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  • Virtual Viterbi Industry Networking Event: M.S. Students

    Mon, Oct 05, 2020 @ 07:00 AM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Receptions & Special Events

    The Virtual Viterbi Industry Networking Events connect students with Viterbi Alumni and industry professionals from across the world in an online networking event.

    Location: Virtual

    Audiences: Viterbi MS students

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

  • Ph.D. Defense - Eli Pincus

    Mon, Oct 05, 2020 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    University Calendar

    Ph.D. Defense - Eli Pincus 10/05 2:00 pm "An Investigation of Fully Interactive Multi-Role Dialogue Agents"

    Ph.D. Candidate: Eli Pincus
    Date: Monday, October 5, 2020
    Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Committee: David Traum (chair), Maja Mataric, Peter Kim
    Title: An Investigation of Fully Interactive Multi-Role Dialogue Agents

    In the course of their lives human perform multiple roles such as work and social roles. However, current research in human-computer dialogue has focused on dialogue agents that perform only one role of an interaction. For example, Apple's Siri acts mainly as an assistant. In this thesis we helps fill the gap in multi-role dialogue agent research.

    We describe an architecture that endows a test-bed agent with core dialogue management capabilities for both roles of a word-guessing game but can be adapted for different embodiments including virtual human, robot, and a non-embodied web-platform that enables use of the test-bed agent in "in the wild" experiments. We incrementally evaluate design decisions for the test-bed agent that decrease the chance that our later experiments, that more directly evaluate the agent's multi-role capabilities, failed to find effects due to confounds stemming from poor design decisions. We establish that multi-role agents, when compared to single-role versions of the same agent, are able to elicit enjoyment from users without negatively impacting user's perceptions. We also use an "in the wild" experiment to prove that a multi-role content sourcing strategy can be superior to other scalable content sourcing strategies.

    Meeting Links:
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 927 9149 9440
    Passcode: 281112

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92791499440?pwd=djNKQzMxalJXZTVUR3dTQUp6Ykw2dz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

  • Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Mon, Oct 05, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Ange-Therese Akono, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University

    Talk Title: Inorganic-Organic Nanomaterial Composites for Advanced Civil, Energy, and Biomedical Application

    Abstract: See attached.

    Host: Dr. Qiming Wang

    More Information: Ange-Therese Akono Abstract-Bio_10520.pdf

    Location: Zoom Meeting

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes