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  • Repeating EventLean Green Belt

    Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Professional Programs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: TBA, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Talk Title: Lean Green Belt

    Abstract: Course Overview

    This three-day course provides an in-depth understanding of lean enterprise principles and how to apply them within your organization. Your lean journey begins with a series of interactive simulations that demonstrate how each lean concept is applied and its impact on the process. Mapping the process flow and identifying the activities that add value from the customer's perspective is the cornerstone of this class. The class is then given a scenario and the students simulate the conversion from traditional to lean in a practical hands-on environment. The course also provides a structure for how to manage a lean process for continuous improvement. Participants will learn how to structure their organizations to support and continuously improve a lean process. Participants will also fully understand how to implement 5S within their plants and how to begin reducing setup time using the SMED process.

    Course Topics

    5S and muda
    Point of use
    Value stream mapping
    7 Wastes
    Visual Workplace

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

    Create and improve a lean process
    Implement 5S to develop a safe, clean working environment
    Map the process flow and identify activities that add value
    Reduce setup time using the SMED process

    Who Should Attend

    Engineers new to a managerial position
    Engineers preparing to make the transition to managerial roles
    Current managers wanting to hone leadership skills

    Program Fees

    On-Campus Participant: $1,545
    Includes continental breakfasts, lunch and all course materials. The fee does not include hotel accommodations or transportation.

    Online Participant with Live Session Interactivity: $1,400
    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.

    Continuing Education Units
    CEUs: 2.1 (CEUs provided by request only)

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

    The USC Viterbi School of Engineering Certificate of Completion and the Institute of Industrial Engineering certification in Lean Green Belt will be awarded to those participants that pass the assessment on the final day of the course.

    Host: Corporate and Professional Programs

    More Info: http://gapp.usc.edu/professional-programs/short-courses/industrial%26systems/lean-green-belt

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Posted By: Corporate and Professional Programs

  • EE Seminar

    Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Di Wang , Ph.D. Candidate, Pennsylvania State University

    Talk Title: Provisioning and Harnessing Energy Storage in Datacenters

    Abstract: Power consumption of datacenters continues to pose serious economic, societal and environmental concerns. A large datacenter spends millions of dollars in yearly operational expenditures (op-ex) paying its electricity bills. An even larger capital expenditure (cap-ex) goes into provisioning the power delivery network, to accommodate the peak power draw, even if this draw is never or rarely sustained. With consumers demanding more for less, extracting the maximum value out of every provisioned and consumed watt in these datacenters is critical to profitability and sustenance.
    In this talk, we will focus on leveraging energy storage such as batteries, ultra-capacitors, flywheels, and even compressed air based energy storage device to reduce cap-ex and op-ex costs. Specifically, we will discuss the challenges and issues in provisioning and harnessing these devices for enhancing datacenter power demand response capabilities. First, we will look at our modeling and optimization framework to figure out which devices to use, where to place them and how much capacity to provision given different cost-benefit trade-offs. Then, we will explore the problem from a practical setting, and discuss system software support for virtualizing datacenter power distribution hierarchy. Finally, datacenter power demand characterization and analysis for these studies will be presented.

    Biography: Di Wang is currently a Ph.D. candidate, advised by Prof. Anand Sivasubramaniam, in the Computer Science and Engineering department at Penn State University. He received B.E. in computer science and technology from Zhejiang University of China in 2005 and M.S. in computer systems engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in 2008. He worked for Teklatech (an EDA startup company in Copenhagen) as an R&D engineer in 2008, and interned at IBM Almaden research center in the summer of 2011 as well as Microsoft Research in the summers of 2012 and 2013.

    Host: Prof. Michel Dubois

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Estela Lopez

  • CS Colloquium: Alice Gao (Harvard University) - Understanding Incentives in Social Computing

    Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Alice Gao , Harvard University

    Talk Title: Understanding Incentives in Social Computing

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Social computing is an emerging field where human intelligence is harnessed in algorithmic problem solving. In particular, humans have or can efficiently gather relevant information about products, services and uncertain events and these information can be used to solve difficult problems. I have developed and analyzed such mechanisms for eliciting and aggregating dispersed information using both theoretical and experimental approaches. In this talk, I will focus on our online experiment on peer prediction mechanisms for eliciting truthful subjective feedback from participants. Peer prediction theory leverages the stochastic correlation of participants’ information and designs monetary rewards to induce a truthful equilibrium among the participants. However, these mechanisms also admit uninformative equilibria where participants provide no useful information. We conduct the first comprehensive empirical evaluation of a peer prediction mechanism in a repeated setting. Our results show that, in contrast to the theory, participants are not truthful and successfully coordinate on uninformative equilibria. In the absence of peer prediction, however, most players are consistently truthful, suggesting that these mechanisms may be harmful when truthful reporting has similar cost to strategic behavior. I will also describe some of my theoretical work on analyzing the strategic behavior of participants in prediction markets, and conclude by discussing some future directions.

    This is based on joint work with Ryan P. Adams, Yiling Chen, Rick Goldstein, Ian A. Kash, Andrew Mao, and Jie Zhang.

    Biography: Xi (Alice) Gao is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at Harvard University. Her research focuses on designing and understanding algorithms and systems in social computing, crowdsourcing and human computation, using both theoretical and experimental approaches. As part of her PhD work, Alice designed and analyzed the incentives in mechanisms for eliciting and aggregating dispersed information, for applications such as eliciting subjective feedback about products and services and forecasting future events. Alice is the recipient of the Canadian NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship for Doctoral Students and the Siebel Scholarship. Before Harvard, Alice received her undergraduate degree from University of British Columbia in computer science and mathematics.

    Host: Teamcore Group

    Location: Charles Lee Powell Hall (PHE) - 223

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

  • Discover Viterbi: Construction Management

    Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Distance Education Network

    Workshops & Infosessions

    The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is a top 10 ranked graduate engineering program in the nation by U.S News and World Report. Join us for an online information session to learn about the exciting opportunities in Construction Management available. Professor Hank Koffman will be joining the session to highlight important information about the program.

    Register Now

    Audiences: RSVP Required

    Posted By: Viterbi Professional Programs

  • Epstein Institute/ISE 651 Seminar Series

    Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Lisa Maillart, University of Pittsburgh

    Talk Title: Dynamic Abandon/Extract Decisions for Failed Cardiac Device Leads

    Abstract: Pacemaker and defibrillator lead wires fail stochastically, requiring the surgical implantation of a new lead. Whenever a lead fails, it may be beneficial to extract one or more of the failed leads currently implanted, including previously abandoned leads. Extracting a lead carries life-threatening risks that increase in the dwell time of the lead. However, there are situations in which extraction is not optional: the total number of implanted leads (both failed and functioning) is subject to a maximum limit, typically five, and infections can occur requiring the mandatory extraction of all implanted leads. To study the tradeoff between avoiding risky extractions and maintaining space for future leads, we develop Markov decision process models to determine patient-specific extraction policies for various types of cardiac devices as a function of patient age and the age of every implanted lead. We use clinical data to calibrate the model and present insightful numerical results, including comparisons to heuristics commonly used in practice.

    TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014
    3:30 - 4:50 PM

    Biography: Expertise: Stochastic Optimization, Maintenance Optimization, Medical Decision Making.

    Profile: Dr. Maillart joined the faculty in 2006. She completed her BS and MS in industrial and systems engineering at Virginia Tech and her PhD in industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Maillart was a faculty member in the Department of Operations at Case Western Reserve University�s Weatherhead School of Management. Dr. Maillart's primary research interest is in decision making under uncertainty. Her research typically involves applications of Markov decision processes and stochastic processes to problems in maintenance optimization, medical decision making, sports and entrepreneurship.

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

    More Information: Seminar-Maillart.pdf

    Location: Von Kleinsmid Center For International & Public Affairs (VKC) - 100

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Neha Mundada

  • CS Colloquium: Sanjam Garg (IBM Research) - How to Obfuscate Software

    Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Sanjam Garg, IBM Research

    Talk Title: How to Obfuscate Software

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Software obfuscation aims to make the code of a computer program "unintelligible'' while preserving its functionality. This problem was first posed by Diffie and Hellman in 1976, and so far, most cryptographers believed that realizing obfuscation was impossible.

    My research provides the first secure solution to this problem. Consequently several other long-standing open problems have been resolved. In this talk, I will describe these new developments and their implications.

    Biography: Sanjam Garg is a Josef Raviv Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at IBM Research T.J. Watson. His research interests are in cryptography and security, and more broadly in theoretical computer science. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2013 and his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 2008. Sanjam's Ph.D. thesis provides the first candidate constructions of multilinear maps that have found extensive applications in cryptography, most notably to software obfuscation. He has published several papers in top cryptography and security conferences and is the recipient of various honors such as the Outstanding Graduating Ph.D. Student award at UCLA and the best paper award at EUROCRYPT 2013

    Host: Shaddin Dughmi

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

  • Spotlight Series: Aerospace, Astronautical, and Mechanical Engineering Engineering

    Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Want to learn more about your major or one you're considering? Come hear Alumni discuss the many ways they are using their Aerospace, Astronautical, and Mechanical Engineering degrees!

    This is your opportunity to connect with alumni and industry professionals, ask questions about their experiences, and learn about the work they do and the many opportunities for students from each major!

    RSVP at:

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

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Viterbi Student Affairs

  • Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight An Evening with Alexandra Fuller A Visions and Voices Signature Event

    Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    University Calendar

    RSVP TO: http://web-app.usc.edu/ws/eo2/calendar/113/list/limit/0-9

    Join us for a powerful and intimate exploration of war, family, love and death with acclaimed author Alexandra Fuller, who has documented her childhood in Rhodesia during a time of intense struggle for independence. Her debut book, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, which is featured on President Nikias's 2013 summer reading list, was a New York Times Notable Book, a finalist for the Guardian's First Book Award and winner of a Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. "War was like an episode of awful, non-stop weather to us" Fuller has said. Her four non-fiction books, at once anti-war stories and love stories, are rooted in the belief that "everything we do is political, from the decision we make to wake up in the morning, to the clothes we put on our bodies, to the words we have the courage to speak." Fuller's other books include Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier, winner of the Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage; The Legend of Colton H. Bryant; and Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness.

    Location: Town & Gown (TGF) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Visions and Voices