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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Mon, May 06, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    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: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • System and Architecture Design for Safe And Reliable Autonomous Robotic Applications

    Mon, May 06, 2019 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jishen Zhao, University of California, San Diego

    Talk Title: System and Architecture Design for Safe And Reliable Autonomous Robotic Applications

    Abstract: The rapid development of smart technology in edge computing systems has paved the way for us to embrace the technology movement of self-driving cars and autonomous service robots. To enable the wide adoption of these autonomous robotic applications, reliability is one of fundamental goals of computing system and architecture design. In this talk, I will present our recent exploration of safe and reliable system and architecture design for autonomous robotic applications. I will start by presenting an architecture design of supporting fast system recovery with persistent memory at low performance cost. To evaluate and guide our system design, I will introduce our safety model and architecture design strategies for self-driving cars, based on our field study of running real industrial Level-4 autonomous driving fleets. Finally, I will describe a Linux-container-based resource management framework design to improve reliability and safety of self-driving cars and service robots.

    Biography: Jishen Zhao is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at University of California, San Diego. Her research spans and stretches the boundary between computer architecture and system software, with a particular emphasis on memory and storage systems, domain-specific acceleration, and system reliability. Her research is driven by both emerging technologies (e.g., nonvolatile memories, 3D-stacked memory) and modern applications (e.g., smart home and autonomous robotic systems, deep learning, and big-data analytics). Before joining UCSD, she was an Assistant Professor at UCSC, and a research scientist at HP Labs before joining UCSC. She is a recipient of NSF CAREER award and a MICRO best paper honorable mention award.

    Host: Xuehai Qian, xuehai.qian@usc.edu

    More Information: 19.05.06 Jishen Zhao_CENG Seminar.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Brienne Moore

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  • Franco Nori - Physics Colloquium, Monday, May 6th at 4:15pm in SSL 150

    Mon, May 06, 2019 @ 04:15 PM - 05:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Franco Nori, Riken, Saitama, Japan, University of Michigan

    Talk Title: Nano-Electronics Using Quantum Circuits as Artificial Atoms on a Chip

    Abstract: Recent technological advances have made it possible to implement atomic-physics and quantum-optics experiments on a chip using artificial atoms. These artificial atoms can be made from either semiconductor quantum dots and, more often, from superconducting circuits. Superconducting circuits based on Josephson junctions exhibit macroscopic quantum coherence and can behave like artificial atoms. Novel electronic devices are being explored with these type of superconducting (low-power-consumption) electronics. This talk presents a pedagogical (and, hopefully, entertaining) brief introduction to this rapidly advancing field. The references [1-17] provide a few overviews on various aspects of this subject and related topics.

    Host: Department of Physics and Astronomy, ECE-EP

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • PhD Defense - Chao Yang

    Tue, May 07, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Computer Science

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    Ph.D. Defense - Chao Yang
    Tue, May 7th, 2019
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Location: SAL 322

    Title:
    DEEP GENERATIVE MODELS FOR IMAGE TRANSLATION

    PhD Candidate: Chao Yang
    Date, Time, and Location: Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 at 1pm in SAL 322
    Committee: Prof. C.-C. Jay Kuo, Prof. Keith Jenkins, and Prof. Jernej Barbic

    In the thesis, we tackle the problem of translating faces and bodies between different identities without paired training data: we cannot directly train a translation module using supervised signals in this case. Instead, we propose to train a conditional variational auto-encoder (CVAE) to disentangle different latent factors such as identity and expressions. In order to achieve effective disentanglement, we further use multi-view information such as keypoints and facial landmarks to train multiple CVAEs. By relying on these simplified representations of the data we are using a more easily disentangled representation to guide the disentanglement of image itself. Experiments demonstrate the effectiveness of our method in multiple face and body datasets. We also show that our model is a more robust image classifier and adversarial example detector comparing with traditional multi-class neural networks.

    To address the issue of scaling to new identities and also generate better-quality results, we further propose an alternative approach that uses self-supervised learning based on StyleGAN to factorize out different attributes of face images, such as hair color, facial expressions, skin color, and others. Using pre-trained StyleGAN combined with iterative style inference we can easily manipulate the facial expressions or combine the facial expressions of any two people, without the need of training a specific new model for each of the identity involved. This is one of the first scalable and high-quality approach for generating DeepFake data, which serves as a critical first step to learn a more robust and general classifier against adversarial examples.

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 322

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Lizsl De Leon

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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Wed, May 08, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    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!

    RSVP

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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

    Wed, May 08, 2019 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor John A. Stankovic, BP America Professor in the Computer Science Department, University of Virginia and Director of the Link Lab

    Talk Title: Research Challenges and Solutions for IOTT/CPS

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

    Abstract: As the Internet of Things (IOT) matures and supports increasingly sophisticated applications, the research needs for IOT also expand considerably. This talk discusses several major research challenges for the future IOT where trillions of devices are connected to the Internet; call it the Internet of Trillions of Things (IOTT). Research topics covered include new systems of systems problems, the impact of massive scaling, and IOTT for healthcare. Smart cities are used to present examples of new system of system research issues and their solutions. Scaling and long time maintenance problems give rise to the need for runtime validation. Why this is important and how to accomplish this is presented. We use the Internet of Healthcare Things to identify the realisms that must be addressed in real home deployments. We also discuss the problems and solutions for using speech as a major sensing modality for smart healthcare based on an emo2vec (an extension to word2vec) and LSTMs. The list of topics is not meant to be comprehensive, but does address some of the main research issues in IOTT/CPS.

    Biography: Professor John A. Stankovic is the BP America Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia and Director of the Link Lab. He served as Chair of the department for 8 years. He is a Fellow of both the IEEE and the ACM. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York for his work on real-time systems. He won the IEEE Real-Time Systems Technical Committee's Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions and Leadership. He also received the IEEE Technical Committee on Distributed Processing's Distinguished Achievement Award (inaugural winner). He has seven Best Paper awards, including one for ACM SenSys 2006. Stankovic has an h-index of 115 and over 58,000 citations. In 2015 he was awarded the Univ. of Virginia Distinguished Scientist Award, and in 2010 the School of Engineering's Distinguished Faculty Award. He also received a Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Massachusetts. He has given more than 40 Keynote talks at conferences and many Distinguished Lectures at major Universities. He also served on the National Academy's Computer Science Telecommunications Board. He was the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Distributed and Parallel Systems and was founder and co-editor-in-chief for the Real-Time Systems Journal. His research interests are in real-time systems, wireless sensor networks, smart and connected health, cyber physical systems, and the Internet of Things. Prof. Stankovic received his PhD from Brown University.

    Host: Jyotirmoy Deshmukh

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • Viterbi Undergraduate Awards

    Wed, May 08, 2019 @ 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

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

    Receptions & Special Events


    Awards ceremony recognizing graduating Viterbi undergraduate students who have distinguished themselves in scholarship, leadership, and service.

    Location: USC Hotel Restaurant (RHR) - Ballroom

    Audiences: Invited Guests

    Posted By: Monica De Los Santos

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  • PhD Hooding and Awards Ceremony

    Thu, May 09, 2019 @ 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Doctoral Programs

    Receptions & Special Events


    The Viterbi PhD Hooding and Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 8am-11am in Bovard Auditorium, followed by a reception in Associates Park.

    All are invited. Tickets are required for entry to Bovard.

    Location: George Finley Bovard Administration Building (ADM) - Bovard Auditorium

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jennifer Gerson

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  • USC Viterbi 2019 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

    Fri, May 10, 2019 @ 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM

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

    Receptions & Special Events


    Location: University Village (UVI) - Great Lawn

    Audiences: Invited Guests

    Posted By: Monica De Los Santos

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