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  • CS Colloquium: Nicole Immorlica (Microsoft Research New England) - Data, the Fundamental Particle of Interaction

    Mon, Feb 13, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    Speaker: Nicole Immorlica, Microsoft Research New England

    Talk Title: Data, the Fundamental Particle of Interaction

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Most economic models of interaction assume that agents hold beliefs in the form of priors, or probability distributions over a state of the world, which guide their behavior. In this talk, I consider a model in which beliefs are built off data or anecdotes that are drawn from a distribution parameterized by the state of the world and study how this impacts outcomes. I first discuss a model where agents communicate by sharing anecdotes. This mode of communication results in higher noise and bias when agents have differing preferences, giving rise to informational homophily and polarization. The results have implications for content regulation in social networks. Next, I discuss a model where a principal selectively discloses anecdotes to facilitate social learning. Here I will show that an appropriate information structure, chosen ex ante, can incentivize exploration and thus avoid the herding problems common in such social learning settings. The results have implications for the selection of reviews in online recommendation systems.

    Based on joint work with Nika Haghtalab, Brendan Lucier, Jieming Mao, Markus Mobius, Divya Mohan, Alex Slivkins, and Steven Wu.


    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Nicole Immorlica is a senior principal researcher at Microsoft Research New England (MSR NE) where she leads the economics and computation group. She is also chair of SIGecom, the ACM Special Interest Group on Economics and Computation, which fosters world-class research in this interdisciplinary field through conferences, awards, and mentorship programs. She received her BS in 2000, MEng in 2001 and PhD in 2005 in theoretical computer science from MIT in Cambridge, MA. She joined MSR NE in 2012 after completing postdocs at Microsoft in Redmond, WA and Centruum vor Wiskunde en Informatics (CWI) in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and a professorship in computer science at Northwestern University. Nicole\'s research interest is in the design and operation of sociotechnical systems. Using tools and modeling concepts from both theoretical computer science and economics, Nicole hopes to explain, predict, and shape behavioral patterns in various online and offline systems, markets, and games. She is known for her work on social networks, matching markets, and mechanism design. She is the recipient of a number of fellowships and awards including the Sloan Fellowship, the Microsoft Faculty Fellowship and the NSF CAREER Award. She has been on several boards including SIGACT, the Game Theory Society, and INFORMS Auction and Market Design Section; is an associate editor of Operations Research and Games and Economic Behavior, and was program committee member and chair for several ACM, IEEE and INFORMS conferences in her area.

    Host: David Kempe

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 115

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • ECE Seminar: Interpreting Brain Activity Through Connectivity Using Graph Signal Processing

    Mon, Feb 13, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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    Speaker: Dr. Nicolas Farrugia, Department of Mathematical and Electrical Engineering, Better Representations for Artificial INtelligence (BRAIn), IMT Atlantique

    Talk Title: Interpreting Brain Activity Through Connectivity Using Graph Signal Processing

    Abstract: The application of graph theory to model the complex structure and function of the brain has shed new light on its organization, prompting the emergence of network neuroscience. Despite the tremendous progress that has been achieved in this field, still relatively few methods exploit the topology of brain networks to analyze brain activity. Recent attempts in this direction have leveraged on the one hand graph spectral analysis (to decompose brain connectivity into eigenmodes or gradients) and graph signal processing (to decompose brain activity \"coupled to\" an underlying network in graph Fourier modes). In this talk, we will describe two ongoing works that attempt at integrating knowledge from brain connectivity in order to decode and interpret brain activity. In the first contribution, we use functional connectivity graphs to define spectral convolution operators in a deep residual network trained on task decoding. We show how parameter pruning can be used to select the most important connectivity gradients for the task. In the second study, we analyze brain measured using high-density EEG during video watching, and perform an analysis using graph signal processing to estimate coupling and decoupling of source-localized electrophysiological activity on a functional connectivity graph. We discuss relationships between inter-subject correlation during video watching and structure-function decoupling at the individual level, and as a function of the underlying graph. The overarching goal of this line of work is to explore whether connectivity-informed analysis of brain activity can contribute to a better understanding of brain complexity as multimodal signals over networks.


    Biography: Nicolas Farrugia (NF) obtained an electrical engineering degree at ENSEA, Cergy-Pontoise, in France, as well as a M.Sc. in Signal and Image processing, both in 2005. In 2008, he obtained a PhD at the Universite de Bourgogne and Orange Labs, Grenoble, working on hardware implementation of deep neural networks. In 2010, NF moved to the field of cognitive neurosciences as a postdoctoral researcher, with a focus on the neurosciences of music. As a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, he studied the effect of rhythm in the rehabilitation of Parkinson\'s Disease, as well as brain oscillations. He also did postdoctoral work on musical performance in drumming at the Music Performance and Brain Lab in Warsaw, and involuntary musical imagery in the Psychology Departement of Goldsmiths, University of London. NF published work in prestigious neuroscience and cognition journals such as \"NeuroImage\", \"Network Neuroscience\", \"Memory & Cognition\", and \"Neuropsychologia\". NF uses a wide range of cognitive neuroscience methods such as EEG, functional MRI, as well as behavioral psychology methods and motion capture. Since 2015, NF joined IMT Atlantique (previously known as Telecom Bretagne) to engage into a transdisciplinary effort, combining methods from Auditory Cognition, Neuroscience, Deep Learning, and Graph signal processing. Since 2016, he is part of the BRAIn team (Better Representations for Artificial Intelligence), together with Giulia Lioi, Bastien Pasdeloup, Vincent Gripon and Mathieu Leonardon.

    Host: Dr. Karim Jerbi, karim.jerbi.udem@gmail.com and Dr. Richard M. Leahy, leahy@sipi.usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93962625457?pwd=TlVOV0xzeHkzaUN2cjV3blY4K3JDQT09

    More Information: ECE Seminar Announcement-Farrugia-021323.pdf

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93962625457?pwd=TlVOV0xzeHkzaUN2cjV3blY4K3JDQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • CEE Seminar Series

    Mon, Feb 13, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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    Speaker: Avantika Gori, Princeton University

    Talk Title: Quantifying evolving coastal multi-hazard risk: from regional projections to local-scale impacts

    Abstract: See attachment

    Host: CEE

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95242807214

    More Information: Gori_Announcement.docx

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Salina Palacios

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95242807214

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  • PhD Candidate: Romil Audhkhasi defense, Tuesday, February 14th at 9am in EEB 132

    Tue, Feb 14, 2023 @ 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Romil Audhkhasi, ECE at USC

    Talk Title: Microphotonics for tailored infrared emission and secure data encryption

    Abstract: The ability to control light-matter interactions is of paramount importance for the advancement of a wide variety of applications ranging from chemical and biological sensing to thermal management and energy harvesting. To this end, artificially engineered microstructures have received considerable attention from the scientific community. Unlike bulk materials that interact with light according to the laws of geometrical optics, microstructures harness resonant interactions with light waves. This allows such structures to achieve a richer suite of functionalities in a more compact size than their bulk counterparts. Light-matter interactions in microstructures come under the purview of microphotonics. In this talk, I will discuss the applications of microphotonics to two of the most exciting research areas in the field of optics: infrared emission tailoring and secure data encryption. The first part of the talk will present photonic devices with customizable optical properties in the infrared for applications in chemical sensing, photodetection and thermal emission control. The second part will explore the utility of microstructures in secure data storage with a discussion of a data-multiplexing based encryption scheme followed by its experimental implementation. The results presented in this talk will illustrate the potential of microstructures in efficiently manipulating optical waves, thereby providing intriguing opportunities for advancing the state-of-the-art for a broad class of applications.

    Biography: Romil Audhkhasi is a PhD candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at USC, advised by Prof. Michelle L. Povinelli. He received his bachelor\'s degree in Engineering Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. His current research focuses on the design of complex microphotonic devices for infrared emission control and encrypted data storage. During his time at USC, he has been the recipient of the Annenberg fellowship and has served as an MHI Scholar during 2020-21.

    Host: Michelle Povinelli, Wei Wu, Andrea Armani

    More Information: Romil Audukhasi Defence Flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Medical Imaging Seminar

    Tue, Feb 14, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Michael Loecher, Ph.D., Radiology, Stanford VA Hospital

    Talk Title: Optimizing MRI Encoding Gradients with GrOpt

    Series: Medical Imaging Seminar Series

    Abstract: Gradient waveform design in MRI has traditionally been accomplished with analytical and sometimes ad hoc combinations of trapezoidal gradients. An alternative approach is to use numerical optimization techniques to find the \"best\" waveform for a set of imaging constraints. This optimization technique has been shown to produce shorter gradients for better scan efficiency, as well as allows for adding constraints to minimize potential imaging errors.

    In this talk we will discuss a range of applications of gradient optimization, including PNS minimization, eddy current minimization in diffusion and flow imaging, acoustic noise reduction, and general scan time improvements. The talk will also discuss and demonstrate the software package designed to generate these waveforms, GrOpt.

    Host: Krishna Nayak, knayak@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • Recruiting in a Virtual Environment Workshop

    Tue, Feb 14, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions



    THIS EVENT WILL BE HOSTED HYBRID: IN-PERSON & ONLINE SIMULTANEOUSLY

    Learn about how recruitment has changed in this virtual environment and review best practices by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    To access more information on this workshop, log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>>Workshops: https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso/


    For more information about all workshops, 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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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Tue, Feb 14, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    DEN@Viterbi, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

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    Join USC Viterbi School of Engineering for a virtual information session via WebEx, providing an introduction to DEN@Viterbi, our top ranked online delivery system. Discover the 40+ graduate engineering and computer science programs available entirely online.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives during the session to discuss the admission process, program details and the benefits of online delivery.

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2601f3c2e683d55983857501fa06763e

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • PwC Pop In - Women's Consulting Experience (Tabling Session)

    Tue, Feb 14, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

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    PwC Pop In - Womens Consulting Experience (Tabling Session)

    Date: Tuesday, February 14th
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Location: Epstein Family Plaza

    Join us to learn more about PwCs Womens Consulting Experience (WCE)!

    No RSVP required! Stop by anytime between 12pm - 2:30pm to say hello.

    We are seeking individuals who:

    Identify as female
    Sophomores in a four-year degree program or juniors in a five-year degree program
    Are interested in learning more about a career in consulting!

    Meet with PwC professionals and former WCE participants to learn more about the program and opportunities available to you. Recruiting professionals will also be present.

    Are you recruiting for internships, full time, or both? Just internships, but they are full-time positions (40 hours a week).
    Can you offer Visa sponsorship? Are you able to hire a student on CPT or OPT? We cannot hire a student on CPT/OPT but we can sponsor for select roles.

    Location: Epstein Family Plaza

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Epstein Institute - ISE 651 Seminar

    Tue, Feb 14, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

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    Speaker: Dr. Alice Smith, Joe W. Forehand/Accenture Distinguished Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Auburn University

    Talk Title: Innovative Uses of Drones for Last Mile Delivery with a Focus on Healthcare

    Host: Prof. Maged Dessouky

    More Information: February 14, 2023.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • MHI Nano Science & Technology Seminar - Xiaodong Xu, Wednesday, February 15th at 11am in EEB 132

    Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Xiaodong Xu, University of Washington

    Talk Title: Elasto van der Waals Magnet

    Series: Nano Science & Technology

    Abstract: Van der Waals magnets have emerged as a powerful platform for exploring fundamental spin physics and potential applications in electrical and optical-driven spin-based devices. The ease of control of magnetic properties via external control knobs makes them particularly useful. In this talk, I will highlight our recent progress in tuning the magnetic properties of the newly discovered magnetic semiconductor CrSBr through uniaxial strain. This includes the coupling of exciton and interlayer magnetism, the reversible switching of antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transitions, and the strain-tuning of coherent spin waves (magnons) through optical spectroscopy of excitons. Lastly, I will discuss a strain-controlled van der Waals magnetic tunnel junction with programmable magnetic memory and probabilistic bit functionality, which holds potential for new memory and computing technologies.

    Biography: Xiaodong Xu is a Boeing Distinguished Professor at the Department of Physics, and Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He got his BS and PhD degree in physics from University of Science and Technology of China (2002) and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2008), respectively. He joined the University of Washington in 2010 after his postdoc at Cornell University.

    Host: J Yang, H Wang, C Zhou, S Cronin, W Wu

    More Information: Xiaodong_0215 Flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Ampere Computing Information Session

    Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

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    Meet Ampere Computing

    Date: Wednesday, February 15th
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Zoom RSVP HERE HERE


    Introduce Ampere Computing to interested engineering students and provide insight into what type of internship positions and entry level positions we are hiring for.

    What majors and class levels are you interested in connecting with? CE, ECE, CS, EE. Master students preferred but will consider undergrad as well.
    Are you recruiting for internships, full time, or both? Both
    Can you offer Visa sponsorship? Are you able to hire a student on CPT or OPT? Yes

    Location: Zoom, please see below for details on how to RSVP

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Interview Success Workshop

    Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions



    THIS EVENT WILL BE HOSTED HYBRID: IN-PERSON & ONLINE SIMULTANEOUSLY

    Increase your preparedness for interviews by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    To access more information on this workshop, log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>>Workshops: https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso/

    For more information about all workshops, 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 of Autonomy and AI, Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things, and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series

    Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Anirudha Majumdar, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

    Talk Title: Safety and Generalization for Learning-Based Robot Control

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

    Abstract: The ability of machine learning techniques to process rich sensory inputs such as vision makes them highly appealing for use in robotic systems (e.g., micro aerial vehicles and robotic manipulators). However, the increasing adoption of learning-based components in the robotics perception and control pipeline poses an important challenge: how can we guarantee the safety and performance of such systems? As an example, consider a micro aerial vehicle that learns to navigate using a thousand different obstacle environments or a robotic manipulator that learns to grasp using a million objects in a dataset. How likely are these systems to remain safe and perform well on a novel (i.e., previously unseen) environment or object? How can we learn control policies for robotic systems that provably generalize to environments that our robot has not previously encountered? Unfortunately, existing approaches either do not provide such guarantees or do so only under very restrictive assumptions.

    In this talk, I will present our group\'s work on developing a principled theoretical and algorithmic framework for learning control policies for robotic systems with formal guarantees on generalization to novel environments. The key technical insight is to leverage and extend powerful techniques from generalization theory in theoretical machine learning. We apply our techniques on problems including vision-based navigation and grasping in order to demonstrate the ability to provide strong generalization guarantees on robotic systems with complicated (e.g., nonlinear/hybrid) dynamics, rich sensory inputs (e.g., RGB-D), and neural network-based control policies.

    Biography: Anirudha Majumdar is an Assistant Professor at Princeton University in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department and Associated Faculty in the Computer Science department. He also holds a part-time position as a Visiting Research Scientist at the Google AI Lab in Princeton. His group works on controlling highly agile robotic systems in a manner that allows us to make formal guarantees on their safety and performance.

    Majumdar received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016, and a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University from 2016 to 2017 at the Autonomous Systems Lab in the Aeronautics and Astronautics department. He is a recipient of the ONR YIP award, the NSF CAREER award, the Google Faculty Research Award (twice), the Amazon Research Award (twice), the Young Faculty Researcher Award from the Toyota Research Institute, the Best Conference Paper Award at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), the Paper of the Year Award from the International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR), the Alfred Rheinstein Faculty Award (Princeton University), and the Excellence in Teaching Teaching Award from Princeton\'s School of Engineering and Applied Science.


