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  • USC Graduate Engineering Info Session: Shanghai

    Sun, Oct 27, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 06:00 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 28, 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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  • Careers in Data Infosession

    Mon, Oct 28, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Hoa Nguyen, Director of Engineering at Insight, will discuss the growing demand for data scientists and data engineers at companies across the U.S. She'll also provide some tips and strategies for making the transition into the industry. Come learn about a variety of data careers. We will discuss what academic skills transfer to each career type and provide tips on how to bridge the gap between your current skills and your next dream job. All backgrounds are welcome!



    RSVP HERE

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 159

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Ryan Rozan

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

    Mon, Oct 28, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: James Rawlings, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Talk Title: Nonlinear Optimization-Based State Estimation: Robustness Analysis by Q Functions

    Abstract: State estimation can be posed as an optimal control/tracking problem. From this perspective, the stability and robustness properties of the estimator should be derivable from the properties of the optimization problem, as is commonly done in the analysis of Model Predictive Control. To achieve this goal in state estimation, we introduce a Lyapunov-like function, termed a Q function, and show that for general nonlinear systems satisfying a nonlinear detectability assumption and a nonlinear, incremental stabilizability assumption, the optimal full information state estimate is robustly asymptotically stable in the presence of bounded process and measurement disturbances. We also show that the state estimate converges to zero for asymptotically convergent disturbances. These general theoretical results are illustrated by application to some numerical examples using the freely available software CasADi/MPCTools for solving the optimal control problems. Implications of these full information results for moving horizon estimation are also discussed.

    Biography: James B. Rawlings received the B.S. from the University of Texas and the Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, both in Chemical Engineering. He spent one year at the University of Stuttgart as a NATO postdoctoral fellow and then joined the faculty at the University of Texas. He moved to the University of Wisconsin in 1995, and then to the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2018, and is currently the Mellichamp Process Control Chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering, and the co-director of the Texas-Wisconsin-California Control Consortium (TWCCC). Professor Rawlings's research interests are in the areas of chemical process modeling, monitoring and control, nonlinear model predictive control, moving horizon state estimation, and molecular-scale chemical reaction engineering. He has written numerous research articles and coauthored three textbooks: Model Predictive Control: Theory Computation, and Design, 2nd ed. (2017), with David Mayne and Moritz Diehl, Modeling and Analysis Principles for Chemical and Biological Engineers (2013), with Mike Graham, and Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design Fundamentals, 2nd ed. (2012), with John Ekerdt. In recognition of his research and teaching, Professor Rawlings has received several awards including: election to the National Academy of Engineering; William H. Walker Award for Excellence in Contributions to Chemical Engineering Literature from the AIChE; Doctor technices honoris causa from the Danish Technical University; The inaugural High Impact Paper Award from the International Federation of Automatic Control; The Ragazzini Education Award from the American Automatic Control Council; and The Computing in Chemical Engineering Award.

    Host: Si-Zhao Qin, sqin@usc.edu

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

    More Information: 191028_James Rawlings_CSC Seminar.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Brienne Moore

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  • Samsung Semiconductor Info Session

    Mon, Oct 28, 2019 @ 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Samsung Semiconductor, based in San Diego and San Jose, is looking for Masters and PhD engineers to join our research labs for both internship and full time roles (Masters/Ph.D): https://careers.samsungatfirst.com/students/.

    We will describe our System on a Chip, Memory, Display and Autonomous Vehicle groups. We will also give a technical presentation from our Wireless group that will discuss 5G technologies.

    Samsung Semiconductor Inc. offers visa sponsorship and accepts students on CPT and OPT.

    Masters and Ph.D. roles in San Jose & San Diego, include Software/Hardware/Firmware, ML/Deep Learning Computer Vision, 5G Cellular Engineer, IC Engineering, System Architect, GPU/FPGA Engineers. Please bring your CV's!

    RSVP for this event 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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  • USC Graduate Engineering Info Session: Nanjing

    Mon, Oct 28, 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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  • CS Colloquium: Aditya Grover (Stanford University) - Mitigating Bias in Generative Modeling

    Tue, Oct 29, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Aditya Grover, Stanford University

    Talk Title: Mitigating Bias in Generative Modeling

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: In the last few years, there has been remarkable progress in deep generative modeling. However, the learned models are noticeably inaccurate w.r.t. to the underlying data distribution, as evident from downstream metrics that compare statistics of interest across the true and generated data samples. This bias in downstream evaluation can be attributed to imperfections in learning ("model bias") or be propagated due to the bias in the training dataset itself ("dataset bias"). In this talk, I will present an importance weighting approach for mitigating both these kinds of biases of generative models. Our approach assumes only 'black-box' sample access to a generative model and is broadly applicable to both likelihood-based and likelihood-free generative models. Empirically, we find that our technique consistently improves standard goodness-of-fit metrics for evaluating the sample quality of state-of-the-art deep generative models, suggesting reduced bias. We demonstrate its utility on representative applications in a) data augmentation and b) model-based policy evaluation using off-policy data. Finally, I will present some recent work extending these ideas to fair data generation in the presence of biased training datasets.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Aditya Grover is a 5th-year Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at Stanford University advised by Stefano Ermon. His research focuses on probabilistic machine learning, including topics in generative modeling, approximate inference, and deep learning as well as applications in sustainability. His research has been cited widely in academia, deployed into production at major technology companies, and recognized with a best paper award (StarAI), a Lieberman Fellowship, a Data Science Institute Scholarship, and a Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowship. He is also a Teaching Fellow at Stanford since 2018, where he co-designed and teaches a new class on Deep Generative Models. Previously, Aditya obtained his bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Delhi in 2015, where he received a best undergraduate thesis award.


    Host: If you would like to meet the speaker, please email the host Bistra Dilkina at dilkina@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Oct 29, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Kristian Martinsen, Professor, Norwegian Univ. of Science & Tech

    Talk Title: Closed Loop Tolerance Engineering Modelling and Maturity Assessment in a Circular Economy Perspective

    Host: Dr. Qiang Huang

    More Information: October 29, 2019.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • CS Tech Talk: WiSE Presents: Walmart Tech Talk with Senior VP of Customer Technology, Fiona Tan

    Tue, Oct 29, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Fiona Tan, Walmart

    Talk Title: WiSE Presents: Walmart Tech Talk with Senior VP of Customer Technology, Fiona Tan

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: Come hear more about the exciting opportunities available in tech at Walmart.

    Fiona will also talk about her tech journey, as well as why she loves working for Walmart.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Fiona Tan joined Walmart in 2014 and is currently the Senior Vice President of Customer Technology. She is responsible for innovation and engineering execution on all customer-facing technology across Walmart's physical and digital footprint. Her team leverages data and machine learning to drive marketing and advertising campaigns, oversees all personalization capabilities, and delivers the desktop and mobile customer experience for Walmart's eCommerce as well as the technology across point-of-sale systems, pharmacy, specialty departments, and associate productivity apps in Walmart stores. Their goal is to deliver a seamless shopping experience for our customers -“ while empowering our millions of associates with technology.

    Previously, Fiona was Walmart's Vice President of Engineering, responsible for product roadmap and engineering capabilities for Walmart's international eCommerce businesses as well as the Sam's Club business in the U.S. In addition, her team drove technology strategy and operational excellence across Walmart Labs.
    Prior to Walmart, Fiona served in a number of leadership roles at Ariba and TIBCO Software. At Ariba, she led a global engineering organization responsible for the strategy, lifecycle, and delivery of the Ariba Commerce Network. At TIBCO Software, she was responsible for a major product line as well as the management of their offshore development centers.

    Fiona has a master's degree in Computer Science from Stanford and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


    Host: WiSE

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Mrok Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Distinguished Lecture Series

    Tue, Oct 29, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Mikhail A. Kats , Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin -“ Madison

    Talk Title: Thermal-emission engineering: challenges and opportunities

    Abstract: Thermal emission (thermal radiation) is the phenomenon responsible for most of the light in the universe. Though understanding of thermal emission dates back over a century, recent advances have encouraged the re-examination of this phenomenon and its applications. This talk will describe our groups advances and outline future work in the measurement and manipulation of thermal emission. First, I will discuss our efforts to improve thermal-emission metrology, especially for low-temperature thermal emitters, emitters with temperature-dependent emissivity, and emitters out of equilibrium. Then, I will describe our use of phase-transition materials including vanadium dioxide and rare-earth nickelates to demonstrate new phenomena, including negative- and zero-differential thermal emittance, radiative thermal runaway, and thermo-dichroism. I will also discuss our recent demonstration of nanosecond-scale modulation of emissivity and thermal-emission pulses down to picosecond scales. The talk will include discussion of exciting opportunities of thermal-emission engineering for infrared camouflage and thermoregulation.

    Host: Dr. Armani

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Karen Woo/Mork Family

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  • Zillow Trojan Talk

    Tue, Oct 29, 2019 @ 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    About the talk: Undergraduate Only, Computer Science

    Frontend development at Zillow Offers tech stack and CI/CD (continuous integration, continuous deployment) pipeline

    Zillow Offers questionnaire feature design and a/b testing

    What types of internships and full time opportunities will be presented? We are looking for Software development engineering interns for 2020
    What majors are you targeting? Computer Science
    Are you interested in both undergraduates and graduates? Undergraduates only
    Can you offer Visa sponsorship? Yes
    Are you willing to accept a student on CTP or OPT? Yes

    Zillow Group houses the largest portfolio of real estate brands on mobile and the web. We are on a mission to rewire the real estate transaction and are building transformational tools and services that make it easier for everyone to find and get into a home they love. We are working to create an on-demand real estate transaction experience for every stage of the home lifecycle -- for buyers, sellers, renters and borrowers - and we're well on our way. No matter what job you're in, you will play a critical role in making this vision a reality for millions of people.
    At Zillow Group, we're powered by our inclusive work culture, where everyone has the support and resources to do the best work of their careers. Our efforts to streamline the real estate transaction is supported by our passion to empower people and enrich lives around everything home, a deep-rooted culture of innovation, a fundamental commitment to Equity and Belonging, and world-class benefits. But, don't just take our word for it. Read our reviews on Glassdoor and recent recognition from multiple organizations, including: Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For (69), Fortune Best Workplaces for Diversity (38), Fortune Best Workplaces for Parents (31), Fortune Best Workplaces for Women (20), Fatherly's Best Workplaces for New Dads (37), JUST Capital 100 Company (69), Bloomberg Gender Equality Index constituent.

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • USC Graduate Engineering Info Session: Wuhan

    Tue, Oct 29, 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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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Wed, Oct 30, 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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  • Human-Building Integration as a Function of Human Physical Signal

    Wed, Oct 30, 2019 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Joon-Ho Choi, USC School of Architecture

    Talk Title: Human-Building Integration as a Function of Human Physical Signal

    Abstract: The Human-Building Integration develops an integrated human-centered framework for intelligent environmental control in a building. The physiological signals of the occupants, as well as their ambient environmental data, are integrated by using sensing agents (such as wearable as well as remote sensors) and embedded environmental sensors in the building. This enables bio-sensing-driven multi-criteria decisions for determining building thermal and lighting system controls that will potentially lower energy usage awhile improving occupant comfort.

    This human-centered approach provides a framework that will 1) address sensor data processing and analysis challenges that are inherent in large and dynamic datasets generated from sensing agents; 2) develop methods for optimizing decisions and solutions to multiple-criteria problems pertaining to occupants' preferences; and 3) establish a human-centered control approach that is integrated with a conventional control system for building retrofits to enable real-time decision making and system optimization that enhances energy efficient operations and occupants' comfort. Such a three-fold approach can lead to tailored building environmental control systems with the potential for dramatically improving the efficiency of a building's performance, increasing sustainability, and leveraging informatics technology that can improve the occupants' quality of life.

    Biography: Dr. Choi, Joon-Ho is an Associate Professor of Building Science and Associate Dean for Research in the USC Architecture. He is also the Director of Human-Building Integration Research Group. His primary research interests are in the area of human-centered indoor environmental quality control, comprehensive post-occupancy evaluation, and cyber-physical system in a built environment. As an interdisciplinary scholar and principal investigator, he has developed/participated in multiple research projects sponsored by the U.S. federal and research foundation grant programs, as well as industry partners, which include National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration (GSA), American Institute of America(AIA), International Institute of Building Enclosure, Buro Happold Engineering, Glumac, and AECOM.

    Host: Professor Richard Leahy, leahy@sipi.usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Oct 30, 2019 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events


    Bi-Weekly regular faculty meeting for invited full-time Computer Science faculty only. Event details emailed directly to attendees.

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

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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

    Wed, Oct 30, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Janos Sztipanovits, Institute for Software Integrated Systems, Vanderbilt University

    Talk Title: Model- and Component-Based Design of Cyber-Physical Systems

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

    Abstract: Model- and component-based design have yielded dramatic increase in design productivity in several narrowly focused homogeneous domains, such as signal processing, control and aspects of electronic design. However, significant impact on the design and manufacturing of complex cyber-physical systems (CPS) such as vehicles has not yet been achieved. This talk describes challenges of and solution approaches to building a comprehensive design automation tool suite for complex CPS and new directions to extend model- and component-based design flows with a range of data-driven methods recently emerging in AI/ML research. The first part of the talk will discuss the OpenMETA tool suite that was developed for pushing the boundaries of "correct-by-construction" methods to decrease the costly design-build-test-redesign cycles in CPS design flows. The discussion will focus on the impact of heterogeneity in modeling, analyzing and optimizing CPS designs. Based on experience with the development of OpenMETA and with the evaluation of its performance in a complex CPS designs, the talk will argue that the current vertically integrated, discipline-specific tool chains need to be complemented with horizontal integration layers that support model integration, tool integration and design process integration. The second part of the talk will analyze the impact of Learning Enabled Components (LEC) on systems as well as engineering design processes.


    Biography: Dr. Janos Sztipanovits is currently the E. Bronson Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Vanderbilt University and founding director of the Institute for Software Integrated Systems. Between 1999 and 2002, he worked as program manager and deputy director of DARPA Information Technology Office. He was member of the US Air Force Science Advisory Board between 2006 and 2010. His current research interest includes the foundation and applications of model and component-based design of Cyber Physical Systems, design space exploration and systems-security co-design technology. He leads the CPS Virtual Organization and he is co-chair the CPS Reference Architecture and Definition public working group established by NIST in 2014. In 2014/2015 he was elected to be member of the Steering Committee of the Industrial Internet Consortium. He was founding chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Embedded Software (SIGBED). Dr. Sztipanovits was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 2000 and external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2010.

    Host: Pierluigi Nuzzo

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Talyia White

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  • AME Seminar

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

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Rajat Mittal, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland

    Talk Title: From Beating Hearts to Buzzing Wings: Flow Physics and Computation at the Intersection of Mechanics and Bioengineering

    Abstract: The unceasing growth in computational power and the development of new software tools and numerical algorithms is opening up exciting areas of research, discovery and translation in mechanics and biomedical engineering. Consider the mammalian heart, which has been sculpted by millions of years of evolution into a flow pump par excellence. During the typical lifetime of a human, the heart will beat over three billion times and pump enough blood to fill over sixty Olympic sized swimming pools. Each of these billions of cardiac cycles is itself a manifestation of a complex and elegant interplay between several distinct physical domains including electrophysiology, muscle mechanics, hemodynamics, flow induced valves dynamics, acoustics, and biochemistry. Computational models provide the ability to explore such multi-physics problems with unprecedented fidelity and precision. In my talk, I will describe several projects that demonstrate the application of powerful computational tools to problems ranging from chemo fluidics of clot formation to fluid structure interaction in prosthetic heart valves. The talk will culminate with a brief discussion on a new project where we are using computational aeroacoustics to analyze wing tone based communication in mosquitoes.

    Host: AME Department

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tessa Yao

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  • USC Graduate Engineering Info Session: Beijing

    Wed, Oct 30, 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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  • Theory Lunch

    Thu, Oct 31, 2019 @ 12:15 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Federico Echenique, Professor of Economics at CalTech

    Talk Title: The Edgeworth Conjecture with Small Coalitions and Approximate Equilibria in Large Economies

    Abstract: A talk about the paper Federico Echenique worked on with Siddharth Barman entitled "The Edgeworth Conjecture with Small Coalitions and Approximate Equilibria in Large Economies." The paper shows that deciding if an allocation is approximately Walrasian can be done in polynomial time, even if finding the market equilibrium in intractable.
    It will be a fun time, so make sure not to miss out!


    Host: Shaddin Dughmi

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cherie Carter

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  • Class to Career: Navigating the Process

    Thu, Oct 31, 2019 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Abstract: Learn how USC Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections programs, resources and events help students go from class to career. Whether this is your student's first year or last, professional development is key to career advancement. Discover how to help your student navigate the process.

    Host: USC Viterbi Undergraduate Programs and Women in Engineering

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Amanda McCraven

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  • CS Colloquium: Masahiro Ono (NASA JPL) - Robots in Space: How AI and Machine Learning are Revolutionizing Space Exploration

    Thu, Oct 31, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Masahiro Ono, NASA JPL

    Talk Title: Robots in Space: How AI and Machine Learning are Revolutionizing Space Exploration

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: On the third planet of the Solar System, there is an ongoing revolution caused by a group of technologies collectively called as "AI," including, but not limited to, machine learning, optimal decision making, situation awareness, and autonomous navigation. The same revolution is taking off elsewhere in the Solar System, triggered by an advent of HPSC (high-performance spacecraft computing). This talk introduces ongoing research efforts to adapt and enhance latest AI technologies for future exploration missions to Mars, Europa, and Enceladus, such as resource-aware autonomous rover driving, on-board science interpretation, and autonomous descent into Enceladus's vents, which are believed to be connected to the subsurface ocean that may harbor extraterrestrial life.

    If you would like to take a peek of the talk, take a look at the following YouTube movies:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AYvgTlDKQM&t=5s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJXQ0-a9IJE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bdS_xpYz7A

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium. *Note: Rescheduled to 10/31/19, 2:00-3:20PM*


    Biography: Dr. Masahiro (Hiro) Ono is a Research Technologist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. His broad interest is centered around the application of robotic autonomy to space exploration, with an emphasis on machine learning applications to perception, data interpretation, and decision making. Before joining JPL in 2013, he was an assistant professor at Keio University in Japan. He graduated from MIT with PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2012. Since 2017 he is the PI of a JPL-funded Strategic Research and Development task on the machine learning-based analytics for automated rover systems (MAARS). From 2015 he has led the development of machine learning- based Martian terrain classifier, which is used by MSL and Mars 2020 Rover missions. He was also the PI of a JPL-Caltech joint project on imitation learning-based planning from 2016 to 2018. He was awarded two NIAC Phase I studies: Comet Hitchhiker (2014) and Journey to the Center of Icy Moon (2016). Since 2019, he has been the Autonomy Lead of the EELS (Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor) project.


    Host: Stefanos Nikolaidis

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Thu, Oct 31, 2019 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Shengqiang Cai, University of California, San Diego

    Talk Title: Soft Materials: from fundamental mechanics to applications

    Abstract: In recent years, soft materials have been extensively explored in a myriad of engineering applications including wearable devices and soft robotics. In the talk, I will discuss some of our recent work on soft materials. The presentation will mainly contain two parts. In the first part, I will talk about recent progress made in our group on a newly emerging polymer: liquid crystal elastomer (LCE). I will show some examples of the applications of liquid crystal elastomer as artificial muscle in the design of soft robots. I will also discuss several very intriguing phenomena associated with the large deformation and soft elasticity of liquid crystal elastomers. In the second part of the talk, I will discuss the challenges of studying the mechanics of soft materials. Electromechanical instabilities of dielectric elastomer balloons and nonlinear instability of an everted tube will serve as two examples.




    Biography: Professor Shengqiang Cai is currently an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering program at the University of California, San Diego. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Harvard University in 2011. After graduating from Harvard, he spent one year as postdoc at MIT. His research is mainly focused on mechanics of materials, especially soft materials and active materials. He received NSF CAREER award in 2016.


    Host: Dr. Qiming Wang

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • MASCLE Machine Learning Seminar: Joan Bruna (NYU) - On (Provably) Learning with Large Neural Networks

    Thu, Oct 31, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Joan Bruna, New York University

    Talk Title: On (Provably) Learning with Large Neural Networks

    Series: Machine Learning Seminar Series hosted by USC Machine Learning Center

    Abstract: Virtually all modern deep learning systems are trained with some form of local descent algorithm over a high-dimensional parameter space. Despite its apparent simplicity, the mathematical picture of the resulting setup contains several mysteries that combine statistics, approximation theory and optimization, all intertwined in a curse of dimensionality.

    In order to make progress, authors have focused in the so-called 'overparametrised' regime, which studies asymptotic properties of the algorithm as the number of neurons grows. In particular, neural networks with a large number of parameters admit a mean-field description, which has recently served as a theoretical explanation for its favorable training properties. In this regime, gradient descent obeys a deterministic partial differential equation (PDE) that converges to a globally optimal solution for networks with a single hidden layer under appropriate assumptions.

    In this talk, we will review recent progress on this problem, and argue that such framework might provide crucial robustness against the curse of dimensionality. First, we will describe a non-local mass transport dynamics that leads to a modified PDE with the same minimizer, that can be implemented as a stochastic neuronal birth-death process, and such that it provably accelerates the rate of convergence in the mean-field limit. Next, such dynamics fit naturally within the framework of total-variation regularization, which following [Bach'17] have fundamental advantages in the high-dimensional regime. We will discuss a unified framework that controls both optimization, approximation and generalisation errors using large deviation principles, and discuss current open problems in this research direction.

    Joint work with G. Rotskoff (NYU), Z. Chen (NYU), S. Jelassi (NYU) and E. Vanden-Eijnden (NYU).

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Joan Bruna is an Assistant Professor at Courant Institute, New York University (NYU), in the Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics (affiliated) and the Center for Data Science, since Fall 2016. He belongs to the CILVR group and to the Math and Data groups. From 2015 to 2016, he was Assistant Professor of Statistics at UC Berkeley and part of BAIR (Berkeley AI Research). Before that, he worked at FAIR (Facebook AI Research) in New York. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Courant Institute, NYU. He completed his PhD in 2013 at Ecole Polytechnique, France. Before his PhD he was a Research Engineer at a semi-conductor company, developing real-time video processing algorithms. Even before that, he did a MsC at Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan in Applied Mathematics (MVA) and a BA and MS at UPC (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona) in both Mathematics and Telecommunication Engineering. For his research contributions, he has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship (2018), a NSF CAREER Award (2019) and a best paper award at ICMLA (2018).


    Host: Yan Liu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • UBER ATG Info Session

    Thu, Oct 31, 2019 @ 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    At Uber Advanced Technologies Group, we are developing safe and reliable self-driving technology that will transform the way the world moves. Our internship program in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Toronto and Boulder ignites opportunity for students to make a lasting impact on the future of transportation.

    Our software engineers will give an overview of how we're developing self-driving cars and making them into self-driving Ubers!

    We're hiring computer science students from undergraduate to doctoral level.

