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  • The W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Colloquim

    Fri, Feb 28, 2014 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Prof. Gregory A. Lyzenga, Department of Physics, Harvey Mudd College (also a member of the Solid Earth Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

    Talk Title: Forecasting Earthquakes: Facts, Myths, and Possibilities

    Host: W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Program

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Christine Viterbi Admission & Student Affairs

  • CREATE Seminar w/ Howard Kunreuther

    Fri, Feb 28, 2014 @ 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Howard Kunreuther, Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center - University of Pennsylvania

    Talk Title: Reducing Losses from Flood-Related Disasters: Dealing with Affordability

    Series: CREATE Monthly Seminar Series

    Abstract: Many residents in flood-prone areas are complaining that they cannot afford to purchase flood insurance because their premiums have been increased significantly due to the passage of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 that mandates risk-based premiums. This goal of this legislation was to reduce the growing deficit in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

    Due to the above concerns of homeowners in flood-prone areas, Congress is now seriously considering delaying the implementation of this legislation and possible repealing it. I will suggest ways to address the affordability issue by providing means-tested vouchers and incentivizing investments in loss reduction measures using risk-based premiums. The importance of redesigning homes takes on added significance in the face of climate change and sea level rise. Backround paper attached.

    Please RSVP to me (calicchi@usc.edu) no later than Monday, February 24th.

    Biography: Howard C. Kunreuther is the James G. Dinan Professor; Professor of Decision Sciences and Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School, and co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. He has a long-standing interest in ways that society can better manage low-probability, high-consequence events related to technological and natural hazards. He is a Coordinating Lead Author on the chapter on Risk and Uncertainty Assessment for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis. His most recent books are Learning from Catastrophes: Strategies for Reaction and Response (with M. Useem) (2010), and At War with the Weather (with E. Michel-Kerjan) (2009, paperback, 2011), winner of the Kulp-Wright Book Award from the American Risk and Insurance Association in 2011 and Insurance and Behavioral Economics: Improving Decisions in the Most Misunderstood Industry (with Mark Pauly and Stacey McMorrow 2013).

    Host: CREATE at USC

    More Information: WP2013_Affordability-NFIP_CK-HK dec2013.pdf

    Location: RTH 324

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Erin Pearson (Calicchio)

  • NL Seminar- Kenji Sagae:Dependency parsing with directed graph output

    Fri, Feb 28, 2014 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Kenji Sagae, USC/ ICT

    Talk Title: Dependency parsing with directed graph output

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Most data-driven dependency parsing approaches assume that the structure of sentences is represented as trees. Although trees have several desirable properties from a computational perspective, the structure of linguistic phenomena that go beyond shallow syntax often cannot be fully captured by tree representations. I will describe data-driven dependency parsing approaches that produce more general graphs as output, and present results obtained with these approaches on predicate-argument structures extracted from CCG and HPSG datasets.

    Biography: Kenji Sagae is a Research Scientist in the Institute for Creative Technolgies at the University of Southern California, and a Research Assistant Professor in the USC Computer Science Department. He received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006. Prior to joining USC in 2008, he was a research associate at the University of Tokyo. His main area of research is Natural Language Processing, focusing on data-driven approaches for syntactic parsing, predicate-argument analysis and discourse processing. His current work includes the application of these techniques in analysis of personal narratives in blog posts, the study of child language, spoken dialogue systems, and multimodal processing.

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    Host: Kevin Knight & Yang Gao

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

    Location: 11th Flr Conf Rm # 1135, Marina Del Rey @ ISI-Info Sciences Inst.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

  • Integrated Systems Seminar Series - Spring 2014

    Fri, Feb 28, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Sayfe Kiaei, Arizona State University

    Talk Title: On-Chip Power Digital LDO and Isolated Power Management

    Series: Integrated Systems Seminar Series

    Abstract: The first part of this presentation will give a brief overview of research at Connection One on RF, Analog and PMIC. This will be followed by a presentation on Digital Linear Drop-out Regulators and the development of Power Management IC. The development of multi-core highly integrated systems-on-a-chip has created the need for small, fully integrated voltage regulators that operate on a per-core basis. In order to maximize efficiency, most SOC's apply dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS) on each block of the system to adjust the power based on performance demands. Analog regulators are poorly suited to this task as they are difficult to integrate on sub-micron processes, consume more power, and require precision external capacitors to ensure stability. The development of D-LDO regulators is intended to address these drawbacks of analog regulators.

    Biography: Dr. Sayfe Kiaei is has been with ASU since January 2001. He is a Professor and the Director of the Connection One Center (NSF I/UCRC Center), and Motorola Chair in Analog and RF Integrated Circuits. From 1993 to 2001, he was a Senior Member of Technical Staff with the Wireless Technology Center and Broadband Operations at Motorola where he was responsible for the development of RF & Transceiver Integrated Circuits, GPS RF IC, and Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) transceivers. Before joining Motorola, Dr. Kiaei was an Associate Professor at Oregon State University from 1987-1993 where he taught courses and performed research in digital communications, VLSI system design, advanced CMOS IC design, and wireless systems. Dr. has published more than 200 journal and conference papers and holds several patents. Dr. Kiaei is an IEEE Fellow and a member of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, IEEE Solid State Circuits Society, and IEEE Communication Society. Dr. Kiaei has been organizer, on the technical program committee and/or chair of many conferences, including: RFIC, MTT, ISCAS, and other international conferences.

    Host: Hossien Hashemi, Mike Chen, Mahta Moghaddam, Sushil Subramanian

    More Info: http://mhi.usc.edu/activities/integrated-systems/

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Sushil Subramanian

  • Astani CEE Ph.D. Seminar

    Fri, Feb 28, 2014 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Wen-Young Liu and Yujing Hu , Astani CEE Ph.D. Students

    Talk Title: Diffraction of Elastic Waves Around Layered Strata With Irregular Topography / Seismic Performance of Tilt-Up Structures

    Abstract: First Presenter: Wen-Young Liu

    Diffraction Around an Irregular Layered Elastic Media – Love and Body SH Waves, Rayleigh and Body P-SV Waves are to be investigated by weighted-residual method along with Fourier half-range wave expressions. Diffracted mode shapes and spectral amplification characteristics of Love and Body SH Waves, Rayleigh waves and P-SV-waves at different frequencies are examined and discussed.

    Second Presenter: Yujing Hu
    Title: Performance of Tilt-Up Structures


    Tilt-up construction is a cost-effective technique which has been widely used in North America, South America and New Zealand. It is estimated that over 15% of all industrial buildings are Tilt-Up in the United States. Although economical to build, this type of structure is vulnerable to strong ground motions. Severe damage to tilt-up structures is reported during past major earthquakes around the world. This research evaluates the effects of moderate and strong ground motions on different types of tilt-up buildings, in order to estimate the potential vulnerability of the structural system. Three dimensional, linear and nonlinear models of three types of tilt-up structures are developed. Nonlinear elements are incorporated for Gluam Beam/Wall connections, Purlin/Wall connections, Panel/Panel connections and roof. Inelastic characteristics for these components are obtained from a series of previous experiments. In addition, cumulative damage of some critical structural components of tilt-up structures is studied by considering low-cycle fatigue problem.

    Location: SLH 102

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes