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  • CS Colloquium: Evi Micha (University of Toronto) - Fair and Efficient Decision-Making for Social Good

    Wed, Apr 05, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Evi Micha, University of Toronto

    Talk Title: Fair and Efficient Decision-Making for Social Good

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Algorithms have had a remarkable impact on human lives as they have been used increasingly to automate critical decisions. Consequently, it is more important than ever to design decision-making algorithms that treat people fairly, use limited resources efficiently, and foster social good. To illustrate my research in this direction, I will present two recent examples: in one, we boost the efficiency of COVID testing in a real-world setting, and in the other, we make the selection of citizens' assemblies more representative. Towards the end, I will address the challenging question of algorithmic fairness, making a case that fairness notions emerging from the EconCS literature have far-reaching applications, even to machine learning.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Evi Micha is a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science Department at the University of Toronto, advised by Nisarg Shah. She is also an affiliate of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and a fellow of the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society. Her research interests lie at the intersection of computer science and economics, and span areas such as algorithmic fairness and computational social choice.

    Host: Sven Koenig

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 109

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Apr 05, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Ram Vasudevan, University of Michigan

    Talk Title: Can't Touch This: Real-Time, Provably Safe Motion Planning and Control for High Dimensional Autonomous Systems

    Abstract: A key challenge to the widespread deployment of robotic manipulators is the need to ensure safety in arbitrary environments while generating new motion plans in real-time. This talk describes a technique that constructs a parameterized representation of the forward reachable set that it then uses in concert with predictions to enable certified, collision checking. To improve computational speed, this talk describes how to represent this parameterized reachable set using a neural implicit representation without sacrificing any safety guarantees. This approach, which is guaranteed to generate safe behavior, is demonstrated across a variety of different real-world platforms including ground vehicles, manipulators, and walking robots.

    Biography: Ram Vasudevan is an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Departments at the University of Michigan. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, an MS degree in Electrical Engineering, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering all from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, and the 1938E Award from the University of Michigan. His work has received best paper awards at the IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation, the ASME Dynamics Systems and Controls Conference, and IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, and has been finalist for best paper at Robotics: Science and Systems.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95805178776?pwd=aEtTRnQ2MmJ6UWE4dk9UMG9GdENLQT09

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

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95805178776?pwd=aEtTRnQ2MmJ6UWE4dk9UMG9GdENLQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

    Event Link: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/