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  • Meet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Fri, Apr 20, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    University Calendar

    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS juniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!


    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Prospective Freshmen (HS Juniors and Younger) & Family Members

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • The Explosion in Neural Network Chips

    The Explosion in Neural Network Chips

    Fri, Apr 20, 2018 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Trevor Mudge, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Talk Title: The Explosion in Neural Network Chips

    Abstract: Until recently the conventional wisdom was that proposing a new chip startup in the US was a bad bet. Recently that perception has changed. There are dozens of startups that have found funding for new chip architectures that perform neural network computations much faster while consuming less power than general purpose CPUs. In fact, over 1.5 billion dollars in venture funding has already been dispersed for such startups. There are several factors behind this change of heart. First has been a slowing of Moore's Law that has made application specific computers more attractive. Second is the existence of application specific computers that could easily be repurposed, as exemplified by Digital Signal Processors and Graphics Processors. Finally, the presence of independent foundries such as the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and the United Microelectronics Corporation removed the need for every chip startup to build its own multi-billion dollar fabrication facility. In this talk I will discuss the reasons for this explosion starting with an overview of the problems these machines are targeting. I will then examine the aforementioned factors in more detail. Lastly, I will outline the co-design process that has led to many of the existing solutions. My concluding remarks will discuss the barriers to the success of these new architectures.

    Biography: Trevor Mudge received the Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana. He is now the Bredt Family Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is author of numerous papers on computer architecture, programming languages, VLSI design, and computer vision. He has also chaired 54 theses in these areas. In 2014 he received the ACM/IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award and the University of Illinois Distinguished Alumni Award. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the ACM, and a member of the IET and the British Computer Society.

    Host: Xuehai Qian, x04459, xuehai.qian@usc.edu

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Gerrielyn Ramos

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    Fri, Apr 20, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Shaun Arora, Managing Director and Co-founder, Make in LA

    Talk Title: Building a Lean Hardware Startup

    Host: Dr. Prata & EHP

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Su Stevens

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  • NL Seminar-Language as a Scaffold for Visual Recognition

    Fri, Apr 20, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Mark Yatskar , AI2

    Talk Title: Language as a Scaffold for Visual Recognition

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: In this talk we propose to use natural language as a guide for what people can perceive about the world from images and what ultimately machines should aim to see as well. We discuss two recent structured prediction efforts in this vein: scene graph parsing in Visual Genome, a framework derived from captions, and visual semantic role labeling in imSitu, a formalism built on FrameNet and WordNet. In scene graph parsing, we examine the problem of modeling higher order repeating structure motifs and present new state of the art baselines and methods. We then look at the problem semantic sparsity in visual semantic role labeling: infrequent combinations of output semantics are frequent. We present new compositional and data-augmentation methods for dealing with this challenge, significantly improving on prior work.

    Biography: Mark Yatskar is a post-doc at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and recipient of their Young Investigator Award. His primary research is in the intersection of language and vision, natural language generation, and ethical computing. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington with Luke Zettlemoyer and Ali Farhadi and in 2016 received the EMNLP best paper award and his work has been featured in Wired and the New York Times.

    Host: Nanyun Peng

    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

    Contact: Peter Zamar

    Event Link: http://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

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