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  • Viterbi Voices Live Chat - Research & Projects in Viterbi

    Sun, Nov 08, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join us for this student hosted live chat! During this hour long event, we will be talking about the research and projects we're involved in as engineering students at USC Viterbi. We are here to answer the questions you may have about getting involved in research, various research areas, and what we actually do in our labs.

    Register at the webcast link below

    Location: Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://applyto.usc.edu/register/handson

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Admission

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  • Spotlight Series: Financial Engineering

    Mon, Nov 09, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi School of Engineering for a webinar highlighting the MS in Financial Engineering with Prof. Petros Ioannou. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to attend the session to learn more about the master's programs offered, USC Viterbi's online delivery option, admission requirements, and more!

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e553e2765683fe54459ebf7d0fcd588da

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Mon, Nov 09, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Henry Burton, Englekirk Presidential Chair in Structural Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

    Talk Title: Seismic Risk and Resilience Modeling of Water Distribution Systems

    Abstract: Water distribution systems are critical to the well-being of communities since they contribute to the functionality of all other infrastructure. Earthquakes and other natural hazards can cause damage to the components of a water distribution system, causing far-reaching socioeconomic consequences. This presentation will discuss some recent advancements in seismic risk and resilience modeling of water distribution systems. First, an end-to-end simulation framework to evaluate post-earthquake functional loss and restoration of a water system is developed, which encompasses seismic hazard characterization, component damage, hydraulic performance and network restoration modeling. The modeling framework is validated using data from the 2014 South Napa Earthquake and extended to a hypothetical scenario. To deal with the temporal complexities that are embedded in the post-earthquake restoration process, a general dynamic updating framework is developed to reduce uncertainties in the outcomes of post-event recovery forecasts using Bayesian Inferencing, by exploiting real-time data. The specific example of updating post-earthquake functional recovery forecasts is presented and validated on a real pipe network (Napa water system) and event (2014 earthquake and recovery). The end-to-end framework is then extended to enable stochastic event set assessments of the water network using the UCERF2 earthquake rupture forecast model. Given that evaluating a large set of events with end-to-end simulation modeling is computationally expensive, a framework that uses active learning to select a subset of ground motion maps and associated occurrence rates that reasonably estimates the water network risk is also developed.



    Biography: Dr. Henry V. Burton is an Associate Professor and the Englekirk Presidential Chair in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research is directed towards understanding and modeling the relationship between the performance of infrastructure systems within the built environment, and the ability of communities to minimize the extent of socioeconomic disruption following extreme events. Dr. Burton is a registered structural engineer in the state of California. Prior to obtaining his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, he spent six years in practice at Degenkolb Engineers, where he worked on numerous projects involving design of new buildings and seismic evaluation and retrofit of existing buildings. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Next Generation of Disaster Researchers Fellowship (2014) and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2016).




    Host: Dr. Bora Gencturk and Dr. Roger Ghanem

    Location: Zoom Meeting: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98766114432 Meeting ID#98766114432 Passcode:175729

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • CS Colloquium: Xuezhe Ma (USC ISI) - Towards Structured-Infused and Disentangled Representation Learning

    Tue, Nov 10, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Xuezhe Ma, USC

    Talk Title: Towards Structured-Infused and Disentangled Representation Learning

    Abstract: One of the keys to the empirical successes of deep neural networks in many domains, such as natural language processing and computer vision, is their ability to automatically extract salient features for downstream tasks via the end-to-end learning paradigm.
    In this talk, I will present two of our recent work. First, I will introduce how to encode structured dependencies into learned representations to achieve efficient non-autoregressive machine translation models. Second, I will present our work on learning representations to decouple global and local information from/for image generation. I will conclude by laying out future research directions towards interpretable and controllable representation learning.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://usc.zoom.us/j/91743613540?pwd=S0hPWEk5MHFSTVdoSmVidkxLVmlwQT09

    Meeting ID: 917 4361 3540
    Passcode: 296867


    Biography: Xuezhe Ma joined ISI as a computer scientist in Fall 2020.
    Xuezhe received his PhD degree in Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, advised by Eduard Hovy.
    Before that, he received his B.E and M.S from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research interests fall in areas of natural language processing and machine learning, particularly in deep learning and representation learning with applications to linguistic structured prediction and deep generative models. Xuezhe has interned at Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) and earned the AI2 Outstanding Intern award. His research has been recognized with outstanding paper award at ACL 2016 and best demo paper nomination at ACL 2019.


    Host: Xiang Ren

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Cherie Carter

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  • ***NO ISE 651, Epstein Seminar - Week of INFORMS***

    Tue, Nov 10, 2020 @ 03:00 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • CS Distinguished Lecture: Steve Easterbrook (University of Toronto) - Computing the Climate: Building the Software for Understanding Climate Change

    Tue, Nov 10, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Steve Easterbrook, University of Toronto

    Talk Title: Computing the Climate: Building the Software for Understanding Climate Change

    Series: Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: The history of climate science is closely tied to the history of computing. Climate scientists have always pushed the limits of computational modelling, from the first computational weather forecasts developed by von Neumann and Charney to run on ENIAC, to the earth system models used to produce projections of future climate change for the most recent IPCC reports. Along the way, climate scientists have developed a sophisticated set of software development practices tailored to the needs of a science in which virtual experiments are essential for understanding the relationships between human activity and the global climate system. In this talk, I will first explain what climate models do, via a quick tour of the history of climate modelling. I will then show how a core set of software development practices are used to support a culture of scientific experimentation which provides robust answers to societally important questions. I will end the talk with a brief overview of the current generation of climate model experiments. These address critically important questions such as whether there are still viable pathways to deliver the UN's commitment to constrain global warming to no more than +2*C, and whether geo-engineering can buy us more time to address the underlying causes of climate change.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:
    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0sw0PJhSTFuyqKxoQie5Gw

    After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Steve Easterbrook is the Director of the School of the Environment and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. (1991) in Computing from Imperial College in London (UK), and joined the faculty at the School of Cognitive and Computing Science, University of Sussex. From 1995-99, he was lead scientist at NASA's Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility in West Virginia, where he investigated software verification on the Space Shuttle Flight Software, the International Space Station, and the Earth Observation System. He moved to the University of Toronto in 1999. His research interests range from modelling and analysis of complex adaptive systems to the socio-cognitive aspects of team interaction. His current research is in climate informatics, where he studies how climate scientists develop computational models to improve their understanding of earth systems and climate change, and the broader question of how that knowledge is shared with other communities. He has been a visiting scientist at the UK Met Office Hadley Centre, in Exeter, the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado; the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology, in Hamburg, and the Institute Pierre Simon Laplace in Paris.


    Host: Heather Culbertson

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0sw0PJhSTFuyqKxoQie5Gw

    Location: Online Zoom Webinar

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • Lyman L. Handy Colloquia - Nick Birbillis

    Tue, Nov 10, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Nick Birbillis, Australian National University

    Talk Title: CAUSE WE ARE LIVING IN A MATERIAL WORLD

    Abstract: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93139729396?pwd=UmNqVmVac1BGcEZoVEgxaGNnRzVaUT09
    Meeting ID: 931 3972 9396
    Passcode: 514283


    Host: Andrea Hodge

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Greta Harrison

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  • DEN@Viterbi Live Chat with Alumni: South

    Tue, Nov 10, 2020 @ 06:00 PM - 06:45 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi for a virtual chat session with USC Viterbi representatives and a DEN@Viterbi current student and alumnus. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about USC Viterbi's online DEN@Viterbi method and to ask a DEN@Viterbi alumnus and current student questions about their online experience.

    Event Time: 6:00pm-6:45pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (3pm-3:45pm PDT)

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=efff7a1462ce787f4e485d642d0c127b2

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Wed, Nov 11, 2020 @ 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=ece306f4a9390f226d006628623d51d1c

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Nov 11, 2020 @ 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: Zoom Meeting

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Nov 11, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mark Hodes, Tufts University

    Talk Title: Asymptotic Nusselt Numbers for Internal Flow in the Cassie State and Their Application to Thermal Management of Electronics

