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

    Mon, Nov 18, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS seniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Register Here

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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

    Mon, Nov 18, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Steven Brunton, University of Washington

    Talk Title: Machine Learning and Sparse Optimization for Modeling, Sensing, and Controlling Fluid Dynamics

    Abstract: Many tasks in fluid mechanics, such as design optimization, sensor selection, modeling, and control, are challenging because fluids are nonlinear and exhibit a large range of scales in both space and time. This range of scales necessitates exceedingly high-dimensional measurements and computational discretization to resolve all relevant features, resulting in vast data sets and time-intensive computations. Indeed, fluid dynamics is one of the original big data fields, and many high-performance computing architectures, experimental measurement techniques, and advanced data processing and visualization algorithms were driven by decades of research in fluid mechanics. Despite the increasing volumes of fluid data, low-dimensional patterns often exist, and there are considerable efforts to model the evolution of these dominant coherent structures that are important for engineering objectives. In this talk, I will explore a number of emerging techniques in machine learning and sparse optimization that complement existing numerical and experimental efforts in fluid mechanics. Machine learning comprises a powerful set of techniques to uncover these low-dimensional flow patterns, which in turn enables sparse optimization for efficient sampling and computations. The resulting models are parsimonious, balancing model complexity with descriptive ability while avoiding overfitting. Because fluid dynamics is central to transportation, health, energy, and defense systems, I will emphasize the importance of machine learning solutions that are interpretable, generalizable, and that respect known physics.

    Biography: Steven L. Brunton is the James B. Morrison Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics and a Data Science Fellow at the eScience Institute. Steve received the B.S. in mathematics from Caltech in 2006 and the Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton in 2012. His research combines machine learning with dynamical systems to model and control systems in fluid dynamics, biolocomotion, optics, energy systems, and manufacturing. He is a co-author of three textbooks, received the Army and Air Force Young Investigator Program (YIP) awards, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

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

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

    More Information: 191118_Steven Brunton_CSC.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Brienne Moore

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  • CILQ Faculty Seminar

    Mon, Nov 18, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Alan Willner, Professor/USC

    Talk Title: High-Capacity Free-Space Communication Links Using Mode-Division Multiplexing

    Abstract: Multiple orthogonal beams, each located on a different spatial mode and carrying independent data, can be simultaneously transmitted between two apertures. This form of spatial multiplexing, known as mode multiplexing, has the potential to significantly increase communication system capacity and spectral efficiency. Of particular note is the multiplexing of orbital-angular-momentum modes for high-capacity free-space optical and millimeter-wave links. We will discuss transmission results, design guidelines, mitigation of turbulence and crosstalk, and classical and quantum channels.

    Host: CSI

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Corine Wong

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  • Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QIF) Trojan Talk

    Mon, Nov 18, 2019 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    At Qualcomm, research and development is a strong focus. It enables Qualcomm to foster new ideas which ultimately lead to future technology advancements and growth. That focus is also what led it to partner with university PhD students, cultivating new and forward thinking ideas and continuing to further research and development overall. The Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QIF) program invests in university PhD students and their forward thinking ideas.

    Learn more about the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QIF) program here: https://www.qualcomm.com/invention/research/university-relations/innovation-fellowship.

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

    Audiences: Viterbi PhD Students in CS, CE, or EE

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Qualcomm Wireless Research & Development Trojan Talk

    Mon, Nov 18, 2019 @ 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Learn how you can become one of the engineers in Qualcomm Wireless Research, working on strategic projects for the development of new technologies related to 5G, C-V2X, WLAN, industrial-IoT and satellite communication systems. This session will feature information about full-time opportunities.

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

    Audiences: Viterbi CS, CE, or EE Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CS Colloquium: Iacopo Masi (USC ISI) - Towards Visual Understanding of Humans for Recognition, Reconstruction, and Synthesis

    Tue, Nov 19, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Iacopo Masi, USC

    Talk Title: Towards Visual Understanding of Humans for Recognition, Reconstruction, and Synthesis

    Abstract: Computer vision is arguably the most rapidly evolving topic in computer science, undergoing drastic and exciting changes. A primary goal is teaching machines how to understand and model humans from visual information.

    The main thread of my research is giving machines the capability to (1) build an internal representation of humans, as seen from a camera in uncooperative environments, that is highly discriminative with respect to identity (e.g., person re-identification and face recognition); and (2) to semantically analyze human faces to detect, segment, reconstruct, and synthesis them (e.g., occlusion detection and face completion).

    In this talk, I demonstrate how we can effectively design and learn discriminative representations for person re-identification and how face recognition can improve without the need for massive human supervision or labeled data, using face-specific augmentation. Then I show how to enforce smoothness in a deep neural network for better, structured face occlusion detection and how this occlusion detection can ease the learning of the face completion task.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium


    Biography: Iacopo Masi is a Research Computer Scientist at the USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI). He received a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering at the University of Firenze, Italy. He was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Southern California, USA. Iacopo has been Area-Chair of several WACVs and currently serves as Associate Editor for The Visual Computer - International Journal of Computer Graphics. He organized an International Workshop on Human Identification at ICCV'17 and was Workshop Chair at SIBGRAPI'18. His main research interest lies in solving the computer vision problem, specifically, the subjects of tracking, person re-identification, 2D/3D face recognition, and modeling.

    Host: Bill Swartout

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 115

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cherie Carter

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  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Nov 19, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Michael R. Wagner, Associate Professor, University of Washington

    Talk Title: Profit Estimation Error in the Newsvendor Model

    Host: Dr. Phebe Vayanos

    More Information: November 19, 2019.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Grace Owh

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  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Seminar - Distinguished Lecture Series

    Tue, Nov 19, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Baron Peters, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

    Talk Title: Single atom catalysts on amorphous supports: a wild frontier for ab initio calculations

    Host: Dr. Sharada

    More Information: DLS_Peters.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Karen Woo/Mork Family

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  • Grand Challenges Scholars Program: Meet Marlink!

    Tue, Nov 19, 2019 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The USC Viterbi team Marlink is an all-female team of Viterbi juniors who was selected among 27 other competing university teams in an innovation competition conducted by the National Academy of Engineering, to be one of five US teams to represent the US in the Global Grand Challenges Summit that took place in London, England, in September 2019.

    Come and discover how Marlink started and their experience at the Global Grand Challenges Summit student competition finals.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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

    Wed, Nov 20, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS seniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Register Here

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Thales Tech Challenge is Tabling in the Engineering Quad

    Wed, Nov 20, 2019 @ 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Stop by our table in the Engineering Quad to learn all about the THALES TECH CHALLENGE!!!

    The Thales Tech Challenge is a competition for all students to see who can come up with the most breakthrough and disruptive technology of the future. We are looking for revolutionary ideas in our different markets which include; Aerospace, Space, Ground Transportation, Identity & Security, and Defense & Security.

    Our prize list includes; electric scooter, drone, apple watch, & more. The grand prize is a fully-paid (yes - even your food is paid!) internship at the Thales Digital in Paris France! Everyone on the team gets the same prize, you don-t have to share. Additional prizes include; electric scooter, drone, apple watch, apple airpods & more!

    To enter, students will form a team of 2 to 5 people and submit their ideas and proposal in stage 1. The top five teams per country will be selected to move to stage 2 where they build out a pitch on their idea to present to the business. Students will we paired up with mentors from the business in stage 2.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Nov 20, 2019 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events


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

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

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Nov 20, 2019 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Eliot Fried, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University(OIST)

    Talk Title: Closed Nonorientable Ribbons from Unstretchable Helicoidal Material Surfaces

    Abstract: A material surface is unstretchable as a two-dimensional physical object if the intrinsic length between each pair of its material points cannot change during any deformation. Intuitively, such a surface can bend and twist but its material filaments can never extend or contract. The constraint that models this intense kinematic idealization must affirm that no surface strain can be developed in any possible deformation, and it must allow for the existence of constraint reactions and the consequential development of related tractions in any deformation. This talk will focus on a theory for determining the shape of closed ribbons made from bending and twisting a unstretchable helicoidal material surface. Surprising connections to the kinematics of underconstrained linkages, the dynamics of closed vortex filaments, and the chemistry of cyclic hydocarbon compounds will be discussed.

    Biography: Eliot Fried earned his Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from the California Institute of Technology in 1991. He received a National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, and a National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award. Currently he heads the Mathematics, Mechanics, and Materials Unit. Previously, at McGill University, he was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Interfacial and Defect Mechanics. Before that he held tenured positions in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis. At Illinois, he was a Fellow of the Center of Advanced Study and was awarded a Critical Research Initiative Grant. In his research, he uses statistical and continuum mechanics and thermodynamics, geometry, asymptotic analysis, bifurcation theory, and scientific computing to study fundamental and applied problems involving novel material systems and processes.

    Host: AME Department

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Tessa Yao

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  • NL Seminar-Machine Reading for Precision Medicine

    Thu, Nov 21, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Hoifung Poon, MSR/UW

    Talk Title: Machine Reading for Precision Medicine

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: The advent of big data promises to revolutionize medicine by making it more personalized and effective, but big data also presents a grand challenge of information overload. For example, tumor sequencing has become routine in cancer treatment, yet interpreting the genomic data requires painstakingly curating knowledge from a vast biomedical literature, which grows by thousands of papers every day. Electronic medical records contain valuable information to speed up clinical trial recruitment and drug development, but curating such real world evidence from clinical notes can take hours for a single patient. NLP can play a key role in interpreting big data for precision medicine. In particular, machine reading can help unlock knowledge from text by substantially improving curation efficiency. However, standard supervised methods require labeled examples, which are expensive and time-consuming to produce at scale. In this talk, I'll present Project Hanover, where we overcome the annotation bottleneck by combining deep learning with probabilistic logic, and by exploiting self supervision from readily available resources such as ontologies and databases. This enables us to extract knowledge from millions of publications, reason efficiently with the resulting knowledge graph by learning neural embeddings of biomedical entities and relations, and apply the extracted knowledge and learned embeddings to supporting precision oncology.


    Biography: Hoifung Poon is the Director of Precision Health NLP at Microsoft Research and an affiliated professor at the University of Washington Medical School. He leads Project Hanover, with the overarching goal of advancing machine reading for precision health, by combining probabilistic logic with deep learning. He has given tutorials on this topic at top conferences such as the Association for Computational Linguistics ACL and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence AAAI. His research spans a wide range of problems in machine learning and natural language processing NLP, and his prior work has been recognized with Best Paper Awards from premier venues such as the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics NAACL, Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing EMNLP, and Uncertainty in AI UAI. He received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Washington, specializing in machine learning and NLP.

    Host: Emily Sheng

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

    Webcast: https://bluejeans.com/165124022

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Conf Rm #1014

    WebCast Link: https://bluejeans.com/165124022

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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  • Min Family Challenge: Engineering for a Sustainable Future Lunch & Learn Information Session

    Thu, Nov 21, 2019 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Min Family Challenge (MFC) was created to empower future generations of engineers to use their acquired knowledge and leverage the power of technology to better the world by serving the least fortunate and their pressing societal needs. Inspired by The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this year's challenge will support teams developing engineering solutions for a sustainable future. The grand prize winner will receive $50K to help launch their company!

    Interested participants should attend a special information session on Thursday, November 21 at 11:30 AM to learn about the current challenges in air and water quality in the local community. This is a great opportunity to begin thinking about how you can make a real difference! Individuals and teams can apply without an idea. You must apply by December 1, 2019, but your final team does not need to be formed until late January. The challenge is open to all USC students, however, a current Viterbi student must serve on each team. If you are outside of Viterbi, please come to the session to meet our students!

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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

    Fri, Nov 22, 2019

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS seniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Register Here

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

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  • Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series on Integrated Systems

    Fri, Nov 22, 2019 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Firooz Aflatouni, Skirkanich Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

    Talk Title: Electronic-photonic Co-design; from Imaging to Optical Phase Control

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

    More Information: MHI Seminar Series IS - Firooz Aflatouni.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jenny Lin

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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Fri, Nov 22, 2019 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Shamin Pazkad, Lehigh University

    Talk Title: Mobile Sensing Platform for Structural Monitoring

    Abstract:
    The rapid revolution in sensing, computation, and communication
    technology in the past twenty years has provided exciting opportunities for the integration of sensing systems to contribute in addressing one of the key questions of the engineering community in realizing resilient systems. It is hard to imagine a future for resilient civil structures and
    infrastructure without embedded interactive sensory networks that can provide comprehensive feedback about the condition of structures, and produce information that can be used in operation, maintenance,rehabilitation and functionality of structures and infrastructure. One of the new sources of data is through mobile sensing. The application of these sensing mechanisms in structural systems is the focus of this presentation.

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    Shamim N. Pakzad, Ph.D.,
    Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Lehigh University

    http://pakzad.atlss.lehigh.edu/
    email: pakzad@lehigh.edu



    Biography: Shamim Pakzad is an Associate Professor of Structural Engineering and Director of Graduate Studies at Lehigh University's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

    He completed his doctorate in 2008 at the University of California Berkeley where he worked on development and large scale implementation of low power wireless sensor networks for civil structural systems. His research isfocused on sensing methods, mobile sensing,structural identification,damage detection, structural dynamics, and in a more general sense,structural health monitoring,methods and models for bigdata analysis instructural systems, and realizing resilient communities in smart andconnected cities.


    Host: Dr. Bora Gencturk

    Location: Ray R. Irani Hall (RRI) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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