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  • Repeating EventASBME Eboard Applications Open

    Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity

    Available until Friday, March 28th at 11:59pm.

    ASBME wants YOU to be a part of our 2014-2015 Executive Board! We are looking for dedicated and hard-working individuals who are in eager to take on leadership roles to push ASBME to be the best it can be. Everyone is encouraged to apply! Check out our application for more information and APPLY!! Click on the following link for the application. https://docs.google.com/a/usc.edu/forms/d/1HrVrJQ3C8OtqP4BysDAd5KYgcL5aBXSczAABxrin4AI/viewfor

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

  • From Secure Communication to Secret Computation

    Wed, Mar 26, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Hongchao Zhou, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: From Secure Communication to Secret Computation

    Abstract: Data security and privacy are of utmost importance for businesses, governments, and individuals. In this talk, I will present my research in security from three angles: emerging applications, practical systems and algorithms design.

    First, I present an efficient homomorphic encryption framework that supports fast and practical basic arithmetic operations on integer vectors in the encrypted domain. It provides orders of magnitude improvement in computational time compared to existing methods and enables the feasibility of a number of practical encrypted signal-processing applications in cloud storage and distributed sensing. In addition to classical cryptosystems, I further discuss quantum communications as a solution for transmitting information with provable security. In particular, I address critical coding challenges in high-dimensional quantum key distribution, and present the first known practical quantum-communication system that achieves unprecedented performance: 7.0 secure bits per photon and 7.1 Mb/s throughput over 20 km of fiber transmission. Finally, the design and implementation of secure systems rely on the generation of high-quality random bits. Motivated by the original work of von Neumann (1951), I describe the first known optimal algorithm that generates unbiased random bits from an arbitrary finite Markov chain.

    Biography: Hongchao Zhou is a postdoctoral associate in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. He received his M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Caltech, in 2009 and 2012, respectively. He studied at Tsinghua University from 2004 to 2008, where he earned an M.S. in control science and a B.S. degree in physics and mathematics. His research interests include information theory and coding, algorithms and complexity, and their applications in data storage systems, secure communication systems and biological computing systems. He received the 2013 Charles Wilts Prize for the best doctoral thesis in EE at Caltech, the 2010 Chinese government award for outstanding self-financed students abroad, and the 2010 IEEE distinguished student humanitarian prize. He worked with IBM China Research as a part-time intern from 2006 and 2008, where he designed and developed the first version of IBM Smartcloud Docs.

    Host: Keith Chugg, chugg@usc.edu, EEB 500A, x07294

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gerrielyn Ramos

  • CREATE Seminar w/ Jason Merrick

    Wed, Mar 26, 2014 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Jason R. W. Merrick, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Talk Title: Attacker/Defender Modeling and the Global Nuclear Detection Network

    Series: CREATE Monthly Seminar Series

    Abstract: Counter-terrorism decisions have been an intense area of research in recent years. Both decision analysis and game theory have been used to model such decisions, and more recently approaches have been developed that combine the techniques of the two disciplines. In this talk, we review approaches for modeling attacker and defender decisions with applications to the global nuclear detection architecture. We discuss decision trees, sequential game trees, intelligent adversary risk analysis, and adversarial risk analysis. We extend this adversarial modeling to smuggling networks for radioactive material. We use this setting to discuss the influence of defender decisions on attacker decisions through deterrence and deflection.

    Biography: Jason R. W. Merrick is a professor in the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research at Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently a visiting professor at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He has a D.Sc. in operations research from the George Washington University and an MA in mathematics and computation from Oxford University. He teaches courses in decision analysis, risk analysis, and simulation. His research is primarily in the area of decision analysis and Bayesian statistics. He has worked on projects ranging from assessing maritime oil transportation and ferry system safety, the environmental health of watersheds, and optimal replacement policies for rail tracks and machine tools, and he has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the United States Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security, the American Bureau of Shipping, British Petroleum, and Booz Allen Hamilton, among others. He has also performed training for Infineon Technologies, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, and Capital One Services. He is associate editor for the INFORMS journal Decision Analysis, the Euro Journal on Decision Processes, and IIE Transactions, and formerly at Operations Research and Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation. Email: jrmerric@vcu.edu.

    To ensure that I order your lunch, please RSVP to me no later than Monday, March 24th. Please advise if you require a vegetarian option. Hope to see you there!
    Thank you,

    Erin Pearson (Calicchio)

    Host: CREATE at USC

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Erin Pearson (Calicchio)

  • Friends, Bitches, Countrymen: Contemporary Feminist Poetics

    Wed, Mar 26, 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/event/903806

    What are the relationships between feminism, poetry and power? In a reading and performance, five American poets will define, discuss, question, subvert, celebrate and explode their varied feminist poetics.

    Arielle Greenberg is co-author of Home/Birth: A Poemic and co-editor of Gurlesque: The New Grrly, Grotesque, Burlesque Poetics. Dawn Lundy Martin won the Cave Canem Prize for A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering. Danielle Pafunda’s The Dead Girls Speak in Unison was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Carmen Giménez Smith, the author of a memoir and four poetry collections, is an American Book Award winner as well as editor of the journal Puerto del Sol and publisher at Noemi Press. Stacey Waite is the author of Love Poem to Androgyny and Butch Geography.

    Location: School Of Cinematic Arts (SCA) - Room 108- The Ray Stark Family Theatre

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Visions and Voices

  • ASBME GM #20: Consulting as a Career Choice for Engineers

    Wed, Mar 26, 2014 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity

    Have you thought about a career in business and consulting after completing your engineering degree but don’t know much about the industry? Come learn more about consulting and how you can get involved as a student at ASBME’s next general meeting! We will be hosting board members from the USC Consulting Club who will first overview the consulting industry and then walk through a sample case interview. There will also be free dinner provided!

    Location: Mark Taper Hall Of Humanities (THH) - 201

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering