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  • Trojan Talk: Bain & Company

    Mon, Feb 22, 2021 @ 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    University Calendar


    *This is an external event hosted by Bain & Company*

    Bain & Company is pleased to announce the launch of the thirteenth annual Building Entrepreneurial Leaders (BEL) Program. The BEL Program is a highly selective program focused on giving top students of Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx and American Indian descent the opportunity to strengthen their business and leadership skill set while gaining exposure to one of the world's top tier strategy consulting firms.

    While the BEL program is for rising juniors only (summer between sophomore & junior year), we encourage both freshman & sophomore students to attend if interested in learning more about the BEL program. Each webinar will cover the same material.

    **Students must register on the Bain website in order to receive the link for this event. The link will be sent to all registrants the day of the event. Please sign up at https://careers.bain.com/recruits/EventDetail?folderId=39127**

    Audiences: Viterbi Freshmen & Sophomores

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Virtual Chat with Dr. Ortega and Dr. Narayan from Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Mon, Feb 22, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs

    Student Activity


    Sure, they're distinguished and renowned experts in their fields, but Viterbi faculty were once students too. Learn valuable life lessons as they share their professional and personal stories! Together, VGSA and the VASE office presents the Virtual Chat with a Professor Series! These are meant to be informal conversations that you might have with a professor after class or in the hallways. Each session is open to all Viterbi graduate students. Join in to chat with Dr. Ortega and Dr. Narayan!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Juli Legat

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  • ACM Resume Review

    Mon, Feb 22, 2021 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    Resume Review - TONIGHT at 7pm: Want to stand out to recruiters? With spring recruitment underway, now is a great time to touch up your resume. At our resume review, you will be able to learn about formatting and phrasing a resume as well as ask all your questions. This will be followed by time for individualized help and feedback on how to improve your resume and. We can't wait to see you there!
    RSVP Link - https://forms.gle/W2qPunz2hutvJ7x3A
    Zoom Link - https://usc.zoom.us/j/97205032289

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Caitlin Swanson

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  • Trojan Talk: Amazon SDE 101

    Tue, Feb 23, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    For people who like to invent, there is no better place to explore opportunities than at Amazon! Come learn more about our Software Development Engineer (SDE) full-time and internship opportunities, our culture, the recruitment process and interview tips.

    Please register for our upcoming info session and submit your questions in advance. (we will select the most frequent pre-submitted questions to answer at the end of the session).

    To RSVP log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>> Information Sessions:https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Tue, Feb 23, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jin Wen, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University

    Talk Title: Data Driven Smart Buildings

    Abstract: Please see attachment.

    Host: Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber

    More Information: J. Wen_Abstract-Bio 2232021.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Recyclable, Scalable, Self-cleaning Cellulose-fiber-based Composites for Passive Daytime Radiative Cooling

    Tue, Feb 23, 2021 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Yi Zheng, Professor at Northwestern University

    Talk Title: Recyclable, Scalable, Self-cleaning Cellulose-fiber-based Composites for Passive Daytime Radiative Cooling

    Series: Photonics Seminar

    Host: Electrical and Computer Engineering: Wade Hsu, Mercedeh Khajavikhan, Michelle Povinelli, Constantine Sideris, and Wei Wu

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqcuuprD4oE9ZVf6lwC_KIX9-3i55nMAMV

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Jennifer Ramos/Electrophysics

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  • Repeating EventUndergraduate Advisement Drop-in Hours

    Tue, Feb 23, 2021 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Undergrad

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

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  • Tour de L.A. Viterbi Wellness Challenge Information Meeting for participants

    Tue, Feb 23, 2021 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs

    Student Activity


    As we find ourselves in remote and socially distant conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tour de L.A. is a Viterbi Wellness Challenge promoting health of the mind, body, and soul in a safe, virtual, but still engaging, environment. This month-long adventure is designed after the Tour de France, and highlights attractions in Los Angeles. Starting on March 1, 2021 and continuing the whole month of March, participants can walk, run, or bike from wherever they are to progress through the challenge. Although these activities are often solitary and people are scattered all over the world, there are plenty of communal and social opportunities to come together virtually. The Tour de L.A. is open to the entire Viterbi community, in an effort to promote health and well-being. Let's do this together! #WellnessOn

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Juli Legat

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  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Feb 23, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Yu Ding, Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Texas A&M University

    Talk Title: Data Science for Wind Energy: Power Curve Modeling and Production Performance Analysis

    Host: Prof. Qiang Huang

    More Information: February 23, 2021.pdf

    Location: Online/Zoom

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • LinkedIn: How to Network Virtually

    Tue, Feb 23, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This event is designed to help you learn how to network virtually on LinkedIn. You will learn how to draft an introductory message, how to find and research industry professionals, and how to convert your contacts into potential mentee/mentor relationships. You will also get the chance to practice what you learn from the session in breakout rooms with Viterbi Career Connection Staff or Viterbi Career Ambassadors. This will be an interactive session, so make sure your audio and camera are ready for your active participation during this event!

    To access this workshop:
    Log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>>Workshops: https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso/

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

    Location: Online

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Mork Family Department Spring Virtual Seminars - Jamey Young

    Tue, Feb 23, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jamey Young, Vanderbilt University

    Talk Title: 13C FLUX ANALYSIS IN METABOLISM RESEARCH: FROM CELLS TO IN VIVO MODELS

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

    Host: Nick Graham

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Greta Harrison

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  • Trojan Talk: The Impact of Technology on Grant Thornton's Business

    Tue, Feb 23, 2021 @ 05:15 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    *This is an external event hosted by Grant Thornton*

    This event is designed to provide engineering majors with insight into the impact of technology on clients in professional services. Join Alex Bergman, Senior Manager, and Andrew Cheng, Experienced Manager, as they share stories about the real world technological challenges their clients face and the skills that are utilized by their teams to find the right solutions to those challenges.

    Grant Thorntons risk advisory team is hiring for the below positions in our Los Angeles and Orange County offices this spring!

    GT IMPACT 2021 Summer Leadership Program - Summer 2022 internship:
    Application Deadline on our website AND through ConnectSC OR Handshake: Sunday, February 28th

    Summer 2021 Internship:
    Applications are being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled

    Summer 2021 Full-Time Associate:
    Applications are being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled

    To RSVP log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>> Information Sessions:https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • KIUEL E-Week

    Tue, Feb 23, 2021 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    University Calendar


    E-Week 2021
    Hello everyone! Viterbis Engineers Week is approaching and KIUEL has a full week of events planned for February 23rd - February 26th. We are kicking off the week with a Virtual Magic Show with Johnny Wu, a famous magician who has performed for celebrities like Jamie Foxx, Paris Hilton, Jaden Smith and many more! Then, join us on Wednesday for Trivia Night followed by a friendly League of Legends tournament on Thursday. Finally, we will be ending E-WEEK 2021 with a fun and relaxing Bob Ross Paint Night. There will be prizes and giveaways at each event! We hope to see you there to celebrate EWEEK with us.

    More Information: KIUEL_EWEEK2021.png

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • KIUEL E-Week Kick-Off Event

    Tue, Feb 23, 2021 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    University Calendar


    Kick-off Event:
    Viterbi's Engineers Week is coming around the corner and to kick off our week-long festivities will be the Viterbi Virtual Magic Show! The magician we have invited to perform has done shows for various celebrities like Jamie Foxx, Jessica Alba, Jaden Smith, Paris Hilton, Marshmello, Paul Pierce and many more! It will surely be an experience to remember so come out! The RSVP form is linked below, along with the zoom link! We will also be raffling off 3 $25 Amazon gift cards during the event
    RSVP form: tinyurl.com/viterbimagic
    Zoom link: tinyurl.com/eweekmagic

    More Information: KIUEK_EWEEK_KICKOFF.jpg

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • LinkedIn: How to Network Virtually

    Wed, Feb 24, 2021 @ 08:00 AM - 08:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This event is designed to help you learn how to network virtually on LinkedIn. You will learn how to draft an introductory message, how to find and research industry professionals, and how to convert your contacts into potential mentee/mentor relationships. You will also get the chance to practice what you learn from the session in breakout rooms with Viterbi Career Connection Staff or Viterbi Career Ambassadors. This will be an interactive session, so make sure your audio and camera are ready for your active participation during this event!

    To access this workshop:
    Log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>>Workshops: https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso/

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

    Location: Online

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Medical Imaging Seminar

    Wed, Feb 24, 2021 @ 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Yannick Bliesener, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Measurement Uncertainty in DCE-MRI of Brain Tumors

    Series: Medical Imaging Seminar Series

    Abstract: Abnormal vasculature is a common symptom of many diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and brain cancer. Dynamic Contrast Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DCE-MRI) enables assessment of relevant neurovascular parameters by monitoring time-varying enhancement patterns in tissue after intra-venous contrast agent injection. The method has the potential to provide powerful biomarkers for brain tumors, including vascularity, blood brain barrier leakage, tumor progression vs regression, and probability of survival prediction. However, it is challenged by low precision. This talk will discuss my attempts to quantify and improve the accuracy and precision of high-resolution whole brain DCE-MRI of brain tumors.

    Biography: Yannick Bliesener is a Ph.D. candidate in the Magnetic Resonance Engineering Laboratory at the University of Southern California. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering at Hamburg University of Technology in Germany, before joining the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research focuses on the development and improvement of algorithms for DCE-MRI and real-time speech MRI. Specifically, he is concerned with the detection and alleviation of error sources to enhance reproducibility and repeatability of quantitative MRI.

    Host: Krishna Nayak, knayak@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94148553754

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94148553754

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Feb 24, 2021 @ 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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  • Repeating EventUndergraduate Advisement Drop-in Hours

    Wed, Feb 24, 2021 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Undergrad

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

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  • Trojan Talk: Oracle

    Wed, Feb 24, 2021 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    University Calendar


    *This is an external event hosted by Oracle*

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

    The sessions will discuss the following:

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

    To RSVP log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>> Information Sessions:https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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

    Wed, Feb 24, 2021 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Baihong Jin , Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

    Talk Title: Incipient Anomaly Detection with Machine Learning

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

    Abstract: Anomaly detection techniques are important in system health monitoring applications (e.g., fault detection and disease diagnosis). By recognizing suspicious patterns in data, anomaly detection models can tell whether a system has degraded from the normal operating condition into a faulty or diseased state. To avoid unnecessary losses, it is desirable to have a way to identify incipient anomalies, i.e. to detect potential problems in their early stages of development. In buildings, early detection of incipient faults can help reduce maintenance and repair costs, save energy, and enhance occupant comfort. In healthcare, if incipient diseases can be discovered early, effective treatments can be applied and can prevent diseases from progressing into more severe stages. We will show that ensemble learning methods can give improved performance on incipient anomalies and identify common pitfalls in these models through extensive experiments on two real-world applications-”detection of chiller faults and diagnosing diabetic retinopathy diseases. A theoretical analysis that compares the two popular strategies for extracting uncertainty information will also be given. We will also discuss how to design more effective ensemble models for detecting incipient anomalies.

    Biography: Dr. Baihong Jin is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California, Berkeley, where he received his PhD degree. Before that, he received a B.S. degree in microelectronics from Peking University, Beijing, China. Baihong is also a research affiliate in the Energy Technologies Area at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Baihong's research interests include machine learning, fault management, and anomaly detection techniques, with a focus on their applications in energy cyber-physical systems and healthcare AI. Baihong is a recipient of the Lotfi A. Zadeh Prize for his dissertation research at UC Berkeley.

