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  • Photonics Seminar - Galan Moody, Tuesday, November 8th at 3pm in MCB 101

    Tue, Nov 08, 2022 @ 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Galan Moody, University of California Santa Barbara

    Talk Title: Integrated Quantum Photonics Beyond Silicon

    Abstract: Silicon-on-insulator has been an indispensable platform for classical and quantum photonics, but it is lacking in several aspects that are needed for the next generation of advanced quantum technologies. Beyond silicon, there is a spectrum of alternative crystalline materials-”such as compound semiconductors, lithium niobate, and 2D materials-”that have the potential to enable radically new device concepts and related quantum technologies. In this presentation, I will highlight my group's progress in developing several heterogeneous photonic platforms to address key challenges in quantum communications, networking, and distributed information processing. These include AlGaAs-on-insulator photonics for ultra-efficient entangled-pair generation, squeezing, and frequency-bin information processing; the integration of AlGaAs and 2D material single-photon sources with silicon photonics; and hybrid quantum dot devices with opto-electronic and opto-mechanical resonators for dynamic tuning and quantum transduction.

    Biography: Professor Moody joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of California Santa Barbara in July 2019. Prior to moving to Santa Barbara, he was a Research Scientist (2015-2019) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado, USA, a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at NIST (2013-2015), and a postdoctoral associate at the University of Texas, Austin, USA (2013). He received his PhD Degree in Physics (2013) and his BSc Degree in Engineering Physics (2008) from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a recipient of an Air Force Young Investigator Program award (2020) and an NSF CAREER award (2021) for research on integrated quantum photonic technologies. He serves as a thrust co-lead and on the executive committee for UCSB's Quantum Foundry (an NSF institute for quantum materials and related technologies), on the technical program committees for several conferences including CLEO, and on the editorial board for IOP's Journal of Physics: Photonics.

    Host: Mercedeh Khajavikhan

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Ignite your "Self" with USC Alumn Nihharika Singh

    Tue, Nov 08, 2022 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    A job is a dream but to accomplish the dreams of your life, you must know how to move in the direction to reach where you want to be in your life! More than that, you require a perfect balance of choosing the right things to overcome your fears, prepare for interviews, job applications and constant motivation.

    What you are doing today is enough or there is something that you are overlooking?

    To have all your answers and to know how to be the one who accomplishes what they want in life, we are launching a unique mentorship program: Ignite your SELF to help all of you to become your own guide in life. This program is a creation of Nihharika Singh, a USC ALUMN, Graduate Ambassador @USC Viterbi, who is a biomedical engineering major, a researcher, a CEO, an educator, a public speaker and much more.

    This workshop is a series that will help you to overcome what you fear to land up on a job and help you become powerful to understand what you are best at!

    RSVP HERE

    Location: Zoom, please see below for details on how to RSVP

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Epstein Institute - ISE 651 Seminar

    Tue, Nov 08, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. Jose Blanchet, Professor, Dept. of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

    Talk Title: Optimal Transport and Distributionally Robust Optimization

    Host: Dr. Renyuan Xu

    More Information: November 8, 2022.pdf

    Location: Online/Zoom

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • MFD Seminar: "Bottom-Up Biology": Building Synthetic Cells

    Tue, Nov 08, 2022 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Allen Liu, Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Biophysics, University of Michigan

    Talk Title: "Bottom-Up Biology": Building Synthetic Cells

    Series: MFD Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: "Biological membranes are involved in many cellular processes including cell migration, membrane trafficking, and cell signaling. A significant amount of work has elucidated the molecular machineries that regulate dynamic membrane-based processes. In parallel, there are growing interests in recent years in trying to understand how the mechanical state of the cells is utilized as a regulatory input to control cellular processes. My lab is broadly interested in studying the mechanochemical responses and force generation of biological systems, both in cells and in cell-like systems. In this talk, I will present two directions in building cell-like systems referred to as synthetic cells. In the first part of the talk, I will describe the self-organization of the reconstituted actin network, with crosslinker proteins and molecular motor myosin, in synthetic cells. Depending on the confinement size and concentrations of actin crosslinkers, distinct actomyosin patterns emerge in the form of asters and rings and could constrict the synthetic cell. In the second part of the talk, I will describe a general synthetic cell platform that makes use of encapsulation of mammalian cell-free expression reactions to reconstitute membrane proteins for generating membrane-active synthetic cells. I will share our work on building mechanosensitive synthetic cells and ongoing work on building synthetic neurons."

