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

    Mon, Jan 14, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors 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!

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Resume Lab - Bring your Laptop!

    Mon, Jan 14, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Labs are an activity where you can work on your resume in the presence of a career advisor to get tips on the spot.

    Bring your Laptop!

    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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  • Fall 2018 Joint CSC@USC/CommNetS-MHI Seminar Series

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

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dominique Duncan, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Analytic tools for identifying biomarkers of epileptogenesis after traumatic brain injury using multi-modal data and virtual reality to correct segmentation errors in MRI

    Abstract: The first part of my talk focuses on identifying biomarkers that can predict epileptogenesis after traumatic brain injury (TBI). This project, The Epilepsy Bioinformatics Study for Antiepileptogenic Therapy (EpiBioS4Rx), is a multi-site, international collaboration including a parallel study of humans and an animal model, collecting MRI, EEG, and blood samples. The development of epilepsy after TBI is a multifactorial process and crosses multiple modalities. Without a full understanding of the underlying biological effects, there are currently no cures for epilepsy. This study hopes to address both issues, calling upon data generated and collected at sites spread worldwide among different laboratories, clinical sites, in different formats, and across multicenter preclinical trials. Before these data can even be analyzed, a central platform is needed to standardize these data and provide tools for searching, viewing, annotating, and analyzing them. We have built a centralized data archive that will allow the broader research community to access these shared data in addition to analytic tools to identify and validate biomarkers of epileptogenesis in images and electrophysiology as well as in molecular, serological, and tissue studies.

    The second part of this talk focuses on crowdsourcing manual validation of algorithmically-segmented brain volumes using virtual reality. One of our imaging workflow processes involves algorithmic segmentation of the scans into labeled anatomical regions using FreeSurfer software. Since this automation cannot yet achieve perfect accuracy, we are working on transforming the way this is accomplished using VR technology to deal with the volumes directly in 3D space, which has been shown to be more efficient and intuitive.

    Biography: Dominique Duncan is an assistant professor of Neurology at the USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute in the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI). She began working at LONI in 2015 as a postdoctoral scholar with Dr. Arthur Toga. Dr. Duncan's background spans mathematics, engineering, and neuroscience. She double majored in Mathematics and Polish Literature as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and minored in Computational Neuroscience. She earned her PhD in Electrical Engineering at Yale University. In her PhD thesis, she analyzed intracranial EEG data using nonlinear factor analysis to identify preseizure states of epilepsy patients. After graduation, she was a professor of Mathematics at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China for a summer program where she taught Calculus 2, Calculus 3, and Linear Algebra to undergraduate students. She then took a postdoctoral position in Neurology at the Stanford University School of Medicine as well as one in Mathematics at UC Davis, where she developed an algorithm based on diffusion maps to classify Alzheimer's patients using MRI. Her current projects include combining machine learning and crowdsourcing segmentation error corrections in neuroimaging data using virtual reality, developing analytic tools to identify biomarkers of epileptogenesis after traumatic brain injury, and building a multi-modal data repository for human invasive recordings.

    Host: Mihailo Jovanovic, mihailo@usc.edu

    More Info: http://csc.usc.edu/seminars/2019Spring/duncan.html

    More Information: 19.01.14 Dominique Duncan CSCUSC Seminar.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Brienne Moore

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

    Tue, Jan 15, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Susannah Scott, Department of Chemical Engineering , University of California - Santa Barbara

    Talk Title: Modeling active sites in heterogeneous catalysts for olefin polymerization and metathesis

    Abstract: Kinetic analysis and in situ spectroscopic methods have long been used to characterize catalysts, and are essential to our understanding of how these materials behave under reaction conditions. Recent explorations of simple and complex oxides as heterogeneous catalysts using a combination of unconventional non-isothermal kinetic methods and operando spectroscopies have revealed that active sites respond rapidly to variations in the redox environment. In particular, IR spectroscopy of adsorbed CO and X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the Pd K-edge were used to obtain complementary information about surface and the sub-surface states in PdOx nanoparticles during lean CO oxidation for three distinct activity regimes: low, intermediate and high conversion. A change in the oxidation state of surface Pd atoms coincides with a first-order kinetic phase transition associated with light-off and extinction. These findings inspired the redesign of simple oxide catalysts as complex oxides to stabilize the most active phase.

    Host: Dr. Sharada

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 100

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Karen Woo/Mork Family

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  • Resume Lab - Bring your Laptop!

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

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Labs are an activity where you can work on your resume in the presence of a career advisor to get tips on the spot.

    Bring your Laptop!

    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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  • Epstein Institute Seminar - ISE 651

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

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. Hosam Mahmoud, The George Washington University

    Talk Title: Node Degrees in a Random Network

    Host: ISE Department

    More Information: January 15, 2019.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Koh Young Research America Information Session

    Tue, Jan 15, 2019 @ 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Koh Young Research America, a computer vision & machine learning R&D center in San Diego, CA is recruiting Viterbi graduates to be part of the growing team.

    We are looking for MS/PhD students in CS major who graduated in 2018 or are graduating in 2019, who have hands-on experience in machine learning applications to machine vision/ computer vision related problems.

    Koh Young Research America is US R&D Center of Koh Young Technology in Korea, the leader in 3D measurement & inspection solutions and Smart Factory solutions for micro-electronics manufacturing and medical areas.

    The head of R&D at KYRA, also Trojan, will introduce the company's vision and opportunities, as well as details about the job openings.

    Please RSVP on Viterbi Gateway.

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

    Audiences: Viterbi MS/PhD in CS

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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

    Wed, Jan 16, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors 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!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Jan 16, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Maziar Hemati, University of Minnesota

    Talk Title: Flow control a la mode

    Abstract: Biological flyers and swimmers have a great capacity for interacting with their fluid environments. This ability is demonstrated through the agility, efficiency, and environmental awareness exhibited by numerous creatures, including birds, fish, and insects. While human-engineered systems have benefited from biological inspiration, the performance gains realized have often fallen short of their full potential. A primary limitation to attaining further improvement has been a scarcity of reliable low-dimensional fluid dynamics models, which are often needed (1) to determine the state of a complex flow from available on-board sensors (i.e., flow sensing), and (2) to exploit that knowledge to determine and execute a best course of action for achieving a desired objective (i.e., feedback control). In this talk, we will consider modal decomposition strategies aimed at obtaining low-dimensional dynamical systems models from empirical data. In particular, we will present recent advances in techniques tailored to extract descriptive insights and predictive models from large, streaming, and noisy datasets. The second half of the talk will present a dynamic mode shaping perspective for feedback flow control synthesis. The perspective will be used to highlight a fundamental performance limitation inherent to standard observer-based control structures, suggesting that flow reconstruction from sensor measurements may be inadvisable in some flow control applications.

    Host: AME Department

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

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tessa Yao

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  • Resume Lab - Bring your Laptop!

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

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Labs are an activity where you can work on your resume in the presence of a career advisor to get tips on the spot.

    Bring your Laptop!

    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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  • Control-System Interactions in Cyber-Physical Infrastructures

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

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Sandip Roy , School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University

    Talk Title: Control-System Interactions in Cyber-Physical Infrastructures

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

    Abstract: Cyber- technologies are enabling a new paradigm for control in modern infrastructure networks, centered around client-catered and mission-adaptive decision-making. While this new paradigm holds remarkable promise, it also brings forth fundamental new challenges in infrastructure controls engineering, including growing democratization of control authority, increasing vulnerability to cyber attacks and failures, dependence on ad hoc sensing, and concern about system-wide cascading events. In this talk, the new paradigm and attendant challenges in infrastructure-network control are illustrated in two very different application domains: deployment of new wide-area controls to damp oscillations in the bulk power grid, and management of emergent antibiotic-resistant emergent infections at multiple scales. Then, a research program for assessing and designing infrastructure controls is envisioned, which is based on understanding interactions among control systems in dynamical networks. Specifically, four directions of work are overviewed: 1) input-output (channel) analysis for dynamical networks, 2) control-channel interaction assessment, 3) channel-preserving model reduction, and 4) ad hoc sensing-based control. Preliminary theoretical results and contributions to several application domains, including the two motivating applications, are presented.

    Biography: Sandip Roy is a Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University. His research is concerned with developing techniques for the estimation and control of network dynamics, and applying these techniques to support the wide-area management of cyber-physical infrastructures. This research has yielded algorithms and decision-support software that are being prototyped in the United States air traffic management system and the Western U.S. power grid. Recently, he has been also interested in developing network-controls techniques for epidemiological and neuroscience applications. The outcomes of the research are described in about 70 journal papers and 130 conference papers across multiple disciplines.

