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  • Discover USC: Chicago

    Sun, Oct 15, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

    Discover USC is a 2-hour info session that will cover: the USC Application Process, Financial Aid, Life on Campus, Plus, an Engineering Session led by Matthew O'Pray, Associate Dean, Admission, USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: The Palmer House

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC: Houston

    Sun, Oct 15, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

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

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: JW Marriott Houston

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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

    Mon, Oct 16, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

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

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

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

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Epstein Department - Guest Speaker Event

    Mon, Oct 16, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Selin Damla Ahipasaoglu, Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design

    Talk Title: Flexibility of Distributionally Robust Choice Models in Traffic Equilibrium

    Host: Prof. Jong-Shi Pang

    More Information: Selin_flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Oct 16, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Pilar Ruiz-Lozano, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Regencor

    Talk Title: Of the Cardiac Regenerative Secretome (...or why men are not fish)

    Host: Stacey Finley, PhD

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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

    Mon, Oct 16, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Bin Hu, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Talk Title: Dissipativity Theory for Optimization and Machine Learning Research

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

    Abstract: Empirical risk minimization (ERM) is a central topic for machine learning research, and is typically solved using first-order optimization methods whose convergence proofs are derived in a case-by-case manner. In this talk, we will present a simple routine which unifies the analysis of such optimization methods including gradient descent method, Nesterov's accelerated method, stochastic gradient descent (SGD), stochastic average gradient (SAG), SAGA, Finito, stochastic dual coordinate ascent (SDCA), stochastic variance reduction gradient (SVRG), and SGD with momentum. Specifically, we will view all these optimization methods as dynamical systems and then use a unified dissipativity approach to derive sufficient conditions for convergence rate certifications of such dynamical systems. The derived conditions are all in the form of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs). We solve these resultant LMIs and obtain analytical proofs of new convergence rates for various optimization methods (with or without individual convexity). Our proposed analysis can be automated for a large class of first-order optimization methods under various assumptions. In addition, the derived LMIs can always be numerically solved to provide clues for constructions of analytical proofs.


    Biography: Bin Hu received his B.S in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Science and Technology of China, and received the M.S. in Computational Mechanics from Carnegie Mellon University. He received the Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota, advised by Peter Seiler. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the optimization group of Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is working with Laurent Lessard and closely collaborating with Stephen Wright. He is interested in building connections between control theory and machine learning research. His current research focuses on tailoring robust control theory (integral quadratic constraints, dissipation inequalities, jump system theory, etc) to unify the study of stochastic optimization methods (stochastic gradient, stochastic average gradient, SAGA, SVRG, Katyusha momentum, etc) and their applications in related machine learning problems (logistic regression, deep neural networks, matrix completion, etc). He is also particularly interested in the generalization mechanism of deep learning.


    Host: Insoon Yang, insoonya@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Squarespace Info Session

    Mon, Oct 16, 2017 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Squarespace is hiring Software Engineers and Interns for our NYC office! Stop by our session to learn more about our opportunities and food!

    Squarespace's mission is to provide creative tools that help anyone give a voice to their ideas. From the designers and engineers who are creating the next generation of web and mobile experiences, to anyone putting a website together for the first time, Squarespace provides elegant solutions that set new standards for online publishing. Check us out at squarespace.com/careers

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • An Evening with L'Oréal hosted by USC NOBE

    Mon, Oct 16, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

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

    Student Activity


    We are excited to welcome L'Oréal for an evening of info and networking! They will be addressing their 2018 Internship positions for Juniors (a list of positions is included in the link below), as well as their international case competition Brandstorm, for Sophomores.
    Pizza and dessert will be provided!
    Please RSVP on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nobeusc , and fill out the following link:
    https://loreal.avature.net/uscnobe101617
    (Priority will be given to NOBE members, and attendance will be capped at 50).
    We look forward to seeing you all there!

    Location: JFF 241

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Christina Martin

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  • Discover USC: Denver

    Mon, Oct 16, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

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

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Marriott Denver City Center

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Epstein Institute Seminar, ISE 651

    Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Christopher Ryan, Associate Professor of Operations Management, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

    Talk Title: Monotonicity of Optimal Contracts Without the First-Order Approach

    Host: Prof. John Carlsson

    More Information: October 17, 2017.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Interview Strategies- Presented by corporate partner, PDG

    Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join our corporate partner, PDG, to help you discover tips on how to prepare for both technical and behavioral interviews

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Visa Information Session

    Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Tech Talk: The future of payments.

    Location: SGM 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CS Colloquium: Max Levchin (Affirm) - Fireside Chat with Max Levchin, CEO of Affirm

    Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Max Levchin, Affirm

    Talk Title: Fireside Chat with Max Levchin, CEO of Affirm

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Fireside Chat with Max Levchin from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM followed by networking from 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Coffee and cookies will be served.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium. Please note, due to limited capacity in GFS 106, seats will be first come first serve.


    Biography: Max Levchin is the founder and CEO of Affirm, a financial services technology company, cofounder and Chairman of Glow, a women's reproductive and sexual health company, and cofounder and general partner at SciFi VC, a private venture capital firm. All three companies were created and launched from his San Francisco based innovation lab, HVF (Hard, Valuable, Fun). Max was one of the original cofounders of PayPal where he served as the CTO until its acquisition by Ebay in 2002. In 2002, he was named to the Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world as well as Innovator of the Year. In 2004, he founded Slide, a personal media-sharing service for social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook which he sold to Google in August 2010. Also in 2004, he helped start Yelp, where he was the first investor in and Chairman of the Board from 2004 until 2015. He has served on several boards such as Yahoo!, Yelp, Evernote and currently serves on the Consumer Advisory Board of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Max is a serial entrepreneur, computer scientist, philanthropist and active investor in more than 100 startups.


    Host: Computer Science Department

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 106

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Discover USC: Las Vegas

    Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

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

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Embassy Suites Convention Center

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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

    Wed, Oct 18, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

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

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

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

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • CS Colloquium: Henny Admoni (Carnegie Mellon University) - Toward Natural Interactions With Assistive Robots

    Wed, Oct 18, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 01:20 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Henny Admoni, Carnegie Mellon University

    Talk Title: Toward Natural Interactions With Assistive Robots

    Series: CS Colloquium

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

    Robots can help people live better lives by assisting them with the complex tasks involved in everyday activities. This is especially impactful for people with disabilities, who can benefit from robotic assistance to increase their independence. For example, physically assistive robots can collaborate with people in preparing a meal, enabling people with motor impairments to be self sufficient in cooking and eating. Socially assistive robots can act as tutors, coaches, and partners, to help people with social or learning deficits practice the skills they have learned in class or therapy. Developing effective human-robot interactions in these cases requires a multidisciplinary approach that involves fundamental robotics algorithms, insights from human psychology, and techniques from artificial intelligence and machine learning.

    In this talk, I will describe my vision for robots that collaborate with and assist humans on complex tasks. I will explain how we can leverage our understanding of natural, intuitive human behaviors to detect when and how people need assistance, and then apply robotics algorithms to produce effective human-robot interactions. I explain how models of human attention, drawn from cognitive science, can help select robot behaviors that improve human performance on a collaborative task. I detail my work on algorithms that predict people's mental states based on their eye gaze and provide assistance in response to those predictions. And I show how breaking the seamlessness of an interaction can make robots appear smarter. Throughout the talk, I will describe how techniques and knowledge from cognitive science help us develop robot algorithms that lead to more effective interactions between people and their robot partners.


    Biography: Henny Admoni is an Assistant Professor in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where she works on assistive robotics and human-robot interaction. Henny develops and studies intelligent robots that improve people's lives by providing assistance through social and physical interactions. She studies how nonverbal communication, such as eye gaze and pointing, can improve assistive interactions by revealing underlying human intentions and increasing human-robot communication. Previously, Henny was a postdoctoral fellow at CMU with Siddhartha Srinivasa in the Personal Robotics Lab. Henny completed her PhD in Computer Science at Yale University with Professor Brian Scassellati. Henny holds an MS in Computer Science from Yale University, and a BA/MA joint degree in Computer Science from Wesleyan University. Henny's scholarship has been recognized with awards such as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, and the Palantir Women in Technology Scholarship.

    Host: Computer Science Department

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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

    Wed, Oct 18, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Sajal K. Das, Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla

    Talk Title: Smart Living: The Next Frontier

    Abstract: We live in an era in which our physical and personal environments are becoming increasingly intertwined and smarter due to the advent of pervasive sensing, wireless communications, computing, and actuation technologies. Indeed our daily living in smart cities and connected communities depend on a wide variety of smart service systems and cyber-physical infrastructures, such as smart energy, transportation, healthcare, supply-chain, etc. Alongside, the availability of low-cost wireless sensor networks (WSNs), Internet of Things (IoTs), and rich mobile devices (e.g., smartphones) are also empowering humans with fine-grained information and opinion collection through crowdsensing about events of interest, thus resulting in actionable inferences and decisions. This synergy has led to the cyber-physical-social (CPS) convergence with human in the loop that exhibits complex interactions, inter-dependencies and adaptations between engineered/natural systems and human users with a goal to improve quality of life experience what we call smart living. However, the main challenges are posed by the scale, heterogeneity, big data, and resource limitations (e.g., energy) in context recognition and situation awareness using sensors, IoTs and CPS networks. This talk will highlight unique research issues and challenges in smart living and CPS systems, solutions for energy-efficient data gathering and fusion, lifetime optimization and security in WSNs, and trade-off between energy and information quality in multi-modal context recognition. Our research is based on online and randomized algorithms, graph theory, game theory, trust model, and information theory. Case studies and experimental results will be presented for energy efficient homes and smart healthcare applications. The talk will be concluded with directions for future research.

    Biography: Dr. Sajal K. Das is a professor of Computer Science and Daniel St. Clair Endowed Chair at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla. During 2008-2011, he served the NSF as a Program Director in the Computer and Network Systems Division. Prior to 2013, he was a University Distinguished Scholar Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and founding director of Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN) at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research interests include wireless and sensor networks, mobile and pervasive computing, cyber-physical systems and smart environments including smart grid and smart healthcare, distributed and cloud computing, security and privacy, big data and IoT, biological and social networks, and applied graph theory and game theory. He has published over 600 research articles in these areas, 52 book chapters, and 5 US patents. He coauthored four books - "Smart Environments: Technology, Protocols, and Applications" (John Wiley, 2005); "Handbook on Securing Cyber-Physical Critical Infrastructure: Foundations and Challenges" (Morgan Kaufman, 2012); "Mobile Agents in Distributed Computing and Networking" (Wiley, 2012); and "Principles of Cyber-Physical Systems: An Interdisciplinary Approach" (Cambridge University Press, 2017). His h-index is 75 with more than 23,500 citations according to Google Scholar. Dr. Das is a recipient of 10 Best Paper Awards in prestigious conferences (e.g., ACM MobiCom and IEEE PerCom) and numerous awards for research, teaching, mentoring and professional services, including IEEE Computer Society's Technical Achievement Award for pioneering contributions to sensor networks and mobile computing. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier's Pervasive and Mobile Computing journal and serves as Associate Editor of several journals including IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, and Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. A founder of IEEE PerCom, IEEE WoWMoM, IEEE SMARTCOMP, and ICDCN conferences, he has served on numerous ACM and IEEE conference committees as General Chair, Technical Program Chair, or Program Committee member. Dr. Das is an IEEE Fellow for pioneering contributions to parallel, distributed and mobile computing.

