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  • Pride

    Tue, Jun 01, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs, Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Receptions & Special Events


    Please join President Carol L. Folt together with faculty, staff, students and community members as we kick off the University's month long celebration of Pride Month.

    For more information, please check out:
    USC Events Calender

    Location: Zoom

    WebCast Link: Webinar ID: 952 5401 1688

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Tue, Jun 01, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for high school students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience. Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life. Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

    Please Register Here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Origami Workshop

    Tue, Jun 01, 2021 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs

    Student Activity


    Want to become the master of origami? This workshop will take you through the magic of origami!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Juli Legat

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  • Simply Calligraphy

    Wed, Jun 02, 2021 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs

    Student Activity


    Learn the easiest way to write calligraphy for beginners. Make your own Thank You Card and Father's Day Card!
    You only need a pen and paper. (Regular pens and paper are good!)

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Juli Legat

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Thu, Jun 03, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for high school students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience. Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life. Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

    Please Register Here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Thu, Jun 03, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for high school students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience. Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life. Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

    Please Register Here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • PhD Defense - Emily Sheng

    Fri, Jun 04, 2021 @ 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    PhD Candidate: Emily Sheng

    Time: June 4th, 2021, 9AM-11AM

    Title: Fairness in Natural Language Generation

    Committee: Prof. Prem Natarajan (chair), Prof. Nanyun Peng (chair), Prof. Shri Narayanan, Prof. Yan Liu

    Zoom link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99069448766

    Abstract:
    Technology for natural language generation (NLG) has advanced rapidly, spurred by advancements in pre-training large models on massive amounts of data and the need for intelligent agents to communicate in a natural manner. While techniques can effectively generate fluent text, they can also produce undesirable societal biases that can have a disproportionately negative impact on already marginalized populations. In this presentation, I emphasize the need for techniques to make language generation applications more fair and inclusive, and further propose a few of these techniques.

    The first half of this presentation introduces the problem of societal biases in NLG and how we can use existing and novel quantitative measures as metrics to quantify biases in language generation. I start by introducing a survey and commentary on the existing body of work on fairness in language generation. To meaningfully iterate on techniques that can reduce biases in language generation, I introduce the notion of the regard towards a demographic, use the varying levels of regard towards different demographics as a defining metric for bias in NLG. Through this and other metrics, we can reveal the extent of the biased nature of language generation techniques.

    With the analysis and bias quantifiers introduced in the first half, the second half of this presentation focuses on methods to reduce societal biases in NLG techniques. I focus on two methods for controllable generation. The first method builds upon the idea of adversarial triggers to induce societal biases in generated text when input prompts contain mentions of specific demographic groups. The second method is a constrained decoding technique that uses salient n-gram similarity as soft constraints for top-k sampling. We introduce this second method in the context of reducing the disproportionate amount of harmful ad hominem responses faced by marginalized populations in dialogue generation.

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/99069448766

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • Digital Canvas Night

    Fri, Jun 04, 2021 @ 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs

    Student Activity


    We will be recreating a painting using Microsoft Paint. Bring your own beverage and encourage your friends to attend! You'll be impressed with talent you didn't know existed!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Juli Legat

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Tue, Jun 08, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for high school students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience. Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life. Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

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    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Ph.D. Dissertation

    Thu, Jun 10, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Xin Wei, Ph.D. Candidate

    Talk Title: Integrating Systems of Desalination and Potable Reuse: Reduced Energy Consumption for Increased Water Supply

    Abstract: Zoom Info:
    https://usc.zoom.us/j/99689313718?pwd=RmM3MU42b0hGZUZHeER4VUxuUzNZdz09
    Meeting ID: 996 8931 3718
    Passcode: 048920


    Location: Zoom Meeting

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Thu, Jun 10, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for high school students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience. Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life. Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

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    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Viterbi Wellness Cafe

    Thu, Jun 10, 2021 @ 05:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs

    University Calendar


    Viterbi Summer Start Graduate Students:

    Summer semester is short and midterm can be stressful. Meet with Dr. Yong Park from USC Student Health Center for a relaxing check-in coffee break to help you destress and prepare for the next few weeks!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Juli Legat

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  • Ph.D. Dissertation

    Fri, Jun 11, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Eyuphan Koc, Ph.D. Candidate

    Talk Title: COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF RESILIENCE AND OTHER DIMENSIONS OF ASSET MANAGEMENT IN METROPOLIS-SCALE TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

    Abstract: Please see attached abstract.

    Zoom Info:
    https://usc.zoom/j/95397678878?pwd=WU5zYkFWdkJ5WW5SZ1NZQllwdVRNUT09
    Meeting ID: 953 9767 8878
    Passcode: 940645


    More Information: Eyuphan Koc_Abstract.pdf

    Location: Zoom Meeting

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Evangeline Reyes

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  • PhD Defense - Xusen Yin

    Mon, Jun 14, 2021 @ 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    PhD Candidate: Xusen Yin
    Date: June 14, 2021
    Time: 1:30-3pm
    Zoom Link:

    https://usc.zoom.us/j/98248745757?pwd=VDcvWHpWT0tLSCs0eldsRjhwVGh3UT09

    Title:
    Generalized Sequential Decision-Making via Language

    Committee: Jon May (Chair), Sven Koenig, Shri Narayanan

    Abstract:

    Many interactive applications, e.g., negotiation, game-playing, personal assistants, and online customer service, require sequential decision-making over natural language communications, a novel but fast-growing domain in Natural Language Processing (NLP).

    Unlike other NLP tasks that deal with single sentences or documents---e.g., question answering, machine translation, and sentiment analysis---sequential decision making requires language understanding and inference over sequences of sentences or documents. Moreover, there is usually no direct training objective for these applications compared to typical machine learning tasks. Thus, these tasks require a search in a decision-making space.

    Deep Reinforcement Learning (RL) is a common choice for these tasks without explicit or direct targets. It ordinarily needs many iterations to get close to an actual target due to the demand of exploration in the tremendous search space induced by near-infinite natural language responses in dialogue. These explorations usually are composed of many random movements, especially in the initial RL training stage.

    However, when placed in an unfamiliar environment, humans know how to solve new problems by applying existing knowledge and skills rather than working randomly. In contrast, computer agents struggle in these new scenarios due to overfitting and lack of common sense.

    Can we generalize sequential decision-making agents to novel, even unrelated tasks under the medium of language? We show how to train agents that take beneficial decision sequences from experience and external knowledge for better generalization than standard RL algorithms, using text-based games as a demo environment. We find out that proper dialogue encoding helps the intent understanding, that turning instance knowledge into universal knowledge helps in-domain generalization, that large language models can provide external knowledge rather than learning everything from scratch. Finally, we show that fine-tuned large language models with decision-making ability from one domain can guide RL algorithms towards better exploration and generalization for cross-domain transfer.

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98248745757?pwd=VDcvWHpWT0tLSCs0eldsRjhwVGh3UT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Tue, Jun 15, 2021 @ 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Distance Education Network, 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/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e268e282e9c56ed5ad668820dfbbb122f

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Tue, Jun 15, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for high school students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience. Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life. Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

    Please Register Here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Wed, Jun 16, 2021 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, 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/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e6f43f126ee97eb27f832778f2dab256e

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • NL Seminar PREFIX TUNING: OPTIMIZING CONTINUOUS PROMPTS FOR GENERATION

    Thu, Jun 17, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Xiang Lisa Li, Stanford Unversity

    Talk Title: PREFIX-TUNING: OPTIMIZING CONTINUOUS PROMPTS FOR GENERATION

    Abstract: Fine tuning is the de facto way of leveraging large pre trained language models for downstream tasks. However, fine tuning modifies all the language model parameters and therefore necessitates storing a full copy for each task. In this paper, we propose prefix tuning, a lightweight alternative to fine tuning for natural language generation tasks, which keeps language model parameters frozen and instead optimizes a sequence of continuous task specific vectors, which we call the prefix. Prefix tuning draws inspiration from prompting for language models, allowing subsequent tokens to attend to this prefix as if it were virtual tokens. We apply prefix tuning to GPT 2 for table to text generation and to BART for summarization. We show that by modifying only 0.1 percent of the parameters, prefix tuning obtains comparable performance in the full data setting, outperforms fine tuning in low data settings, and extrapolates better to examples with topics that are unseen during training.

