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  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems

    Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Jiong Jin, Lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

    Talk Title: Wireless Networked Robotics

    Abstract: With the advancement of communications and microelectronics, it is now technologically feasible and economically viable to develop mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) with sensing and communication capabilities. Meanwhile, in the robotics community, multiple robots with embedded communications functionality have also been studied, leading to the development of multi-robot systems (MRSs). Although extensive research has been conducted separately in the respective WANETs and MRSs domain, little work has been carried out into the combination of these two technologies. The emerging research field of wireless networked robotics is thus introduced by providing complementary support to each technology. It brings together communications, control, mobility and cooperation to allow physical control of robots, and also enables mission objectives and task division to be performed in a closed loop operation with communications and networking. In this talk, wireless networked robotics that is capable of addressing more complex and time-critical tasks will be introduced. In particular, wireless robotic networks and cloud networked robotics will be presented in details, with applications in both smart city and Internet of things domains.

    Biography: Dr. Jiong Jin is currently a lecturer (to be senior lecturer from 1 Jan 2017) in the School of Software and Electrical Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. He received the B.E. degree with First Class Honours in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2006, and Ph.D. degree from The University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2011. Prior to joining Swinburne, he was a Research Fellow in Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Melbourne from 2011 to 2013. His research interests include network design and optimization, nonlinear systems and sliding mode control, networked robotics, wireless sensor networks and Internet of things, cyber-physical systems and applications in smart grids and smart cities.

    Host: Bhaskar Krishnamachari

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Estela Lopez

  • USC Stem Cell Seminar: Ethan Bier, University of California, San Diego

    Tue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Ethan Bier, University of California, San Diego

    Talk Title: TBD

    Series: Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC Distinguished Speakers Series

    Host: USC Stem Cell

    More Info: http://stemcell.usc.edu/events

    Webcast: http://keckmedia.usc.edu/Mediasite/Catalog/catalogs/StemCellSeminar

    Location: Eli & Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Resch. (BCC) - First Floor Conference Room

    WebCast Link: http://keckmedia.usc.edu/Mediasite/Catalog/catalogs/StemCellSeminar

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Cristy Lytal/USC Stem Cell

    Event Link: http://stemcell.usc.edu/events

  • CS Colloquium: Zhenhui (Jessie) Li (Penn State) - Toward Semantic Understanding of Spatial Trajectories

    Tue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Zhenhui (Jessie) Li , Penn State

    Talk Title: Toward Semantic Understanding of Spatial Trajectories

    Series: Yahoo! Labs Machine Learning Seminar Series

    Abstract: How could we harness the increasingly available big data to understand our dynamic ecosystem? For example, why people or animals move in the space in certain ways and how do their movements respond to surrounding environments? Why are crimes more frequent in certain regions and can we explain it using heterogeneous urban data? Is shale gas development contaminating our environment and how to mine the correlations between environment and all potential factors?
    Our research aims to develop data mining techniques for geospatial data collected from different sources to semantically understand trajectories, urban dynamics, and environment, by closely collaborating with domain experts. In this talk, I will focus on data mining techniques to understand spatial trajectories. I will first discuss why existing methods often make trivial discoveries when contexts are not considered. I will then present our recent results in semantic understanding of trajectories with rich spatial-temporal contexts. I will also show that using cross-domain big data is critical to understand crimes and environment. Throughout the talk, I would like to share my experiences in exciting interdisciplinary collaborations.

    Part of Yahoo! Labs Machine Learning Seminar Series

    Biography: Dr. Zhenhui (Jessie) Li is Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining Penn State, she received her PhD degree in Computer Science from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2012, where she was a member of data mining research group. Her research has been focused on mining heterogeneous and large-scale geospatial data with applications in ecology, environment, social science, urban computing, and transportation. She is a passionate interdisciplinary researcher and closely collaborates with social scientists, animal scientists, criminologists, and geoscientists. To learn more, please visit her homepage: https://faculty.ist.psu.edu/jessieli

    Host: Yan Liu

    Location: Hedco Neurosciences Building (HNB) - 100

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Dec 14, 2016 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of 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: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair


    Fri, Dec 16, 2016 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Mason Porter, UCLA

    Talk Title: Multilayer Networks

    Series: AI Seminar

    Abstract: Networks arise pervasively in biology, physics, technology, social science, and myriad other areas. Traditionally, a network is modeled as a graph and consists of a time-independent collection of entities (the nodes) that interact with each other via a single type of edge. However, most networks include multiple types of connections (which could represent, for example, different modes of transportation), multiple subsystems, and nodes and/or edges that change in time. The study of "multilayer networks", which is perhaps the most popular area of
    network science, allows one to investigate networks with such complexities. In this talk, I'll give an introduction to multilayer networks and their applications.

    Biography: Mason Porter earned a B.S. in applied mathematics from Caltech in 1998 and a Ph.D. from the Center for Applied Mathematics from Cornell University in 2002. He was a postdoc at Georgia Tech (math), Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and Caltech (physics) before joining the faculty of the Mathematical Institute at University of Oxford in 2007. He was named Professor of Nonlinear and Complex Systems in 2014. A few months ago, he took up a position as Professor of Mathematics at UCLA. Porter is known for the diversity and interdisciplinarity of his research (and for his sharp wit). In networks and complex systems, Porter has contributed to myriad topics, including community structure in networks, core--periphery structure, social contagions, political networks, granular force networks, multilayer networks, temporal networks, and navigation in transportation systems. Other subjects he has studied include granular crystals, Bose--Einstein condensates, nonlinear optics, numerical evaluation of hypergeometric functions, quantum chaos, and synchronization of cows. Porter's awards include the 2014 Erd\H{o}s--R\'{e}nyi Prize in network science, a Whitehead Prize (London Mathematical Society) in 2015, the Young Scientist Award for Socio- and Econophysics (German Physical Society) in 2016, and teaching awards from University of Oxford in recognition of his lecturing and student mentorship. Porter was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in October 2016.

    Host: Emilio Ferrara

    Webcast: http://webcastermshd.isi.edu/Mediasite/Play/ef4957a6864d4e1db06e15cba71b9b021d

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 1135 - 11th fl Large CR

    WebCast Link: http://webcastermshd.isi.edu/Mediasite/Play/ef4957a6864d4e1db06e15cba71b9b021d

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Alma Nava / Information Sciences Institute