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  • AI Seminar

    Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

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    Speaker: Elias Bareinboim, Assistant Professor, Purdue University

    Talk Title: The Data-Fusion Problem: Causal Inference and Reinforcement Learning

    Abstract: Machine Learning is usually dichotomized into two categories, passive and active which, by and large, are studied separately. Reality is more demanding. Passive and active modes of operation are but two extremes of a rich spectrum of data collection modes that generate the bulk of the data available in practical, large scale situations. In typical medical explorations, for example, data from multiple observations and experiments are collected, coming from distinct experimental setups, different sampling conditions, and heterogeneous populations. Similarly, in a more basic setting, a baby learns from its environment by both passively observing others and interacting with its environment by actively performing interventions. In this task, I will review the theory of structural causality and use it to explain the relationship between causal inference and reinforcement learning . Further, I will formulate and discuss a collection of inference tasks that lie in the intersection of RL and causal inference, including personalized decision making.

    Biography: Elias Bareinboim is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University. His research focuses on causal and counterfactual inference and their applications to data driven fields. Bareinboim received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA advised by Judea Pearl. His doctoral thesis was the first to propose a general solution to the problem of data fusion and to provide practical methods for combining datasets generated under different experimental conditions. Bareinboims recognitions include IEEE AIs 10 to Watch, the Dan David Prize Scholarship, the Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Award, and the 2014 AAAI Outstanding Paper Award.

    Host: Mayank Kejriwal

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Kary Lau

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  • W.V.T. Rusch Engineering Honors Program Colloquium

    Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

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    Join us for a presentation by Alexander Schaerli, Dr. Luke A. Sweatlock, Principal Scientist and Group Lead atNG NEXT Nanophotonics & Plasmonics Laboratory, titled "Nanophotonic Engineered Materials for Aerospace."

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Ramon Borunda/Academic Services

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  • USC Physics Seminar, Eli Kapon, Friday, February 3, 2017 in SSL 150 @ 2:00pm

    Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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    Speaker: Eli Kapon, Laboratory of Physics of Nanostructures, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

    Talk Title: Quantum Photonics with Ordered Quantum Dot and Quantum Wire Systems

    Abstract: Quantum wire (QWR) and quantum dot (QD) systems offer means for tailoring the electronic structure of semiconductors thanks to multi-dimensional quantum confinement. By placing them in confined photonic structures (waveguides, cavities) it is possible to tailor light-matter interaction via the introduced modifications in the density of states of excitons and photons. We review the technology of ordered QWR and QD structures grown by metallolrganic vapor phase epitaxy on patterned substrates and their integration with photonic components. Tailoring exciton wavefunctions, controlling their recombination dynamics, and observing cavity quantum electrodynamic effects in the integrated structures are described. Applications in quantum information technology and ultralow threshold lasers are discussed.

    Biography: Eli Kapon received his Ph.D. in physics from Tel Aviv University, Israel in 1982. He then spent two years at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, as a Chaim Weizmann Research Fellow, and then nine years at Bellcore, New Jersey, as member of technical staff and District Manager. Since 1993 he has been Professor of Physics of Nanostructures at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), where he heads the Laboratory of Physics of Nanostructures. In 1999-2000 he was a Sackler Scholar at the Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies in Tel Aviv University, Israel. During that period he helped establishing the Tel Aviv University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and served as its first Director from 2000 to 2002. In 2001 he founded the start up BeamExpress, serving as its Chief Scientist. His research interests include quantum- and nano-photonics, low-dimensional semiconductors, and vertical cavity semiconductor lasers. Prof. Kapon is Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Physical Society of America, a recipient of a 2007 Humboldt Research Award, and a Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2105-2017.

    Host: Physics Seminar, Quantum Information - Condensed Matter - Biophysics

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 150

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series on Integrated Systems

    Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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    Speaker: Dr. Vivienne Sze, Professor at MIT

    Talk Title: Energy-Efficient Hardware for Embedded Vision and Deep Convolutional Neural Network

    Host: Prof. Dina Reda El-Damak

    More Information: MHI Seminar Series IS - Vivienne Sze.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Jenny Lin

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  • Repeating EventBME Special Seminar

    Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @ 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

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    Speaker: Rich Roberts, PhD, Department Chair, USC Viterbi Mork Department of Materials Science & Chemical Engineering

    Talk Title: TBA

    Series: Seminars in BME (Lab Rotations)

    Host: Brent Liu, PhD

    Location: Corwin D. Denney Research Center (DRB) - 146

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • NL Seminar Recurrent Neural Networks for Narrative Prediction

    Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

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    Speaker: Melissa Roemmele, USC ICT

    Talk Title: Recurrent Neural Networks for Narrative Prediction

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Narrative prediction involves predicting what happens next in a story. This task has a long history in AI research but is now getting more recognition in the NLP community. In this talk I will describe three different evaluation schemes for narrative prediction, one of which the Story Cloze Test is the shared task for this years LSDSem workshop at EACL. I will present my ongoing efforts to develop Recurrent Neural Network based models that succeed on these evaluation frameworks, and discuss the particular challenges posed by each of them.

    Biography: I am a PhD candidate at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies advised by Andrew Gordon in the Narrative Group. My thesis research explores machine learning approaches to automatically generating text based stories. I am interested in using this research to stimulate creativity in writing. More broadly, I am excited by any opportunity to use automated analysis of text data to give people new insights and ideas.

    Host: Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Knight

    More Info: http://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th Flr Conf Rm # 1135, Marina Del Rey

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Peter Zamar

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