    Host: Somil Bansal, somilban@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92742577270?pwd=bEpXaWJudjZWRksyNk5lL1owUUdBQT09

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92742577270?pwd=bEpXaWJudjZWRksyNk5lL1owUUdBQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • Bridging Ethical Algorithms, Law, and Practice: Hiring and Beyond

    Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    Speaker: Dr. Swati Gupta, Assistant Professor, Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech

    Talk Title: Bridging Ethical Algorithms, Law, and Practice: Hiring and Beyond

    Abstract: Optimization and statistical models based on historical and socio-economic data that do not incorporate fairness desiderata can lead to unfair, discriminatory, or biased outcomes. New ideas are needed to ensure that the developed systems are accountable under uncertainty and reduce a deeper propagation of biases in multi-level decisions. In this talk, I will first discuss methods for ensuring ethical hiring. Recent run-ins of Microsoft and Wells Fargo with the Labor Department\'s OFCCP highlight a paradox: failing to address workforce imbalance can result in legal sanctions and scrutiny, but proactive measures to address these issues might result in the same legal conflict. Dr. Gupta will propose that partially-ordered sets, \"posets\", can be used to transparently account for known uncertainties and biases in evaluation data, giving rise to an interesting class of optimization problems. We will showcase how to ensure a \"competitive\" online selection of candidates with this model. Keeping in mind the requirements of U.S. anti-discrimination law, however, certain methods can be construed as illegal (e.g., imposing quotas). I will discuss the tensions with the law and ways to argue the legal feasibility of our proposed approach. This is based on joint work with Deven Desai and Jad Salem. I will also briefly discuss ethical decision-making in the context of other applications such as admissions, detection of critical diseases like sepsis, facility location, and gerrymandering.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Biography: Dr. Swati Gupta is a Fouts Family Early Career Professor and Assistant Professor in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. She serves as the lead of Ethical AI in the NSF AI Institute on Advances in Optimization. She received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from MIT. Her research interests include optimization, machine learning, and algorithmic fairness, spanning various domains such as e-commerce, quantum optimization, and energy. She received the Class of 1934: Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching in 2021 and 2022 at Georgia Tech, the JP Morgan Early Career Faculty Award in 2021, and the NSF CISE Research Initiation Initiative Award in 2019, and the Google Women in Engineering Award (India) in 2011. She was also awarded the prestigious Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowship in 2017-2018, where she was selected as the Microsoft Research Fellow in 2018. Her research and students have received recognition at various venues like INFORMS Doing Good with OR 2022 (finalist), MIP Poster 2022 (honorable mention), INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research 2018 (honorable mention), INFORMS Computing Society 2016 (special recognition), and INFORMS Service Science Student Paper 2016 (finalist). Dr. Gupta\'s research is partially funded by the NSF and DARPA.

    Host: USC Center for AI in Society

    Location: Location: Register for the Zoom webinar here: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kmziSvzGT0OBw-

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Asiroh Cham

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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    Speaker: Michelle C. Yuen , Harvard University

    Talk Title: Soft robots enabled by functional materials

    Abstract: Soft robots have the potential to extend the capabilities currently demonstrated within the field of robotics. By utilizing primarily soft materials in their construction, soft robots are inherently safe to operate around humans, can handle delicate tasks without advanced controls, and are robust to shocks and impacts during deployment. While proof-of-concept devices have been demonstrated, there remains a need for widely applicable, reliable soft robotic components.

    In this talk, I will present my work on enabling technologies for soft robotic systems and, more broadly, deformable electromechanical systems. Specifically, I will discuss 1) high-deformation strain sensors for state reconstruction and closed-loop control of soft robots, 2) stretchable electronics fabricated using room-temperature liquid metals, and 3) responsive structures enabled by variable-stiffness materials that can switch reversibly from flexible to stiff. These devices rely upon functional materials -“ materials that have a useful, intrinsic property (e.g., conductivity, thermal-responsiveness) -“ that can be leveraged for robotic needs. Throughout this talk, I will be highlighting the need for co-developed design, materials selection, and manufacturing processes to produce reliable devices that can be fabricated at scale.

    The work presented in this talk illustrates a path toward building deformable electromechanical systems that are adaptable and versatile by leveraging soft, functional multi-material systems.

    Biography: Michelle C. Yuen is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the Harvard Microrobotics Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2018, following a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from University of California, Davis in 2013. During her Ph.D. studies, she worked on the design, materials, and manufacturing methods for soft robotic components and systems. She was then awarded a Research Associateship from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine to work on next-generation stretchable electronic devices at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Currently, her work leverages her expertise in soft materials manipulation to building deployable inflated structures, soft actuators, and adhesion strategies for marine mammal tagging.

    Host: AME Department

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

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95805178776?pwd=aEtTRnQ2MmJ6UWE4dk9UMG9GdENLQT09

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 102

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95805178776?pwd=aEtTRnQ2MmJ6UWE4dk9UMG9GdENLQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

    Event Link: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

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  • NVDIA Recruiting Coffee Chat (External, Virtual)

    Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Date: Wednesday, February 15th
    Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Location: RSVP HERE

    Interested in early career opportunities at NVIDIA? Sign up to learn about recruiting opportunities, learn more about NVIDIA and meet your Campus Manager! Participants will also get a chance to win a NVIDIA swag! Open to Bachelors, Masters, and PhD students.

    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Viterbi Career Connections Office. They are posted on Viterbi Career Connections because they may be of interest to members of the Viterbi community. Inclusion of any activity does not indicate USC sponsorship or endorsement of that activity or event. It is the participants responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Location: Please see below for more details

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • SpaceX Trojan Talk

    Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

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    This is an opportunity to learn about careers and internships at SpaceX. Hiring managers from a variety of disciplines will be in attendance accepting resumes for consideration across engineering roles.
    Majors recruited? Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering
    What class levels are you interested in connecting with? Juniors, seniors, and graduate students
    Can you offer Visa sponsorship? Are you able to hire a student on CPT or OPT? Decline to state

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 159

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Viterbi Employer Mock Interviews

    Thu, Feb 16, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Get a 1:1 mock interview with an employer!

    This event connects employer representatives and alumni with engineering students to help them refine their behavioral interviewing and networking skills.

    Location: On-Campus
    Audience: All Viterbi Students


    For more information: USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • MHI Photonics Seminar - Bo Zhen, Thursday, 2/16 at 4pm in EEB 248

    Thu, Feb 16, 2023 @ 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Bo Zhen, University of Pennsylvania

    Talk Title: Nonlinear Topological Photonics

    Series: Photonics Seminar Series

    Abstract: Topological photonics is a rapid developing field, drawing inspirations from the recent successes in electronic systems. Yet, there are two major differences between photons and electrons: (1) photons obey Maxwell\'s equations, which naturally permit nonlinearities, whereas the Schrodinger equation is always linear; (2) photons are bosons, which allows one to easily probe responses at virtually any desired energy (frequency) without the limitation of the Fermi energy. Based on these differences, I will present our recent theoretical and experimental results in understanding the role of optical nonlinearity in topological physics. On the theory side, these include defining topological invariants in driven nonlinear photonic crystals [1] and identifying various topological phases, such as the Floquet Chern insulators [1], dipole phases [2], quadrupole phases [3,4], and topological polaritons [5]. On the experiment side, I will present our recent results towards observing Floquet Chern insulators, protecting out-of-plane photon radiation losses using topology [6] and their potential applications as grating couplers [7]. Finally, I will present an outlook for potential opportunities in science and technology such as night-vision goggles.
    References: [1] Nature Communications 10, 4194 (2019). [2] Physical Review Letters 126, 113901 (2021). [3] Nature Communications 11, 3119 (2020). [4] Physical Review Letters 129, 063902 (2022). [5] Physical Review Letters 130, 043801 (2023). [6] Nature 574, 501 (2019). [7] Nature 580, 467 (2020).

    Biography: Bo Zhen is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. degrees (Mathematics and Physics) from Tsinghua University in 2008 and his Ph.D. degree (Physics) from MIT in 2014. His honors and awards include Air Force Young Investigator program (2018), Kaufman New Investigator (2018), Army Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2019), Office of Naval Research Young Investigator program (2021), Sloan Research Fellowship (2021), and International Commission for Optics Prize (2021).

    Host: Mercedeh Khajavikhan, Michelle Povinelli, Constantine Sideris; Hossein Hashemi; Wade Hsu; Mengjie Yu; Wei Wu; Tony Levi; Alan E. Willner; Andrea Martin Armani

    More Information: Bo Zhen Flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • DEN@Viterbi: How to Apply Virtual Info Session

    Thu, Feb 16, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    DEN@Viterbi, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi representatives for a step-by-step guide and tips for how to apply for formal admission into a Master\'s degree or Graduate Certificate program. The session is intended for individuals who wish to pursue a graduate degree program completely online via USC Viterbi\'s flexible online DEN@Viterbi delivery method.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives and ask questions about the admission process throughout the session.

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e6d69b7dbe56f14d78642782f1abfba8d

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Virgin Orbit Opportunities to Explore

    Thu, Feb 16, 2023 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Virtual Info session with Virgin Orbit, a satellite launch service company, is recruiting engineering students for full-time and internship roles within their engineering, IT, business development, manufacturing, safety/quality/mission assurance, and mission management sectors. Come to this event to engage with current employees at the company!

    Location: Online Event

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Thelma Federico Zaragoza

    Event Link: https://engage.usc.edu/WIE/rsvp?id=388562

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  • Hot Chocolate and Board Games Night

    Thu, Feb 16, 2023 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Student Activity


    A fun evening filled with hot beverages, yummy snacks and thrilling games. Come with your friends or come and make some new friends and meet your VGSA Ambassadors for Women In Engineering (WIE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Queers in Engineering, Science , and Technology (QuEST).

    Location: Private Location (register to display)

    Audiences:

    Contact: Akshita Swaminathan

    Event Link: https://engage.usc.edu/viterbi/rsvp?id=388767

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  • Nano Science & Technology Seminar - Sourav Dutta, Friday, 2/17 at 2pm in EEB 132

    Fri, Feb 17, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Sourav Dutta, Components Research at Intel

    Talk Title: Oxide Semiconductor Nanoelectronics for Energy-Efficient Computing

    Series: Nano Science & Technology

    Abstract: Advancements in deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI) have created a growing demand for domain-specific hardware architecture for accelerating data-intensive workloads. A key source of acceleration as well as energy-efficiency comes from the availability of dense on-chip embedded memory to overcome the memory bottleneck. While silicon transistor scaling continues to make steady progress, resulting in exponential increase in aerial transistor density to over 100 million per square millimeter, static random-access memory (SRAM), the primary workhorse for on-chip embedded memory, is approaching its scaling brick wall. In this talk, I will discuss how amorphous oxide semiconductor can allow us to escape the confines of two-dimensional scaling and embrace the third dimension for continued scaling of logic and embedded memory and enable merged logic-memory fabric. I will highlight the oustanding challenges in oxide semiconductors and discuss strategies towards obtaining back-end-of-line (BEOL) compatible high mobility n- and p-type oxide semiconductor transistor through disorder insensitive material design, band structure engineering and defect suppression. Through low temperature in situ synthesis and integration with functional materials such as ferroelectrics, I will discuss enabling BEOL compatible oxide semiconductor-based high-density embedded memory. Finally, I will discuss how oxide semiconductor-based monolithic 3D logic and memory can enable building specialized hardware tailored for accelerating key mathematical operations pertinent for AI workloads such as performing linear matrix operations or solving nonlinear coupled differential equations.

    Biography: Dr. Sourav Dutta is currently a memory device research engineer at Components Research at Intel. His current research focuses on novel high-density embedded memory for Intel\'s next generation technology nodes. He received his Ph.D. in 2018 from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology under Prof. Azad Naeemi. From 2018 to 2021, he was a postdoctoral research scholar with Prof. Suman Datta at University of Notre Dame. His research focused on emerging nanoelectronics devices with functional materials such as oxide semiconductors and ferroelectrics. He has worked on back-end-of-line (BEOL) compatible high performance oxide semiconductor transistor, high density embedded memory using oxide semiconductor and ferroelectric material, and monolithic 3D integration of logic and memory for compute-in-memory and collective computing applications. Dr. Dutta is the recipient of the 2018 Sigma Xi Best Doctoral Dissertation Award from Georgia Institute of Technology.

    Host: J Yang, H Wang, C Zhou, S Cronin, W Wu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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