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  • Repeating EventMaseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition

    Tue, Oct 24, 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.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Viterbi TIE

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

  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Xisen Jin

    Tue, Oct 24, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    University Calendar

    PhD Thesis Proposal - Xisen Jin
    Committee Members: Xiang Ren (advisor), Jesse Thomason, Robin Jia, Mahdi Soltanolkotabi, Jieyu Zhao
    Title:  Building Updatable Language Model Systems in the Wild
    Abstract: Building updatable language model systems has become a crucial challenge  alongside the progress of large language models. In this thesis proposal, I will present my efforts on creating resources, developing efficient methods, and analyzing learning dynamics in updating language models. I will introduce two of my past works, focused on lifelong pretraining of language models and fusing knowledge of multiple models by merging their weights. I will then introduce my on-going study of analyzing and forecasting examples that will be forgotten by model updates to reduce forgetting that happens during the process of model updates.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92405014194?pwd=RlpqYzNKejZEQ1J1alhQYjBqN3dNZz09

  • CAIS Webinar: Beyond Datasets – How the Small Decisions We Make Affect The Tools We Build

    Tue, Oct 24, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Nyalleng Moorosi, Senior Researcher at DAIR

    Talk Title: Beyond Datasets -“ How the Small Decisions We Make Affect The Tools We Build

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: Data and our understanding of correctness and ground truth are a function of our history, culture and our position in society. In this talk, I wish to share with you some of the often nondocumented decisions we make as builders of machine learning tools and how they challenge the theory of building for all

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Nyalleng Moorosi is a senior researcher at DAIR, and her research interests are in understanding how we can build models which center populations often regarded as peripheral.

    Register for the Zoom webinar here: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_evMt4EB7S9SVoq0XVzJ1yw

    Host: CAIS

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_evMt4EB7S9SVoq0XVzJ1yw

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_evMt4EB7S9SVoq0XVzJ1yw

  • DREAM Industry Mentorship speaker series

    Tue, Oct 24, 2023 @ 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    University Calendar

    DREAM (Direct Response to Engineers Aspirations from Mentors) connects students with high profile industry professionals from a variety of tech and destination companies who help them create a vision for their futures, align their careers around purpose, and build character in the context of growth, reinvention, and constant change. Industry mentors discuss how professional challenges present opportunities for character and leadership development. This event will feature global creative, marketing, and tech leader Tom Gilmartin, sharing insights from the evolution of his remarkable career as a creative director working with some of the most valuable brands in the world, including Meta, and his recent co-founding of Verses and Valleys advisory council for non-profits.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 105

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Elisabeth Arnold Weiss

    Event Link: https://cglink.me/2nB/r392960

  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Ang Li

    Tue, Oct 24, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    University Calendar

    PhD Thesis Proposal - Ang Li
    Committee Members: T. K. Satish Kumar (chair), Sven Koenig, Aiichiro Nakano, Emilio Ferrara, and John Carlsson
    Title: Revisiting FastMap: New Applications
    Abstract: FastMap was first introduced in the Data Mining community for generating Euclidean embeddings of complex objects. In this talk, I will first generalize FastMap to generate Euclidean embeddings of graphs in near-linear time: The pairwise Euclidean distances approximate a desired graph-based distance function on the vertices. I will then apply the graph version of FastMap to efficiently solve various graph-theoretic problems of significant interest in AI: including shortest-path computations, facility location, top-K centrality computations, and community detection and block modeling. I will also present a novel learning framework, called FastMapSVM, by combining FastMap and Support Vector Machines. I will then apply FastMapSVM to predict the satisfiability of Constraint Satisfaction Problems and to classify seismograms in Earthquake Science

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 110

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92891703811?pwd=MmhNQXJCY3ZhMTRlOGp0aWpBZkRsZz09

  • The 2nd Annual A.V. Balakrishnan Awards

    Tue, Oct 24, 2023 @ 02:30 PM - 04:15 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Receptions & Special Events

    The A.V. 'Bal' Balakrishnan Award for Excellence in Scientific Research in the Mathematics of Systems was established by the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) through a generous gift from Mrs. Sophia Balakrishnan honoring the memory of her late husband Professor A. V. 'Bal' Balakrishnan, a well-known researcher and Professor in the area of the Mathematics of Systems.

    More information on the award can be found at https://sites.usc.edu/balakrishnan-library/awards/


    Please join us in celebrating this year's award recipient, Dr. Xudong Chen, Associate Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the Washington University in St. Louis.
    More info on this year's award recipient can be found at https://sites.usc.edu/balakrishnan-library/2023-a-v-balakrishnan-early-career-award-winner/

    Tuesday, October 24, 2023
    University Park Campus
    Ronald Tutor Hall (RTH)
    Ming Hsieh Boardroom, Room 526

    Reception 2:00PM - 2:30PM
    Remarks 2:35PM - 3:15PM
    Awardee Lecture 3:15PM - 4:00PM
    Award Presentation 4:00PM - 4:15PM

    RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/Lg97hSReznusEizN9

    This event will be live-streamed and recorded over Zoom.

    More Information: 2023.10.24 Balakrishnan Awards - Invitation.pdf

    Location: RTH 526

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Miki Arlen

  • Epstein Institute, ISE 651 Seminar Class

    Tue, Oct 24, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Stefan Wild, Division Director, Applied Mathematics & Computational Research Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)

    Talk Title: Optimization and Learning with Zeroth-Order Stochastic Oracles

    Host: Dr. Giacomo Nannicini/Dr. Meisam Razaviyayn

    More Information: October 24, 2023.pdf

    Location: Social Sciences Building (SOS) - SOS Building, B2

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

  • CS Colloquium: Feng Qian (USC / ECE) - Towards Robust and Resource-efficient Immersive Content Streaming

    Tue, Oct 24, 2023 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Feng Qian, USC / ECE

    Talk Title: Towards Robust and Resource-efficient Immersive Content Streaming

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: Compared to delivering regular 2D videos, streaming immersive content such as 360-degree panoramic videos, volumetric videos, and virtual/mixed reality (VR/MR) content presents distinct challenges due to their intensive network and compute resource consumption. In this talk, I will detail our team's journey over the past five years to boost the robustness, resource efficiency, and user experience of immersive content streaming. Our high-level design principles include adapting to the network & compute resources, integrating viewers' motion patterns, and harnessing the power of AI through edge computing. Backed up with real prototype implementation and field trials, our efforts make it feasible to stream high-quality immersive content to commodity mobile devices such as untethered smartphones and entry-level VR/MR headsets.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Feng Qian is an associate professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. His research interests cover the broad areas of intelligent mobile systems (including 5G/6G), virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) systems, cross-layer system design & analysis, application & transport layer protocols, and real-world system measurement. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. He received multiple awards including the AT&T Key Contributor Award, the Google Faculty Award, two ACM CoNEXT best paper awards (2016, 2018), the NSF CAREER Award, the Trustees Teaching Award, the DASH-IF Excellence Award, the Cisco Research Award, the ACM SIGCOMM Best Student Paper Award (2021), the Google Research Scholar Award, two ACM MobiCom best community paper awards (2022, 2023), and the Okawa Research Grant.

    Host: CS Department

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 136

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: CS Faculty Affairs