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  • CS Colloquium: Xuezhe Ma (USC ISI) - Towards Structured-Infused and Disentangled Representation Learning

    Tue, Nov 10, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Xuezhe Ma, USC

    Talk Title: Towards Structured-Infused and Disentangled Representation Learning

    Abstract: One of the keys to the empirical successes of deep neural networks in many domains, such as natural language processing and computer vision, is their ability to automatically extract salient features for downstream tasks via the end-to-end learning paradigm.
    In this talk, I will present two of our recent work. First, I will introduce how to encode structured dependencies into learned representations to achieve efficient non-autoregressive machine translation models. Second, I will present our work on learning representations to decouple global and local information from/for image generation. I will conclude by laying out future research directions towards interpretable and controllable representation learning.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

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    Meeting ID: 917 4361 3540
    Passcode: 296867

    Biography: Xuezhe Ma joined ISI as a computer scientist in Fall 2020.
    Xuezhe received his PhD degree in Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, advised by Eduard Hovy.
    Before that, he received his B.E and M.S from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research interests fall in areas of natural language processing and machine learning, particularly in deep learning and representation learning with applications to linguistic structured prediction and deep generative models. Xuezhe has interned at Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) and earned the AI2 Outstanding Intern award. His research has been recognized with outstanding paper award at ACL 2016 and best demo paper nomination at ACL 2019.

    Host: Xiang Ren

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Cherie Carter

  • ***NO ISE 651, Epstein Seminar - Week of INFORMS***

    Tue, Nov 10, 2020 @ 03:00 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

  • CS Distinguished Lecture: Steve Easterbrook (University of Toronto) - Computing the Climate: Building the Software for Understanding Climate Change

    Tue, Nov 10, 2020 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Steve Easterbrook, University of Toronto

    Talk Title: Computing the Climate: Building the Software for Understanding Climate Change

    Series: Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: The history of climate science is closely tied to the history of computing. Climate scientists have always pushed the limits of computational modelling, from the first computational weather forecasts developed by von Neumann and Charney to run on ENIAC, to the earth system models used to produce projections of future climate change for the most recent IPCC reports. Along the way, climate scientists have developed a sophisticated set of software development practices tailored to the needs of a science in which virtual experiments are essential for understanding the relationships between human activity and the global climate system. In this talk, I will first explain what climate models do, via a quick tour of the history of climate modelling. I will then show how a core set of software development practices are used to support a culture of scientific experimentation which provides robust answers to societally important questions. I will end the talk with a brief overview of the current generation of climate model experiments. These address critically important questions such as whether there are still viable pathways to deliver the UN's commitment to constrain global warming to no more than +2*C, and whether geo-engineering can buy us more time to address the underlying causes of climate change.

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    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Biography: Steve Easterbrook is the Director of the School of the Environment and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. (1991) in Computing from Imperial College in London (UK), and joined the faculty at the School of Cognitive and Computing Science, University of Sussex. From 1995-99, he was lead scientist at NASA's Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility in West Virginia, where he investigated software verification on the Space Shuttle Flight Software, the International Space Station, and the Earth Observation System. He moved to the University of Toronto in 1999. His research interests range from modelling and analysis of complex adaptive systems to the socio-cognitive aspects of team interaction. His current research is in climate informatics, where he studies how climate scientists develop computational models to improve their understanding of earth systems and climate change, and the broader question of how that knowledge is shared with other communities. He has been a visiting scientist at the UK Met Office Hadley Centre, in Exeter, the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado; the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology, in Hamburg, and the Institute Pierre Simon Laplace in Paris.

    Host: Heather Culbertson

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0sw0PJhSTFuyqKxoQie5Gw

    Location: Online Zoom Webinar

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0sw0PJhSTFuyqKxoQie5Gw

  • Lyman L. Handy Colloquia - Nick Birbillis

    Tue, Nov 10, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Nick Birbillis, Australian National University


    Abstract: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93139729396?pwd=UmNqVmVac1BGcEZoVEgxaGNnRzVaUT09
    Meeting ID: 931 3972 9396
    Passcode: 514283

    Host: Andrea Hodge

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Greta Harrison

  • DEN@Viterbi Live Chat with Alumni: South

    Tue, Nov 10, 2020 @ 06:00 PM - 06:45 PM

    DEN@Viterbi, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Join USC Viterbi for a virtual chat session with USC Viterbi representatives and a DEN@Viterbi current student and alumnus. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about USC Viterbi's online DEN@Viterbi method and to ask a DEN@Viterbi alumnus and current student questions about their online experience.

    Event Time: 6:00pm-6:45pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (3pm-3:45pm PDT)

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    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=efff7a1462ce787f4e485d642d0c127b2

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs