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  • Repeating EventCS Undergraduate Web Registration Live Chat Assistance

    Fri, Apr 15, 2022 @ 09:00 AM - 09:30 AM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Student Activity

    If you are a CS undergraduate with a web registration permit time of 9am today and are having difficulty with web registration, the advisement staff will be available from 9:00am - 9:30am to help troubleshoot your registration questions and issues. Chat with us at https://www.cs.usc.edu/chat/

    Audiences: Undergrad

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

  • Admitted Student Explore USC #3

    Fri, Apr 15, 2022 @ 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    We are thrilled to finally be able to meet you on campus at one of our admitted student events. During the month of April, we have seven weekday events (each called Explore USC), as well as one full-day program (called Admitted Students Day) which is scheduled for a Sunday. Please only register for one event, either an Explore USC event during the week, or the Admitted Students Day on the weekend.

    Explore USC includes a Viterbi School overview, Faculty discussion from your major, lab/facility tour, lunch, and many opportunities to engage with current students.

    Register here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Fri, Apr 15, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. YueYue Fan, and Dr. Daan Liang, National Science Foundation

    Talk Title: Funding opportunities for research related to infrastructure systems and smart and connected communities at National Science Foundation

    Abstract: In this meeting, Dr. Yueyue Fan and Dr. Daan Liang from the Civil, Mechanical, & Manufacturing Innovation CMMI Division at NSF will discuss funding opportunities related to infrastructure systems, disasters and resilience, and smart connected communities at the National Science Foundation. Challenges brought by problems in these areas often require cross-disciplinary efforts from engineering, mathematics, and physical and social sciences. Therefore, we would welcome audience from broad academic communities. Specifically, We will focus on four NSF programs: Civil Infrastructure Systems CIS, Human, Disaster, and Built Environment HDBE, Cyber Physical Systems CPS, and Smart and Connected Communities S&CC, including their scopes, review criteria, and different expectations. Solicitations supporting large- scale research infrastructure development, including MRI and CDS&E, will also be discussed. We also hope to use this opportunity to gather your input regarding critical research gaps and research infrastructure needs.

    Host: Dr. James Moore

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95126666153 Passcode: 527255

    Location: Ray R. Irani Hall (RRI) - 321

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95126666153 Passcode: 527255

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

  • CS Colloquium: Mohamed Hussein (USC ISI) - Securing Machine Vision Models

    Fri, Apr 15, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Mohamed Hussein, USC ISI

    Talk Title: Securing Machine Vision Models

    Abstract: Machine vision has evolved dramatically over the past decade, thanks to the deep learning revolution. Despite their remarkable performance, often surpassing humans, machine vision models are vulnerable to different types of attacks. This talk will focus on two types of attacks as well as methods to secure machine vision models against them. The first is presentation (or more commonly known as spoofing) attacks on biometric authentication systems, in which the attacker presents a fake physical instrument to the system, such as a printed face image, either to conceal their true identity or impersonate a different identity. I will show that combining the power of deep learning with multi-spectral sensing can effectively address this problem by distinguishing spoofing instruments from bona fide presentations. For the challenging makeup attack, I will show that using multi-spectral data, we can construct an image of a person without the applied makeup, and hence reveal their true identity. The second type of attack is adversarial attacks. In this type of attack, imperceptible perturbations can be applied to the input of a machine vision model to alter the model's prediction. I will present a new non-linear activation function, named Difference of Mirrored Exponential terms (DOME), which has the property of inducing compactness to the embedding space of a deep learning model. We found that combining the usage of DOME with adversarial training can boost the robustness against state of the art adversarial attacks. I will conclude by discussing my perspective on the challenges ahead regarding the security of machine vision models.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Dr. Mohamed E. Hussein is a Computer Scientist and a Research Lead at USC ISI. Dr. Hussein obtained his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park, MD, USA in 2009. Then, he spent close to two years as an Adjunct Member Research Staff at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Cambridge, MA, before moving to Alexandria University, Egypt, as a faculty member. Prior to joining ISI in 2017, he spent three years at Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST), Alexandria, Egypt. During his time as a faculty member in Egypt, Dr. Hussein was the PI/Co-PI on multiple industry and government funded research projects on Sign Language Recognition and Crowd Scene Analysis. He is currently a Co-PI for ISI's projects under IARPA's Odin and BRIAR programs and DARPA's GARD program.

    Host: CS Department

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98761669161

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 105

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98761669161

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Cherie Carter

  • BCG Walk & Talks

    Fri, Apr 15, 2022 @ 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Our purpose is to provide a variety of opportunities for students to have their questions answered, learn more about BCG and our recruiting process.

    Designed for students to listen in podcast style and hear from BCG Associates about why we think BCG is a great place to launch your career!

    Friday, April 15th 12pm-12:45pm: Internship Experience & Professional Development- Click Here to Register: https://talent.bcg.com/Events?folderId=10047243&source=Event

    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Viterbi Career Connections Office. They are posted on Viterbi Career Connections because they may be of interest to members of the Viterbi community. Inclusion of any activity does not indicate USC sponsorship or endorsement of that activity or event. It is the participant's responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Location: Virtual

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

  • CS Colloquium: Beidi Chen (Stanford University) - Randomized Algorithms for Efficient Machine Learning Systems

    Fri, Apr 15, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Beidi Chen, Stanford University

    Talk Title: Randomized Algorithms for Efficient Machine Learning Systems

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Machine learning (ML) has demonstrated great promise in scientific discovery, healthcare, and education, especially with the rise of large neural networks. However, large models trained on complex and rapidly growing data consume enormous computational resources. In this talk, I will describe my work on exploiting model sparsity with randomized algorithms to accelerate large ML systems on current hardware with no drop in accuracy.

    I will start by describing SLIDE, an open-source system for efficient sparse neural network training on CPUs that has been deployed by major technology companies and academic labs. SLIDE blends Locality Sensitive Hashing with multi-core parallelism and workload optimization to drastically reduce computations. SLIDE trains industry-scale recommendation models on a 44 core CPU 3.5x faster than TensorFlow on V100 GPU with no drop in accuracy.

    Next, I will present Pixelated Butterfly, a simple yet efficient sparse training framework on GPUs. It uses a simple static block-sparse pattern based on butterfly and low-rank matrices, taking into account GPU block-oriented efficiency. Pixelated Butterfly trains up to 2.5x faster (wall-clock) than the dense Vision Transformer and GPT-2 counterparts with no drop in accuracy.

    I will conclude by outlining future research directions for further accelerating ML pipelines and making ML more accessible to the general community, such as software-hardware co-design, data-centric AI, and ML for scientific computing and medical imaging.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Beidi Chen is a postdoctoral scholar in the CS department at Stanford University, working with Prof. Christopher Ré. Her research focuses on large-scale machine learning and deep learning. Specifically, she designs and optimizes randomized algorithms (algorithm-hardware co-design) to accelerate large machine learning systems for real-world problems. Prior to joining Stanford, she received her Ph.D. from the CS department at Rice University, advised by Prof. Anshumali Shrivastava. She received a BS in EECS from UC Berkeley. She has held internships in Microsoft Research, NVIDIA Research, and Amazon AI. Her work has won Best Paper awards at LISA and IISA. She was selected as a Rising Star in EECS by MIT and UIUC.

    Host: Xiang Ren / Vatsal Sharan

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 105

    Audiences: By invitation only.

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair