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  • Mentoring Kickoff

    Sun, Sep 17, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Looking to find a family within ASBME? Come to the 2017 Mentoring Kick-Off on Sunday, September 17th from 1-2pm! It'll be a great way to find your mentor or mentee and have fun competing in mini challenges. Make sure to fill out the mentoring interest form if you haven't already!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 301/302

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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

    Mon, Sep 18, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen 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 & Family Members

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Sep 18, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Noah Malmstadt, Ph.D., Founder, ReoLab, Professor, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Research Presentation & Career Path

    Host: Stacey Finley, PhD

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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

    Mon, Sep 18, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Andrzej Banaszuk, Andrew Sparks, and Fu Lin, United Technologies Research Center

    Talk Title: Systems and Control Research at United Technologies Research Center

    Abstract: This presentation will give a broad overview of research at UTRC's Systems Department, with particular focus on the areas of autonomous and intelligent systems, robotics, and control of complex systems. The research is conducted by a diverse team of researchers in dynamical systems, advanced control, applied mathematics, and human factors. Autonomous and intelligent systems research for aerial and ground robotics includes intelligent system architecture, human-machine systems, perception, collaborative motion planning with dynamic collision avoidance, manipulation, and formal verification. Research for large-scale, complex, and interconnected systems includes systematic methods to functionally decompose complex, interconnected systems to inform control architecture as well as approaches to sparse and distributed control. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of existing and future career and internship opportunities in the broad area of autonomous and intelligent systems, controls, and robotics.

    Biography: http://csc.usc.edu/seminars/2017Fall/banaszuk_sparks_lin.html
    Host: Mihailo Jovanovic, mihailo@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gerrielyn Ramos

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  • Abbott Construction Info Session

    Mon, Sep 18, 2017 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    As Abbott Construction continues to grow, we look to graduates to add value to our company and contribute to our vision. For this reason, we implemented the Internship Program.
    Abbott is looking for students who are passionate about construction, dynamic, customer service- oriented, professional, highly organized, self- motivated, willing to learn, good listeners, and who have strong writing and verbal communication skills.

    If you fit this description, we want to meet you. Come learn about us!

    Light refreshments will be served.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • KPMG Cyber Tech Talk

    Mon, Sep 18, 2017 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    USC Cyber Security & Digital Forensics organization along with the Business Technology Networking Group present a night with professionals from KPMG.

    Come network with professionals from KPMG's Cyber and Forensics practices. Networking to follow after the presentation. KPMG is recruiting both for full-time and internship positions.

    This event is open to members who have PAID THEIR DUES. Dues can be paid while you sign in for each respective event.

    Venmo Handle: @USC-Cyborg
    $15/semester or $25/year

    STEPS to Register:

    Like our FB Pages:
    https://www.facebook.com/cyborgatusc/ https://www.facebook.com/USCBTNG/

    Join our LinkedIn Group:
    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/10347148

    Sign up for our mailing list:
    https://goo.gl/forms/UD9A7e2DPMbaZXkq1

    Join our FB Group:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/cyborgatusc

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

    Audiences: Members have first priority, but anyone can RSVP

    Posted By: USC CybOrg

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  • CS Colloquium: Julian McAuley (UCSD) - Structured Output Models of Recommendations, Activities, and Behavior

    Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Julian McAuley, University of California, San Diego

    Talk Title: Structured Output Models of Recommendations, Activities, and Behavior

    Series: Visa Research Machine Learning Seminar Series hosted by USC Machine Learning Center

    Abstract: This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Computer Science Research Colloquium.

    Predictive models of human behavior--and in particular recommender systems--learn patterns from large volumes of historical activity data, in order to make personalized predictions that adapt to the needs, nuances, and preferences of individuals. Models may take incredibly complex data as *input*, ranging from text, images, social networks, or sequence data. However, the *outputs* they are trained to predict--clicks, purchases, transactions, etc.--are typically simple, numerical quantities, in order for the problem to be cast in terms of traditional supervised learning frameworks.

    In this talk, we discuss possible extensions to such personalized, predictive models of human behavior so that they are capable of predicting complex structured *outputs*. For example, rather than training a model to predict what content a user might interact with, we could predict how they would react to unseen content, in the form of text they might write. Or, rather than predicting whether a user would purchase an existing product, we could predict the characteristics or attributes of the types of products that *should* be created.


    Biography: Julian McAuley has been an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of California, San Diego since 2014. Previously he was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University after receiving his PhD from the Australian National University in 2011. His research is concerned with developing predictive models of human behavior using large volumes of online activity data.

    Host: Yan Liu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Epstein Institute Seminar, ISE 651

    Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Tuo Zhao, Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Compute Faster and Learn Better: Machine Learning via Nonconvex Model-based Optimization

    Host: Prof. Meisam Razaviyayn

    More Information: September 19, 2017.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Honeywell Aerospace Info Session

    Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Honeywell Information Session

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Deloitte Cyber Tech Talk presented by USC CybOrg

    Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Come network with professionals from Deloitte's Cyber and Forensics practices. Networking to follow after the presentation. Deloitte is recruiting both for full-time and internship positions.

    This event is open to members who have PAID THEIR DUES. Dues can be paid while you sign in for each respective event.

    Venmo Handle: @USC-Cyborg
    $15/semester or $25/year

    STEPS to Register:

    Like our FB Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/cyborgatusc/

    Join our LinkedIn Group:
    https://www.linkedin.com/groups/10347148

    Sign up for our mailing list:
    https://goo.gl/forms/UD9A7e2DPMbaZXkq1

    Join our FB Group:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/cyborgatusc

    More Information: CybOrg Event Flyer.jpg

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

    Audiences: Members have first priority, but anyone can RSVP

    Posted By: USC CybOrg

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

    Wed, Sep 20, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen 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 & Family Members

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • INCOSE Webinar

    Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 08:00 AM - 09:00 PM

    Systems Architecting and Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Rick Dove, CEO, Paradigm Shift International

    Talk Title: Agile Systems & Processes -- Risk Management and Mitigation

    Series: INCOSE Speaker Series

    Abstract: To be effective, systems/processes have to mate well with their operational environments. Operational environments are not static, they react to disturbances and evolve with opportunity and risk. Inserting a system into an environment is a disturbance. Sustaining a system in a dynamic environment requires compatible evolution. The environment is the problem space the system will occupy. Understanding the requirements for a compatible-to-the-space solution is best done before system functional requirements shape an incompatible path. Given enough understanding about the problem, effective solution requirements and features becomes (almost) obvious. The problem shapes and constrains effective solution. But how do we characterize the environment as a dynamic problem space and develop solution-response requirements; and then, how do we structure a solution for risk-mitigating agility? This webinar introduces methods for dynamic problem-space characterization, and reviews companion methods for risk-mitigating solution-space agility.

    Note that the webinar is a combination of PowerPoint slides and audio. You need to set your browser to the url listed below to see the slides and also dial into the phone number below to hear the audio. We are using Webex for this webinar. Please note that you can now access the webinar using mobile devices. There are 300 virtual seats available for the webinar. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Event number: 595 766 920
    Event password: INCOSE104

    Primary Access Telephone Number:
    USA/Canada: 1-719-325-2630 (toll) 1-855-747-8824 (toll free)

    Guest Pass Code: 434 812 4177

    Webex can be used to record meetings. By participating in this meeting, you agree that your communications may be monitored or recorded at any time during the meeting.

    Biography: Rick Dove is a leading researcher, practitioner, and educator of fundamental principles for agile enterprise, agile systems, and agile development processes. In 1991 he initiated the global interest in agility as co-PI on the seminal 21st Century Manufacturing Enterprise Strategy project at Lehigh University. Subsequently he organized and led collaborative research at the DARPA-funded Agility Forum, involving 250 organizations and 1,000 participants in workshop discovery of fundamental enabling principles for agile systems and processes. He is CEO of Paradigm Shift International, specializing in agile systems research, engineering, and education; and is an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology teaching graduate courses in agile and self-organizing systems. He chairs the INCOSE working groups for Agile Systems and Systems Engineering, and for Systems Security Engineering, and is the leader of the current INCOSE Agile Systems Engineering Life Cycle Model Discovery Project. He is an INCOSE Fellow, and the author of Response Ability - the Language, Structure, and Culture of the Agile Enterprise.

    Host: Andy Pickard, INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board

    More Info: http://www.incose.org/docs/default-source/events-documents/Webinars/incose-webinar-104-invitationdacbed8472db67488e78ff000036190a.pdf?sfvrsn=0
    Webcast: https://incoseevents.webex.com/incoseevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb39bd106d4bcd7731509d2bdecf9646

    Location: Online via WebEX

    WebCast Link: https://incoseevents.webex.com/incoseevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb39bd106d4bcd7731509d2bdecf9646d

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: James Moore II

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  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems

    Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: BaekGyu Kim, Toyota InfoTechnology Center

    Talk Title: Test Specification and Generation for Connected and Autonomous Vehicle in Virtual Road Environment

    Abstract: The trend of connected / autonomous features adds significant complexity to the traditional automotive systems. In order to improve driving safety and comfort, vehicles are expected to drive autonomously and/or to communicate with each other and infrastructures. Such complexity makes engineers harder to test correctness, performance or effectiveness of those driving features in the physical environment. In this talk, we introduce a virtual test framework that utilizes existing visualization engines (e.g., Unity3D, Unreal Engine or Prescan). In this test framework, a system component is integrated with a virtual vehicle that can be tested under a wide range of virtual road environments to overcome the limitation of the physical testing. In order to build such test environments, we introduce a formal way to specify geometric and behavioral aspects of the road environments using SMT constraints (Satisfiability Modulo Theories) and timed automata. We also introduce a systematic way to generate those road environments from the formal specification based on several test criteria. Finally, we show the applicability of the proposed road environment generation method using adaptive cruise control (an example of autonomous features) and right-turn pedestrian warning system (an example of connected features).

    Biography: BaekGyu Kim earned B.S. and M.S. from Kyungpook National University in South Korea in 2007 and 2009, and earned Ph.D. in computer science from University of Pennsylvania in 2015. His research interest is applying various formal techniques to build safety-critical real-time embedded systems according to the model-based development paradigm. His doctoral dissertation topic was to design model-based implementation framework to assure the safety of infusion pump systems (medical device) as a part of Generic Infusion Pump project. After joining Toyota InfoTechnology Center, he started applying those techniques to analyze correctness and effectiveness of automotive systems.

    Host: Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Estela Lopez

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  • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Seminar

    Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: J. Michael McCarthy, Professor/UC Irvine

    Talk Title: Design of Linkage Systems to Draw Specified Curves

    Abstract: Kinematic synthesis is a set of mathematical techniques to calculate the dimensions of a mechanism or robot to achieve a desired task. Since the time of James Watt, whose "parallel motion generator" made the double-acting steam engine practical, engineers and mathematicians have studied curve-drawing linkages for practical as well as theoretical purposes. Recent mathematical results prove that such linkages exist for every algebraic curve, and this talk presents an overview of a variety of techniques to design these linkages. One interesting result is that the equations for kinematic synthesis rapidly expand beyond the ability of current computers to solve completely. On the other hand, because Bezier curves can be written as parameterized trigonometric curves, there is a way to design relatively simple linkage systems that draw Bezier approximations to arbitrary curves.

    Biography: Michael McCarthy is the Director of UCI's Performance Engineering Program, having completed a eight year term as the Henry Samueli Professor and Director of the Center for Engineering Science in Design at the University of California, Irvine, which supports the design and execution of team engineering projects across the School of Engineering. He received his Ph.D. at Stanford University, and has taught at Loyola Marymount University and the University of Pennsylvania before joining UCI in 1986.

