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  • Discover USC: New York

    Sun, Oct 08, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 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.

    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 Matthew O'Pray, Associate Dean, Admission, USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC: Portland

    Sun, Oct 08, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    We're hitting the road and traveling to Portland to meet with high school seniors. Join the Viterbi Admission Team - along with the USC Admission & Financial Aid staff - at the Discover USC Program.

    Discover USC 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: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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

    Mon, Oct 09, 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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  • Preparing for the Engineering Career Fair- Presented by Prodigy Finance

    Mon, Oct 09, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join a Prodigy Finance recruiter as they help you create a strategy to optimize your time, learn best practices when approaching employers, and get useful tips to help you prepare for this event.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Oct 09, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Narendran Murugan (alumnus, USC BME M.S. program), Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Edwards Lifesciences

    Talk Title: Research Presentation & Career Path

    Host: Stacey Finley, PhD

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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

    Mon, Oct 09, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Allen Tannenbaum, Stony Brook University

    Talk Title: Optimal Mass Transport and the Robustness of Complex Networks

    Series: Fall 2017 Joint CSC@USC/CommNetS-MHI Seminar Series

    Abstract: Today's technological world is increasingly dependent upon the reliability, robustness, quality of service and timeliness of networks including those of power distribution, financial, transportation, communication, biological, and social. For the time-critical functionality in transferring resources and information, a key requirement is the ability to adapt and reconfigure in response to structural and dynamic changes, while avoiding disruption of service and catastrophic failures. We will outline some of the major problems for the development of the necessary theory and tools that will permit the understanding of network dynamics in a multiscale manner.

    Many interesting networks consist of a finite but very large number of nodes or agents that interact with each other. The main challenge when dealing with such networks is to understand and regulate the collective behavior. Our goal is to develop mathematical models and optimization tools for treating the Big Data nature of large scale networks while providing the means to understand and regulate the collective behavior and the dynamical interactions (short and long-range) across such networks.

    The key mathematical technique will be based upon the use optimal mass transport theory and resulting notions of curvature applied to weighted graphs in order to characterize network robustness. Examples will be given from biology, finance, and transportation.


    Biography: Allen Tannenbaum is an applied mathematician and presently Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics & Statistics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is also Investigator of Medical Physics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

    Tannenbaum has done research in numerous areas including robust control, computer vision, and biomedical imaging, having more than 500 publications. He pioneered the field of robust control with the solution of the gain margin and phase margin problems using techniques from Nevanlinna-“Pick interpolation theory, which was the first H-infinity type control problem solved. He was one of the first to introduce partial differential equations in computer vision and biomedical imaging co-inventing an affine-invariant heat equation for image enhancement. Tannenbaum and collaborators further formulated a new approach to optimal mass transport (Monge-Kantorovich) theory. In recent work, he has developed techniques using graph curvature ideas for analyzing the robustness of complex networks.

    His work has won several awards including IEEE Fellow, O. Hugo Schuck Award of the American Automatic Control Council in 2007 (shared with S. Dambreville and Y. Rathi), and the George Taylor Award for Distinguished Research from the University of Minnesota in 1997. He has given numerous plenary talks at major conferences including the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control of the IEEE Control Systems Society in 2000, the International Symposium on the Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS) in 2012, and the SIAM Conference in 2017.

    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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  • MUFG Union Bank Cyber Security Tech Talk

    Mon, Oct 09, 2017 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group) is one of the world's leading financial groups, with total assets of approximately $2.6 trillion (USD) as of December 31, 2016. Our services include corporate banking, commercial banking, consumer banking, wealth management, investment banking, securities, capital markets, personal and corporate trust, and transaction banking.

    COME NETWORK WITH PROFESSIONALS FROM THE TEAM. UNION BANK IS RECRUITING FOR THEIR CYBER SECURITY TEAM.

    Please follow us on social media,

    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/

    Club Dues are strongly encouraged:

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

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    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 252

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC CybOrg

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  • Viterbi Career Fair

    Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Receptions & Special Events


    The Viterbi Career Fair is free and open to all students in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Students do not need to register for this event, just show up! This casual, yet professional, environment allows students the opportunity to have brief conversations with recruiters about full-time employment, internships, and co-ops. Don't forget your resume!

