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  • CS Colloquium: Marine Carpuat (University of Maryland) - Divergences in Neural Machine Translation

    Tue, Jan 14, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Marine Carpuat, University of Maryland

    Talk Title: Divergences in Neural Machine Translation

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Despite the explosion of online content worldwide, much information remains isolated by language barriers. While deep neural networks have dramatically improved machine translation (MT), truly breaking language barriers requires not only translating accurately, but also understanding what is said and how it is said across languages. I will first challenge the assumption that translation always preserves meaning, and discuss how to automatically detect when the meaning of a translation diverges from its source. Next, I will show how modeling divergences between MT model hypotheses and reference human translations can improve MT. Finally, I will argue that translation does not necessarily need to preserve all properties of the input and introduce a family of models that let us tailor translation style while preserving input meaning. Taken together, these results illustrate how modeling divergences from common assumptions about translation data can not only improve MT, but also broaden the framing of MT to make it more responsive to user needs.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Marine Carpuat is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on multilingual natural language processing and machine translation. Before joining the faculty at Maryland, she was a Research Scientist at the National Research Council Canada. She received a PhD in Computer Science and a MPhil in Electrical Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, and a Diplome d'Ingenieur from the French Grande Ecole Supelec. She is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award, research awards from Google and Amazon, best paper awards at *SEM and TALN, and an Outstanding Teaching Award.

    Host: Yan Liu

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

  • Engineering Honors Program Information Session 1

    Tue, Jan 14, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs, Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Interested in becoming part of the W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Program? If so, please join the honors program faculty as they present information on the Engineering Honors Program. Come learn about the research and innovation track opportunities. Refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

  • Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar

    Tue, Jan 14, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Stefano Ferretti, University of Bologna, Italy

    Talk Title: Are Distributed Ledger Technologies Ready for Smart Transportation Systems?

    Series: Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things

    Abstract: In this talk, I'll present a system architecture that exploits Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) and related software technologies to promote the development of smart transportation systems. DLTs provide very interesting features, such as immutability, traceability and verifiability of data. Thus, the designed system architecture allows creating, storing and sharing data generated by vehicles and users through their sensors, while moving. However, some doubts on the scalability and responsiveness of these technologies appear to be well-founded. Experimental results of a real test-bed over IOTA, a promising DLT for IoT, will be discussed.

    Biography: Stefano Ferretti is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Bologna. He received the Laurea degree (summa cum laude) and the Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Bologna respectively in 2001 and in 2005. His current research interests include distributed systems, complex networks, data science, fintech and blockchain technologies, multimedia communications, hybrid and distributed simulation. He is in the editorial board of the Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory (SIMPAT) journal, Elsevier, and of the Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games, published by Springer. He is in the technical committee of Computer Communications, Elsevier, as well as Online Social Networks and Media, Elsevier. He acted as editor of special issues on other international journals (i.e., Wiley CPE, Elsevier ComCom). He acted as chairs for several conferences and workshops within flagship conferences, e.g., ACM Mobisys, IEEE InfoCom.

    Host: Prof. Bhaskar Krishnamachari, bkrishna@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

  • ISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Jan 14, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Talk Title: Introduction to Class (No speaker this week)

    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

  • Resume Lab

    Tue, Jan 14, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Work on your resume in the presence of a career advisor to get tips on the spot.

    Remember to bring your laptop!

    For more information about Labs & Open Forums, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

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

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Seminar - Lyman L. Handy Colloquia

    Tue, Jan 14, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Professor Caroline A. Ross, Iron garnets: enabling materials for magnonics, photonics and spintronics

    Abstract: Ferromagnetic insulator thin films have emerged as an important component of magnonic, spintronic and magnetooptical devices. Yttrium iron garnet in particular is an excellent insulator with low damping, and has been incorporated into heterostructures that exhibit a plethora of spintronic and magnonic phenomena including spin pumping, spin Seebeck, proximity effects and spin wave propagation. Rare earth (RE) garnet films are both magnetic and magnetoelastic, and their properties can be manipulated by choice of composition and substrate. We grow films of bismuth, thulium, europium, dysprosium and terbium iron garnets with high structural quality down to a thickness of 2.5 nm, about 2 unit cells, and describe the transmission of spin across the interface of garnet/Pt bilayers. Spin orbit torque drives domain wall motion at room temperature at velocities exceeding 4 km/s, and chiral textures and skyrmions are present in garnet films. Iron garnets also exhibit magnetooptical activity and high transparency in the infrared, and we demonstrate integrated magnetooptical isolators comprising Bi and Ce garnets to control the flow of light in photonic integrated circuits.

    References: Nature Nanotech. (2019), Optica 6 473 (2019), ACS Photonics 5, 5010 (2018), Phys. Rev. Mater. 2, 094405 (2018), Nature Materials 16, 309-“314 (2017), Adv. Electron. Mater. 3 1600376 (2017), Phys. Rev. B 95 115428 (2017)

    Biography: Prof. Ross joined MIT in 1997 and is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. From 1991 to 1997, she was an engineer at Komag Inc, a manufacturer of hard disks. She received her undergraduate degree and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Metallurgy at Cambridge University. She has been chair of the Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Conference and the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, and has 21 patents awarded and has authored over 400 publications. Prof. Ross is a fellow of the American Physical Society, Institute of Physics (UK), IEEE and Materials Research Society. Her research interests include the magnetic, magnetooptical and multiferroic properties and device applications of thin films, particularly complex oxides such as garnets and perovskites, and the self-assembly of block copolymers and nanocomposite films.

    Host: Dr. Armani

    Location: John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall (SLH) - 102

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Karen Woo/Mork Family