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  • ECE Seminar: Next-Generation Wireless Networks for Billions of IoT Devices

    Tue, Feb 22, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Ali Abedi, Research Lecturer, Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo

    Talk Title: Next-Generation Wireless Networks for Billions of IoT Devices

    Abstract: It is estimated that the total number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices will grow to 80 billion devices in a few years. Unfortunately, existing wireless networks cannot satisfy the diverse requirements of IoT applications in terms of power consumption, data rate, and privacy. Some IoT devices, such as contact sensors used in intrusion detection systems, transmit only a few bytes of data occasionally, while other devices such as virtual reality headsets require a continuous stream of data with a high data rate. Moreover, many IoT devices run on a battery; therefore, they have very strict power consumption requirements. The battery in many IoT devices has to be changed every few months, which is time consuming and costly. Furthermore, old batteries have adverse environmental effects, if not disposed of properly. In addition to these problems, bringing many IoT devices to our smart homes and offices creates many privacy concerns. How can users be confident that their privacy is not violated in smart environments?

    In this talk, I present the design of next generation wireless networks that satisfy the diverse requirements of IoT applications. To enable low-power wireless networking for IoT applications that require low data rates, I present a system that enables a battery-free IoT device to transmit its data to nearby WiFi devices. Next, I describe the design of a low-power and low-cost millimeter wave network for IoT devices that require up to 100 Mbps of bandwidth. Finally, I discuss privacy issues caused by wireless signals transmitted by many IoT devices in a smart environment.

    Biography: Ali Abedi is currently a research lecturer at the University of Waterloo. His research interests are in the areas of wireless networks and mobile systems with a special focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart environments. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Waterloo. His work has been published in top systems and networking venues such as SIGCOMM, MobiCom, and HotNets. He was awarded the gold medal in the Student Research Competition (SRC) competition at Mobicom 2018. His research projects have been featured in ACM GetMobile, ACM Tech News, and Science Daily. He has received multiple grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). His research has resulted in multiple patents, and has attracted interests from companies such as Google, Qualcomm, and ecobee.

    Host: Dr. Konstantinos Psounis, kpsounis@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96468306783?pwd=cmJGWE91d1M0VDM1aGhaaXJNdDFPZz09

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96468306783?pwd=cmJGWE91d1M0VDM1aGhaaXJNdDFPZz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • ECE Seminar: Solving the Cloud Efficiency Crisis with Fast and Accessible Scheduling

    Tue, Feb 22, 2022 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Kostis Kaffes, Electrical Engineering Department, Stanford University

    Talk Title: Solving the Cloud Efficiency Crisis with Fast and Accessible Scheduling

    Abstract: Operating systems (OS) specialization is necessary as the one-size-fits-all approach of fundamental OS operations such as scheduling is incompatible with today's diverse application landscape. Such specialization can improve application performance and cloud platform efficiency by an order of magnitude or more. Towards this goal, I will first discuss Shinjuku, a specialized OS that supports an order of magnitude higher load and lower tail latency than state-of-the-art systems by enabling better scheduling. Shinjuku leverages hardware support for virtualization to preempt as often as every 5 microseconds and disproves the conventional wisdom that interrupts are incompatible with microsecond timescales. Then, I will present Syrup, a framework that enables everyday application developers to specify custom scheduling policies easily and safely deploy them across different layers of the stack over existing operating systems like Linux, bringing the benefits of specialized scheduling to everyone. For example, Syrup allowed us to implement policies that previously required specialized dataplanes in less than 20 lines of code and improve the performance of an in-memory database by 8x without needing any application modification.

    Biography: Kostis Kaffes is a final-year Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, advised by Christos Kozyrakis. He is broadly interested in computer systems, cloud computing, and scheduling. His thesis focuses on end-host, rack-scale, and cluster-scale scheduling for microsecond-scale tail latency with the goal of improving efficiency in the cloud. Recently, he has been looking for ways to make it easier to implement and deploy custom scheduling policies across different layers of the stack. Kostis's research has been supported by a Facebook Research Award and various scholarships and fellowships from Stanford, A.G. Leventis Foundation, and Gerondelis Foundation. Prior to Stanford, he received his undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece.

    Host: Dr. Murali Annavaram, annavara@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96988520485?pwd=aHRIY1BBWW5PVEtCeDlWSnAwUUxsUT09

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

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96988520485?pwd=aHRIY1BBWW5PVEtCeDlWSnAwUUxsUT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • Interview Success Workshop (ON-CAMPUS)

    Tue, Feb 22, 2022 @ 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    THIS EVENT WILL BE HOSTED IN-PERSON, ON-CAMPUS

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

    For more information about workshops, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

    Attendance is limited to room capacity

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CS Colloquium: Siddharth Srivastava (Arizona State University) - Principles and Algorithms for Data-Efficient Assistive Sequential Decision Making

    Tue, Feb 22, 2022 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Siddharth Srivastava, Arizona State University

    Talk Title: Principles and Algorithms for Data-Efficient Assistive Sequential Decision Making

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: Can we balance efficiency and reliability while designing assistive AI systems? What would such AI systems need to provide? In this talk I will present some of our recent work addressing these questions. In particular, I will show that a few fundamental principles of abstraction are surprisingly effective in designing efficient and reliable AI systems that can plan and act over multiple timesteps. Our results show that abstraction mechanisms are invaluable not only in improving the efficiency of sequential decision making, but also in developing AI systems that can explain their own behavior to non-experts, and in computing user-interpretable assessments of the limits and capabilities of Black-Box AI systems. I will also present some of our work on learning the requisite abstractions in a bottom-up fashion. Throughout the talk I will highlight the theoretical guarantees that our methods provide along with results from empirical evaluations featuring decision-support/digital AI systems and physical robots.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

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    Host: Sven Koenig

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99395482251

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99395482251

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • BD Launching Your Career in the Med Tech Industry (Virtual, Series)

    Tue, Feb 22, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

    WHEN: Feb 22 @ 2 pm

    RSVP: https://bd.yello.co/app/collect/event/Oc9ryNPDd925WaMaJMOVMg

    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Career Center. 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 participant's responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Location: Virtual

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Kick-Off Carnival

    Tue, Feb 22, 2022 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    The kickoff carnival is back to Engineers Week on Tuesday, February 22nd from 3pm to 5 pm on the E-Quad main lawn with Viterbi clubs hosting booths, where you can win prizes, like USC plushies! Free boba will also be given out. Stop by for fun prizes and to hang out with Viterbi organizations!

    Location: Epstein Family Engineering Plaza

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • ISE 651 Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Feb 22, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. M. Ravi Shankar, Professor, Dept. of Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

    Talk Title: Molecular Patterning Directs Morphing and Motility in Liquid Crystalline Polymers

    Host: Prof. Yong Chen

    More Information: February 22, 2022.pdf

    Location: Online/Zoom

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • CS Distinguished Lecture: Hod Lipson (Columbia University) - Automating discovery: From cognitive robotics to particle physics

    Tue, Feb 22, 2022 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Hod Lipson, Columbia University

    Talk Title: Automating discovery: From cognitive robotics to particle physics

    Series: Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: Can machines discover scientific laws automatically? Despite the prevalence of big data, the process of distilling data into scientific laws has resisted automation. Particularly challenging are situations with small amounts of data that is difficult or expensive to collect. This talk will outline a series of recent research projects, starting with self-reflecting robotic systems, and ending with machines that can formulate hypotheses, design experiments, and interpret the results, to discover new scientific laws. We will see examples from psychology to cosmology, from classical physics to modern physics, from big science to small science.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:
    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kYlG0b5QS3OShAvhHwF1hg

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

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Hod Lipson is a professor of Engineering at Columbia University in New York, and a co-author of the award winning book "Fabricated: The New World of 3D printing", and "Driverless: Intelligent cars and the road ahead". His work on self-aware and self-replicating robots challenges conventional views of robotics, and his TED talk on self-aware machines is one of the most viewed presentations on AI. Lipson directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative. For more information visit http://hodlipson.com


    Host: Stefanos Nikolaidis

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kYlG0b5QS3OShAvhHwF1hg

    Location: Online - Zoom Webinar

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kYlG0b5QS3OShAvhHwF1hg

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • Mork Family Department Seminar - Jonathan Paras

    Tue, Feb 22, 2022 @ 04:00 PM - 05:15 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jonathan Paras, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Quantifying Electronic Contributions to Phase Transitions

    Host: Prof. Andrea Hodge

    Location: SOS B46

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Heather Alexander

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  • ECE Seminar: Human/System Co-design to Protect Data Privacy

    Wed, Feb 23, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Haojian Jin, PhD Candidate, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

    Talk Title: Human/System Co-design to Protect Data Privacy

    Abstract: Privacy is changing how we build computing systems. Recent regulations, such as General Data Protection Regulation, California Consumer Privacy Act, Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, require developers to offer greater privacy protections. However, developers struggle to turn these high-level privacy principles into low-level code implementation.

    The primary cause of this difficulty is that privacy is a multi-stakeholder issue: developers want to achieve more functionality and productivity; users want more control with lower effort; regulators wish to audit systems with limited resources and do not want to stifle innovation; finally, system deployments need to remain proprietary and efficient.

    In this talk, I will present two systems to illustrate that these Human/System requirements can jointly inform system design up-front and not be afterthoughts. I will describe (1) applying human/system co-design for data minimization, a foundational privacy principle in modern privacy regulation, and (2) how user and other stakeholder experience is transformed in co-designed systems. I will conclude with plans to create a virtuous cycle ecosystem where building trustworthy systems is rewarded, and developers compete to guarantee greater user protection, not less.

    Biography: Haojian Jin is a final-year Ph.D. candidate in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, advised by Jason Hong and Swarun Kumar. His research lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction, privacy, and mobile systems. His work has been recognized with a UbiComp Gaetano Borriello Outstanding Student Award, Research Highlights at Communications of the ACM and GetMobile, and best paper awards at Ubicomp and ACM Computing Reviews. See more at: http://haojianj.in/.

    Host: Dr. Bhaskar Krishnamachari, bkrishna@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92527250101?pwd=dlQ1YzV1enJTYnRaQmFBbFpnZS9ZQT09

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

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92527250101?pwd=dlQ1YzV1enJTYnRaQmFBbFpnZS9ZQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • CANstruction

    Wed, Feb 23, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Engineers Week is hosting a canned food drive called CANstruction on February 23rd from 10 am to 4pm at the RTH Lobby, where we'll be accepting canned goods to donate to LA Food Bank and Trojan Shelter @trojanshelter. Donate a can to get Viterbi swag and more!

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Feb 23, 2022 @ 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: TBD

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Networking: Building & Maintaining Professional Connections Workshop (ON-CAMPUS)

    Wed, Feb 23, 2022 @ 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    THIS EVENT WILL BE HOSTED IN-PERSON, ON-CAMPUS

    Increase your career and internship knowledge on networking by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff.

    For more information about workshops, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

    Attendance is limited to room capacity

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    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 23, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Gaurav Gupta, Amazon Web Services (AWS) AI lab

    Talk Title: Operator Learning for Partial Differential Equations

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

    Abstract: The partial differential equations (PDEs) model several real-world setups of Physics, Engineering, biology, Epidemiology. The solution can be formulated as an operator map problem. We show that learning the operator kernels can be efficiently performed by exploiting the fundamental properties. We will discuss a novel multiwavelets-based neural operator approach to achieve a compressed representation and show applications on several benchmarks PDE datasets. Next, we also discuss a class of PDEs called 'Initial Value Problems,' which has applications in predictions and forecasting. We develop a compact non-linear neural operator which maps initial conditions to activities at a later time. The proposed approach yields data efficiency which is necessary to deal with scarce real-world datasets, and as a case study we formulate and solve urgent real-world problems like Epidemic forecasting (e.g., COVID19).

