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  • Repeating EventNewbies and Vets Game Jam 2021

    Sun, Nov 07, 2021

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    Never made a game in your life but want to? Or maybe you're a seasoned game developer itching for some fun? MEGA's annual Newbies and Vets Game Jam is BACK for 2021! Join us Nov 5-7 for a fun weekend where you'll get together in teams and make a game from scratch. We especially welcome newbies with little to no game development experience! Opening ceremony is 5PM on Friday, Nov 5.

    What is a game jam? A game jam is a quick, bite-sized experience over a weekend where you create a game with a team based off a theme! There will be fun, lots of learning opportunities, and you get a wonderful game at the end that you've contributed to. This is a great opportunity to kickstart your game developer journey, make new friends and have a memorable experience.

    We will be releasing more details about this event later on but for now registrations are open HERE: https://bit.ly/NVJam2021

    Please register by November 3rd, 12pm.

    Location: SCI Building

    Audiences: Undergraduate and Graduate

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    Contact: Makers of Entertaining Games Association (MEGA)

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  • CS Distinguished Lecture: Michael Bronstein (Imperial College London / Twitter) - Geometric Deep Learning: from Euclid to drug design

    Tue, Nov 09, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Michael Bronstein, Imperial College London / Twitter

    Talk Title: Geometric Deep Learning: from Euclid to drug design

    Series: Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: For nearly two millennia, the word "geometry" was synonymous with Euclidean geometry, as no other types of geometry existed. Euclid's monopoly came to an end in the 19th century, where multiple examples of non-Euclidean geometries were shown. However, these studies quickly diverged into disparate fields, with mathematicians debating the relations between different geometries and what defines one. A way out of this pickle was shown by Felix Klein in his Erlangen Programme, which proposed approaching geometry as the study of invariants or symmetries using the language of group theory. In the 20th century, these ideas have been fundamental in developing modern physics, culminating in the Standard Model.

    The current state of deep learning somewhat resembles the situation in the field of geometry in the 19h century: On the one hand, in the past decade, deep learning has brought a revolution in data science and made possible many tasks previously thought to be beyond reach -” including computer vision, playing Go, or protein folding. At the same time, we have a zoo of neural network architectures for various kinds of data, but few unifying principles. As in times past, it is difficult to understand the relations between different methods, inevitably resulting in the reinvention and re-branding of the same concepts.

    Geometric Deep Learning aims to bring geometric unification to deep learning in the spirit of the Erlangen Programme. Such an endeavour serves a dual purpose: it provides a common mathematical framework to study the most successful neural network architectures, such as CNNs, RNNs, GNNs, and Transformers, and gives a constructive procedure to incorporate prior knowledge into neural networks and build future architectures in a principled way.

    In this talk, I will overview the mathematical principles underlying Geometric Deep Learning on grids, graphs, and manifolds, and show some of the exciting and groundbreaking applications of these methods in the domains of computer vision, social science, biology, and drug design.

    (based on joint work with J. Bruna, T. Cohen, P. Veličković)

    Register in advance for this webinar at:

    https://usc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAodeitqTwjHNLVLccoIBCb3Ngtx0rHF1TR

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

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Michael Bronstein is a professor at Imperial College London, where he holds the Chair in Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition, and Head of Graph Learning Research at Twitter. Michael received his PhD from the Technion in 2007. He has held visiting appointments at Stanford, MIT, and Harvard, and has also been affiliated with three Institutes for Advanced Study (at TUM as a Rudolf Diesel Fellow (2017-2019), at Harvard as a Radcliffe fellow (2017-2018), and at Princeton as a short-time scholar (2020)). Michael is the recipient of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal, five ERC grants, two Google Faculty Research Awards, and two Amazon AWS ML Research Awards. He is a Member of the Academia Europaea, Fellow of IEEE, IAPR, BCS, and ELLIS, ACM Distinguished Speaker, and World Economic Forum Young Scientist. In addition to his academic career, Michael is a serial entrepreneur and founder of multiple startup companies, including Novafora, Invision (acquired by Intel in 2012), Videocites, and Fabula AI (acquired by Twitter in 2019).


    Host: Mukund Raghothaman

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAodeitqTwjHNLVLccoIBCb3Ngtx0rHF1TR

    Location: Online - Zoom Webinar

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAodeitqTwjHNLVLccoIBCb3Ngtx0rHF1TR

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • Repeating EventCS Undergraduate Live Chat Drop-in Advisement

    Tue, Nov 09, 2021 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    CS Advisors will be available on Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays this fall from 1:30pm to 2:30pm to assist undergraduates in our four majors (CSCI, CSBA, CSGA, and CECS) via Live Chat. Access the live chat through our website at https://cs.usc.edu/chat

    Location: Online - Live Chat

    Audiences: Undergrad

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    Contact: USC Computer Sciecne

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  • Photonics Seminar Series

    Tue, Nov 09, 2021 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Alireza Marandi, Caltech

    Talk Title: Integrated Nonlinear Photonics: New Opportunities in the Nanometer and Femtosecond Scales

    Series: Photonics Seminar

    Host: Electrical and Computer Engineering: Wade Hsu, Mercedeh Khajavikhan, Michelle Povinelli, Constantine Sideris, and Wei Wu

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91808071892?pwd=VUwyK3NSNW5rSzVLQzFKSGdPc05yUT09

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91808071892?pwd=VUwyK3NSNW5rSzVLQzFKSGdPc05yUT09

    More Information: Photonics Seminar _Alireza Marandi 11-9-21.pdf

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

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91808071892?pwd=VUwyK3NSNW5rSzVLQzFKSGdPc05yUT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Jennifer Ramos/Electrophysics

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  • Repeating EventDrop-In Weekly Office Hours [Virtual] Posted By: Center for Advanced Research Computing

    Tue, Nov 09, 2021 @ 02:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Every Tuesday, office hours are an opportunity for CARC users to ask questions about research computing. No appointment/registration is necessary, but you must use your USC credentials to access the Zoom meeting by clicking "Register" below. For in-person support, we are also in Leavey Library room 3M (basement) during this same time period. Register Here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Center for Advanced Research Computing

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  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Nov 09, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Lin Xiao, Research Scientist, Facebook AI Research (FAIR)

    Talk Title: Fast Convergence of Exact Policy Gradient Methods

    Host: Dr. Meisam Razaviyayn

    More Information: November 9, 2021.pdf

    Location: Zoom/Online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Tue, Nov 09, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for high school students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience. Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life. Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

    Register here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • Graduate Programs in Civil Engineering

    Wed, Nov 10, 2021 @ 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions



    This webinar is for you if you are considering a graduate program in Civil Engineering. USC's Sonny Astani Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering has a doctoral program as well as a general and eight Civil Engineering specialization Master's programs.

    Civil Engineering professors Dr. Lucio Soibelman and Dr. Bora Gencturk will provide insight into the programs and will be available to answer your questions.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9YFrgqVlSkmD2rlAHMykSA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: William Schwerin

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  • UCAN Virtual Internship Fair

    Wed, Nov 10, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Receptions & Special Events


    Join us to meet with 80+ organizations (from the following industries: finance/consulting, technology, non-profits, museums, education, publishing, public health & more).

    You can connect via group and one-on-one video chats while learning about their internship opportunities.

    To register, log into UCAN -> Events-> Career Fairs-> Click on -> Attend -> Check out organizations, fill out profile & upload resume.

    WebCast Link: https://ucan-csm.symplicity.com/index.php/pid353200?

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: USC Career Center

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  • Virtual Trojan Talk with Cultural Vistas - Alfa Fellowship Program to Russia

    Wed, Nov 10, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Gain competitive skills for the global workplace plus experience in the business, policy, and cultural environments of Russia and the region. This unparalleled opportunity has enabled over 200 professionals from the U.S., U.K., and Germany to elevate their careers since 2004.

    The Alfa Fellowship Program is an 11-month, fully funded fellowship program that begins with language training in the fellow's home country before departure, followed by a group language course in Moscow. Alfa fellows also attend a seminar program to gain an in-depth look at contemporary Russia and to discuss current affairs there. Fellows then complete work placements at prominent organizations, including private companies, media outlets, think tanks, and foundations. Trips to different cities in the region are interspersed throughout the program year.

    Program Benefits:

    - Gain high-level professional development experience in Russia at private companies, law firms, media outlets, think tanks, and foundations
    - Immerse in contemporary Moscow and experience everyday life in this vibrant capital city
    - Travel to three regions in Russia and a neighboring country through program organized trips
    - Learn from experts through the Moscow seminar series and lectures at a leading Russian university
    - Receive a monthly stipend, private accommodation in the center of Moscow, all program-related travel costs including round-trip travel to Russia, and insurance coverage
    - Strengthen Russian language skills through private tutoring before departure and group language classes upon arrival in Moscow
    - Connect with alumni around the world through the Alfa Fellowship Alumni Association and Cultural Vistas Alumni Network


    RSVP via the Events > Trojan Talks tab in connectSC to attend and receive webinar details*

    * There is no GPA requirement to attend these events*

    *This Trojan Talk is being hosted virtually. All interested participants are required to register via ConnectSC. Once registered, you will receive the login details via email.

