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  • NL Seminar-Dungeons and Discourse: Using Computational Storytelling to Look at Natural Language Use

    Thu, May 05, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Lara Martin, University of Pennsylvania

    Talk Title: Dungeons and Discourse: Using Computational Storytelling to Look at Natural Language Use

    Series: NL Seminar

    Abstract: Although we are currently riding a technological wave of personal assistants, many of these agents still struggle to communicate appropriately. In particular, these systems lack coherence, the ability to adapt to novel situations, creativity, emotional understanding, and collaboration. My work focuses on creating open world storytelling systems and developing agents that leverage speech understanding to communicate with humans more effectively. In this talk, I look at how tabletop roleplaying games such as Dungeons and Dragons can be used as motivation for how to improve conversational systems and understand how people communicate.

    Biography: Dr. Lara J. Martin is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania working with Dr. Chris Callison Burch. In 2020, she earned her PhD in Human Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she worked with Dr. Mark Riedl. She also has a Masters of Language Technologies from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science and Linguistics from Rutgers University New Brunswick. Dr. Martins work resides in the field of Human Centered Artificial Intelligence with a focus on natural language applications. They have worked in the areas of automated story generation, speech processing, and affective computing, publishing in top tier conferences such as AAAI and IJCAI. They have also been featured in Wired and BBC Science Focus magazine.

    Host: Jon May and Meryem M'hamdi

    More Info: https://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Webcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hldKVQj863o

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual Only

    WebCast Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hldKVQj863o

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Pete Zamar

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

  • Remarkable Trajectory/Pioneer Series Joint Seminar: Dr. John Brooks Slaughter

    Thu, May 05, 2022 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. John Brooks Slaughter, University Professor, USC

    Talk Title: From Kansas to USC: A Surprising Adventure

    Series: Electrical Engineering Pioneer Series

    Abstract: Growing up during an era in which opportunities were scarce for African Americans, John Brooks Slaughter had a series of unexpected professional experiences, as well as good fortune, that led him to the directorship of the National Science Foundation, the leadership of two educational institutions and culminated in his position as a professor of education and engineering at USC. In this presentation he will talk about that journey, some of the things he learned and the people who helped him on the way.

    Lecture 4:00pm Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Building (EEB 132)
    Reception 5:00pm Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Building Courtyard

    Host: Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Ming Hsieh Institute

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98612826676?pwd=Wm1tY2FQZUR1MUFVaWxpN3h1M3hQZz09

    More Information: 20220505 Pioneer Slaughter QR Flyer.pdf

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

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98612826676?pwd=Wm1tY2FQZUR1MUFVaWxpN3h1M3hQZz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher