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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Tue, Nov 01, 2022 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Executive Education

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Abstract: USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Six Sigma Black Belt for Process Improvement, offered in partnership with the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, allows professionals to learn how to integrate principles of business, statistics, and engineering to achieve tangible results. Master the use of Six Sigma to quantify the critical quality issues in your company. Once the issues have been quantified, statistics can be applied to provide probabilities of success and failure. Six Sigma methods increase productivity and enhance quality. As a USC Six Sigma Black Belt, you will be equipped to support and champion a Six Sigma implementation in your organization. To earn the USC Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate, you will be required to pass the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineer's Black belt exam (administered on the final day of the course).

    More Info: https://viterbiexeced.usc.edu/engineering-program-areas/six-sigma-lean-certification/six-sigma-black-belt/

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Contact: Corporate and Professional Programs

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  • Photonics Seminar - Aydogan Ozcan, Tuesday, November 1 at 1:30pm in EEB 248

    Tue, Nov 01, 2022 @ 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Aydogan Ozcan, UCLA

    Talk Title: Diffractive Optical Networks & Computational Imaging Without a Computer

    Series: Photonics Seminar Series

    Abstract: I will discuss diffractive optical networks designed by deep learning to all-optically implement various complex functions as the input light diffracts through spatially-engineered surfaces. These diffractive processors designed by deep learning have various applications, e.g., all-optical image analysis, feature detection, object classification, computational imaging and seeing through diffusers, also enabling task-specific camera designs and new optical components for spatial, spectral and temporal beam shaping and spatially-controlled wavelength division multiplexing. These deep learning-designed diffractive systems can broadly impact (1) all-optical statistical inference engines, (2) computational camera and microscope designs and (3) inverse design of optical systems that are task-specific. In this talk, I will give examples of each group, enabling transformative capabilities for various applications of interest in e.g., autonomous systems, defense/security, telecommunications as well as biomedical imaging and sensing.

    Biography: Dr. Aydogan Ozcan is the Chancellor's Professor and the Volgenau Chair for Engineering Innovation at UCLA and an HHMI Professor with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, leading the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at UCLA School of Engineering and is also the Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute. Dr. Ozcan is elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), holds>55 issued/granted patents, and is the author of one book and the co-author of >950 peer-reviewed publications in major scientific journals and conferences. Dr. Ozcan is the founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Lucendi Inc., Hana Diagnostics, Pictor Labs, as well as Holomic/Cellmic LLC, which was named a Technology Pioneer by The World Economic Forum in 2015. Dr. Ozcan is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Photonics Society (SPIE), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the American Physical Society (APS) and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has received major awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, International Commission for Optics (ICO) Prize, Joseph Fraunhofer Award & Robert M. Burley Prize (Optica), Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award (SPIE), Rahmi M. Koc Science Medal, International Photonics Society Early Career Achievement Award (SPIE), Army Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, NIH Director's New Innovator Award, Navy Young Investigator Award, IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award and Distinguished Lecturer Award, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award, National Academy of Engineering The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Award and MIT's TR35 Award for his seminal contributions to computational imaging, sensing and diagnostics. Dr. Ozcan is also listed as a Highly Cited Researcher by Web of Science, Clarivate.

    Host: Mercedeh Khajavikhan

    More Information: Aydogan Ozcan Flyer.pdf

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • **No Epstein Institute - ISE 651 Seminar - Due to Rechtin Lecture on 11.3.22**

    Tue, Nov 01, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - GER 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • Hosting Outreach Events & Reporting Service/Outreach Hours

    Tue, Nov 01, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Join us for a workshop to learn about the requirements for hosting outreach events with minors and how to report service/outreach hours on EngageSC. A representative from the Office of Youth Protection & Programming will be joining us to give an overview of USC’s youth protection policy, requirements, and event registration process. Please ensure that you have access to EngageSC as an “Officer” before the meeting to access the “Service Hours” feature for your organization. For any questions related to service/outreach projects please contact Noe Mora at nmora@usc.edu for assistance.

    Location: Online Event

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Noe Mora

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  • SHPE x VGSA Dia de los Muertos Celebration

    Tue, Nov 01, 2022 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Student Activity


    Take a break from studying and come celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with SHPE and VGSA (ASTE, CS, DEIA, and DS Departments)! There will be activities, games, and free food for the first 70 people who attend!

    Location: Sign into EngageSC to View Location

    Audiences:

    Contact: Diana Pham

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Wed, Nov 02, 2022 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Executive Education

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Abstract: USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Six Sigma Black Belt for Process Improvement, offered in partnership with the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, allows professionals to learn how to integrate principles of business, statistics, and engineering to achieve tangible results. Master the use of Six Sigma to quantify the critical quality issues in your company. Once the issues have been quantified, statistics can be applied to provide probabilities of success and failure. Six Sigma methods increase productivity and enhance quality. As a USC Six Sigma Black Belt, you will be equipped to support and champion a Six Sigma implementation in your organization. To earn the USC Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate, you will be required to pass the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineer's Black belt exam (administered on the final day of the course).

    More Info: https://viterbiexeced.usc.edu/engineering-program-areas/six-sigma-lean-certification/six-sigma-black-belt/

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Contact: Corporate and Professional Programs

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  • ServiceNow Open House (Virtual, External)

    Wed, Nov 02, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    At ServiceNow, our technology makes the world work for everyone, and our people make it possible. Our diverse team is changing the world with products that make a meaningful impact on people and communities. The more of 'you' you bring to work, the better. When you join ServiceNow, the world works.
    Who is ServiceNow?
    ServiceNow creates digital experiences that help organizations work smarter, faster, and better. Our purpose is to make the world work better for everyone.

    ServiceNow Open Houses:
    We are excited to announce our new Open Houses this Fall! These Open Houses are
    available to anyone that would like to learn more about ServiceNow, our culture, and opportunities. Each open house will consist of an info session about ServiceNow and breakout rooms with recruiters and ServiceNow professionals. Join us and do not miss out on all the fun!

    ServiceNow Workshops:
    We are excited to announce that we are bringing back our career development
    workshop series. These are free, virtual, career development workshops aimed to help those looking to jumpstart their careers in the tech industry. We'll be covering valuable topics that you won't want to miss!

    ServiceNow Virtual Events

    - Open House September 7th | 10 to 11 am

    - Stand Out at Career Fairs and Conferences
    Workshop September 14th| 10 to 11 am

    - Open House September 22nd | 10 to 11 am

    - Open House October 5th | 10 to 11 am

    - Build Your Personal Brand and Give Your LinkedIn a Makeover Workshop October 12th |10 to 11 am

    - Open House October 20th | 10 to 11 am

    - Open House November 2nd |10 to 11 am

    - How to Ace your In-Person and Virtual Interview Workshop November 9th 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM PDT

    - Open House November 17th |10 to 11 am

    - Open House November 30th | 10 to 11 am

    - Overcoming Imposter Syndrome Workshop December 14th | 10 to 11 am

    - Open House December 15th | 10:00 to 11:00 am

    Check out all of our events and RSVP here!
    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Viterbi Career Connections Office. They are posted on Viterbi Career Connections because they may be of interest to members of the Viterbi community. Inclusion of any activity does not indicate USC sponsorship or endorsement of that activity or event. It is the participants responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu



    Location: online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Repeating EventThe Communications Hub - Academic Writing and Speaking Tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. Students

    Wed, Nov 02, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Communications Hub offers academic writing and speaking tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. students! Bring your academic and professional work (at any stage) to faculty at the Engineering in Society Program!

    Drop in hours are in RTH 222:
    Monday: 10-12
    Wednesday: 10-12
    Friday: 10-12

    We also offer online and custom appointments at https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home.

    See you at the Hub!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • Virtual seminar Causal Dependencies in Multivariate Time Series

    Wed, Nov 02, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Sunil Kumar Vuppala, Director, Data Science, Ericsson

    Talk Title: Causal Dependencies in Multivariate Time Series

    Abstract: The talk starts with a motivation for casual analysis. Correlation does not imply causation. Similarly, lack of correlation does not imply lack of causation. How can we detect causality in complex systems such as telecom networks? The talk covers 3Wh of Causality (What, why, where). It covers taxonomy of time series casual discovery, an overview of the methods and techniques such as Granger causality, Convergent Cross Mapping, information theoretic approaches, graphical approaches and ML approaches. How can we connect any observed event to possibly a set of specific causal events? Why do we need counterfactual interventions for causal intensity? The talk describes the relevance of causality in telecom domain and cover a few use cases in telecom such as Key Performance Indicator (KPI) degradation and outlier root cause analysis and hardware failures. The speaker will share sample results from simulated experiments. He will introduce a few active research topics in this space.

    Biography: Dr. Sunil Kumar Vuppala is the Director -“ Data Science, Ericsson Global AI Accelerator (GAIA), Bangalore. Dr. Vuppala has 18 years of industrial and research experience in Machine learning, Deep learning, Analytics, Internet of Things, and Automation. Sunil worked in Oracle, Infosys R&D, and Philips Research before joining Ericsson. He is the inventor of 35+ patents (6 US granted and 30+ published), has published 30+ papers, and delivered 100+ guest lectures. Dr. Vuppuala is a senior member of ACM, IEEE, and a fellow of IETE and IEI. He is one of the Top 10 data scientists in India for 2019, recipient of Zinnov Technical Role Model in Emerging Technology award 2020, IEEE TEMS Engineering Manager of the Year 2020, and ACM distinguished speaker. Dr. Vuppula is an alumnus of premier institutes in India. He is a visiting faculty at Case Western Reserve University, USA.


    Host: Urbashi Mitra

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94255391488 pwd=cGoyOVoxWnc3K1RTeVcvYjlWOEJPQT09 Meeting ID: 942 5539 1488 Passcode: 114454

    Location: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94255391488 pwd=cGoyOVoxWnc3K1RTeVcvYjlWOEJPQT09 Meeting ID: 942 5539 1488

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Susan Wiedem

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  • NetEase Games Office Hour and Coffee Chat

    Wed, Nov 02, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    NetEase Games Office Hour and Coffee Chat

    We would like to host office hours and coffee chats before the Info Session on the same day to engage with more students and student organizations. Students will be able to learn about NetEase Games, our studios, game projects, the exciting opportunities we offer, and how we will support them in their development.

    Date: November 2
    Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall (RTH) 306

    What majors and class levels are you interested in connecting with? We are interested in connecting with graduating students who are in computer science or computer engineering.

    Are you recruiting for internships, full-time, or both? Both

    Can you offer Visa sponsorship? Are you able to hire a student on CPT or OPT? Yes on sponsorship and CPT/OPT

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 306

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Nov 02, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Marco Panesi, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    Talk Title: Construction of Hydrodynamic Models for Nonequilibrium Flows: Application to Hypersonics

    Abstract: The simulation of the aerothermal environment surrounding vehicles moving at hypersonic speed is a complex problem due to its multi-physics and multi-scale nature. Progress in accurately modeling these systems has been hindered by the lack of reliable physical models for the thermochemical and transport processes that dominate the dynamics of the flow. The most physically consistent description of nonequilibrium flows relies on the direct numerical solution of the kinetic equations for each internal state of the gas particles. However, for problems of interest, the exponentially large many degrees of freedom, and the wide range of spatial and temporal scales involved, make these equations unsolvable.

    This talk outlines a new paradigm for constructing predictive modeling and simulation tools from a fundamental physics perspective, rejecting the empiricism that has prevented progress in modeling hypersonic flows for decades. Inspired by model reduction strategies developed in statistical physics, this work addresses the challenges of the combinatorial explosion of the possible configurations of the system,obtaining new governing equations by projecting the master equation onto a few lower-dimensional subspaces. The distribution function within each subspace is then reconstructed using the Maximum Entropy Principle, thus ensuring compliance with the Detailed Balance.

    I will cover the critical aspects involved in model development: (1) using direct numerical simulationto study the fundamental physics; (2) derivation of a reduced-order set of equations that give an accurateand physical consistent description of the physics at a much-reduced computational cost: (3) Validationand uncertainty quantification.

    Biography: Dr. Marco Panesi is currently a Professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department and director of the Center for Hypersonics and Entry System Studies (CHESS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2009, he received a Ph.D. degree from the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics. He completed a post-doc with the PECOS center, one of the five DOE-funded PSAAP centers, at Odens Institute. Prof. Panesi joined the faculty in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an assistant professor in August 2012.

    Prof. Panesi has won several awards, including the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF), the Young Investigator Program (YIP) award from AFOSR, and the Early Career Faculty award from NASA. He has won the Best Paper/Presentation Awards at AIAA conferences several times. In 2015, he received the Award on Physical Modelling at the Symposium on Aerothermodynamics for Space Vehicles (ESA) for his contribution to the fundamentals of Aerothermodynamics.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 202

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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  • CAIS++ Mid-Semester Project Workshop

    Wed, Nov 02, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Description: CAIS++ (The Student Branch of the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society) invites you to our Mid-Semester Project Workshop! Our organization works on artificial intelligence projects that promote tangible social good. In our Mid-Semester Project Workshop, project teams will present preliminary results in a lightning talk format to CAIS++ and the general Viterbi community. At the end of each presentation, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback. Please join us at the Mid-Semester Project Workshop as we learn more about the current state of CAIS++ projects.

    Location: Thomas & Dorothy Leavey Library (LVL) - The Ahmanson Lab (Leavey Library)

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: CAIS++ USC

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  • NetEase Games Campus Recruitment Info Session (On-Campus)

    Wed, Nov 02, 2022 @ 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Meet Netease Games

    Students will be able to learn about NetEase Games, our studios, game projects, the exciting opportunities we offer, and how we will support them in their development.

    Some of our positions offered included Summer Internship Recruitment Program, Global Studio Management Internship, Global Studio Production Internship, and many more production, design, programming & art-related positions with our first-party studios.

    Date: Wednesday, November 2nd
    Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall (RTH) 211


    What majors and class levels are you interested in connecting with? We are interested in connecting with graduating students who are in computer science or computer engineering.
    Are you recruiting for internships, full-time, or both? - Both
    Can you offer Visa sponsorship? Are you able to hire a student on CPT or OPT? (Explain this to them if they do not understand the question) Yes on sponsorship and CPT/OPT

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Thu, Nov 03, 2022 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Executive Education

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Abstract: USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Six Sigma Black Belt for Process Improvement, offered in partnership with the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, allows professionals to learn how to integrate principles of business, statistics, and engineering to achieve tangible results. Master the use of Six Sigma to quantify the critical quality issues in your company. Once the issues have been quantified, statistics can be applied to provide probabilities of success and failure. Six Sigma methods increase productivity and enhance quality. As a USC Six Sigma Black Belt, you will be equipped to support and champion a Six Sigma implementation in your organization. To earn the USC Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate, you will be required to pass the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineer's Black belt exam (administered on the final day of the course).

    More Info: https://viterbiexeced.usc.edu/engineering-program-areas/six-sigma-lean-certification/six-sigma-black-belt/

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Contact: Corporate and Professional Programs

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  • Repeating EventThe Communications Hub - Academic Writing and Speaking Tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. Students

    Thu, Nov 03, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Communications Hub offers academic writing and speaking tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. students! Bring your academic and professional work (at any stage) to faculty at the Engineering in Society Program!

    Drop in hours are in RTH 222:
    Monday: 10-12
    Wednesday: 10-12
    Friday: 10-12

    We also offer online and custom appointments at https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home.

    See you at the Hub!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • NL Seminar-Modular and Composable Transfer Learning

    Thu, Nov 03, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jonas Pfeiffer, Google

    Talk Title: Modular and Composable Transfer Learning

    Series: NL Seminar

    Abstract: REMINDER
    Meeting hosts only admit guests that they know to the Zoom meeting. Hence, you are highly encouraged to use your USC account to sign into Zoom.

    If you are an outside visitor, please inform us at nlg DASH seminar DASH host AT isi DOT edu beforehand so we will be aware of your attendance and let you in.

    In person attendance will be permitted for USC ISI faculty, staff, students only. Open to the public virtually via the zoom link and online.

    With pre-trained transformer-based models continuously increasing in size, there is a dire need for parameter-efficient and modular transfer learning strategies. In this talk, we will touch base on adapter-based fine-tuning, where instead of fine-tuning all weights of a model, small neural network components are introduced at every layer. While the pre-trained parameters are frozen, only the newly introduced adapter weights are fine-tuned, achieving an encapsulation of the down-stream task information in designated parts of the model. We will demonstrate that adapters are modular components which can be composed for improvements on a target task and how they can be used for out of distribution generalization on the example of zero shot cross-lingual transfer. Finally, we will discuss how adding modularity during pre training can mitigate catastrophic interference and consequently lift the curse of multilinguality.


    Biography: Jonas Pfeiffer is a Research Scientist at Google Research. He is interested in modular representation learning in multi task, multilingual, and multi-modal contexts, and in low resource scenarios. He worked on his PhD at the Technical University of Darmstadt, was a visiting researcher at the New York University and a Research Scientist Intern at Meta Research. Jonas has received the IBM PhD Research Fellowship award for 2021/2022. He has given numerous invited talks at academia, industry and ML summer schools, and has co-organized multiple workshops on multilinguality and multimodality

    Host: Jon May and Meryem M'hamdi

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

    Webcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrGOb4okvI0

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual and ISI-Conf Rm#689

    WebCast Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrGOb4okvI0

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Pete Zamar

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  • 2022 Ebherhardt Rechtin Keynote Lecture

    Thu, Nov 03, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 06:00 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Bill Jia, Senior VP of Engineering, Meta/Facebook

    Talk Title: Latest AI Research at Meta and the Untold Technologies Behind AI

    Abstract: In this talk, the latest AI research results and the applications at Meta will be discussed. We will show how these results can be used to improve our day-to-day life experiences. Further, we will disclose the untold foundational technologies which are the critical parts to enable all the AI research work - this includes the data centers, network, hardware and the software which are used to create and train the AI research models.

    More Information: Rechtin Keynote Lecture_Flyer 2022.pdf

    Location: Charlotte S. & Davre R. Davidson Continuing Education Conference Center (DCC) - Vineyard Room

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • Viterbi Homecoming Networking Event

    Thu, Nov 03, 2022 @ 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Receptions & Special Events


    This event connects students with Viterbi Alumni and industry professionals to learn about different employers, explore different industries, and obtain advice from recruiters and engineers.

    Register for the Viterbi Networking Event
    Login to Viterbi Career Gateway
    Got to Events ->Career Fair -> Fall 2022 Viterbi Homecoming Networking Event

    Location: Epstein Family Plaza

    Audiences: All Viterbi

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Prospective Student Webinar:
    Master's & PhD Programs in Engineering and Computer Science

    Thu, Nov 03, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Interested in Master's or PhD programs in engineering or computer science?

    You are cordially invited to meet representatives from the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering on an online webinar.

    Students who have earned or are in the process of earning a Bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a hard science (such as physics, biology, or chemistry) are welcome to attend to learn more about applying to our graduate programs.

    The session will include information on the following topics:

    - Master's & PhD programs in engineering, computer science, and data science
    - How to Apply
    - Scholarships and funding
    - Student life at USC and in Los Angeles

    There will also be sufficient time for questions.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Register

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1xseUjSPR_qji9OVEr4-3w

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: William Schwerin

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  • WIE Meets WII

    Thu, Nov 03, 2022 @ 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Women in Engineering (WiE) Meets Women in Industry (WII) is a program designed to provide current Viterbi women the opportunity to meet with professional women in the field and gain insight on the unique challenges female engineers face. Through an engaging panel of female engineers from varying backgrounds, participants can gain insight on the experience of transitioning from student life to professional careers, the challenges women face in the workplace, and the successes they’ve achieved. Business Casual Attire Recommended
    ** SPACES ARE LIMITED SO RSVP ASAP **

    Location: Sign into EngageSC to View Location

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Maia Calderon-Ramos

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  • Viterbi Impact Boba Night!

    Thu, Nov 03, 2022 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Student Activity


    Join us for our VIP social with games, prizes, and boba!

    Location: Private Location (register to display)

    Audiences:

    Contact: Noe Mora

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Fri, Nov 04, 2022 @ 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Executive Education

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Abstract: USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Six Sigma Black Belt for Process Improvement, offered in partnership with the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, allows professionals to learn how to integrate principles of business, statistics, and engineering to achieve tangible results. Master the use of Six Sigma to quantify the critical quality issues in your company. Once the issues have been quantified, statistics can be applied to provide probabilities of success and failure. Six Sigma methods increase productivity and enhance quality. As a USC Six Sigma Black Belt, you will be equipped to support and champion a Six Sigma implementation in your organization. To earn the USC Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate, you will be required to pass the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineer's Black belt exam (administered on the final day of the course).

    More Info: https://viterbiexeced.usc.edu/engineering-program-areas/six-sigma-lean-certification/six-sigma-black-belt/

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Contact: Corporate and Professional Programs

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  • Repeating EventThe Communications Hub - Academic Writing and Speaking Tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. Students

    Fri, Nov 04, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Communications Hub offers academic writing and speaking tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. students! Bring your academic and professional work (at any stage) to faculty at the Engineering in Society Program!

    Drop in hours are in RTH 222:
    Monday: 10-12
    Wednesday: 10-12
    Friday: 10-12

    We also offer online and custom appointments at https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home.

    See you at the Hub!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • MHI ISSS Seminar - Dr. Omeed Momeni, Friday, Nov. 4th at 2pm in EEB 132

    Fri, Nov 04, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Omeed Momeni, University of California

    Talk Title: Scalable Standing Wave Integrated Circuits for Reconfigurable Power Generation, Radiation and Beam Steering at mm-Wave and Terahertz Spectrum

    Series: Integrated Systems

    Abstract: The power generation of transistors declines as the operation frequency increases. At the same time, the
    free space propagation loss increases, demanding more radiated power from the system. The loss of passive
    elements in the circuit increases as well, making functions such as oscillation or radiation even more challenging. In
    order to boost the limited power, multiple sources need to be coupled together in an array structure. However, the
    significant loss of the coupling circuitry and phase shifters at mm-wave and terahertz frequencies hinders the
    implementation of large and efficient radiator and phased arrays. Scalable standing wave array structures are
    proposed based on efficient low loss coupling schemes in order to boost the power and operation bandwidth.
    Furthermore, a practical approach is proposed to maximize Equivalent Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP) of the
    source by optimizing influential parameters of the radiation apparatus. Finally, we demonstrate a new phase shifting
    method based on combining standing and traveling waves and show how it can achieve significantly higher
    reconfigurability, phase shifting range and bandwidth. Using all these methods we present coupled-oscillators,
    scalable radiator arrays, and reconfigurable phased arrays that can produce high resolution images and achieve
    record beam steering range, tuning range, and output power at mm-wave and terahertz frequencies.

    Biography: Dr. Omeed Momeni (S'04-M'12-SM'18) received the B.Sc. degree from Isfahan University of
    Technology, Isfahan, Iran, the M.S. degree from University of Southern California, Los Angeles,
    CA, and the Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, all in Electrical Engineering, in
    2002, 2006, and 2011, respectively. He joined the faculty of Electrical and Computer
    Engineering Department at University of California, Davis in 2011 and is currently an
    Associate Professor. He was a visiting professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer
    Science Department at University of California, Irvine from 2011 to 2012. From 2004 to 2006,
    he was with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) as a RFIC
    designer. His research interests include mm-wave and terahertz integrated circuits and systems.
    Prof. Momeni serves as an Associate Editor for The IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters (MWCL) since
    2021, and a Technical Program Committee (TPC) member of Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium
    since 2018. He has also served as a Distinguished Lecturer for Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) in 2020-22, an
    Associate Editor of Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques (TMTT) in 2018-20, a Steering Committee
    Member (2020) and Technical Program Review Committee Member (2017-20) of the International Microwave
    Symposium (IMS), an organizing committee member of IEEE International Workshop on Design Automation for
    Analog and Mixed-Signal Circuits in 2013, and the chair of the IEEE Ithaca GOLD section in 2008-11. Prof. Momeni is
    the recipient of UC Davis Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Award in 2022, National Science Foundation
    CAREER award in 2015, the Professor of the Year 2014 by IEEE at UC Davis, the Best Ph.D. Thesis Award from the
    Cornell ECE Department in 2011, the Outstanding Graduate Award from Association of Professors and Scholars of
    Iranian Heritage (APSIH) in 2011, the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Workshop on Microwave Passive
    Circuits and Filters in 2010, the Cornell University Jacob's fellowship in 2007 and the NASA-JPL fellowship in 2003.

    Host: MHI - ISSS, Hashemi, Chen and Sideris

    More Information: Abstract and Bio-Nov 4-Momeni.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Repeating EventThe Communications Hub - Academic Writing and Speaking Tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. Students

    Mon, Nov 07, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Communications Hub offers academic writing and speaking tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. students! Bring your academic and professional work (at any stage) to faculty at the Engineering in Society Program!

    Drop in hours are in RTH 222:
    Monday: 10-12
    Wednesday: 10-12
    Friday: 10-12

    We also offer online and custom appointments at https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home.