    He has over 200 publications and five books including The Geometric Design of Linkages (Springer 2000, 2nd Ed. 2010). He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design (2002-2007) and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics (2007-2014). His research team is responsible for the Sphinx, Synthetica and MecGen software packages, which extend computer-aided design to spherical and spatial linkage systems and integrate this process with geometric modeling. He has organized and presented tutorials on the design of linkages and robotic systems at ASME and IEEE conferences, including the NSF sponsored 2012 Workshop on 21st Century Kinematics.
    He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and has received the 2009 ASME Machine Design Award, the 2011 ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Award, and the 2013 Robert E. Abbott Lifetime Service Award from the Design Engineering Division of ASME International. At the 2015 Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, he and his co-author received the A.T. Yang Memorial Award in Theoretical Kinematics for their paper on the design of a linkage system that reproduces the flapping motion of a bird in flight.

    Host: Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ashleen Knutsen

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  • OnPrem Solution Partners Info Session

    Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Info Session for students to learn more about working for OnPrem Solution Partners. We will go over what it is like to work for us, what qualities we are looking for in our candidates, and the interview process.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • General Meeting 1

    Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Prepare for this year's recruiting season by revamping your elevator pitch and learning how to put your best foot forward in your resume. Come learn about the in's and out's of appealing to companies and recruiters. We'll have a resume workshop where you can get personal tips and suggestions on your own resume as well. As always, food will be provided!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 227

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • DEN@Viterbi Information Session

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Distance Education Network

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Webinars are held ONLINE throughout the year using WebEx technology. All that is needed to participate is a computer with internet access. These 1-hour information sessions are designed to introduce the Viterbi School of Engineering, online graduate engineering programs, application requirements and procedures. USC representatives will be on-hand to answer questions.

    More information.

    WebCast Link: https://gapp.webex.com/mw3200/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=gapp&service=6&rnd=0.3174729443092855&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgapp.webex.com%2Fec3200%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b0000000420be0c47bc4

    Audiences: RSVP Only

    Posted By: Viterbi Graduate and Professional Programs

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  • Dramatic Improvements in Pre-silicon and Post-silicon Validation of Digital Systems with Quick Error Detection and Formal Methods

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Clark Barrett, Stanford University

    Talk Title: Dramatic Improvements in Pre-silicon and Post-silicon Validation of Digital Systems with Quick Error Detection and Formal Methods

    Abstract: Ensuring the correctness of integrated circuits (ICs) is essential for ensuring the correctness, safety and security of the many electronic systems we rely on. However, the effort required to validate ICs continues to be a major bottleneck in modern system design. To make matters worse, difficult bugs still escape into post-silicon and even production systems. I will present a set of results based on Quick Error Detection (QED). The standard QED technique is a testing technique which drastically reduces error detection latency, the time elapsed between the occurrence of an error caused by a bug and its manifestation as an observable failure. I will then present two new techniques, Symbolic QED and Electrical QED which use formal methods to dramatically extend the reach of QED: to automatically detect and localize both logic and electrical bugs during both pre- and post-silicon validation. Experimental results collected from several commercial designs as well as hardware platforms demonstrate the effectiveness and practicality of these methods. For example, for a 500 million transistor multi-core IC, Symbolic QED automatically detected and localized difficult logic design bugs (the kind that could escape traditional simulation-based pre-silicon verification) in only a few hours (~ 8 hours on average). This research was performed at Stanford University in collaboration with Prof. Subhasish Mitra, several graduate students, and several industrial collaborators.

    Biography: Clark Barrett is an associate professor (research) of computer science at Stanford University, with expertise in constraint solving and its applications to verification. His PhD dissertation introduced a novel approach to constraint solving now known as satisfiability modulo theories (SMT). His subsequent work on SMT has been recognized with a best paper award at DAC, an IBM Software Quality Innovation award, the Haifa Verification Conference award, and first-place honors at the SMT, CASC, and SyGuS competitions. He was also an early pioneer in the development of formal hardware verification: at Intel, he collaborated on a novel theorem prover used to verify key microprocessor properties; and at 0-in Design Automation (now part of Mentor Graphics), he helped build one of the first industrially successful assertion-based verification tool-sets for hardware.

    Host: Pierluigi Nuzzo, x09079, nuzzo@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gerrielyn Ramos

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  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Hong-Linh Truong, Priv.Doz and an Assistant Professor, TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), Austria

    Talk Title: Managing and Testing Ensembles of IoT, Network functions, and Clouds

    Abstract: By leveraging virtualization and pay-per-use models, we believe that eventually applications will easily acquire IoT, network functions, and cloud services together to establish a virtual, unified resource ensemble across various subsystems from different IoT, network and cloud providers. But this will require us to research and develop various programming and management utilities. In this talk, we will first discuss the necessity and feasibility of application-level resource slice provisioning. We will overview our SINC - Slicing IoT, Network functions, and Clouds - as an approach for provisioning resource slices of end-to-end IoT, network functions, and cloud capabilities for novel requirements from a wide range of IoT/CPS applications. We will present several works on service engineering analytics for SINC, including harmonizing IoT, network functions, and cloud resources, supporting end-to-end monitoring and analytics, and testing uncertainties.

    Some links to related tools:
    http://rdsea.github.io/
    http://sincconcept.github.io/
    http://sincconcept.github.io/HINC/
    https://github.com/tuwiendsg/COMOT4U/
    http://tuwiendsg.github.io/iCOMOT/


    Biography: Hong-Linh Truong is currently a Priv.Doz and an assistant professor for Service Engineering Analytics at TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), Austria. He received an engineer degree from the Bach Khoa University (HoChiMinh City University of Technology), Vietnam, in 1998, a PhD degree, in 2005, and a Habilitation, in 2013, both from TU Wien, Austria; all in computer science and engineering. His main research interest focuses Systems, Software, Data and Service Engineering Analytics by developing novel techniques and tools for monitoring, analyzing, and optimizing functions, performance, data quality, elasticity, and uncertainties associated with systems, software, data and services. His research has been applied to: Monitoring, Analysis and Optimization Techniques for Programs, Data and Systems; Parallel, Grid and Cloud Computing, and IoT; Data Service Models and Analytics; Socio-technical Services Engineering; and Elastic Computing. Furthermore, he is interested in (free) ICT solutions for (under) developing countries. He had delivered several invited talks and he published more than 180 refereed papers in books, conferences/workshops and journals. He (co)receives an outstanding paper award, seven best paper awards, one best paper run-up award, and one best poster award. Contact him at truong@dsg.tuwien.ac.at http://dsg.tuwien.ac.at/staff/truong .

    Host: Bhaskar Krishnamachari and Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Estela Lopez

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  • CS Colloquium: Dr. Kris Zacny (Honeybee Robotics) - Honeybee Robotics

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Kris Zacny, PhD, Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corporation

    Talk Title: Honeybee Robotics

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Honeybee Robotics, based in Pasadena, develops cutting edge robotic systems for solar system destinations such as the Moon, Mars, Venus, and comets. We are currently operating our hardware on the surface of Mars. Our technologies are also used for Oil & Gas, mining, and U.S. Special Forces.

    The presentation will initially provide some background to space exploration and then introduce several exciting missions in the works. These include Lunar Resource Prospector with a goal of identifying volatiles at the lunar South Pole, Mars2020 mission with a goal of returning samples from Mars, Europa deep drill mission with a purpose of penetrating through >10 km thick ice crust and reaching subglacial ice, as well as Planetary Volatiles Extractor with a goal of mining the Moon and Mars.

    We will also discuss various ways USC faculty and students could collaborate with Honeybee Robotics. Our company currently employs several USC alumni as well as interns, and works with USC professors on space technologies.


    Biography: Dr. Kris Zacny is Vice President and Director of Exploration Technology Group at Honeybee Robotics in Pasadena. His expertise includes terrestrial and extraterrestrial robotic drilling, excavation, sample handling and processing, geotechnical systems, and sensors.

    In his previous capacity as an engineer in the South African mining industry, Dr. Zacny managed numerous underground mining projects. Dr. Zacny received his PhD at UC Berkeley in Geotechnical Engineering with an emphasis on Mars drilling, and his ME at UC Berkeley in Petroleum Engineering with emphasis on Drilling and Materials Science. He received his BSc cum laude in Mechanical Engineering at U. Cape Town.

    He has participated in several Arctic, Antarctic, Atacama, and Greenland expeditions. Dr. Zacny has over 200 publications related to extreme drilling and excavation and has managed over 100 technology projects. He has over 40 NASA New Technology Records and four NASA Group Achievement Awards.


    Host: Computer Science Department

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • CAIS Seminar: Dr. Ece Kamar (Microsoft Research) - Directions in Hybrid Intelligence: Discovering Blind Spots of AI

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Ece Kamar, Microsoft Research

    Talk Title: Directions in Hybrid Intelligence: Discovering Blind Spots of AI

    Series: Center for AI in Society (CAIS) Seminar Series

    Abstract: Despite advances in AI, machines still have limitations in accomplishing tasks that come naturally to humans. When AI systems are fielded in the open world, these limitations cause concerns around reliability, biases and trust. In this talk, Dr. Kamar will argue that hybrid systems that combine the strengths of machine and human intelligence is key to overcoming the limitations of AI algorithms and developing reliable systems. She will provide an overview of multiple projects, which investigate how to integrate human intelligence into the training, execution and troubleshooting of AI systems.

    Biography: Dr. Ece Kamar is a Senior Researcher in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group at Microsoft Research. She received her Ph.D. in computer science from Harvard University. Her work spans several subfields of AI, including planning, machine learning, multi-agent systems and human-computer teamwork and is inspired by real-world applications.

    Host: Milind Tambe

    Location: Seeley Wintersmith Mudd Memorial Hall (of Philosophy) (MHP) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Navigating the Internship & Job Search- Presented by ITP Faculty Larry Jordan

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Virtually everything you think you know about getting a job/internship is wrong -- especially in the real-world after graduation. Join Larry Jordan for this one-hour session on what you NEED to know to find the job/internship of your dreams.

    Discover how to cope with competition and avoid pitfalls in your job hunt, learn what employers are actually looking for during an interview and get tips on how to negotiate your salary.

    Larry Jordan has hired teams in media and high-tech for more than 40 years. He's part of the ITP Part-Time Faculty Job Search committee and has run his own business for more than 20 years. He also teaches ITP-211 and ITP-411. This is his favorite lecture from his award-winning course.

    This will be one of the most valuable hours you spend this entire year.

    Pizza will be provided!

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Raytheon Information Session

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 07:15 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Raytheon is a global technology leader that provides innovative solutions to customers in 80 nations with the most advanced technology in the world and in the strategic business areas of Homeland Security, Missile Defense, Precision Engagement and Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance. With opportunities available in all engineering fields, including software, electronics design and manufacturing, mechanical engineering, and aerospace, use this event to network and explore career opportunities with Raytheon.

    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • DEN@Viterbi Information Session

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Distance Education Network

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Webinars are held ONLINE throughout the year using WebEx technology. All that is needed to participate is a computer with internet access. These 1-hour information sessions are designed to introduce the Viterbi School of Engineering, online graduate engineering programs, application requirements and procedures. USC representatives will be on-hand to answer questions. More information.

    WebCast Link: https://gapp.webex.com/mw3200/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=gapp&service=6&rnd=0.05779103162439525&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgapp.webex.com%2Fec3200%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b000000044e3c2efe96

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

    Posted By: Viterbi Graduate and Professional Programs

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  • Transfer Day

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    TRANSFER DAY FEATURES: A presentation from Viterbi Admission, Campus Tours, Academic Department Visits, and more!

    If you have questions about engineering and the transfer process then Transfer Day is for you. Transfer Day is a half-day comprehensive program designed to give you the most in-depth look at the transfer process and academic life at USC. Specifically, the program includes presentations on the admission process, transfer credit policy, academics, financial aid. You will also have the opportunity to visit an academic department or take a campus tour. Reservations are required.

    RSVP

    Location: USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • VIRTUAL Workshop: Navigating the Internship & Job Search

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Discover tips to help you find an engineering internship/co-op opportunity or full-time employment.

    Location: ONLINE

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • A Model-Based Iterative Reconstruction Approach to Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Tomograph

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Zeeshan Nadir, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

    Talk Title: A Model-Based Iterative Reconstruction Approach to Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Tomography

    Abstract: Many imaging and sensing problems in the fields of medical imaging, computer vision, machine learning, communications and signal processing etc. can be posed as inverse problems. Broadly, an inverse problem consists of recovering some underlying signal of interest that leads to a directly observable measurement dataset where the measurement dataset may be corrupted by noise. In the presence of sufficient quantity of good quality measurement dataset, the inversion problem can often be solved by direct methods often involving closed form inverse formulas like filtered back projection. However, when the measurement data contains noise or is extremely sparse, then such conventional techniques do not work. Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Tomography (TDLAT) is such an ill-posed nonlinear inverse problem where 2D concentration and temperature images are required to be reconstructed from a handful of projection measurements.

    Bayesian methods are a probabilistic approach to reconstruct signals by incorporating prior information about the signals in the form of a prior probability distribution. Typical 2D prior models like Markov Random Field enforce local smoothness on the images by penalizing differences between neighboring pixels. However, the major limitation of such prior models is that they cannot express non-homogeneous and non-Gaussian characteristics of the images and therefore cannot model the long-range correlations between image pixels. In this presentation, I shall present a Gaussian Mixture Model as a prior distribution which can be trained with a few training examples. In order to show the utility of this approach, I shall apply it to Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Tomography problem. I shall formulate the reconstruction problem as a Maximum-aposteriori estimation problem. I shall present an efficient multigrid algorithm to perform the resulting optimization. The results using simulated datasets show that the proposed approach can reduce reconstruction error while also resulting in a computationally efficient algorithm.

    Biography: Zeeshan Nadir is a Ph.D. candidate in the school of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. In Summer 2016, he was an intern at MathWorks, Inc., Natick, MA, where he worked on MATLAB coder package. He developed a new functionality in MATLAB Coder which has been incorporated in MATLAB R2017a release. His research interests include statistical signal processing, inverse problems, computational imaging, machine learning and computer vision.



    Host: Hosted by Prof. Richard Leahy

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • Department of Biomedical Engineering Systems Cellular-Molecular Bioengineering Distinguished Speaker Series

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ravi Iyengar, Professor, Pharmacological Sciences Director, Institute for Systems Biomedicine Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    Talk Title: Information from cell shape controls cellular responses

    Series: Department of Biomedical Engineering Systems Cellular-Molecular Bioengineering Distinguished Speaker Series

    Biography: Dr. Iyengar is a Dorothy H. and Lewis Rosenstiel Professor in the Department of Pharmacologyand Systems Therapeutics. He is the Director and Principal Investigator of the NIGMS funded SystemsBiology Center New York. Dr. Iyengar completed his undergraduate and masters degrees at Bombay University in India. He then moved to the University of Houston and completed his Ph.D. training in Biophysical Sciences. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Baylor College of Medicine before starting an academic career at Mt. Sinai in 1980.
    The Iyengar lab is interested in understanding cellular regulatory networks at a systems level and in using this understanding to develop therapeutic strategies and phenotypic signatures for complex diseases. Dr. Iyengar is especially interested in the role of cell shape and its relationship to extracellular spaces within tissue in information processing, and he uses a combination of experimental, theoretical and computational approaches to study these questions. Dr. Iyengar has authored more than 120 research papers, written 112 invited review articles, and edited six books. He received the NIH New Investigator Award in 1980, received the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


    Host: Stacey Finley, PhD

    More Information: Iyengar Ravi_flyer_September 22.pdf

    Location: Corwin D. Denney Research Center (DRB) - 145

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • AI Seminar

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Erick Moen, USC

    Talk Title: ADVANCED METHODOLOGIES FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF TRANSIENT MEMBRANE BEHAVIOR

