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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Mon, Mar 31, 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 Department Seminar

    Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Jun Li , California Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: Time and Temperature Dependent Large Deformation of Membranes for Sustainable Technology Applications

    Abstract: Membranes are becoming increasingly important and widely used in sustainable technology including deployable and lightweight structures, environmental protection and purification systems, and energy conversion and storage devices. Understanding the mechanics of membranes that exhibit time and temperature dependent large deformation behavior is critical to ensure long-term viability in applications. However, the nonlinear viscoelasticity of polymers coupled with the thinness of membranes pose challenges in characterization and modeling. In this talk, I will describe a hybrid method (experimental + computational) to develop nonlinear orthotropic viscoelastic models for the linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) membranes used in the NASA Ultra Long Duration Balloon. I will first discuss their linear viscoelastic characterization through creep tests and harmonic oscillation tests to obtain master curves of creep compliance. I will show that the master curves obtained from these approaches are not equivalent due to the semi-crystalline nature of LLDPE and one has to be careful to choose between the two approaches. A large deformation model based on the free volume theory couples the through-plane strain to the in-plane deformation of the membrane, but in practice the through-plane properties are difficult to measure. I will present a two-step computational scheme combining an evolutionary algorithm and a simplex optimization to extract model parameters through inverse analysis of experimental results. The validity of the model is then demonstrated on tests at different temperatures and strain rates. Finally, I will discuss possible avenues of future development. Effective constitutive models permit the integration with finite element models to study more complicated mechanics problems involving stress concentrations, wrinkling, structural instabilities and failure. The inclusion of other internal parameters will extend the applicability to multiphysics problems of coupled thermo-photo-chemo-electro-magneto mechanics in diverse applications.

    Biography: Dr. Jun Li is a postdoctoral scholar in the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2012, as well as M.S. in Mathematics and in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. At UIUC, he contributed to the mechanics of fractal and random materials resulting in over 10 journal publications. He delivered a keynote at the 10th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics and received the best poster award of “Emerging Researchers in Biomedical Engineering” at 2011 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Prior to UIUC, he obtained B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2005. His research interest is to develop theoretical analysis tools integrated with computational techniques and experimental characterizations for the design, optimization, and assessment of novel materials and structures.

    Host: Astani CEE Department

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cassie Cremeans

  • The constant battle for power-efficient computing

    Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: George Michelogiannakis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    Talk Title: The constant battle for power-efficient computing

    Abstract: Recent technology scaling has led to the realization that communication, and not computation, dominates energy costs. This realization, coupled with the constant increase of parallelism and the fact that power consumption is typically the primary design constraint, results in increased difficulty in providing sufficient communication bandwidth to keep processors busy. Power is a critical challenge for HPC, datacenters and consumer electronics. In HPC, a 1000x improvement in performance is needed with only a 10x increase in power by 2018. Moreover, datacenters require $7B just for cooling in the USA, which is projected to increase by 4x in the near future. Finally, consumer electronics require a 2x increase in performance with no increase in power every two years to remain competitive. In this talk, I will present my recent work on efficient data movement on and off chip, as well as efficient DRAM access. I will focus on collective memory transfers, which maximize DRAM performance and minimize power by guaranteeing in-order access patterns from a collection of processors to the memory. I will also present the channel reservation protocol, which eliminates congestion in system-wide networks caused by adversarial or unbalanced traffic in order to increase throughput and reduce latency for benign traffic, and therefore increase the utilization of costly network bandwidth. I will conclude this talk with an overview of related projects and ideas for the future.

    Biography: George Michelogiannakis is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is part of the computer architecture laboratory which examines key computer architecture research challenges both on and off chip. He completed his PhD at Stanford University in 2012 with Prof. William J. Dally. His past work focuses on on-chip network with numerous contributions to flow control, congestion, allocation, and co-design with chip multiprocessors. His other work includes congestion control for system-wide networks, precision loss avoidance for system-wide reduction operations, and maximizing DRAM efficiency by taking advantage of advanced language constructs. George Michelogiannakis was the recipient of the Stanford Graduate Fellowship, and numerous other awards during his studies.

    Host: Massoud Pedram

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Annie Yu

  • Repeating EventSeminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Host: David D'Argenio

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

  • Epstein ISE Department Seminar

    Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Vicki Bier, Professor & Chair, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Director, Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Talk Title: "Methods Development for Optimal Defenses Against Adaptive Adversaries"

    Abstract: This talk discusses extensions to game-theoretic models for homeland security, motivated by the desire to make game theory ready for use in real-world decisions. First, I discuss a simple elicitation process where subject-matter experts can provide only ordinal judgments of the attractiveness of potential targets, and the adversary preferences among targets are assumed to involve multiple attributes such as fatalities, property loss, and symbolic value. Probabilistic inversion and/or Bayesian density estimation can then be used to derive probability distributions representing both defender uncertainty about adversary weights on the various attributes, and also defender ignorance about unobserved attributes that may be important to the adversary, but have not yet been identified by the defender.

    I also discuss an approach for extending game-theoretic models to consider adversary capabilities in addition to just intent, since intelligence experts generally believe that adversary capabilities are at least as important as intent. The novel feature of this work is the use of contest-success functions from economics to capture the extent to which the success of an attack is attributable to adversary capabilities and/or defensive investment, rather than pure luck. The model allows the effectiveness of adversary capabilities to differ across targets (e.g., civilian versus military targets) and attack modes (e.g., attacks using improvised explosive devices versus nuclear weapons).

    MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014
    1:00 - 2:00 PM

    Biography: Dr. Bier is a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has directed the Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis (formerly the Center for Human Performance in Complex Systems) since 1995. She received a PhD in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983, and a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford University in 1976. Dr. Bier's current research interests focus on problems of security and critical infrastructure protection. She has been a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board. Her areas of expertise are in risk analysis, decision analysis, and operations research (mathematical modeling).

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

    More Information: Seminar-Bier.doc

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Georgia Lum

  • Engineering, Neuroscience & Health (ENR)

    Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Karen Adolph, New York University

    Talk Title: Learning to Move

    Series: Engineering, Neuroscience & Health (ENH Seminars)

    Biography: http://www.psych.nyu.edu/adolph/
    Host: Francisco Valero-Cuevas

    More Info: Refreshments will be served from 3.30 to 4 pm.

    Webcast: http://capture.usc.edu/Mediasite/Catalog/Full/946350f1ca8440e7b867e16adba01e4e21/?state=xJE9EJIqlAdw4AAliKf

    Location: Center For Health Professions (CHP) - 147

    WebCast Link: http://capture.usc.edu/Mediasite/Catalog/Full/946350f1ca8440e7b867e16adba01e4e21/?state=xJE9EJIqlAdw4AAliKfp

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

  • EE-EP Seminar - Lin Han

    Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Lin Han, Biomedical Engineering, Yale University

    Talk Title: Microtechnology Platforms to Interrogate Information Flow in Human Society and Single Cell Communication

    Abstract: Human beings are living in a society full of information flow. The delivery of information and realization of communication are mostly based on electronic products which are assembled with displays. One important part of my research is electronic materials and devices for flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) displays. A novel SiO2-silicone insulator material was invented, which was deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) from environmentally friendly hexamethyl disiloxane (HMDSO) and O2 at room temperature. This hybrid is homogeneous and combines the electrical properties of thermal silicon oxide and the mechanical flexibility of polymer. This new hybrid is not only an effective encapsulation barrier to protect OLEDs, but also an excellent gate dielectric for amorphous silicon thin film transistors. As the gate dielectric, it enables transistors with greatly improved performance including output current, electrical stability, and flexibility. This SiO2-silicone hybrid is a promising material to solve the bottleneck of flexible OLEDs displays.

    On the other hand the information flow in single cells is determined by the Central Dogma, also called a DNA-RNA-PROTEIN axis, which describes how genetic information is transcribed to messenger RNAs (mRNAs) and expressed to produce proteins that form the building blocks of a living cell and fulfill all biological functions. Despite recent advances in genomic technologies and next generation sequencing, it is still challenging to investigate the genetic information flow through multiple levels of the Central Dogma (e.g., from DNA to RNA) at a single-cell level. Microfluidics-enabled approaches allow for rapid separation of cytoplasmic and nuclear contents of a single cell followed by on-chip amplification of genomic DNA and messenger RNA. This platform is potentially an enabling tool to permit multiple genomic measurements performed on the same single cells and opens new opportunities to tackle a range of fundamental biological questions. It also helps addressing clinical challenges such as diagnosing intra-tumor heterogeneity and dissecting complex cellular immune responses via underlying cell-to-cell communication at single-cell levels.

    Biography: Lin Han received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. She is currently a Postdoctoral Associate in Biomedical Engineering at Yale University. Her research mainly focuses on 1) Microfluidic platforms for single-cell genomics, epigenetics, transcriptomics and proteomics; 2) materials and devices for flexible electronics. Microfluidic platform enables us to break the bottleneck of traditional biology technique, and extract the multi-level information (genomic DNA, mRNA, protein secretion, and phenotype) simultaneously from single cells. As a result, we could be able to effectively investigate the dynamic evolutionary dynamics of cancer initiation, progression, evolution of resistance and response to therapy. By applying flexible electronics into biology and biomedical field, we can not only conduct scientific study, but also build functional systems to contribute to human beings health care.

    Host: EE-Electrophysics

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Marilyn Poplawski