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  • CEE Seminar Series

    Tue, Feb 21, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jeannie Wilkening, PhD, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Talk Title: Lets Get Physiological Plants as a Dynamic Diverse and Oftentimes Difficult Part of the Water Cycle

    Abstract: see attachment

    Host: CEE

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95242807214

    More Information: Wilkening_Announcement.docx

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Salina Palacios

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  • CS Colloquium: Christophe Hauser (USC / ISI) - Binary program analysis for systems security: a journey of post-design security challenges

    Tue, Feb 21, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Christophe Hauser, USC / ISI

    Talk Title: Binary program analysis for systems security: a journey of post-design security challenges

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Modern software stacks are complex and rapidly expanding. This continuous trend keeps raising new challenges for software security: the discrepancy between the number of trained human experts available and the growing scale of modern software makes traditional analysis techniques unfit to address security problems in a timely fashion in real-world settings. Existing solutions towards solving this conundrum are staggered across multiple stages in the software development process. While design-time approaches involving formal methods and proofs of correctness have received academic attention and demonstrated success in safety-critical domains such as aerospace, the current state-of-practice in most of the software industry relies on informal and reactive security techniques which often require manual analysis.
    My work focuses on addressing the unique challenges of post-development security through principled approaches leveraging formal methods, reverse engineering and machine learning to detect, patch and prevent vulnerabilities across the software stacks. However, security properties are difficult to guarantee in the context of modern, real-world computer architectures and software engineering practices, and this difficulty is further exacerbated when source code, specification or design-level information is unavailable. Unfortunately, this context is very common when it comes to evaluating the security of third-party software, whether it is released in the form of applications, libraries or embedded firmware.
    In this talk, I will present my research to date towards addressing these challenges by focusing on leveraging theoretically sound models while attempting to identify the best soundness trade-offs to make these practical and prioritize real-world impact.
    More specifically, I will present applications of these models to the problems of vulnerability discovery in a post-development context, retrofitting security in binary code and on extending the scalability of vulnerability models with machine learning.



    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Dr. Christophe Hauser is Research Computer Scientist and Research Lead at University of California's Information Sciences Institute, where he founded and co-leads the BASS (Binary Analysis and Systems Security) research group (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://bass.isi.edu__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!qKWHZjoxvzMpC-rGATAiOW1m9nqIFHGeItsBB8n2hqiYHcQ5pqEcPeMyuQgGrc1gg5tvklVajL8hTQ$ ).
    His research focuses on multiple aspects of systems security including intrusion detection, vulnerability discovery, binary program analysis and reverse engineering. He has been publishing high-impact papers in top security conferences such as USENIX Security, the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), USENIX Security, the Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) Symposium and the IEEE symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P). He also has been actively serving as technical committee member for top security conferences, including as the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), USENIX Security and ACSAC, and was part of the organizing committee of CCS 2022.
    Prior to joining USC-ISI, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Seclab at UC Santa Barbara where he worked on the design and development of the "angr" program analysis platform, which is now vastly used across academia and industry.
    He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from CentraleSup├ęlec, University of Paris-Saclay, France, (jointly with Queensland university of technology, Australia).


    Host: Department of Computer Science

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • DEN@Viterbi: How to Apply Virtual Info Session

    Tue, Feb 21, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, 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=ee496f861450c6ae13654ed3c96e00e8c

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Epstein Institute - ISE 651 Seminar

    Tue, Feb 21, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Coralia Cartis, Professor, Mathematics Institute, Oxford University

    Talk Title: Dimensionality Reduction Techniques for Nonconvex Optimization

    Host: Prof. Jong-Shi Pang

    More Information: February 21, 2023.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • Edwards Lifesciences: Engineering Internship & Co-Op Virtual Tech Talk (External Info Session)

    Tue, Feb 21, 2023 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join the virtual Tech Talk here (MS Teams meeting)

    COME BE INSPIRED.
    Discover Edwards Lifesciences award winning products with our Engineering representatives. You'll learn about our Transcatheter Heart Valves, Surgical Structural Heart Therapies, Transcatheter Mitral & Tricuspid Therapies, and Critical Care monitoring systems in virtual and engaging environment.
    We will also take some time to discuss our Engineering Summer Internship opportunities.

    DISCOVER LIFE HERE.
    At Edwards, you can
    Explore a wide variety of medical device engineering projects
    Develop professional skills
    Work in a stimulating learning environment
    Partner with passionate employees fighting cardiovascular disease

    ABOUT EDWARDS:
    Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Edwards Lifesciences has extensive operations in North America, Europe, Japan, Latin America and Asia and currently employs over 17,000 individuals worldwide.