    Host: Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Estela Lopez

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  • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Seminar

    Wed, Oct 18, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jasmine Foo, Associate Professor, U. Minnesota

    Talk Title: Field Cancerization in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

    Abstract: High rates of local recurrence in tobacco-related head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) are commonly attributed to unresected fields of precancerous tissue. Because they are not easily detectable at the time of surgery without additional biopsies, there is a need for noninvasive methods to predict the extent and dynamics of these fields. Here, we developed a spatial stochastic evolutionary model of tobacco-related HNSCC at the tissue level and calibrated the model using a Bayesian framework and population-level incidence data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registry. Our model predicted a strong dependence of the local field size on age at diagnosis. Similarly, the probability of harboring multiple, clinically unrelated fields at the time of diagnosis was found to increase substantially with patient age. This work highlights the importance of spatial structure in models of epithelial carcinogenesis and suggests that patient age at diagnosis may be a critical predictor of the size and multiplicity of precancerous lesions.

    Host: Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ashleen Knutsen

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  • Jet Propulsion Lab Info Sesion

    Wed, Oct 18, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    General organization information session with a panel and Q&A. Food will be provided, usually we order pizza and soft drinks.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Discover USC: Phoenix

    Wed, Oct 18, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

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

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: DoubleTree Resort Paradise Valley – Scottsdale

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC: San Diego

    Wed, Oct 18, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

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

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Hyatt Regency La Jolla

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • ASBME: General Meeting 3

    Wed, Oct 18, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Ever wonder what it takes to create a startup? Come join ASBME to learn the riveting details about startups and the inside scoop from USC and ASBME alum Michael Maylahn, Stasis Labs co-founder and COO. Learn more about Stasis Labs here! http://stasislabs.com

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 227

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • Interview Strategies

    Thu, Oct 19, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Discover tips on how to prepare for both technical and behavioral interviews

    TIME TBD

    Online log-in info coming soon!

    Location: ONLINE

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • PhD Defense- You Kyu Lee

    Thu, Oct 19, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    Date: Thu, Oct 19, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Location: Hedco Chemical Engineering (HED) - 103

    PhD Candidate: Youn Kyu Lee

    Committee: Nenad Medvidovic (CS, chair), William G.J. Halfond (CS), Sandeep Gupta (EE)

    Title: Reducing Inter-Component Communication Vulnerabilities in Event-Based Systems

    Abstract:
    Event-based system (EBS) has become popular because of its high flexibility, scalability, and adaptability. These advantages are facilitated by its reliance on implicit invocation and implicit concurrency. Specifically, in EBS, components may not know the consumers of the events they publish, nor do they necessarily know the producers of events they consume. This communication mechanism is based on non-determinism in event processing, which can introduce inherent security vulnerabilities into a system referred to as event attacks. Event attack is a particular type of attack that can abuse, incapacitate, and damage a target system by exploiting the system's event-based communication model. Different types of event attacks have been identified in a range of domains to date. It is hard to prevent event attacks because they are administered in a way that does not differ from ordinary event-based communication in general. While a number of techniques have focused on security threats in EBS, they do not appropriately resolve the event attack problems or suffer from inaccuracy in detecting and preventing event attacks. Furthermore, fundamental security flaws, which can be exploited by event attacks, have not been clearly identified yet. In order to address the risk of event attacks, this dissertation presents four main approaches: (1) a new taxonomy for security flaws in EBS, which can serve as a basis for resolving event attack problems; (2) SEALANT (Security for End-users of Android via Light-weight ANalysis Techniques), a novel protection mechanism for Android, one of the most widely used event-based platforms; (3) SCUTUM (SeCUrity for evenT-based systems implemented Using MOM platforms), a novel vulnerability detection technique for EBSs that are implemented by using message-oriented middleware platforms; and (4) ViVA (Visualizer for eVent-based Architectures), a new visualization technique for monitoring and identifying security vulnerabilities in EBS.