    We offer visa sponsorship and are able to accept CPT/OPT.

    RSVP for this event 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, Nov 01, 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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  • USC Viterbi School of Engineering Dean's Reception

    Fri, Nov 01, 2019 @ 08:30 AM - 10:15 AM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join Dean Yannis C. Yortsos of USC Viterbi School of Engineering for the school's annual Trojan Family Weekend reception. Learn more about how USC Viterbi works to enable engineering's powerful role for innovation in the sciences and the professions. Meet the Dean, faculty and staff as well as other families and students.

    Location: Epstein Family Plaza

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Amanda McCraven

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  • Repeating EventGrammar Tutoring

    Fri, Nov 01, 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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  • USC Viterbi School of Engineering: Research and Design Showcase

    Fri, Nov 01, 2019 @ 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join USC Viterbi for a showcase of student design and research projects. Talk with students about the work being created by USC Viterbi design teams and see the groundbreaking research that USC Viterbi Merit Research students are conducting. Learn how engineering students find opportunities for learning both inside and outside the classroom.

    Location: Epstein Family Plaza

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Amanda McCraven

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  • Experience Viterbi: Research

    Fri, Nov 01, 2019 @ 02:30 PM - 03:20 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. Mahta Moghaddam,

    Abstract: Mahta Moghaddam, engineering professor at USC Viterbi School of Engineering, discusses her research in radar systems, microwave remote sensing for environmental applications, medical imaging, and focused microwave therapy and intraoperative monitoring systems. Discover how this work impacts society as well as how students can benefit from research experience outside the classroom.

    Host: USC Viterbi Undergraduate Programs and Women in Engineering

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Amanda McCraven

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  • 2019 Fred S. Grodins Keynote Lecture

    Fri, Nov 01, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Matthew Tirrell, Ph.D., Professor and Dean, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory

    Talk Title: Polyelectrolyte complexation: From phase separation to self-assembly to therapeutic nanoparticles

    Abstract: Polyelectrolyte complexation expands the toolset for useful self-assembled objects and materials. Liquid-liquid phase separation can be used for man-made encapsulation applications just as it has evolved for creating membrane-less intracellular compartments in biology. Micelles formed from block copolymers with electrostatically complexed cores can be made and used for therapeutic protein and nucleic acid delivery. Examples of these properties will be discussed culminating in our work on the delivery of micro-RNA inhibitors to retard undesired vascular remodeling in atherosclerosis and arterio-venousfistulae.

    Biography: In 2011, Matthew Tirrell was appointed as the founding Pritzker Director and Dean of the Faculty of the Institute for Molecular Engineering and established the first University of Chicago engineering
    program, which he continues to oversee (now the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering). Professor Tirrell simultaneously served as Deputy Laboratory Director for Science (September 2015 - April 2018) and Chief Research Officer (January 2017 - March 2018) at Argonne National Laboratory. Immediately prior to joining the University of Chicago, he was the Arnold and Barbara Silverman Professor and Chair of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, with additional appointments in chemical engineering and materials science & engineering, as well as a Faculty Scientist appointment at the
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Tirrell completed ten years as Dean of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara on June 30, 2009. From 1977 to 1999, he was on the faculty of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota, where he served as department head from 1994 to 1999. Tirrell received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Northwestern
    University in 1973 and a Ph.D. in 1977 in Polymer Science from the University of Massachusetts. He has co-authored more than 390 papers and one book, has supervised over 95 Ph.D. students and 50 postdoctoral researchers. Professor Tirrell is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Indian National Academy of Engineering, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, the AAAS, and the American Physical Society.

    Host: Department of Biomedical Engineering

    More Info: https://bme.usc.edu/about/keynote-lecture-series/abstracts/

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) - 101

    Audiences: Department of Biomedical Engineering faculty and students

    Posted By: Greta Harrison

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  • USC Graduate Engineering Info Session: Guangzhou

    Sat, Nov 02, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 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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