funding
    Student Life at USC and in Los Angeles
    Application Tips
    Q & A

    Register Here

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Viterbi Graduate Programs

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  • NL Seminar-Answering Complex Questions in the Wild

    Thu, Oct 17, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Peng Qi, Stanford University

    Talk Title: Answering Complex Questions in the Wild

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Open domain question answering (open-domain QA) systems greatly improve our access to the knowledge in large text corpora, but most previous work on this topic lacks the ability to perform multi-hop reasoning, limiting how textual knowledge can actually be used. For instance, to answer What's the Aquaman actor's next movie?", one needs to reason about the entity Jason Momoa instead of just comparing the question to a local context, making the task more challenging.

    In this talk, I will present our recent work on enabling text based multi-hop reasoning in open-domain question answering. First, I will talk about how we collected one of the first datasets on multi-hop QA, making it possible to train and evaluate systems to perform explainable complex reasoning among millions of Wikipedia articles. Then, I will present a QA system we developed on this dataset. Iterating between finding supporting facts and reading the retrieved context, our model outperforms all previously published approaches, many of which based on powerful pretrained neural networks like BERT. As our model generates natural language queries at each step of its retrieval, it is also readily explainable to humans, and allows for intervention when it veers off course. I will conclude by comparing our model to other recent developments on this dataset, and discussing future directions on this problem.


    Biography: Peng Qi is a PhD student in Computer Science at Stanford University. His research interests revolve around building natural language processing systems that better bridge between humans and the large amount of textual information we are engulfed in. Specifically, he is interested in building knowledge representations, open-domain question answering, explainable models, and multi-lingual NLP systems. He is also interested in linguistics, and builds tools for linguistic structure analysis applicable to many languages.

    Host: Emily Sheng

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

    Webcast: https://bluejeans.com/265217611

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - CR #689

    WebCast Link: https://bluejeans.com/265217611

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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

    Fri, Oct 18, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

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

    Register Here

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Moon Diaries

    Fri, Oct 18, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering K-12 STEM Center

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Anastasia Stepanova, Cosmonaut

    Talk Title: What is the lunar orbital home in Moscow like?

    Host: Barboza Space Center and K-12 STEM Center

    More Information: Anastasia Interview Master PDF.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Darin Gray/Viterbi K-12 STEM Center

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  • USC Reunion Special Event - USC Viterbi Professor Garrett Reisman Meet and Greet

    Fri, Oct 18, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 02:50 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Alumni

    University Calendar


    As part of USC Reunion Weekend, USC Viterbi is hosting a special breakout event on Friday, October 18 from 2:00-2:50 featuring NASA astronaut and USC professor Garrett Reisman.

    As 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Dr. Reisman will recount the real-life intrigue, dangers and constant excitement that were a daily part of his career in space.

    Dr. Reisman was selected by NASA as a mission specialist astronaut in 1998. His first mission was aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, in 2008, which dropped him off for a 95-day mission aboard the International Space Station after which he returned to Earth aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. His second mission was aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, in 2010, which returned him to the Space Station.

    During these missions, Dr. Reisman performed three spacewalks, operated the Space Station Robot Arm and was a flight engineer aboard the Space Shuttle. After leaving NASA in 2011, Dr. Reisman joined SpaceX, which he prepared for human spaceflight as the Director of Space Operations. Currently he is a professor of astronautical engineering at USC, and he continues his work at SpaceX as a senior advisor.

    For more information, please visit: https://alumni.usc.edu/reunions/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tiffany Tay

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  • USC Viterbi Homecoming Tailgate

    Sat, Oct 19, 2019

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    University Calendar


    USC Viterbi is hosting a special tailgate for our engineering students, alumni, parents, and friends!

    Join us for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend - October 19, 2019.

    Visit https://viterbischool.usc.edu/alumni/homecoming/ for more information.

    Location: TBD

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tiffany Tay

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  • Discover USC - Minneapolis

    Sat, Oct 19, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

    The Discover USC events last approximately 2 hours and will cover the application process, financial aid, life on campus, and what it is like to study engineering at USC.

    Register for Discover USC

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC- Atlanta

    Sat, Oct 19, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

    The Discover USC events last approximately 2 hours and will cover the application process, financial aid, life on campus, and what it is like to study engineering at USC.

    Register for Discover USC

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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