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  • Repeating EventBiomedical Engineering Seminars

    Mon, Jan 08, 2018 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Qifa Zhou, Professor of BME & Ophthalmology (USC)

    Talk Title: Introduction, Syllabus, Expectations

    Host: Professor Qifa Zhou

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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

    Mon, Jan 08, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Bassam Bamieh, University of California at Santa Barbara

    Talk Title: Multiplicative Noise as a Structured Stochastic Uncertainty Problem

    Abstract: Linear systems with multiplicative, time-varying noise exhibit varied and rich phenomenology. We study such systems in a framework similar to that used in robust control where the stochastic parameters are viewed as a "structured uncertainty". In particular, a purely input-output approach is developed to characterize mean-square stability. This approach clarifies earlier results in this area and also easily produces new ones in the case of correlated uncertainties. Applications of this framework to networked dynamical systems with link failures and stochastic topologies will be illustrated. In addition, an application to a model of the Cochlea will be described which potentially explains otoacoustic emissions as an instability mechanism. Finally, we illustrate some interesting connections of this work with the phenomenon of Anderson Localization which is a canonical problem in the statistical physics of disordered media.

    Biography: Bassam Bamieh is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Director of the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation (CCDC) at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His research interests are in the fundamentals of Control and Dynamical Systems such as Robust, Optimal and Distributed Control, as well as the applications of systems and feedback techniques in several physical and engineering systems including shear flow transition and turbulence, and the use of feedback in thermoacoustic energy conversion devices. He is a past recipient of the AACC Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, and the IEEE Control Systems Society G. S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award (twice). He is a Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), and a Fellow of the IEEE.

    Host: Mihailo Jovanovic, mihailo@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Gerrielyn Ramos

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  • Resume Workshop

    Mon, Jan 08, 2018 @ 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Resume Workshop

    Tue, Jan 09, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Towards Stochastic Geometry for Smart Cities and Internet of Things

    Wed, Jan 10, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Harpreet S. Dhillon, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech

    Talk Title: Towards Stochastic Geometry for Smart Cities and Internet of Things

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

    Abstract: Stochastic geometry deals with the study of random spatial patterns. Such patterns appear in all major technological systems of critical importance to smart cities, such as communication networks, transportation, and smart grid. For instance, locations of wireless nodes, vehicles, and electric vehicle charging stations can all be visualized as random point patterns and can hence be modeled as point processes. Somewhat less obviously, the layout of roads in a city can also be visualized as a random spatial pattern (and can hence be modeled as a line process).

    In this talk, our focus will be on doubly-stochastic spatial models and their applications to problems of interest to communications and CPS communities. We will start our discussion with networks formed on roadways. In order to model these networks, we will construct a doubly-stochastic model in which the layout of roads is modeled using a line process and locations of vehicles (and other infrastructure elements) on each road as a Poisson point process. Using this model, we will first characterize the performance of a wireless link formed by a typical vehicle with another vehicle in the same network. This basic construct can be used to characterize wireless performance in emerging V2X/C-V2X technologies. We will then apply the same model to study the problem of infrastructure placement (such as electric vehicle charging stations) along the roads. In such problems, we generally need to measure distances along the roads (similar to Manhattan distance) because of which the resulting analysis has a significantly different flavor compared to that of wireless networks. In the remaining time, we will focus on Poisson cluster process, which is a doubly-stochastic spatial model that is useful in capturing spatial coupling in the locations of wireless nodes. We will discuss its applications to both Internet of Things and cellular networks (time permitting). Interested readers can refer to the following two representative papers to get more rigorous details: https://arxiv.org/abs/1709.08577 (line process) and https://doi.org/10.1109/TCOMM.2017.2782741 (cluster process).


    Biography: Harpreet S. Dhillon received the B.Tech. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT Guwahati in 2008, the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2010, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. In academic year 2013-14, he was a Viterbi Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California. He joined Virginia Tech in August 2014, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has held short-term visiting positions at Bell Labs, Samsung, and Qualcomm. His research interests include communication theory, stochastic geometry, cyber-physical systems, and wireless ad hoc and heterogeneous cellular networks.

    Dr. Dhillon is a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher and has coauthored five best paper award recipients including the 2016 IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Heinrich Hertz Award, the 2015 IEEE ComSoc Young Author Best Paper Award, the 2014 IEEE ComSoc Leonard G. Abraham Prize, and two conference best paper awards at IEEE ICC 2013 and European Wireless 2014. His other academic honors include the 2017 Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award from the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, the 2013 UT Austin Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) leadership award, the UT Austin Microelectronics and Computer Development (MCD) Fellowship, and the 2008 Agilent Engineering and Technology Award. He currently serves as an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, the IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking, and the IEEE Wireless Communications Letters.


    Host: Professor Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • Resume Workshop

    Wed, Jan 10, 2018 @ 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Resume Workshop

    Thu, Jan 11, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Resume Workshop

    Fri, Jan 12, 2018 @ 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • W.V.T. RUSCH ENGINEERING HONORS COLLOQUIUM

    Fri, Jan 12, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Deniz K. Armani, SMP Engineering, Inc.

    Talk Title: One Engineer's Professional Journey, From School to Industry

    Host: Dr. Prata & EHP

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Su Stevens

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  • Low Cost Platforms for EE Education

    Fri, Jan 12, 2018 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Patrick Kane, Cypress Semiconductor Corporation

    Talk Title: Low Cost Platforms for EE Education

    Abstract: By 2020 there will be 50 Billion devices connected to the internet (MIT, 2017). More and more institutions are implementing IoT courses as part of their curriculum (Class Central, 2017; MIT, 2017; UC San Diego, 2017).

    The lecture will introduce attendees to available development kits suitable for IoT as well as an overview of the Cypress University Alliance program and demonstrations of Cypress kits that can be used in the lab section of a variety of courses including (but not limited to): Fundamentals of Digital Logic, Op Amp filters, robotics, mechatronics, embedded systems and IoT.


    Biography: Patrick Kane is the director of the Cypress University Alliance Program (CUA) at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. The Cypress University Alliance Program is dedicated to partnering with academia to ensure that professors and students have access to the latest Cypress PSoC technology for use in education and research. Mr. Kane joined Cypress to begin a university program at Cypress in July 2006. Before joining Cypress, Mr. Kane spent over 13 years at Xilinx in a variety of technical and marketing roles including Applications Engineering, Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, Technical Training, and managed the Xilinx University Program (XUP) from 1998 through 2002. Prior to Xilinx, Mr. Kane spent a number of years at both Advanced Micro Devices and Lattice Semiconductor Inc. He holds ASEET, BSEE, and MBA degrees and has authored numerous articles and conference papers. Mr. Kane is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational technology.

    Host: Professor Sandeep Gupta

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Fri, Jan 12, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: John Oghalai, MD, Tiber Alpert Professor and Chair USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology -“ Head and Neck Surgery

    Talk Title: How Cochlear Biomechanics Tunes Mammalian Hearing

    Abstract: The exquisite sensitivity and frequency discrimination of mammalian hearing derive from forces generated by outer hair cells (OHCs) within the auditory portion of the inner ear, the cochlea. These forces amplify the sound-induced vibrations within the tissues of the cochlea to enhance quiet sounds and sharpen frequency tuning. Our group has pioneered the technique of using optical coherence tomography to measure sound-induced vibrations within the mammalian cochlea without opening the bone that surrounds it, thus minimizing artifacts. Furthermore, we study transgenic mice with targeted mutations that affect different biomechanical aspects of the cochlea to localize the underlying processes necessary for normal hearing. The goal of this work is to understand the fundamental biomechanical changes that underlie progressive hearing loss and to develop treatments to overcome them.

    Biography: http://keck.usc.edu/john-s-oghalai-to-lead-otolaryngology/

    Host: Shri Narayanan, PhD & Brent Liu, PhD

    More Information: Oghalai Announcement.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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