    Abstract: We consider laminar, fully-developed, Poiseuille flows of liquid in the Cassie state through diabatic, parallel-plate microchannels symmetrically textured with isoflux ridges. Through the use of matched asymptotic expansions we analytically develop expressions for dimensionless (apparent hydrodynamic) slip lengths and variously-defined Nusselt numbers. Our small parameter (ε) is the pitch of the ridges divided by the height of the microchannel. When the ridges are oriented parallel to the (fully developed) flow, we quantify the error in the Nusselt number expressions in the literature and we provide a new closed-form result. The latter is accurate to O(ε2) and valid for any solid (ridge) fraction, whereas those in the current literature are accurate to O(ε) and break down in the important limit when solid fraction approaches zero. When the ridges are oriented transverse to the (periodically fully-developed) flow, the error associated with neglecting inertial effects to find the slip length is shown to be O(ε3Re) where Re is the channel-scale Reynolds number based on its hydraulic diameter. The corresponding Nusselt number expressions are new and their accuracy is shown to be dependent on Reynolds number, Peclet number and Prandtl number in addition to ε. They're compared to numerical results from the literature. In concluding this talk, we will show how the results can be used to design enhanced liquid-metal cooling solutions for microelectronics.

    Biography: Marc Hodes earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Minnesota and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively. He spent 10 years at Bell Labs Research (Murray Hill, NJ) and has spent extended periods in residence at the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST), the University of Limerick and Imperial College London. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University in 2008 where he is a Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies. His Groups research there has been funded by government agencies, e.g., NSF, DARPA and DoE, and industry, e.g., Huawei and Google. Research interests are in Transport Phenomena and, over the course of his career, four thematic areas have been addressed: 1) the thermal management of electronics, 2) mass transfer in supercritical fluids, 3) analysis of thermoelectric modules, and 4) momentum, heat, mass and charge transport in the presence of apparent slip. Professor Hodes is the sole- or co-author of 50 papers in archival journals on these subjects. He is also a co-inventor on 15 issued US patents. His current research lies in three areas. First, analytical solutions for Poiseuille and Nusselt numbers for liquid flows over diabatic structured surfaces that capture, e.g., the effects of curvature, thermocapillary stress and/or evaporation and condensation along menisci, are being developed. This thread is in the context of the Red Lotus Project, a collaboration with applied mathematicians at Imperial College London. Secondly, a series of experiments to measure densities, molecular and Soret diffusion coefficients and mass transfer rates in alcohol-carbon dioxide solutions at supercritical conditions relevant to the drying of aerogels are being conducted. Thirdly, a numerical method for the optimization of heat sinks is under development. The latter was recently spun out of Tufts University as a software product by a start-up company, Transport Phenomena Technologies, LLC, co-founded by Professor Hodes, per NSF SBIR funding.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94808927541

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94808927541

    Location: Online event

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94808927541

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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  • USC MEGA Student Speaker Series

    Wed, Nov 11, 2020 @ 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    What exactly are edutainment games? Most are designed to teach simple concepts like basic math and language skills to young children. But what makes some educational games better than others, and why is this interactive medium the perfect way to learn new concepts? Come join student speaker Meha Murthy this Wednesday, November 11 at 5:00 PM PST to find out the answers to these questions and more!

    Meha Murthy is currently a junior at USC majoring in Interactive Media and Game Design. An avid gamer, Meha has experience with all things games and is also the Creative Director of narrative puzzle game Larger Than Light. Have any questions for Meha? Stick around after the presentation for a quick Q&A session!

    Check out Meha's work here: 1010meha.wixsite.com/games

    Zoom link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91823784240?pwd=d2MxcjQ4bmthQkZSTHVuSVVXKytmdz09
    Meeting ID: 918 2378 4240
    Passcode: 111120

    For any questions, please email megamesusc@gmail.com or reach out to us via our socials:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/USCMEGA
    Discord: https://discord.gg/4rDUD6H
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MEGA_USC
    Website: www.uscmega.org

    Best,

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91823784240?pwd=d2MxcjQ4bmthQkZSTHVuSVVXKytmdz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: USC MEGA

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Wed, Nov 11, 2020 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

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

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e61ad190e07d8c4c7d219bdd5ee40867e

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • DEN@Viterbi: How to Apply Virtual Info Session

    Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi representatives for a step-by-step guide and tips for how to apply for formal admission into a Master's degree or Graduate Certificate program. The session is intended for individuals who wish to pursue a graduate degree program completely online via USC Viterbi's flexible online DEN@Viterbi delivery method.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives and ask questions about the admission process throughout the session.

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e999ba80e88d7173c9d4a02427da82182

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Life as a Viterbi Engineering Student

    Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Doctoral Programs, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission, Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Interested in Master's or PhD programs in engineering or computer science? Would you like to hear from some of our current USC Viterbi Engineering students?

    You are cordially invited to meet representatives from the Viterbi School of Engineering on an online webinar.

    Students who have earned or are in the process of earning a Bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a hard science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend to learn more about applying to our graduate programs.

    The session will include information on the following topics:

    - Master's & PhD programs in engineering and computer science
    - How to Apply
    - Scholarships and funding
    - Student life at USC and in Los Angeles

    There will also be sufficient time for questions.

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1761ed258164d8f7dfc91e94a6d7caad

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Kevin Henry

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  • NL Seminar-The Unreasonable Syntactic Expressivity of RNNs

    Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: John Hewitt, Stanford University

    Talk Title: The Unreasonable Syntactic Expressivity of RNNs

    Series: NL Seminar

    Abstract: In 2015, Andrej Karpathy posted a now famous blog post on The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Recurrent Neural Networks. To summarize this sense of wonder, Karpathy emphasized We will train RNNs to generate text character by character and ponder the question how is that even possible? RNNs empirically generate natural language with high syntactic fidelity, but their success is not well understood theoretically. In this talk, I will provide theoretical insight into this success, proving in a finite precision setting that RNNs can efficiently generate bounded hierarchical languages that reflect the scaffolding of natural language syntax. I will introduce Dyck k,m, the language of well nested brackets of k types and m bounded nesting depth, reflecting the bounded memory needs and long distance dependencies of natural language syntax. The best previously known results use Ok m 2 memory hidden units to generate these languages. I will prove that an RNN with O m log k hidden units suffices, an exponential reduction in memory, by an explicit construction. Finally, I will show that no algorithm, even with unbounded computation, can suffice with o m log k hidden units.

    Biography: John is a 3rd year PhD student in computer science at Stanford University, advised by Chris Manning and Percy Liang. He works on understanding and improving how unsupervised neural networks learn and process human languages. He is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and is the recipient of an EMNLP Runner Up Best Paper award.


    Host: Jon May and Mozhdeh Gheini

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

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95584315616

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual Only

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95584315616

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Petet Zamar

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  • CS Colloquium: Muhao Chen (USC ISI) - Knowledge Acquisition with Transferable Representation Learning

    Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Muhao Chen, USC

    Talk Title: Knowledge Acquisition with Transferable Representation Learning

    Abstract: Multi-relational data provide structural and actionable knowledge representations for various AI systems. As constructing such structural knowledge is often costly and has relied on extensive human effort, there is a pressing need for approaches to automate knowledge acquisition. In this talk, I will summarize two lines of my research to accomplish this mission: (i) transferable representation learning, and (ii) constrained and indirect supervision. Transferable representation learning can automatically capture the association of knowledge across different data sources with minimal supervision, therefore holds the promise of creating a universal representation scheme to support the synchronization of knowledge. Meanwhile, constrained and indirect supervision methods could develop more reliable learning systems for knowledge acquisition from unstructured data, particularly in cases without sufficient training labels. Based on these two lines of research, I will also discuss several applications for a wide range of tasks in areas of knowledge base construction, natural language understanding and computational biology.

    This talk satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://usc.zoom.us/j/96706950791?pwd=cXp3TWlhRmo5ZDB0bnA0a0lOQ1VVdz09

    Meeting ID: 967 0695 0791
    Passcode: 808248


    Biography: Muhao Chen joined as a computer scientist at USC ISI in Fall 2020. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral fellow at UPenn, hosted by Dan Roth. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA in 2019, and B.S. in Computer Science from Fudan University in 2014. His research focuses on data-driven machine learning approaches for processing structured data, and knowledge acquisition from unstructured data. Particularly, he is interested in developing knowledge-aware learning systems with generalizability and requiring minimal supervision, and with concrete applications to natural language understanding, knowledge base construction, computational biology and medicine. Muhao has published over 40 papers in leading AI, NLP and Comp. Bio/med venues. His work has received a best student paper award at ACM BCB, and best paper award nomination at CoNLL. Additional information is available at https://muhaochen.github.io/

    Host: CS Department

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Cherie Carter

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  • Virtual Q&A Panel: What you should know about leading in TECH!

    Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This event is hosted by ITP. CS students are invited to join.

    Please join us on Thursday, November 12 at 4:30 pm PST for a virtual Q&A panel featuring leaders in data science, product management, software engineering, and network security. Additionally, students will be able to network with panelists and ask questions regarding the tech field during COVID-19, career insight, and much more!

    This event is highly recommended to students who want to start their career in the technology industry. All USC students are welcome to join and participate. The Q&A will be recorded and can be sent to students if requested. Online participants will get a chance to ask questions.

    Click the Zoom link below to join on Thursday, November 12 at 4:30pm PST:
    https://usc.zoom.us/j/99308109238?pwd=elMwbWp5cDdjMkJHNG03Z0h6ZW84dz09

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99308109238?pwd=elMwbWp5cDdjMkJHNG03Z0h6ZW84dz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: USC Computer Science

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  • Viterbi Impact Program (VIP) Celebration

    Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join us as we celebrate and thank our Viterbi Impact volunteers for their service!

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92595709853?pwd=V0dHRFdod015RGhvejdCNitTampxZz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • DEN@Viterbi: How to Apply Virtual Info Session

    Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi representatives for a step-by-step guide and tips for how to apply for formal admission into a Master's degree or Graduate Certificate program. The session is intended for individuals who wish to pursue a graduate degree program completely online via USC Viterbi's flexible online DEN@Viterbi delivery method.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives and ask questions about the admission process throughout the session.

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e97d29aba08ea45d2265bd9d069884740

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Grammar Tutoring

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    One-on-One Grammar Tutoring for Viterbi Graduate and Undergraduate Students

    Students are welcome to bring any type of writing in any stage of development, including drafts. Examples include dissertations, articles, papers, cover letters, resumes, and personal statements.

    Viterbi writing professors will work with students to identify recurring errors and teach students how to correct them.

    Fall 2020 sessions will be conducted via Zoom on alternate Fridays. Contact helenhch@usc.edu to schedule an appointment today!

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate and Undergraduate Students

    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • Career & Internship Boot Camp: Resume & Cover Letters

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Need a job or internship?

    Attend Boot Camp to receive practical tools for the job and internship search.

    Your resume and cover letter are often an employer's first impression of you, but how much of an impression are you really making? Information in this workshop will cover:

    - Myth-busting some of the most common misconceptions about resumes and cover letters.
    - The anatomy of a cover letter.
    - How to tailor your resume in five easy steps.
    - Practical tools you can use to improve your resume and apply to jobs more efficiently.

    Register on Gateway -> Workshops

    Location: Online

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Career & Internship Boot Camp: Job & Internship Search

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Need a job or internship?

    Attend Boot Camp to receive practical tools for the job and internship search.
    Your job and internship search can often be a daunting task. How do you get started? Are you running into barriers? What resources are actually helpful? Information in this workshop will cover:

    - Myth-busting some of the most common misconceptions about the job and internship search.
    - Creating a job search plan and outreach strategy.
    - How to search virtually anywhere.
    - Practical tools you can use to help you work smarter rather than harder & track results.

    Register on Gateway -> Workshops

    Location: Online

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Submitting Success – How to Write and Prepare your Application

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Throughout USC and the Viterbi School, there have been a number of opportunities available for our students to take advantage of and learn about the NAE Grand Challenges. We have encouraged students to participate in Engineering +, undergraduate research, entrepreneurship, multicultural and service opportunities, all of which match up with the components for Grand Challenge Scholar recognition.


    While in order to considered for Grand Challenge Scholar recognition, you must have had some experiences in each of the five components, only one of the experiences must be "in-depth" In other words, if you have conducted research or had an internship related to one of the NAE Grand Challenges, that can be your in-depth experience!

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93970239765?pwd=NUZ5cEJaNWV0cnNtSGk0MHVxL1V3QT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • Career & Internship Boot Camp: Building Professional Relationships (Networking)

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Need a job or internship?

    Attend Boot Camp to receive practical tools for the job and internship search.
    It is important to learn how to network and develop meaningful contacts with industry professionals to improve your job search and career development. Information in this workshop will cover:

    - Myth-busting some of the most common misconceptions about networking.
    - Discussing the many ways to network, including virtual networking.
    - How to start and end a conversation.
    - How to build professional contacts and relationships.

    Register on Gateway -> Workshops

    Location: Online

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Career & Internship Boot Camp: Interview Preparation

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Need a job or internship?

    Attend Boot Camp to receive practical tools for the job and internship search.
    Your resume will get you an interview, but your interview will land you the job. Learn strategies and techniques to ace your interview. Information in this workshop will cover:

    - Myth-busting some of the most common misconceptions about who gets the job.
    - Discussing the many ways to interview, including virtual interviewing.
    - How to create an interview strategy.
    - Learning what hiring managers and recruiters consider during the interview process.

    Register on Gateway -> Workshops

    Location: Online

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Career & Internship Boot Camp: Evaluating Job Offers

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Need a job or internship?

    Attend Boot Camp to receive practical tools for the job and internship search.
    Is negotiating your salary easier than you think? Information in this workshop will cover:

    - Identifying the basic elements of evaluating a job offer.
    - What is typically included in a hiring package.
    - Creating a strategy to negotiate a job offer.

    Register on Gateway -> Workshops

    Location: Online

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • AME PhD Student Seminar

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mark Hermes, USC AME PhD Student

    Talk Title: Pentaradial sea stars generate downforce

    Abstract: Intertidal sea stars often function in environments with extreme hydrodynamic loads that can compromise their ability to remain attached to surfaces. While behavioral responses such as burrowing into sand or sheltering in rock crevices can help minimize hydrodynamic loads, previous work shows that sea stars also alter body shape in response to flow conditions. This morphological plasticity suggests that sea star body shape may play an important hydrodynamic role. In this study, we measured the fluid forces acting on surface-mounted sea star and spherical dome models in water channel tests. All sea star models created downforce, i.e., the fluid pushed the body towards the surface. In contrast, the spherical dome generated lift. We also used Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) to measure the midplane flow field around the models. Control volume analyses based on the PIV data show that downforce arises because the sea star bodies serve as ramps that divert fluid away from the surface. These observations are further rationalized using force predictions and flow visualizations from numerical simulations. The discovery of downforce generation could explain why sea stars are shaped as they are: the pentaradial geometry aids attachment to surfaces in the presence of high hydrodynamic loads.

    Biography: Mark Hermes is a Ph.D. student advised by Dr. Mitul Luhar working in the Fluid-Structure Interactions Lab at University of Southern California (USC). His research explores the intersection of underwater crawling and hydrodynamic shape optimization for surface-attached bodies. Mark received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and his M.S. at USC.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92144809085

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Christine Franks

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  • USC Viterbi Application AMA

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join Paul Ledesma, the Director of Undergraduate Admission at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and his admission colleagues for a last-minute conversation about the application. This informal event will give you an inside look at how USC and the Viterbi School review your application. You will also be able to engage in discussion with us through a lively Q&A session.

    Register at viterbi.live/AMA!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • VGSA CS Senate: Virtual Chat with a Professor Series: Dr. Saty Raghavachary

    Fri, Nov 13, 2020 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    Join Dr. Saty Raghavachary, the first keynote speaker for our series entitled -A Virtual Chat with a Professor-, tomorrow from 6-7 pm PST. Hear about his journey: life at USC as a professor, his experiences as a student, his research and industrial experience, followed up by a Q&A session, which would be a great opportunity for all of you to interact with the Professor! Raffle Amazon 15$ gift card prizes up for grabs!

    RSVP Link: https://usc.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6607280

    Zoom Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93845312353

    Looking forward to seeing you all there!

    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to any of the CS Senators: Vignesh (vigneshk@usc.edu), Vaishnavi (vmanjuna@usc.edu), Elizabeth (ondula@usc.edu), Jeffrey (qihongwa@usc.edu), or Sarah (spursley@usc.edu).

    Location: Online - Zoom

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93845312353

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: USC Computer Science

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