    Host: Pierluigi Nuzzo, nuzzo@usc.edu

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

    Location: Online

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Feb 24, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Giovanna Bucci, Bosch

    Talk Title: Mesoscale Modeling for Next Generation DNA Sequencing and Sustainable Energy

    Abstract: There is great potential for genome sequencing to enhance patient care through improved diagnostic sensitivity and more precise therapeutic targeting. The opportunity to detect repetitive regions and structural variation in the genome has incentivized the development of long-read DNA sequencing. Nano-channel analysis is one of the emerging strategies for non-optical DNA sequencing. However, high cost, low throughput, and low accuracy have so far limited the adoption of long-read technologies. In this work, mesoscale modeling tools are employed to simulate the mechanics of DNA loading and reading, and predict the statistics of polymer-chain conformation under confinement. A workflow was developed to quantify competing requirements of efficiency and accuracy and extract metrics that guide design optimization. Several design variables (geometry, electric field, materials and interfaces, buffer solution, etc.) can be tuned to achieve high throughput base-pair detection. This multi-dimensional design space offers a great opportunity for modeling to provide understanding and accelerate innovation.

    Finally, I will provide an overview of my recent work in energy storage/conversion technologies, with a brief discussion of a new theoretical and computational framework to study electrochemical instability and coarsening of catalyst nano-particles.

    Biography: Giovanna Bucci is a Senior Research Engineer in the Energy Technologies Division at Bosch, where she has been responsible for the mesoscale modeling of aging in Li-ion batteries and in proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Currently, she leads a modeling effort to optimize the design of a DNA sequencing device based on nano-confinement.

    Giovanna began her career in the field of computational solid mechanics, with an emphasis on fracture and large-scale simulation. She worked on next-generation energy storage devices, with postdocs at Brown University and in the Carter/Chiang research group at MIT DMSE. Her analyses have established design rules for silicon anodes, and identified failure-tolerant battery microstructures and operating conditions. In recognition of her cross-disciplinary accomplishments, she received the 2015 Rising Stars in Nuclear Science and Engineering award at MIT.

    Giovanna took her Ph.D. in Structural Mechanics from the Politecnico di Milano and her M.S. and B.S. in Architecture from Università di Pavia.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95442736433

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95442736433

    Location: Online event

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95442736433

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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  • Repeating EventYes In My Backyard (YIMBY): Human Subjects Research

    Wed, Feb 24, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Workshops & Infosessions


    An online discussion and Q&A about Human Subjects Research at USC by the leaders from the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS) at USC.

    When: 4-5 PM, 02/24 (last Wednesday of each month)
    Format: 20-minute talk, followed by a 40-minute Q&A session.
    Where: Online (https://usc.zoom.us/j/92235084129?pwd=ZmRTdHJHemw5ZEs3VWFuYW5SV0o5Zz09)

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Kristen Grace

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  • Webinar for U.S. Active Duty Military & Veteran Prospective Graduate Students

    Wed, Feb 24, 2021 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi to learn about the funding and support provided to U.S. active duty military and veterans who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in engineering or computer science. This virtual information session via WebEx will discuss how USC Viterbi's flexible online DEN@Viterbi delivery enables active duty military and veterans to pursue their degree from anywhere in the world.

    The session will discuss military funding and scholarships available, student support, enrollment options, FAQs, and more! Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with a representative from Viterbi Admission & Student Engagement.

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=edc3bac2e2b6968cacd393ae4f9b00ade

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Trojan Talk: The Impact of Technology on Grant Thornton's Business

    Wed, Feb 24, 2021 @ 05:15 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    *This is an external event hosted by Grant Thornton*

    This event is designed to provide engineering majors with insight into the impact of technology on clients in professional services. Join Alex Bergman, Senior Manager, and Andrew Cheng, Experienced Manager, as they share stories about the real world technological challenges their clients face and the skills that are utilized by their teams to find the right solutions to those challenges.

    Grant Thornton's risk advisory team is hiring for the below positions in our Los Angeles and Orange County offices this spring!

    GT IMPACT 2021 Summer Leadership Program - Summer 2022 internship
    Application Deadline on our website AND through ConnectSC OR Handshake: Sunday, February 28th

    Summer 2021 Internship
    Applications are being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled

    Summer 2021 Full-Time Associate
    Applications are being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled

    To RSVP log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>> Information Sessions:https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso

    Location: Online

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • KIUEL E-Week Trivia Night

    Wed, Feb 24, 2021 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    University Calendar


    Join us on Zoom on Wednesday for USC trivia as well as Major Wars, an opportunity to flaunt your major in a Presentation Competition. Winners will receive gift cards, so make sure to bring your Trojan Knowledge and your best engineering memes and jokes to present!

    More Information: KIUEK_EWEEK_Trivia.png

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Victor Ardulov

    Thu, Feb 25, 2021 @ 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    Title: Control Theoretic Framework for Measuring, Modeling, and Regulating Human Interaction

    Committee:
    Shrikanth Narayanan (chair)
    Fei Sha
    Gale Lucas
    David Traum
    Tom D Lyon

    abstract:

    Human interaction is a vital component to a persons' development and well-being. These interactions enable us to over come obstacles and find resolutions that an individual might not be able to. This subject is particularly well studied in the domains of human psychology, where human behavior is diagnostically categorized and the interaction can be utilized in order to improve somebody's health.

    Prior work has explored the use of computational models of human behavior to aide in the diagnostic assessment of behavioral patterns. Most recently, novel machine learning methods and access data has invited the to study the dynamics of human interaction on a more granular time-resolution. These dynamics have been used to identify specific moments during interactions that are relevant to the over all assessment of a individuals behavior with respect to their interlocutor. By reformulating this system from the perspective of an operator that can be controlled, it invites the possibility to predict how an individual would react to a specific input from their partner, which itself lends the opportunity to plan out interventions and probes more effectively.

    This thesis proposal presents a formulation of human interaction as a control theoretic problem and demonstrates how these frameworks can be utilized to gain insight into improving desired outcomes. In support of the thesis, we will present the application of these techniques to the domain of child forensic interviewing.

    Presentation on: February 25th 9 a.m. join via Zoom: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93374500380?pwd=ZHh6UDVXV0NTei9OS3h6TlZCeitDUT09

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93374500380?pwd=ZHh6UDVXV0NTei9OS3h6TlZCeitDUT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • NL Seminar-Insights from Re-evaluating NLP Systems

    Thu, Feb 25, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Robin Jia, USC CS

    Talk Title: Insights from Re-evaluating NLP Systems

    Series: NL Seminar

    Abstract: *This Talk Will Not Be Recorded*
    Although large pre trained models have achieved exceptional results on standard NLP benchmarks, it is clear that they are still far from actually understanding natural language. This gap highlights the need to develop and embrace more challenging settings for evaluation. In this talk, I will present work that re evaluates seemingly high performing NLP systems and derives insights on how these systems can be further improved. First, we will evaluate models under extreme label imbalance, a phenomenon that creates unavoidable train test mismatch. Here, collecting training data adaptively leads to dramatic improvements over static data collection. Second, we will grapple with adversarial perturbations label preserving transformations that can trigger surprising model errors. We will develop training methods to make models certifiably robust to combinatorially large families of perturbations. Finally, we will assess the utility of automatic evaluation metrics for comparing NLG systems. We will show that metrics can be surprisingly competitive with evaluation schemes that rely on human annotators, and highlight reduction of statistical bias against particular NLG systems as an important future direction.

    Biography: Robin Jia will be an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Southern California starting in Fall 2021. Currently, he is a visiting researcher at Facebook AI Research, working with Luke Zettlemoyer and Douwe Kiela. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, where he was advised by Percy Liang.

