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  • DEN@Viterbi Information Session

    Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Distance Education Network

    University Calendar

    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

  • Repeating EventASBME Eboard Applications Open

    Thu, Mar 27, 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

  • Astani CEE Department Seminar

    Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Charles-Francois de Lannoy , Duke University

    Talk Title: The Environmental Applications and Implications New Composite Materials

    Abstract: Increasing our potable water supply, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of water/wastewater treatment, and decontaminating natural water systems are all cyclically dependent. Addressing future water concerns requires that we investigate all components of this water-health nexus simultaneously. As water sources are further strained, long-term solutions to efficient and effective ways of dealing with our water problems will become increasingly vital to our society. Among the many current approaches is the development and novel use of new materials. Nanocomposite materials, in particular, are leading the way towards highly effective solutions to these challenging environmental problems.

    I have developed a suite of novel nanomaterials with direct environmental applications. These materials take the form of electrically conductive membrane coatings, active separation surfaces, catalytic nanomaterials for environmental decontaminations, and reactive adsorbents. In all forms, we are cognizant of the environmental implications of nanomaterials, and strive towards sustainable material development and responsible environmental use.

    In this talk I will focus on two approaches: 1) new strategies for water/wastewater treatment and 2) degradation of aquatic environmental contaminants. In the former case I will introduce the development and application of our novel electrically conductive active membrane surfaces. Membrane technologies, while efficient and effective methods to treat water and wastewater, are plagued by several problems, in particular biofouling. Our active membrane surfaces demonstrate superior biofouling resistance in challenging environments and over long-term studies. The second topic of my talk will explore new nanocomposite reductive adsorbents for environmental decontamination. These nanocomposites have high reductive potential for rapid and effective degradation of emerging environmental contaminants, high transport properties for large site area coverage, and environmentally inert byproducts for safe in-situ application.

    The nanocomposite materials that I have developed and the various platforms we have tested have the potential to pave the way for indiscriminately broad-scoped solutions to dynamically evolving global environmental problems.

    Biography: Dr. Charles-François de Lannoy received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Certificate in Nanoscience from Duke University in 2014 under Prof. Mark Wiesner, and his B.Sc. in Honours Physics with High Distinction from McGill University. He is currently a post-doctoral research associate at CEINT (Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology) an NSF-EPA supported center at Duke University. His research is focused on the investigation of nanocomposite materials and their application and implication to environmental systems. In his Ph.D., Charles developed, characterized, and tested polymer-carbon nanotube composite membranes for diverse applications in water purification and desalination technologies. He is among the pioneers in a new field in electrically conductive polymer membrane surfaces, which have wide applications to biofouling resistant surfaces, catalytic surfaces for contaminant degradation, and active separation surfaces for charged particle separation. He has published several papers in ES&T, Langmuir, and the Journal of Membrane Science, his work has been awarded several awards at national and international conferences, and he has two provisional patent filings at Duke University for two of the materials that he has developed.

    Host: Astani CEE Department

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cassie Cremeans

  • Optimal RNA-Seq Reconstruction: From Informational Limits to Software

    Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Sreeram Kannan, University of California, Berkeley

    Talk Title: Optimal RNA-Seq Reconstruction: From Informational Limits to Software

    Abstract: High throughput sequencing of RNA has emerged in the last few years as a powerful method that enables discovery of novel transcripts and alternatively spliced isoforms of genes, along with accurate estimates of gene expression. In this work, we study the fundamental limits of de novo transcriptome assembly using RNA shotgun-sequencing, where the sequencing technology extracts short reads from the RNA transcripts. We propose a new linear-time algorithm for transcriptome reconstruction and derive sufficient conditions on the length of reads under which the algorithm will succeed. We also derive fundamental information-theoretic conditions for reconstruction by any algorithm, and show that the proposed algorithm is near-optimal on a real data set. Along the way, we show that the NP-hard problem of decomposing a flow into the fewest number of paths can be solved in linear time for a family of instances, and biologically relevant instances tend to fall in this family. We also describe the construction of a software package for RNA assembly based on this theory and show that it obtains significant improvements in reconstruction accuracy over state-of-the-art software.

    Biography: Sreeram Kannan is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign. He is a co-recipient of the Van Valkenburg research award from UIUC, Qualcomm Roberto Padovani Scholarship for outstanding interns, the Qualcomm Cognitive Radio Contest first prize, the S.V.C. Aiya medal from the Indian Institute of Science, and Intel India Student Research Contest first prize. His research interests include applications of information theory and approximation algorithms to wireless networks and computational biology.

    Host: Andreas Molisch, molisch@usc.edu, EEB 530, x04670

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gerrielyn Ramos

  • In & Out: 30 Minutes to Identify Internships & Jobs Still Available!

    Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 12:30 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Looking for a job after graduation or an internship this summer? Join VCS for 30 minutes to learn about resources you can use to identify and apply for employment opportunities. VCS undergraduate Internship Program Coordinator, Diane Yoon will also be there to answer questions and provide an update on the latest internship opportunities

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

  • CS Colloquium: Emina Torlak (UC Berkeley) - Programming for Everyone: From Solvers to Solver-Aided Languages and Beyond

    Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Emina Torlak, University of California, Berkeley

    Talk Title: Programming for Everyone: From Solvers to Solver-Aided Languages and Beyond

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: We live in a software-driven world. Software helps us communicate and collaborate; create art and music; and make discoveries in biological, physical, and social sciences. Yet the growing demand for new software, to solve new kinds of problems, remains largely unmet. Because programming is still hard, developer productivity is limited, and so is end-users' ability to program on their own.

    In this talk, I present a new approach to constructing programs, which exploits advances in constraint solving to make programming easier for experts and more accessible to everyone else. The approach is based on two observations. First, much of everyday programming involves the use of domain-specific languages (DSLs) that are embedded, in the form of APIs and interpreters, into modern host languages (for example, JavaScript, Scala or Racket). Second, productivity tools based on constraint solvers (such as verification or synthesis) work best when specialized to a given domain. Rosette is a new kind of host language, designed for easy creation of DSLs that are equipped with solver-based tools. These Solver-Aided DSLs (SDSLs) use Rosette's symbolic virtual machine (SVM) to automate hard programming tasks, including verification, debugging, synthesis, and programming with angelic oracles. The SVM works by compiling SDSL programs to logical constraints understood by SMT solvers, and then translating the solver's output to counterexamples (in the case of verification), traces (in the case of angelic execution), or code snippets (in the case of synthesis and debugging). Rosette has hosted several new SDSLs, including imperative SDSLs for data-parallel and spatial programming; a functional SDSL for specifying executable semantics of secure stack machines; and a declarative SDSL for web scraping by example.

    Biography: Emina Torlak is a researcher at U.C. Berkeley, working at the intersection of software engineering, formal methods, and programming languages. Her focus is on developing tools that help people build better software more easily. She received her B.Sc. (2003), M.Eng. (2004) and Ph.D. (2009) from MIT, where she developed Kodkod, an efficient SAT-based solver for relational logic. Kodkod has since been used in over 70 tools for verification, debugging, and synthesis of code and specifications. Emina has also worked on a wide range of domain-specific formal methods. She won an ACM SIGSOFT distinguished paper award for her work at LogicBlox, where she built a system for synthesizing massive data sets, used in testing of decision support applications. As a member of IBM Research, she led the development of a tool for bounded verification of memory models, enabling the first fully automatic analysis of the Java Memory Model. These experiences inspired her current research on solver-aided languages, which aims to reduce the effort of applying formal methods to new problem domains.

    Host: William Halfond

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

  • Demand Media Information Session

    Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 07:15 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Demand Media will be hosting an information session at USC on Thursday, March 27th, 6-7pm.

    Who are we?

    Demand Media is a publicly traded company, headquartered in Santa Monica, CA. We’re one of the early pioneers of the LA tech scene. As a leading digital content & media and domain name services company, we inform and entertain one of the Internet’s largest audiences.

    We reach nearly 100 million people every month though our top ranked websites including:
    •eHow – instruction, advice, and insight on just about everything
    •LIVESTRONG.COM – nutrition and fitness tips and tools for a healthy lifestyle
    •Society6 – a shop with millions of products designed by artists around the world
    •CRACKED – heaps of facts smothered in humor

    Why should you check us out?

    Senior developers (not just recuiters!) will give detailed presentations on the engineering work we do, and will answer questions about what it’s like to build some of the internet’s busiest sites.

    •Mobile and Cloud development
    •High Scalability, High Availability, and Redis
    •DevOps, Infrastructure as Code, Monitoring, and Automation

    We are always looking for interns and recent graduates, so please come by to learn about our current opportunities.

    See you there!

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services

  • BODYTRAFFIC and the Work of Barak Marshall

    Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 07:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    University Calendar

    RSVP TO: http://web-app.usc.edu/ws/eo2/calendar/113/event/903816

    In a unique and inspiring collaboration, Los Angeles–based dance company BODYTRAFFIC will present the award-winning choreography of Barak Marshall, one of Israeli dance’s most innovative and unique voices. “Marshall’s work possesses a formidable joie de vivre, an enchantment, which pulls us into a magical world,” wrote La Republique. The first-ever house choreographer of the Tel Aviv–based Batsheva Dance Company, Marshall has performed and won awards in venues all over the world, including the Bagnolet International Choreographic Competition and the Théâtre de la Bastille in Paris, the Bienale de la danse in Lyon, the House of World Cultures in Berlin, Dance Umbrella UK and Los Angeles’s Disney Hall. BODYTRAFFIC, a nonprofit company with a mission to bring world-class contemporary dance to Los Angeles while supporting and fostering Jewish art, was named one of Dance magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013. BODYTRAFFIC, in collaboration with Marshall, won first prize at The A.W.A.R.D. Show in 2011. In September 2012, they made their Walt Disney Concert Hall debut together at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s opening-night gala performance.

    Location: George Finley Bovard Administration Building & Kenneth Norris Jr. Auditorium (ADM) -

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Visions and Voices