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  • Biomedical Engineering Seminars

    Mon, Jan 15, 2018 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: NO CLASS MLK HOLIDAY, NO CLASS MLK HOLIDAY

    Talk Title: NO CLASS- MLK HOLIDAY

    Host: Professor Qifa Zhou

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • Formal Methods for Building a Multi-Robot Task Server

    Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Rupak Majumdar, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

    Talk Title: Formal Methods for Building a Multi-Robot Task Server

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

    Abstract: In this talk, I will talk about synthesis challenges that arose in our attempts to build Antlab, an end-to-end system that takes streams of user task requests and executes them using collections of robots. In Antlab, each request is specified declaratively in linear temporal logic extended with quantifiers over robots. The user does not program robots individually, nor know how many robots are available at any time or the precise state of the robots. The Antlab runtime system manages the set of robots, schedules robots to perform tasks, automatically synthesizes robot motion plans from the task specification, and manages the co-ordinated execution of the plan.

    We are using Antlab as an end-to-end application of formal methods in cyber-physical systems.I will describe techniques to bridge the gap between continuous and discrete worlds,and hierarchical synthesis tools based on repeated re-planning and dynamic conflict resolution.On the theoretical side, I will describe compositional synthesis for continuous systems and some new classes of synthesis problems.On the practical side, I will describe ongoing work in using natural language for declarative specifications of tasks.

    This talk represents joint work with Brendon Boldt, Eva Darulova, Rayna Dimitrova, Ivan Gavran, Kaushik Mallik, Vinayak Prabhu, Indranil Saha, Anne-Kathrin Schmuck, Sadegh Soudjani, and Damien Zufferey.


    Biography: Rupak Majumdar is a Scientific Director at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. Previously, he was a faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles.His research interests are in the verification and control of reactive, real-time, hybrid, and probabilistic systems, software verification and programming languages, logic, and automata theory. He received the President's Gold Medal from IIT, Kanpur, the Leon O. Chua award from UC Berkeley, an NSF CAREER award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, an ERC Synergy award, and "Most Influential Paper" awards from PLDI and POPL.


    Host: Professor Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • Epstein Institute Seminar, ISE 651

    Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Mayank Kejriwal, USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI)

    Talk Title: Building Domain-Specific Search Engines for Investigative Decision Support

    Host: Prof. Carl Kesselman

    More Information: January 16, 2018.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Introduction to Viterbi Gateway Workshop

    Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Take part in a live tutorial to help you navigate Viterbi Career Gateway, a powerful job & internship search tool available ONLY to Viterbi students.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Undergraduate Team Aircraft Design Competition Kickoff

    Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Looking for project experience to show a potential employer? Come to the kickoff event for this new student design team and learn how you can get involved. The team will compete in a 1-semester competition hosted by the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). All majors are welcome.

    Note: Please RSVP to be updated on location when it is determined.

    Read more about the competition

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    Location: TBD - Please RSVP

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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  • Information Session #1

    Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Come learn more about our sorority! We will show a brief presentation on the different events that we do, have pizza, and introduce ourselves!

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 113

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Alpha Omega Epsilon USC

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Jan 17, 2018 @ 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: Mcclintock Building (MCC) - 101 - Michelson Building

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Computer Science Progressive Degree Program Info Session

    Wed, Jan 17, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Interested in earning your MS from Viterbi? How about starting a MS degree during your senior year?The Viterbi Graduate Admission team is hosting a Progressive Degree information session!
    Immediately following the main presentation, the CS advisement team will present additional information specific to the Computer Science and Informatics progressive degree programs for the following M.S. programs: Computer Science, Data Informatics, Cyber Security, and Spatial Informatics.

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Ryan Rozan

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  • Seminar

    Wed, Jan 17, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Jerry M. Mendel, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: A Remarkable Trajectory-” From AI back to AI, With Many Stops Along the Way

    Series: Remarkable Trajectory Seminar Series

    Abstract: In honor and celebration of his retirement and 44 years of service at USC, the Viterbi School of Engineering invites Jerry M. Mendel to share the trajectory of his remarkable career. His talk will describe some of the research (that began with AI and concluded with AI), educational and administrative paths along this trajectory.

    Biography: Jerry M. Mendel has published close to 600 technical papers (more than 125 individually authored) and is author and/or co-author of 12 books, including Uncertain Rule-based Fuzzy Systems: Introduction and New Directions, 2nd ed. (Springer 2017), Perceptual Computing: Aiding People in Making Subjective Judgments (Wiley & IEEE Press, 2010), and Introduction to Type-2 Fuzzy Logic Control: Theory and Application (Wiley & IEEE Press, 2014).


    Host: Drs. Sandeep Gupta and Richard Leahy

    More Information: 20180117 Mendel Poster.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gloria Halfacre

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  • Linked In Workshop: Getting Started

    Wed, Jan 17, 2018 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Come find out how to join the #1 professional networking site. Time and time again companies use LinkedIn as a top resource to find potential candidates for jobs. And with the Career Fair right around the corner, it's important to build your online presence so professionals can connect with you long-term. In this workshop you'll learn how to get started on LinkedIn, tips for optimizing your profile, and get a rundown on some of the best tools the platform provides.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • ASBME GM 0: Welcome Back!

    Wed, Jan 17, 2018 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Welcome back everyone! We hope you've had a restful break and are ready to kick off the new year - and to our Spring Admits: Welcome to USC! Come hear about the events we have planned for this semester - from our corporate dinner to our medical device design competition, the Makeathon. We will also be discussing applications for our E-Week Committee and its never too early to think about applying to our Executive Board for next year. Dinner will be provided as always, so come enjoy food and get back into the groove with ASBME!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 227

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • M.S. Spatial Informatics Info Session

    Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 12:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Come learn about this new and exciting Master of Science in Spatial Informatics degree offered by the Viterbi School of Engineering Department of Computer Science and the Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute. Spatial Informatics students draw upon engineering, computer science, math, and spatial science principles to solve data-intensive, large-scale, and location-based problems. Faculty will be on hand to answer questions. Progressive Degree options are available!

    More Information: SPIF Info Session.pdf

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Ryan Rozan

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  • CS Colloquium: Gale Lucas (University of Southern California) - The Best of Both Worlds: Social Agents Leverage Rapport and Social Safety to Increase Trust

    Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Gale Lucas, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: The Best of Both Worlds: Social Agents Leverage Rapport and Social Safety to Increase Trust

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: There are risks and benefits to trusting others. For example, when one shares a secret, the discloser can experience benefits (e.g., catharsis, sometimes even health benefits); however, they have to trust the recipient won't use or hold it against them. There are two key factors that increase willingness to engage in such actions that require trust. The first is social safety: the sense that one's identity is protected (i.e., anonymous) and won't be judged. The second is rapport: the harmony, fluidity, synchrony, and flow felt during interaction. These two factors -social safety and rapport- are normally set in opposition to each other. The former is maximized in the absence of another human, while the latter is maximized in intensive face-to-face (i.e., non-anonymous) interactions. Thus, usually, there is a trade-off, where either social safety or rapport has to be chosen, but not both. Social agents (virtual humans or robots), however, offer the best of both worlds. They can engage in rapport-building like their human counterparts, but also foster a sense of social safety (anonymity, lack of judgement). In this talk, I present research showing how social safety and rapport, both together and separately, can be leveraged to increase trust in agents and robots. I discuss effects across various user outcomes related to trust: sharing personal information and honest disclosure, as well as feeling comfortable practicing negotiation with social agents, trusting them to control the physical environment, and taking their advice. Finally, I discuss implications for user design and describe possibilities for future research.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium. Please note, due to limited capacity in OHE 100D, seats will be first come first serve.



    Biography: Gale M. Lucas is a Senior Research Associate at University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). While earning her PhD from Northwestern University, she was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to test models of emotion, motivation, and social interaction. After completing her doctorate, she spent two years teaching in a liberal arts context. She then went on to complete her post-doctoral work at ICT, where she established a research program in the areas of Affective Computing and Human-Computer Interaction. Now as a Senior Research Associate, she continues her line of work in affective and personality computing that focuses on models predicting mental health, perceptions of trust and emotion in real-world situations. Her work in HCI is centered around understanding how various social factors affect trust in agents and robots.


    Host: Kevin Knight

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 100D

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • CS Colloquium: Joshua Garcia (UC Irvine) - Automated Android Security Assessment: Malware, Vulnerabilities, and Exploits

    Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Joshua Garcia, UC Irvine

    Talk Title: Automated Android Security Assessment: Malware, Vulnerabilities, and Exploits

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: Android has become the dominant mobile platform. Millions of Android apps have been produced and disseminated across app markets, spurred by the relative ease of construction using the Android development framework. Unfortunately, this ease of dissemination and construction, and access to millions of users, has attracted malicious app developers and contributed to a growing number of exploitable software vulnerabilities. In this talk, to address these aforementioned challenges, I present two approaches for Android security assessment that I have constructed: LetterBomb, the first approach for automatically generating exploits for Android apps, and RevealDroid, a lightweight, obfuscation-resilient approach for malware detection and family identification that leverages machine learning and static analysis of both conventional and unconventional code (i.e., reflective code and native code).

    In the first part of this talk, I introduce LetterBomb, which relies on a combined path-sensitive symbolic execution-based static analysis, and the use of software instrumentation and test oracles. I ran LetterBomb on 10,000 Android apps from Google Play, where I identified nearly 200 exploits from over 800 vulnerable apps, including popular apps with up to 10 million downloads. Compared to a state-of-the-art detection approach for three ICC-based vulnerabilities, LetterBomb obtains 30%-60% more vulnerabilities at a 7 times faster speed.

    In the second part of this talk, I present RevealDroid, which operates without the need to perform complex program analyses or to extract large sets of features, and examines unconventional code. Specifically, our selected features leverage categorized Android API usage, reflection-based features, and features from native binaries of apps. I assessed RevealDroid on more than 54,000 malicious and benign apps, where it achieved an accuracy of 98% for detection of malware, an accuracy of 95% for determination of their families, and very high obfuscation resiliency. I further demonstrate RevealDroid's superiority against state-of-the-art approaches.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.



    Biography: Joshua Garcia is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Software Research at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the Software Engineering and Analysis Lab at UCI's Department of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. His current research interests including mobile security, testing, and analysis-”and addressing problems of software architectural drift and erosion. He received three degrees from the University of Southern California: a B.S. in computer engineering and computer science, an M.S. in computer science, and a Ph.D. in computer science. His industrial experience includes software-engineering or research positions at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Southern California Earthquake Center, and Xerox Special Information Systems.


    Host: Chao Wang

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • US Recruitment Process

    Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Transfer Day

    Fri, Jan 19, 2018

    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, Jan 19, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Michael Affeldt, Director, LARiverWorks at Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

    Talk Title: Los Angeles River Revitalization Program

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    Host: Dr. Prata & EHP

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Su Stevens

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  • NL Seminar-Attention Is All You Need

    Fri, Jan 19, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ashish Vaswani, Jakob Uszkoreit, and Niki Parmar , Google Brain

    Talk Title: Attention Is All You Need

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: The dominant sequence transduction models are based on complex recurrent or convolutional neural networks in an encoder decoder configuration. The best performing models also connect the encoder and decoder through an attention mechanism. We propose a new simple network architecture, the Transformer, based solely on attention mechanisms, dispensing with recurrence and convolutions entirely. Experiments on two machine translation tasks show these models to be superior in quality while being more parallelizable and requiring significantly less time to train. Our model achieves 28.4 BLEU on the WMT 2014 English to German translation task, improving over the existing best results, including ensembles by over 2 BLEU. On the WMT 2014 English-to-French translation task, our model establishes a new single-model state of the art BLEU score of 41.8 after training for 3.5 days on eight GPUs, a small fraction of the training costs of the best models from the literature. We show that the Transformer generalizes well to other tasks by applying it successfully to English constituency parsing both with large and limited training data.

    Biography: Niki Parmar is currently a Research Engineer in Google Brain, where she works on generative modeling for tasks across different modalities like Machine Translation, conditional Image generation and super-resolution. Previous to Brain, she worked within Google Research to experiment and evaluate models for Query Similarity and Question Answering used within Search. Niki recieved her Masters in Computer Science from USC before joining Google.

    Jakob Uszkoreit is currently a member of the Google Brain research team. There, he works on neural networks generating text, images and other modalities in tasks such as machine translation or image super-resolution. Before joining Brain, Jakob led teams in Google Research and Search, developing neural network models of language that learn from weak supervision at very large scale and designing the semantic parser of the Google Assistant. Prior to that, he worked on Google Translate in its early years. Jakob received his MSc in Computer Science and Mathematics from the Technical University of Berlin in 2008.

    Ashish Vaswani is Research Scientist at Google Brain, where he works with fun people on non-sequential generative models that seem to translate well and generate reasonable images of cars and faces. He's also interested in non autoregressive models for generating structured outputs. Before Brain, he spent many wonderful years at ISI, first as a PhD student, working on fast training of neural language models and MDL inspired training of latent-variable models with David Chiang and Liang Huang, and later as a scientist. He misses his colleagues in LA but he prefers the weather in San Francisco.

    Host: Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Knight

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

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th Flr Conf Rms # 1135 and #1137, Marina Del Reys

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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