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

    Mon, Aug 26, 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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  • Viterbi New Transfer Student BBQ

    Tue, Aug 27, 2019 @ 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM

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

    University Calendar


    All new Viterbi transfer students are invited to the New Transfer Student BBQ!

    Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    SAL Lawn

    Mix and mingle with new and returning Viterbi transfer students, get to know Viterbi staff, and learn about programs and resources. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required. We look forward to seeing you there!

    For more info: http://viterbiundergrad.usc.edu/newstudentprograms/

    Location: SAL Lawn

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Amanda McCraven

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  • Resume Lab - Bring your Laptop!

    Tue, Aug 27, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Work on your resume in the presence of a career advisor to get tips on the spot.

    Remember to bring your laptop!

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Repeating EventISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Aug 27, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD,

    Talk Title: TBD

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Seminar - Lyman L. Handy Colloquia

    Tue, Aug 27, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Paul McIntyre, Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Stanford University

    Talk Title: Metastable Materials for Opto-Electronics

    Abstract: Metastable phases have been a feature of materials technology for centuries, with hardening of steels by martensitic transformation being a conspicuous example that contributed greatly to the development of human civilization. More recently, there has been increasing interest in metastable phases for a broad range of applications including in opto-electronic devices and heterogeneous catalysts. This presentation will highlight several examples of metastable phase synthesis and structure control that our group has pursued to achieve unconventional functional properties, including a direct band gap in silicon-compatible, Group IV semiconductor alloy nanostructures and light-driven phase separation for wavelength-tunable photoemission from inorganic halide perovskite alloys. The importance of multi-modal characterization for probing the kinetics and length scales associated with metastable phase formation and resulting changes in electronic structure are emphasized.

    Host: Dr. J. Ravichandran

    More Information: LLH-McIntyre_Abstract.docx.pdf

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 102

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Karen Woo/Mork Family

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

    Wed, Aug 28, 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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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Aug 28, 2019 @ 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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  • Viterbi Career Gateway Lab - Bring your Laptop!

    Wed, Aug 28, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Take part in a live tutorial to help you navigate Viterbi Career Gateway, a powerful job and internship search tool available ONLY to Viterbi students.

    Remember to bring your laptop!

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Aug 28, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Oscar Bruno, CalTech

    Talk Title: Fast Spectral Time Domain PDE Solvers for Complex Structures: The Fourier Continuation Method

    Abstract: We present fast spectral solvers for time-domain Partial Differential Equations. Based on a novel Fourier-Continuation (FC) method for the resolution of the Gibbs phenomenon, these methodologies give rise to time-domain solvers for PDEs for general engineering problems and structures. The methods enjoy a number of desirable properties, including spectral time evolution essentially free of pollution or dispersion errors for general PDEs in the time domain, with conditional unconditional stability for explicit alternating-direction methods and high order of temporal accuracy. A variety of applications to linear and nonlinear PDE problems will be presented, including the diffusion and wave equations, the Navier-Stokes equations and the elastic wave equation, demonstrating the significant improvements the new algorithms can provide over the accuracy and speed resulting from other approaches.

    Biography: Oscar Bruno received his Ph.D. degree from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. Following graduation, he held a two-year position as Visiting Assistant Professor with the University of Minnesota, and he then joined the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology aka Georgia Tech, where he served as Assistant and Associate Professor. After a four-year period with Georgia Tech, in 1995 he joined the faculty of the California Institute of Technology aka Caltech, where he has served as Professor in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics since 1998, and as Executive Officer of that department during 1998-2000. Dr. Bruno has research interests that lie in areas of optics, elasticity and electromagnetism, remote sensing and radar, overall electromagnetic and elastic behavior of materials: solids, fluids, composites materials, multiplescale geometries, and phase transitions. Dr. Bruno has directed 37 graduate students and postdocs during his career, and his research efforts have resulted in the publication of more than 100 refereed articles, and have been acknowledged by his plenary presentations at many international conferences, his service on editorial boards of important scientific journals, including the SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics, the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, and the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, and his election to honorary societies, most notably the Council for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Dr. Bruno is a recipient of the Sigma-Xi faculty award, the Friedrichs Award for an outstanding dissertation in mathematics, a Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. and a Sloan Foundation Fellowship. Dr. Bruno is a SIAM Fellow in the class of 2013, and a National Security NSSEFF Vannevar Bush fellow, in the class of 2016.

    Host: Pahlevan

    Location: SLH 102

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tessa Yao

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  • Resume Lab - Bring your Laptop!

    Thu, Aug 29, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Work on your resume in the presence of a career advisor to get tips on the spot.

    Remember to bring your laptop!

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CS Distinguished Lecture: Michael Stonebraker (MIT) - We Are Often Working on the Wrong Problem (10 Misconceptions About What is Important)

    Thu, Aug 29, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Michael Stonebraker, MIT

    Talk Title: We Are Often Working on the Wrong Problem (10 Misconceptions About What is Important)

    Series: Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: In the DBMS/Data Systems area, many of us seem to have lost our way. This talk discusses 10 different problem areas in which there is considerable current research. Then, I present why I believe much of the work is misguided, either because our assumptions about these problems are incorrect or because we are not paying attention to real users. Topics considered include machine learning (deep and conventional), public blockchain, data warehouses, schema evolution and the cloud.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Dr. Stonebraker has been a pioneer of data base research and technology for more than forty years. He was the main architect of the INGRES relational DBMS, and the object-relational DBMS, POSTGRES. These prototypes were developed at the University of California at Berkeley where Stonebraker was a Professor of Computer Science for twenty five years. More recently at M.I.T. he was a co-architect of the Aurora/Borealis stream processing engine, the C-Store column-oriented DBMS, the H-Store transaction processing engine, the SciDB array DBMS, and the Data Tamer data curation system. Presently he serves as Chief Technology Officer of Paradigm4 and Tamr, Inc.

    Professor Stonebraker was awarded the ACM System Software Award in 1992 for his work on INGRES. Additionally, he was awarded the first annual SIGMOD Innovation award in 1994, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997. He was awarded the IEEE John Von Neumann award in 2005 and the 2014 Turing Award, and is presently an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at M.I.T.


    Host: Shahram Ghandeharizadeh

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Viterbi Impact Program Info Session

    Thu, Aug 29, 2019 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Interested in volunteering?

    Come and learn about the Viterbi Impact Program (VIP). VIP participants play an important role in bringing engineering to the community as they work as partners with local schools and organizations.

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Myra Fernandez

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

    Fri, Aug 30, 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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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • CS Colloquium: Filip Ilievski (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) - Identity of Long-tail Entities in Text: A Knowledge Perspective

    Fri, Aug 30, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Filip Ilievski, Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam

    Talk Title: Identity of Long-tail Entities in Text: A Knowledge Perspective

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: Entity linking systems are faced with a complex M-to-N mapping between surface forms in text and instances in a knowledge base, caused by the ambiguity of surface forms, the variance of the instances, and their frequency/popularity interplays, well-explained by pragmatic principles such as the Gricean maxims (Grice, 1975). Although current entity linkers report high accuracy scores, in this talk I will describe phenomena that capture large differences in performance between 'head' and 'tail' entities. To improve performance on the tail entities, I will argue that we need: to revisit evaluation (part I) and to employ knowledge and reason over it in a more systematic way (part II).

    During the first half, I will depict how the current evaluation datasets, as well as the metrics employed, obfuscate the difference between head and tail, and discourages focus on tail entities. I will propose recommended actions and examples for long-tail-focused evaluation.

    In the second half of my talk, I will present our efforts to generate expectations on long-tail entities through building neural profiling machines on top of background knowledge from Wikidata. In addition to an intrinsic evaluation, these profiling techniques are evaluated extrinsically on clustering NIL entities. I will discuss how an extension of this work can be used to capture commonsense knowledge and act as an active component in future reading machines.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium. Please note, due to limited capacity in RTH 105, seats will be first come first serve.


    Biography: Filip Ilievski is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Natural Language Processing at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, and closely affiliated with the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning group at the same University. His research investigates how systematic and extensive use of knowledge can help machines to deal with the 'long-tail' (knowledge scarcity and ambiguity) of human communication. To do so, he combines ideas from Information Extraction, Knowledge Graphs, and Machine Learning.

    He developed LOTUS (Ilievski et al., 2016a), the largest publicly available index over the Linked Data cloud at the time, which received an award at the Semantics conference in 2016. Later, he collaborated with prof. Ed Hovy at CMU on building neural generalization models ('profiling machines') over Linked Data knowledge and applying them to cluster long-tail entities. As part of his research on measuring and improving biases in NLP evaluations, he co-organized a SemEval competition on 'Counting Events and Participants in the Long Tail' in 2018 (Ilievski et al., 2016b, Postma et al., 2018).

    Filip Ilievski authored over 20 publications about these topics in peer-reviewed international journals and conference proceedings, including COLING, ESWC, and SWJ.


    Host: Xiang Ren

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 105

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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