    Biography: Xiang Lisa Li is a first year PhD student in computer science at Stanford University, advised by Percy Liang and Tatsunori Hashimoto. She works on controllable text generation/decoding and efficient adaptation of pre trained language models. Lisa is supported by a Stanford Graduate Fellowship and is the recipient of an EMNLP Best Paper award.





    Host: Jon May and Mozhdeh Gheini

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

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92263295642

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual Only

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92263295642

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Petet Zamar

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Thu, Jun 17, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for high school students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience. Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life. Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

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    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Viterbi MS Orientation for Summer Start 2

    Thu, Jun 17, 2021 @ 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs

    Student Activity


    The New Student Welcome is a mandatory live virtual event to start your first semester with a good foundation and prepare you for success. You will meet the VASE Master's Student Affairs Team, as well as your Academic Department Advisors, and have an opportunity to network with other students.
    Zoom link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/92111976242?pwd=Rlg3UUkzTTljVDdQSHpEZ04vWkdPQT09

    Audiences: Exclusive to Summer Start students

    Contact: Juli Legat

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  • Experience Viterbi App Zoom Party

    Fri, Jun 18, 2021 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs

    Student Activity


    Learn more about the web app and the four success areas, receive insider app tips from current student users, and play an interactive game for a chance to win prizes! Unlock the tools you need for a successful school year. It's an event you won't want to to miss!
    RSVP here

    Audiences: Exclusive to Summer Start students

    Contact: Juli Legat

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Tue, Jun 22, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for high school students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience. Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life. Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

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    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Viterbi New Student Advantage

    Tue, Jun 22, 2021 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs

    University Calendar


    Welcome Viterbi Summer Start Graduate Students! Here is a can't-miss information session for you, mark your calendar and join us on time!

    Meet with Kaitlin Harada, Director of Viterbi Connection Center.

    Viterbi Career Connections (VCC) offers career-focused support to prepare engineering students for internships, co-ops and full-time employment. We host a variety of technical companies throughout the year with job openings to fill.

    Audiences: Graduate

    Contact: Juli Legat

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  • Viterbi Cooks

    Wed, Jun 23, 2021 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs

    Student Activity


    Whether you're clueless in the kitchen or a top chef, you can count on a delicious dinner with this cooking lesson! Menu and ingredient details will be emailed to those that RSVP.
    Please RSVP here!



    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Juli Legat

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  • Repeating EventYes In My Backyard (YIMBY): Human Subjects Research

    Thu, Jun 24, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Workshops & Infosessions


    An online discussion and Q&A about Human Subjects Research at USC by the leaders from the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS) at USC.

    When: 4-5 PM, 02/24 (last Wednesday of each month)
    Format: 20-minute talk, followed by a 40-minute Q&A session.
    Where: Online (https://usc.zoom.us/j/92235084129?pwd=ZmRTdHJHemw5ZEs3VWFuYW5SV0o5Zz09)

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Kristen Grace

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Thu, Jun 24, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for high school students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience. Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life. Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

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    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Tue, Jun 29, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Our virtual information session is a live presentation from a USC Viterbi admission counselor designed for high school students and their family members to learn more about the USC Viterbi undergraduate experience. Our session will cover an overview of our undergraduate engineering programs, the application process, and more on student life. Guests will be able to ask questions and engage in further discussion toward the end of the session.

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    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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