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  • Center for Knowledge-Driven Interdisciplinary Data Science (CKIDS)

    Mon, Sep 23, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science, Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Odd Erik Gundersen, Adjunct Associate Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

    Talk Title: Reproducibility in AI: Standing on the Feet of Giants

    Series: Invited Lecture Series

    Abstract: First, we need a common understanding of what reproducibility is. Then, I will talk about some of the challenges we face related to reproducing empirical AI research and give some examples of studies that have tried to reproduce results from AI and machine learning. Having this understanding we can identify what we need to do to improve the reproducibility of our own experiments.


    Biography: Odd Erik Gundersen is an adjunct associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway, where he teaches courses and supervises master students in AI. He received his PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Gundersen has applied AI in the industry, mostly for startups, since 2006. He has conducted several analysis of reproducibility in the artificial intelligence and machine learning literature, and has developed guidelines for reproducibility in data science. Currently, he investigates how AI can be applied in the renewable energy sector and for driver training.


    For more information and future speakers, please visit:

    https://sites.usc.edu/ckids/events/invited-lecture-series/

    Host: Yolanda Gil, Director of Center for Knowledge-Driven Interdisciplinary Data Science (CKIDS)

    More Info: https://sites.usc.edu/ckids/events/invited-lecture-series/

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 115

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Alma Nava / Information Sciences Institute

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  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Seminar - Distinguished Lecture Series

    Tue, Sep 24, 2019 @ 04:00 AM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Joachim Moortgat, The Ohio State University

    Talk Title: Numerical Modeling of Complex Transport Processes in CO2-EOR and Carbon Sequestration

    Abstract: Carbon dioxide (CO2) injection into geological formations is used both as a means of mitigating global warming by storing anthropogenic CO2 in saline aquifers, and for purely economic reasons in enhanced oil recovery (EOR). CO2 is a peculiar fluid: At typical reservoir conditions, it often behaves as a supercritical liquid and can be denser that the oil-in-place. And, unlike other gasses, when CO2 dissolves in brine and many types of oil, it increases the local density, which can lead to gravitational instabilities. In this lecture, I will discuss these, and other interesting physical processes related to CO2 injection, as well as the computational challenges in modeling flow and transport in heterogeneous and fractured reservoirs.

    Biography: Joachim Moortgat is an Associate Professor in the School of Earth Sciences, Ohio State University. His research interests lie in the theory and advanced numerical modeling of compositional multiphase flow in subsurface fractured porous media, with a focus on problems that exhibit complex phase behavior (such as asphaltene precipitation, near-critical gas-oil mixtures, gas condensates, etc.). Moortgat holds MS degrees in theoretical physics and astrophysics, both from Utrecht University, and a PhD in astrophysics from the Radboud University, The Netherlands. Moortgat was the recipient of the 2014 SPE Cedric K. Ferguson Meal awarded by the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

    Host: Dr. Jha

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Karen Woo/Mork Family

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  • Preparing for the Engineering Career Fair Open Forum

    Tue, Sep 24, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your preparedness for the Engineering Career Fair 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: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Celebrating Mahta Moghaddam and Behrokh Khoshnevis, elected to the National Academy of Engineers

    Tue, Sep 24, 2019 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs

    Receptions & Special Events


    PACSA invites the Viterbi Community to celebrate the election of Professors Mahta Moghaddam and Behrokh Khoshnevis to the National Academy of Engineers (NAE).

    More Information: PACSA-NAE-0924.pdf

    Location: Ground Zero Cafe

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Juli Legat

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  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Sep 24, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:15 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. David (Xianfeng) Gu, Associate Professor, Stony Brook University

    Talk Title: Geometric View of Optimal Transportation and Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs)

    Host: Dr. Qiang Huang

    More Information: September 24, 2019_1 (AI).pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Epstein Department Seminar

    Tue, Sep 24, 2019 @ 04:20 PM - 05:00 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. David (Xianfeng) Gu , Associate Professor, Stony Brook University

    Talk Title: Computational Conformal Geometry, Theory, Algorithms and Applications

    Host: Dr. Qiang Huang

    More Information: September 24, 2019_2 (Conf. Geometry).pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Sep 25, 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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  • Preparing for the Engineering Career Fair Open Forum

    Wed, Sep 25, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your preparedness for the Engineering Career Fair 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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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Sep 25, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dana Dabiri, University of Washington

    Talk Title: Design & Implementation of a 3D-PTV System

    Abstract: The dream of experimental fluid dynamicists is to be able to measure complex, three-dimensional turbulent flow fields globally with very high spatial and temporal resolution. While we are still far from fully realizing this dream, significant progress has been made towards this goal during the last three decades. Early quantitative measurement methods using Pitot tubes, Venturi tubes and later measurement methods, such as Hot Wire Anemometry (HWA) and Laser-Doppler Anemometry (LDA), by their nature, were measurement methods that provided instantaneous velocity signals at single-points through time. Early emphasis in turbulence research and its theoretical advancement therefore necessitated a statistical description of turbulent flow fields, which relied heavily upon measurements provided by these single-point measurement techniques. Since the early seventies, the discovery of the existence of three-dimensional coherent structures within turbulent flows using qualitative flow visualization methods (i.e. shadowgraphs, Schlieren systems, dye injection, etc.) has been of significant interest for turbulence researchers. While flow visualization techniques have been around since the days of Prandtl, it is only due to the advent of modern imaging, laser, and data acquisition technology has allowed for qualitative flow visualization to become quantitative. These advents have allowed for the development and advancement of are relatively new measurement technique, Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and Particle Tracking Velocimetry (PTV) in two dimensions, and more recently in 3 dimensions. Because of its ability to provide global two/three-dimensional kinematic information as well as its ability to map the evolution of coherent structures through time, PIV/PTV has become a powerful tool in studying, understanding, and modeling fluid flow behavior. In this talk, I will describe the particulars of the 3D Particle Tracking Velocimetry method we have developed and touch on some applications in microflows and LES studies.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tessa Yao