    See you at the Hub!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • Photonics Seminar - Galan Moody, Tuesday, November 8th at 3pm in MCB 101

    Tue, Nov 08, 2022 @ 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Galan Moody, University of California Santa Barbara

    Talk Title: Integrated Quantum Photonics Beyond Silicon

    Abstract: Silicon-on-insulator has been an indispensable platform for classical and quantum photonics, but it is lacking in several aspects that are needed for the next generation of advanced quantum technologies. Beyond silicon, there is a spectrum of alternative crystalline materials-”such as compound semiconductors, lithium niobate, and 2D materials-”that have the potential to enable radically new device concepts and related quantum technologies. In this presentation, I will highlight my group's progress in developing several heterogeneous photonic platforms to address key challenges in quantum communications, networking, and distributed information processing. These include AlGaAs-on-insulator photonics for ultra-efficient entangled-pair generation, squeezing, and frequency-bin information processing; the integration of AlGaAs and 2D material single-photon sources with silicon photonics; and hybrid quantum dot devices with opto-electronic and opto-mechanical resonators for dynamic tuning and quantum transduction.

    Biography: Professor Moody joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of California Santa Barbara in July 2019. Prior to moving to Santa Barbara, he was a Research Scientist (2015-2019) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado, USA, a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at NIST (2013-2015), and a postdoctoral associate at the University of Texas, Austin, USA (2013). He received his PhD Degree in Physics (2013) and his BSc Degree in Engineering Physics (2008) from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a recipient of an Air Force Young Investigator Program award (2020) and an NSF CAREER award (2021) for research on integrated quantum photonic technologies. He serves as a thrust co-lead and on the executive committee for UCSB's Quantum Foundry (an NSF institute for quantum materials and related technologies), on the technical program committees for several conferences including CLEO, and on the editorial board for IOP's Journal of Physics: Photonics.

    Host: Mercedeh Khajavikhan

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Ignite your "Self" with USC Alumn Nihharika Singh

    Tue, Nov 08, 2022 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    A job is a dream but to accomplish the dreams of your life, you must know how to move in the direction to reach where you want to be in your life! More than that, you require a perfect balance of choosing the right things to overcome your fears, prepare for interviews, job applications and constant motivation.

    What you are doing today is enough or there is something that you are overlooking?

    To have all your answers and to know how to be the one who accomplishes what they want in life, we are launching a unique mentorship program: Ignite your SELF to help all of you to become your own guide in life. This program is a creation of Nihharika Singh, a USC ALUMN, Graduate Ambassador @USC Viterbi, who is a biomedical engineering major, a researcher, a CEO, an educator, a public speaker and much more.

    This workshop is a series that will help you to overcome what you fear to land up on a job and help you become powerful to understand what you are best at!

    RSVP HERE

    Location: Zoom, please see below for details on how to RSVP

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Epstein Institute - ISE 651 Seminar

    Tue, Nov 08, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Prof. Jose Blanchet, Professor, Dept. of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

    Talk Title: Optimal Transport and Distributionally Robust Optimization

    Host: Dr. Renyuan Xu

    More Information: November 8, 2022.pdf

    Location: Online/Zoom

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • MFD Seminar: "Bottom-Up Biology": Building Synthetic Cells

    Tue, Nov 08, 2022 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Allen Liu, Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Biophysics, University of Michigan

    Talk Title: "Bottom-Up Biology": Building Synthetic Cells

    Series: MFD Distinguished Lecture Series

    Abstract: "Biological membranes are involved in many cellular processes including cell migration, membrane trafficking, and cell signaling. A significant amount of work has elucidated the molecular machineries that regulate dynamic membrane-based processes. In parallel, there are growing interests in recent years in trying to understand how the mechanical state of the cells is utilized as a regulatory input to control cellular processes. My lab is broadly interested in studying the mechanochemical responses and force generation of biological systems, both in cells and in cell-like systems. In this talk, I will present two directions in building cell-like systems referred to as synthetic cells. In the first part of the talk, I will describe the self-organization of the reconstituted actin network, with crosslinker proteins and molecular motor myosin, in synthetic cells. Depending on the confinement size and concentrations of actin crosslinkers, distinct actomyosin patterns emerge in the form of asters and rings and could constrict the synthetic cell. In the second part of the talk, I will describe a general synthetic cell platform that makes use of encapsulation of mammalian cell-free expression reactions to reconstitute membrane proteins for generating membrane-active synthetic cells. I will share our work on building mechanosensitive synthetic cells and ongoing work on building synthetic neurons."

    Biography: Allen Liu received a B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry (Honors) from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, in 2001. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biophysics in 2007 from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his post-doctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute-La Jolla. He started his group in 2012, and he is currently an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Biophysics at the University of Michigan. His current research interests lie in cellular mechanotransduction and uses tools from quantitative cell biology, synthetic biology, biophysics, and microfluidics. He is a recipient of the NIH Director's New Innovator Award, a Young Innovator by Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE), a Rising Star from CMBE-BMES, and Future of Biophysics Burroughs Wellcome Fund Symposium speaker. He is a recipient of the Endeavour Executive Fellowship (Australia) and the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researcher (Germany).

    Host: Professor Zeno, Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    More Information: Allen Liu Seminar Flyer 11.8.22.pdf

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 352

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Anthony Tritto

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Tue, Nov 08, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 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=e7f6179e91a725a64e312b7760d319617

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • CAIS Seminar: Swabha Swayamdipta (USC) - Contextualizing Bias in Hate Speech Detection through Annotator Perspectives

    Wed, Nov 09, 2022 @ 02:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Swabha Swayamdipta, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Contextualizing Bias in Hate Speech Detection through Annotator Perspectives

    Series: USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS) Seminar Series

    Abstract: In an increasingly online world, content moderation in social media has become immensely important. However, existing hate speech detection systems are riddled with racial biases introduced during annotation, which are reinforced and propagated by models trained on such data. In this talk, I will first present the inadequacies of current methods for debiasing hate speech detection. I will show how the subjectivity of this task design leads to debiasing failures. Next, I will focus on uncovering the origin of bias in toxic language detection. I will demonstrate how annotators' demographics and beliefs influence their toxicity ratings, and how ignoring such societal context can lead to biased outcomes. Overall, I will argue for the value of rethinking traditional the hate speech classification task, and the need for richer context in hate speech datasets.

    Prof. Swayamdipta will give her talk in person at GFS 116 and we will also host the talk over Zoom.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:

    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_50yG4RHVTa-a6gKPUh7r3g

    After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Swabha Swayamdipta is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and a Gabilan Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California. Her research interests are in natural language processing and machine learning, with a primary interest in the estimation of dataset quality, the semi-automatic collection of impactful data, and evaluating how human biases affect dataset construction and model decisions. At USC, Swabha leads the Data, Interpretability, Language and Learning (DILL) Lab. She received her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, and was then a postdoc at the Allen Institute for AI. Her work has received outstanding paper awards at ICML 2022 and NeurIPS 2021 as well as an honorable mention for the best overall paper at ACL 2020.



