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Events for December 03, 2021

  • Prospective Graduate Student Webinar: Chat with a USC Rep

    Fri, Dec 03, 2021 @ 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions

    Online webinars are held throughout the year via Zoom and hosted by Viterbi School representatives. All that is needed to participate is a computer with internet access. Webinars are designed for prospective students to learn more about:

    Master's & Ph.D. Programs
    Application Requirements
    Tuition & Funding
    There will also be ample time for questions.


    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VpuBLtevRYazKcD3C7P2Ow

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: USC Viterbi Graduate Admission

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  • D.R.E.A.M. Pitch Industry Mentorship Panel

    Fri, Dec 03, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

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    This panel features dream pitches from students with additive feedback from industry mentors from a variety of tech and destination companies. Please contact Elisabeth Arnold Weiss at arnolde@usc.edu if you would like to attend this event.

    D.R.E.A.M. (Direct Response to Engineers Aspirations from Mentors) is an initiative that leverages insights from industry mentors who directly respond to students dream pitches, an original leadership communication assignment in WRIT 340 where students create a vision for their future selves, align their efforts around purpose, and build a consistent character and identity in the context of growth, reinvention, and constant change. To achieve that vision, they design a detailed career roadmap which encourages adaptability and determination, frees up cognitive resources to embrace new opportunities, and instills mental flexibility, long-range thinking, and a sense of agency about the future.

    Location: Virtual (Zoom)

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Elisabeth Arnold Weiss

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Arka Sadhu

    Fri, Dec 03, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    Ph.D. Thesis Proposal - Arka Sadhu

    Friday, Dec 3rd, 2021: 12pm-2pm

    Title: Grounding Language in Images and Videos

    Thesis Committee members: Prof. Ram Nevatia, Prof. Xiang Ren, Prof. Yan Liu, Prof. Stefanos Nikolaidis, Prof. Toby Mintz.

    Abstract: Language grounding in images and videos -- the task of associating linguistic symbols to perceptual experiences and actions -- is fundamental to developing multi-modal models which can understand and jointly reason over images, videos and text.
    It has garnered wide interest from multiple disciplines such as computer vision, natural language processing, and robotics. An essential element in this space involves formulating tasks that investigate a particular phenomenon inherent in image or video understanding in isolation, thereby encouraging the community to develop more robust models. In this thesis proposal, I will articulate four vision-language tasks developed during the course of my Ph.D., namely, grounding unseen words, spatio-temporal localization of entities in a video, video question-answering, and visual semantic role labeling in videos. For each of these tasks, I will further discuss the development of corresponding datasets, evaluation protocols, and model frameworks.

    Zoom Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92383912262?pwd=N25ETlRMVFRiWTlKdGxtN09UVHhlQT09

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92383912262?pwd=N25ETlRMVFRiWTlKdGxtN09UVHhlQT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Chen-Yu Wei

    Fri, Dec 03, 2021 @ 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    Time: 1:00-2:30pm, December 3rd

    Committee: Haipeng Luo (host), Rahul Jain, David Kempe, Vatsal Sharan, Jiapeng Zhang

    Title: Robust and Adaptive Online Reinforcement Learning

    Abstract: Online reinforcement learning (RL) studies how an agent learns to behave in an unknown environment from scratch. In this thesis, I focus on the theoretical foundations of this learning paradigm, with emphasis on designing algorithms that are robust to the non-stationarity of the environment, where the non-stationarity may come from natural drift, adversarial manipulation, or the existence of other agents. While being robust, most of our algorithms are also "adaptive" at the same time in the sense that they do not sacrifice nice performance guarantees if the environment happens to be stationary. More broadly speaking, the performance of our algorithms automatically scale with some intrinsic properties that reflect the difficulty of the problem.

    For future work, I plan to characterize the fundamental limit of RL in large state space, a central topic in theoretical RL. We hope to answer the following questions: "what are the minimal assumptions to be made so that RL algorithms can find near-optimal policies with polynomial number of samples", and the similar question under the restriction of "polynomial computational time".

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96695544670?pwd=VnZJUzRLam9scVpHbFRTYUVmQlk4Zz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series on Integrated Systems

    Fri, Dec 03, 2021 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Jie Gu, Associate Professor, Northwestern University

    Talk Title: Exploring New Dimensions of CMOS Deep Learning Accelerators with Neural CPU Architecture and Compute-in-Memory Circuits

    Host: Mike Chen, Hossein Hashemi, Manuel Monge, Constantine Sideris

    More Information: MHI IS Seminar - Jie Gu_Flyer.pdf

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Jenny Lin

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