    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: Teams, please see below for more details

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Feb 22, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of 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: Zoom only

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Evaluating & Negotiating Job Offers Workshop- NOTE DATE CHANGE

    Wed, Feb 22, 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

    Consider best practices on evaluating and negotiating job or internship offers 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 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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  • Edwards Lifesciences: Engineering Internship & Co-Op Virtual Tech Talk (External Info Session)

    Wed, Feb 22, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join the virtual Tech Talk here(MS Teams meeting)

    COME BE INSPIRED.
    Discover Edwards Lifesciences award winning products with our Engineering representatives. You'll learn about our Transcatheter Heart Valves, Surgical Structural Heart Therapies, Transcatheter Mitral & Tricuspid Therapies, and Critical Care monitoring systems in virtual and engaging environment.
    We will also take some time to discuss our Engineering Summer Internship opportunities.

    DISCOVER LIFE HERE.
    At Edwards, you can
    Explore a wide variety of medical device engineering projects
    Develop professional skills
    Work in a stimulating learning environment
    Partner with passionate employees fighting cardiovascular disease

    ABOUT EDWARDS:
    Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Edwards Lifesciences has extensive operations in North America, Europe, Japan, Latin America and Asia and currently employs over 17,000 individuals worldwide.

    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: Teams, please see below for more details

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Can collaborative systems science methods improve intervention strategies to reduce alcohol-related problems?

    Wed, Feb 22, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Christina Mair, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health

    Talk Title: Can collaborative systems science methods improve intervention strategies to reduce alcohol-related problems?

    Abstract: Systems science approaches, such as agent-based models, provide the opportunity to compare a range of intervention implementation strategies in a simulated environment. The usefulness of a given model, however, is limited by its accuracy, focus, and salience to end users. In this talk, Dr. Mair will share a collaborator-designed systems model of alcohol-involved sexual violence on college campuses currently being developed through a series of collaborative model building sessions with a learning collaborative. Integrating collaborative model building with agent-based model development is an innovative, empirically-based approach that can improve implementation of effective strategies to address alcohol-involved sexual violence, promote preventive interventions, and stimulate campus-level policy and programmatic changes to reduce sexual violence among students.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Location: Register for the Zoom webinar here: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O3DV23rCQNug1Plxj01MbA

    Biography: Dr. Mair is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, with secondary appointments in the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and Department of Epidemiology. She also serves as Director of the Center for Social Dynamics and Community Health and Associate Director of the Public Health Dynamics Lab. Her research seeks to understand structural and contextual influences on substance use-related problems with the goal to reduce these problems in community settings.

    Host: USC Center for AI in Society

    More Info: https://cais.usc.edu/events/bridging-ethical-algorithms-law-and-practice-hiring-and-beyond/

    Location: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O3DV23rCQNug1Plxj01MbA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Asiroh Cham

    Event Link: https://cais.usc.edu/events/bridging-ethical-algorithms-law-and-practice-hiring-and-beyond/

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  • CEE Seminar Series

    Wed, Feb 22, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ruolin Li, University of California Berkeley

    Talk Title: The Potential of Autonomous Vehicles in the Management of Intelligent Transportation Systems

    Abstract: See attachment

    Host: CEE

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95242807214

    More Information: Li_Announcement.docx

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Salina Palacios

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Feb 22, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: David Doan, Stanford University

    Talk Title: Strategies to Achieve Order: Colloidal Self-Assembly and Nano-Enhanced Additive Manufacturing

    Abstract: Achieving order is key to the improvement of materials properties in applications such as mechanics, catalysis, and photonics. Colloidal self-assembly has been a field of interest due to its ability to manipulate nanoscale/microscale particles to create periodic structures. However, a challenge in this field is the ability to expand the possible phase space of crystal structures that can be formed. Here, we explore the fundamentals of shape- or entropy-driven self-assembly to achieve different types of order. I will discuss an experimental framework that allows us to fabricate particles of complex shapes using two-photon lithography and assemble them under a gravitational field. I will present experimental, analytical, and computational results for the self-assembly of truncated tetrahedrons on a 2D interface.

    I will also present on enhancing mechanical properties through the addition of atomically precise nanoclusters in polymeric structures to create nanocomposites. This, in conjunction with two-photon lithography, allows us to fabricate strong but lightweight structures of arbitrary shapes. We show that these nanoclusters enhance the overall mechanical properties of the structure, above what is expected from simple composite theory.



    Biography: David Doan is currently a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University under the supervision of Professor Wendy Gu, with a planned graduation in mid-2023. He received his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford and Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He is an NSF Graduate Fellow and Questbridge Scholar. His current research focuses on the fundamentals of self-assembly and mechanics but eventually wants to develop more scalable fabrication techniques that connect the nanoscale to the macroscale.

    Host: AME Department

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

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

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

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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

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  • BME Seminar Speaker, Dr. Rui Cao

    Thu, Feb 23, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    University Calendar


    More Information: bme seminar rui cao.pdf

    Location: Corwin D. Denney Research Center (DRB) - 145

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Michele Medina

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  • Viterbi Engineer's Week Game Night Mixer

    Thu, Feb 23, 2023 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Student Activity


    Join KIUEL to celebrate Engineer's Week with fun engineering games, snacks, and prizes!

    Location: RTH 2nd Floor (Baum Family Room), 3650 McClintock Avenue, OHE 106, Los Angeles, CA 90089, United States

    Audiences:

    Contact: Kamau Abercrombia

    Event Link: https://engage.usc.edu/viterbi/rsvp?id=388789

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  • Munushian seminar speaker - John A. Rogers, Friday, February 24th at 9am in EB 132

    Fri, Feb 24, 2023 @ 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: John A. Rogers, Northwestern University

    Talk Title: Director of the Querrey-Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics

    Series: Munushian Seminar Series

    Abstract: A remarkable feature of modern integrated circuit technology is its ability to operate in a stable fashion, almost indefinitely, without physical or chemical change. Recently developed classes of electronic materials create an opportunity to engineer the opposite outcome, in the form of 'transient' devices that dissolve, disintegrate, degrade or otherwise physically disappear at triggered times or with controlled rates. Water-soluble classes of transient electronic devices serve as the foundations for applications in zero-impact environmental monitors, 'green' consumer electronic gadgetry and bio-resorbable medical implants. This talk describes the foundational concepts in materials science, electrical engineering and assembly processes for bio/ecoresorbable electronics in a variety of formats and with a range of functions. Bioresorbable wireless stimulators that accelerate neuroregeneration of injured peripheral nerves and pacemakers that minimize risks after cardiac surgeries represent some recent system level examples.

    Biography: Professor John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989. From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and the PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in 1997 and then served as Director of the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department from the end of 2000 to 2002. He then spent thirteen years on the faculty at University of Illinois, most recently as the Swanlund Chair Professor and Director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory. In the Fall of 2016, he moved to Northwestern University where he is Director of the recently endowed Querrey-Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics. He has co-authored nearly 900 papers and his co-inventor on more than 100 patents. His research has been recognized by many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship (2009), the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2011), the Smithsonian Award for American Ingenuity in the Physical Sciences (2013), the Benjamin Franklin Medal from the Franklin Institute (2019), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2021). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Host: ECE-Electrophysics

    More Information: Flyer Munushian seminar John Rogers.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Nano Science & Technology Seminar - Mo Chen, Friday, 2/23 at 11am in EEB 248

    Fri, Feb 24, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mo Chen, California Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: A Hybrid Platform for Quantum Computing

    Series: Nano Science & Technology

    Abstract: Material defects are ubiquitous. Seven decades ago, defects challenged the new-born semiconductor industry, and today they are one of the major roadblocks for quantum technologies. Solid-state quantum devices, in particular, superconducting qubits, stand out as one of the leading platforms for fault-tolerant quantum computing. However, the performance of superconducting qubits is limited by the presence of various microscopic forms of two-level state (TLS) defects in the amorphous surfaces of the materials that make up the qubits. Previous attempts to address this issue mostly focused on circuit designs that reduced the negative impact of TLS, but advancements have plateaued since around 2012. In this seminar, I will introduce an orthogonal approach that engineers the TLS into a highly useful quantum resource that could positively impact the superconducting qubit's performance. First, I will introduce a hybrid platform which utilizes acoustic bandgap metamaterials to structure phonon modes and significantly enhance the TLS lifetime. Next, I will discuss quantum sensing techniques developed for color centers in diamond, and their applications to this hybrid system to gain further insights into the defect physics. Lastly, I will discuss the prospects of quantum computing based on the hybrid platform.

    Biography: Mo Chen is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Applied Physics and the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at the California Institute of Technology. He received his B.S. in Optics from Fudan University in 2012 and his S.M. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015 and 2020, respectively. His research interests are focused on gaining a fundamental understanding of device physics and applying that knowledge to engineer novel quantum devices, such as qubits, quantum sensors, and quantum memories.

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

    More Information: Mo Chen Flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Viterbi Engineer's Week KIUEL X VGSA Karaoke

    Fri, Feb 24, 2023 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Student Activity


    Conclude Engineer's Week with a night of singing and fun!
    Sing all your favorite songs and enjoy some snacks with your friends.

    Location: Sign into EngageSC to View Location

    Audiences:

    Contact: Kamau Abercrombia

    Event Link: https://engage.usc.edu/viterbi/rsvp?id=388790

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