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  • Ph.D. Defense - Eli Pincus

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

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    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.

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    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

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  • Join NVIDIA for a Virtual Women in Engineering New College Graduate Panel and Q&A

    Wed, Oct 07, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    Hear from USC alumni about the teams they joined, what they are working on and their past internship experiences followed by Q&A.


    Akshata Bhat, Software Engineer for Tegra (MSEE 2019)

    Aeshaani Pahuja, ASIC Engineer (MSEE 2019)

    They will also be raffling a Jetson Nano and Shield TV Pro at the event!

    RSVP here: www.eventbrite.com/e/nvidia-ncg-panel-with-usc-women-in-engineering-fireside-chat-tickets-122474292907

    Learn more about Nvidia-�s career opportunities by visiting www.nvidia.com.university.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • Grand Challenges Lecture Series

    Grand Challenges Lecture Series

    Tue, Oct 13, 2020 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    Join us as we kick-off the Grand Challenges Lecture Series with Guest Speaker Professor Narayanan.

    About the Guest Speaker: Professor Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan is University Professor and Niki & C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering at the University of Southern California, where he is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering,
    Computer Science, Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Otolaryngology and Pediatrics, Director of the Ming Hsieh Institute and Research Director of the Information Sciences Institute.

    Audiences: GCSP Participants

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • PhD Defense -Yixue Zhao

    Fri, Oct 16, 2020 @ 09:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    PhD Candidate: Yixue Zhao


    Nenad Medvidovic (Chair)

    Chao Wang

    Bhaskar Krishnamachari

    Date: 10/16/2020

    Time: 9am

    Zoom: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96796759326?pwd=aTF3SnJlS3ljM1pjMkhZNzIyVGttdz09
    Meeting ID: 967 9675 9326
    Passcode: 149878

    Title: Reducing User-Perceived Latency in Mobile Applications via Prefetching and Caching

    Prefetching and caching is a fundamental approach to reduce user-perceived latency, and has been shown effective in various domains for decades. However, its application on today's mobile apps remains largely under-explored. This is an important but overlooked research area since mobile devices have become the dominant platform, and this trend is reflected in the billions of mobile devices and millions of mobile apps in use today. At the same time, user-perceived latency has been shown to have a large impact on mobile-user experience and can cause significant economic consequences.

    In my dissertation, I aim to fill this gap by providing a multifaceted solution to establish the foundation for exploring various aspects of prefetching and caching techniques in the mobile-app domain. To that end, my dissertation consists of four major elements. As a first step, I conducted an extensive study to investigate the opportunities for applying prefetching and caching techniques in mobile apps, providing empirical evidence on their applicability and showing insights to guide future techniques. Second, I developed PALOMA, the first content-based prefetching technique for mobile apps using program analysis, which has achieved significant latency reduction with high accuracy and negligible overhead. Third, I constructed HiPHarness, a tailorable framework for investigating history-based prefetching in a wide range of scenarios. Guided by today's stringent privacy regulations that have limited the access to mobile-user data, I further leveraged HiPHarness to conduct the first study on history-based prefetching with "small" prediction models, demonstrating its feasibility on mobile platforms and in turn, opening up a new research area. Finally, to reduce the manual effort required in evaluating prefetching and caching techniques, I have devised FrUITeR, a framework for assessing test-reuse techniques in order to automatically select suitable test cases to evaluate prefetching and caching techniques, without real users' engagement as required previously.

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96796759326?pwd=aTF3SnJlS3ljM1pjMkhZNzIyVGttdz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • Improv for Engineers Master Class

    Fri, Oct 30, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

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    Friday, October 30, 2020
    10:00-11:30am PDT

    Meeting ID: 949 0213 8732
    Password: 2r136e
    https://usc.zoom.us/j/94902138732? pwd=YW8zV3dMc3lwRm1lbnNBZEtJbFZkUT09

    2020 marks the 10th year in which the Engineering Writing Program and the Viterbi School have brought improvisational performance techniques and interactions to engineering students through a co- curricular partnership with the School for Dramatic Arts.

    This classroom innovation converges technology and social phenomena to spur creative thought, encourage diversity, and generate group cohesion.

    Join in on the fun with your classmates, instructors, a research scientist, and a chatbot in an interactive and collaborative learning environment!

    More Information: Improv for Engineers MasterClass.pdf

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94902138732? pwd=YW8zV3dMc3lwRm1lbnNBZEtJbFZkUT09

    Audiences: Department Only

    Contact: Suad Aziz

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