Current Event - Fall Ethics Symposium:

Leadership Ethics to Cancel the Worst Effects of Disease and Social Injustice

This event took place on:
Thursday, October 29, 2020
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Description: This conference is intended to showcase ways in which business, technology, and public policy can collaborate to provide ethical solutions to the twin scourges of social injustice and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Introduction and Welcome
Geoff Garrett, Dean of USC Marshall School of Business

Resilient Ethics for a Sustainable Future
Facilitator: Frank V. Zerunyan, USC Price School

Compassion, Altruism, and Service to Neighbor and Community
Facilitator: Sharon Lloyd, USC Gould School of Law
Respondent: Ralph Wedgwood, USC School of Philosophy

Ethical Policies for Education at All Levels
Facilitator: Rt Honorable Charles Clarke, former UK Secretary of State for Education and Skills

How Faith Communities Contribute to Compassionate Ethics
Facilitator: Dcn Frank Chavez, Director, Diaconate Program, Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange

Resilient Ethics to Build Just, Cohesive Communities that Respond to Disease and Social Injustice
Facilitators: Marion Philadelphia, USC Marshall School of Business; Elizabeth Fife, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Past Events

Next Generation Ethics: Where Do We Stand Conference


April 26, 2019 - 8:00 AM

USC Town & Gown 

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Summer School on Decision Making in Large Systems


June 24, 2018 - 10:00 PM

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Next Generation Ethics Conference


March 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

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National Science Foundation Workshop


October 29, 2015 - 12:15 PM

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 12:15

Abstract: The purpose of this workshop was to explore state-of-art methods for characterizing preference, value, and utility functions for systems engineering. A second objective was to explore methods for handling uncertainty. Characterizing preference, value, and utility enables decision makers to make quality decisions about a system. Preference, value and utility need not be linear functions of the various components of a system, and they depend on the engineering phenomena present. For example, value considerations in a high-speed machining job might consider various configurations of axial depth and spindle speed and their relation to tool life in order to maximize profit. Value can also include other attributes besides profit such as safety or environmental contributions. Because uncertainty is inherent in any system, the workshop will also discuss method for handling uncertainty.

Workshop Objectives:  Clarifying preference, value, and utility

.       Discussing state-of-art methods for characterizing preference, value and utility in systems engineering

.       Explaining common pitfalls in constructing preference, value, and utility functions in engineering

.       Increasing awareness about the importance of characterizing preference, value, and utility from engineering phenomenon in systems engineering, e.g. value functions for high speed milling or value characterizing in various engineering systems applications

.       Compiling a list of papers on the topic and having a special issue in a journal

Intended Audience:  Academia, Industry, Government



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