    He is interested broadly in natural language processing and machine learning, with a particular focus on building NLP systems that are robust to distribution shift. Robins work has received an Outstanding Paper Award at EMNLP 2017 and a Best Short Paper award at ACL 2018.





    Host: Jon May and Mozhdeh Gheini

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

    Webcast: NA

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual Only: This Talk Will Not Be Recorded

    WebCast Link: NA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Petet Zamar

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  • KIUEL E-WEEK: League of Legends

    Thu, Feb 25, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    University Calendar


    Sign up for the League of Legends Tournament on February 25th at 3pm! Gather some friends or play solo, and well create teams accordingly. earn prizes (gift cards) and celebrate E-Week with some friendly competition :)
    Sign up: https://tinyurl.com/eweekleague

    More Information: KIUEK_EWEEK_LOL.JPG

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • Repeating EventUndergraduate Advisement Drop-in Hours

    Thu, Feb 25, 2021 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

    Location: Online

    Audiences: Undergrad

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

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  • CS Distinguished Lecture: Rada Mihalcea (University of Michigan) - Moving Away from One-Size-Fits-All Natural Language Processing

    Thu, Feb 25, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Rada Mihalcea, University of Michigan

    Talk Title: Moving Away from One-Size-Fits-All Natural Language Processing

    Series: Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: The typical approach in natural language processing is to use one-size-fits-all representations, obtained from training one model on very large text collections. While this approach is effective for those people whose language style is well represented in the data, it fails to account for variations between people, and often leads to decreased performance for those in the minority. In this talk, I will challenge the one-size-fits-all assumption, and show that (1) we can identify words that are used in significantly different ways by speakers from different cultures; and (2) we can effectively use information about the people behind the words to build better natural language processing models.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:

    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_05SDnJisSNa9_iJj-5PLfw

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

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Rada Mihalcea is the Janice M. Jenkins Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan and the Director of the Michigan Artificial Intelligence Lab. Her research interests are in computational linguistics, with a focus on lexical semantics, multilingual natural language processing, and computational social sciences. She serves or has served on the editorial boards of the Journals of Computational Linguistics, Language Resources and Evaluations, Natural Language Engineering, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, and Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics. She was a program co-chair for EMNLP 2009 and ACL 2011, and a general chair for NAACL 2015 and *SEM 2019. She currently serves as ACL President. She is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers awarded by President Obama (2009), an ACM Fellow (2019) and a AAAI Fellow (2021). In 2013, she was made an honorary citizen of her hometown of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.


    Host: Xiang Ren

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_05SDnJisSNa9_iJj-5PLfw

    Location: Online Zoom Webinar

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_05SDnJisSNa9_iJj-5PLfw

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • Boeing Freshman Design Challenge Info Session

    Thu, Feb 25, 2021 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    University Calendar


    Boeing Freshman Design Challenge Information Session

    Challenge Details: As the worlds leading aerospace company, Boeing is the world's largest manufacturer of commercial airplanes and military aircraft. To continue this dominance, Boeing needs the young minds of tomorrow to provide innovative, new perspectives. For this reason, Boeing will be putting on a design challenge for the Freshmen class of USC. In this competition, teams of three or four freshmen will have two hours to work together and design a solution to a typical, real-world engineering problem.

    During this unique, resume-building experience, students will also have the opportunity to network with Boeing engineers and executives, who will be available to act as mentors and judges.

    The design challenge will be held 6-9pm (PST) Thursday, March 4th, 2021.
    - Despite being virtual, food will be provided in the form of dining gift cards for participants.
    - Prizes are provided to top participants.
    - The event will be held virtually on Viterbi Career Connections Zoom.

    For RSVP information log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>> Information Sessions:https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso

    Audiences: All Viterbi freshman

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • 2021 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit

    Fri, Feb 26, 2021 @ 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    University Calendar


    The 2021 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit is going virtual!

    Join students, young professionals and industry leaders from the Southland, across the country, and even around the globe on Friday, February 26, 2021 in an interactive online conference platform.

    The 2021 program is jam-packed with many new features, including technical workshops, a poster competition, company presentations, and more networking opportunities.

    View the full program here: https://spatial.usc.edu/los-angeles-geospatial-summit-events/2021-full-program/

    For more information, click here: https://spatial.usc.edu/events/2021-los-angeles-geospatial-summit/

    Note: This event is hosted by USC's Spatial Sciences Institute.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Repeating EventGrammar Tutorials

    Fri, Feb 26, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    INDIVIDUAL GRAMMAR TUTORING FOR VITERBI UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS
    Need help refining your grammar skills for academic and professional communication?
    Meet one-on-one with faculty from the Engineering Writing Program, build your grammar skills, and take your writing to the next level!

    Viterbi writing faculty will help you identify and correct recurring grammatical errors in your writing assignments, cover letters, resumes, articles, and dissertations.

    Tutorials are on alternate Friday mornings. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/grammaratUSC


    If you have questions, please contact helenhch@usc.edu.

    Location: ZOOM

    Audiences: Graduate and Undergraduate Students

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • Trojan Talk: STEM Talk Day with Northrop Grumman and SDSU

    Fri, Feb 26, 2021 @ 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    *This is an external event hosted by Northrop Grumman and SDSU and is open to other universities*

    Join San Diego State Universitys Women in Engineering Program as they invite women engineers from Northrop Grummans San Diego Autonomous Design Center of Excellence to a panel discussion to celebrate National Engineers Week. The university event is hosted in partnership with the college of Engineering Femineer Program and will include discussions on work culture, academic and career paths and experiences working at Northrop Grumman. Featured speakers include Eve Christman, Catherine Howard, Krystle Stringfellow, Melissa Stoneman and Tara Welborne. The Zoom panel discussion is open to the public and scheduled for Friday, Feb. 26, from 2 p.m. -“ 3:15 p.m. Pacific.

    To RSVP log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>> Information Sessions:
    https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso

    Location: Online

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • USC NSBE E-Week Event - Black Engineer and Scientists Trivia

    Fri, Feb 26, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    To wrap up Engineers Week and Black History Month, NSBE is hosting Black engineer and scientists trivia -” all the things you didn't know were engineered/developed by Black engineers -” this Friday, 2/26 at 4pm PST.

    Participants will have the opportunity to play on teams of 4-5 people. Winners will win $25 gift cards to UzoArt!

    ZOOM ID: 930 2884 0311

    Location: Online - Zoom

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: NSBE

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  • KIUEL E-Week: Paint Night

    Fri, Feb 26, 2021 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    University Calendar


    KIUEL will be hosting a Paint Night to end our E-WEEK celebrations! All materials will be provided and the theme is Bob Ross. Everyone is welcome to join us for a fun and relaxing night.

    More Information: KIUEL_PaintNight.png

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • Open Alpha Playtest Event 2/27 - RSVP by 2/26

    Sat, Feb 27, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    Open Alpha has OUR FIRST PROTOTYPE of our newest game! Come playtest our prototype this Saturday February 27th, 10am-12pm PST! Check out our website for more information!
    https://openalphausc.weebly.com/playtest.html

    To sign up for a time slot, please by Friday!

    There's more information about the event at bit.ly/oaplaytest, but here's the gist of it:
    -On Friday, if you RSVPed, we'll let you know your time slot. Let us know if your plans change and you can't make it.
    -When you show up, we'll set you up in a breakout room with an OA member who will be running your playtest. It'll only take about 15-20 minutes.
    -This playtest event is OPEN, meaning invite your friends! We want to get feedback from as many people as possible!
    See you Saturday 10am-12pm!

    RSVP form: https://forms.gle/zh2JR6ewrnqGwgU49
    Zoom link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94963227047

    Best,
    The OA Team

    Location: Online - Zoom

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Open Alpha

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