    Location: 103

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Lizsl De Leon

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  • CS Colloquium: Phillip Isola (UC Berkeley) - Learning to See Without a Teacher

    Thu, Oct 19, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Phillip Isola, UC Berkeley

    Talk Title: Learning to See Without a Teacher

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

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

    Over the past decade, learning-based methods have driven rapid progress in computer vision. However, most such methods still require a human "teacher" in the loop. Humans provide labeled examples of target behavior, and also define the objective that the learner tries to satisfy. The way learning plays out in nature is rather different: ecological scenarios involve huge quantities of unlabeled data and only a few supervised lessons provided by a teacher (e.g., a parent). I will present two directions toward computer vision algorithms that learn more like ecological agents. The first involves learning from unlabeled data. I will show how objects and semantics can emerge as a natural consequence of predicting raw data, rather than labels. The second is an approach to data prediction where we not only learn to make predictions, but also learn the objective function that scores the predictions. In effect, the algorithm learns not just how to solve a problem, but also what exactly needs to be solved in order to generate realistic outputs. Finally, I will talk about my ongoing efforts toward sensorimotor systems that not only learn from provided data but also act to sample more data on their own.



    Biography: Phillip Isola is currently a Fellow at OpenAI, and he will be starting as an Assistant Professor in EECS at MIT in 2018. He received his Ph.D. in the Brain & Cognitive Sciences department at MIT, and spent two years as a postdoc in the EECS department at UC Berkeley. He studies visual intelligence from the perspective of both minds and machines.

    Host: Joseph Lim

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Environmental Defense Fund Info Session

    Thu, Oct 19, 2017 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    EDF Climate Corps is the premier graduate fellowship program to jump-start your career in clean energy or sustainability. Fellows join an exclusive network of over a thousand EDF Climate Corps alumni and other energy and sustainability professionals, working to advance climate solutions in leading organizations around the world.

    Our competitive program selects qualified candidates from a variety of disciplines to work for a summer embedded within leading organizations to identify customized energy management solutions. Fellows gain access to an interactive training in-person training as well as resources and continuing education, including professional development opportunities, online resources and webinars. Apply Today!

    Since 2008, EDF Climate Corps has placed over 800 fellows in host organizations including Under Armour, REI, NRG Energy, City of Los Angeles, JLL, TPG Capital, Verizon, ICF International, General Motors, and the New York City Housing Authority. A list of 2018 host organizations will be available to candidates during the interview process and fellows are matched with host organizations based on their location, industry and project type preferences. See the full list of past organizations on our website.

    Projects to Match Your Unique Skills and Career Goals

    Working under the guidance of a host supervisor and EDF engagement manager, fellows uncover strategic energy management solutions for their host organization. Projects culminate in a written report and series of recommendations to the host organization. Projects may focus on:

    -Scaling Energy Efficiency Solutions: Identify energy and cost-saving measures, evaluate financing options and explore opportunities to implement advanced energy management technologies across a portfolio of buildings.

    -Carbon Mitigation Strategies: Develop GHG targets that are based in science and create strategies to achieve emission reduction goals through data-driven analysis such as energy benchmarking and carbon accounting.

    -Clean and Renewable Energy: Uncover opportunities for demand response, renewable energy generation, storage and clean energy procurement policies.

    -Sustainable Supply Chain Management: Quantify and baseline scope 3 emissions and develop recommendations for engaging suppliers on emission reduction opportunities.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Biomedical Engineering Alumni & Industry Spotlight

    Thu, Oct 19, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Undergraduate Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Transfer Day

    Fri, Oct 20, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • W.V.T. RUSCH ENGINEERING HONORS COLLOQUIUM

    Fri, Oct 20, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Steve Chien, Head of the Artificial Intelligence Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Talk Title: ESA Rosetta Mission and the Use of Artificial Intelligence in Orbiter Science Operations

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Su Stevens

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  • Biotronik Information Session

    Fri, Oct 20, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    ASBME and IEEE are excited to welcome representatives from Biotronik for our very first info session of the year! Biotronik is an international company based in Germany that is committed to developing safe and effective technological solutions for cardiovascular diseases. Biotronik is credited with the development of the very first implantable German pacemaker in 1963, but since then, the company has expanded their interests to include such medical devices as stents, defribillators, and remote monitoring services. Come out to hear all the amazing things that engineers at Biotronik get to do on a daily basis, and learn more about internship and employment opportunities! Questions? Please reach our to ASBME's Corporate Rep: asbme.corporate@usc.edu

    Location: TBD

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • Debdeep Jena - Munushian Seminar speaker, Friday, October 20th at 2:00pm in EEB 132

