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  • Discover USC - Chicago

    Sun, Oct 20, 2019 @ 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 Chicago.

    The Discover USC events last approximately 2 hours and will cover the application process, financial aid, life on campus, and what it is like to study engineering at USC.

    Register for Discover USC

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Discover USC - Miami

    Sun, Oct 20, 2019 @ 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 Miami.

    The Discover USC events last approximately 2 hours and will cover the application process, financial aid, life on campus, and what it is like to study engineering at USC.

    Register for Discover USC

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • USC Graduate Engineering Info Session: Xi'an

    Sun, Oct 20, 2019 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    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 applying to graduate engineering programs at the University of Southern California.

    Topics covered:

    -Master's & Ph.D. Programs in engineering and computer science
    -How to Apply
    -Scholarships and Funding
    -Student Life at USC and in Los Angeles
    -Application Tips

    There will also be sufficient time for questions during the information session.

    Register Here

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Viterbi Graduate Programs

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

    Mon, Oct 21, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS seniors and younger) 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!

    Register Here

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Quantum Physics Seminar

    Mon, Oct 21, 2019 @ 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Alan Kadin, Consultant for various companies (see bio)

    Talk Title: Why We Should be Skeptical about Quantum Computing

    Abstract: It is widely believed that quantum computing is on the threshold of practicality, with performance that will soon surpass that of classical computing. On the contrary, it is argued that both the present and the future of quantum computing may be highly uncertain, for the following reasons:
    • The promised performance depends on entanglement-based scaling to massive parallelism, which has not been verified, and may be tested [1].
    • Even if the theory were correct, exponential sensitivity to noise for highly entangled states could make the technology impractical [2].
    • Evidence for entanglement in superconducting qubits may be explained using the nonlinear properties of classical Josephson junctions [3].
    • Evidence for entanglement in arrays of coupled qubits may be explained using conventional energy-band theory with delocalized states.

    * Poster presented at APS Meeting, March 2019. Available online at http://vixra.org/abs/1903.0501
    [1] A.M. Kadin and S.B. Kaplan, Proposed experiments to test the foundations of quantum computing, 2016, http://vixra.org/abs/1607.0105.
    [2] G. Kilai, The Quantum Computer Puzzle, 2016, https://arxiv.org/pdf/1605.00992.pdf
    [3] J. Blackburn, et al., Survey of Classical and Quantum Interpretations of experiments on Josephson junctions at very low temperatures, Phys. Rep. 611, 2016. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1602.05316.pdf



    Biography: Dr. Kadin is a long-time researcher in superconducting devices, and was a faculty member in ECE at the University of Rochester, and then a Senior Scientist at Hypres, Inc. of Elmsford, NY. He wrote the textbook, Introduction to Superconducting Circuits. Recently, he has been a consultant with Hypres and other companies and an adjunct at the College of New Jersey. He has also been an active participant in the IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative. He received his BS and PhD in physics from Princeton and Harvard, and was also a postdoc at Stony Brook and Minnesota, and a researcher at Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.

    Host: Dr. Jonathan Habif

    Webcast: https://bluejeans.com/356467557

    WebCast Link: https://bluejeans.com/356467557

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Michelle Bonner

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  • Quantum Physics Seminar

    Mon, Oct 21, 2019 @ 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Alan Kadin, Consultant for various companies (see bio)

    Talk Title: Why We Should be Skeptical about Quantum Computing

    Abstract: It is widely believed that quantum computing is on the threshold of practicality, with performance that will soon surpass that of classical computing. On the contrary, it is argued that both the present and the future of quantum computing may be highly uncertain, for the following reasons:
    • The promised performance depends on entanglement-based scaling to massive parallelism, which has not been verified, and may be tested [1].
    • Even if the theory were correct, exponential sensitivity to noise for highly entangled states could make the technology impractical [2].
    • Evidence for entanglement in superconducting qubits may be explained using the nonlinear properties of classical Josephson junctions [3].
    • Evidence for entanglement in arrays of coupled qubits may be explained using conventional energy-band theory with delocalized states.

    * Poster presented at APS Meeting, March 2019. Available online at http://vixra.org/abs/1903.0501
    [1] A.M. Kadin and S.B. Kaplan, Proposed experiments to test the foundations of quantum computing, 2016, http://vixra.org/abs/1607.0105.
    [2] G. Kilai, The Quantum Computer Puzzle, 2016, https://arxiv.org/pdf/1605.00992.pdf
    [3] J. Blackburn, et al., Survey of Classical and Quantum Interpretations of experiments on Josephson junctions at very low temperatures, Phys. Rep. 611, 2016. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1602.05316.pdf



    Biography: Dr. Kadin is a long-time researcher in superconducting devices, and was a faculty member in ECE at the University of Rochester, and then a Senior Scientist at Hypres, Inc. of Elmsford, NY. He wrote the textbook, Introduction to Superconducting Circuits. Recently, he has been a consultant with Hypres and other companies and an adjunct at the College of New Jersey. He has also been an active participant in the IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative. He received his BS and PhD in physics from Princeton and Harvard, and was also a postdoc at Stony Brook and Minnesota, and a researcher at Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.

    Host: Dr. Jonathan Habif

    Webcast: https://bluejeans.com/356467557

    Location: M

    WebCast Link: https://bluejeans.com/356467557

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Michelle Bonner

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

    Mon, Oct 21, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Behcet Acikmese, University of Washington

    Talk Title: Real-time optimization based control for agile autonomy

    Abstract: Many future aerospace engineering applications will require dramatic increases in our existing autonomous control capabilities. These include robotic sample return missions to planets, comets, and asteroids, formation flying spacecraft applications, applications utilizing swarms of autonomous agents, unmanned aerial, ground, and underwater vehicles, and autonomous commercial robotic applications. A key control challenge for many autonomous systems is to achieve the performance goals safely with minimal resource use in the presence of mission constraints and uncertainties. In principle these problems can be formulated and solved as optimization problems. The challenge is solving them reliably onboard the autonomous system in real time. Our research has provided new analytical results that enabled the formulation of many autonomous control problems in a convex optimization framework, i.e., convexification of the control problem. The main mathematical theory used in achieving convexification is the duality theory of optimization. Duality theory manifests itself as Pontryagin's Maximum Principle in infinite dimensional optimization problems and as KKT conditions in finite dimensional parameter optimization problems. Both theories were instrumental in our developments. Our analytical framework also allowed the computation of the precise bounds of performance for a control system in term of constrained controllability/reachability sets, which enables rigorous V&V of the resulting control algorithms. This seminar introduces several real-world aerospace applications, where this approach provided dramatic performance improvements over the heritage technologies. An important application is the fuel optimal control for planetary soft landing, whose complete solution has been an open problem since the Apollo Moon landings of 1960s. We developed a novel lossless convexification method, which enables the next generation planetary missions, such as Mars robotic sample return and manned missions. We will also present a method called successive convexification to handle a general class of trajectory planning problems, such as, drone and planetary landing motion rocket planning. Another application is in Markov chain synthesis with safety constraints, which enabled the development of new decentralized coordination and control methods for spacecraft swarms.


    Biography: Behcet Acikmese is a professor in the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and an adjunct faculty member in Department of Electrical Engineering at University of Washington, Seattle. He received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University. He was a senior technologist at JPL and a lecturer at Caltech. At JPL, He developed control algorithms for planetary landing, spacecraft formation flying, and asteroid and comet sample return missions. He developed the flyaway control algorithms in Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, and the RCS algorithms for NASA SMAP mission. Dr. Acikmese invented a novel real-time convex optimization based planetary landing guidance algorithm (G-FOLD) that was ight tested by JPL, which is a first demonstration of a real-time optimization algorithm for rocket guidance. He is a recipient of NSF CAREER Award, several NASA Achievement awards for his contributions to NASA missions and new technology development. He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA, a Senior Member of IEEE, and an associate editor of IEEE Control System Magazine and AIAA JGCD.