    Abstract: Understanding how biology responds to stimuli is one of the most challenging, yet fundamental, questions in biophysics. An in depth analysis of this relationship would allow for the development of more powerful biomedical tools and could provide a roadmap for more intelligent artificial systems. To conduct this type of research, though, we need tools to ask increasingly incisive questions of the cell membrane, the epicenter of cell function. In light of these needs, this talk will describe a nonlinear optical measurement technique developed to rapidly detect subtle changes in cell membrane structure. The method is tested in multiple cell lines and the in vitro results are validated against a complementary model of the cell membrane. The measurement technique is then used to explore transmembrane potential and investigate the mechanisms underlying neuronal stimulation and inhibition. The talk will conclude with an overview of concurrent efforts to develop a multi-faceted virtual reality VR suite for immersive scientific computing and data visualization. While this work is broadly applicable to a number of fields, the approach is used here to help better understand results from in silico studies of dynamic membrane behavior. As time allows, I will discuss how specific aspects of this research could be improved by machine learning approaches and how the projects can be extended from the single cell level to networked systems.



    Biography: Personal Bio:

    Erick Moen is a Research Associate with the Center for Cyber Physical Systems and the Internet of Things at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. He is multidisciplinary scientist who develops new ways to measure and understand biology through nonlinear optics, high performance computing, and virtual reality. In addition to his primary lines of research, his interests extend to resonator physics, sensor technology, and artificial intelligence.

    Dr. Moen received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from USC. He also holds M.S. degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Last year, he was named a Ming Hsieh Institute Scholar awarded to the top students in the department. Dr. Moen also serves as a consultant for the Entertainment Technology Center at USC holding the mirror for an organization helping Hollywood see around corners. Prior to entering graduate school, he converted a Porsche 914 into a rolling testbed for electric vehicle research and spent time in industry as a principal of a building design and engineering firm.

    Host: Kristina Lerman

    Webcast: http://webcastermshd.isi.edu/Mediasite/Play/bb07f909a5de42d2bdb831b5fd708d611

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th floor large conference room

    WebCast Link: http://webcastermshd.isi.edu/Mediasite/Play/bb07f909a5de42d2bdb831b5fd708d611d

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Kary LAU

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  • W.V.T. RUSCH ENGINEERING HONORS COLLOQUIUM

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Doug Heckmann, Investment Manager at LH Ventures

    Talk Title: Entrepreneurial Ventures

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Su Stevens

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. Seminar

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ali Kazemian and Mohammad Motie Share , Astani CEE Graduate Students

    Talk Title: TBA

    Location: Waite Phillips Hall Of Education (WPH) - B27

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Probability and Statistics Seminar: Ilya Mironov (Google Brain) - Differential Privacy: From Principled Foundations to Your Browser

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 03:20 PM - 04:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ilya Mironov, Google Brain

    Talk Title: Differential Privacy: From Principled Foundations to Your Browser

    Series: Probability and Statistics Seminar

    Abstract: We survey progress in understanding of privacy in statistical databases over the last 10+ years, starting with early negative results followed by emergence of the notion of differential privacy and its variants. In the second half of the talk we cover uses of differential privacy in the Chrome browser, and its recent applications in machine learning tasks such as text and image recognition.

    Biography: Ilya Mironov is a Staff Research Scientist in Google Brain. After completing his PhD at Stanford in 2003, he joined Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, where he worked on cryptography, cryptanalysis, and privacy until 2014.

    Host: Stanislav Minsker

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 414

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Discover USC: Bay Area - San Francisco

    Sat, Sep 23, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

    Discover USC, a program for high school seniors, is a 2-hour info session that will cover: the USC Application Process, Financial Aid, Life on Campus, Plus, an Engineering Session led by Paul Ledesma, Director of Admission, USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC: Atlanta

    Sat, Sep 23, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


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

    Discover USC, a program for high school seniors, is a 2-hour info session that will cover: the USC Application Process, Financial Aid, Life on Campus, Plus, an Engineering Session led by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Grand Hyatt Buckhead

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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