    Biography: Allen Liu received a B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry (Honors) from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, in 2001. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biophysics in 2007 from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his post-doctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute-La Jolla. He started his group in 2012, and he is currently an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Biophysics at the University of Michigan. His current research interests lie in cellular mechanotransduction and uses tools from quantitative cell biology, synthetic biology, biophysics, and microfluidics. He is a recipient of the NIH Director's New Innovator Award, a Young Innovator by Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE), a Rising Star from CMBE-BMES, and Future of Biophysics Burroughs Wellcome Fund Symposium speaker. He is a recipient of the Endeavour Executive Fellowship (Australia) and the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researcher (Germany).

    Host: Professor Zeno, Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    More Information: Allen Liu Seminar Flyer 11.8.22.pdf

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 352

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Anthony Tritto

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Tue, Nov 08, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 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=e7f6179e91a725a64e312b7760d319617

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • CAIS Seminar: Swabha Swayamdipta (USC) - Contextualizing Bias in Hate Speech Detection through Annotator Perspectives

    Wed, Nov 09, 2022 @ 02:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Swabha Swayamdipta, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Contextualizing Bias in Hate Speech Detection through Annotator Perspectives

    Series: USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS) Seminar Series

    Abstract: In an increasingly online world, content moderation in social media has become immensely important. However, existing hate speech detection systems are riddled with racial biases introduced during annotation, which are reinforced and propagated by models trained on such data. In this talk, I will first present the inadequacies of current methods for debiasing hate speech detection. I will show how the subjectivity of this task design leads to debiasing failures. Next, I will focus on uncovering the origin of bias in toxic language detection. I will demonstrate how annotators' demographics and beliefs influence their toxicity ratings, and how ignoring such societal context can lead to biased outcomes. Overall, I will argue for the value of rethinking traditional the hate speech classification task, and the need for richer context in hate speech datasets.

    Prof. Swayamdipta will give her talk in person at GFS 116 and we will also host the talk over Zoom.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:

    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_50yG4RHVTa-a6gKPUh7r3g

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

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Swabha Swayamdipta is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and a Gabilan Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California. Her research interests are in natural language processing and machine learning, with a primary interest in the estimation of dataset quality, the semi-automatic collection of impactful data, and evaluating how human biases affect dataset construction and model decisions. At USC, Swabha leads the Data, Interpretability, Language and Learning (DILL) Lab. She received her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, and was then a postdoc at the Allen Institute for AI. Her work has received outstanding paper awards at ICML 2022 and NeurIPS 2021 as well as an honorable mention for the best overall paper at ACL 2020.



    Host: USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS)

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_50yG4RHVTa-a6gKPUh7r3g

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 116

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_50yG4RHVTa-a6gKPUh7r3g

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Department of Computer Science

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  • ServiceNow Open House (Virtual, External)

    Wed, Nov 09, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    At ServiceNow, our technology makes the world work for everyone, and our people make it possible. Our diverse team is changing the world with products that make a meaningful impact on people and communities. The more of 'you' you bring to work, the better. When you join ServiceNow, the world works.
    Who is ServiceNow?
    ServiceNow creates digital experiences that help organizations work smarter, faster, and better. Our purpose is to make the world work better for everyone.

    ServiceNow Open Houses:
    We are excited to announce our new Open Houses this Fall! These Open Houses are
    available to anyone that would like to learn more about ServiceNow, our culture, and opportunities. Each open house will consist of an info session about ServiceNow and breakout rooms with recruiters and ServiceNow professionals. Join us and do not miss out on all the fun!

    ServiceNow Workshops:
    We are excited to announce that we are bringing back our career development
    workshop series. These are free, virtual, career development workshops aimed to help those looking to jumpstart their careers in the tech industry. We'll be covering valuable topics that you won't want to miss!