    Host: Mihailo Jovanovic, mihailo@usc.edu

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

    More Information: 191021_Behcet Acikmese_CSC Seminar.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Brienne Moore

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  • J.R. Abbott Construction Inc.

    Mon, Oct 21, 2019 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Please join Abbott for an info session and learn more about internship and full-time opportunities at Abbott Construction. Interview sign-ups will be available during the information Session.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Viterbi Civil Engineers and Environmental Engineers

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Internship/Job Search Open Forum

    Tue, Oct 22, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your career and internship knowledge on the job/internship search 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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  • ***NO ISE 651, Epstein Seminar - Week of INFORMS***

    Tue, Oct 22, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • CS Colloquium: Ahmed Eldawy (University of California, Riverside) - Interactive Data Exploration as a Service

    Tue, Oct 22, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ahmed Eldawy, University of California, Riverside

    Talk Title: Interactive Data Exploration as a Service

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: Recently, there has been a tremendous growth in data collection from various sources such as satellites, IoT sensors, smartphones, autonomous cars, and others. At the same time, there is a move for open data led by governments, non-profit organizations, and industry which makes hundreds of thousands of datasets publicly available. This abundance of publicly available open data led to the new data revolution where everyone is interested in exploring this data to look for interesting patterns and innovative findings. While computer scientists and data scientists know how to process this data, no one is out to help citizen scientists, those with little to no knowledge about programming and data management.

    This talk describes a new approach to provide citizen scientists with interactive data exploration as a service (IDEAS). The goal is to allow anyone to start exploring those publicly available datasets without a costly process of installing and learning data processing tools or even downloading the datasets of interest. This system will act as an ice breaker that will help engaging more citizen scientists into the field of data science. The main challenge is how to provide real-time processing for hundreds of thousands and petabytes of datasets through a simple interface. This talk describes three modules related to this system, synoptic computation, incremental indexing, and interactive visualization. The synoptic computation module scales up the query processing by providing a real-time approximate answer over small-size synopses of the data such as samples and histograms. The incremental indexing module works in the background and incrementally organizes the data over a cluster of machines to speed up the query processing. Finally, the interactive visualization module presents the results in a visual format which allows the users to inspect the query answers. Preliminary results on the proposed system show that it can bridge the gap between the user requirements for interactivity and the increasing volume of big spatial data.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Ahmed Eldawy is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Riverside. His research interests lie in the broad area of databases with a focus on big data management and spatial data processing. Ahmed is the main inventor of SpatialHadoop, the most comprehensive open source system for big spatial data management. Ahmed has many collaborators in industrial research labs including Microsoft Research and IBM Watson. He was awarded the Quality Metrics Fellowship in 2016, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in 2015, and Best Poster Runner-up award in ICDE 2014. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).


    Host: Shahram Ghandeharizadeh

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Seminar - Lyman L. Handy Colloquia

    Tue, Oct 22, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Chris Leighton, University of Minnesota

    Talk Title: Electrolyte Gating of Complex Oxides

    Host: Professor Ravichandra

    More Information: LLH - Leighton_Abstract.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Karen Woo/Mork Family

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  • USC Viterbi Young Alumni Mixer in Honolulu, Hawaii

    Tue, Oct 22, 2019 @ 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Alumni

    University Calendar


    Join fellow USC Viterbi and USC Dornsife alumni in Honolulu for an exclusive young alumni happy hour! Enjoy an evening with your Trojan Family at Aloha Beer Co. Kaka'ako (770 Queen Street, Honolulu, HI 96813).

    $25 - Includes two drink tickets and light pupu.