    Biography: Gaurav Gupta is currently a researcher (Applied Scientist) at Amazon Web Services (AWS) AI labs. He completed his PhD from USC Viterbi. His research interests span the domain of time-series modeling, learning partial differential equations, information theory for machine learning, fractional dynamical models, complex networks, brain EEG signals modeling. He is working on inter-disciplinary mathematical and applied problems on forecasting, PDEs, and has publications in top venues like Neurips, ICLR, Nature, IEEE Control Society, ACM cyber-physical society.


    Host: Pierluigi Nuzzo, nuzzo@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zyIBh_1gQLmKpMJG0GyLxw

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zyIBh_1gQLmKpMJG0GyLxw

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Feb 23, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: James Hanna, UN Reno

    Talk Title: Exterior algebra and the proportional selective modification of dynamical systems, from rotors to nonlinear lattices

    Abstract: This is the story of a seemingly trivial problem, born of quarantine, that surprised me by turning into something more interesting. I will introduce a new technique for adding dissipation or otherwise modifying dynamical systems to selectively change any number of conserved quantities, while only reducing the total number of conserved quantities by one. I will first present a naive approach to a simple example, a textbook problem of a specially damped rotor often used to explain the failure of the Explorer 1 satellite. Then (in joint work with M. Aureli), we generalize the approach to any number of dimensions and conserved quantities. The resulting dynamics drives the modified system to a nontrivial state of the original system.

    Biography: Hanna is Associate Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, which he joined in 2019 as a refugee fleeing the great purge of unapologetic mechanicians from Virginia Tech. A lapsed materials scientist, he spent several years impersonating a postdoctoral physicist at UMass Amherst, and currently performs mechanics without a license. He is interested in applications of geometry to theoretical and experimental classical mechanics, and is currently thinking about shell buckling, cable snapping, pseudomomentum and material symmetry, new formulations of elasticity, and a few other things.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93987337017?pwd=MWd2dXBSL1FaR1RPaHNscjJ1NW80UT09

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93987337017?pwd=MWd2dXBSL1FaR1RPaHNscjJ1NW80UT09

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 252

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93987337017?pwd=MWd2dXBSL1FaR1RPaHNscjJ1NW80UT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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  • A Study Break w/ Tesla: Weekly Series

    Wed, Feb 23, 2022 @ 06:00 PM - 06:45 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    A Study Break w/ Tesla is a series of professional workshops presented by the Hardware + Cell Engineering Internship Recruiting Team that will be offered on Wednesday evenings from February through April, 6:00 pm -6:45 pm.

    Each event will offer a 25-minute presentation on a specific topic, followed by a 20-minute opportunity for participants to ask questions and network with the Tesla team.

    Event: Accelerating in the Technical Interview | February 23 - RSVP in Gateway

    This session will provide insight and tips on the interview process, from general networking conversations through the technical interview.

    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Career Center. 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 participant's responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Location: Virtual

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Essentials of Edge Computing - Introduction to Computing on the Edge (Virtual)

    Thu, Feb 24, 2022 @ 01:30 AM - 03:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    At NXP, we know computing at the edge of a network is a fundamentally simple concept but it requires a broad range of capabilities to achieve optimal security, energy efficiency, connectivity and machine learning intelligence. Essentials of Edge Computing was created by some of our team to share knowledge and insights to help drive forward the enormous potential of edge computing in the next era of the IoT. Whether you are creating edge products or SoCs, this book is for you.
    In this session you will hear directly from leaders of the Edge Processing and Automotive sectors of NXP. They will be taking you into a deep dive of the concepts and knowledge of computing on the edge. To better explain these concepts, they will be utilizing the newly created, "Essentials of Edge Computing," E-book and you yourselves will have the opportunity to download the E-book and become more knowledgeable in these topics.
    Link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_Mzk1NWM4ZmItNzEyYy00ZDJmLWE5MjktZDE1ZTIxNzJjODlk%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22686ea1d3-bc2b-4c6f-a92c-d99c5c301635%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22ddb471cd-6be2-413d-bae1-159b7db8691f%22%7d
    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 participant's responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Location: Virtual. RSVP Link in the event description.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Google - Hash Code 2022 (Virtual)

    Thu, Feb 24, 2022 @ 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Want to solve a Google engineering challenge? Hash Code, Google's team programming competition, is back!
    Here's what you need to know:
    The Qualification Round will take place on Thursday, February 24. Past problems have included optimizing traffic signals and scheduling over 25,000 Google software engineers efficiently.
    You compete with a team. You need to form a team of 2 to 4 people to compete in Hash Code. If you don't have a team, don't worry! You can register now and find teammates later using our Facebook group.
    Top teams will advance to the World Finals. Top teams from the Qualification Round will be invited to compete in the virtual #HashCode 2022 World Finals for a chance to win cash prizes and the title of Hash Code 2022 Champion.
    Compete alongside a Hub. Hubs are participant-organized groups of Hash Code teams that are affiliated with a university or organization. Check out our map of approved Hubs. If you don't see your university, apply to host a Hub!
    Are you up for the challenge? Register today at this link: https://codingcompetitions.withgoogle.com/hashcode?utm_medium=email&utm_source=gamma&utm_campaign=reg_promo&SRC=Online/TOPs/HC
    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 participant's responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Location: Virtual. RSVP Link in the event description.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • ECE-S Seminar: Faster, smarter, and greener systems for data-center scale AI

    Thu, Feb 24, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Udit Gupta, PhD Candidate, Harvard University

    Talk Title: Faster, smarter, and greener systems for data-center scale AI

    Abstract: The modern Internet is driven by AI-centric services that determine how we interact with technology and society on a daily basis. The exponential rise in AI is largely fueled by the design, development, and deployment of domain-specific software and hardware that have yielded orders of magnitude improvements for deep learning. Despite these efforts, this talk focuses on an important, yet under-studied area: systems for deep learning-based personalized recommendation. Personalized recommendations form the backbone of our interaction with the Internet including search, e-commerce, streaming, and social media. Systems play a crucial role in enabling accurate, efficient, and sustainable recommendation engines.

    In this talk I show how modern deep learning-based personalized recommendation engines not only consume the majority of AI training and inference cycles in production data centers, but also introduce unique system design challenges to efficient execution. To tackle these challenges, I design solutions across the software and hardware stack to optimize inference efficiency by jointly considering application-level characteristics, unique neural network model architectures, data-center scale implications, and the underlying hardware. Given the rapidly growing infrastructure demands posed by AI and recommendation engines, my work highlights that systems must go beyond performance, power, and energy efficiency to consider environmental footprint as a first order design target to enable sustainable computing. Finally, I chart paths to designing future systems that enable emerging AI-driven applications by balancing performance, efficiency, sustainability, and privacy.

    Biography: Udit Gupta is a PhD student at Harvard University and visiting research scientist at Facebook AI Research. His research interests focus on enabling next-generation responsible AI platforms by designing novel computer systems and hardware. His recent work focuses on the optimization of data center-scale deep learning-based personalized recommendation engines (HPCA 2020, ISCA 2020, MICRO 2021, ASPLOS 2021) and enabling sustainable computing by considering the environmental impact of end-to-end hardware life cycles (HPCA 2021, MLSys 2022). Udit's work has been evaluated at-scale in production data centers and incorporated into standardized benchmarks and infrastructure used by the research community. His research has been recognized as an IEEE MICRO Top Picks honorable mention in 2020 and received an IEEE MICRO Top Picks award in 2021, as well as nominated for best paper at PACT 2019 and DAC 2018. In addition to research, Udit is passionate about building interdisciplinary communities. He has co-founded the PeRSonAl (personalized recommendation systems and algorithms) workshop and CLEAR (computing landscapes with environmental accountability and responsibility) workshops co-located at systems and machine learning conferences like ASPLOS, ISCA, and MLSys. He is also the co-chair of the Computer Architecture Student Association.

    Host: Dr. Murali Annavaram, annavara@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96028058998?pwd=cFFFSm1rdjFBcjdiMURMOWpxMi9tUT09

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

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96028058998?pwd=cFFFSm1rdjFBcjdiMURMOWpxMi9tUT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • Baum Family Maker Space Open House

    Thu, Feb 24, 2022 @ 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    University Calendar


    This event will provide an opportunity for students to visit the nearly 10,000-square-foot Maker Space which is currently open to all USC Viterbi undergraduates and provides support across all engineering departments, including senior capstone design projects, and design teams.

    Location: Ground floor of the Science and Engineering Library

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • DEI Committee Meeting

    Thu, Feb 24, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events


    Bi-Weekly DEI Committee meeting for invited full-time Computer Science faculty only. Event details emailed directly to attendees.

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Mork Family Department Seminar - Rohan Mishra

    Thu, Feb 24, 2022 @ 04:00 PM - 05:15 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. Rohan Mishra, Washington University

    Talk Title: Developing real materials for energy applications using a combination of theory and microscopy

    Host: Professor A.Hodge

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 147

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Heather Alexander

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  • Networking: Building & Maintaining Professional Connections Workshop (VIRTUAL)

    Thu, Feb 24, 2022 @ 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    THIS EVENT WILL BE HOSTED VIRTUALLY

    Increase your career and internship knowledge on networking by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff.

    To access the ZOOM link and for 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.

    In-person attendance has been cancelled due to room A/V technical issues

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • A Brief History of the Future with Deloitte’s Novel and Exponential Technologies (NExT) Team (Virtual)

    Thu, Feb 24, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Aristotle, Steve Jobs and Spider Man walk into a room-What happens NExT?
    Here, at Deloitte, our multi-disciplinarian NExT team explores emerging technologies and the associated impacts to our world. The NExT team researches a diverse set of subjects, such as the metaverse, web 3.0, artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, and sustainable technologies. Join us for an hour of sensing and storytelling, as we share our team's research and discuss how various technologies will impact our lives in the years to come.
    RSVP for NExT event via this link: https://deloitteus.avature.net/su/b5043731545fcd6b
    -Logistics: this event is broken into 2 parts:
    -Presentation (1.5 hour)
    -Networking Session (1 hour)
    -Zoom Link will be provided to students who RSVP before 12pm PT on Feb 24th
    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 participant's responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Location: Virtual. RSVP Link in the event description.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Game Night

    Thu, Feb 24, 2022 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Come out to Engineers Week Game Night where we'll be playing bingo for prizes from 6pm - 7pm at the E-Quad! Stop by and mingle with your Viterbi peers over some friendly competition.

    Location: Epstein Family Engineering Plaza

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • Repeating EventGrammar Tutorials

    Fri, Feb 25, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    INDIVIDUAL GRAMMAR TUTORING FOR VITERBI UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS

    Meet one-on-one with Viterbi faculty, build your grammar skills, and take your writing to the next level!

    Viterbi faculty from the Engineering in Society Program (formerly the Engineering Writing Program) will help you identify and correct recurring grammatical errors in your academic writing, cover letters, resumes, articles, presentations, and dissertations.
    Bring your work, and let's work together to clarify your great ideas!

    Contact helenhch@usc.edu with questions.




    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate and Undergraduate Students

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • Career Development Workshop

    Fri, Feb 25, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Career development workshop taking place on Feb 25th 2-4pm in GFS 106 (USC Campus) Lunch provided!

    Watch these testimonials from last semesters students!
    https://youtu.be/z6oCQhw44Vc

    Confused about where you want your career to be? Is your mind overwhelmed with too many to-do's, Interested in learning tips and methodologies that you can apply to both your professional and personal life to find success? Join Professor Gregg Ibbotson's Career and Development workshop to cultivate these skills and gain clarity in your life! Open to any student at USC!

    Sign up today at the webcast link below!

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

    WebCast Link: https://forms.gle/FZMLkM2ZH8T3fF8j8

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Gregg Ibbotson

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  • Love, Viterbi

    Fri, Feb 25, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    As our final event for Engineers Week 2022, on February 24th from 11 am to 4 pm, we'll be out in the E-Quad giving out flowers and very limited USC beanies to students who write a thank you note to individuals in Viterbi, organizations in Viterbi, or anyone you appreciate! Stop by also for a chance to meet the Tommy Trojan mascot and take pictures with friends

    Location: Epstein Family Engineering Plaza

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • CILQ Internal Seminar

    Fri, Feb 25, 2022 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Alan Willner, Professor, USC

    Talk Title: Optical Communications: Innovations and Applications Abound

    Abstract: Optical communications has enjoyed tremendous impact over the past 50 years. Relatively soon after the concrete proposal of optical fiber communications was reported and the low-loss fiber was demonstrated, fiber-based communications dramatically impacted the way society transfers information. However, there are other key areas beyond fiber-based communications that were also envisioned ~50 years ago but are only recently emerging. Such emergence is due to enhanced capacity needs and critical innovations, including advances in photonic integrated circuits (PICs). This talk will highlight various examples of the innovations and emerging applications of optical communications, including:
    1. Free-space optical communications: As opposed to RF, optical links have high directionality and large bandwidth. There is great excitement in the recent emergence of deployed free-space optical links, be they through air or outer-space. Moreover, due to the extremely high losses of RF, even underwater links in the blue-green are gaining significant interest. Also to be discussed is capacity enhancement using multiplexing of multiple orbital-angular-momentum beams.
    2. Non-conventional wavelengths: Fiber systems are overwhelmingly in the near-IR, whereas free-space links can take advantage of a much wider frequency range, from THz to visible. Such systems may utilize: (a) native high-speed components, and/or (b) wavelength-band conversion of near-IR channels to other frequencies.
    3. Optical signal processing (OSP): OSP has long held the promise of high-speed operation and the avoidance of inefficient optical-electrical-optical conversion. Although OSP deployment has been limited, advances in PICs, power efficiency and multi-wavelength operation may soon enable the emergence of OSP for high-performance functions.


    Host: CILQ

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92417517950?pwd=WUkycy90cndVQko5R3RhQ1U3STBDdz09

    Location: via zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92417517950?pwd=WUkycy90cndVQko5R3RhQ1U3STBDdz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corine Wong

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Liyu Chen

    Fri, Feb 25, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    Time: 2:00-3:00pm Feb 25, Friday

    Committee: Haipeng Luo (chair), Rahul Jain, David Kempe, Ashutosh Nayyar, Vatsal Sharan.

    Title: Online Goal-Oriented Reinforcement Learning

    Abstract: Reinforcement Learning (RL) studies how an agent learns to behave optimally in an unknown environment. It has been a popular topic in both industries and academia since AlphaGo demonstrated its great potential. However, there is still a large gap between theory and practice of RL due to the strong assumptions made in theoretical RL. My research focuses on online learning in a goal-oriented Markov Decision Process model named Stochastic Shortest Path (SSP), where the learner's objective is to reach a goal state with the smallest possible cost. Many real applications can be modeled by SSP such as games, car navigation, and robotic manipulations. To understand the SSP model better, we first focus on establishing minimax regret bounds in various settings. Specifically, for SSP with stochastic costs, we develop a simple minimax optimal algorithm concurrent to other works; for SSP with adversarial costs, we develop efficient minimax optimal algorithms with known transition, and near-optimal algorithms with unknown transition. Next, we focus on developing practical learning algorithms for SSP from different perspectives. Specifically, we develop the first model-free algorithm, the first set of policy optimization algorithms, and improved algorithms with linear function approximation.

    For future work, I plan to study SSP for more general settings and develop more practical algorithms. For example, I plan to study the non-stationary SSP where both the transition and cost functions are changing, and SSP under general function approximation. I also plan to develop parameter-free SSP algorithms under different settings.

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97003272644

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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