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  • Internship/Job Search Open Forum

    Tue, Sep 03, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your career and internship knowledge on the job/internship search by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

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

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Sep 03, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Vishal Gupta, USC (Marshall)

    Talk Title: Data-Pooling in Optimization

    Host: Dr. Phebe Vayanos

    More Information: September 3, 2019.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Viterbi Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) Info Session

    Tue, Sep 03, 2019 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    USC Viterbi School of Engineering students have the unique opportunity to compete in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP). Grand Challenge Scholars drive their educational experiences towards discovering, exploring, and potentially solving one of the NAE Grand Challenges and earn recognition at graduation from USC and the National Academy of Engineering. Learn about the Grand Challenges Program at USC and how to apply at our upcoming info session.

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Myra Fernandez

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

    Wed, Sep 04, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Gaurav Gupta, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Dealing with Unknown Unknowns: Compact Perception from Heterogeneous Data

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

    Abstract: Deciphering patterns from heterogeneous and noisy data to make robust inferences require knowledge of the complete system. Even with big data sizes, the presence of unknown unknowns (contributors) may not be neglected due to complex interactions of the observed system with the unobserved components and the environment (e.g., brain, social networks, gene-regulatory networks, physiological signals). In this talk, we will discuss the incorporation of unknown unknowns in the context of non-stationary non-Markovian processes. A multi-scale approach is used to model the non-Markovian time-dependence of the complex network nodes. The behavior is modeled using fractional differential equations. The benefits of this approach are demonstrated by modeling the real-world biological data of brain electroencephalogram (EEG), neuron spikes, and physiological signals like temperature and heartbeat intervals while considering the prediction of brain state or the prediction of viral infection. We will also describe how a compact model can be efficiently used to tackle some practical problems in brain machine interfaces and viral prediction in a different perspective than the traditional machine learning approaches.



    Biography: Gaurav Gupta is a Ph.D. student working under the supervision of Prof. Paul Bogdan in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Southern California. He received his B.Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 2013 and M.S. from University of California Irvine in 2016, both in Electrical Engineering. His research interests include modeling of complex networks in the presence of unknown unknowns, discrete optimization, information theory for machine and representation learning, network inference for biological and social networks and the science biological computation.



    Host: Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Sep 04, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Basile Radisson, USC

    Talk Title: Insights into the Nonlinear Evolution of Flame Fronts through Experiments and Models

    Abstract: Due to the exothermicity of combustion reaction, premixed flames are intrinsically unstable. Consequently, cellular patterns are formed on the flame front resulting in rich and complex dynamics. Combustion involves several hundreds of elementary chemical reactions occurring at a submillimetric interface, rendering a detailed description computationally intractable. Simplified models offer much insight into these complex dynamics. Through asymptotic analysis, the shape of the flame front can be described by a set of poles and their dynamic evolution in the complex plane. Here, we demonstrate for the first time the validity of such model in comparison to experimental flame evolution. A premixed flame propagates in a reactive mixture held between two vertically oriented ceramic glass plates separated by a 5mm gap. By extracting a flame front from this experiment, we demonstrate the feasibility of describing the shape of the front by a set of pole solutions. The flame front dynamics are well described for approximately ten times the characteristic time of the instability. Beyond this time, the comparison is limited by the sensitivity to initial condition. However, by studying statistical properties of the flame front, here statistics of cell sizes, we demonstrate that the pole description is still valid at long time. Moreover, these statistics satisfy a gamma distribution, characteristic of phenomena for which the elementary interaction rule is of additive nature and which results here from the pole to pole attraction. This analytical prediction of the cell-size distribution could be of great interest for the understanding of turbulent flame dynamics.

    Biography: Basile Radisson is a postdoctoral scholar in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Southern California since June 2019. Prior to joining USC, Basile received his PhD from IRPHE, AixMarseille Universite, France, working on flame front dynamics under the supervision of C. Almarcha and B. Denet. His research interests lie in instability phenomena driven by geometric nonlinearities. He is currently working on snap instabilities in fast elastic filaments under the supervision of E. Kanso.

    Host: Kanso

    Location: SLH 102

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tessa Yao

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  • NL Seminar-More than the sum of their parts: Translating idioms without destroying their meaning

    Thu, Sep 05, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Denis Emelin and Prince Wang, USC/ISI

    Talk Title: More than the sum of their parts: Translating idioms without destroying their meaning

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Translating idioms is hard. As low-frequency linguistic events with a non compositional meaning, idiomatic expressions are at odds with contemporary neural machine translation methods. Accordingly, the literal translation of idiomatic phrases which fails to preserve their semantic content represents an often observed failure case in NMT models. To facilitate future work on idiom translation, the current project sets out to compile a large-coverage, multilingual corpus of parallel sentences containing idiomatic expressions, augmented with their respective monolingual definitions. With this resource in hand, we next aim to propose models which can effectively exploit idiom definitions to avoid literal translation errors. As part of the evaluation of the constructed corpus, we demonstrate that idioms continue to pose a veritable challenge for state of the art NMT models.


    Biography: Denis is a second-year PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, advised by Dr. Rico Sennrich. His background is in machine translation, natural language understanding, and linguistics.

    Host: Emily Sheng

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

    Webcast: https://bluejeans.com/s/8Lu7w/

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - CR #689

    WebCast Link: https://bluejeans.com/s/8Lu7w/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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  • Internship/Job Search Open Forum

    Thu, Sep 05, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your career and internship knowledge on the job/internship search by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

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

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Viterbi Impact Program Info Session

    Thu, Sep 05, 2019 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 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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  • Albert Dorman Lecture Series: Guest Speaker - Mrs. Debra Reed-Klages

    Thu, Sep 05, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Debra Reed-Klages , Sempra Energy

    Talk Title: Q & A with Debra Reed-Klages

    Host: Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Salina Palacios

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  • USC Alumni Leadership Conference

    Fri, Sep 06, 2019 @ 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Alumni

    University Calendar


    Each year, the USC Alumni Leadership Conference brings together volunteer leaders from across the university and around the world, including representatives from the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, the Council for Opportunity and Regional Engagement, USC School and Athletics boards, multi-cultural alumni associations, industry and affinity networks, regional alumni groups, and alumnae groups.

    Check https://alumni.usc.edu/alc/ for more information.

    Follow #USCALC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tiffany Tay

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  • Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series on Integrated Systems

    Fri, Sep 06, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Borivoje Nikolić, Professor, University of California at Berkeley

    Talk Title: Generating the Next Wave of Custom Silicon

    Host: Profs. Hossein Hashemi, Mike Chen, Dina El-Damak, and Mahta Moghaddam

    More Information: MHI Seminar Series IS - Borivoje Nikolic.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jenny Lin

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