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  • Repeating EventCommunications Hub: Writing and Speaking for PhD Students - Drop In Hours

    Mon, Sep 25, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Viterbi Ph.D. Students!
    Need help with academic and professional writing and speaking tasks? Viterbi faculty at the Hub provide one-on-one help with journal and conference articles, dissertations, fellowship applications, and career communications!
    Drop by RTH 222A on MWF 10am-1pm or make an online appointment via email at eishub@usc.edu.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222A

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

    Event Link: https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home

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  • Viterbi Career & Internship Expo

    Mon, Sep 25, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Receptions & Special Events


    Viterbi Career Connections is excited to announce the Fall 2023 Career & Internship Expo will be hosted September 25th-28th, 2023.
    70% of employers recruit in the fall semester for their summer roles. Meet recruiters actively looking for full-time roles, internships, and co-ops.

    Join additional activities such as Employer Info Sessions and Company Demos to learn more about an organization and have your questions answered. You can share your resume at any Expo activity.
    The Viterbi Career & Internship Expo is free and open to all students in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

    For more information and to register visit: https://viterbicareers.usc.edu/careerexpo/

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) -

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

    Event Link: https://viterbicareers.usc.edu/careerexpo/

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  • Fall Midterm Study Session

    Mon, Sep 25, 2023 @ 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Student Activity


    Fall into Midterm Season with seasonal snacks, studying, and positive vibes at the Viterbi Learning Program! Visit RTH 222 for a productive and festive study session. Let the VLP team help you harvest some great midterm grades.

    Open to all Viterbi Graduate and Undergraduate students.

    RSVP on EngageSC Here: https://cglink.me/2nB/r391328

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Alex Bronz

    Event Link: https://cglink.me/2nB/r391328

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  • Viterbi Career & Internship Expo

    Tue, Sep 26, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Receptions & Special Events


    Viterbi Career Connections is excited to announce the Fall 2023 Career & Internship Expo will be hosted September 25th-28th, 2023.
    70% of employers recruit in the fall semester for their summer roles. Meet recruiters actively looking for full-time roles, internships, and co-ops.

    Join additional activities such as Employer Info Sessions and Company Demos to learn more about an organization and have your questions answered. You can share your resume at any Expo activity.
    The Viterbi Career & Internship Expo is free and open to all students in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

    For more information and to register visit: https://viterbicareers.usc.edu/careerexpo/

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) -

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

    Event Link: https://viterbicareers.usc.edu/careerexpo/

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  • ECE Seminar: Verifiable Control of Learning-Enabled Autonomous Systems

    Tue, Sep 26, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Lars Lindemann, Assistant Professor, USC Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Talk Title: Verifiable Control of Learning-Enabled Autonomous Systems

    Abstract: Autonomous systems research shows great promise to enable many future technologies such as autonomous driving, intelligent transportation, and robotics. Accelerated by the computational advances in machine learning and AI, there has been tremendous success in the development of learning-enabled autonomous systems over the past years. At the same time, however, new fundamental questions arise regarding the safety and reliability of these increasingly complex systems that operate in dynamic and unknown environments. In this talk, I will provide new insights and discuss exciting opportunities to address these challenges.

    In the first part of the talk, we focus on reasoning about uncertainty of learning-enabled components in an autonomy stack. Existing model-based techniques are usually too conservative or do not scale. I will instead advocate for conformal prediction as an accurate and computationally lightweight alternative. We will first use conformal prediction to design predictive runtime verification algorithms that quantify uncertainty of learning-enabled systems. These algorithms can effectively compute the probability of a task violation during the execution of the system. I will then show how to design probabilistically safe motion planning algorithms in dynamic environments using such uncertainty quantification. While existing data-driven approaches quantify uncertainty heuristically, we quantify uncertainty in a distribution-free manner. Using ideas from adaptive conformal prediction, we can even deal with distribution shifts, i.e., when test and training distributions are different. We illustrate the method on a self-driving car and a drone that avoids a flying frisbee. In the second part of the talk, I present an optimization framework to learn safe control laws from expert demonstrations. In most safety-critical systems, expert demonstrations in the form of system trajectories that showcase safe system behavior are readily available or can easily be collected. I will propose a constrained optimization problem with constraints on the expert demonstrations and the system model to learn control barrier functions for safe control. Formal guarantees are provided in terms of the density of the data and the smoothness of the system model. We then discuss how we can account for model uncertainty and hybrid system models, and how we can learn safe control laws from high-dimensional sensor data. Two case studies on a self-driving car and a bipedal robot illustrate the method.

    Biography: Lars Lindemann is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Southern California where he leads the Safe Autonomy and Intelligent Distributed Systems (SAIDS) lab. Prior to joining USC, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania from 2020 and 2022. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 2020. Prior to that, he received the M.Sc. degree in Systems, Control and Robotics from KTH in 2016 and two B.Sc. degrees in Electrical and Information Engineering and in Engineering Management from the Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel in 2014. His current research interests include systems and control theory, formal methods, and autonomous systems. Lars received the Outstanding Student Paper Award at the 58th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and the Student Best Paper Award (as a co-author) at the 60th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. He was a finalist for the Best Paper Award at the 2022 Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control and for the Best Student Paper Award at the 2018 American Control Conference.

    Host: Dr. Rahul Jain, rahul.jain@usc.edu

    Webcast: Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99747592573?pwd=YmNGYkJCK1V5SEQwcU1jVllwQVFwZz09

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

    WebCast Link: Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99747592573?pwd=YmNGYkJCK1V5SEQwcU1jVllwQVFwZz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • PhD Dissertation Defense - Setareh Nasihati Gilani

    Tue, Sep 26, 2023 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    University Calendar


    PhD Dissertation Defense - Setareh Nasihati Gilani

    Committee Members: David Traum (Chair), Maja Mataric, Peter Kim, Kallirroi Georgila, Mohammad Soleymani

    Title: Understanding and Generating Multimodal Feedback in Human Machine Story Telling

    Abstract: People use feedback, verbal or nonverbal, from their interlocutors to guide their own behavior and alter the flow of conversation. In this thesis, we focus on human machine interactions that involve storytelling and investigate the role of understanding and providing feedback from the machines perspective. We explored the characteristics of stories that machines should use to increase rapport. We developed machine storytellers and listeners that can provide feedback and adapt their stories based on perceived multimodal feedback from their users. Finally, we investigated how machines can use real time predictions based on user feedback to further adapt the dialogue management policies of the system for better overall performance.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93206733633

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  • Epstein Institute, ISE 651 Seminar Class

    Tue, Sep 26, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Robert Schuler, Senior Computer Scientist, Research Lead, USC Viterbi Information Sciences Institute (ISI)

    Talk Title: Schema Evolution for Scientific Asset Management

    Host: Prof. Carl Kesselman

    More Information: September 26, 2023.pdf

    Location: Social Sciences Building (SOS) - SOS Building, B2

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Taoan Huang

    Tue, Sep 26, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    University Calendar


    PhD Thesis Proposal - Taoan Huang

    Committee Members: Sven Koenig (co chair), Bistra Dilkina (co chair), Jyotirmoy Deshmukh, Stefanos Nikolaidis, John Carlsson, Peter Stuckey from Monash University

    Title: Improving Decision Makings in Search Algorithms with Machine Learning for Combinatorial Optimizations

    Abstract: Designing algorithms for combinatorial optimization problems (COP) are important and challenging tasks since it concerns a wide range of real world problems, such as vehicle routing, path planning and resource allocation problems. Most COPs are NP hard to solve and many research algorithms have been developed for them in the past few decades. Decision makings such as partitioning or pruning the search space and prioritizing exploration in the search space, are crucial to the efficiency and effectiveness of the search algorithms. Many of those heavily rely on domain expertise and human designed strategies.

    In this thesis, we hypothesize that one can leverage machine learning to improve human designed decision making strategies in different categories of search algorithms for combinatorial optimization problems. We validate the hypothesis on the problems of multiagent path finding and solving mixed integer linear programs, introducing different machine learning techniques to advance a few state of the art optimal and heuristic search algorithms for the two problems.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92825821724?pwd=a2RFY0x0QzV0S3hqYmkxakJvQUpYZz09

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Tue, Sep 26, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    DEN@Viterbi, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi School of Engineering for a virtual information session via WebEx, providing an introduction to DEN@Viterbi, our top-ranked online delivery system. Discover the 40+ graduate engineering and computer science programs available entirely online.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives during the session to discuss the admission process, program details, and the benefits of online delivery.

    Register Today!


    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/weblink/register/red26cec1e1940dd049913913b038e92e

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

    Event Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/weblink/register/red26cec1e1940dd049913913b038e92e

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  • Repeating EventCommunications Hub: Writing and Speaking for PhD Students - Drop In Hours

    Wed, Sep 27, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Viterbi Ph.D. Students!
    Need help with academic and professional writing and speaking tasks? Viterbi faculty at the Hub provide one-on-one help with journal and conference articles, dissertations, fellowship applications, and career communications!
    Drop by RTH 222A on MWF 10am-1pm or make an online appointment via email at eishub@usc.edu.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222A

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

    Event Link: https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home

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  • Viterbi Career & Internship Expo

    Wed, Sep 27, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Receptions & Special Events


    Viterbi Career Connections is excited to announce the Fall 2023 Career & Internship Expo will be hosted September 25th-28th, 2023.
    70% of employers recruit in the fall semester for their summer roles. Meet recruiters actively looking for full-time roles, internships, and co-ops.

    Join additional activities such as Employer Info Sessions and Company Demos to learn more about an organization and have your questions answered. You can share your resume at any Expo activity.
    The Viterbi Career & Internship Expo is free and open to all students in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

    For more information and to register visit: https://viterbicareers.usc.edu/careerexpo/

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) -

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

    Event Link: https://viterbicareers.usc.edu/careerexpo/

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Sep 27, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Sam Tawfick, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    Talk Title: Nonlinear Mechanics and Robotic Mechanisms using Coiled Muscles and Snapping Beams

    Abstract: My group is developing a roadmap for elastic actuating materials to replace bulky electric motors in miniature robots requiring large mechanical work output.

    First, I will describe the mechanics of coiled muscles made by twisting nylon fishing lines, and how these actuators use internal strain energy to achieve a record breaking performance. Then I will describe intriguing hierarchical super, and hyper coiled artificial muscles which exploit the interplay between nonlinear mechanics and material microstructure. Next, I will describe their use to actuate the dynamic snapping of insect-scale jumping robots. The combination of strong but slow muscles with a fast-snapping beam gives rise to dynamic buckling cascade phenomena leading to effective robotic jumping mechanisms.

    These examples shed light on the future of automation propelled by new bioinspired materials, nonlinear mechanics, and unusual manufacturing processes.

    Biography: Sameh Tawfick is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois. He studies advanced materials, nonlinear mechanics, and manufacturing processes. Sam obtained his PhD from the University of Michigan, was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Beaufort Visiting Fellow in St. Johns College at the University of Cambridge in 2023 He is the recipient of young investigator awards from the US Air Force, ASME, SME, and Deans Award for Excellence in Research at Illinois. His teaching awards at the University of Illinois include The Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence, The Two-year Alumni Teaching Award, and The Engineering Council Stanley H. Pierce Award for Empathetic Student-faculty Cooperation.

    Host: AME Department

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

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98121141178?pwd=VGEyaXVWYnRaazFYWUVhbVAycGVWQT09 Meeting ID: 981 2114 1178 Passcode: NhXrDOqQU8

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 202

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98121141178?pwd=VGEyaXVWYnRaazFYWUVhbVAycGVWQT09 Meeting ID: 981 2114 1178 Passcode: NhXrDOqQU8

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

    Event Link: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

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  • Infineon Technologies Trojan Talk

    Wed, Sep 27, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Infineon Technologies is a top global provider of semiconductor solutions. Our focus is on boosting technology and providing energy efficiency, eco-friendly mobility and security solutions.

    Join us for an information session on September 26 at 3:00pm, where we will showcase our cutting-edge semiconductor technology and highlight exciting career opportunities available in our organization. Engage and network with our team and discover ways you can impact our values of creativity, integrity, collaboration, passion and drive, to create a sustainable future.

    We look forward to meeting you and taking the first step towards a successful future together!


    RSVP in connectSC events by clicking the (Attend) button

    * There is no GPA requirement to attend these events

    * Sharing your resume with the employer DOES NOT replace applying to the job postings.

    Location: Cardinal/Gold Conference Room (STU) B6

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Viterbi Career & Internship Expo

    Thu, Sep 28, 2023 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Receptions & Special Events


    Viterbi Career Connections is excited to announce the Fall 2023 Career & Internship Expo will be hosted September 25th-28th, 2023.
    70% of employers recruit in the fall semester for their summer roles. Meet recruiters actively looking for full-time roles, internships, and co-ops.

    Join additional activities such as Employer Info Sessions and Company Demos to learn more about an organization and have your questions answered. You can share your resume at any Expo activity.
    The Viterbi Career & Internship Expo is free and open to all students in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

    For more information and to register visit: https://viterbicareers.usc.edu/careerexpo/

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) -

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

    Event Link: https://viterbicareers.usc.edu/careerexpo/

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Alan Romano

    Thu, Sep 28, 2023 @ 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    University Calendar


    PhD Thesis Proposal - Alan Romano

    Committee Members: Weihang Wang (chair), William Halfond, Nenad Medvidovic, Pierluigi Nuzzo, Chao Wang

    Title: WAF: A Multi Purpose Static Program Analysis Framework for WebAssembly

    Abstract: WebAssembly is a recent standard for the web that aims to enable high performance web applications that can run at near native speeds. The standard has gained attention in both academia and industry for its ability to speed up existing user facing web applications. However, we have encountered several limitations in the static program analysis tools of the current WebAssembly ecosystem. We find that current program optimizations applied on WebAssembly modules may lead to diminished performance. We also identify a lack of tools that help developers understand WebAssembly modules through robust binary decompilation. Finally, we find a gap in the ability to analyze cross language WebAssembly applications across the two languages they are typically implemented in, i.e., WebAssembly and JavaScript.

    In this thesis, we present a novel WebAssembly Analysis Framework, or WAF. WAF is a static program analysis framework for WebAssembly modules that consists of multiple intermediate representations. Inspired by frameworks made for Java, the core of our framework lies in our three intermediate representations that each model the WebAssembly module at a different semantic level. This structure enables WAF to serve in multiple use cases, including program optimizations, binary decompilation, cross language program analysis, and malware detection. We aim to show that our framework can improve static program analysis in the areas that the WebAssembly ecosystem is lacking

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98399405992?pwd=ME1ENk9QL2V1bmdXZld2K0psV2p6Zz09

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  • Quantum Science & Technology Seminar - Alec Eickbusch, Thursday, 9/28 at 2pm in EEB 248

    Thu, Sep 28, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Alec Eickbusch, Yale University

    Talk Title: Advances in control and error correction of GKP codes in superconducting circuits

    Series: Quantum Science & Technology Seminar Series

    Abstract: The past four years have seen rapid experimental progress in realizing the quantum error correction code proposed in 2001 by Gottesman, Kitaev, and Preskill (GKP) in which logical states are encoded as oscillator grid states [1]. Recent milestones include code preparation and real-time error correction in trapped-ion motional modes and in superconducting cavities [2-6]. In this overview talk, I will review experiments from our lab at Yale that have led to these advances, focusing on the engineering of an experimental architecture for the code's realization in superconducting circuits [2]. I also will demonstrate how the same tools can be used for universal control of an oscillator with weak dispersive coupling to a qubit [5]. Finally, I will share our recent results on optimizing the error correction protocol using model-free reinforcement learning, leading to the demonstration of a fully error-corrected quantum memory with coherence beyond break even [6].

    [1] Gottesman, Kitaev, Preskill, PRA 2001; [2] Campagne-Ibarcq, Eickbusch, Touzard et al. Nature 2020 ; [3] Flühmann et al. Nature 2019 ; [4] de Neeve et al. Nature Physics 2022; [5] Eickbusch et al. Nature Physics 2022; [6] Sivak et al. Nature 2023

    Biography: Alec Eickbusch is a PhD candidate in applied physics at Yale University in the group of Michel Devoret. Alec did his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin where he earned degrees in physics and electrical engineering. At Yale, Alec's research has focused on bosonic quantum error correction in superconducting circuits and quantum control of high-quality oscillators. Alec is also a consultant for Nord Quantique, and he will join Google Quantum AI as a research scientist in Fall 2023.

    Host: Quntao Zhang, Wade Hsu, Mengjie Yu, Jonathan Habif & Eli Levenson-Falk

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92644326549

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

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92644326549

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Trojan Talk with Accenture - Tech Talk

    Thu, Sep 28, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join us to learn more about why Accenture Technology is the global leader in the most vital technologies today and how we serve clients in more than 120 countries!

    RSVP in connectSC events by clicking the (Attend) button

    * There is no GPA requirement to attend these events

    * Sharing your resume with the employer DOES NOT replace applying to the job postings.

    Location: Trojan Presentation Room (STU) B3

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Repeating EventCommunications Hub: Writing and Speaking for PhD Students - Drop In Hours

    Fri, Sep 29, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Viterbi Ph.D. Students!
    Need help with academic and professional writing and speaking tasks? Viterbi faculty at the Hub provide one-on-one help with journal and conference articles, dissertations, fellowship applications, and career communications!
    Drop by RTH 222A on MWF 10am-1pm or make an online appointment via email at eishub@usc.edu.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222A

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

    Event Link: https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home

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  • Alfred E.Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering - Seminar series

    Fri, Sep 29, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Xiling Shen, Adjunct Professor, Department of Pathology, Duke University

    Talk Title: Developing multi-modal platforms for next-generation precision medicine

    Abstract: Bodily cells undergo transformations in space and time during development, disease progression, and therapeutic treatment. A holistic approach that combines engineering tools, patient-derived models, and analytical methods is needed to map cellular reprogramming and expose new therapeutic opportunities for precision oncology. The talk will cover our effort across the entire spectrum from bench to bedside, including miniature organoid technology to guide clinical precision- and immuno-oncology, targeting epigenetic and metabolic reprogramming of cancer metastasis, algorithms to identify cancer microbiome, neuromodulation to treat cancer cachexia, and reprogramming organogenesis to create chimeric humanized models.



    Biography: Dr. Shen is currently a professor and the chief scientific officer of the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation and the founder and chief executive officer of Xilis Inc. He was formerly the Hawkins Family Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and Director of the Woo Center for Big Data and Precision Health. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Stanford University and the NSF faculty career award at Cornell University. He was the steering committee chair of the NCI Patient-Derived Model of Cancer Consortium, co-chair of the NCI Tissue Engineering Consortium, and cancer track chair of Biomedical Engineering Society 2019. His lab studies precision medicine from a systems biology perspective. Areas of interests include cancer, stem cells, the gut-brain axis, and microbiome.



    Host: Qifa Zhou

    More Info: zoom link available upon request

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 136

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Carla Stanard

    Event Link: zoom link available upon request

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  • Junior, Senior, 5th Yr+ Study & Social

    Fri, Sep 29, 2023 @ 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Student Activity


    Meet up with your fellow Upperclassmen for an afternoon of studying, snacks, and community!

    All Viterbi Undergraduate Juniors, Seniors, and 5th+ years are welcome to attend. This event is hosted by the Viterbi Learning Program.

    RSVP on EngageSC: https://cglink.me/2nB/r391330

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Juniors/Seniors/5th+ Yr Undergraduates

    Contact: Alex Bronz

    Event Link: https://cglink.me/2nB/r391330

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  • ISSS - Changzhi Li, Friday, 9/29 at 2pm in EEB 248

    Fri, Sep 29, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Changzhi Li, Texas Tech University

    Talk Title: Portable Radar Systems at the Human-Microwave Frontier: Life Activity Sensing and Human Tracking

    Series: Integrated Systems

    Abstract: By sensing various life activities with microwave signals, portable radar with state-of-the-art front-end and measurement algorithms has great potential to improve healthcare, security, and human-machine interface. This presentation will first provide an overview on the state-of-the-art smart radar sensors powered by advanced digital/RF beamforming, multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO), inverse synthetic-aperture radar (ISAR) technique, and deep learning. A few examples based on interferometry, Doppler, frequency-shift keying (FSK), and frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) modes at 5.8 GHz, 24 GHz, and 120 GHz will be discussed. In addition, the use of nonlinear technologies will be reported, with a focus on in-band third-order intermodulation measurement for enhanced target identification and parameter extraction. Case studies at this exciting human-microwave frontier will be given on physiological signal sensing, non-contact human-computer interface, driving behavior recognition, human tracking, and anomaly detection.
    As smart radar sensors enter the healthcare, automotive, and smart living sectors of daily life, measures to enhance its security against malicious attacks are of paramount importance. This part of the talk will discuss possible ways of malicious attacks to radar sensors. Then technologies that mitigate potential spoofing attacks will be unveiled to make smart radar sensors more secure and trustworthy. Finally, this talk will conclude with future industrial and academic R&D outlooks for microwave short-range life activities sensing.

    Biography: Changzhi Li received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL in 2009. He is a Professor at Texas Tech University. His research interest is microwave/millimeter-wave sensing for healthcare, security, and human-machine interface.
    Dr. Li is an MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lecturer. He was a recipient of the IEEE MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer Award, the IEEE Sensors Council Early Career Technical Achievement Award, the ASEE Frederick Emmons Terman Award, the IEEE-HKN Outstanding Young Professional Award, and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty CAREER Award. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE JOURNAL OF ELECTROMAGNETICS, RF AND MICROWAVES IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY. He is the General Co-chair of the 2023 IEEE Radio & Wireless Week (RWW). He served as the chair of the MTT-S Technical Committee "Biological Effect and Medical Applications of RF and Microwave" from 2018 to 2019, the TPC Chair of the 2022 IEEE RWW, a TPC Co-Chair of the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Biomedical Conference (IMBioC) from 2018 to 2019, and the IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference from 2012 to 2013. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

    Host: MHI - ISSS, Hashemi, Chen and Sideris

    Webcast: Zoom Meeting ID: 919 9842 7261, Passcode: 520437

    More Information: Abstract and Bio_C_Li.pdf

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

    WebCast Link: Zoom Meeting ID: 919 9842 7261, Passcode: 520437

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • PhD Dissertation Defense - David Millard

    Fri, Sep 29, 2023 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    University Calendar


    PhD Dissertation Defense - David Millard

    Committee Members: Gaurav Sukhatme (chair), Lars Lindemann, Somil Bansal

    Title: Augmented Simulation Techniques for Robotic Manipulation

    Abstract: The development and application of capable robot manipulators require advances in world modeling and simulation. This thesis provides a comprehensive overview of our work in simulation methodologies, covering diverse physical phenomena and target applications, and with augmented structures that make associated computation tractable. First, we present work in rigid body dynamics with contact, augmented for fast computation of first and second order derivatives and probability distributions, and present applications to parameter estimation and control. We then present work in soft object modeling and control, first by using differentiable solid mechanics for constrained parameter estimation and then by machine learning based predictive control. Finally, we present work on GPU accelerated parallel Discrete Element Methods DEM and their applicability to the challenges of robotic sampling and excavation. To demonstrate the translational utility of this work, we present results from several methodologies from real data or on real hardware

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97228913263?pwd=aitNWjk3VjlmcnBEcmlERURDY1kwUT09

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  • SoCal Solids Conference 2023

    Sat, Sep 30, 2023 @ 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Grace Gu, Megan Valentine, Assad Oberai, UC Berkeley, UCSB, USC

    Talk Title: SoCal Solids Conference 2023

    Abstract: The SoCal Solids Conference will be held at the University of Southern California (USC) on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM. A dinner reception will follow at The Lab Gastropub across campus (3500 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007). We encourage all students and early professionals to share research and avail networking opportunities for collaborative efforts. The conference is free! Ten (10) lightning talks are reserved for early career faculty and postdocs, four of which for non-R1 and postdoc scholars. Twenty-plus (20+) lightning talks are open to all researchers. Note: We will notify accepted abstracts by Friday, September 15th.

    Mission: The conference is aimed at facilitating the exchange of ideas, and collaboration amongst mechanics research groups throughout southern California and beyond. The day consists of three keynotes and three rounds of multiple lightning talks.

    PLENARY SPEAKERS:
    - Grace Gu, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
    - Megan Valentine, Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
    - Assad Oberai, Hughes Professor and Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California

    Organizers: Paul Plucinsky (USC), Qiming Wang (USC), Lihua Jin (UCLA), M. Khalid Jawed (UCLA), and Shengqiang Cai (UCSD)

    Cost: FREE

    Location: SGM 124 (3620 McClintock Ave, Room 124, Los Angeles, CA 90089)

    Parking: To park in the Downey Parking Structure, enter through the Watt Way Gate on Exposition Blvd. Parking rates are $20/day and collected at Pay-By-Plate (PBP) stations.

    Sponsors: This event is sponsored by NSF Award #2308624, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and the USC Viterbi Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.

    Accessibility: We encourage everyone to participate in the programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, have questions about the physical access, and/or require materials in an alternate format, please contact Victoria Sevilla (vasevill@usc.edu).

    Host: Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

    More Info: https://ame.usc.edu/socal-solids-2023/

    More Information: SoCal Solids Flyer.pdf

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 450

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Victoria Sevilla

    Event Link: https://ame.usc.edu/socal-solids-2023/

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