    Location: Trousdale Parkway

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Seminar

    Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Amos Winter, Associate Professor and GEAR Lab Director, MIT

    Talk Title: Engineering Reverse Innovations: Using Emerging Markets' Constraints to Drive the Creation of High-Performance, Low-Cost, Global Technologies

    Abstract: This presentation will demonstrate how the Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab at MIT characterizes the unique technical and socioeconomic constraints of emerging markets, then uses these insights with engineering science and product design to create high-performance, low-cost, globally-relevant technologies. The talk will focus on three areas of GEAR Lab's research: high-performance, low-cost prosthetic feet: low-pressure, low-power drip irrigation, and solar-powered desalination. We have created a novel method of connecting the mechanical design of a foot to its biomechanical performance, which allows the stiffness and geometry to be optimized to induce able-bodied walking kinematics and kinetics. This theory has resulted in a single-part foot architecture which can be made of nylon to hit a $10 price point for developing countries, and which will be ruggedized and customizable for the US military/veteran population. By characterizing the coupled fluid/solid mechanics within drip irrigation emitters, we have designed new drippers that operate at 1/7th the pressure of existing products. This technology can cut the overall pressure, pumping power, and energy usage of drip irrigation systems by approximately 50%, and lower the capital cost of off-grid systems by up to 40%. GEAR Lab elucidated a disruptive market opportunity in arid countries for photovoltaic-powered electrodialysis (PV-ED) desalination, which requires half the energy and reduces water wastage from 60% to

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ashleen Knutsen

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  • CS Colloquium: Robert Sedgewick (Princeton University) - A 21st Century Model for Disseminating Knowledge

    Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Robert Sedgewick, Princeton

    Talk Title: A 21st Century Model for Disseminating Knowledge

    Series: CS Colloquium

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

    In the early years of the third millenium, most professors are still teaching in virtually the same way they were taught and their teachers were taught, stretching back centuries. This situation is likely to change, relatively soon. Technology is transforming (if not threatening to overwhelm) higher education, as MOOCs and online content become widely available. University students seeking to learn a topic who now have little if any choice are about to be presented with a vast array of choices. What student would not want to swap a tired professor writing slowly on a chalkboard for a well-produced series of videos and associated content, given by a world leader in the field? We are on the verge of a transformation on the scale of the transformation wrought by Gutenburg. This imminent change raises a host of fascinating and far-reaching questions.

    In this talk, we describe a scalable model for teaching and learning based on a combination of studio-produced video lectures, innovative online content and assessment mechanisms, and an authoritative classic textbook. We initially proved this approach effective for teaching algorithms and data structures, the analysis of algorithms, and analytic combinatorics. More recently, we have published a new textbook in computer science, new studio-produced lectures, and online content that teachers and learners can use for a first-year course sequence in computer science that can stand alongside traditional first courses in physics, chemistry, economics, and other disciplines. Our model enables us to reach millions of students and programmers around the world.

    Biography: Robert Sedgewick is the founding chair and the William O. Baker Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton and served for many years as a member of the board of directors of Adobe Systems. He has held visiting research positions at Xerox PARC, IDA, INRIA, and Bell Laboratories.

    Prof. Sedgewick's research interests include analytic combinatorics, algorithm design, the scientific analysis of algorithms, curriculum development, and innovations in the dissemination of knowledge. He has published widely in these areas and is the author of twenty books, which have sold nearly one million copies. He has also published extensive online content (including studio-produced video lectures) on analysis of algorithms and analytic combinatorics and (with Kevin Wayne) algorithms and computer science. Their MOOC on algorithms has been named one of the "top 10 MOOCs of all time."

    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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  • Epstein Institute Seminar, ISE 651

    Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Frank E. Curtis, Associate Professor, Lehigh University

    Talk Title: Second-Order Methods for Stochastic and Nonsmooth Optimization

    Host: Prof. Suvrajeet Sen

    More Information: October 10, 2017.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • INCOSE-LA Speaker Meeting

    Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Phyllis Marbach, President, INCOSE-LA, Boeing Designated Expert in both Software Engineering and Systems Engineering as well as Agile Practices

    Talk Title: A Systems Engineering Solution To Clean Up The Oceans' Plastic Waste

    Series: INCOSE-LA Speaker Series

    Abstract: The 2017 INCOSE International Symposium Practitioners Challenge Delivery Team was Nicole Hutchison, Robert Edson, Megan Clifford and Jaci Pratt. The team presented a problem and challenged the assembled systems engineers to work together to present a solution to the problem. This year's problem: About 19 Billion tons of plastic waste end up in the oceans each year and the amount of global trash is expected to increase every year for the next century. What can we do about this plastic trash problem?

    Come to the next speaker meeting at the Aerospace Corporation on October 10 to learn how the systems engineers self-organized, discussed the issues, and presented a way forward to clean up the plastic, reuse or dispose of the plastic, and prevent plastic from entering our oceans in the future.

    DIRECTIONS TO THE AEROSPACE CORPORATION
    Location: between Imperial and El Segundo Blvd (north to south), between the 405 Freeway and Sepulveda (east to west).
    From the 105 Freeway traveling WEST:
    1. Take the exit towards 405 South
    2. Before getting onto the 405 Freeway, take the El Segundo Blvd exit
    3. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left (west)
    4. Turn right on Aviation Blvd.
    5. Bldg. D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.
    The facility is the third building from the corner of Aviation and El Segundo, just north of the discount bakery outlet. The facility has 4 gates, but only the southern-most gate is open. Identify yourself to the security guard as attending the INCOSE meeting. You can park where Security directs and enter through the lobby at the center of the building where the flag poles are. Knock on the first of the double doors, and someone will open the door for you. The handicap ramp is on the north side and can be reached by driving all the way around the back of the building. Inform the security guard if you plan to use that ramp.

    Schedule:
    5:15-5:30 Sign-in/Registration
    5:30-6:00 Networking/Refreshments
    6:10-6:20 Introduction
    6:20-6:30 WG Presentation (TBD)
    6:30-7:30 Guest Speaker Presentation
    Please RSVP by noon October 3rd to facilitate event registration and planning, foreign nationals by September 26th.

    Biography: Phyllis Marbach is the current President of INCOSE-LA. She attended IS 2017 and participated in the Practitioners Challenge with about a dozen engineers from multiple disciplines and countries. Phyllis retired from Boeing last year after 37 years working as a development, systems, software and project engineer as well as Manager depending on the job and skills needed. She was a Boeing Designated Expert in both Software Engineering and Systems Engineering as well as Agile Practices. She has presented numerous papers at conferences in the past 10 years, is a member of several INCOSE working groups, and is a Certified SAFe(R) Program Consultant and trainer.

    Host: The Aerospace Corporation (Venue); INCOSE-Los Angeles (Event)

    More Info: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=l4ihvgeab&oeidk=a07ee508ycufa13055c

    Location: The Aerospace Corporation, Building D8/1010, 200 N. Aviation, El Segundo, CA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Deborah A. Cannon

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  • Stroz Friedberg Cyber Security Talk

    Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Stroz Friedberg, an Aon company, is a specialized risk management firm built to help clients solve the complex challenges prevalent in today's digital, connected, and regulated business world.

    Our focus is on cybersecurity, with leading experts in digital forensics, incident response, and security science; investigation; eDiscovery; intellectual property; and due diligence.

    COME NETWORK WITH PROFESSIONALS FROM THE TEAM AND LEARN ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THEIR CYBER ASSOCIATE AND SUMMER CYBER ASSOCIATE PROGRAM.

    Please follow us on social media,

    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/

    Club Dues are strongly encouraged:

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

    More Information: CybOrg Event Flyer 2.jpg

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 252

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC CybOrg

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

    Wed, Oct 11, 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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  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems

    Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ufuk Topcu, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Austin

    Talk Title: Autonomous systems in the intersection of learning theory, formal methods and controls

    Abstract: Autonomous systems are emerging as a driving technology for countlessly many applications. Numerous disciplines tackle the challenges toward making these systems agile, adaptable, reliable, user friendly and economical. On the other hand, the existing disciplinary boundaries delay and possibly even obstruct progress. I argue that the non-conventional problems that arise in the design and verification of autonomous systems require hybrid solutions at the intersection of learning, formal methods and controls.

    I will present our recent results in two problems. The first one is on automated synthesis of correct-by-construction, hierarchical control protocols. These results account for dynamics that are subject to rich temporal logic specifications, heterogeneous uncertainties and possibly adversarial environments. They combine ideas from control theory with those from formal methods, and exploit underlying system-theoretic interpretations to suppress the inherent computational complexity. My studies of the second problem have resulted in a series of new reinforcement learning algorithms that build on both learning theory and formal methods. A common feature in these algorithms is the guarantees they provide during both training and execution with respect to given formal specifications expressed in variants of temporal logic.


    Biography: Ufuk Topcu joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin as an assistant professor in Fall 2015. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 2008. He held research positions at the University of Pennsylvania and California Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the theoretical, algorithmic and computational aspects of design and verification of autonomous systems through novel connections between formal methods, learning theory and controls.

    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, Oct 11, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mark R. Cutkosky, Fletcher Jones Professor, Stanford University

    Talk Title: Bioinspired Robots: Embracing the Environment

    Abstract: As we bring robots out of the laboratory and into the world, one of the most important lessons we can learn from nature is how to exploit interactions with materials and surfaces in the environment. Examples of robots that need to take advantage of surface interactions include multimodal flying/climbing robots, microtugs, and free-flying robots that grasp objects using gecko-inspired adhesives. These robots use specialized materials and mechanisms to manage interactions with the surfaces they contact. In each case dynamic models and tests lead to computed "envelopes" of conditions for which the robot is expected to perform reliably - for example, to latch onto a surface without slipping or bouncing off. As contact takes place the dynamics are typically fast, so passive properties of mechanisms are more effective than closed-loop control to dissipate energy, distribute forces and stabilize the robot. Nature offers many examples of structures and functional materials that help to manage these interactions. Investigations of surface interactions also allow us to discover new opportunities for synergy when combining multiple locomotion modes (e.g., flying and climbing). Here again, we find parallels in nature.

    Biography: Mark R. Cutkosky is the Fletcher Jones Professor in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. He joined Stanford in 1985, after working in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and as a design engineer at ALCOA, in Pittsburgh, PA. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985.

    Cutkosky's research activities include robotic manipulation and tactile sensing and the design and fabrication of biologically inspired robots. He has graduated over 47 Ph.D. students and published extensively in these areas. He consults with companies on robotics and human/computer interaction devices and holds several patents on related technologies. His work has been featured in Discover magazine, The New York Times, National Geographic, Time magazine and other publications and has appeared on PBS NOVA, CBS Evening News, and other popular media.
    Cutkosky's awards include a Fulbright Faculty Chair (Italy 2002), Fletcher Jones and Charles M. Pigott Chairs at Stanford University, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator award and Times Magazine Best Innovations (2006) for the Stickybot gecko-inspired robot. He is a fellow of ASME and IEEE and a member of Sigma Xi. Cutkosky's laboratory and research can be found at http://bdml.stanford.edu.

    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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  • Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and IMF Info Session

    Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and IMF (PHNSY & IMF), the largest industrial employer in the State of Hawaii with over 5500 civilian and military employees, is in the business of repairing and modernizing naval ships and submarines. Our engineers, from a variety of disciplines, are involved in the planning and supervision of the highly challenging work of providing technical guidance through written work procedures and on-the-job direction of the workforce. On a day-to-day basis, our engineers spend their time working onboard submarines or surface ships and working in an office setting. PHNSY & IMF is looking for energetic self-motivated engineers to join the select group of men and women in our various Engineering Departments. We offer competitive pay, generous vacation benefits, paid overtime, excellent retirement system and federal health benefits.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • ITP Distinguished Speaker Series - October 11th

    Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Receptions & Special Events


    USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Information Technology Program (ITP) is proud to present the ITP Distinguished Speaker Series. Each month, the program will host a distinguished industry professional to speak to USC students, faculty, and staff about many and varied topics that encompass what it means to work in an Information Technology field.

