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  • Dallas - HS Junior Program

    Sun, Apr 22, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    University Calendar


    Join the Viterbi Admission Team - along with the USC Admission & Financial Aid staff - at the Discover USC Program.

    Discover USC is a 2-hour info session that will cover: the USC Application Process, Financial Aid, Life on Campus, Plus, an Engineering Session!

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    Location: Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen (HS Juniors) & Family Members

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • Portland, OR - Admitted Student Program

    Sun, Apr 22, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    University Calendar


    These Admitted Student Programs, hosted by the Undergraduate Admission Office, provide admitted students and their families an opportunity to meet admission counselors, representatives from academic departments, alumni, and you will have the opportunity to meet other admitted students from your local area. Viterbi and University Admission counselors will be there to answer any questions you might have, tell you more about campus life and your specific academic program, and welcome you to the Trojan Family. The program will last approximately two hours.

    We love seeing our newly admitted students in person! if you live in or near a city we will be visiting, we encourage you to join us!

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    Location: Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center, 550 SW Oak Street

    Audiences: Admitted Students and Their Families

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • Dallas, TX - Admitted Student Program

    Sun, Apr 22, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    University Calendar


    These Admitted Student Programs, hosted by the Undergraduate Admission Office, provide admitted students and their families an opportunity to meet admission counselors, representatives from academic departments, alumni, and you will have the opportunity to meet other admitted students from your local area. Viterbi and University Admission counselors will be there to answer any questions you might have, tell you more about campus life and your specific academic program, and welcome you to the Trojan Family. The program will last approximately two hours.

    We love seeing our newly admitted students in person! if you live in or near a city we will be visiting, we encourage you to join us!

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    Location: Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria, 14901 Dallas Parkway

    Audiences: Admitted Students and Their Families

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • Spring Explore USC

    Mon, Apr 23, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    University Calendar


    Spring Explore is a full-day program running from 8:30am-5pm. The day includes a presentation from the Office of Admission, a USC Campus Tour, and visit with us in the Viterbi School of Engineering. During your time with us you will learn what your life will be like as an engineering student at USC, meet some of our current engineering students, see facilities and labs, and get your questions answered about the enrollment process, housing, and your "next steps".


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    Location: USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Spring Admits and Their Families

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • SSE Systems Leadership Series

    Mon, Apr 23, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Systems Architecting and Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Shane Henderson, Professor and Director - School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University

    Talk Title: Citi Bike - Planning through a Combination of Continuous, Discrete, and Simulation Optimization

    Abstract: The Cornell School of Operations Research and Information Engineering has been working with the bike-sharing company Citi Bike since Citi Bike began operations in New York City in 2013. We provide data analysis and advice about strategy and operations, not just to Citi Bike, but also to its parent company Motivate that operates several bike-sharing programs around the USA. I will describe some of our modeling work with Citi Bike, focusing on a suite of models (not just simulation models) that informs the decision about where to position both racks and bikes around the approximately 600 stations in NYC. Joint work with Daniel Freund, Nanjing Jian, Eoin OMahony and David Shmoys.

    The Systems Leadership Series is a series of interactive conversations with leading systems thinkers who explore and examine the nature and complexity of systems that modern society depends upon. The series is an unparalleled learning opportunity as prominent speakers come to share cutting edge ideas, leadership styles and personal philosophies with students and faculty members.

    Biography: Shane G. Henderson is professor and director of the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University. He has previously held positions in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan and the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland. He is the editor in chief of Stochastic Systems. He has served as chair of the INFORMS Applied Probability Society, and as simulation area editor for Operations Research. He is an INFORMS Fellow. His research interests include discrete-event simulation, simulation optimization, and emergency services planning.

    Host: Stevens Institute of Technology School of Systems and Enterprises

    More Info: https://www.stevens.edu/events/systems-leadership-series-shane-henderson-cornell-university

    Webcast: Register at the event link.

    Location: Online via WebEX

    WebCast Link: Register at the event link.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: James Moore II

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  • PhD Defense - Siddharth Jain

    Mon, Apr 23, 2018 @ 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    PhD Candidate: Siddharth Jain

    Committee: Ron Artstein (Chair), Paul Rosenbloom, Morteza Dehghani, Kallirroi Georgila, Elsi Kaiser

    Title: Identifying Social Roles in Online Contentious Discussions

    Time: Mon, April 23, 2018 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM.

    Room: SOS B45.

    Abstract:
    The main goal of this dissertation is to identify social roles of participants in online contentious discussions, define these roles in terms of behavioral characteristics
    participants show in such discussions, and develop methods to identify these participant roles automatically. As social life becomes increasingly embedded in online systems, the concept of social role becomes increasingly valuable as a tool for
    simplifying patterns of action, recognizing distinct participant types, and cultivating and managing communities. In contentious discussions, the roles may exert a major influence on the course and/or outcome of the discussions. The existing work on social roles mostly focuses on either empirical studies or network based analysis. Whereas this dissertation presents a model of social roles by analyzing the content of the participants' contribution. In the first portion of this dissertation, I present the corpus of participant roles in online discussions from Wikipedia: Articles for Deletion and 4forums.com discussion forums.
    A rich set of annotations of behavioral characteristics such as stubbornness, sensibleness, influence, and ignored-ness, which I believe all contribute in the identification of roles played by participants, is created to analyze the contribution of the participants. Using these behavioral characteristics, Participant roles such as leader,
    follower, rebel, voice in wilderness, idiot etc. are defined which reflect these behavioral
    characteristics. In the second part of this dissertation I present the methods used to identify these participant roles in online discussions automatically using the
    contribution of the participants in the discussion. First, I develop two models to identify leaders in online discussions that quantify the basic leadership qualities of participants. Then, I present the system for analyzing the argumentation structure of comments in discussions. This analysis is divided in three parts: claim detection, claim delimitation, and claim-link detection. Then, the dissertation presents the social roles model to identify the participant roles in discussions. I create classification models and neural network structures for each behavioral characteristic using a set of features based on participants' contribution to the discussion to determine the behavior values for participants. Using these behavioral characteristic values the roles of participants
    are determined based on the rules determined from the annotation scheme. I show that for both, the classification models and neural networks, the rule based methods perform
    better than the model that identifies the participant roles directly. This signifies that the framework of breaking down the problem of identifying social roles to determining
    values of specific behavioral characteristics make it more intuitive in terms of what we expect from participants who assume these roles. Although the neural network methods
    perform worse than their traditional classification method counterparts, when provided with additional training data, neural network structures improve at a much higher rate.

    In the last part of the dissertation, I use the social roles model as a tool to analyze participants' behavior in large corpus. Social roles are automatically tagged in
    Wikipedia corpus containing -26000 discussions. This allows determining participants' roles over time in order to identify whether they assume different roles in different discussions, and what factors may affect an individual's role in such discussions. I investigate three factors: topic of the discussion, amount of contention in the discussion, and other participants in the discussion. The results show that participants behave similarly in most situations. However, the social roles model is able to identify instances where participants' behavior patterns are different than their own typical behavior. In doing so, the model provides useful context regarding the reason behind these behavioral patterns by identifying specific behaviors affected by the situation.

    Location: Social Sciences Building (SOS) - B45

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • PhD Academic Career Mentoring Panel Series

    Mon, Apr 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Doctoral Programs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Panel moderated by Timothy Pinkston, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs,

    Talk Title: Preparing for and Landing a Faculty Position

    Abstract: A panel of graduating Ph.D. students and a postdoc, will discuss "Preparing For, and Landing a Faculty Position." Moderated by Vice Dean Timothy Pinkston, the panelists will discuss key strategies for the early, middle, and latter stages of your PhD and postdoc that will help you prepare for landing a faculty position. A Q&A will be included in the panel discussion. A boxed lunch will be provided to all registered participants

    More Info: https://viterbigrad.usc.edu/instructional-support/events-workshops/phd-academic-career-mentoring-panel-series/

    More Information: USC Panel Flyer.pdf

    Location: 102

    Audiences: Ph.D. and Postdoctoral

    Contact: Tracy Charles

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  • Center for Systems and Control (CSC@USC) and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering

    Mon, Apr 23, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Steven Brunton, University of Washington

    Talk Title: Data-Driven Discovery and Control of Nonlinear Systems

    Series: Joint CSC@USC/CommNetS-MHI Seminar Series

    Abstract: The ability to discover physical laws and governing equations from data is one of humankind's greatest intellectual achievements. A quantitative understanding of dynamic constraints and balances in nature has facilitated rapid development of knowledge and enabled advanced technology, including aircraft, combustion engines, satellites, and electrical power. There are many more critical data-driven problems, such as understanding cognition from neural recordings, inferring patterns in climate, determining stability of financial markets, predicting and suppressing the spread of disease, and controlling turbulence for greener transportation and energy. With abundant data and elusive laws, data-driven discovery of dynamics will continue to play an increasingly important role in these efforts.

    This work develops a general framework to discover the governing equations underlying a dynamical system simply from data measurements, leveraging advances in sparsity-promoting techniques and machine learning. The resulting models are parsimonious, balancing model complexity with descriptive ability while avoiding overfitting. The only assumption about the structure of the model is that there are only a few important terms that govern the dynamics, so that the equations are sparse in the space of possible functions. This perspective, combining dynamical systems with machine learning and sparse sensing, is explored with the overarching goal of real-time closed-loop feedback control of complex systems. Connections to modern Koopman operator theory are also discussed.

    Biography: Steven L. Brunton is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Data Science Fellow at the eScience Institute at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Control and Dynamical Systems from Caltech in 2006, and received a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton in 2012. His research interests include data-driven modeling and control, dynamical systems, sparse sensing and machine learning applied to complex systems in fluid dynamics, optics, neuroscience, bio-locomotion, and renewable energy.

    Host: Eva Kanso, kanso@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Gerrielyn Ramos

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  • Explore USC – Admitted Student Day

    Tue, Apr 24, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    University Calendar


    Explore USC is the most comprehensive campus visit program for admitted students. It is a full-day program that allows you to interact with dozens of our current students, tour the campus, learn more about financial aid, gives you opportunities to sit in on classes, and start the morning with the Viterbi School of Engineering.

    Your time with us in the Viterbi School will take you through an informative session on our academic programs. We will arrange a meeting with faculty from the major you are interested in as well as engineering facility tours of that same area. For lunch we will have you hanging out with some of our engineering students for a few hours, eating in the dinning facilities, seeing the residence halls, but most importantly experiencing the full USC atmosphere.

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    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Admitted Students and Their Families

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Tue, Apr 24, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Clemens Heitzinger, Technical University of Vienna

    Talk Title: Bayesian Inversion for Sensing in Bio and Nanotechnology

    Host: Dr. Roger Ghanem

    More Information: CEE Seminar _Dr. Clemens Heitzinger.pdf

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Lunch and Learn: Doctoral Seminar Series

    Tue, Apr 24, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Doctoral Programs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This monthly series provides PhD students with a forum to improve communication skills and discuss scientific topics of societal significance in a friendly, peer-to-peer manner. Each month, one student will introduce a new topic and lead the group discussion over lunch. Come hungry and ready to engage others! Lunch is provided.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    For more details on speaking or attending Lunch and Learn, please contact Prof. Mojarad (mojarad@usc.edu). One-on-one presentation coaching is offered to all students who lead lunch discussions.

    Audiences: PhD Students only.

    Contact: Jennifer Gerson

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  • Preview USC - Admitted Student Half-Day

    Wed, Apr 25, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    University Calendar


    Preview USC is a half-day program covering topics related to housing, financial aid, and transitioning from high school to college. It also offers the opportunity for admitted students to sit in on classes, be part of a session in the Viterbi School of Engineering, and interact with a number of current students in a shorter period of time.

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    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Admitted Students and Their Families

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Apr 25, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events


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

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Deterministic Random Matrices

    Wed, Apr 25, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ilya Soloveychik, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

    Talk Title: Deterministic Random Matrices

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

    Abstract: Random matrices have become a very active area of research in the recent years and have found enormous applications in modern mathematics, physics, engineering, biological modeling, and other fields. In this work, we focus on symmetric sign (+/-1) matrices (SSMs) that were originally utilized by Wigner to model the nuclei of heavy atoms in mid-50s. Assuming the entries of the upper triangular part to be independent +/-1 with equal probabilities, Wigner showed in his pioneering works that when the sizes of matrices grow, their empirical spectra converge to a non-random measure having a semicircular shape. Later, this fundamental result was improved and substantially extended to more general families of matrices and finer spectral properties. In many physical phenomena, however, the entries of matrices exhibit significant correlations. At the same time, almost all available analytical tools heavily rely on the independence condition making the study of matrices with structure (dependencies) very challenging. The few existing works in this direction consider very specific setups and are limited by particular techniques, lacking a unified framework and tight information-theoretic bounds that would quantify the exact amount of structure that matrices may possess without affecting the limiting semicircular form of their spectra.

    From a different perspective, in many applications one needs to simulate random objects. Generation of large random matrices requires very powerful sources of randomness due to the independence condition, the experiments are impossible to reproduce, and atypical or non-random looking outcomes may appear with positive probability. Reliable deterministic construction of SSMs with random-looking spectra and low algorithmic and computational complexity is of particular interest due to the natural correspondence of SSMs and undirected graphs, since the latter are extensively used in combinatorial and CS applications e.g. for the purposes of derandomization. Unfortunately, most of the existing constructions of pseudo-random graphs focus on the extreme eigenvalues and do not provide guaranties on the whole spectrum. In this work, using binary Golomb sequences, we propose a simple completely deterministic construction of circulant SSMs with spectra converging to the semicircular law with the same rate as in the original Wigner ensemble. We show that this construction has close to lowest possible algorithmic complexity and is very explicit. Essentially, the algorithm requires at most 2log(n) bits implying that the real amount of randomness conveyed by the semicircular property is quite small.

    Biography: Ilya Soloveychik received his BSc degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow, Russia in 2007, the MSc degree in Mathematics and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in 2013 and 2016, respectively. He is currently a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow with the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His research interests include random matrix theory, high-dimensional statistics and signal processing, and graphical models. He received the Potanin Scholarship for excellence in studies in 2005, the Klein Prize and the Kaete Klausner Scholarship in 2011. In 2015 he was awarded the Feder Family Prize for outstanding research in the field of Communications Technology and in 2016 - the Wolf Foundation Prize for excellence in studies.


    Host: Professor Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • GM 10: Find Your Fit - Manufacturing, Research and Development, and Quality Engineering

    Wed, Apr 25, 2018 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Unsure what the differences are between an engineer in manufacturing, research & development, and quality? Discover what each engineering position is about, and explore which position is best for you! This information session will be led by industry representatives from various biomedical companies, so this will be an event that you don't want to miss! The meeting will take place at Tutor Campus Center in room 227 from 7 - 8 PM. Chik-fil-A will be provided for dinner!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 227

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • EE Seminar: Cryptographic Primitives for Hardware Security

    Thu, Apr 26, 2018 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ling Ren, MIT CSAIL

    Talk Title: Cryptographic Primitives for Hardware Security

    Abstract: Hardware plays a critical role in today's security landscape. Every protocol with security or privacy guarantees inevitably includes some hardware in its trusted computing base. The increasing number of vulnerability disclosures calls for a more rigorous approach to secure hardware designs. In this talk, I will present several cryptographic primitives to enhance the security of hardware.

    I will first discuss the use of Physically Obfuscated Keys (POK) to strengthen the security of private keys. In particular, I will present a computational fuzzy extractor based on the Learning Parity with Noise (LPN) problem. Our construction uses stability information as a trapdoor to correct a constant fraction of POK errors efficiently. Next, I will describe our work on Oblivious RAM (ORAM), a cryptographic primitive to prevent access pattern leakage. I will present both architectural and algorithmic improvements to ORAM.

    While hardware is often trusted as a line of defense, it can also be utilized by attackers. The advent of ASIC hash units calls into question the security of hash functions and proof-of-work protocols. I will describe bandwidth-hard functions to achieve ASIC resistance and briefly touch on my other projects in blockchains and consensus.


    Biography: Ling Ren is a final year graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Master's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bachelor's degree from Tsinghua University. His research interests span computer security, cryptography, computer architecture and distributed computing. He received the best student paper award at CCS 2013.

    Host: Bhaskar Krishnamachari, bkrishna@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • CCI Seminar: Karan Motwani (Starbucks Coffee Company) – Developing Blockchain Solutions Beyond Cryptocurrency

    Thu, Apr 26, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Karan Motwani, Starbucks Coffee Company

    Talk Title: Developing Blockchain Solutions Beyond Cryptocurrency

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

    Abstract: Talk will cover:
    - Fundamentals of Blockchain -“ highlights key differences between few Blockchain platforms.
    - Considerations when developing Blockchain solutions with emphasis on Ethereum
    - Components required to deploy a fully functioning Blockchain solution
    - Evaluating use cases which can benefit from Blockchain implementation
    - Challenges around Blockchain technology and its future ahead.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium



    Biography: Karan Motwani is an IT Leader with 17+ years of experience in consulting, architecture, engineering, and strategic leadership roles. He has worked with companies from Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and the United States on supply chain and finance solutions. From this experience, he brings an entrepreneurial perspective, and an ability to work across business and engineering on Blockchain application to Supply chain and Finance scenarios.


    Host: Bhaskar Krishnamachari

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) - Michelson Building (MCB) 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • Epstein Institute Seminar, ISE 651

    Thu, Apr 26, 2018 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Osman Ozaltin, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University

    Talk Title: Improving Patient Safety in the External Beam Radiation Therapy Process

    Host: Dr. Julie Higle

    More Information: April 26, 2018_Ozaltin.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • Spring 2018 Classes End

    Fri, Apr 27, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    University Calendar


    https://arr.usc.edu/calendar/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Sheryl Koutsis

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  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Fri, Apr 27, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    University Calendar


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

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    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen (HS Juniors and Younger) & Family Members

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • Computer Science Doctoral Preview Day

    Fri, Apr 27, 2018 @ 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Prospective students interested in pursuing a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in the field of Computer Science are invited to visit the USC Viterbi School and attend Computer Science Doctoral Preview Day.
    Attendees will:

    -meet with Viterbi faculty, staff and current students
    -learn more about the research areas in Computer Science through Faculty Talks
    -tour Computer Science labs on USC Campus
    -receive an application fee waiver

    Advance registration is required. RSVP

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 306

    Audiences: Prospective students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in the field of Computer Science

    Contact: Graduate & Professional Programs

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  • EE-EP Seminar - Maysam Ghovanloo, Friday, April 27th at 2pm in EEB 132

    Fri, Apr 27, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Maysam Ghovanloo, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Cutting Edge Examples of Medical Device-on-a-Chip

    Abstract: For medical devices that need to be implanted or positioned inside the human body to deliver a therapy, size and functionality are among the most important parameters, affecting key aspects of the device, such as feasibility, level of invasiveness, side effects, and safety, ability to reach the desired anatomical target, and efficacy in carrying out intended functions, such as imaging, recording biological parameters, delivering drugs, or applying stimuli, or a combination of these as part of a medical intervention. on the On the other hand, microelectronic devices, integrated circuit design, and system-level architectures have advanced to the point that combining multiple functions in a variety of domains from low noise analog readout, to on-chip digital processing, RF connectivity, power management, and precise control of physical outputs on a monolithic piece of silicon has become quite routine, in an approach referred to as the system-on-a-chip (SoC). In this talk, I will present a few examples of applying the well-established SoC technology towards design and development of cutting edge medical devices that are fit to be implanted or delivered inside the body, while being supported by system blocks outside of the body, to either create de novo medical interventions or significantly improve the existing therapies. I refer to these as the medical device-on-a-chip (MDoC) approach, and also propose the pathway towards design concept, preliminary steps, and evaluation plans for new MDoC technologies that would enable new therapies and interventions that are not feasible today.

    Biography: Maysam Ghovanloo received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran in 1994, and the M.S. degree in biomedical engineering from the Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 1997. He also received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2003 and 2004, respectively.
    Dr. Ghovanloo developed the first modular Patient Care Monitoring System in Iran and started a company to manufacture research instruments for electrophysiology and pharmacology labs. From 2004 to 2007 he was an assistant professor in the Department of ECE at the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Since 2007 he has been with the Georgia Tech's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he is a professor and the founding director of the GT-Bionics Lab. In 2012 he started Bionic Sciences Inc., a technology transfer company, where he serves as the CTO. He has authored or coauthored more than 200 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications on implantable microelectronic devices, integrated circuits and microsystems for medical applications, and modern assistive/rehabilitation technologies. He also holds 8 issued patents.
    Prof. Ghovanloo was a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Tommy Nobis Barrier Breaker Award for Innovation, and Distinguished Young Scholar Award from the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. He serves on the Senior Editorial Board of the IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems (JETCAS). He served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, Part II, as well as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. He chaired the IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BioCAS 2015) in Atlanta, GA, and currently co-chairs the technical program committee for BioCAS 2018 in Cleveland, OH. He is also serving on the Analog subcommittee of the Custom Integrated Circuits Conf. (CICC).

