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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Tue, Apr 01, 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

    Tue, Apr 01, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Elia Psillakis , Technical University of Crete

    Talk Title: Emerging and Persistent Organic Pollutants in Aquatic Environment: Mega-sized concerns from a nano-sized world

    Abstract: Water quality protection remains a major environmental and policy challenge faced by many industrial as well as developing nations. In particular, the occurrence and fate of trace amounts of a wide range of anthropogenic organic contaminants in water continues to escalate concerns over their potential for ecological and human health effects. Besides the well-known “persistent” organic pollutants, such as PCBs, a range of “emerging” organic contaminants and their transformation products attract considerable attention. These pollutants result from changes in manufactured chemicals, advances in analytical techniques or perhaps because of more detailed monitoring.

    I will summarize several of our investigations over the past few years, which aim at the detection, and the identification of the fate of both emerging and persistent organic pollutants in water. I will first discuss on the fundamental concepts of the analytical tools used, so as to explain the scientific basis behind this type of water-quality investigations. Through case studies, I will discuss the overarching issues and challenges we face because of the concurrent presence of different classes of contaminants, such as personal care products, perfluorinated compounds, flame retardants and nanoparticles in aquatic environments. Last, I will try to imagineer the future of this rapidly evolving interdisciplinary research field.

    Biography: Dr. Elia Psillakis is an Associate Professor at the School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece. She received her degree in Chemistry from the Universitè Montpellier II Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc in France in 1994 and her PhD from the University of Bristol, U.K., in 1997. In 2007, she was awarded a Fulbright research scholarship and spent it at Caltech. Her work focuses on monitoring and studying emerging and persistent hydrophobic organic contaminants in natural and engineered aquatic environments. To date her investigations have resulted into one patent and 68 publications in ISI Journals with more than 3200 citations, an ISI h-index=32, and three “Top cited article awards.”

    Host: Astani CEE Department

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Cassie Cremeans

  • EE-Systems Seminar

    Tue, Apr 01, 2014 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Nam Sung Kim , Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Talk Title: Performance-Power Trade-off without DVFS: An Architecture and Runtime Joint Approach

    Abstract: Providing a sufficient voltage/frequency (V/F) scaling range is critical for effective power management. However, it has been fraught with decreasing nominal operating voltage and increasing process variability that makes it harder to scale the minimum operating voltage (VMIN). Facing such a challenge, we first propose to jointly scale (i) the resources of cores (e.g., the size of on-chip memories, the number of execution units, etc.) and (ii) the number of operating cores to maximize performance of multi-core processors under the maximum power constraint; scaling (i) is adopted as a mean to compensate for a lack of V/F scaling range while scaling (ii) is to exploit the effect of spreading threads over more or fewer cores and scaling shared resources on performance. Under the power constraint, disabling resources of each core allows us to increase the number of operating cores, and vice versa (dubbed resource and core scaling (RCS)). We demonstrate that the best RCS configuration for a given application can improve performance by 21%. Second, we propose a runtime system that predicts the best RCS configuration for a given application and adapts the processor accordingly at runtime. The runtime system only needs to examine a small fraction of runtime to predict the optimal RCS configuration with accuracy well over 90%, whereas the runtime overhead of prediction and adaptation is small.

    Finally, we demonstrate that selectively scaling the re-sources in RCS (sRCS) considering on application's characteristics can offer higher performance than uniformly scaling them (i.e., RCS). sRCS can provide 6% higher performance than RCS.

    Biography: Nam Sung Kim is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been conducting interdisciplinary research that cuts across device, circuit, architecture, and runtime system for power-efficient computing. His research has been supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), BAE Systems, AMD, IBM, Samsung, and Microsoft; the total funding amount provided/pledged by these agencies is nearly 3.5 million dollars to date. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he was a senior research scientist at Intel from 2004 to 2008, where he conducted research in power-efficient digital circuit and processor architecture.

    Nam Sung Kim has published more than 100 refereed articles to highly-selective conferences and journals in the field of digital circuit, processor architecture, and computer-aided design. The top five most frequently cited papers have more than 2500 combined citations and the total number of combined citations of all his papers exceeds 4000 according to Google Scholar. He also has served several prominent international conferences as a technical program committee member. He was a recipient of IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC) Student Design Contest Award in 2001, Intel Fellowship in 2002, and IEEE International Conference on Microarchitecture (MICRO) Best Paper Award in 2003, NSF CAREER Award in 2010, and IBM Faculty Award in 2011 and 2012, and he was early-tenured in 2013. His current research interest is designing robust and power-efficient computing systems. He is an IEEE senior member and holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and both M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

    Host: Prof. Murali Annavaram

    More Information: print_Kim.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Estela Lopez

  • SEMINAR CANCELED - Epstein Institute / ISE 651 Seminar Series

    Tue, Apr 01, 2014 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Francisco Facchinei, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica, Automatica e Gestionale, University of Rome, La Sapienza, Italy

    Talk Title: "A Game-Theoretic Approach to Computation Offloading in Mobile Cloud Computing"

    Abstract: We consider a three-tier architecture for mobile and pervasive computing scenarios, consisting of a local tier of mobile nodes, a middle tier (cloudlets) of nearby computing nodes, typically located at the mobile nodes access points but characterized by a limited amount of resources, and a remote tier of distant cloud servers, which have practically infinite resources. This architecture has been proposed to get the benefits of computation offloading from mobile nodes to external servers while limiting the use of distant servers whose higher latency could negatively impact the user experience. For this architecture, we consider a usage scenario where no central authority exists and multiple non-cooperative mobile users share the limited computing resources of a close-by cloudlet and can selfishly decide to send their computations to any of the three tiers. We define a model to capture the users interaction and to investigate the effects of computation offloading on the users' perceived performance. We formulate the problem as a generalized Nash equilibrium problem and show existence of an equilibrium and present a distributed algorithm for the computation of an equilibrium which is tailored to the problem structure and is based on an in-depth analysis of the underlying equilibrium problem. Through numerical examples, we illustrate the practical behavior of the algorithm and the characteristics of the achieved equilibria.

    TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014
    3:30 - 4:50 PM

    Biography: Francisco Facchinei received a Ph.D. degree in system engineering from the University of Rome, “La Sapienza,” Rome, Italy. He is full professor of Operations Research, Engineering Faculty, University of Rome, La Sapienza. His research interests focus on theoretical and algorithmic issues related to nonlinear optimization, variational inequalities, complementarity problems, equilibrium programming, and computational game theory.

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

    More Information: Seminar-Facchinei.doc

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Georgia Lum

  • Getting Real World Experience Through Internships Panel

    Tue, Apr 01, 2014 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Receptions & Special Events

    One of the best ways to stand out to employers is to have relevant experience on your resume. Join current USC Viterbi students as they discuss their perspectives on recent internship experiences.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Services