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  • Repeating EventMaseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition

    Tue, Oct 31, 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/

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Avijit Thawani

    Tue, Oct 31, 2023 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    University Calendar

    PhD Thesis Proposal - Avijit Thawani 
    Committee Members: Jay Pujara (advisor), Dani Yogatama, Swabha Swayamdipta, Aiichiro Nakano, Gerard Hoberg
    Title: Tokenisation in Language Models: numeracy and beyond
    Abstract:  The first step for large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT is to convert text (that humans understand) into indices (that models do). This crucial phase in the Language Modeling pipeline has unfortunately been understudied and is currently achieved by subword segmentation, a manually engineered set of heuristics. We deep dive into case studies where these heuristics fail and our proposed improvements: for example when representing numbers in text, as well as multi-word phrases. Finally, we present an end-to-end tokenized language model that understands both words and numbers better than subwords without any manually engineered heuristic. It also outperforms character-level tokenisation, promising up to 4/6x speed up in inference and training respectively

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

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  • Epstein Institute, ISE 651 Seminar Class

    Tue, Oct 31, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Haihao Lu, Assistant Professor, Department of Operations Management, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

    Talk Title: Scale up Constrained Continuous Optimization with First-Order Methods

    Host: Dr. Meisam Razaviyayn

    More Information: October 31, 2023.pdf

    Location: SOS Building, B2

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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