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  • Epstein ISE Department Seminar

    Mon, Mar 03, 2014 @ 03:30 AM - 04:30 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. David Papp, Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

    Talk Title: "Optimization Models for Cancer Treatment Using Arc Therapy"

    Abstract: During radiotherapy, cancer patients are irradiated with beams of ionizing radiation that kill both cancerous and healthy cells. Treatment, therefore, has to be carefully designed in order to deliver the prescribed radiation dose to the tumor while sparing critical organs and healthy tissue from damage. Recently, radiotherapy delivery using arc therapy has been gaining popularity in clinics, since it has the potential to improve treatment plan quality while shortening treatment time. During this type of therapy, patients can be irradiated from virtually every angle, with a beam whose shape is continuously changing as the radiation source revolves around the patient. Optimizing such a treatment is much more challenging than designing conventional treatments, because natural formulations of this problem are both large-scale and non-convex optimization models. As a result, currently there is little support of this modality in treatment planning software, and the solutions are based on rather weak heuristics. The talk will present a novel optimization model that can be solved approximately using convex optimization methods, and can also be used in multi-criteria treatment planning. Computational results show that the approach provides high quality treatment plans for a variety of treatment sites.

    MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014
    3:30 - 4:30 PM

    Biography: Dr. Papp has received his PhD in Operations research from Rutgers University in 2011, for his dissertation on polynomial programming methods for statistical estimation problems. He currently holds a joint appointment with Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to joining HMS, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University. His primary interest is in computational optimization; his research involves developing deterministic and stochastic optimization approaches to solve problems in healthcare, statistics, and engineering.

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

    More Information: Seminar-Papp.doc

    Location: GER 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Georgia Lum

  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Mon, Mar 03, 2014 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Professional Programs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: TBA,

    Talk Title: Six Sigma Black Belt

    Abstract: Course Overview

    This course teaches you the advanced problem-solving skills you'll need in order to measure a process, analyze the results, develop process improvements and quantify the resulting savings. Project assignments between sessions require you to apply what you've learned. This course is presented in the classroom in three five-day sessions over a three-month period.

    Learn the advanced problem-solving skills you need to implement the principles, practices and techniques of Six Sigma to maximize performance and cost reductions in your organization. During this three-week practitioner course, you will learn how to measure a process, analyze the results, develop process improvements and quantify the resulting savings. You will be required to complete a project demonstrating mastery of appropriate analytical methods and pass an examination to earn IIE's Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate.This practitioner course for Six Sigma implementation provides extensive coverage of the Six Sigma process as well as intensive exposure to the key analytical tools associated with Six Sigma, including project management, team skills, cost analysis, FMEA, basic statistics, inferential statistics, sampling, goodness of fit testing, regression and correlation analysis, reliability, design of experiments, statistical process control, measurement systems analysis and simulation. Computer applications are emphasized.

    NOTE: Participants must bring a laptop computer running Microsoft Office to the seminar.

    Course Topics

    * Business process management
    * Computer applications
    * Design of experiments (DOE)
    * Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)
    * DMAIIC
    * Enterprisewide deployment
    * Lean enterprise
    * Project management
    * Regression and correlation modeling
    * Statistical methods and sampling
    * Statistical process control
    * Team processes


    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

    * Analyze process data using comprehensive statistical methods
    * Control the process to assure that improvements are used and the benefits verified
    * Define an opportunity for improving customer satisfaction
    * Implement the recommended improvements
    * Improve existing processes by reducing variation
    * Measure process characteristics that are critical to quality

    Who Should Attend

    * VPs, COOs, CEOs
    * Employees new to a managerial position
    * Employees preparing to make the transition to managerial roles
    * Current managers wanting to hone leadership skills
    * Anyone interested in implementing Lean or Six Sigma in their organization

    Program Fees

    On-Campus Participants: $7,245
    Includes continental breakfasts, lunch and all course materials. The fee does not include hotel accommodations or transportation.

    Online Participant with Live Session Interactivity: $7,245

    Includes attendee access codes for live call-in or chat capabilities during class sessions. Also includes all course and lecture materials available for live stream or download.