    WebCast Link: https://careers.usc.edu/connectsc/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: USC Career Center

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Nov 10, 2021 @ 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: TBD

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • LinkedIn Workshop with Senior Director, Ryan Zervakos

    Wed, Nov 10, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join Senior Director, Ryan Zervakos, for an interactive LinkedIn workshop.

    This session will cover:

    1. Why LinkedIn? Get a better understanding of how and why LinkedIn is the best place to be for your career journey.
    2. Your profile: understand that this is NOT your resume, its your story. Examples of other students and how they take advantage of their unique stories to get the best job for them.
    3. Growing your network: best practices on how to easily grow your network with LinkedIn giving you the most opportunity to land that job you want.
    4. Posting content: student examples of organic content on LinkedIn. Get the most out of LinkedIn when you engage with others and share your story.
    5. LinkedIn Learning: The platform to use when you want to differentiate yourself and bridge a skills gap.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Repeating EventCS Undergraduate Live Chat Drop-in Advisement

    Wed, Nov 10, 2021 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    CS Advisors will be available on Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays this fall from 1:30pm to 2:30pm to assist undergraduates in our four majors (CSCI, CSBA, CSGA, and CECS) via Live Chat. Access the live chat through our website at https://cs.usc.edu/chat

    Location: Online - Live Chat

    Audiences: Undergrad

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    Contact: USC Computer Sciecne

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  • Center of Autonomy and AI, Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things, and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series

    Wed, Nov 10, 2021 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Bardh Hoxha, Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) in Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Talk Title: Verification and Control for Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems

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

    Abstract: As Cyber-Physical Systems are becoming more autonomous, there is an increasing need for methods that ensure safety and reliability. In this talk, we present requirements-based approaches that can be used for automated testing, monitoring, and control synthesis of CPS. The methods utilize ideas from three important areas in CPS research: formal methods, machine learning, and control theory. We illustrate our methods on problems from the automotive industry.


    Biography: Bardh Hoxha is Senior Principal Scientist at Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His research interests include the development of practical testing and verification methods for autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). His research draws from areas such as formal methods, logics, control theory and machine learning. Bardh has published over three dozen papers on these methods to top level journals and conferences. Previously, Bardh was an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Southern Illinois University. Prior to that, he completed his PhD in Computer Science at Arizona State University, where he received the Outstanding CS PhD student award. His thesis focused on simulation-based methods for testing CPS using formal requirements.

    Host: Pierluigi Nuzzo

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_p5OEJlPxQlakO4hqovuGEQ

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

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_p5OEJlPxQlakO4hqovuGEQ

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • CSCI/DSCI MS Course Planning 101

    Wed, Nov 10, 2021 @ 02:30 PM - 03:36 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    With the d-clearance system opening on November 22nd for students in the M.S. Computer Science and Data Science Programs, you may have questions on how to select courses for your program or course sequencing. The Department of Computer Science will be hosting a special information session called "Course Planning 101."

    This session will answer important questions such as "Do I have a balanced course load?", "How do I know if a course is light or heavy?", and "How do I know which elective course is best to take?".

    We will also provide course sequencing tips for our students who are in the Applied Data Science program and interdisciplinary data science programs such as Communication and Healthcare Data Science.

    We will be taking live questions at the end of the session.

    Zoom link sent directly to CS/DS students on 11/4.

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate

    Contact: USC Computer Science

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Nov 10, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dimitri Papamoschou, UC Irvine

    Talk Title: Development of a Linear Surface-Based Model for the Jet Noise Source

    Abstract: The seminar will discuss an effort to formulate an elementary physical model for the jet noise source that can be used for practical prediction of aircraft noise. Although the present analysis is confined to a round single-stream jet, the basic principles can be extended to more complex configurations. The model is defined on a radiator surface at the rotational/irrotational boundary of the jet on which the footprint of the vortical eddies, including their convective speed, is captured. The models building block at a given frequency is a linear pressure event with random origin and random helical mode. The probability density function for the event's axial origin is derived from the statistics of coherent structures in shear layers. The distribution for the helical mode is currently empirical and driven by the need to match the polar directivity of sound emission in the far field. The generic form of the event is a self-similar wavepacket with convective speed based on the mean centerline velocity and shape parameters determined by least-squares matching of the far-field sound pressure level at a wide range of frequencies and polar angles. Initial results indicate that the model reproduces, in a qualitative sense, key statistics of the jet acoustic field, including the near-field space-time correlation, the broadening of the far-field spectral density with increasing polar angle from the jet axis, and the coherence between the near and far fields. For the latter, the analysis indicates that the rapid decline in the coherence with increasing polar angle is primarily due to the randomness of the event's axial origin.

    Biography: Dimitri Papamoschou is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at University of California, Irvine (UCI). He received his PhD in Aeronautics at Caltech. His research interests include compressible turbulence, jet and fan aeroacoustics, and advanced noise source imaging methods. In jet aeroacoustics, he has shown the potential for noise reduction by asymmetric distortion of the jet velocity field, a concept that has led to several patents. He has also developed low-cost predictive methods for this type of noise reduction based on a special formulation of the acoustic analogy. At UCI he has served in various administrative roles, including department chair, associate dean, and interim dean. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and recipient of the 2017 AIAA Aeroacoustics Award. He serves as an associate editor of the AIAA Journal.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97427241653?pwd=UGd2aXY2b3dsQkxMdzdvcnNBMjRJZz09

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97427241653?pwd=UGd2aXY2b3dsQkxMdzdvcnNBMjRJZz09

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 202

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97427241653?pwd=UGd2aXY2b3dsQkxMdzdvcnNBMjRJZz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Wed, Nov 10, 2021 @ 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.

    Register Today!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e74f75144e49e73015389621353d841e5

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • iPodia Open Classroom

    Thu, Nov 11, 2021 @ 08:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events


    Faculty are cordially invited to the USC Viterbi iPodia Program's Open Classroom event on Thursday, November 11, 2021. You can join our "learners-without-borders" platform, which enables USC students to study directly from campus with global classmates at 10 top global universities across four continents.

    Our "learning-through-diversity" pedagogy strategically guides learners to engage in productive collaboration with diverse peers. The course includes a cross-cultural exercise, global community building activities, and an innovative technology team project. We would like you to experience the iPodia program first-hand and to consider offering your USC course on this global classroom platform.

    You are welcome to join us virtually or in-person in RTH 217.

    Click here to RSVP

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 217

    Audiences: faculty

    Contact: Jenny iPodia Program

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  • Prospective Graduate Student Webinar: Chat with a USC Rep

    Thu, Nov 11, 2021 @ 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Online webinars are held throughout the year via Zoom and hosted by Viterbi School representatives. All that is needed to participate is a computer with internet access. Webinars are designed for prospective students to learn more about:

    Master's & Ph.D. Programs
    Application Requirements
    Tuition & Funding
    There will also be ample time for questions.

    Register

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XBk-xA9iSA-glKV5Fr9vZA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: USC Viterbi Graduate Admission

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  • Career & Internship Boot Camp

    Thu, Nov 11, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 02:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Fall 2021 Career & Internship Bootcamp will be Hybrid. Bootcamp is a series of workshops hosted by Viterbi Career Connections. If you have missed these topics throughout the semester, or simply want to refresh your skills and learn practical tools to achieve your career goals, Bootcamp is an event for all Viterbi majors and degree levels.

    Each topic will be hosted both On-Campus and on Zoom for all students to join in a way that works for you! The best part: You do NOT have to attend all 5 sessions to participate.

    Schedule of Sessions:

    10-10:30 a.m. - Resume & Cover Letter
    11-11:30 a.m. - Job & Internship Search
    12-12:30 p.m. - Networking
    1-1:30 p.m. - Interviewing
    2-2:30 p.m. - Negotiating Offers

    Register on Gateway > Workshops

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Thu, Nov 11, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Honorable Robert L Sumwalt, Former Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board

    Talk Title: From Design to Disaster

    Abstract: Please see attached abstract, bio and a photo.

    Host: Dr. Najmedin Meshkati

    Webcast: Zoom: https://usc.zoom.us/j/996-8004-9945 Meeting ID:99680049945 Passcode: 905716

    More Information: Hon R. Sumwalt_abstract-bio-photo.pdf

    Location: Zoom Meeting

    WebCast Link: Zoom: https://usc.zoom.us/j/996-8004-9945 Meeting ID:99680049945 Passcode: 905716

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Repeating EventCS Undergraduate Live Chat Drop-in Advisement

    Thu, Nov 11, 2021 @ 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    CS Advisors will be available on Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays this fall from 1:30pm to 2:30pm to assist undergraduates in our four majors (CSCI, CSBA, CSGA, and CECS) via Live Chat. Access the live chat through our website at https://cs.usc.edu/chat

    Location: Online - Live Chat

    Audiences: Undergrad

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    Contact: USC Computer Sciecne

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  • DEI Committee Meeting

    Thu, Nov 11, 2021 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events


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

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Center of Autonomy and AI, Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things, and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series

    Thu, Nov 11, 2021 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Inigo Incer, University of California, Berkeley

    Talk Title: The Algebra of Contracts

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

    Abstract: Contract-based design has been proposed as a formal design methodology to support compositional design in industry. Assume-guarantee (AG) contracts are formal specifications consisting of two trace properties: (i) assumptions made on the environment and (ii) responsibilities imposed on the object under specification when the environment behaves according to the contract's assumptions. In this talk, we will first discuss all algebraic operations known on AG contracts, and the applications of these operations in engineering design. As there are many formal design attributes, such as secure information flow, that cannot be expressed with trace properties or AG contracts, we will then discuss the theory of hypercontracts, which enables us to carry out assume-guarantee reasoning in complex systems using arbitrary hyperproperties.

    Biography: Inigo Incer is a doctoral candidate at UC Berkeley advised by Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli. He is interested in all aspects of cyber-physical systems, emphasizing AI and formal methods that support their compositional design and analysis. Before pursuing a PhD, Inigo was an IC designer in Austin. His work has been supported by a UC Berkeley Chancellor's Fellowship and by NSF and DARPA grants.

    Host: Pierluigi Nuzzo

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_p5OEJlPxQlakO4hqovuGEQ

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

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_p5OEJlPxQlakO4hqovuGEQ

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • CS Colloquium: Jerry Mendel (USC) - Explainable Ai (XAI) for Rule-Based Fuzzy Systems

    Thu, Nov 11, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jerry Mendel, Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Explainable Ai (XAI) for Rule-Based Fuzzy Systems

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: There is a sentiment in the fuzzy community that fuzzy rules would be of great value in XAI because such rules use words (which are modeled as fuzzy sets) and so they lend themselves naturally to XAI. This talk challenges that sentiment, in a constructive way. It explains why it is not valid to explain the output of Mamdani or TSK fuzzy systems using IF-THEN rules, but that it is valid to explain the output of such fuzzy systems as an association of the antecedents of a small subset of the original larger set of rules, using a phrase such as "These linguistic antecedents are symptomatic of this output". It also describes a novel multi-step approach to obtain such a small subset of rules for fuzzy systems, how Linguistic Approximation can be used to express the antecedent membership functions (the symptoms) linguistically, and a method for estimating the quality of linguistic explanations.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:
    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IgXrJer8SMOaS5VdwMdRFQ

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

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Jerry Mendel received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY. Currently, he is (since Jan. 2018) Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has published close to 600 technical papers and is author and/or co-author of 12 books. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a Distinguished Member of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and a Fellow of the International Fuzzy Systems Association. He was President of the IEEE Control Systems Society in 1986, a member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society for nine years, and Chairman of its Fuzzy Systems Technical Committee and the Computing With Words Task Force of that Technical Committee. Among his awards are four IEEE Transactions best paper awards, a 1984 IEEE Centennial Medal, an IEEE Third Millenium Medal, and a Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. According to Google Scholar (as of Sept. 9, 2021) he has 58,428 citations, an h-index of 97 and an i10-index of 310. His present research interests include: type-2 fuzzy logic systems and XAI for rule-based systems.


    Host: Mukund Raghothaman

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IgXrJer8SMOaS5VdwMdRFQ

    Location: Online Zoom Webinar

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IgXrJer8SMOaS5VdwMdRFQ

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

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  • Drop-In Q&A for Prospective Graduate Students

    Thu, Nov 11, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This webinar is designed for those that have specific questions they want answered. Questions will be submitted using the Q&A function and will be answered verbally by a USC Viterbi representative.

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MYe4mGEpQGWUDZnivSKgNw

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: William Schwerin

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Thu, Nov 11, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for high school students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience. Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life. Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

    Register here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • iPodia Open Classroom

    Thu, Nov 11, 2021 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events


    Faculty are cordially invited to the USC Viterbi iPodia Program's Open Classroom event on Thursday, November 11, 2021. You can join our "learners-without-borders" platform, which enables USC students to study directly from campus with global classmates at 10 top global universities across four continents.

    Our "learning-through-diversity" pedagogy strategically guides learners to engage in productive collaboration with diverse peers. The course includes a cross-cultural exercise, global community building activities, and an innovative technology team project. We would like you to experience the iPodia program first-hand and to consider offering your USC course on this global classroom platform.

    You are welcome to join us virtually or in-person in RTH 217.

    Click here to RSVP

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 217

    Audiences: faculty

    Contact: Jenny iPodia Program

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  • CONNECTED: How Tech is Transforming Humanitarian Response

    Thu, Nov 11, 2021 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Alumni

    Receptions & Special Events


    CONNECTED: How Tech is Transforming Humanitarian Response with special guest and Founder of the Afghan Girls Robotics Team, Roya Mahboob, Time's Magazine 100 Most Influential People In The World.

    When: Nov 11 at 7 PM
    Where: USC Michelson Hall for Convergent Bioscience

    *Free and Open to the Public
    *Please RSVP

    Please Click Here to Register

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Kristy Ly

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  • Introduction to Python, Posted By: Center for Advanced Research Computing

    Fri, Nov 12, 2021 @ 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Workshops & Infosessions


    An introduction to the Python programming language. This workshop covers basic Python syntax, installing and importing packages, visualizing data, and writing scripts.Register Here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Center for Advanced Research Computing

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  • Advanced Manufacturing Seminar

    Fri, Nov 12, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Hilmar Koerner, Air Force Research Laboratory

    Talk Title: Disruptive Technologies in Support of Agile Processes for Air Force Applications

    Abstract: Increased demand and competition require novel approaches in composite manufacturing. This includes the systematic use of machine learning and artificial intelligence tools and disruptive technologies in materials discovery, process monitoring and performance evaluation of composites. This presentation will cover examples from the Functional and Structural Materials Division of the Materials & Manufacturing Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory with a focus on additive manufacturing of polymer matrix composites.


    Biography: Dr. Hilmar Koerner is a research lead at the Composites Branch, Structural Materials Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. He leads a research team solving current challenges in polymer matrix composites, materials and processes, with focus on physics-based understanding of composite processing and materials discovery in high temperature thermosetting polymers. His research has made major impact in the field of high temperature polymer matrix composites for additive manufacturing. His expertise is in real-time measurements using advanced synchrotron sources of polymeric systems under highly non-equilibrium conditions.


    Host: Center for Advanced Manufacturing

    More Info: Zoom link (no registration needed): https://usc.zoom.us/j/94568980820?pwd=RzhSUFlZbXE5MWVKdGF3akZPc0Zidz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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  • HPC with R, Posted By: Center for Advanced Research Computing

    Fri, Nov 12, 2021 @ 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Intermediate-to-advanced topics in R programming using the CARC's high-performance computing clusters. Covers profiling, parallel programming, data I/O, and memory usage.Register Here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Center for Advanced Research Computing

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  • Repeating EventDensity Functional Theory Methods Using Quantum Espresso [series] Posted By: Center for Advanced Research Computing

    Fri, Nov 12, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This weekly workshop series will benefit researchers who are interested in or are starting to learn about the application of theoretical methods and techniques for the study of the physics and chemistry of the solid state. These hands-on oriented workshops are targeted towards undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students who wish to use Density Functional Theory (DFT) methods in their research. The aim is to teach the basics of ab initio atomistic materials simulation using the Quantum Espresso suite of codes for electronic-structure calculations and materials modeling at the nanoscale. Fridays from 4-6 PM PST. Register here!


    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Center for Advanced Research Computing

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  • Repeating EventACM Trojan Hacks

    Sat, Nov 13, 2021

    Computer Science

    Student Activity


    Come to ACM's hackathon, Trojan Hacks! Trojan Hacks welcomes USC students of all experience levels, including beginners!

    Don't know what a hackathon is? A hackathon is a chance to meet other hackers and create a project to compete for prizes.
    You will also get to learn during workshops, so if you don't know what project you want to make, that's okay!

    Trojan Hacks will take place November 13th at ZHE 159, and November 14th at GFS 106. Participants will have 24 hours to hack!
    Come join us to meet other hackers, create a cool new project, and compete for prizes!

    Register for TrojanHacks here! https://bit.ly/trojanhacks2021

    Location: See Description for Location

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: ACM Trojan Hacks

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