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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, & Engineering Talk

    Mon, Nov 18, 2013

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events

    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process; a student led walking tour of campus and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process and financial aid. Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Please visit https://esdweb.esd.usc.edu/unresrsvp/MeetUSC.aspx to check availability and make an appointment. Be sure to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: Viterbi Admission

  • Repeating EventKIUEL Viterbi Impact Clothing Drive

    Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Student Activity

    Do you have clothes that you don’t wear much or don’t need? You could clear out space in your closet and make a #ViterbiImpact at the same time by donating those clothes to the Klein Institute for Undergraduate Engineering Life (KIUEL) clothing drive. Please bring any donations to the donation box in RTH110 before 5pm on the 22nd!

    All clothes must be clean and in good condition (not stained or torn).

    Collected clothing will be donated to the Salvation Army.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 110

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Posted By: KIUEL

  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Victor Rodgers, Ph.D, Professor and Chair of Bioengineering at the University of California, Riverside

    Talk Title: “Demystifying Concentrated Protein Osmotic Pressure. Resulting Novel Applications for Diagnostics and Therapy”

    Series: Invited Chair Series

    Abstract: High concentrated multicomponent protein solutions or “crowded” solutions are prevalent throughout nature and, subsequently, they make a substantial contribution to natural functions. In cells, multicomponent protein concentration can be as high as 50 – 400 mg/ml. This high protein concentration has been found to contribute to a number of natural phenomena. As well, concentrated multicomponent protein solutions are inevitable in a number of bioseparations processes. As examples, concentrated proteins are prevalent in the final preparations of many pharmaceuticals products and, in membrane separations, concentrated proteins are the dominant factor in permeate flux resistance. In fact the very high concentration of proteins at membrane surfaces has been considered one of the most important areas in separations research.
    The most dramatic contribution that concentrated proteins exert on their surroundings, whether in living cells or on membrane surfaces, is the highly non-ideal osmotic pressure. Understanding these phenomena can provide a tremendous appreciation of natural functions and provide direct design improvements in new separations methods. The current virial expansion paradigm, based on McMillan-Mayer theory, assumes that the non-idealities observed in the osmotic pressure data from crowded protein solutions are almost exclusively the result of protein-protein interaction.
    However, we have developed a novel approach to understanding the osmotic pressure of highly concentrated protein solutions based on a free-solvent model. Uniquely, the associated parameters of the model are both physically realistic and independently measureable. Consequently, the results of this free-solvent model has a wide range of applications from providing insight to observed phenomena to providing the impetus for medical diagnostic tools for detecting protein mutations. This presentation will discuss the free-solvent model as well as the practical applications of osmotic pressure in bioengineering.

    Biography: www.engr.ucr.edu/~vrodgers

    Host: Michael Khoo

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Mischalgrace Diasanta

  • CS Colloquium: Vincent Conitzer (Duke University) - Tearing Down the Wall Between Mechanism Design With and Without Money

    Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Vincent Conitzer, Duke University

    Talk Title: Tearing Down the Wall Between Mechanism Design With and Without Money

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Many mechanism designers (algorithmic or other) draw a sharp line between mechanism design with money (auctions, exchanges, ...) and without money (social choice, matching, ...). I will discuss two papers that indicate that this line is blurrier than it seems. In the first, we study generalizations of the Vickrey auction to settings where a single agent wins, but with an arbitrary contract instead of a simple payment. In the second, we study repeated allocation of a good without payments. Here, we can create a type of artificial currency that affects future assignment of the good and that allows us to use modified versions of existing mechanisms with payments to reach provably approximately optimal solutions.

    Based on:
    B. Paul Harrenstein, Mathijs M. de Weerdt, and Vincent Conitzer.
    Strategy-Proof Contract Auctions and the Role of Ties. To appear in Games and Economic Behavior.

    Mingyu Guo, Vincent Conitzer, and Daniel Reeves. Competitive Repeated Allocation Without Payments. Short version in the Workshop on Internet and Network Economics.

    Biography: Vincent Conitzer is the Sally Dalton Robinson Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Economics at Duke University. He received Ph.D. (2006) and M.S. (2003) degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and an A.B. (2001) degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. His research focuses on computational aspects of microeconomics, in particular game theory, mechanism design, voting/social choice, and auctions. This work uses techniques from, and includes applications to, artificial intelligence and multiagent systems. Conitzer has received the Social Choice and Welfare Prize (2014), a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, an NSF CAREER award, the inaugural Victor Lesser dissertation award, an honorable mention for the ACM dissertation award, and several awards for papers and service at the AAAI and AAMAS conferences. He has also been named a Kavli Fellow, a Bass Fellow, a Sloan Fellow, and one of AI's Ten to Watch. Conitzer and Preston McAfee are the founding Editors-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Economics and Computation (TEAC).

    Host: Milind Tambe

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 217

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

  • Engineering Neuroscience & Health Seminar

    Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Tim Carroll, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

    Talk Title: Multiple spatial coordinate systems for new maps between sensory information and motor commands

    Abstract: Humans can learn to make accurate movements when the required map between sensory inputs and motor commands changes, such as when using tools that alter limb dynamics or when sensory information is distorted. Moreover, motor learning can also involve a “use-dependent” component that biases subsequent movements towards those repeated during practice, but that does not require the correction of movement errors. A key question regarding the sensorimotor adaptations that underlie this flexibility is the spatial frame of reference in which remapping is encoded. Are new sensorimotor maps defined according to the particular joint angles or torques required for movement, the native coordinate systems of the relevant sensory information (e.g. retinotopic motion direction), or composite extrinsic coordinate systems such as Cartesian space relative to the body? We have addressed this question in a series of visuomotor adaptation studies in which subjects had to move a cursor to visual targets by exerting isometric forces with the finger or wrist. We assessed how adaptation of the initial movement direction generalized to new target directions, postures and between left and right limbs, to systematically manipulate the alignment of the learned perturbation in various spatial coordinate systems. For transfer of visuomotor adaptation between left and right limbs, and generalization of visuomotor gain adaptation, transfer of adaptation only occurred when visuomotor distortion had identical effects in eye- and joint-based coordinates bilaterally. However, generalization of visoumotor adaptation to different postures within a single limb, and bias in force direction generated in response to repetition of a single movement direction were expressed according to a purely extrinsic or visual (rather than limb-based) reference frame. The results imply that new visuomotor maps are encoded in neural circuits associated with both intrinsic and extrinsic movement representations, but that the behavioral outcomes of remapping (i.e. generalization patterns) depend on the sensory context.

    Biography: Dr Carroll completed his doctorate in Neuroscience at the University of Queensland in 2001. He was awarded an Isaac Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship to pursue postdoctoral studies at the University of Alberta in 2002, before accepting a position as a Lecturer in Human Motor Control at the University of New South Wales in 2003. He joined the School of Human Movement Studies as a Senior Lecturer in July 2007.

    Dr Carroll’s research interests lie in the broad field of integrative human physiology. His work spans the fields of exercise science and integrative neuroscience, with a focus on determining how the central nervous system is reorganised as a consequence of motor learning and exercise. He has a specific interest in the area of strength training. Dr Carroll’s research involves the application of electro-physiological techniques such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), peripheral nerve stimulation, and electromyography (EMG) in experiments involving human subjects. The ultimate purpose of his work is to generate basic knowledge that will lead to the development of exercise protocols that yield maximal benefits for rehabilitation and injury prevention. His work has been funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) since 2004

    Host: Dr. Francisco Valero-Cuevas/Dr.Gerald Loeb/Dr. Terry Sanger

    More Info: http://bbdl.usc.edu
    Webcast: http://capture.usc.edu/college/Catalog/?cid=af180d48-ceff-42b9-a35c-eb199daed32

    More Information: Tim Carroll Flyer.pdf

    Location: Center For Health Professions (CHP) - 147

    WebCast Link: http://capture.usc.edu/college/Catalog/?cid=af180d48-ceff-42b9-a35c-eb199daed320

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: BME-ENH Seminar

  • Swinerton Builders Information Session

    Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Information sessions are an opportunity for students to get an idea of what a construction company does in the industry. Employees from Swinerton Builders will be coming to present and give you a better understanding of their company. These sessions give a chance for students of all majors to get an in depth understanding of the company. Students will also have a chance to meet and greet the company's recruiters throughout the evening.

    Location: University Club

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: USC CMAA

  • USC Alumni Physician Panel

    Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity

    Have any questions on medical school or the health profession in general? Want to hear about the secrets to succeed in medical school? Don't miss this panel to listen firsthand from USC alumni who made it through medical school and are currently practicing.

    Location: Waite Phillips Hall Of Education (WPH) - B28

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

  • Graduate Engineering Information Session: Munich, Germany

    Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    You are cordially invited to meet Kelly Goulis, Senior Associate Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering, at our upcoming information session in Munich, Germany.

    Students who have earned or are in the progress of earning a Bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or a hard science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend to learn more about applying to our graduate programs.

    The information session will include a presentation on: Master's & Ph.D. programs available at USC, how to apply, scholarships, student life, and more. Students will also have the chance to ask questions and receive official brochures and handout information from USC. Light refreshments will be served.

    Register to Attend

    Location: Sofitel Munich Bayerpost - Munich, Germany

    Audiences: Students with a background in engineering, math or science are welcome to attend.

    Posted By: Mary Kae