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  • Medical Imaging Seminar

    Thu, Sep 26, 2019 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ye Tian, University of Utah

    Talk Title: Radial Simultaneous Multi-slice MRI for Cardiac Perfusion Assessment

    Series: Medical Imaging Seminar Series

    Abstract: First-pass myocardial perfusion MRI is a powerful tool to detect and evaluate coronary artery disease. In this work, we use undersampled radial simultaneous multi-slice (SMS) acquisitions to achieve greater slice coverage and reduced sensitivity to motion, compared to current standard techniques. I will present two acquisition frameworks for myocardial perfusion. One that uses radial SMS and a pixel-tracking method to produce multi-view perfusion images. The other framework uses continuous acquisition without gating or magnetization preparation. This work employed patch-based locally low-rank constraints and temporal total variation constraints.

    Biography: Ye Tian recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Utah (2014 -“ 2019). He has been working in the cardiovascular MRI group of Utah Center of Advanced Imaging Researches (UCAIR) since May 2016 under the guidance of Edward DiBella and Ganesh Adluru. His interests include myocardial perfusion DCE-MRI, radial SMS, image reconstruction, fast imaging, and myocardial T1 mapping.

    Host: Professor Krishna Nayak

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • NL Seminar Question Answering by Reasoning Across Documents with Graph Convolutional Networks

    Thu, Sep 26, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Nicola De Cao, University of Amsterdam

    Talk Title: Question Answering by Reasoning Across Documents with Graph Convolutional Networks

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Most research in reading comprehension has focused on answering questions based on individual documents or even single paragraphs. We introduce a neural model which integrates and reasons relying on information spread within documents and across multiple documents. We frame it as an inference problem on a graph. Mentions of entities are nodes of this graph while edges encode relations between different mentions e.g. within and cross document co reference. Graph convolutional networks GCNs are applied to these graphs and trained to perform multi-step reasoning. Our Entity GCN method is scalable and compact, and it achieves state of the art results on a multi-document question answering dataset, WikiHo.

    Biography: Nicola is a first year Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation ILLC at the University of Amsterdam.

    He is appointed at the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh supervised by Prof Ivan Titov, and he is part of the Edinburgh NLP group. His work focuses on unstructured Machine Reading Comprehension also know as Question Answering.

    Host: Emily Sheng

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

    Webcast: https://bluejeans.com/s/sgwNF/

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

    WebCast Link: https://bluejeans.com/s/sgwNF/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Thu, Sep 26, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. William Arnold, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

    Talk Title: Stuck in the muck: Historical insights into emerging contaminants from sediment cores

    Abstract: While many studies on the presence and fate of emerging contaminants have been performed over the past 15+ years, these compounds have been in use for decades. Information about past use provides insight into long term impacts on aquatic systems. Sediment cores provide information about historical use and processing of emerging contaminants. Using cores collected from a lakes with varying degrees of wastewater impact, the records of various antibacterial and antibiotic compounds are analyzed. For triclosan, the levels observed in sediments track with increasing use in a variety of consumer products. The reaction products formed from the chlorination of wastewater and photolysis are also captured in the cores. For antibiotic/antibacterial chemicals used in human and veterinary medicine, sediments also capture the dates of introduction and usage patterns of the chemicals. Quaternary ammonium compounds, used in many consumer products, are also captured in sediment cores. The results provide insight into where efforts should be focused to minimize the introduction of antibiotic/antibacterial chemicals into the environmental.

    Biography: William Arnold is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and the Joseph T. and Rose S. Ling Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the fate of organic chemicals in natural and engineered aquatic systems. He received his S.B. in Chemical Engineering from MIT (1994), M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale (1995), and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University (1999). He then joined the U of MN faculty. He has won both the AEESP Frontiers in Research Award and Outstanding Publication Award.

    Host: Dr. Daniel McCurry

    More Information: Arnold abstract and bio USC.pdf

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) - 102

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Careers in Data Infosession

    Thu, Sep 26, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Sriram, a USC Alum, Program Director, Data Engineer, currently working at Insight Data Science, will discuss the growing demand for Data Scientists and Data Engineers at companies across the US, and some tips and strategies for how to make the transition into industry. All backgrounds welcome!

    Insight is a tuition-free, 7-week fellowship for high-achieving scientists and engineers looking to transition to thriving careers in data. Insight is committed to increasing diversity in the tech industry. We support fellows from underrepresented communities with mentoring, need-based scholarships, and inclusive practices.

    RSVP Here: USC Infosession on Careers in Data


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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ryan Rozan

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  • Repeating EventGrammar Tutoring

    Fri, Sep 27, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Need help refining your grammar for academic or professional writing? The Engineering Writing Program is providing free individual grammar help to all Viterbi graduate and undergraduate students! Bring your writing and sign up for help from a Writing Professor here: bit.ly/grammaratUSC!

    Questions? Email Prof. Choi at helenhch@usc.edu.

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 106

    Audiences: Graduate and Undergraduate Students

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    Posted By: Helen Choi

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