    Host: USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS)

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_50yG4RHVTa-a6gKPUh7r3g

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 116

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_50yG4RHVTa-a6gKPUh7r3g

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Department of Computer Science

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  • ServiceNow Open House (Virtual, External)

    Wed, Nov 09, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    At ServiceNow, our technology makes the world work for everyone, and our people make it possible. Our diverse team is changing the world with products that make a meaningful impact on people and communities. The more of 'you' you bring to work, the better. When you join ServiceNow, the world works.
    Who is ServiceNow?
    ServiceNow creates digital experiences that help organizations work smarter, faster, and better. Our purpose is to make the world work better for everyone.

    ServiceNow Open Houses:
    We are excited to announce our new Open Houses this Fall! These Open Houses are
    available to anyone that would like to learn more about ServiceNow, our culture, and opportunities. Each open house will consist of an info session about ServiceNow and breakout rooms with recruiters and ServiceNow professionals. Join us and do not miss out on all the fun!

    ServiceNow Workshops:
    We are excited to announce that we are bringing back our career development
    workshop series. These are free, virtual, career development workshops aimed to help those looking to jumpstart their careers in the tech industry. We'll be covering valuable topics that you won't want to miss!

    ServiceNow Virtual Events

    - Open House September 7th | 10 to 11 am

    - Stand Out at Career Fairs and Conferences
    Workshop September 14th| 10 to 11 am

    - Open House September 22nd | 10 to 11 am

    - Open House October 5th | 10 to 11 am

    - Build Your Personal Brand and Give Your LinkedIn a Makeover Workshop October 12th |10 to 11 am

    - Open House October 20th | 10 to 11 am

    - Open House November 2nd |10 to 11 am

    - How to Ace your In-Person and Virtual Interview Workshop November 9th 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM PDT

    - Open House November 17th |10 to 11 am

    - Open House November 30th | 10 to 11 am

    - Overcoming Imposter Syndrome Workshop December 14th | 10 to 11 am

    - Open House December 15th | 10:00 to 11:00 am

    Check out all of our events and RSVP here!
    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Viterbi Career Connections Office. They are posted on Viterbi Career Connections because they may be of interest to members of the Viterbi community. Inclusion of any activity does not indicate USC sponsorship or endorsement of that activity or event. It is the participants responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu



    Location: online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Repeating EventThe Communications Hub - Academic Writing and Speaking Tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. Students

    Wed, Nov 09, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Communications Hub offers academic writing and speaking tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. students! Bring your academic and professional work (at any stage) to faculty at the Engineering in Society Program!

    Drop in hours are in RTH 222:
    Monday: 10-12
    Wednesday: 10-12
    Friday: 10-12

    We also offer online and custom appointments at https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home.

    See you at the Hub!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Nov 09, 2022 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events


    Bi-Weekly regular faculty meeting for invited full-time Computer Science faculty only. Event details emailed directly to attendees.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526 - Hybrid

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Center of Autonomy and AI, Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things, and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series

    Wed, Nov 09, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Quan Nguyen, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Toward the Development of Highly Adaptive Legged Robots

    Series: Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things

    Abstract: Deploying legged robots in real-world applications will require fast adaptation to unknown terrain and model uncertainty. Model uncertainty could come from unknown robot dynamics, external disturbances, interaction with other humans or robots, or unknown parameters of contact models or terrain properties. In this talk, I will first present our recent works on adaptive control and adaptive safety-critical control for legged locomotion adapting to substantial model uncertainty. In these results,
    we focus on the application of legged robots walking rough terrain while carrying a heavy load. I will then talk about our solution on trajectory optimization that allows legged robots to adapt to a wide variety of challenging terrain. This talk will also discuss the combination of control, trajectory optimization and reinforcement learning toward achieving long-term adaptation in both control actions and trajectory planning for legged robots.

    Biography: Quan Nguyen is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining USC, he was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Biomimetic Robotics Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 2017 with the Best Dissertation Award. His research interests span different control and optimization approaches for highly dynamic robotics including nonlinear control, trajectory optimization, real-time optimization-based control, robust and adaptive control. His work on the bipedal robot ATRIAS walking on steppingstones was featured on the IEEE Spectrum, TechCrunch, TechXplore and Digital Trends. His work on the MIT Cheetah 3 robot leaping on a desk was featured widely in many major media channels, including CNN, BBC, NBC, ABC, etc. Nguyen won the Best Presentation of the Session at the 2016 American Control Conference (ACC) and the Best System Paper Finalist at the 2017 Robotics: Science & Systems conference (RSS). Nguyen is a recipient of the 2020 Charles Lee Powell Foundation Faculty Research Award.


    Host: Somil Bansal, somilban@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ySGInGwKRKKHX7NHJwTk3Q

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

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ySGInGwKRKKHX7NHJwTk3Q

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Nov 09, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Douglas Holmes, Boston University

    Talk Title: TBD

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 202

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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  • Repeating EventThe Communications Hub - Academic Writing and Speaking Tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. Students

    Thu, Nov 10, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Communications Hub offers academic writing and speaking tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. students! Bring your academic and professional work (at any stage) to faculty at the Engineering in Society Program!

    Drop in hours are in RTH 222:
    Monday: 10-12
    Wednesday: 10-12
    Friday: 10-12

    We also offer online and custom appointments at https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home.

    See you at the Hub!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • NL Seminar -Effective, Explainable, and Equitable NLP with World Knowledge and Interactions

    Thu, Nov 10, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Bodhi Prasad Majumder, UCSD

    Talk Title: Effective, Explainable, and Equitable NLP with World Knowledge and Interactions

    Series: NL Seminar

    Abstract: REMINDER
    Meeting hosts only admit guests that they know to the Zoom meeting. Hence, you are highly encouraged to use your USC account to sign into Zoom.

    If you are an outside visitor, please inform us at nlg DASH seminar DASH host AT isi DOT edu beforehand so we will be aware of your attendance and let you in.

    In person attendance will be permitted for USC ISI faculty, staff, students only. Open to the public virtually via the zoom link and online.

    Artificial intelligence AI has shown remarkable effectiveness in knowledge seeking applications e.g., for recommendations and explanations. However, the increasing expectation of more trust, accessibility, and anthropomorphism in these AI systems requires the underlying components dialog models, LLMs, classifiers to be adaptive and adequately knowledge grounded. In reality, the outputs of the constituent models often lack commonsense, explanations, and subjectivity a long standing goal of artificial general intelligence.

    In this talk, I aim to address this gap through the concept of interactive explainability, realized via three pillars knowledge, explanations, and interactions. First, I will explore the post-hoc methods to effectively inject relevant and diverse knowledge into an existing dialog model without additional training. Second, I will investigate the role of background knowledge in model reasoning, prediction, and faithfully constructing natural language explanations. Third, I will propose an interactive approach to address fairness and subjectivity in bias mitigation via feature level user interventions. Finally, I will hint at future possibilities and societal impacts of next-generation explainable interactive systems.

    Biography: Bodhi Prasad Majumder is a final year PhD student at CSE, UC San Diego, advised by Prof. Julian McAuley. His research goal is to build interactive machines capable of producing knowledge grounded explanations. He previously spent time at the Allen Institute of AI, Google AI, Microsoft Research, and FAIR Meta AI, along with collaborations from U of Oxford, U of British Columbia, and the Alan Turing Institute.

    His work has been recognized by the UCSD CSE Doctoral Award for Research, Adobe Research Fellowship, Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, and Highlights of ACM Rec Sys, among many awards and several media coverages. In 2019, Bodhi led UCSD in the finals of the Amazon Alexa Prize. He also co authored a best selling NLP book with O Reilly Media that is being adopted in universities internationally.

    Host: Jon May and Meryem Mhamdi

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

    Webcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mva6sQgjuw

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual and ISI-Conf Rm#689

    WebCast Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mva6sQgjuw

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Pete Zamar

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  • Dean's Seminar: Dean Gregory D. Abowd (Northeastern University) - The Internet of Materials: Rethinking the future of computing

    Thu, Nov 10, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dean Gregory D. Abowd, Northeastern University

    Talk Title: The Internet of Materials: Rethinking the future of computing

    Series: Dean's Seminar

    Abstract: If we trace how computers have evolved over the past 8 or so decades, we can certainly see the impact of increasingly sophisticated manufacturing techniques. Computers now come in many different shapes and sizes. And applications, of course, have driven the widespread adoption, so much so that it appears we have an insatiable appetite for computing, and the power that is needed to feed it. That's a problem. We must take more seriously some of the past assumptions of how we manufacture computers and what properties the constituent materials impose. In this talk, I will introduce the notion of the Internet of Materials, whereby the power, form factor, and manufacturing costs of a computational object take precedence over other functional features of that object. I will show some simple examples that highlight how we can create self-sustaining computational materials. The purpose of the talk is to motivate researchers to think creatively about the convergence of materials, manufacturing, and computing. I hope these initial, and somewhat simple, examples prompt deeper discussions on how Northeastern can become a leader in defining a complementary computing industry.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Gregory D. Abowd is the Dean of the College of Engineering at Northeastern University, where he is also a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with affiliate appointments in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Prior to joining Northeastern in March 2021, Dr. Abowd was faculty in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology for over 26 years, where he held the titles of Regents' Professor and J.Z. Liang Endowed Chair in the School in Interactive Computing. His research falls largely in the area of Human-Computer Interaction with an emphasis on applications and technology development for mobile and ubiquitous computing in everyday settings. His research has introduced innovations in the classroom, the home, for stakeholders connected with autism, and sustainable forms of computing in everyday life. He has been the founding Editor-in-Chief for two major journals and is the most highly cited researcher in HCI and ubiquitous computing in the world, according to csrankings.org (the second two are both his former PhD students). Dr. Abowd is a Fellow of the ACM and an elected member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy. He was a 2009 recipient of the ACM Eugene Lawler Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Honors Mathematics (summa cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame in 1986 as well as a Master of Science (1987) and Doctor of Philosophy (1991) in Computation from the University of Oxford, where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.


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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Department of Computer Science

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  • DEN@Viterbi: How to Apply Virtual Info Session

    Thu, Nov 10, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi representatives for a step-by-step guide and tips for how to apply for formal admission into a Master's degree or Graduate Certificate program. The session is intended for individuals who wish to pursue a graduate degree program completely online via USC Viterbi's flexible online DEN@Viterbi delivery method.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives and ask questions about the admission process throughout the session.

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=eed424d6851f20d2ac4206d0ab25c8257

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • AthenaHacks x WIE x Fragment Fireside Chat

    Thu, Nov 10, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    AthenaHacks is hosting a FinTech Fireside Chat event with FRAGMENT and Women in Engineering.

    Join us on Nov 10 (Thu) at 5-6pm in RTH109 for a casual fireside chat about all things Fintech with FRAGMENT software engineers Alex and Jerry.

    Alex Cattron (any/all) is an agender person who has worked in the tech industry for 10 years as a software engineer and product manager and is excited about the software development process, user-centered design, and design systems.

    Jerry Tsui (he/him) is USC alumni (class of 2019, CS) who worked at Robinhood for 3 years on full-stack and infrastructure teams before joining Fragment. During his time at SC, Jerry was involved with AthenaHacks, CTC, and Scope.

    We’ll be exploring what FinTech is, where it’s going, and open the floor for open conversation about what it’s like to be in the industry, what type of work we do day-to-day, etc.

    This event is open to women and any individuals with a marginalized gender identity. Snacks and beverages will be provided for registered and checked-in participants! Please check in an hour before the event begins.

    Visit our website to learn more about AthenaHacks 2023! https://athenahacks.com/

    Location: Sign into EngageSC to View Location

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Maia Calderon-Ramos

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  • ABC Info Session

    Fri, Nov 11, 2022 @ 12:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Viterbi School of Engineering offers USC undergraduate students an opportunity to use innovation to develop solutions in three areas: atoms (Engineering hardware products), bits (digital products), and cells (Biomedical or bioengineering projects)

    RSVP

    More Information: ABC Info Session Flyer (2).png

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) - 101

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Contact: Johannah Murray/ Viterbi Office of Technology Innovation and Entrepenuership

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  • Repeating EventThe Communications Hub - Academic Writing and Speaking Tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. Students

    Fri, Nov 11, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Communications Hub offers academic writing and speaking tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. students! Bring your academic and professional work (at any stage) to faculty at the Engineering in Society Program!

    Drop in hours are in RTH 222:
    Monday: 10-12
    Wednesday: 10-12
    Friday: 10-12

    We also offer online and custom appointments at https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home.

