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  • ECE-S Seminar - Dr Stephen Tu

    Mon, Apr 10, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr Stephen Tu, Research Scientist at Google Brain (Robotics at Google)

    Talk Title: The foundations of machine learning for feedback control

    Abstract: Recent breakthroughs in machine learning offer unparalleled optimism for the future capabilities of artificial intelligence. However, despite impressive progress, modern machine learning methods still operate under the fundamental assumption that the data at test time is generated by the same distribution from which training examples are collected. In order to build robust intelligent systems-”self-driving vehicles, robotic assistants, smart grids-”which safely interact with and control the surrounding environment, one must reason about the feedback effects of models deployed in closed-loop.

    In this talk, I will discuss my work on developing a principled understanding of learning-based feedback systems, grounded within the context of robotics. First, motivated by the fact that many real world systems naturally produce sequences of data with long-range dependencies, I will present recent progress on the fundamental problem of learning from temporally correlated data streams. I will show that in many situations, learning from correlated data can be as efficient as if the data were independent. I will then examine how incremental stability-”a core idea in classical control theory-”can be used to study feedback-induced distribution shift. In particular, I will characterize how an expert policy's stability properties affect the end-to- end sample complexity of imitation learning. I will conclude by showing how these insights lead to practical algorithms and data collection strategies for imitation learning.

    Biography: Stephen Tu is a research scientist at Robotics at Google in New York City. His research interests are focused on a principled understanding of the effects of using machine learning models for feedback control, with specific emphasis on robotics applications. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in EECS under the supervision of Ben Recht.

    Host: Dr Mahdi Soltanolkotabi, soltanol@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92463220973?pwd=UHJEVmZFV2V2L25zOUo1aDY0cTFNQT09

    More Information: ECE Seminar Announcement 04.10.2023 Stephen Tu.pdf

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - EEB 248

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92463220973?pwd=UHJEVmZFV2V2L25zOUo1aDY0cTFNQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Miki Arlen

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  • Tabling Session with the Navy Talent Acquisition Group Pacific

    Mon, Apr 10, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Tabling Session with the Navy Talent Acquisition Group Pacific!

    Date: Monday, April 10th
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Epstein Family Plaza

    Program overview: The Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate program (NUPOC) is open to graduates and students who are within 30 months of graduating. The collegiate programs provides students with a monthly salary so they can focus on completing their degrees, leading to an active duty Naval career in Nuclear power and engineering management. Upon graduation, NUPOC candidates are provided with valuable Nuclear power technical training. This career path has outstanding potential for growth, either in the Navy or the Civilian sector if they decide to separate at the end of their initial service obligation. Academic success is a students primary focus while in our collegiate program. Collegiate monthly pay works out to $6,500 per month, up to 30 months.

    The following positions are part of the NUPOC program:

    Naval Reactors Engineer (approximate GPA 3.8 - 4.0)

    $15,000 sign-on bonus + an additional $2,000 upon completion of Nuclear Power School.

    5 year position in Washington D.C. (DOES NOT DEPLOY).

    Job entails approving, confirming, and planning the design, operation, and maintenance of over 100 nuclear reactors.

    Supports the operational fleet (submarines and aircraft carriers).

    Nuclear Power School Instructor (approximate GPA 3.6 - 4.0).

    5 year position in Charleston, SC (DOES NOT DEPLOY)

    Job entails training future Nuclear Propulsion Officers and Nuclear Field Enlisted personnel, while gaining valuable teaching experience in an exciting and technologically advanced curriculum.

    Submarine Officer (GPA 3.0+)

    $15,000 sign-on bonus + an additional $2,000 upon completion of Nuclear Power School.

    Will be stationed on either a Ballistic Missile Trident, Fast Attack, or Guided Missile nuclear-powered submarine.

    You will oversee everything from nuclear propulsion plant operations to weapon systems and navigational duties.

    Surface Warfare Officer (GPA 3.0+)

    $15,000 sign-on bonus + an additional $2,000 upon completion of Nuclear Power School.

    Will complete a first tour on a conventionally powered combat ship where you will receive your Surface Warfare Officer Qualification.

    Following your first tour you will complete Nuclear Power Training and be stationed on an Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier.

    There you will oversee the operation and maintenance of the sophisticated nuclear propulsion plant.

    Majors: STEM majors who have completed 1 year of Calculus and Physics and have a GPA of at least 3.0.

    US Citizenship is required to apply. We are not able to offer Visa Sponsorship or hire students on CPT/OPT.

    Location: Epstein Family Plaza

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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