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  • Fall 2019 Joint CSC@USC/CommNetS-MHI Seminar Series

    Mon, Oct 07, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jin Wang, Auburn University

    Talk Title: Process Monitoring for Smart Manufacturing: Challenges and Opportunities

    Abstract: Process monitoring is an important component in the long-term reliable operation of any system or process and its importance can only become greater in the era of smart manufacturing. Currently, driving by market demand and global competition, process operations in manufacturing are being pushed closer to the process limits; at the same time, with recent advances in sensor technology (such as Internet-of-Things devices), data storage and computing power, there are more data than ever before being collected and stored. These on-going changes in manufacturing industries present a broad spectrum of challenges and opportunities to process monitoring. In this talk, we present a roadmap that summarizes the development of process monitoring over the last century, with the focus on how process monitoring has been evolving in response to various challenges presented by manufacturing industries. Specifically, we believe feature space monitoring (FSM) is emerging as the next generation process monitoring tool, and is poised to provide general solutions that could address many unsolved long-standing challenges (such as process nonlinearity) and emerging challenges (such as 4V challenges associated with IoT generated big data). Finally, we introduce Statistics Pattern Analysis (SPA) as a specific example of FSM, with several case studies (including an IoT-enabled testbed) to demonstrate its performance in addressing various challenges exhibited in smart manufacturing

    Biography: Dr. Jin Wang is Walt and Virginia Woltosz Endowed Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University. She obtained her BS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering (specialized in biochemical engineering) from Tsinghua University in 1994, and 1999 respectively. She then obtained a PhD degree (specialized in control engineering) from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. While pursuing her second PhD, she joined AMD in 2002 as a senior development engineer. In 2006, Dr. Wang joined Auburn University as B. Redd Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011, then full professor in 2016. The central theme of her research is to apply systems engineering principles and techniques to understand, predict and control complex dynamic systems, including both engineered systems and microbial organisms. Her current research interest includes genome-scale metabolic network modeling and analysis with experimental validations, and big data analytics for smart manicuring. Her research is funded by various US federal and state funding agencies including DOE, NSF, USDA, DOEd and DOT, as well as private foundations.

    Host: Joe Qin, sqin@usc.edu

    More Info: http://csc.usc.edu/seminars/2019Fall/wang.html

    More Information: 191006_Jin Wang.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Brienne Moore

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  • CILQ Faculty Seminar

    Mon, Oct 07, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Andreas Molisch, Professor/USC

    Talk Title: MM-wave propagation channels and their impact on 5G system design

    Abstract: Communication in the mm-wave band is an essential part of 5G, allowing us to reach the ambitious data rate and throughput goals of IMT-2020. In order to design systems that will work in practice, a thorough understanding of mm-wave propagation channels is required. This must be based on measurements in real-world channels. This talk provides an overview of such research. After a brief introduction of suitable channel sounders, the talk will concentrate on (i) requirements for street-by-street pathloss models, (ii) dynamics of angular statistics, (iii) outdoor-to-indoor propagation in mm-wave bands, and (iv) spatial consistency and the change of second-order channel statistics. The impact of these channel effects on system design and deployment planning will be elaborated.

    Host: CSI

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corine Wong

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  • Interviews Open Forum

    Tue, Oct 08, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your preparedness for interviews 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: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Oct 08, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Dmitrii Ostrovskii, Postdoctoral Scholar

    Talk Title: On Fast Rates In Empirical Risk Minimization Beyond Least-Squares

    Host: Dr. Meisam Razaviyayn

    More Information: October 8, 2019.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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

    Tue, Oct 08, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Yvonne Chen, University of California, Los Angeles

    Talk Title: Engineering Next-Generation T Cells for Cancer Immunotherapy

    Abstract: The adoptive transfer of T cells expressing chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) has demonstrated clinical efficacy in the treatment of advanced cancers, with anti-CD19 CAR-T cells achieving up to 90% complete remission among patients with relapsed B-cell malignancies. However, challenges such as antigen escape and immunosuppression limit the long-term efficacy of adoptive T-cell therapy. Here, I will discuss the development of next-generation T cells that can target multiple cancer antigens and resist immunosuppression, thereby increasing the robustness of therapeutic T cells against tumor defense mechanisms. Specifically, I will discuss the development of multi-input receptors and T cells that can interrogate intracellular antigens. I will also discuss the engineering of T cells that can effectively convert TGF-beta from a potent immunosuppressive cytokine into a T-cell stimulant. This presentation will highlight the potential of synthetic biology in generating novel mammalian cell systems with multifunctional outputs for therapeutic applications.

    Host: WIChE

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Karen Woo/Mork Family

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  • Interviews Open Forum

    Wed, Oct 09, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your preparedness for interviews 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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  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar

    Wed, Oct 09, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Calin Belta , Department of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University

    Talk Title: Optimization-based Formal Synthesis

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

    Abstract: In control theory, complicated dynamics such as systems of (nonlinear) differential equations are mostly controlled to achieve stability. This fundamental property is often linked with optimality, which requires minimization of a certain cost along the trajectories of a stable system. In formal synthesis, simple systems such as finite state transition graphs modeling computer programs or digital circuits are controlled from specifications such as safety, liveness, or richer requirements expressed as formulas of temporal logics. With the development and integration of cyber physical and safety critical systems, there is an increasing need for computational tools for controlling complex systems from rich, temporal logic specifications. In this talk, I will introduce some recents results on the connection between optimal control and formal synthesis. Specifically, I will focus on the following problem: given a cost and a correctness temporal logic specification for a dynamical system, generate an optimal control strategy that satisfies the specification. I will first briefly review automata-based methods, in which the dynamics of the system are mapped to a finite abstraction that is then controlled using an automaton corresponding to the specification. I will then focus on optimization-based methods, which rely on mapping the specification and the dynamics to constraints of an optimization problem. I will illustrate the usefulness of these approaches with examples from robotics and traffic control.

    Biography: Calin Belta is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University, where he holds the Tegan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship. He is the Director of the BU Robotics Lab and of the Center for Autonomous and Robotic Systems (CARS), and is also affiliated with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Division of Systems Engineering at Boston University. His research focuses on dynamics and control theory, with particular emphasis on hybrid and cyber-physical systems, formal synthesis and verification, and robotics. He received the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He is a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Control System Society and an IEEE Fellow.

    Host: Jyotirmoy Vinay Deshmukh

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Oct 09, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Gwynn Elfring, University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC

    Talk Title: Active Particles in Complex Fluids

    Abstract: Active particles are self driven objects, biological or otherwise, which convert stored or ambient energy into systematic motion. The motion of small active particles in Newtonian fluids has received considerable attention, with interest ranging from phoretic propulsion to biological locomotion, whereas studies on active bodies immersed in complex fluids are comparatively scarce. In this talk I will discuss a theoretical formalism for understanding the motion of active particles in complex fluids and then discuss the effects of viscosity gradients, viscoelasticity and shear thinning rheology in the context of biological locomotion and the propulsion of colloidal Janus particles.

    Biography: Gwynn Elfring is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute of Applied Mathematics at the University of British Columbia, and currently a Visiting Associate in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. His group at UBC conducts research on biological locomotion and fluid body interactions in complex fluids and interfaces. Previously, he completed a Ph.D. at the University of California San Diego under the supervision of Eric Lauga and a postdoctoral fellowship with L. Gary Leal and Todd M. Squires at the University of California Santa Barbara.

    Host: Kanso

    Location: SLH 102

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tessa Yao

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  • USC Graduate Engineering Info Session: Ahmedabad

    Wed, Oct 09, 2019 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    TechNext India: A Talk on MS and PhD Programs Rising in Popularity in US

    Who should attend:
    Candidates with a strong academic background and a Bachelor's degree (or those in the process of earning a Bachelor's degree) in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or physical science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend this session to learn more about graduate and doctoral engineering program trends and about applying to the University of Southern California.

    Topics covered:

    Master's & PhD Programs Trends in the US
    Popular Programs at USC (CS, Mech, Data Science, BioMed, Civil, EM etc.)
    How to Apply
    Scholarships and Funding
    Student Life at USC and in Los Angeles
    Application Tips
    Q & A

    Register Here

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Viterbi Graduate Programs

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering RA/TA Awards

    Thu, Oct 10, 2019 @ 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events


    Award luncheon celebrating outstanding research and teaching assistants in the CEE Department.
    Audience: CEE Faculty & PHD Students only

    Location: Parkside Residential Building (PRB) -

    Audiences: Department Only

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Theory Lunch

    Thu, Oct 10, 2019 @ 12:15 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Grigory Yaroslavtsev, Assistant Professor of Statistics at Indiana University

    Talk Title: Advances in Hierarchical Clustering of Vector Data

    Abstract: Compared to the highly successful flat clustering (e.g. k-means), despite its important role and applications in data analysis, hierarchical clustering has been lacking in rigorous algorithmic studies until late due to absence of rigorous objectives. Since 2016, a sequence of works has emerged and gave novel algorithms for this problem in the general metric setting. This was enabled by a breakthrough by Dasgupta, who introduced a formal objective into the study of hierarchical clustering.

    In this talk I will give an overview of our recent progress on models and scalable algorithms for hierarchical clustering applicable specifically to high-dimensional vector data, including embedding vectors arising from deep learning. I will first discuss various linkage-based algorithms (single-linkage, average-linkage) and their formal properties with respect to various objectives. I will then introduce a new projection-based approximation algorithm for vector data. The talk will be self-contained and does not assume prior knowledge of clustering methods.

    Host: Shaddin Dughmi

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 213

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cherie Carter

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  • USC Graduate Engineering Info Session: Hyderabad

    Thu, Oct 10, 2019 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    TechNext India: A Talk on MS and PhD Programs Rising in Popularity in US

    Who should attend:
    Candidates with a strong academic background and a Bachelor's degree (or those in the process of earning a Bachelor's degree) in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or physical science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend this session to learn more about graduate and doctoral engineering program trends and about applying to the University of Southern California.

    Topics covered:

    Master's & PhD Programs Trends in the US
    Popular Programs at USC (CS, Mech, Data Science, BioMed, Civil, EM etc.)
    How to Apply
    Scholarships and Funding
    Student Life at USC and in Los Angeles
    Application Tips
    Q & A

    Register Here

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Viterbi Graduate Programs

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  • Sonny Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Thu, Oct 10, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dennis Lettenmaier, Ph.D., Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles

    Talk Title: If extreme precipitation is increasing, why are not floods?

    Abstract: Despite evidence of increasing precipitation extremes, corresponding evidence for increases in flooding remains elusive. If anything, flood magnitudes are decreasing despite widespread claims by the climate community that if precipitation extremes increase, floods must also. Based on a recent 2018 WRR paper Sharma, Wasko, and Lettenmaier I suggest reasons why increases in extreme rainfall are not resulting in corresponding increases in flooding. Among them are decreases in antecedent soil moisture, decreasing storm extent, and decreases in snowmelt. I further discuss a recent analysis that investigates linkages between antecedent soil moisture and flooding along the U.S. west coast both historically 1950-present and projected into the future using downscaled global climate model output. Our analysis shows some evidence of mitigation of extreme floods in a warmer climate due to changes in antecedent soil moisture and shifts in the seasonal timing of extreme precipitation. I also discuss an ongoing analysis of flood records from 110 stream gauges for unregulated streams across the western U.S. for the period 1950-2015, where each event was classified into one of six flood-generating mechanisms. This analysis shows few trends in the mix of flood generating mechanisms over the last 50 years, of flood magnitudes, or of the seasonal timing of floods. I argue that understanding the link between changes in precipitation and changes in flooding past and future is a grand challenge for the hydrologic community and is deserving of increased attention.

    Host: Dr. George Ban-Weiss

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Repeating EventGrammar Tutoring

    Fri, Oct 11, 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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  • W.V.T. RUSCH ENGINEERING HONORS COLLOQUIUM

    Fri, Oct 11, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Robert M. Keller, Department of Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College

    Talk Title: University Research and Industry Innovation: Music and Artificial Intelligence

    Host: EHP

    Audiences: By Invite Only

    Posted By: Amanda McCraven

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  • Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series on Integrated Systems

    Fri, Oct 11, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Dennis Sylvester, Professor, University of Michigan

    Talk Title: Ultra-low Power Microsystems

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

    More Information: MHI Seminar Series IS - Dennis Sylvester.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jenny Lin

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  • USC Graduate Engineering Info Session: Mumbai

    Sat, Oct 12, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    TechNext India: A Talk on MS and PhD Programs Rising in Popularity in US

    Who should attend:
    Candidates with a strong academic background and a Bachelor's degree (or those in the process of earning a Bachelor's degree) in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or physical science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend this session to learn more about graduate and doctoral engineering program trends and about applying to the University of Southern California.

    Topics covered:

    Master's & PhD Programs Trends in the US
    Popular Programs at USC (CS, Mech, Data Science, BioMed, Civil, EM etc.)
    How to Apply
    Scholarships and Funding
    Student Life at USC and in Los Angeles
    Application Tips
    Q & A

    Register Here

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Viterbi Graduate Programs

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