    ServiceNow Virtual Events

    - Open House September 7th | 10 to 11 am

    - Stand Out at Career Fairs and Conferences
    Workshop September 14th| 10 to 11 am

    - Open House September 22nd | 10 to 11 am

    - Open House October 5th | 10 to 11 am

    - Build Your Personal Brand and Give Your LinkedIn a Makeover Workshop October 12th |10 to 11 am

    - Open House October 20th | 10 to 11 am

    - Open House November 2nd |10 to 11 am

    - How to Ace your In-Person and Virtual Interview Workshop November 9th 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM PDT

    - Open House November 17th |10 to 11 am

    - Open House November 30th | 10 to 11 am

    - Overcoming Imposter Syndrome Workshop December 14th | 10 to 11 am

    - Open House December 15th | 10:00 to 11:00 am

    Check out all of our events and RSVP here!
    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Viterbi Career Connections Office. They are posted on Viterbi Career Connections because they may be of interest to members of the Viterbi community. Inclusion of any activity does not indicate USC sponsorship or endorsement of that activity or event. It is the participants responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu



    Location: online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Nov 09, 2022 @ 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 - Hybrid

    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

    Wed, Nov 09, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Quan Nguyen, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Toward the Development of Highly Adaptive Legged Robots

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

    Abstract: Deploying legged robots in real-world applications will require fast adaptation to unknown terrain and model uncertainty. Model uncertainty could come from unknown robot dynamics, external disturbances, interaction with other humans or robots, or unknown parameters of contact models or terrain properties. In this talk, I will first present our recent works on adaptive control and adaptive safety-critical control for legged locomotion adapting to substantial model uncertainty. In these results,
    we focus on the application of legged robots walking rough terrain while carrying a heavy load. I will then talk about our solution on trajectory optimization that allows legged robots to adapt to a wide variety of challenging terrain. This talk will also discuss the combination of control, trajectory optimization and reinforcement learning toward achieving long-term adaptation in both control actions and trajectory planning for legged robots.

    Biography: Quan Nguyen is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining USC, he was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Biomimetic Robotics Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 2017 with the Best Dissertation Award. His research interests span different control and optimization approaches for highly dynamic robotics including nonlinear control, trajectory optimization, real-time optimization-based control, robust and adaptive control. His work on the bipedal robot ATRIAS walking on steppingstones was featured on the IEEE Spectrum, TechCrunch, TechXplore and Digital Trends. His work on the MIT Cheetah 3 robot leaping on a desk was featured widely in many major media channels, including CNN, BBC, NBC, ABC, etc. Nguyen won the Best Presentation of the Session at the 2016 American Control Conference (ACC) and the Best System Paper Finalist at the 2017 Robotics: Science & Systems conference (RSS). Nguyen is a recipient of the 2020 Charles Lee Powell Foundation Faculty Research Award.


    Host: Somil Bansal, somilban@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ySGInGwKRKKHX7NHJwTk3Q

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

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ySGInGwKRKKHX7NHJwTk3Q

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Nov 09, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Douglas Holmes, Boston University

    Talk Title: TBD

    Host: AME Department

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

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 202

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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  • NL Seminar -Effective, Explainable, and Equitable NLP with World Knowledge and Interactions

    Thu, Nov 10, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Bodhi Prasad Majumder, UCSD

    Talk Title: Effective, Explainable, and Equitable NLP with World Knowledge and Interactions

    Series: NL Seminar

    Abstract: REMINDER
    Meeting hosts only admit guests that they know to the Zoom meeting. Hence, you are highly encouraged to use your USC account to sign into Zoom.

    If you are an outside visitor, please inform us at nlg DASH seminar DASH host AT isi DOT edu beforehand so we will be aware of your attendance and let you in.

    In person attendance will be permitted for USC ISI faculty, staff, students only. Open to the public virtually via the zoom link and online.

    Artificial intelligence AI has shown remarkable effectiveness in knowledge seeking applications e.g., for recommendations and explanations. However, the increasing expectation of more trust, accessibility, and anthropomorphism in these AI systems requires the underlying components dialog models, LLMs, classifiers to be adaptive and adequately knowledge grounded. In reality, the outputs of the constituent models often lack commonsense, explanations, and subjectivity a long standing goal of artificial general intelligence.

    In this talk, I aim to address this gap through the concept of interactive explainability, realized via three pillars knowledge, explanations, and interactions. First, I will explore the post-hoc methods to effectively inject relevant and diverse knowledge into an existing dialog model without additional training. Second, I will investigate the role of background knowledge in model reasoning, prediction, and faithfully constructing natural language explanations. Third, I will propose an interactive approach to address fairness and subjectivity in bias mitigation via feature level user interventions. Finally, I will hint at future possibilities and societal impacts of next-generation explainable interactive systems.

    Biography: Bodhi Prasad Majumder is a final year PhD student at CSE, UC San Diego, advised by Prof. Julian McAuley. His research goal is to build interactive machines capable of producing knowledge grounded explanations. He previously spent time at the Allen Institute of AI, Google AI, Microsoft Research, and FAIR Meta AI, along with collaborations from U of Oxford, U of British Columbia, and the Alan Turing Institute.

    His work has been recognized by the UCSD CSE Doctoral Award for Research, Adobe Research Fellowship, Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, and Highlights of ACM Rec Sys, among many awards and several media coverages. In 2019, Bodhi led UCSD in the finals of the Amazon Alexa Prize. He also co authored a best selling NLP book with O Reilly Media that is being adopted in universities internationally.

    Host: Jon May and Meryem Mhamdi

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

    Webcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mva6sQgjuw

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual and ISI-Conf Rm#689

    WebCast Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mva6sQgjuw

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Pete Zamar

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  • Dean's Seminar: Dean Gregory D. Abowd (Northeastern University) - The Internet of Materials: Rethinking the future of computing

    Thu, Nov 10, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dean Gregory D. Abowd, Northeastern University

    Talk Title: The Internet of Materials: Rethinking the future of computing

    Series: Dean's Seminar

    Abstract: If we trace how computers have evolved over the past 8 or so decades, we can certainly see the impact of increasingly sophisticated manufacturing techniques. Computers now come in many different shapes and sizes. And applications, of course, have driven the widespread adoption, so much so that it appears we have an insatiable appetite for computing, and the power that is needed to feed it. That's a problem. We must take more seriously some of the past assumptions of how we manufacture computers and what properties the constituent materials impose. In this talk, I will introduce the notion of the Internet of Materials, whereby the power, form factor, and manufacturing costs of a computational object take precedence over other functional features of that object. I will show some simple examples that highlight how we can create self-sustaining computational materials. The purpose of the talk is to motivate researchers to think creatively about the convergence of materials, manufacturing, and computing. I hope these initial, and somewhat simple, examples prompt deeper discussions on how Northeastern can become a leader in defining a complementary computing industry.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Gregory D. Abowd is the Dean of the College of Engineering at Northeastern University, where he is also a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with affiliate appointments in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Prior to joining Northeastern in March 2021, Dr. Abowd was faculty in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology for over 26 years, where he held the titles of Regents' Professor and J.Z. Liang Endowed Chair in the School in Interactive Computing. His research falls largely in the area of Human-Computer Interaction with an emphasis on applications and technology development for mobile and ubiquitous computing in everyday settings. His research has introduced innovations in the classroom, the home, for stakeholders connected with autism, and sustainable forms of computing in everyday life. He has been the founding Editor-in-Chief for two major journals and is the most highly cited researcher in HCI and ubiquitous computing in the world, according to csrankings.org (the second two are both his former PhD students). Dr. Abowd is a Fellow of the ACM and an elected member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy. He was a 2009 recipient of the ACM Eugene Lawler Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Honors Mathematics (summa cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame in 1986 as well as a Master of Science (1987) and Doctor of Philosophy (1991) in Computation from the University of Oxford, where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.


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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Department of Computer Science

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  • DEN@Viterbi: How to Apply Virtual Info Session

    Thu, Nov 10, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 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=eed424d6851f20d2ac4206d0ab25c8257

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • AthenaHacks x WIE x Fragment Fireside Chat

    Thu, Nov 10, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    AthenaHacks is hosting a FinTech Fireside Chat event with FRAGMENT and Women in Engineering.

    Join us on Nov 10 (Thu) at 5-6pm in RTH109 for a casual fireside chat about all things Fintech with FRAGMENT software engineers Alex and Jerry.

    Alex Cattron (any/all) is an agender person who has worked in the tech industry for 10 years as a software engineer and product manager and is excited about the software development process, user-centered design, and design systems.

    Jerry Tsui (he/him) is USC alumni (class of 2019, CS) who worked at Robinhood for 3 years on full-stack and infrastructure teams before joining Fragment. During his time at SC, Jerry was involved with AthenaHacks, CTC, and Scope.

    We’ll be exploring what FinTech is, where it’s going, and open the floor for open conversation about what it’s like to be in the industry, what type of work we do day-to-day, etc.

    This event is open to women and any individuals with a marginalized gender identity. Snacks and beverages will be provided for registered and checked-in participants! Please check in an hour before the event begins.

    Visit our website to learn more about AthenaHacks 2023! https://athenahacks.com/

    Location: Sign into EngageSC to View Location

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Maia Calderon-Ramos

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  • ABC Info Session

    Fri, Nov 11, 2022 @ 12:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Viterbi School of Engineering offers USC undergraduate students an opportunity to use innovation to develop solutions in three areas: atoms (Engineering hardware products), bits (digital products), and cells (Biomedical or bioengineering projects)

    RSVP

    More Information: ABC Info Session Flyer (2).png

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Contact: Johannah Murray/ Viterbi Office of Technology Innovation and Entrepenuership

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  • PhD Defense- Qingeng Xu

    Fri, Nov 11, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    Phd Candidate Name; Qiangeng Xu

    Committee Chair: Prof. Ulrich Neumann from the CS department.
    Committee Member: Prof. Jernej Barbic from the CS department.
    Committee Member: Prof. Justin Haldar from the EE department.

    Topic: Point-based Neural Radiance Fields

    Abstract:
    3D scene reconstruction is one of the core problems for 3D understanding. Reconstructing 3D scenes from 2D Images are among the hardest but most useful tasks for autonomous agents. In contrast to rendering, which obtains 2D images from 3D scenes, this task is a reverse rendering problem and can be solved by optimizing a differentiable rendering model with backpropagation.

    The current state-of-the-art reverse rendering model utilizes implicit functions such as neural radiance fields (NeRF) to represent the 3D scene. However, it can only be optimized per-scene and not scalable. On the other hand, deep multi-view stereo methods can quickly reconstruct scene geometry via direct network inference. We propose point-based neural radiance fields that combine explicit (points) and Implicit (neural radiance fields) representation by using neural 3D point clouds, with associated neural features, to model a radiance field. Our model has potential to be rendered efficiently by aggregating neural point features near scene surfaces, in a ray marching-based rendering pipeline.

    Zoom link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/7125769726

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/7125769726

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • ISSS - Bahar Jalali-Farahani, Friday, Nov. 11th at 2pm in EEB 132

    Fri, Nov 11, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Bahar Jalali-Farahani, Technical Lead, Cisco

    Talk Title: Toward Tbps Optical and Wireline Communication: a Circuit Design Perspective

    Series: Integrated Systems

    Abstract: The demand for higher data rate communication has never been greater than today. Driven by
    emerging technologies particularly IoT and cloud computing, higher capacity is required both in core
    networking as well as computing applications. A report by the IEEE Ethernet Bandwidth Assessment ad
    hoc group stated that "global demand for network bandwidth is growing at such an alarming rate that
    terabit-speed networks will be the only way to support capacity, should current trends continue through
    2015". This brings new challenges for circuit designer community as higher speed and better energy
    efficiency are expected from building blocks of such communication systems.
    This talk starts with an introduction to the two major category of optical communication; IMDD (Intensity
    Modulated Direct Detect) vs Coherent detection. Pros, cons, and application of each are discussed and the
    general architecture of receivers and transmitters in these systems are given. The talk then reviews the
    latest trends in the design of high-speed transimpedance amplifiers and modulator drivers. Some examples
    of co-design and co-optimization with optics are presented.

    Biography: Bahar Jalali-Farahani received her PhD in electrical engineering from The Ohio
    State University in 2005. During her PhD program, she was working with the data
    converter research group at Freescale Semiconductor in Tempe, AZ where she was
    responsible for developing digital calibration techniques for high resolution data
    converters. She joined the department of electrical engineering at Arizona State
    University in January 2006 and continued her research on digitally assisted high
    performance analog circuits, and low-power circuit techniques. From 2011 to 2014
    she was with Cisco Systems working on design of high-speed components for
    Silicon-Photonics-based 100Gb Ethernet. In 2014 she joined Nokia Bell Labs in NJ
    where she was a major contributor to the development of Nokia's Wavence products, multi-standard
    microwave links used for long haul and short haul applications. Since September 2017 She has been with
    Acacia Communications (now part of Cisco) working on millimeter-wave front ends for Silicon-Photonics
    coherent receivers.

    Host: MHI - ISSS, Hashemi, Chen and Sideris

    More Information: Abstract and Bio-Nov 11-Jalali.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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