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  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Fri, Mar 24, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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    Speaker: Dr. Susan Hubbard, University of California, Berkeley

    Talk Title: Geophysical Approaches for Quantifying Watershed Structure and Function

    Host: Dr. Felipe de Barros

    More Information: Hubbard Seminar Announcement.pdf

    Location: 102

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Kaela Berry

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  • AI Seminar: EVOLUTION OF NEURAL NETWORKS

    Fri, Mar 24, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

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    Speaker: Risto Miikkulainen, Univ. of Texas

    Talk Title: EVOLUTION OF NEURAL NETWORKS

    Series: Artificial Intelligence Seminar

    Abstract: Evolution of artificial neural networks has recently emerged as a powerful technique both in deep networks and reinforcementlearning. While the performance of deep learning networks depends crucially on the network architecture; with neuroevolution, it ispossible to discover such architectures automatically. While reinforcement learning works well when the environment is fully observable, neuroevolution makes it possible to disambiguate hidden state through memory. In this tutorial, I will review 1 neuroevolution methods that evolve fixed-topology networks, network topologies, and network construction processes, 2 ways of combining gradient-based training with evolutionary methods, and 3 applications of neuroevolution to control, robotics, artificial life, and games.





    Biography: Risto Miikkulainen is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin and a Research Fellow at Sentient Technologies, Inc. He received an M.S. in Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA in 1990. His current research focuses on methods and applications of neuroevolution, as well as neural network models of natural language processing, and self-organization of the visual cortex; he is an author of over 370 articles in these research areas. He is an IEEE Fellow, member of the Board of Governors of the Neural Network Society, and an action editor of Cognitive Systems Research and IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games.

    Host: Mayank Kejriwal

    Webcast: http://webcastermshd.isi.edu/Mediasite/Play/f0024e2d2140457586ec2ed6a78026b01

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

    WebCast Link: http://webcastermshd.isi.edu/Mediasite/Play/f0024e2d2140457586ec2ed6a78026b01d

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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

    Fri, Mar 24, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

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    Join us for a presentation by Dr. Vikram Ravi, Millikan Fellow in Astronomy, Cahill Center for Astronomy and Physics at the California Institute of Technology, titled "The Hottest Explosions of the Universe."

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Fri, Mar 24, 2017 @ 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Biomedical Engineering

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    Speaker: Aditya Rajagopal, PhD, Founder & CTO, Chromacode; Visiting Associate (Visiting Faculty), Caltech

    Talk Title: Engineering Methods for Biological Measurement

    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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  • Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series on Integrated Systems

    Fri, Mar 24, 2017 @ 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

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    Speaker: Dr. Aydin Babakhani, Assistant Professor, Rice University

    Talk Title: Silicon-based Integrated Sensors and Systems with On-chip Antennas From Picosecond Pulse Radiators to Miniaturized Spectrometers

    Host: Profs. Hossein Hashemi, Mike Chen, Dina El-Damak, and Mahta Moghaddam

    More Information: MHI Seminar Series IS - Aydin Babakhani.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Jenny Lin

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  • NL Seminar - Intuitive Interactions with Black-box Machine Learning

    Fri, Mar 24, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

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    Speaker: Sameer Singh, UCI

    Talk Title: Intuitive Interactions with Black-box Machine Learning

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Machine learning is at the forefront of many recent advances in natural language processing, enabled in part by the sophisticated models and algorithms that have been recently introduced. However, as a consequence of this complexity, machine learning essentially acts as a black-box as far as users are concerned. It is incredibly difficult to understand, predict, or "fix" the behavior of NLP models that have been deployed. In this talk, I propose interpretable representations that allow users and machine learning models to interact with each other: enabling machine learning models to provided explanations as to why a specific prediction was made and enabling users to inject domain knowledge into machine learning. The first part of the talk introduces an approach to estimate local, interpretable explanations for black-box classifiers and describes an approach to summarize the behavior of the classifier by selecting which explanations to show to the user. I will also briefly describe work on "closing the loop", i.e. allowing users to provide feedback on the explanations to improve the model, for the task of relation extraction, an important subtask of natural language processing. In particular, we introduce approaches to both explain the relation extractor using logical statements and to inject symbolic domain knowledge into relational embeddings to improve the predictions. I present experiments to demonstrate that an interactive interface is effective in providing users an understanding of, and an ability to improve, complex black-box machine learning systems.


    Biography: Sameer Singh is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. He is working on large-scale and interactive machine learning applied to information extraction and natural language processing. Till recently, Sameer was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Washington. He received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2014, during which he also interned at Microsoft Research, Google Research, and Yahoo! Labs on massive-scale machine learning. He was selected as a DARPA Riser, was awarded the Adobe Research Data Science Award, won the grand prize in the Yelp dataset challenge, has been awarded the Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges fellowship, and was a finalist for the Facebook PhD fellowship. Sameer has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers at top-tier machine learning and natural language processing conferences and workshops.

    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

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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