    Please join us in October for a fireside chat with USC alumna, ERICA GRAYSON, and a Sprinkles Cupcakes reception to follow!

    Details:

    Wed, October 11, 2017
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) 101

    Speaker Bio:

    ERICA GRAYSON graduated from the USC Annenberg School of Communication. Her inaugural professional role at Jive Records positioned her beside pioneers in the entertainment industry. She evolved quickly, harnessing invaluable knowledge and a network of producers, Artist and Repertoire (A&R) executives, and top-level artists. Erica's career foundation carved a path to her position as a Creative Manager for Sony, where she gained insight into sourcing new songwriters, negotiating publishing deals, and navigating transnational branding.
    She later joined Interscope after an inspiring interview with Jimmy Iovine. She eventually took on a VP Position, working alongside the CEO and hot talents such as Pussycat Dolls, Keyshia Cole, and Mary J. Blige to name a few. Erica's ability to deliver on the needs of artist, market, and stakeholder alike distinguishes her as a triple threat.

    For full event information and RSVP, please see our event link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/itp-distinguished-speaker-series-tickets-38604581342

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Alexandra Slakter

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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, Oct 12, 2017 @ 02:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mirela Alistar, Postdoc, Hasso-Plattner-Institute, Germany

    Talk Title: Are microfluidic biochips the 'arduinos' for biology?

    Abstract: Biochips are cyber-physical systems with realistic potential to improve the healthcare process, e.g., by providing faster disease disease diagnosis and at-home direct treatment. Traditionally, biochips are developed to be used by experts in laboratories or clinics. I expand this vision, by exploring the possibility of an integrated platform for personal use of biochips.

    In my work, I address the main challenges that users may encounter: accessibility, bio-protocol design and interaction with microfluidics. I believe this is a first step towards personal laboratories: small portable devices that people can own and use to develop customized bio-protocols ('bio-apps'), similar to today's Arduinos.

    I will present my work around biochips, finishing with a live demo of my latest device.


    Biography: Mirela Alistar is a Postdoc at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute, Germany. She received a PhD in computer engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in 2014. Her main research interests are in the area of system-level design of embedded systems, with a special focus on digital microfluidics. She is supporting open access research and she has organized art and science events, where she disseminates to the public with the aim of involving them into creating more knowledge.

    Host: Paul Bogdan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Estela Lopez

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  • STEM Spotlight on Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

    Thu, Oct 12, 2017 @ 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering K-12 STEM Center

    University Calendar


    High school students will tour the research labs, student design studios, and demo spaces of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering as part of the STEM Spotlight series presented by USC Viterbi Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Teacher (VAST). On 10/6, the Center for Advanced Manufacturing will also provide tours for visiting students. For more info, see https://viterbipk12.usc.edu/research/stem-spotlight/aerospace-mechanical-engineering/

    Location: Robert Glen Rapp Engineering Research Building (RRB) - Several locations: RRB, RTH, OHE, SHL, BHE

    Audiences: K-12 Schools pre-registered

    Posted By: Katie Mills

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  • Edward Life Sciences

    Thu, Oct 12, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    COME BE INSPIRED.

    Discover Edwards Lifesciences' award winning products through a hands-on demo with our Engineering representatives. You'll learn about our Transcatheter Heart Valves, Heart Valve Therapies, and Critical Care monitoring systems in an interactive group environment.

    We'll also take some time to discuss our Engineering New Grad (ENG) Programs and Summer Internship opportunities.

    DISCOVER LIFE HERE.

    At Edwards, you can:

    -Explore a wide variety of medical device engineering projects
    -Develop professional skills
    -Work in a stimulating learning environment
    -Partner with passionate employees fighting cardiovascular disease

    Location: SGM 101

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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

    Fri, Oct 13, 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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  • Munushian speaker - Mike Mayberry, Friday, October 13th at 10:00am in EEB 132

    Fri, Oct 13, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mike Mayberry, Intel Corporation

    Talk Title: The Future of Computing

    Abstract: In this seminar Dr. Mayberry will share with participants Intel's
    view of the future of computing and communication technologies. He will share insights regarding Intel's research agenda and collaborative efforts to deliver innovative products and advanced technology.

    Biography: Mike Mayberry is corporate vice president and director
    of Intel Labs. He is responsible for Intel's global research efforts in computing and communications. In addition he leads the Corporate Research Council which drives allocation and prioritization of directed university research across Intel.

    Since joining Intel in 1984 as a process integration engineer, Mayberry has held a variety of positions. As part of the California Technology Development team, he developed EPROM, flash and logic wafer fabrication processes. In 1994 he moved to Sort Test Technology Development, responsible for roadmaps and development of test processes for Intel microprocessors. In 2005, he moved to Components Research and was responsible for research to enable future process options for Intel's technology development organizations.

    Host: EE-Electrophysics

    More Info: minghsiehee.usc.edu/about/lectures

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • AI Seminar

    Fri, Oct 13, 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

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

    WebCast Link: http://webcastermshd.isi.edu/Mediasite/Play/ffdb85fc430947539dc2e22215f9a6531d

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • W.V.T. RUSCH ENGINEERING HONORS COLLOQUIUM

    Fri, Oct 13, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. David Siegel, Distinguished Professor at the Department of Geography and Earth Research Institute, UCSB, Earth Research Institute

    Talk Title: The Ocean Below

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series on Integrated Systems

    Fri, Oct 13, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Sudhakar Pamarti, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

    Talk Title: Time Varying Circuits for Radio Receiver Applications

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

    More Information: MHI Seminar Series IS -Sudhakar Pamarti.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Fri, Oct 13, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Raymond Goldsworthy, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

    Talk Title: Improving Signal Processing for Cochlear Implants

    Abstract: A cochlear implant is a biomedical device that restores a degree of hearing to deafened individuals. Cochlear implant technology has evolved to the point that the majority of recipients typically understand speech in quiet environments; consequently, scientific emphasis is increasingly placed on the more challenging problems of speech reception in background noise and of music appreciation. Dr. Goldsworthy will describe approaches that he has taken towards improving cochlear implant signal processing including multiple-microphone spatial filtering, encoding temporal fine structure, and auditory modeling of healthy hearing. Each of these approaches has demonstrated potential for improving hearing for cochlear implant users.

    Biography: Dr. Ray Goldsworthy received his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Kentucky in 1997. He received his Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology through a joint program between Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005. From 2005 until 2014, Ray led projects at Sensimetrics Corporation to develop signal processing solutions for cochlear implants and hearing aids. In 2015, Ray joined the faculty of the University of Southern California in the Department of Otolaryngology where he continues to explore the interplay of signal processing, rehabilitation, and the fundamentals of auditory perception.

    Host: Brent Liu, PhD

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • NL Seminar: Context is Everything: From language modeling to language generation

    Fri, Oct 13, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Yangfeng Ji , University of Washington

    Talk Title: Context is Everything: From language modeling to language generation

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Contextual information is critical for language processing and generation. Particularly for large texts consisting of multiple sentences or paragraphs, how to capture the contextual information beyond sentence boundaries is important for building better language processing systems. This talk will discuss our recent effort on incorporating contextual information to language modeling and generation. It presents three models with each of them corresponds a specific linguistic phenomenon of context shared in written texts: i. local context from preceding sentences; ii. semantic and pragmatic relations between adjacent sentences; and iii. evolving of entities e.g., characters in novels through coreference links in texts. The starting point of our model design is sentence-level recurrent neural network language models RNNLMs. To capture these aspects of contextual information, we extend RNNLMs by either adding extra connections among existing network components, or adding dedicated components particularly to encode specific linguistic information. Evaluation results show that these models outperforms strong baselines and prior work language modeling tasks. Their ability of capturing contextual information is also verified by the quantitative evaluation on each corresponding task, such as identifying the relation between sentences, and resolving coreference ambiguity. Qualitative analysis is also included to demonstrate the ability of these models for text generation.


    Biography: Yangfeng Ji is a postdoc researcher at University of Washington working with Noah Smith. His research interests lie in the interaction of natural language processing and machine learning. He is interested in designing machine learning models and algorithms for language processing, and also fascinated by how linguistic knowledge helps build better learning models. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016, advised by Jacob Eisenstein. He was one of the area co-chairs on Discourse and Pragmatics in ACL 2017.

    Host: Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Knight

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

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th Flr Conf Rm # 1135, Marina Del Rey

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. Seminar

    Fri, Oct 13, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Luis Montoya , Astani CEE Ph.D. Candidate

    Talk Title: TBA

    Abstract: TBA

    Location: Von Kleinsmid Center For International & Public Affairs (VKC) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • INCOSE-LA Tutorial Series

    Sat, Oct 14, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Systems Architecting and Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Rick Hefner and Dr. Sue Gabriele, Program Director, California Institute of Technology Center for Technology and Management Education; Executive Director, Gabriele Educational Materials and Systems

    Talk Title: Systems Thinking Tutorial

    Abstract: What is systems thinking? How does systems thinking, or the lack of it, affect you and your work?

    Systems thinking is an approach to understanding a system by examining the interactions among its components and between the system and the external environment. Systems thinking is essential to proper systems engineering, because it provides a framework for understanding and influencing the system's behavior. The ability to design systems relies on applying systems thinking rules to the definition of the system boundary, structure and interfaces to predict system performance.

    This workshop will discuss the fundamental concepts, tools, and methods of systems thinking, and describe how their application distinguishes systems engineering from more traditional product development. Participants will apply these techniques to various systems engineering problems in this hands-on and interactive workshop.

    Come to this Systems Thinking Tutorial to learn more about systems thinking participate in a Systems Thinking Roundtable, and enjoy lunch while networking with INCOSE-LA members and wrap-up by 2 p.m.

    Cost: $10.00

    Where: California Institute of Technology (Powell-Booth building, room 120), 1200 E California Blvd., Pasadena, CA. Visitors may park in any unreserved space. Permits are required between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and may be purchased from the machine in the lot or parking structure. Permits are not required on the weekend.

    Agenda:
    9:00am-10:55am Systems Thinking Introduction, Dr. Rick Hefner
    10:55am-11:05am Break
    11:05am-12:00pm Systems Thinking Roundtable, Dr. Sue Gabriele
    12:00pm- 1:00pm Lunch and networking
    1:00pm- 2:00pm Wrap-up, next steps


    Biography: Rick Hefner, PhD, currently works at the Caltech Center for Technology and Management Education, where he helps industry professionals and high-tech companies understand and apply systems engineering concepts. He has over 40 years of experience in the aerospace, communications, electronics, and health sciences industries. This includes work with AeroVironment, Applied Physics Laboratory, Applied Materials, Ares Management, Boeing, DRS Technologies, Halliburton, Herbalife, Honeywell, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, John Deere, L-3 WESCAM, Maytag, Motorola, Pacific Bell, Raytheon, Schlumberger, Southern California Edison, St. Jude Medical, Toshiba, U.S. Navy, and Xerox.

    Dr. Hefner is credited with over 100 publications and presentations. He earned his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, in applied dynamic systems control, and his MS and BS from Purdue University in interdisciplinary engineering.

    Dr. Sue Gabriele of Gabriele Educational Materials and Systems is an innovator and consultant in systemic school and workplace renewal. Her expertise builds on twenty-years as a high school teacher. Following her teaching career, she turned to graduate school seeking answers to problems in public education. Finding solutions in general systems theory and control systems, she earned her PhD in "Human Science: Social and Institutional Change" by creating and researching the "RoundTable" as a seed for social system renewal.


    Host: Caltech (venue) INCOSE-Los Angeles (event)

    More Info: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eejw1c4la2c89235&llr=l4ihvgeab

    More Information: Rick and Sue.jpg

    Location: CalTech (Powell-Booth Bldg, room 120), 1200 E California Blvd., Pasadena, CA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Discover USC: Minneapolis

    Sat, Oct 14, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join the USC Admission Office at the Discover USC admission program in Minneapolis.

    This program provides high school seniors and their families with an opportunity to meet admission counselors, alumni, and other prospective students and their parents.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

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  • Discover USC: Dallas

    Sat, Oct 14, 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.

    Discover USC 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, Admission, USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

    RSVP for Discover USC

    Location: The Westin Galleria Dallas

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen & Family Members

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