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Events for October 19, 2023

  • Repeating EventMaseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023

    Viterbi Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Student Activity


    MEPC is accepting applications!
     
    The 2023-2024 Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition (MEPC) season has officially begun. 
    We are currently accepting applications until Monday, November 6, 2023 @ 11:59pm.
     
    All USC students are invited to participate, although each team must have at least one current Viterbi student (undergrad or grad). The maximum number of team members is 5.
     
    Each team will participate in educational sessions, workshops, and meetings with mentors throughout the academic year. This year\'s MEPC programming will begin with a Kickoff on December 7, 2023.
     
     https://viterbiinnovation.usc.edu/competitions-and-programs/mepc/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Viterbi TIE

    Event Link: https://viterbiinnovation.usc.edu/competitions-and-programs/mepc/

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  • Tiktok Tabling Session

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Meet TikTok in the Epstein Family Plaza on Oct. 19, 10-3 p.m.! 
     
    Event overview: Tabling Session at USC with volunteers from TA What majors and class levels are you interested in connecting with? All majors; Juniors, Seniors
     
    Are you recruiting for internships, full-time, or both? Both
     
    Can you offer Visa sponsorship? We expect candidates to have the proper work authorization within the country they are applying to. International candidates should seek information from their local government and speak to their university career advisers for more information to make sure they have the correct work authorization. Historically, we are happy to welcome those with CPT or STEM-OPT for our internships and new grad positions in the US.

    Location: Epstein Family Plaza

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • NL Seminar -Interactive AI Systems Specialized in Social Influence

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Weiyan Shi, Post Doc Stanford University

    Talk Title: Interactive AI Systems Specialized in Social Influence

    Abstract: REMINDER: Meeting hosts only admit guests that they know to the Zoom meeting. Hence, you are highly encouraged to use your USC account to sign into Zoom. If you are an outside visitor, please inform us at nlg DASH seminar DASH host AT isi DOT edu beforehand so we will be aware of your attendance and let you in. In-person attendance will be permitted for USC/ISI faculty, staff, students only. Open to the public virtually via the zoom link. AI research has so far focused on modeling common human skills, such as building systems to see, read, or talk. As these systems gradually achieve a human level in standard benchmarks, it is increasingly important to develop next generation interactive AI systems with more advanced human skills, to function in realistic and critical applications such as providing personalized emotional support. In this talk, I will cover 1. how to build such expert like AI systems specialized in social influence that can persuade, negotiate, and cooperate with other humans during conversations. 2. I will also discuss how humans perceive such specialized AI systems. This study validates the necessity of Autobot Law and proposes guidance to regulate such systems.3. As these systems become more powerful, they are also more prone to leak users private information. So I will describe our proposed new privacy notion, Selective Differential Privacy, and an algorithm to train privacy preserving models with high utilities. Finally, I will conclude with my longterm vision to build a natural interface between human intelligence and machine intelligence via dialogues, from a multi angle approach that combines Artificial Intelligence, Human Computer Interaction, and social sciences, to develop expert AI systems for everyone.

    Biography: Weiyan Shi is a postdoc at Stanford NLP and an incoming assistant professor at Northeastern University starting in 2024. Her research interests are in Natural Language Processing (NLP), especially in social influence dialogue systems such as persuasion, negotiation, and recommendation. She has also worked on privacy preserving NLP applications. She is recognized as a Rising Star in Machine Learning by the University of Maryland. Her work on personalized persuasive dialogue systems was nominated for ACL 2019 best paper. She was also a core team member behind a Science publication on the first negotiation AI agent, Cicero, that achieves a human level in the game of Diplomacy. This work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, MIT Technology Review, Forbes, and other major media outlets.

    Host: Jon May and Justin Cho

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

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual and ISI-Conf Rm#689

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Pete Zamar

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

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  • Find Your Dream Job or Internship

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    THIS EVENT WILL BE HOSTED HYBRID: IN-PERSON & ONLINE SIMULTANEOUSLY

    Increase your knowledge on the job/internship search by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.



    To access the ZOOM link and for more information on this workshop, log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>>Workshops: https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso/

    For more information about all workshops, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

    For In-Person: Attendance is limited to room capacity

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CS Colloquium: Marynel Vazquez (Yale University) - Towards Robots with Increased Social Context Awareness

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Marynel Vazquez, Yale University

    Talk Title: Towards Robots with Increased Social Context Awareness

    Abstract: It is common to study human-robot interactions in well-controlled laboratory environments that vary in limited ways during the encounters. However, many real-world applications require robot adaptation to dynamic interaction scenarios. For example, robots may navigate across different places or interact with different people as they try to complete a task. Fundamental to this adaptation is a robot\'s ability to reason about their social context. How should we abstract this context in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)? What models should we use to reason about the many contextual factors that matter to an application of interest? In this talk, I will describe experimental work that highlights the importance of reasoning about different contextual factors in HRI. Then, I will present recent results on leveraging graph abstractions and relational data-driven models to make inferences about the context of interactions and drive robot behavior. Further, because data is generally scarce in HRI, I will also describe two directions to facilitate data collection in Human-Robot Interaction. One direction focuses on creating an open robot platform for studying social interactions in public environments. The other one aims to scale HRI data collection for early system development and testing via online interactive surveys. We have begun to explore the latter idea for social robot navigation but, thanks to advances in game development engines, it could be easily applied to other HRI application domains.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Marynel Vázquez is an Assistant Professor in Yale\'s Computer Science Department, where she leads the Interactive Machines Group. Her research focuses on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), especially in multi-party and group settings. Marynel is a recipient of the 2022 NSF CAREER Award, two Amazon Research Awards and a Google Research Scholar Award. Recently, her work has been recognized with best paper awards at HRI\'23 and RO-MAN\'22. Prior to Yale, Marynel was a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Stanford Vision & Learning Lab and obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was a collaborator of Disney Research. Before then, she received her bachelor\'s degree in Computer Engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela.

    Host: Stefanos Nikolaidis

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: CS Faculty Affairs

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  • CAIS Webinar: ChatGPT and Large Language Models for Social Work Science: Ethical Challenges, Opportunities, and Next Steps

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Aviv Landau, UPenn

    Talk Title: ChatGPT and Large Language Models for Social Work Science: Ethical Challenges, Opportunities, and Next Steps

    Abstract: Dr. Aviv Landau will discuss and outline the challenges and opportunities that ChatGPT and other large language models pose across bias, legality, ethics, data privacy, confidentiality, informed consent, and academic misconduct. Furthermore, he will talk about initial research in implementing ChatGPT in social work research promoting advocacy.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Aviv Y. Landau is the Co Director of SAFElab and a research assistant professor at UPenns School of Social Policy and Practice. His research focuses on developing and implementing interdisciplinary computational and social work approaches. Landaus main topics of interest are youth health disparities, ethical artificial intelligence, and social media.


    Register for the Zoom webinar here: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Babi0TKrSAKyoZ4tFSI1pQ

    Host: CAIS

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Babi0TKrSAKyoZ4tFSI1pQ

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Babi0TKrSAKyoZ4tFSI1pQ

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  • Quantum Science & Technology Seminar - Daniil Lukin, Thursday, Oct. 19th at 2pm in EEB 248

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Daniil Lukin, Stanford University

    Talk Title: AMO experiments on a chip: Scalability through integrated photonics in Silicon Carbide and Titanium:Sapphire

    Series: Quantum Science & Technology Seminar Series

    Abstract: A perfect crystal is like a perfect vacuum, in the sense that it admits the propagation of waves without scattering (Bloch waves). It follows that by creating point defects in this \"semiconductor vacuum\", we can realize eternally-trapped \"artificial atoms\" (in lieu of suspending atoms in true vacuum as in AMO experiments). These artificial atoms can be straightforwardly integrated into photonic circuits on-chip. It is a highly-attractive proposition in theory, but it has practical challenges. In this talk I will cover the developments of quantum photonics with artificial atoms in Silicon Carbide, and discuss advances in nanofabrication that enabled us to reach the strong-coupling regime between the cavity and artificial atoms. By revisiting the most basic photonic cavity, we combined strong interactions with individual atom addressability to study multi-atom cavity-coupled systems in the solid state. This system is intrinsically scalable, permitting large-scale co-integration of detectors and control lasers. I will discuss the development of the integrated Titanium:Sapphire laser arrays, and scalable control of quantum photonic systems.

    Biography: Daniil Lukin did his PhD at Stanford University in the group of Prof. Jelena Vuckovic, where he currently is a postdoctoral researcher. His research interests are in integrated quantum photonics and exploring nanophotonic device nanofabrication for advancing technology and fundamental science.

    Host: Quntao Zhang, Wade Hsu, Mengjie Yu, Jonathan Habif & Eli Levenson-Falk

    More Information: Daniil Lukin Flyer.pdf

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • CS Colloquium: Michael Pazzani (ISI/USC) - Expert-Informed, User-Centric Explanations for Image Classification with Deep Learning

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Michael Pazzani, ISI / USC

    Talk Title: Expert-Informed, User-Centric Explanations for Image Classification with Deep Learning

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: We argue that the dominant approach to explainable AI for explaining image classification with deep learning-“ annotating images with heatmaps, provides little value for users unfamiliar with deep learning. Instead, we argue that explainable AI for images should produce output like experts produce when communicating with one another, with apprentices, and with novices. We discuss a bit of the history of interpretable and explainable AI with examples from AI & medicine. A new approach that labels image regions with diagnostic features is proposed and evaluated. We draw on examples from radiology, ophthalmology, dermatology as well as bird classification.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Michael Pazzani is a Principal Scientist at the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California. Dr. Pazzani was the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at the University of California, Riverside where he was also a professor of computer science with additional appointments in statistics and psychology. From 2006-2012 he was the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he was also a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science. Prior to his appointment at Rutgers, Dr. Pazzani was the Director of the Information and Intelligent Systems Division at the National Science Foundation. He also served as a member of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health from 2003- 2005. In 2019, Dr. Pazzani was appointed to the Defense Science Board. Dr. Pazzani started his career as an assistant, associate, and full professor as well as department chair of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine.

    Host: CS Department

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 136

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: CS Faculty Affairs

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    DEN@Viterbi, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi School of Engineering for a virtual information session via WebEx, providing an introduction to DEN@Viterbi, our top-ranked online delivery system. Discover the 40+ graduate engineering and computer science programs available entirely online.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives during the session to discuss the admission process, program details, and the benefits of online delivery.

    Register Today!


    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/weblink/register/r4bd818b1bcc4381b664182bd5279c3f5

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

    Event Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/weblink/register/r4bd818b1bcc4381b664182bd5279c3f5

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  • Tenstorrent Trojan Talk

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Meet Tenstorrent!  
     
    At Tenstorrent we focus on building high-performance computing and the required ecosystem. This talk will focus on introducing high-performing RISCV CPU and AI work at Tenstorrent. Specifically, we will go over our high-performance RISCV CPU design and its use cases in various market segments.
     
    We will start off with the single-core CPU design and expand to how we put multiple cores together to build high-performance systems that are very much needed to address future market needs. We will also touch base on our industry-leading AI accelerators and how we integrate them with our high-performing RISCV CPUs.
     
    Zoom Link: https://usc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpcOuprD4qHNxU-6_GpSjLNuczoEVCHi4C  
     
    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Viterbi Career Connections Office. They are posted on Viterbi Career Connections because they may be of interest to members of the Viterbi community. Inclusion of any activity does not indicate USC sponsorship or endorsement of that activity or event. It is the participant’s responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Location: Virtual Event

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpcOuprD4qHNxU-6_GpSjLNuczoEVCHi4C

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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