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  • How to Ace Your Tech Interview with Bloomberg Engineering

    Mon, Feb 01, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join Bloomberg Engineering for a workshop on how to ace your next tech interview! Our software engineers are excited to share their experiences, offer tips and help you practice for your next big interview.

    This workshops will be great for: All class years including Bachelors and Masters students studying Computer Science.

    RSVP HERE: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9u0I-JS7SbSR3fvE4CBoXw


    Location: Virtual

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Viterbi Career & Internship Expo

    Tue, Feb 02, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    University Calendar


    This event is open exclusively to Viterbi undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and facilitates connections between Viterbi students and employers.

    Registration Information Coming Soon!

    Location: TBD
    Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (PST) | 10:30 p.m. - 5:30 a.m. (IST) | 1 a.m. - 8 a.m. (CST)


    For the most up-to-date information on the Career & Internship Expo, visit: https://viterbicareers.usc.edu/careerexpo/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Tue, Feb 02, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Sanjay Govindjee, University of California, Berkeley

    Talk Title: Soft and Semi-Soft Elasticity and for Liquid Crystal Elastomers

    Abstract: Liquid crystal elastomers present a relatively new and interesting class of materials that display soft and semi-soft elastic behavior as well as viscoelastic behavior. These materials are comprised of liquid crystal molecules together with polymerizing agents to form a final solid that behaves as an elastomeric solid would, as well as like a liquid crystal would. The interaction of these two features provides for a wide and complex range of macroscopically observed phenomena, including for example optical actuation, extreme softness, pattern formation, and high damping to name a few. Because of the wide range of behaviors and the materials highly non-linear properties (material and geometric non-linearities), the modeling of these materials is somewhat challenging. A direct phenomenological approach is generally precluded or only applicable to a small range of loading states. On the other hand, developing models from an atoms-up approach has its own limitations in terms of feasibility. Past efforts mostly involve a compromise and blend of these two approaches, often opaquely, and as such the literature contains a number of different options and viewpoints as to what is important in the modeling of liquid crystal elastomers.
    In this presentation, we revisit a number of proposed models for liquid crystal elastomers and try to clearly articulate their meaning. We do this by first examining the fundamental physics associated with the materials constituents. From there we build up, using statistical mechanics arguments, the appropriate structures for describing the materials free-energy functions. This will lead us to an understanding of the meaning of the so-call trace formula for soft elasticity, allowing us to give a precise statement as to what it accounts for and what it does not account for. In particular, we will see that the trace formula is not a strictly entropic result, but rather a hybrid relation. We will also see that the mathematical structure of this energy fails to be quasi-convex and we will discuss the implications of this defect for the solution of boundary value problems with regard to existence of solutions, quasi-convex approximations, and modeling of microstructure evolution. We will next examine microstructural feature of poly-dispersity and see that it gives rise to semi-soft elasticity, and compare and contrast the resulting model structure with a some phenomenological proposals found in the literature for semi-soft elasticity. Time permitting, we will also examine the unique nature of the governing balance laws for these materials which lead to non-symmetric Cauchy stresses.





    Biography: Sanjay Govindjee is a Professor of Civil Engineering and the Horace, Dorothy, and Katherine Johnson Endowed Professor at the University of California, Berkeley (1993-2006, 2008-present). His main interests are in theoretical and computational mechanics with an emphasis on micro-mechanics, shape memory alloys, and elastomers. Prior to joining Berkeley he worked as an engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1991-1993) in Livermore, California. He was also Professor of Mechanics at ETH Zürich (2006-2008) in Zürich, Switzerland.

    Sanjay Govindjee obtained a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Physics from Stanford University in 1991 under the guidance of the late Prof. Juan C. Simo and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1987. His S.B. is in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986.

    Noteworthy honors include a National Science Foundation Career Award, the inaugural 1998 Zienkiewicz Prize and Medal, an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship 1999, a Berkeley Chancellor's Professorship 2006-2011, and a guest Professorship at ETH Zürich 2008-2013. In 2015 he was named a Fellow of the US Association for Computational Mechanics. In 2018 he received a Humboldt-Forschungspreis (Humboldt Research Award).

    He currently serves as the Principal Investigator and co-Director of the National Science Foundation Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure SimCenter at Berkeley


    Host: Dr. Roger Ghanem

    Location: Zoom Meeting https://usc.zoom.us/j/97228056404 Meeting ID: 972 2805 6404 Passcode: 864779

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Repeating EventUndergraduate Advisement Drop-in Hours

    Tue, Feb 02, 2021 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Do you have a quick question? The CS advisement team will be available for drop-in live chat advisement for declared undergraduate students in our four majors during the spring semester on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm Pacific Time. Access the live chat on our website at: https://www.cs.usc.edu/chat/

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Undergrad

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

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  • Repeating EventM.S. Group Advisement

    Tue, Feb 02, 2021 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This optional group advisement session is for new and continuing M.S. Computer Science students and M.S. students in our Data Science Programs. Access instructions will be emailed to students prior to the session.

    Location: Online - Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

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  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Feb 02, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Giulia Pedrielli, Assistant Professor, School of Computing, Informatics, and Design Systems Engineering, Arizona State University

    Talk Title: Black Box Optimization in the Era of Intelligent Cyber Physical Systems

    Host: Prof. Julie Higle

    More Information: February 2, 2021.pdf

    Location: Online/Zoom

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • Mork Family Department Spring Virtual Seminars - Corinne Packard

    Tue, Feb 02, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Corinne Packard, Colorado School of Mines

    Talk Title: III-V PHOTOVOLTAIC SUBSTRATE REUSE USING FRACTURE

    Abstract: ZOOM MEETING INFO:
    https://usc.zoom.us/j/98225952695?pwd=d0NMenhCNkliR1ZIR1lBamRpZHh1UT09
    Meeting ID: 982 2595 2695
    Passcode: 322435

    Host: Andrea Hodge

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98225952695?pwd=d0NMenhCNkliR1ZIR1lBamRpZHh1UT09

    More Information: USC Dept Seminars-Spring2021[1].pdf

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Greta Harrison

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  • Spark SC Info Session

    Tue, Feb 02, 2021 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Spark SC's Applications are LIVE!

    Spark SC is a student-run entrepreneurship ecosystem at USC dedicated to building communities, unlocking opportunities, and expanding social impact for current and budding entrepreneurs. We believe in showing students at USC that creativity and entrepreneurship is for everyone, whether it would be building a startup, creating art, starting a non-profit, or launching a movement.

    Join us at our Info Session this Tuesday from 6-7 pm PST to learn more about how you can help shape USC's entrepreneurial landscape.

    Info Session: Feb 2nd, 6-7 pm PST, (https://usc.zoom.us/j/94739552637)

    Application Deadline: Feb 5th, 11:59 pm PST

    Apply Here: https://sparksc.typeform.com/to/vZmB2IpL

    Follow us on Instagram for more updates: https://www.instagram.com/gosparksc/

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94739552637

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Contact: Spark SC

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  • Viterbi Career & Internship Expo

    Wed, Feb 03, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    University Calendar


    This event is open exclusively to Viterbi undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and facilitates connections between Viterbi students and employers.

    Registration Information Coming Soon!

    Location: TBD
    Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (PST) | 10:30 p.m. - 5:30 a.m. (IST) | 1 a.m. - 8 a.m. (CST)


    For the most up-to-date information on the Career & Internship Expo, visit: https://viterbicareers.usc.edu/careerexpo/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Trojan Talk: Oracle

    Wed, Feb 03, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    University Calendar


    *This is an external event hosted by Oracle*

    Please join the Oracle NetSuite Diversity Team at one of our upcoming virtual open houses to learn more about NetSuite and explore a career in sales or consulting within the Tech industry.

    The sessions will discuss the following:

    Our commitment to diversity & inclusion in the workplace
    Available full-time opportunities
    Q&A with sales and consulting business leaders

    Register Here: https://apexapps.oracle.com/pls/apex/f?p=10412:1::::RP,1:P1_EVENT_ID:MVBRWNVODX&cs=1GpP4C37SdUxRZV4CwgdmYk7DwV3ZB3K-kx2fOyrowyxw1aPkBv40i3sEDd-58gc3VP0UJ2CjcWpNqEFocsVDSw

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CAIS Seminar: Daniel Leightley (King’s Centre for Military Health Research) - Drinks: Ration: Managing Alcohol Misuse by Automation

    Wed, Feb 03, 2021 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Daniel Leightley, King's Centre for Military Health Research and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre

    Talk Title: Drinks: Ration: Managing Alcohol Misuse by Automation

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

    Abstract: Technological advances within smart phone devices are creating new innovative routes to improve monitoring, delivery, and effectiveness of clinical interventions. In this talk, I will present Drinks: Ration, a smart phone app designed to reduce alcohol misuse in veterans through the application of machine learning and behavioral change theory. This combination enables us to personalize both the content of Drinks: Ration and messaging to promote healthy lifestyle changes in the armed forces community.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:
    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_87CjZnUESYaB5Z1MR18KwA

    After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Dr. Daniel Leightley is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the King's Centre for Military Health Research and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. His research focuses on the interface between machine learning and mobile health technologies, specifically focused on diagnosis, treatment, intervention and management of physical and mental health conditions.


    Host: USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS)

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/ WN_87CjZnUESYaB5Z1MR18KwA

    Location: Online Zoom Webinar

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/ WN_87CjZnUESYaB5Z1MR18KwA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • Repeating EventUndergraduate Advisement Drop-in Hours

    Wed, Feb 03, 2021 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Do you have a quick question? The CS advisement team will be available for drop-in live chat advisement for declared undergraduate students in our four majors during the spring semester on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm Pacific Time. Access the live chat on our website at: https://www.cs.usc.edu/chat/

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Undergrad

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

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  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar

    Wed, Feb 03, 2021 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ye Zhao, The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Robust Planning and Decision-making for Safe Legged Locomotion

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

    Abstract: Our society has witnessed the advancement of legged locomotion autonomy and mobility, but they have not become prevalent as autonomous driving and wheeled robot mobility. One crux is the lack of robust, scalable, and real-time planning and decision-making algorithms for these highly complex legged machines with contact-rich behaviors. To address this issue, symbolic planning, logic-based formal method, and distributed optimization are promising yet underexplored for locomotion problems. This talk will present three unique perspectives to quantify uncertainties and reason about robustness in task and motion planning algorithms for highly dynamic legged locomotion. I will start with temporal-logic-based reactive motion planning for whole-body dynamic locomotion in constrained environments and propose robust metrics to enable resilient contact decisions. Following this direction, I will present our recent task planning framework with belief tracking for safe locomotion in partially observable environments. In the end, I will talk about contact-aware trajectory optimization methods that parameterize terrain uncertainties for robust cost design to enhance risk-sensitive locomotion performance.

    Biography: Ye Zhao is an Assistant Professor at The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. He works on planning and decision-making algorithms of highly dynamic and contact-rich robots. He is especially interested in challenging locomotion and manipulation problems with formal guarantees on robustness and autonomy. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, and received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016. At Georgia Tech, he leads the Laboratory for Intelligent Decision and Autonomous Robots (LIDAR) (http://lab-idar.gatech.edu/). He is also affiliated with the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) and the Decision and Control Laboratory (DCL).

    Host: Feifei Qian and Pierluigi Nuzzo

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Qk4-7AthThudso7LXs2OiA

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Qk4-7AthThudso7LXs2OiA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • Repeating EventM.S. Group Advisement

    Wed, Feb 03, 2021 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This optional group advisement session is for new and continuing M.S. Computer Science students and M.S. students in our Data Science Programs. Access instructions will be emailed to students prior to the session.

    Location: Online - Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Feb 03, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ali Khosronejad, Stony Brook University

    Talk Title: Saliva Particle Transport during Cough & Breathing: Insights on Effective Social Distancing & Face Wearing Gained by LES

    Abstract: The Coronavirus disease outbreak of 2019 has been causing significant loss of life and unprecedented economical loss throughout the world. Social distancing and face masks are widely recommended around the globe in order to protect others and prevent the spread of the virus through breathing, coughing, and sneezing. To expand the scientific underpinnings of such recommendations, we carry out high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics simulations of unprecedented resolution and realism to elucidate the underlying physics of saliva particulate transport during human cough and normal breathing with and without facial masks. Our simulations: (a) are carried out under both a stagnant ambient flow (indoor) and a mild unidirectional breeze (outdoor) (b) incorporate the effect of human anatomy on the flow (c) account for both medical and non-medical grade masks; and (d) consider a wide spectrum of particulate sizes. We show that during indoor coughing some saliva particulates could travel up to 0.48 m, 0.73 m, and 2.62 m for the cases with medical-grade, non-medical grade, and without facial masks, respectively. Thus, in indoor environments either medical or non-medical grade facial masks can successfully limit the spreading of saliva particulates to others. Under outdoor conditions with a unidirectional mild breeze, however, leakage flow through the mask can cause saliva particulates to be entrained into the energetic shear layers around the body and transported very fast at large distances by the turbulent flow, thus, limiting the effectiveness of facial masks.

    Biography: Short Bio:
    1995 -“ 99 BS, Hydraulic Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
    1999 -“ 2001 MS, Hydraulic Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
    2001 -“ 2006 PhD, Hydraulic Engineering, Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran, Iran
    2004 -“ 2005 Research Assistant, University of Ottawa, Canada
    2006 -“ 2009 Assis. Prof., University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran
    2006 -“ 2009 Senior Engineer, Dam Rehabilitation Dept., Mahab Ghods Consultant, Tehran, Iran
    2009 -“ 2016 Post-Doctoral, St. Anthony Falls Lab., University of Minnesota, Mineapolis, MN
    2016 -“ Assis. Prof., Civil Engineering Dept., Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
    Published over 40 Journal Articles
    PI of research grants from NSF, NIH, Austrian NSF, and California Department of Transportation
    Co-PI of research grants from DOE and NYSERDA

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99170932320

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99170932320

    Location: Online event

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99170932320

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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  • Virtual Career & Internship Expo

    Thu, Feb 04, 2021 @ 07:00 AM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Receptions & Special Events


    This event is open exclusively to Viterbi undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and facilitates connections between Viterbi students and employers.

    Registration Information available on our website

    Location: Virtual
    Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (PST) | 8:30 p.m. - 4:30 a.m. (IST) | 11 p.m. - 7 a.m. (CST)


    For the most up-to-date information on the Career & Internship Expo, visit: https://viterbicareers.usc.edu/careerexpo/

    Location: Virtual

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • NL SEMINAR-From Human Language to Agent Action

    Thu, Feb 04, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jesse Thomason, USC CS/Amazon Alexa

    Talk Title: From Human Language to Agent Action

    Abstract: There is a usability gap between manipulation capable robots and helpful in home digital agents. Dialog enabled smart assistants have recently seen widespread adoption, but these cannot move or manipulate objects. By contrast, manipulation-capable and mobile robots are still largely deployed in industrial settings and do not interact with human users. Language enabled robots can bridge this gap natural language interfaces help robots and non-experts collaborate to achieve their goals. Navigation in unexplored environments to high level targets like Go to the room with a plant can be facilitated by enabling agents to ask questions and react to human clarifications on the fly. Further, high level instructions like Put a plate of toast on the table require inferring many steps, from finding a knife to operating a toaster. Low level instructions can serve to clarify these individual steps. Through two new datasets and accompanying models, we study human human dialog for cooperative navigation, and high and low level language instructions for cooking, cleaning, and tidying in interactive home environments. These datasets are a first step towards collaborative, dialog enabled robots helpful in human spaces.

    Biography: Jesse is starting as an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California in fall 2021, and is currently hanging out at Amazon Alexa AI for a year. Recently, he was a postdoctoral researcher working with Luke Zettlemoyer at the University of Washington. His research focuses on language grounding and natural language processing applications for robotics RoboNLP. Key to this work is using dialog with humans to facilitate both robot task execution and learning to enable lifelong improvement of robots language understanding capabilities. He has encouraged work in RoboNLP through workshop organization at NLP, robotics, and vision conference venues.



    Host: Jon May and Mozhdeh Gheini

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

    Webcast: https://youtu.be/vSLk1T48WTo

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual Only

    WebCast Link: https://youtu.be/vSLk1T48WTo

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Petet Zamar

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  • BD Technology Leadership Development Program Info Session

    Thu, Feb 04, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    PhD Students and Postdocs

    Virtual Session, Launching Your Career in the Med Tech Industry

    Come learn about BD's Technology Leadership Development Program (we're hiring!), one of the premier career-accelerating opportunities in the med tech industry, along with insider interview & resume tips that will give you a leg up for your transition to industry.

    WHEN: Feb 4 @ 2 ET, Feb 9 @ 5 ET, or Feb 10 @ 8 ET

    PLEASE RSV HERE: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=fObDlC2eAEimt2Ndl4ghZQtnRfKzTwNLtv4lXVv-n7dURFE5R0JNQUg2VTNISFBURzhERDRKQloxOS4u

    Join the Session HERE: https://teams.microsoft.com/dl/launcher/launcher.html?url=%2F_%23%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%3Ameeting_N2Q3Yjg0MGUtMDRkNy00YTkwLWE5NTEtYzBhZTUwY2ZhYzA5%40thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%252294c3e67c-9e2d-4800-a6b7-635d97882165%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%252219aa5f70-9974-4ad1-94b2-194ac9239b21%2522%257d%26anon%3Dtrue&type=meetup-join&deeplinkId=6220f644-b8e9-4cdf-98ab-4b831a43b222&directDl=true&msLaunch=true&enableMobilePage=true&suppressPrompt=true

    The TLDP vision is to develop future leaders of BD's R&D organization.

    The program consists of three successively more challenging assignments (~18 months each) that span multiple businesses and / or locations within BD. A personalized and dynamic career path is sculpted for each TLDP associate with the influence of senior R&D leaders and your personal skills and interests.

    Program Qualifications:

    Outstanding Ph.D. graduates with significant leadership experience and technical depth in engineering, life sciences, or natural sciences fields: Mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, biology, and related fields

    Early-stage career (less than 3 years of industry or postdoc experience outside the pursuit of a degree)

    Willingness and ability to relocate to different geographic locations

    To qualify for this position, you must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction to duration.


    Postdocs and PhD students at all stages are welcome. Please note that we encourage you to apply for the program 6 months - 1 year prior to your intended start date for optimal timing.

    Apply at https://jobs.bd.com/job/sandy/technology-leadership-development-program-senior-engineer/159/17633017 (Job ID R-376803)

    Application closes March 1st for the 2021 spring cycle

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • PwC Tech Talk - Reimagining what’s possible with digital transformation

    Thu, Feb 04, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Pre-registration is required for this event. Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/yc9uf7c3 by Wednesday, February 3.

    Additional event details and joining information will be sent out in advance of the event.

    At this event, you will have the opportunity to hear from Mitra Best, lead partner of Strategic Innovation and Technology, who will talk about the impact we make on society through technology. In addition, you'll be able to attend various sessions focused on different tech groups with PwC and how they bring their work to life!

    What: PwC Tech Talk - Reimagining what's possible with digital transformation

    Who: Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors in a 5 year program interested in learning more about technology and careers at PwC!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Repeating EventUndergraduate Advisement Drop-in Hours

    Thu, Feb 04, 2021 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Do you have a quick question? The CS advisement team will be available for drop-in live chat advisement for declared undergraduate students in our four majors during the spring semester on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm Pacific Time. Access the live chat on our website at: https://www.cs.usc.edu/chat/

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Undergrad

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

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  • Repeating EventM.S. Group Advisement

    Thu, Feb 04, 2021 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This optional group advisement session is for new and continuing M.S. Computer Science students and M.S. students in our Data Science Programs. Access instructions will be emailed to students prior to the session.

    Location: Online - Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

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  • CS Distinguished Lecture: Ayanna Howard (Georgia Institute of Technology) - Hacking the Human Bias in the Robotics Machine

    Thu, Feb 04, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ayanna Howard, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Hacking the Human Bias in the Robotics Machine

    Series: Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: People tend to overtrust sophisticated computing devices, including robotic systems. As these systems become more fully interactive with humans during the performance of day-to-day activities, the role of bias in these human-robot interaction scenarios must be more carefully investigated. Bias is a feature of human life that is intertwined, or used interchangeably, with many different names and labels -“ stereotypes, prejudice, implicit or subconsciously held beliefs. In the digital age, this bias has often been encoded in and can manifest itself through AI algorithms, which humans then take guidance from, resulting in the phenomenon of excessive trust. Trust conveys the concept that when interacting with intelligent systems, humans tend to exhibit similar behaviors as when interacting with other humans; thus, the concern is that people may under-appreciate or misunderstand the risk associated with handing over decisions to an intelligent agent. Bias further impacts this potential risk for trust, or overtrust, in that these systems are learning by mimicking our own thinking processes, inheriting our own implicit biases. Consequently, the propensity for trust and the potential of bias may have a direct impact on the overall quality of the interaction between humans and machines, whether the interaction is in the domains of healthcare, job-placement, or other high-impact life scenarios. In this talk, we will discuss this phenomenon of integrated trust and bias through the lens of intelligent systems that interact with people in scenarios that are realizable in the near-term.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:

    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FtvySGKTReuCvZr_2cpAeQ

    After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Ayanna Howard, Ph.D. is the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also holds a faculty appointment in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and serves on the Board of Directors for the Partnership on AI and Autodesk. Dr. Howard's career focus is on intelligent technologies that must adapt to and function within a human-centered world. Her work, which encompasses advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), assistive technologies, and robotics, has resulted in over 250 peer-reviewed publications in a number of projects - from healthcare robots in the home to AI-powered STEM apps for children with diverse learning needs. To date, her unique accomplishments have been highlighted through a number of awards and articles, including highlights in USA Today, Upscale, and TIME Magazine, as well as being recognized as one of the 23 most powerful women engineers in the world by Business Insider and one of the Top 50 U.S. Women in Tech by Forbes. In 2013, she also founded Zyrobotics, which develops STEM educational products to engage children of all abilities. Prior to Georgia Tech, Dr. Howard was a Senior Robotics Researcher and Deputy Manager in the Office of the Chief Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has also served as the Associate Director of Research for the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Chair of the Robotics Ph.D. program, and the Associate Chair for Faculty Development in ECE at Georgia Tech.


    Host: Heather Culbertson

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FtvySGKTReuCvZr_2cpAeQ

    Location: Online Zoom Webinar

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FtvySGKTReuCvZr_2cpAeQ

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • Viterbi Progressive Degree Options, featuring Computer Science and Data Science

    Fri, Feb 05, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    You are cordially invited to meet representatives from the Viterbi School of Engineering and Computer Science Department on Friday, February 5th at 12pm PST. We will take an in-depth look at continuing your education at USC and obtaining your Master's degree through USC's Progressive Degree Program (PDP).

    The Viterbi PDP Office session will include information on the following topics:

    - What is the Progressive Degree Program
    - How to Apply
    - Scholarships and funding

    Immediately following, the Department of Computer Science will present on:

    - The M.S. Computer Science as a Progressive Degree.
    - The M.S. options within our Data Science Program

    There will also be sufficient time for questions.

    Register here:

    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_34FkLDE8RUKegqzOJlQi_w

    *Must use their USC e-mail to register*

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: Register at https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_34FkLDE8RUKegqzOJlQi_w

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Contact: Ryan Rozan

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  • Girls in Tech First General Meeting

    Fri, Feb 05, 2021 @ 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    Come out to Girls in Tech's first meet-and-greet this semester! We'll be talking about what we do, who we are, and what upcoming plans we have! Afterward, we'll be playing some games to meet new people and catch up with familiar faces :) What are you waiting for? GIT on board and join us for a nice, chill way to wrap up week 3!

    http://bit.ly/meet-git

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at girlsintechusc@gmail.com!

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: http://bit.ly/meet-git

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Girls in Tech

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