    Reduced Pricing:

    Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE): Reduced pricing is available for members of IIE. Please contact professional@gapp.usc.edu for further information.

    Trojan Family: USC alumni, current students, faculty, and staff receive 10% reduced pricing on registration.

    Boeing: Boeing employees receive 20% off registration fees (please use Boeing email address when registering).

    Two course delivery options are available for participants, on-campus and online with interactivity:

    On-Campus Course is held in state-of-the-art facilities on the University of Southern California campus, located in downtown Los Angeles. Participants attending on-campus will have the option to commute to the course or stay at one of the many hotels located in the area. For travel information, please visit our Travel section.

    Overview of on-campus option:

    * The ability to interact with faculty and peers in-person.
    * Access to hard copy course materials.
    * Ability to logon and view archived course information - up to 7 days after the course has been offered. This includes course documents and streaming video of the lectures.
    * If there is a conflict during any on-campus course dates, on-campus participants can elect to be an online/interactive student.
    * Parking, refreshments and lunch are provided for on-campus participants unless otherwise specified.

    Online (Interactivity) Course delivery is completely online and real-time, enabling interaction with the instructor and fellow participants. Participants have the flexibility of completing the course from a distance utilizing USC's Distance Education Network technology. Students are required to be online for the entirety of each day's session.

    Overview of online (interactive):

    * Virtually participate in the course live with the ability to either ask questions or chat questions to the entire class.
    * WebEx technologies provide the option to call into the class and view the entire lecture/materials on a personal computer, or to participate on a computer without having to utilize a phone line.
    * Ability to logon and view archived course information up to 7 days after the course has been offered. This includes course documents and streaming video of the lectures.

    Continuing Education Units
    CEUs: 10.5 (CEUs provided by request only)

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering Certificate of Participation is awarded to all participants upon successful completion of course.

    Upon completion, participants will also receive their Institute of Industrial Engineers certification in Six Sigma Black Belt.

    Host: Corporate and Professional Programs

    More Info: http://gapp.usc.edu/professional-programs/short-courses/industrial%26systems/six-sigma-black-belt

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

  • Astani CEE Oral Defense

    Mon, Mar 03, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Armen Derkevorkian , Astani CEE Ph.D. Student

    Talk Title: Studies into Data-Driven Approaches for Nonlinear System Identification, Condition Assessment, and Health Monitoring

    The recent advancements in computational capabilities and sensing technologies provide an excellent opportunity to develop, test, and validate data-driven mathematical models for system identification, condition assessment, and health monitoring of structural systems that may be vibrating in linear and/or nonlinear ranges. In this study, measurements from various large-scale, complex, experimental systems, as well as full-scale real-life multi-input-multi-output (MIMO) structures are used to develop robust mathematical frameworks for response prediction, change detection, nonlinear damping estimation, in addition to displacement-field and operating-load estimation. The systems under consideration are the Yokohama Bay Bridge which was subjected to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake; large-scale experimental soil-foundation-superstructure interaction systems subjected to various earthquake excitations with systematically increasing levels of intensity; swept wing-like experimental aluminum plates developed at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and instrumented with state-of-the-art fiber-optic sensors; and a four-story experimental test-bed designed, developed and fabricated at the University of Southern California. The vibration signatures from these systems are used to assess the viability of existing parametric and nonparametric identification approaches, and to propose new hybrid data-driven computational modeling methods that can accurately capture the correct physics of the underlying complex systems. This dissertation is a collection of analytical, computational, and experimental studies that capitalizes on the availability of large datasets to develop tools that can interpret these datasets, and to establish robust frameworks that can extract physically meaningful information, for an informed decision-making.

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Mar 03, 2014 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Karina Kulangara, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

    Talk Title: Cell-Substrate Interactions: From Elucidating the Molecular Mechanisms to Improving Fibroblast to Neuron Reprogramming

    Host: David D'Argenio

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

  • CS Colloquium: Yevgeniy Vorobeychik (Vanderbilt U) - Cyber Games: Attack Plan Interdiction and Adversarial Machine Learning

    Mon, Mar 03, 2014 @ 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Yevgeniy Vorobeychik, Vanderbilt University

    Talk Title: Cyber Games: Attack Plan Interdiction and Adversarial Machine Learning

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Over the last few years I have been working on game theoretic models of security, with a particular emphasis on issues salient in cyber security. In this talk I will give an overview of some of this work. I will first spend some time motivating game theoretic treatment of problems relating to cyber and describe some important modeling considerations. In the remainder, I will describe two game theoretic models, and associated solution techniques and analyses. The first is the "optimal attack plan interdiction" problem. In this model, we view a threat formally as a sophisticated planning agent, aiming to achieve a set of goals given some specific initial capabilities and considering a space of possible "attack actions/vectors" that may (or may not) be used towards the desired ends. The defender's goal in this setting is to "interdict" a select subset of attack vectors by optimally choosing among mitigation options in order to prevent the attacker from being able to achieve its goals. I will describe the formal model, explain why it is challenging, and present highly scalable decomposition-based integer programming techniques that leverage extensive research into heuristic planning in AI. The second model addresses the problem of using machine learning to separate malware from goodware, where an adversary actively attempts to circumvent the resulting classifier. I will show how to formulate the problem of computing optimal randomized defense in this setting as a linear program which accounts both for adversarial response and operational constraints. Finally, I will show that our approach outperforms state of the art on several metrics.

    Biography: Yevgeniy Vorobeychik is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Previously (2010-2013), he was a Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. Between 2008 and 2010 he was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Pennsylvania Computer and Information Science department. He received Ph.D. (2008) and M.S.E. (2004) degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University. His work focuses on game theoretic modeling of security, algorithmic and behavioral game theory and incentive design, optimization, complex systems, epidemic control, network economics, and machine learning. Dr. Vorobeychik has published over 50 research articles on these topics. Dr. Vorobeychik was nominated for the 2008 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award and received honorable mention for the 2008 IFAAMAS Distinguished Dissertation Award. In 2012 he was nominated for the Sandia Employee Recognition Award for Technical Excellence. He was also a recipient of a NSF IGERT interdisciplinary research fellowship at the University of Michigan, as well as a distinguished Computer Engineering undergraduate award at Northwestern University.

    Host: Teamcore Group

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 306

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

  • Schlumberger Information Session

    Mon, Mar 03, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    We invite you to meet with us for an inside look at our Field Engineer positions. You will have an opportunity to talk one on one with Schlumberger representatives and learn more about who we are and what we do as an Oilfield Servicing Company. Food and Beverages will be provided!

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

  • An Evening with Aimee Bender

    Mon, Mar 03, 2014 @ 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Aimee Bender, Author of "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake"

    Talk Title: An Evening with Aimee Bender The Provost’s Writers Series

    Series: The Provost's Writers Series

    Abstract: The Provost’s Writers Series highlights the extraordinary talents of USC authors. Throughout the year, Provost Elizabeth Garrett will host four evenings featuring USC faculty, who will read from and discuss their recent publications. The series will provide opportunities for students and the community to engage with USC authors, learn about the incredible diversity of their work and celebrate the written word.

    Aimee Bender is a professor of English at USC. Her surreal, playful stories read like modern fairy tales. Bender finds the mythic in the mundane, illuminating contemporary life from unexpected angles. Her stories “introduce the world to honest, inspiring, brutal and beautiful people” (MSNBC). In a magical evening, Bender will read from her work and engage in a conversation with Brighde Mullins, director of the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC.

    Bender is the author of several books, including the best-selling novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and the New York Times Notable Book The Girl in the Flammable Skirt. Bender’s latest book, The Color Master, is a collection of short stories. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, Harper’s, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Tin House and other publications, as well as heard on NPR’s This American Life.

    Host: Elizabeth Garrett

    More Info: http://web-app.usc.edu/ws/eo2/calendar/113/event/903818

    Location: Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library (DML) - 240

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Daria Yudacufski