Avinash Kaur

Electrical Engineering
Master's Candidate

About

Avinash is a master’s candidate in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

HTE@USC’s EDGE Program

Posted: July 10, 2017, 7:25pm This summer, I was really fortunate to be accepted to the HTE@USC’s Edge Program which is a 4-week entrepreneurial boot camp for students and faculty members with ideas for healthcare devices and software. The course is based on the successful NSF ‘I-Corps’ methodology of linking university engineering with the market place. The sessions mostly took … Read More

The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell

Posted: July 5, 2017, 10:56am In one of the talks at the TED Radio Hour by Guy Raz, I came across one of the fundamental narrative frameworks that the Cinema industry exploits in their work: The Hero’s Journey. Joseph Campbell, an American Mythologist came up with a pattern of how the typical adventure of an archetype, The Hero, takes place. … Read More

Hike to the Malibu Creek State Park

Posted: July 3, 2017, 9:57pm Ist July 2017 was marked by a crazy cloudy Saturday morning that had a gang of 10 of us to leave our beds early in the morning and explore yet another State Park. This time, we set our eyes on the Malibu Creek State Park for its gorgeous Malibou Lake Mountain Club and the Century Lake. There … Read More

VR Experiences you might want to try!

Posted: July 2, 2017, 6:45pm Chris Milk in his famous Ted Talk described Virtual Reality as an ultimate empathy machine. You can check out his talk at https://www.ted.com/talks/chris_milk_how_virtual_reality_can_create_the_ultimate_empathy_machine. Isn’t it just beautiful! There are a plethora of stupendous experiences available online, both for mobile VR as well as Web. Something great to start with is the mobile app ‘Within’ that is … Read More

Summer at MxR studio, ICT

Posted: July 1, 2017, 7:31pm Often, some of the best journeys are the detours one did not mean to take. Something similar is happening in my current phase of Grad School. In my previous article on how I got my feet inside, I mentioned how I got MxR studio at ICT to support me in my project proposal. It was … Read More

Getting those feet inside the door

Posted: May 8, 2017, 11:41pm This article is for all those newbies, who are struggling to get that one opportunity to learn/practice/hone their skills, but due to a limited exposure or expertise are facing a difficult time achieving that In one of my previous articles, I mentioned how VR fascinated me to my core and I had this immediate desire … Read More

Holi at USC

Posted: May 8, 2017, 11:04pm Holi is one of the most awaited festivals celebrated in the Indian sub –continent. More commonly known as the ‘Festival of Colors’, a vast majority of western diaspora also looks forward to it with an equal enthusiasm.  On 26th March 2017, the Association of Indian Students organized the celebration right in front of the Leavey Library. Leavey … Read More

GAPP Graduate Mentorship Program

Posted: May 8, 2017, 6:24pm The GAPP department at USC has designed this amazing Graduate Mentorship Program by virtue of which, the incoming graduate students smoothly transition into the system. Sometimes, academic help is not all we need and a new environment can be overwhelming. That’s exactly where this program comes to rescue. The idea is to pair up mentors … Read More

Multimedia Systems Design: An exciting journey with Media

Posted: May 8, 2017, 5:52pm I took two courses this semester: Digital Image Processing (EE569) and Multimedia Systems Design (CSCI576). I wrote about the Image Processing Course in an earlier article. This one’s dedicated to one of my favorite courses in my entire academic journey. The course is taken by Prof. Parag Havaldar, who is one of the most arduous professors I … Read More

Hike to the Solstice Canyon

Posted: May 8, 2017, 2:13pm At the beginning of the Spring break, we decided to hike the stress out of the semester. I had planned to undertake the Solstice Canyon hike earlier, but the plans never really materialized. The daunting assignments took a little break and so did we. Straight to the hills facing Malibu. Solstice canyon offers several trails … Read More

Bitten by the VR bug!

Posted: May 8, 2017, 1:58pm I’m the kind of person who would leave an utterly delectable ice-cream if I don’t feel like having it. Alright, fiiiiine! I won’t begin with a self-obsessed rhetoric ever again. Nevertheless, the idea I wanted to convey is one of leaving a perceived stable and comfortable life for something more daunting and challenging. I have a knack … Read More

Startup career fair – Viterbi School of Engineering

Posted: March 3, 2017, 11:58am On March 2nd, SparkSC hosted 2017’s first start-up career fair at E-Quad, USC from 10 am to 2 pm. Around 20 companies participated in the same. The area was packed with 100s of students from different branches, all with the same motive – connecting with their potential employers for Summer Internships or Full-time job opportunities. … Read More

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