    Fri, Oct 20, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Debdeep Jena, Cornell University

    Talk Title: The Wide-Bandgap Semiconductor Revolution in Electronic, Photonic, and Energy Systems

    Abstract: Wide-bandgap nitride materials and devices have revolutionized the electronics and photonics industries in the last two decades. The optical device impact is moving from visible lighting and lasers to deep-UV photonics for biological applications. By exploiting the high electrical breakdown fields, and the high mobility of 2-dimensional electron gases, GaN HEMTs are now capable of generating enormous amounts of microwave power at high frequencies, and have become very attractive for RF amplifiers that power communications. At the same time, both lateral GaN HEMTs, and vertical GaN FETs are making inroads into high-voltage power electronics. Surprisingly, GaN also has a significant role to play in low-power energy-efficient electronics by exploiting internal polarization fields driven by the Berry phase. This talk will review these successes and discuss the physics underlying these revolutionary advances of the past two decades. Then, the same physics and a slew of new nitride materials to augment the conventional nitrides and to take Wide-bandgap electronics well into the future into areas of quantum computation and communications will be discussed.

    Biography: Dr. Debdeep Jena is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. His research and teaching interests are in the MBE growth and electronic and photonic device applications of quantum semiconductor heterostructures (III-V nitrides, oxides, and 2D crystal semiconductors). By combining experiment and theory, his group explores fundamental speed, power, and efficiency limits of electronic and photonic devices based on a deep investigation of charge, heat, and spin transport. He has authored more than 200 scientific publications including articles in Science, Nature Journals, Physical Review Letters, Electron Device Letters, and Applied Physics Letters. During his research career, he has received the International MBE Young Scientist award in 2014, the IBM faculty award in 2012, the ISCS Young Scientist award in 2012, the most valuable contribution awards at the Workshop for Compound Semiconductor Materials and Devices (WOCSEMMAD) in 2014, 2010 and 2008, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award in 2006, a best student paper award at the Electronic Materials Conference in 2002, and a young author best paper award from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) in 2000. He is most proud of the Joyce award for excellence in undergraduate teaching which he received in 2010. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

    Host: EE-Electrophysics

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • BME Lab Rotation Presentations

    Fri, Oct 20, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Lirong Yan, PhD, Assistant Professor Of Research Neurology, USC Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics

    Talk Title: Cerebrovascular MRI with Dynamic Arterial Spin Labeling

    Series: Seminars in BME (Lab Rotations)

    Host: Brent Liu, PhD

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • NL Seminar-ALGORITHMIC BIAS IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: THE SEEN AND UNSEEN FACTORS INFLUENCING MACHINE PERCEPTION OF IMAGES AND LANGUAGE

    Fri, Oct 20, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Margaret Mitchell, Google

    Talk Title: ALGORITHMIC BIAS IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: THE SEEN AND UNSEEN FACTORS INFLUENCING MACHINE PERCEPTION OF IMAGES AND LANGUAGE

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: The success of machine learning has surged, with similar algorithmic approaches effectively solving a variety of human defined tasks. Tasks testing how well machines can perceive images and communicate about them have exposed strong effects of different types of bias, such as selection bias and dataset bias. In this talk, I will unpack some of these biases, and how they affect machine perception today.



    Biography: Margaret Mitchell is a Senior Research Scientist in Google's Research & Machine Intelligence group, working on artificial intelligence. Her research generally involves vision-language and grounded language generation, focusing on how to evolve artificial intelligence towards positive goals. This includes research on helping computers to communicate based on what they can process, as well as projects to create assistive and clinical technology from the state of the art in AI.

    Host: Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Knight

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. Seminar

    Fri, Oct 20, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Wael M. Hassan, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., Asst Professor of Structural and Earthquake Engineering

    Talk Title: Seismic Assessment of Beam-Column Joints in Existing Concrete Buildings

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    More Information: Wael Hassan_Seminar 10_20_17.pdf

    Location: Von Kleinsmid Center For International & Public Affairs (VKC) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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