    Host: Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • CAIS Seminar: Kobi Gal (Ben-Gurion University) - Supporting Interactions in Online Groups: A New Challenge for AI

    Wed, Jan 16, 2019 @ 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Kobi Gal, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Harvard University

    Talk Title: Supporting Interactions in Online Groups: A New Challenge for AI

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

    Abstract: Advances in network technologies and interface design are enabling group activities of varying complexities to be carried out, in whole or in part, over the internet (e.g., citizen science, Massive Online Open Courses [MOOC] and questions-and-answers sites). The need to support these highly diverse interactions brings new and significant challenges to AI: how to design efficient representations for describing online group interactions, how to provide incentives that keep participants motivated and productive, and how to provide useful, non-intrusive information to system designers to help them decide whether and how to intervene with the group's work. Dr. Gal will describe two ongoing projects that address these challenges in the wild, and discuss the potential societal and ethical implications of this work.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium


    Biography: Dr. Ya'akov (Kobi) Gal is a faculty member of the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and an associate of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. His work investigates representations and algorithms for making decisions in heterogeneous groups comprising both people and computational agents. He has worked on combining artificial intelligence algorithms with educational technology towards supporting students in their learning and teachers to understand how students learn. He has published over 60 papers in highly refereed venues on topics ranging from artificial intelligence to the learning and cognitive sciences.


    Host: Milind Tambe

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • ASBME GM 0: Welcome Back!

    Wed, Jan 16, 2019 @ 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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  • CS Colloquium: Zhou Yu (UC Davis) - Grounding Reinforcement Learning with Real-World Dialog Applications

    Thu, Jan 17, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Zhou Yu, UC Davis

    Talk Title: Grounding Reinforcement Learning with Real-World Dialog Applications

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Recently with the wide-spread of conversational devices, more and more people started to realize the importance of dialog research. However, some of them are still living in a simulated world, using simulated data such as Facebook bAbl. In this talk, we emphasize that dialog research needs to be grounded with the users' real need. We introduce three user-centered task-oriented dialog systems that are trained by reinforcement learning algorithms. The first system is a dialog systems that utilized reinforcement learning to interleave social conversation and task conversation to promote movies more effectively. The second system is a sentiment adaptive bus information search system. It uses
    sentiment as immediate reward to help the end-to-end RL dialog
    framework to converge faster and better. The trained dialog policy will also have a user friendly effect. It would adapt to user's sentiment when choosing dialog action templates. For example, the policy will pick template that provides more detailed instructions when user is being negative. This is extremely useful for customer service dialog systems where users frequently get angry. The third system is a task-oriented visual dialog systems. It uses a hierarchical reinforcement learning to track multimodal dialog states
    and decide among sub tasks of whether to ask more information or just give an answer. Such system can complete the task more successfully and effectively. We are conducting a further experiment to deploy the system as a shopping assistant.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Zhou is an Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department in UC Davis. She received her PhD in the Language Technology Institute under School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University. She was recently featured in Forbes as 2018 30 under 30 in Science. Her team won Amazon Alexa Prize 2018 with $500,000 award. (https://developer.amazon.com/alexaprize) She as also received research awards and gifts from various companies, such as Intel, Tencent, Cisco and Bosh.

    Host: Fei Sha

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Resume Lab - Bring your Laptop!

    Thu, Jan 17, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Labs are an activity where you can work on your resume in the presence of a career advisor to get tips on the spot.

    Bring your Laptop!

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

    Fri, Jan 18, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors 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!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • W.V.T. RUSCH ENGINEERING HONORS COLLOQUIUM

    Fri, Jan 18, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. George Becker, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, UC Riverside

    Talk Title: A Quick Tour Through Deep Space

    Host: EHP and Dr. Prata

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Amanda McCraven

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  • Information Session in Munich, Germany

    Sat, Jan 19, 2019 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Candidates with a strong academic background who have earned or are in the progress 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 an information session to learn more about applying to graduate engineering programs at the University of Southern California.

    This event will be hosted by Kelly Goulis, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Programs at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

    Each information session will include a presentation on:

    -Master's & Ph.D. Programs in Engineering and Computer Science
    -How to Apply
    -Scholarships and Funding
    -Student Life at USC and in Los Angeles
    -Application Tips

    There will be sufficient time for questions during and after the session.
    Registration Information

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Graduate & Professional Programs

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