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  • Seminar will be exclusively online (no in-room presentation) - CS Colloquium: Mathew Monfort (MIT) - Towards Understanding Moments in Time

    Mon, Apr 20, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mathew Monfort, MIT

    Talk Title: Towards Understanding Moments in Time

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: When people observe events they are able to abstract key information and build concise summaries of what is happening. These summaries include the important contextual and semantic information (what, where, who and how) necessary for the observer to understand the event and how it relates to their current state. With this in mind, the descriptions people generate for videos of different dynamic events can greatly improve our understanding of the key information of interest for each event and help us learn rich representations that we can apply to a number of different tasks. Going a step further, taking sequences of events into consideration allows us to build an understanding of how observations can be abstracted into contextually meaningful descriptions useful for understanding the relationships between each event and higher-level goals. In this talk I will provide an overview of recent work in the area of video understanding and highlight details of how we can learn, and utilize, detailed video representations for improving our understanding of moments in time.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Mathew Monfort is a Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He received a PhD. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016, a M.S. in Computer Science from Florida State University in 2011 and a B.A. in Mathematics from Franklin and Marshall College in 2009. His research has included approached on applying machine learning methods to autonomous driving, inverse planning, video understanding and areas related to learning from human behavior.

    Host: Ramakant Nevatia

    Location: Seminar will be exclusively online (no in-room presentation)

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Viterbi Live

    Tue, Apr 21, 2020 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Darryl Hwang, Daniel Stemen, and Shawn Chapman, USC

    Talk Title: Handling the PPE Shortage: Update on Mask Design & Fabrication

    Abstract: Since our virtual workshop on April 3rd, the USC team has made significant progress in developing reusable filtered masks with the help of the local manufacturing community. This forum will share details of the current design and plans for fabricating these masks. This will enable the LA community to help produce usable masks based on a safe design concept. Register for this community update if you want to help mitigate the PPE shortage. Space will be limited to promote conversation and idea sharing.

    This session will be hosted on Zoom. Links and passwords will be sent to all registered participants the morning of April 21.

    For any questions, please email us at engalums@usc.edu.

    To view recordings from the April 3rd workshop, please click here: https://viterbischool.usc.edu/online-events-series/

    Host: Viterbi Advancement

    More Info: https://ppe-shortage-community-update.eventbrite.com

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    Audiences: Select Participants

    Posted By: Kristy Ly

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  • Undergraduate Admission Virtual Information Session

    Tue, Apr 21, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for prospective first-year students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience.Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life.Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

    Please register here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • USC Viterbi Admitted Student Keynote

    Tue, Apr 21, 2020 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Learn everything you can to find out if USC and the Viterbi School is right for you by dropping by one of our virtual admitted student keynote sessions. If you only have time for one event, make it this one. We will discuss our curriculum, your four year plan, and our co-curricular programs that will fulfill your experience. Each session will include a USC Viterbi representative as well as a current student panel to answer your questions.

    Register Here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • **CANCELED** ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Apr 21, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Ravi Shankar Meenakshisundaram, Professor, University of Pittsburg

    Talk Title: TBD

    Host: Prof. Yong Chen

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Apr 22, 2020 @ 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: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Repeating EventIntellithon

    Thu, Apr 23, 2020

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Intelligence Community Representatives, Government

    Talk Title: Intellithon

    Abstract: nterested in science and technology for intelligence?

    Students from our consortium schools (USC, San Jose State University, Florida A&M, and Santa Monica College) are invited to apply for participation in our first annual Intellithon (April 23-24).

    The event, to be held on the USC campus, will feature student team contests and networking opportunities with intelligence community professionals.

    Host: USC Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence

    More Info: https://sites.usc.edu/iccae/apply/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Jennifer Ramos/Electrophysics

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  • Remarkable Trajectory Seminar - Professor John Silvester

    Thu, Apr 23, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor John Silvester, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering / Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Talk Title: Perspectives from a 3-Phase Academic Career

    Series: Remarkable Trajectory

    Abstract: Phase I -“ Research and Teaching (1979 -“ 2020) It was 1979 when I joined the Electrical Engineering Department at USC. I was affiliated with the Computer Engineering and the Communication Sciences Groups since my research areas were Computer Networks and Computer Architecture. My Ph.D. work was related to "Packet Radio" -“ an area that developed many of the key concepts we find in current cellular and other mobile network architectures. A few years later, my research interests moved to network service integration (Everything Over the Internet) and my research group started to look at techniques to better understand network design and optimization for this Brave New World.

    Phase II -“ Academic Technology Strategy Development (1994 -“ 2006) In 1994, I wrote a position paper about the decentralization of computing infrastructure (the move away from large mainframes to mini- and micro-computers) which also discussed the potential for service integration to Internet-based communication. I was asked by the Provost to take on a short-term (one-year) 50% time position to make some recommendations regarding a future strategy for Computing (both Administrative and Academic) and Communications (Internet and Telephony) for USC. Twelve years later I returned to my full-time faculty position in EE, after 3 years as (half-time) Vice-Provost for Academic Computing) and 9 years (full-time) as Vice-Provost for Scholarly Technology. Those were "interesting and challenging times" -“ remember that the Internet went "main-stream" around 1994-6. During that time, I became involved in Advanced Research and Education Network development, at the State, National, and International levels (Internet2, CENIC, Pacific Wave, APAN.)

    Phase III -“ Academic Politics (and Service) (2007 -“ 2019) I served on many School and University Committees over the years, culminating in several years on the Engineering Faculty Council, of which I was Chair for 2 terms, and on the Academic Senate for 5 years with 3 years on the Academic Senate Executive Committee and one year as Academic Senate President. This was during a period of growth and change at USC that presented many challenges.


    Host: ECE Department

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Benjamin Paul

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  • Undergraduate Admission Virtual Information Session

    Thu, Apr 23, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for prospective first-year students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience.Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life.Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

    Please register here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Repeating EventIntellithon

    Fri, Apr 24, 2020

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Intelligence Community Representatives, Government

    Talk Title: Intellithon

    Abstract: nterested in science and technology for intelligence?

    Students from our consortium schools (USC, San Jose State University, Florida A&M, and Santa Monica College) are invited to apply for participation in our first annual Intellithon (April 23-24).

    The event, to be held on the USC campus, will feature student team contests and networking opportunities with intelligence community professionals.

    Host: USC Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence

    More Info: https://sites.usc.edu/iccae/apply/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Jennifer Ramos/Electrophysics

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  • USC Viterbi Webinar Series on Digital Technologies for COVID-19

    Fri, Apr 24, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events


    The Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California is pleased to invite all members of the public to the USC Viterbi Webinar Series on Digital Technologies for COVID-19

    Fridays 11 am - 12 pm Pacific

    Our second webinar of this series will take place on April 24, 2020

    Please click on the following link to register online:

    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SnVYd9ONQgyYeLWiI8qtMA
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Our second webinar will feature a double-header of talks by researchers from USC Viterbi's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The first talk will cover work by Ajitesh Srivastava and Viktor Prasanna on modeling and forecasting of COVID-19 infection and the second talk by Bhaskar Krishnamachari will be on his work on privacy-sensitive mobile-based contact tracing for COVID-19.

    Please find abstracts for these talks as well as the speaker bios below:


    Talk 1: Learning to Forecast and Forecasting to Learn from the COVID-19 Pandemic - Ajitesh Srivastava and Viktor K. Prasanna

    Abstract: The recent outbreak of COVID-19 and the world-wide panic surrounding it calls for urgent measures to contain the epidemic. Predicting the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19 is essential for preparedness and better management of available resources. It is also essential for simulating scenarios with different policies to reopen the economy. In this talk, the speaker will present heterogeneous infection rate model with human mobility, which is an extension of his DARPA Challenge winning work during the Chikungunya epidemic. The model accounts for variable infection rates, inter-region mobility, and a forgetting factor to accommodate rapidly changing infection trends. The model has demonstrated accurate predictions for US state-level and country-level predictions. Through changing of the parameters over time, the model enables the assessment of how various regions have responded to the epidemic. In future work, city- and neighborhood-level predictions will be performed. Based on the predictions, resource allocation problems will be formulated and solved to identify how to distribute resources (masks, testing kits, potential vaccines) among hospitals. Various social distancing strategies will also be formulated and evaluated, informed by the forecasting model.

    Speaker Bio: Dr. Ajitesh Srivastava is Senior Research Associate in Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He earned his PhD in Computer Science from USC in 2018, with a thesis titled "Computing Cascades: How to Spread Rumors, Win Campaigns, Stop Violence and Predict Epidemics". His research interests include Social Networks, Algorithms, Parallel Computing, and Machine Learning applied to social good, crime, smart grids, and computer architecture. His prior work on predicting epidemics has earned him the 2014 DARPA Grand Challenge award.


    Talk 2: Privacy-Sensitive Mobile-based Contact Tracing for COVID-19
    - Bhaskar Krishnamachari

    Abstract: Contact tracing offers a way to proactively help individuals know if they may be at higher risk due to exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus so that they can take relevant measures including going into self-quarantine and getting tested. I will describe two protocols for privacy-sensitive contact tracing developed at USC Viterbi that are based on the exchange of anonymous information via short-range Bluetooth contacts. This work and those of other academic researchers are connected to the recent announcement by Apple and Google that they are collaborating on an interoperable API for such contact tracing apps. I will also survey many other ongoing efforts around the world to implement privacy-sensitive contact tracing apps, and some of the challenges they face in terms of adoption and effectiveness.

    Speaker Bio: Bhaskar Krishnamachari is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at USC Viterbi. He works on algorithms for the internet of things and distributed systems. He has co-authored more than 300 papers, and 2 textbooks, collectively cited more than 25000 times. He has been a co-recipient of several best paper awards including at ACM MobiCom and ACM/IEEE IPSN. He has received the NSF CAREER Award and the ASEE Terman Award. He has been featured in the MIT Technology Review's TR-35 list, as well as Popular Science magazine's "Brilliant 10".


    Series co-hosted by:
    Craig Knoblock, Executive Director, USC Information Sciences Institute
    Bhaskar Krishnamachari, Director, USC Viterbi Center for CPS and IoT






    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SnVYd9ONQgyYeLWiI8qtMA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Benjamin Paul

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  • Repeating EventECE PhD Zoom Party

    Fri, Apr 24, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Student Activity


    Tune in EVERY FRIDAY AT 3:30pm to meet and catch up with fellow PhDs for different games every week with prizes! All students receive login instructions in a separate email.

    Audiences: All ECE PhD Students

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    Posted By: Cathy Huang

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