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  • CS Distinguished Lecture: Jean-Baptiste Mouret (Inria) - Quality Diversity Optimization, from robotics to automated design

    Tue, Jan 25, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Jean-Baptiste Mouret, Inria

    Talk Title: Quality Diversity Optimization, from robotics to automated design

    Series: Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: Diversity algorithms are a new class of optimization algorithms that aim finding a set of high-performing solutions that all behave differently. They are more and more useful in many fields, from automated design, so that designers can use their own expertise to choose the final design, to robotics, so that a robot can quickly and autonomously adapt to unexpected situations. In this talk, I will first introduce MAP-Elites, which is one of the firsts and most popular Quality Diversity algorithms, then I will show a few recent developments, and highlight some of the most promising applications.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:


    After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Biography: Jean-Baptiste Mouret is a senior researcher ("directeur de recherche") at Inria, a French research institute dedicated to computer science and mathematics, in which he conducts researches that intertwine evolutionary algorithms, robotics, and machine learning to make robots more adaptive. Before joining Inria, he was an assistant professor ("maître de conférences) at ISIR (Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics), which is part of Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6 (UPMC, now Sorbonne Université). He obtained a M.S. in computer science from EPITA in 2004, a M.S. in artificial intelligence from the Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris, France) in 2005, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the same university in 2008. He was the principal investigator of an ERC grant (ResiBots - Robots with animal-like resilience, 2015-2020), which is the most prestigious grant in Europe, and the recipient of a French "ANR young researcher grant (Creadapt - Creative adaptation by Evolution, 2012-2015). His work was featured on the cover of Nature (Cully et al., 2015) and it received the "2017 ISAL Award for Distinguished Young Investigator in the field of Artificial Life, the "Outstanding Paper of 2015 award from the Society for Artificial Life (2016), the French "La Recherche" award (2016), 3 GECCO best paper awards (2011, GDS track; 2017 & 2018, CS track), and the IEEE CEC "best student paper" award (2009).

    Host: Stefanos Nikolaidis

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Gtk43EXaRc6Q_-8qCfsx5A

    Location: Online - Zoom Webinar

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Gtk43EXaRc6Q_-8qCfsx5A

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

  • Meta (formerly the Facebook company) Linux Coding Challenge

    Tue, Jan 25, 2022 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Signup here: https://fb.zoom.us/j/94118438190?pwd=djF0Nk05WlJralJmT3daSnlXdlZwUT09

    Want a chance to win an Oculus Quest 2?

    Come learn about Production Engineering (PE) and see if you have what it takes to be a PE!

    Production Engineers at Meta are a hybrid between software and systems engineers who are focused on the scalability and reliability of Meta's family of apps and services. Our PE Splash Page (https://fbpe.splashthat.com) dives into more detail about the role, the interview process, and has link to apply online.

    So do you think you have what it takes to be a Production Engineer at Meta? Meta's Production Engineering team has put together a Linux Coding Challenge that is meant to give you a taste of the types of problems Production Engineers solve daily.

    The challenge consists of four problems, and your solutions will be run against multiple data sets. For the event you will need to have access to a chrome browser and the internet. We will provide you with a development environment, which will support solutions written in C, C++, Golang, Java, Python, Ruby, or Rust.

    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Career Center. They are posted on Viterbi Career Connections because they may be of interest to members of the Viterbi community. Inclusion of any activity does not indicate USC sponsorship or endorsement of that activity or event. It is the participant's responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Location: Virtual

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

  • Navigating the Internship/Job Search Workshop (ON-CAMPUS)

    Tue, Jan 25, 2022 @ 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Increase your knowledge on the job/internship search by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.

    For more information about workshops, please visit

    Attendance is limited to room capacity

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

  • Repeating EventNew & Continuing MS Student Group Advising Session (CSCI/DSCI)

    Tue, Jan 25, 2022 @ 03:00 PM - 03:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Virtual Group Academic Advising Sessions for continuing and new MS students will be available for the month of January. These are combined session for Computer Science and Data Science students only. Access link emailed directly to CSCI/DSCI students.

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Tue, Jan 25, 2022 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for high school students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience. Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life. Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

    Register Here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Viterbi Admission