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  • Medical Imaging Seminar

    Mon, Feb 10, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Andrei Irimia, Gerontology, Biomedical Engineering, & Neuroscience at USC

    Talk Title: Multimodal Imaging, Machine Learning and Electrophysiology for Connectome Mapping in Traumatic Brain Injury and Alzheimer's Disease

    Series: Medical Imaging Seminar Series

    Abstract: Mapping brain circuitry and its changes after traumatic brain injury (TBI) benefits substantially from the integration of multimodal neuroimaging techniques to quantify and monitor brain pathology, plasticity and degeneration. We have integrated fMRI and network theory with EEG and other approaches to perform supervised learning of connectome data and to study functional trajectories after mild TBI (mTBI). Our results show that geriatric mTBI is associated with fronto-hippocampo-limbic alterations in the brain's default mode network (DMN), and that many of these alterations are statistically indistinguishable from those observed in AD. By leveraging machine learning, we have shown that AD-like degradation of functional circuits can be predicted by acute cognitive deficits after geriatric mTBI. In addition to establishing a statistical association between brain injury, cognition and AD-like DMN degradation, these findings advance the important goal of acutely forecasting mTBI patients' chronic alterations of brain connectivity along AD-like functional trajectories.

    Biography: Andrei Irimia is Assistant Professor of Gerontology, Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience at USC. He holds a PhD in biophysics from Vanderbilt University and has done postdoctoral research at UCSD and UCLA prior to joining USC. His research leverages structural MRI, fMRI, DTI and EEG to study the relationship between traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer's disease. His laboratory in the Davis School of Gerontology is funded by the NIH and DoD.

    Host: Richard Leahy, leahy@sipi.usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • PwC Women's Consulting Experience

    Mon, Feb 10, 2020 @ 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Are you a female interested in a career in consulting?

    PwC is hosting an information session to talk about our summer program, PwC's Women's Consulting Experience, and the internship opportunities available to you for summer 2021. You will have the opportunity to network with PwC Advisory professionals and learn more about our various Advisory Horizontals before our application deadline. Dinner will be provided.

    Date: Monday, February 10th
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Location: USC Campus - SGM 101

    Please note the following eligibility requirements:
    - Female students who are sophomores in a four-year degree program or juniors in a five-year degree program.
    - Eligible Majors: Computer Science, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Data & Analytics, Business or a Cyber specific major.
    - Must be available to attend the program from June 22-24, 2020 (travel provided by PwC).
    - Learn more about WCE by visiting our website: pwc.com/wce

    For any questions, please reach out to Angie Nastasi, your PwC Recruiter at angeline.r.nastasi@pwc.com

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Feb 11, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Zhijian (ZJ) Pei, Professor, Texas A&M University

    Talk Title: Ceramic Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing: Three Methods to Increase Density

    Host: Prof. Yong Chen

    More Information: February 11, 2020.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • International Students Open Forum

    Tue, Feb 11, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    International students, increase your career and internship knowledge by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Vanderley M. John, Ph.D.

    Wed, Feb 12, 2020 @ 02:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Vanderley M. John, Ph.D., Professor of Building Materials Construction Engineering, Polytechnic School, University of Sao Paulo

    Talk Title: Overview of Research on low-carbon cement and industrial ecology at Poli USP

    Abstract: Overview of Research on low-carbon cement and industrial ecology at Poli USP
    Vanderley M. John
    Professor of Building Materials of Polytechnic School, University of Sao Paulo.

    The environmental crisis, the global demand for more and better-built environment, adaptation to population aging and the digital industrial revolution are setting an accelerating pace of innovation. The construction sector will be forced to innovate.
    To make possible the reduction of environmental impacts we need metrics suited to use in today's decision-making made by non-experts. LCA is too expensive and complex for that. From a construction point of view, it is incomplete. Its efficacy is reduced by generalized use of secondary data, which also defeats the capacity to identify the best supplier and drive poor performers out of the market. Producing meaningful benchmarks for each LCA indicator is unpractical. Results of ongoing research focused on developing simplified LCA-based metrics, focused on construction grand environmental challenges will be presented. The indicators are cheap and easy to measure, making possible to build benchmark using primary data. They are simple to understand and interpret and suited to be applied at multiple scales of built environment. Examples will be given on wood and cement-based materials, including industry-wide benchmarks and new resource use efficiency metrics.
    Cement-based materials are the most largely used artificial materials -“ some 30 billion metric ton each year - making the bulk of the stock of built environment. Currently it uses 1/3 of the flow of materials and emits 8% of anthropogenic CO2, shares that are growing. Cement industry is considering carbon capture and storage technology, an environmentally risky and costly technology. Example of a new low-cost technology that combines packing for minimum water demand, dispersion and replacing binders, by large fractions of fillers will be given. It allows reducing +60% of the total binder +50% the CO2 footprint and 40% of water consumption, in comparison with our global benchmark. The technology has been tested at industrial conditions. The technology is scalable, and a UN Environment estimates a mitigation potential of 900 MtCO2 /year by 2050.
    Finally, considering the urgency of technological change, it is crucial to partner with industry to accelerate innovation and increase success rates. The development of the Sustainable Construction Innovation Center (CICS USP), an innovation hub entirely funded by private money will be present. It includes the construction of the CICS living lab, a building designed to demonstrate new construction technologies in actual use conditions accelerated innovation and to foster the investigation of user well being and user-building interactions.


    Host: Dr. Lucio Soibelman

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Salina Palacios

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Feb 12, 2020 @ 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: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • International Students Open Forum

    Wed, Feb 12, 2020 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    International students, increase your career and internship knowledge by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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

    Wed, Feb 12, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mykel Kochenderfer, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University

    Talk Title: Automated Decision Making for Safety Critical Applications

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

    Abstract: Building robust decision making systems is challenging, especially for safety critical systems such as unmanned aircraft and driverless cars. Decisions must be made based on imperfect information about the environment and with uncertainty about how the environment will evolve. In addition, these systems must carefully balance safety with other considerations, such as operational efficiency. Typically, the space of edge cases is vast, placing a large burden on human designers to anticipate problem scenarios and develop ways to resolve them. This talk discusses major challenges associated with ensuring computational tractability and establishing trust that our systems will behave correctly when deployed in the real world. We will outline some methodologies for addressing these challenges.

    Biography: Mykel Kochenderfer is a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University. He is the director of the Stanford Intelligent Systems Laboratory (SISL), conducting research on advanced algorithms and analytical methods for the design of robust decision making systems. In addition, he is the director of the SAIL-Toyota Center for AI Research at Stanford and a co-director of the Center for AI Safety. He received a Ph.D. in informatics from the University of Edinburgh and B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from Stanford University. Prof. Kochenderfer is an author of the textbooks "Decision Making under Uncertainty: Theory and Application" and "Algorithms for Optimization", both from MIT Press.

    Host: Paul Bogdan, pbogdan@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • ECE Seminar: Internet Architectural Evolution

    Wed, Feb 12, 2020 @ 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Barath Raghavan, Dept of CS, USC

    Talk Title: Internet Architectural Evolution

    Abstract: The core architectural features of today's Internet were codified three decades ago. They have served us well over these years, both in practice and as something to inveigh against in research. To remedy numerous weaknesses, some have developed clean-slate designs that reimagine the Internet anew, while others have sought and achieved incremental change. What all agree upon is that architectural evolution is hard.

    I will describe a line of research, a decade in the making, to enable architectural change in the Internet. This research has three key aims: pluralism, deployability, and meta-deployability. Since we cannot know what the future holds, we designed an architectural "framework" that enables pluralism -“ the seamless co-existence of many different Internet architectures. Since the high cost of deployment has inhibited experimentation and innovation, we ensured the deployability of new architectures through this framework. And since deployment of the framework itself is a barrier to enabling such architectural evolution, we designed for meta-deployability -“ for the framework itself to be incrementally deployable in today's Internet.

    Biography: Barath Raghavan joined USC as an assistant professor of computer science in 2018. Previously he led the engineering team at Nefeli Networks, was a senior staff researcher at ICSI, was CTO of a social-impact nonprofit, developed networked systems at Google, and taught complexity theory at Williams College. His work spans an equally diverse range of areas including Internet architecture, network function virtualization, digital agriculture, network security and privacy, rural Internet access, network troubleshooting and testing, and computing for urban resilience. He received his PhD from UC San Diego in 2009 and his BS from UC Berkeley in 2002. He has received a number of paper awards including from ACM SIGCOMM, ACM DEV, ACM CHI, and the IRTF.

    Host: Prof. Richard M. Leahy

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • DKE Trojan Talk

    Wed, Feb 12, 2020 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join us for an informative session about DKE, the work we do and what we have to offer! In the meantime, here is a little bit about us:

    DK Engineer, Corp (DKE) is a boutique civil engineering consulting firm that provides design and construction administration services for construction projects throughout Southern California. DKE specializes in urban infill and land development projects offering a wide range of civil engineering design services for multi-family residential, commercial, hospitality, and mixed-use sectors. With over 50 years of combined experience, our team produces exceptional work, and strives to exceed our clients' expectations.

    We pride ourselves in our start-up entrepreneurial culture. If you are looking for a fun, non-corporate atmosphere where the focus is truly on developing the best engineers in the industry and delivering exceptional client service, DKE is the firm for you. As part of the DKE team, you will have a voice in how we continue to grow in this exciting market.

    DKE offers a fun and dynamic work environment, competitive benefits including 401K matching, health benefits, life insurance, comp time, generous cash bonuses, flexible working, among others.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • AAAI @ USC AI Industry Panel

    Wed, Feb 12, 2020 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    AAAI will be holding our first ever industry panel this Wednesday! Representatives from Deep 6 AI, Develandoo, and Blue Fever will be joining us for a discussion about AI in industry. Companies will also be accepting resumes. Join us to learn about how data science and AI are applied in industry and get your questions answered! Learn more about how AI technologies like natural language processing, deep learning, machine learning, and more are harnessed for industry applications!

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    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 200

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: USC AAAI

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  • NVIDIA Tabling

    Thu, Feb 13, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Come by our booth at the Engineering Quad on Thursday, February 13th from 12:00 - 4:00 PM and explore career opportunities with NVIDIA!

    RSVP to let us know you are planning to stopping by. RSVP'ing does not guarantee a place in line, as this is an open event. In the spirit of being inclusive to all students, we will keep the RSVP open and not set a limit to it. RSVP'ing only lets us know how many people are planning on stopping by the table.

    This is in the Engineering Quad, an outdoor space, please check the weather. Meeting with recruiters will be the same as a Career Expo, with a first-come first-served format. We will be tabling from 12 pm - 4 pm and closing at 4 pm.

    You will get a chance to share your resume and technical skills with one of our Engineers.
    Please note that this is our only recruiting event for the semester.

    Who: Viterbi Masters student
    What: NVIDIA Recruiting Day at USC
    Where: Engineering Quad
    What to bring: Your resume!

    NVIDIA has continuously reinvented itself over two decades. Our invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics, and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU computing ignited the era of AI. NVIDIA is a "learning machine" that constantly evolves by adapting to new opportunities that are hard to solve, that only we can tackle, and that matter to the world. Our life's work is to amplify human imagination and intelligence.

    For more information: www.nvidia.com/university

    Location: E-Quad

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Theory Lunch

    Thu, Feb 13, 2020 @ 12:15 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Salil Vadhan, Harvard University

    Talk Title: Derandomization Beyond Connectivity: High-Precision Estimation of Random Walks and Laplacian Solvers in Small Space

    Abstract: I will describe a series of works that attacks the derandomization of space-bounded computation (e.g. seeking to prove RL=L) using a combination of ideas from the literature on time-efficient Laplacian solvers (Spielman and Teng, STOC '04; Peng and Spielman, STOC '14; Cheng et al. '15; Cohen et al. FOCS '16, STOC '17, FOCS '18) with ones used to show that Undirected S-T Connectivity is in deterministic logspace (Reingold, STOC '05 and JACM '08; Rozenman and Vadhan, RANDOM '05).

    In particular, we obtain deterministic, nearly logarithmic-space algorithms for (a) estimating random walk probabilities to within polynomially small error and (b) approximately solving linear systems given by graph Laplacians, with both results holding for Eulerian directed graphs and hence also undirected graphs. Previously both of these problems were known to be solvable for general directed graphs by randomized algorithms in logarithmic space (Aleliunas et al. FOCS '79; Doron, Le Gall, and Ta-Shma RANDOM '17), and hence by deterministic algorithms using space O(log^{3/2} N) (Saks and Zhou, FOCS '95 and JCSS '99).

    Joint works with Murtagh, Reingold, and Sidford (FOCS '17 and RANDOM '19) and Ahmadinejad, Kelner, Murtagh, Peebles, and Sidford (arXiv:1912.04524)


    Biography: Salil Vadhan is Vicky Joseph Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University. After completing his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at Harvard in 1995, he obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999, where his advisor was Shafi Goldwasser. His research centers around the interface between computational complexity theory and cryptography. He focuses on the topics of pseudorandomness and zero-knowledge proofs. His work on zig-zag product, with Omer Reingold and Avi Wigderson, was awarded the 2009 Gödel Prize.

    Host: Shaddin Dughmi

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 213

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Cherie Carter

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  • Sonny Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Thu, Feb 13, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Ameet Pinto, Northeastern University

    Talk Title: How do we manage the drinking water microbiome?

    Abstract: See attached abstract.

    Host: Dr. Adam Smith

    More Information: A. Pinto Abstract _2-13-2020.pdf

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) - 102

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Grand Challenges Scholars Program Orientation

    Thu, Feb 13, 2020 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Receptions & Special Events


    Interested in earning recognition at graduation from the National Academy of Engineering and finding ways to help society through engineering? Come out to USC's Grand Challenges Scholars Orientation and learn more about what exactly the Grand Challenges are and how you can get involved with the program!

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • Repeating EventGrammar Tutoring

    Fri, Feb 14, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    INDIVIDUAL GRAMMAR TUTORIALS
    Need help refining your grammar skills in your academic and professional writing? Meet one-on-one with professors from the Engineering Writing Program, work together on your grammar skills, and take your writing to the next level!

    ALL VITERBI UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS WELCOME!
    Sign up here: http://bit.ly/grammaratUSC

    All sessions will be via Zoom.

    Questions? Contact helenhch@usc.edu

    Location: ZOOM

    Audiences: Graduate and Undergraduate Students

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • CS Colloquium: Scott Niekum (UT Austin) - Scaling Probabilistically Safe Learning to Robotics

    Fri, Feb 14, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Scott Niekum, The University of Texas at Austin

    Talk Title: Scaling Probabilistically Safe Learning to Robotics

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: Before learning robots can be deployed in the real world, it is critical that probabilistic guarantees can be made about the safety and performance of such systems. In recent years, safe reinforcement learning algorithms have enjoyed success in application areas with high-quality models and plentiful data, but robotics remains a challenging domain for scaling up such approaches. Furthermore, very little work has been done on the even more difficult problem of safe imitation learning, in which the demonstrator's reward function is not known. This talk focuses on new developments in three key areas for scaling safe learning to robotics: (1) a theory of safe imitation learning; (2) scalable reward inference in the absence of models; (3) efficient off-policy policy evaluation. The proposed algorithms offer a blend of safety and practicality, making a significant step towards safe robot learning with modest amounts of real-world data.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Scott Niekum is an Assistant Professor and the director of the Personal Autonomous Robotics Lab (PeARL) in the Department of Computer Science at UT Austin. He is also a core faculty member in the interdepartmental robotics group at UT. Prior to joining UT Austin, Scott was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute and received his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research interests include imitation learning, reinforcement learning, and robotic manipulation. Scott is a recipient of the 2018 NSF CAREER Award and 2019 AFOSR Young Investigator Award.


    Host: Stefanos Nikolaidis

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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