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Events for February 27, 2014

  • DEN@Viterbi Information Session

    Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    Workshops & Infosessions

    The USC Viterbi School of Engineering Distance Education Network (DEN@Viterbi) strives to meet the needs of engineering professionals, providing the opportunity to advance your education while maintaining your career and other commitments. By breaking down geographical and scheduling barriers, DEN allows you to take your classes anytime and anywhere.

    Join this information session to learn more about the 40+ graduate level programs and continuing education offerings available completely online.

    11:00AM Session - Click to RSVP
    6:00PM Session - Click to RSVP

    Audiences: RSVP Required

    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

  • Pre-Engineering Information Session

    Thu, Feb 27, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Current USC students interested in changing their major to engineering must attend a Pre-Engineering Information Session as part of the application process. At the session, we will review the application process, the change of major requirements, and important Viterbi programs and services.

    Students who attended the Viterbi Academic Expectations and Registration sessions during Orientation do not need to attend a Pre-Engineering workshop.

    For questions about the change of major process, please contact either Christine D’Arcy (cdarcy@usc.edu) or Jenny Vazquez-Akim (vazqueza@usc.edu).

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Christine D'Arcy

  • Epstein ISE Department Seminar

    Thu, Feb 27, 2014 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Diana M. Negoescu, Dept of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

    Talk Title: "Dynamic Learning of Patient Response Types"

    Abstract: For many chronic diseases, available treatments are effective only for a subgroup of patients, and biomarkers that accurately assess the responsiveness of an individual patient do not exist. In these settings, information regarding the response type of a patient can only be generated by experimentation -- subjecting the patient to a variety of treatments. Physicians then learn about the response through self-reported patient evaluations, as well as from the (non)occurrence of negative health events such as disease flare-ups. The timing of these events also carries substantial information, which should be taken into account when determining optimal personalized treatments.

    In this talk, I will introduce a continuous-time, two-armed bandit framework that balances the trade-off between exploring alternative treatments and exploiting available information. Unlike most multi-armed bandit models that learn only from observed rewards, our model also incorporates information regarding the frequency of health events, and can be analyzed in closed form to derive guidelines for treatment policies. I will showcase the effectiveness of our methodology by developing an adaptive policy to treat multiple sclerosis, a chronic autoimmune disease. We compare the performance of our policy to that of a standard, non-adaptive treatment policy, and show that, by identifying non-responders earlier, our approach leads to improvements in quality-adjusted life expectancy, as well as significant cost savings. Beyond multiple sclerosis, dynamic learning models that incorporate the timing of events may find several applications in a broader medical decision making context, as a means to design treatment policies for diseases such as depression, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac or Crohn's disease.

    Based on joint work with Kostas Bimpikis, Margaret L. Brandeau and Dan A. Iancu.

    2:00 - 3:00 PM

    Biography: Diana Negoescu is a PhD candidate in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Her dissertation focuses on the application of operations research and management science to medical and health policy decision-making problems. In particular, her research focuses on personalized medical decision-making and healthcare models for problems where patient characteristics are partially unknown or evolving over time, and where decision makers are risk-averse, or face constraints on the resources they can use or the actions they can take.

    Host: Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    More Information: Seminar-Negoescu.doc

    Location: Room 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Georgia Lum

  • VARC Workshop: Scheduling & Time Management

    Thu, Feb 27, 2014 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions

    An important element of time management is learning how to make effective schedules. At this workshop, we will cover a variety of schedules and plans that you can use to manage your time more effectively.

    RSVP online at bit.ly/VARC_Workshops

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Viterbi Academic Resource Center