    Host: EE-Electrophysics

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Senior Design Expo

    Fri, Apr 27, 2018 @ 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    The Senior Design Expo gives seniors a chance to show off what they have done in their capstone classes. Seniors present their projects to a judging panel of faculty, staff, and industry partners, with winners receiving cash prizes. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors can learn what types of projects they will work on and vote for their favorite, as well as see how their current classes can be applied to future engineering projects.

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Contact: Christina Martin

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Fri, Apr 27, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Amir Eftekharian , Astani CEE Ph.D. Student

    Talk Title: Wave Structure Interaction: Kinematics Properties of Wave Overtopping Breakwaters and its Impacts in Harbor Regions

    Abstract: See Attachment

    More Information: Amirhossein Eftekharian 4.27 seminar announcement.pdf

    Location: Ray R. Irani Hall (RRI) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • NL-Seminar Extracting and Aligning Quantitative Data with Tex

    Fri, Apr 27, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jay Pujara, USC/ISI

    Talk Title: Extracting and Aligning Quantitative Data with Tex

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Quantitative data, such as time series and numerical attribute data, often play a crucial role in understanding the world and validating factual statements. Unfortunately, quantitative datasets are often expressed in diverse formats that exhibit significant variation, posing difficulties to machine reading approaches. Furthermore, the scant context that accompanies these data often makes it difficult to relate the quantitative data with broader ideas. Finally, the vast amount of quantitative data make it difficult for humans to find, understand, or access. In this talk, I highlight my recent work, which focuses on developing general approaches to extracting quantitative data from structured sources, creating high level descriptions of these sources, and aligning quantitative data with textual and ontological labels.


    Biography: Jay Pujara is a research scientist at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute whose principal areas of research are machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science. He completed a postdoc at UC Santa Cruz, earned his PhD at the University of Maryland, College Park and received his MS and BS at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to his PhD, Jay spent six years at Yahoo! working on mail spam detection, and he has also worked at Google, LinkedIn and Oracle. Jay is the author of over thirty peer-reviewed publications and has received three best paper awards for his work. He is a recognized authority on knowledge graphs, and has organized the Automatic Knowledge Base Construction AKBC and Statistical Relational AI StaRAI workshops, presented tutorials on knowledge graph construction at AAAI and WSDM, and had his work featured in AI Magazine.

    Host: Nanyun Peng

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

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th Flr Conf Rm # 1135, Marina Del Rey

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Peter Zamar

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  • Karaoke Night with IEEE!

    Fri, Apr 27, 2018 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Receptions & Special Events


    We will be hosting a karaoke night this Friday, April 27th, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM in VKC 150. This will be our last event of the year, so come hang out, have some fun, and sing away the stress of finals with your favorite songs!

    Location: Von Kleinsmid Center For International & Public Affairs (VKC) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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  • Study Day

    Sat, Apr 28, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    University Calendar


    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Sheryl Koutsis

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  • Admitted Students Day

    Sat, Apr 28, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    University Calendar


    The On Campus Admitted Student Reception is a full day program (10:00am -4:00pm) that takes place on USC's campus on Saturday, April 28. This full day program will provide you and your family with an opportunity to meet staff from Undergraduate Admission, Financial Aid and the Viterbi School of Engineering, tour residence halls, tour the surrounding neighborhood, and meet current Viterbi students and faculty.

    During the program the Viterbi School will host an Engineering Open House - just for admitted students. This large program will cover practically everything you want to know about USC and the Viterbi School. The day includes a Viterbi School Information session and our open house featuring engineering faculty and current engineering students on hand to meet you and help you better understand your chosen academic discipline. Representatives from our student organizations will show you some of the problems they are working to solve as well as some students showing off what they have been working on in their current classes.


    USC Viterbi School of Engineering


    Location: USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Admitted Students and Their Families

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • Annual Viterbi Robotics Invitational

    Sat, Apr 28, 2018 @ 08:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering K-12 STEM Center

    Receptions & Special Events


    Elementary, middle and high school students will showcase their STEM skills by designing, building and programming robots to address issues facing society.

    The competition this year, Producing Healthy and Safe Environment Robot (PHASER), focuses on the use of robots to assist people who find themselves homeless.

    Volunteers needed!

    For more details visit: https://viterbipk12.usc.edu/roboticsInvitational/

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Darin Gray/Viterbi STEM Educational Outreach

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