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  • Repeating EventNew & Continuing MS Student Group Advising Session (CSCI/DSCI)

    Tue, Aug 24, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    If you are a New or Continuing MS student in the Computer Science Department or Data Science Program and have any questions or need assistance, please join us for today's optional group advising session via zoom. Access instructions will be sent to students directly. Note: D-clearance is not granted during advisement sessions. All requests for d-clearance must go through the myViterbi portal.

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: USC Computer Sciecne

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  • Repeating EventKCLC Welcome Week Workshops

    Tue, Aug 24, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Hello Trojans!
    Are you looking for assistance on how to best adjust to the return to campus, improve your social skills, cultivate time management skills, and alleviate stress? Come to our workshops and Drop-in hours hosted by the USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity. No reservation or appointment is required for our general workshops and drop-ins.

    KCLC will be hosting Welcome Week workshops on Returning to Campus and Time Management. Starting in September, the workshops will have a weekly theme of time management, reading strategies, stress management or test-taking. The workshops will be interactive with great tips and resources.

    The Drop-in hours, where you can meet with an academic coach to discuss learning strategies will start the second full week of the semester Monday-Friday. Please note: these may be held in a group format depending on staff availability and demand.

    For more information, see the attached flyers with dates and times. We have also attached a semester calendar and created a Student Success zip file as you prepare to start the semester.

    If you are interested in learning more about weekly academic coaching, email us at kortschakcenter@usc.edu for additional information.

    KCLC will have more events throughout the semester and you can check out the most up to date workshop and drop-in schedule on their website


    More Information: Fall 2021 Welcome Week Workshops.pdf

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Karishma Sharma

    Tue, Aug 24, 2021 @ 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    Committee:

    Yan Liu, Emilio Ferrara, Barath Raghavan, Fred Morstatter, Kimon Drakopoulos



    Date/time:

    Aug 24, Tuesday from 11.30 am to 1 pm.



    Zoom link:

    https://usc.zoom.us/j/98260098182?pwd=cEl4aWRycnZ5L1dLMUdvTHRwczQ4UT09



    Title:

    Diffusion Network Inference and Analysis for Disinformation Mitigation



    Abstract:

    The proliferation of false and misleading information on social media has greatly reduced trust in online systems. Disinformation is largely aimed at influencing public opinion and social outcomes, and has been associated with reduced intent towards pro-social behaviors, denial of science and truth, and increased prejudices. In this thesis proposal, we address challenges in disinformation mitigation leveraging the content propagation or diffusion dynamics of disinformation on social media, through diffusion network analysis and inference techniques.

    We propose techniques for early detection of disinformation contents, with a conditional generative model of social media responses to the content, leveraging historical responses to enrich semantic understanding of why content is labeled as disinformation. Secondly, we investigate how disinformation spreads and propose an unsupervised, generative model for detection of ma- licious coordinated efforts in the spread of disinformation, by inferring latent influence between accounts and collective group anomalous behaviors from observed account activities. Besides detection, we address challenges in network interventions to limit disinformation propagation and prevent viral cascades, by inferring diffusion dynamics of disinformation and legitimate contents from observed, unlabeled cascades with a mixture model of diffusion.

    In the proposed future work, we focus on characterizing engagement with disinformation and conspiracy groups on social media. In the U.S. Election, we will evaluate whether Twitter's restriction on the QAnon conspiracy group was effective in limiting its activities with a regression discontinuity design for estimating causal effects of Twitter's intervention. In addition, to address the critical challenges in disinformation labeling, we propose to study methods in uncertainty sampling for active label refinement of social media posts, weakly-labeled based on news source credibility, towards building large-scale disinformation datasets, minimizing expensive human fact-checking efforts to collect disinformation labels. The outcome of this thesis proposal is to improve mitigation techniques and characterization of disinformation for timely identification and containment and to inform the need for robust platform measures.

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98260098182?pwd=cEl4aWRycnZ5L1dLMUdvTHRwczQ4UT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • Repeating EventDrop-In Weekly Office Hours [Virtual] Posted By: Center for Advanced Research Computing

    Tue, Aug 24, 2021 @ 02:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Every Tuesday, office hours are an opportunity for CARC users to ask questions about research computing. No appointment/registration is necessary, but you must use your USC credentials to access the Zoom meeting by clicking "Register" below. For in-person support, we are also in Leavey Library room 3M (basement) during this same time period. Register Here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Center for Advanced Research Computing

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  • Repeating EventISE 651 - Epstein Seminar

    Tue, Aug 24, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD,

    Talk Title: TBD

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 148

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • Repeating EventNew & Continuing MS Student Group Advising Session (CSCI/DSCI)

    Tue, Aug 24, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    If you are a New or Continuing MS student in the Computer Science Department or Data Science Program and have any questions or need assistance, please join us for today's optional group advising session via zoom. Access instructions will be sent to students directly. Note: D-clearance is not granted during advisement sessions. All requests for d-clearance must go through the myViterbi portal.

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Tue, Aug 24, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for high school students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience. Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life. Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

    Register here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • Transfer Student Meet-up

    Tue, Aug 24, 2021 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Receptions & Special Events


    This is a great opportunity to meet other Viterbi transfer students, the Transfer Student Community, and your department advisors. The event will include a transfer student panel, and informal breakout sessions with your department advisors.

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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