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Events for February 27, 2020

  • CS Colloquium: Minjoon Seo (University of Washington) - Web-Scale Neural Memory towards Universal Knowledge Interface

    Thu, Feb 27, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Minjoon Seo, University of Washington

    Talk Title: Web-scale Neural Memory towards Universal Knowledge Interface

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Modern natural language tasks are increasingly dependent on external world knowledge. My PhD study has particularly focused on three challenges in this literature: handling unstructured knowledge, being scalable, and reasoning over knowledge data. I will mainly discuss my recent and on-going work on a web-scale neural memory that tackles all of the three challenges, and show how it serves as an effective interface for interacting with the world knowledge. I will conclude with an argument that designing a seamless and universal knowledge interface is a crucial research goal that can better address knowledge-dependency problem in machine learning tasks.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Minjoon Seo is a final-year Ph.D. student in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, advised by Hannaneh Hajishirzi and Ali Farhadi. His research interest has been mostly in the learning model for the extraction of (IE), the access to (QA), and the interplay of (Reasoning) knowledge in various forms of language data. He is supported by Facebook Fellowship and AI2 Key Scientific Challenges Award. He co-organizes the Workshop on Machine Reading for Question Answering (MRQA) and the Workshop on Representation Learning for NLP (RepL4NLP).

    Host: Xiang Ren

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Tabling | Civil Engineering | Bachelors & Masters

    Thu, Feb 27, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Tabling Session - For future engineers

    Los Angeles County is hiring Civil Engineering Assistants and Civil Engineering Students! Recruiting for bachelors and masters Civil Engineering students.

    Stop by the Engineering Quad to learn more about both opportunities, drop your resume, and chat with recruiters. Stop by anytime between 12 pm and 4 pm.

    Start your engineering journey at Public Works and enjoy a rewarding career in public service. As an LA County engineer, you will have an opportunity to join a dynamic team and play a meaningful role in enriching the lives of the 10 million residents we serve.

    Location: E-Quad

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • ECE-EP Seminar - Maiken Mikkelsen, Thursday, February 27th at 2pm in EEB 132

    Thu, Feb 27, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Maiken Mikkelsen, Duke University

    Talk Title: Atomic-scale Engineering for On-chip Photonic Devices

    Abstract: Nano- and quantum materials with unique optical properties hold the potential for breakthroughs in a wide range of areas from ultrafast optoelectronics and on-chip components for quantum information science to improve bio-sensing. An exciting opportunity to realize such new materials lies in controlling the local electromagnetic environment on the atomic- and molecular-scale (~1-10 nm), which enables extreme local field enhancements and drastically modified local density of states. We use creative nanofabrication techniques at the interface between chemistry and physics to realize this new regime together with ultrafast optical techniques to probe the emerging phenomena. Here, I will provide an overview of our recent research where we sculpt the electromagnetic fields on the atomic scale to realize ultrafast single photon sources, high-speed thermal photodetectors with on-chip spectral filters and metasurface-enhanced biosensors.

    Biography: Maiken H. Mikkelsen is the James N. and Elizabeth H. Barton Associate Professor at Duke University in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and by courtesy, in the Departments of Physics and Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science. She received her B.S. in Physics from the University of Copenhagen in 2004, her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley before joining Duke University in 2012. Her research explores nanophotonics and new quantum materials to enable transformative breakthroughs for optoelectronics, quantum science, the environment and human health. Her awards include the Maria Goeppert Mayer Award from the American Physical Society, the NSF CAREER award, the Moore Inventor Fellow award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Young Investigator Program Awards from the Office of Naval Research, the Army Research Office and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the Early Career Achievement Award from SPIE - the International Society for Optics and Photonics, and is the recipient of an RO1 award from the National Institute of Health.

    Host: ECE-Electrophysics

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • VIP Lecture Series 1

    Thu, Feb 27, 2020 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: DJ Kast, STEM PROGRAMS -JEP

    Abstract: VIP Guest Speaker - DJ Kast (STEM PROGRAMS -JEP)
    USC Faculty, staff, and community members discuss the societal impacts of engineering. Also, volunteer opportunities will be discussed.


    Host: Viterbi Impact Program

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 306

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • Sonny Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Thu, Feb 27, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Emily Grubert, Ph.D., Georgia Tech

    Talk Title: Conventional Hydroelectricity and the Energy Transition

    Abstract: See attached Abstract and Bio.

    Host: Dr. Kelly Sanders

    More Information: E. Grubert Abstract_ 02-27-2020.pdf

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) - 102

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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