    Please email Julia Scheibmeir at julia.scheibmeir@usc.edu for immediate inquiries or register here: https://events.usc.edu/esvp/esvp_alohahonolulu.php

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tiffany Tay

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

    Wed, Oct 23, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS seniors and younger) 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!

    Register Here

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • PhD Defense - Abdullah Alfarrarjeh

    Wed, Oct 23, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    PhD Candidate: Abdullah Alfarrarjeh

    Committee:
    Cyrus Shahabi (chair)
    Aiichiro Nakano
    C.-C. Jay Kuo

    Location: PHE 325

    Time: October 23rd, 10 am.

    Title: Enabling Spatial-Visual Search for Geospatial Image Databases

    Abstract:
    Due to continuous advances in camera technologies as well as camera-enabled devices (e.g., CCTV, smartphone, vehicle blackbox, and GoPro), urban streets have been documented by massive amounts of images. Moreover, nowadays, images are typically tagged with spatial metadata due to various sensors (e.g., GPS and digital compass) attached to or embedded in cameras. Such images are known as geo-tagged images. The availability of such geographical context of images enables emerging several image-based smart city applications. Developing such smart city applications requires searching for images, among the massive amounts of collected images, especially to be used for training various machine learning algorithms. Thus, there is an immense need for a data management system for geo-tagged images.
    Towards this end, it is paramount to build a data management system that organizes the images in structures that enable searching and retrieving the images efficiently and accurately. On one hand, the data management system should overcome the challenge of lacking an accurate spatial representation of legacy images that were collected without spatial metadata, as well as representing the content of an image accurately using an enriched visual descriptor. On the other hand, the system should also enable efficient storage of images utilizing both their spatial and visual properties and thus their retrieval based on spatial-visual queries. To address these challenges we present a system which includes three integrated modules: a) modeling an image spatially by its scene location using a data-centric approach, b) extending the visual representation of an image with the feature set of multiple similar images located in its vicinity, and c) designing index structures that expedite the evaluation of spatial-visual queries.




    Location: 325

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Internship/Job Search Open Forum

    Wed, Oct 23, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your career and internship knowledge on the job/internship search 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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  • Medical Imaging Seminar

    Wed, Oct 23, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Ahsan Javed, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Improving the Sensitivity and Spatial Coverage of Arterial Spin Labeled Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    Series: Medical Imaging Seminar Series

    Abstract: Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) is the method of choice to address the growing need for a safe and repeatable technique to assess coronary artery disease. Existing techniques are unsuitable for frequent use, as they are either invasive or involve ionizing radiation. Recently, CMR first pass perfusion was used to guide treatment of CAD and was shown to have comparable outcomes to fraction flow reserve, the leading invasive assessment. However, first pass perfusion uses gadolinium based contrast agents which are contraindicated in patients with kidney disease. There are approximately 600 thousand Americans with end-stage renal disease and 26 million with chronic kidney disease. This patient population has over 10 times higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and requires more frequent monitoring. In this population arterial spin labeling cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (ASL-CMR) presents a promising alternative. Currently, clinical use of existing ASL-CMR techniques is limited by poor spatial coverage and sensitivity.

    This talk will introduce developments to improve both spatial coverage and sensitivity of ASL-CMR. We will discuss the development and optimization of saturation steady pulsed arterial spin labeling, a new labeling scheme inspired from a recent work by Capron et al. that improves the sensitivity and signal efficiency of ASL-CMR. I will also present the implementation and validation of reduced FOV sequential multi-slice single shot EPI for ASL-CMR to improve spatial coverage. With these proposed methods we aim to move a few steps closer to making ASL-CMR clinically feasible to enable safe, contrast free assessment of CAD.

    Biography: Ahsan Javed is a PhD student in the Magnetic Resonance Engineering Laboratory at University of Southern California under the supervision of Dr. Krishna Nayak. His research expertise lies in RF pulse design, pulse sequence development, and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. His works have focused on development of novel pulse sequences to improve sensitivity and spatial coverage of ASL-CMR and validation of ASL-CMR techniques in large animal models.

    Host: Krishna Nayak

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar

    Wed, Oct 23, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mahnoosh Alizadeh, University of California Santa Barbara

    Talk Title: Safety-constrained Learning Algorithms for Demand Management

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

    Abstract: The first part of this talk is motivated by the fact that learning algorithms are growing in popularity for sequential decision making in many cyber-physical systems. However, when dealing with safety-critical systems, it is paramount that the learner's actions do not violate the safety/reliability constraints of the system at any round, in spite of uncertainty about system parameters. An example we will highlight is that of optimal real-time price design for demand management in power distribution systems given unknown customer price response functions. We will showcase the performance of a ``safety-aware" bandit heuristic for designing prices that controls the probability of violation of power grid constraints during the learning process. We then study the effect of such safety constraints on the growth of regret for certain classes of stochastic bandit optimization problems.

    In the second part of the talk, we consider the problem of joint routing, battery charging, and pricing problem faced by a profit-maximizing transportation service provider that operates a fleet of autonomous electric vehicles. To accommodate for the time-varying nature of trip demands, renewable energy availability, and electricity prices and to further optimally manage the autonomous fleet, a dynamic pricing and control policy is required. We highlight several such policies, including one trained through deep reinforcement learning to develop a near-optimal control policy. We also determine the optimal static policy to serve as a baseline for comparison with our dynamic policy and for determining the capacity region of the system. While the static policy provides important insights on optimal pricing and fleet management, we show that in a real dynamic setting, it is inefficient to utilize a static policy.

    Biography: Mahnoosh Alizadeh is an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara. She received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2009 and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California Davis in 2013 and 2014 respectively, both in Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 2014 to 2016, she was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University. Her research is focused on the design of network control and optimization algorithms for societal-scale cyber-physical systems, with a particular focus on renewable energy integration in the power grid and electric transportation systems. She is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award.

    Host: Ashutosh Nayyar

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Oct 23, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Gary F. Mitchell, MD,

    Talk Title: Aortic Stiffness, Pressure and Flow Pulsatility and Cardiovascular Disease

    Abstract: The aorta provides a critical buffer between the heart and peripheral organs. Juxtaposition of the highly compliant aorta with stiff conduit arteries creates impedance mismatch and local wave reflection that limits transmission of potentially harmful pulsatile energy into the fragile microcirculation. Aortic wall stiffness increases progressively throughout the human lifespan. However, from young adulthood through midlife, pressure pulsatility actually falls as a result of aortic remodeling to a larger lumen area, which reduces characteristic impedance of the aorta. From midlife onward, aortic wall stiffening accelerates and characteristic impedance and pressure pulsatility increase markedly and contribute to the epidemic of wide pulse pressure (isolated systolic) hypertension. After this midlife transition, stiffness of the aorta exceeds that of the muscular arteries, leading to impedance matching and diminished wave reflection, which increases transmission of excessive pressure and flow pulsatility into the microcirculation. Excessive pulsatility in the microcirculation, particularly in high flow organs such as the brain and kidneys, causes microvascular damage, remodeling and dysfunction, leading target organ damage. In addition, aortic stiffening adds to load on the heart and may interfere with diastolic function, adding to risk for heart failure in late life. Successful interruption of the unfavorable aortic stiffening cascade likely will require early intervention and lifelong prevention, although attempts to reverse the process have been inadequately examined at present.

    Host: AME Department

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tessa Yao

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  • Fighting On for a More Sustainable Hawaii

    Wed, Oct 23, 2019 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Alumni

    Receptions & Special Events


    USC alumni and faculty converge to share how Hawaii's current sustainability practices, combined with the USC Wrigley's Institute's breakthrough research and living laboratory, can help solve the state's environmental challenges and test tomorrow's solutions.


    6:00 pm Networking Reception | 7:00 pm Program | 8:00 pm Dessert Reception
    $30 Early Registration | $40 after October 4 | $50 at the door
    Online registration closes on October 21st at 9am HST.
    Please register here: http://fightonline.usc.edu/s/657/alumni/16/interior.aspx?sid=657&pgid=4245&gid=5&cid=6906&ecid=6906&post_id=0

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tiffany Tay

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  • ByteDance Info Session

    Wed, Oct 23, 2019 @ 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Introduction to ByteDance
    Beijing ByteDance Technology Co Ltd. is a Chinese Internet technology company operating several machine learning-enabled content platforms, headquartered in Beijing. It was founded by Zhang Yiming in 2012. ByteDance's core product, Toutiao, is a popular content platform in China. ByteDance also pioneered the video-sharing mobile app TikTok. After it acquired music start-up musical.ly, the company combined the two platforms into a single application under the Tik Tok name. It also runs BuzzVideo and Vigo Video. ByteDance had over 800 million daily active users across all of its content platforms as of November 2018. The company was valued at $78 billion as of November 2018 and is considered one of the most valuable unicorns in the world.

    Full-time Job Openings
    Product Manager-Global Monetization, Game Artist, Game UI Designer, Data Analytics, Creative Designer, Game Development Engineer, Game Designer, Trust & Safety Product Strategy Analyst, Content Policy Analyst, Data Scientist - Trust & Safety Analytics, Content Integrity Strategist, iOS/Android Development Engineer, Test Engineer, Front-end Development Engineer, Back-end R&D Engineer, Test Development Engineer, Big Data Engineer, Algorithm Engineer.

    Targeting Students
    - Bachelor, Master and Ph.D students
    - Majors of Computer Science, EE, SE, Communication Technology, Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition or related fields
    - Mandarin speakers preferred
    RSVP on Viterbi Career Gateway

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Qualcomm Office Hours

    Thu, Oct 24, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Qualcomm "Office Hours" for Electrical Engineering Majors from 10 am - 1 pm* RSVP to let us know what time you plan on stopping by.

    Meet engineers who are bringing 5G to life!

    Qualcomm's RFIC Engineers from DTECH, Digital Circuits, PDN & SIPI will be on campus to meet with Viterbi's Electrical Engineering students interested in Summer 2020 internships! Bring copies of your resume.

    *Students will be met with on a first come-first-served basis. If we reach capacity for the room, you may have to wait outside until our engineers have finished meeting with the students in the room before they can meet with you.*

    RSVP for your time slot on Viterbi Career Gateway

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • NL Seminar-Neural Unsupervised Dependency Parsing

    Thu, Oct 24, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Wenjuan Han , ShanghaiTech University/UCLA

    Talk Title: Neural Unsupervised Dependency Parsing

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Dependency parsing, as an essential task in Natural Language Processing, is a key step in analyzing and understanding texts. Most of the previous work on unsupervised dependency parsing is based on generative models. In order to effectively induce a grammar, various knowledge priors and inductive biases are manually encoded in the learning process. However, these knowledge priors and inductive biases are mostly local features that can only be defined by experts. Another disadvantage of generative models comes from the context freeness, which limits the information available to dependencies in a sentence. We proposed several approaches to unsupervised dependency parsing that automatically capture useful information: correlations between tokens, context information and multilingual similarity.


    Biography: I am now a visiting student in UCLA and expected to graduate in January 2020. I will get the PHD Degree at ShanghaiTech University, where I was advised by Kewei Tu. I did my bachelors at the Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications. My current research focuses on the study of probabilistic neural models and follows two researching paths. 1. grammar based representation, inference, and unsupervised learning; and 2. the application of unsupervised learning approaches with hidden variables in a variety of artificial intelligence areas including grammar induction, POS induction and perceptual grouping.

    Host: Emily Sheng

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

    Webcast: https://bluejeans.com/s/6zkTG/

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

    WebCast Link: https://bluejeans.com/s/6zkTG/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Theory Lunch

    Thu, Oct 24, 2019 @ 12:15 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prithviraj Prabhu, Graduate Students at USC

    Talk Title: Google's Recent Attempts in Quantum Supremacy

    Abstract: A talk about Goolge' s recent attempts in quantum supremacy and the controversy surrounding it.


    Host: Shaddin Dughmi

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cherie Carter

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  • Epstein Dept. Seminar

    Thu, Oct 24, 2019 @ 02:30 PM - 03:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Ahti Salo, Professor, The Humans of Aalto University

    Talk Title: Decision Programming for Optimizing Multi-Stage Decision Problems Under Uncertainty

    Host: Prof. Ali Abbas

    More Information: October 24, 2019.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Thu, Oct 24, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Mike Chester, Arizona Stare University

    Talk Title: Infrastructure and the Anthropocene

    Abstract: See attached

    Host: Drs. Burcin Becerik and Felipe de Barros

    More Information: Mike Chester_Abstract 10-24-19.pdf

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Grand Challenges Lecture Series

    Thu, Oct 24, 2019 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Clifford Neuman, Viterbi School of Engineering

    Talk Title: Privacy, Security, and Policy in the age of the Internet

    Series: Grand Challenges Lecture Series

    Host: Viterbi Admission and Student Engagement

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Myra Fernandez

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  • Riot Games Info Session

    Thu, Oct 24, 2019 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    If you're looking to combine your interest in games with your passion for tech, join Riot Engineers and Recruiters in this informational session about our Summer 2020 internship opportunities! We will cover our program, application tips and tricks, and wrap up with group speaking sessions with Subject Matter Experts.

    We may be able to provide sponsorship for international candidates through CPT.

    RSVP on Viterbi Career Gateway

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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

    Fri, Oct 25, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS seniors and younger) 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!

    Register Here

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Repeating EventGrammar Tutoring

    Fri, Oct 25, 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 25, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor James Moore, USC Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Price School of Public Policy

    Talk Title: Identifying and quantifying sources of value Metro's 28 by 2028 Plan Using the Olympics as an Excuse to Bankrupt the LA Transit System

    Host: EHP

    Audiences: By Invite Only

    Posted By: Amanda McCraven

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  • Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series on Integrated Systems

    Fri, Oct 25, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. David R. Smith, Professor, Duke University

    Talk Title: Engineering Systems with Metamaterials

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

    More Information: MHI Seminar Series IS - David Smith.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jenny Lin

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  • USC Graduate Engineering Info Session: Taiwan

    Fri, Oct 25, 2019 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    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 applying to graduate engineering programs at the University of Southern California.

    Topics covered:

    Master's & Ph.D. Programs in engineering and computer science
    How to Apply
    Scholarships and Funding
    Student Life at USC and in Los Angeles
    Application Tips

    There will also be sufficient time for questions during the information session.

    Register Here

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Viterbi Graduate Programs

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  • MESA College and Career Day

    Sat, Oct 26, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering K-12 STEM Center

    Receptions & Special Events


    For College and Career Day, we anticipate over 800 educationally and economically disadvantaged middle and high school students from across Southern California for a day of college and career workshops, a college fair, industry exhibits, and
    hands-on STEM activities.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Darin Gray/Viterbi K-12 STEM Center

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  • USC Graduate Engineering Info Session: Hong Kong

    Sat, Oct 26, 2019 @ 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    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 applying to graduate engineering programs at the University of Southern California.

    Topics covered:

    -Master's & Ph.D. Programs in engineering and computer science
    -How to Apply
    -Scholarships and Funding
    -Student Life at USC and in Los Angeles
    -Application Tips

    There will also be sufficient time for questions during the information session.

    Register Here

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC Viterbi Graduate Programs

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