    See you at the Hub!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • PhD Defense- Qingeng Xu

    Fri, Nov 11, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    Phd Candidate Name; Qiangeng Xu

    Committee Chair: Prof. Ulrich Neumann from the CS department.
    Committee Member: Prof. Jernej Barbic from the CS department.
    Committee Member: Prof. Justin Haldar from the EE department.

    Topic: Point-based Neural Radiance Fields

    Abstract:
    3D scene reconstruction is one of the core problems for 3D understanding. Reconstructing 3D scenes from 2D Images are among the hardest but most useful tasks for autonomous agents. In contrast to rendering, which obtains 2D images from 3D scenes, this task is a reverse rendering problem and can be solved by optimizing a differentiable rendering model with backpropagation.

    The current state-of-the-art reverse rendering model utilizes implicit functions such as neural radiance fields (NeRF) to represent the 3D scene. However, it can only be optimized per-scene and not scalable. On the other hand, deep multi-view stereo methods can quickly reconstruct scene geometry via direct network inference. We propose point-based neural radiance fields that combine explicit (points) and Implicit (neural radiance fields) representation by using neural 3D point clouds, with associated neural features, to model a radiance field. Our model has potential to be rendered efficiently by aggregating neural point features near scene surfaces, in a ray marching-based rendering pipeline.

    Zoom link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/7125769726

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/7125769726

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • ISSS - Bahar Jalali-Farahani, Friday, Nov. 11th at 2pm in EEB 132

    Fri, Nov 11, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Bahar Jalali-Farahani, Technical Lead, Cisco

    Talk Title: Toward Tbps Optical and Wireline Communication: a Circuit Design Perspective

    Series: Integrated Systems

    Abstract: The demand for higher data rate communication has never been greater than today. Driven by
    emerging technologies particularly IoT and cloud computing, higher capacity is required both in core
    networking as well as computing applications. A report by the IEEE Ethernet Bandwidth Assessment ad
    hoc group stated that "global demand for network bandwidth is growing at such an alarming rate that
    terabit-speed networks will be the only way to support capacity, should current trends continue through
    2015". This brings new challenges for circuit designer community as higher speed and better energy
    efficiency are expected from building blocks of such communication systems.
    This talk starts with an introduction to the two major category of optical communication; IMDD (Intensity
    Modulated Direct Detect) vs Coherent detection. Pros, cons, and application of each are discussed and the
    general architecture of receivers and transmitters in these systems are given. The talk then reviews the
    latest trends in the design of high-speed transimpedance amplifiers and modulator drivers. Some examples
    of co-design and co-optimization with optics are presented.

    Biography: Bahar Jalali-Farahani received her PhD in electrical engineering from The Ohio
    State University in 2005. During her PhD program, she was working with the data
    converter research group at Freescale Semiconductor in Tempe, AZ where she was
    responsible for developing digital calibration techniques for high resolution data
    converters. She joined the department of electrical engineering at Arizona State
    University in January 2006 and continued her research on digitally assisted high
    performance analog circuits, and low-power circuit techniques. From 2011 to 2014
    she was with Cisco Systems working on design of high-speed components for
    Silicon-Photonics-based 100Gb Ethernet. In 2014 she joined Nokia Bell Labs in NJ
    where she was a major contributor to the development of Nokia's Wavence products, multi-standard
    microwave links used for long haul and short haul applications. Since September 2017 She has been with
    Acacia Communications (now part of Cisco) working on millimeter-wave front ends for Silicon-Photonics
    coherent receivers.

    Host: MHI - ISSS, Hashemi, Chen and Sideris

    More Information: Abstract and Bio-Nov 11-Jalali.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • 2022 Women in Technology Intern and Analyst Conference (External Event)

    Sun, Nov 13, 2022

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Wells Fargo Women in Technology Intern/Analyst Conference is an exclusive two-day program designed to encourage and inspire women who have an interest in pursuing a career in Technology. A select group of high-performing students from diverse backgrounds will be invited to participate.

    During this conference, you will have the opportunity to learn from successful women in technology at Wells Fargo who will share their expertise and knowledge to help you become a future leader. You will develop an understanding of Wells Fargos unique values and culture, which you will experience first-hand in your interactions with highly talented team members. You will have an accelerated opportunity to interview with hiring managers for intern/analyst program positions across the Wells Fargo Technology platform.

    Conference Activities
    Consideration for Openings in the 2023 Intern/Analyst Program
    Panel Discussions with Alumni from the Technology Program
    Professional Development Workshop
    Networking with Technology Leaders and Program Alumni
    Presentation about Wells Fargo, Technology, and Career Paths

    Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

    Wells Fargo will pay all travel and lodging expenses for selected participants.

    The conference is open to all students who are currently pursuing a bachelors degree in a STEM related major (examples: Computer Science and Computer Engineering) and graduating between December 2022-June 2025.

    2022 Women in Technology Intern and Analyst Conference


    Invitation and attendance at the conference does not guarantee an intern/analyst position placement. Interviews for the various 2023 openings will take place during the conference on the 2nd day.

    Wells Fargo will only consider candidates who are presently authorized to work for any employer in the United States and who will not require work visa sponsorship from Wells Fargo now or in the future in order to retain their authorization to work in the United States.

    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Viterbi Career Connections Office. They are posted on Viterbi Career Connections because they may be of interest to members of the Viterbi community. Inclusion of any activity does not indicate USC sponsorship or endorsement of that activity or event. It is the participants responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Repeating EventThe Communications Hub - Academic Writing and Speaking Tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. Students

    Mon, Nov 14, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Communications Hub offers academic writing and speaking tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. students! Bring your academic and professional work (at any stage) to faculty at the Engineering in Society Program!

    Drop in hours are in RTH 222:
    Monday: 10-12
    Wednesday: 10-12
    Friday: 10-12

    We also offer online and custom appointments at https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home.

    See you at the Hub!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Ali Alotaibi

    Tue, Nov 15, 2022 @ 08:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    PhD Candidate: Ali Alotaibi

    Title: Automated Repair of Layout Accessibility Issues in Mobile Applications

    Time: Tuesday, November 15, 8:00 AM-10:00 AM PST

    Committee: William GJ Halfond (chair), Murali Annavaram, Nenad Medvidovic, Mukund Raghothaman, and Chao Wang.

    Abstract:
    An increasing number of people are now dependent on mobile devices to access data and complete essential tasks. For people with disabilities, mobile apps that violate accessibility guidelines can prevent them from carrying out these activities. Layout accessibility issues are among the top accessibility issues in mobile applications. These issues impact the accessibility of mobile apps and make them difficult to use, especially for older people and people with disabilities. Unfortunately, existing techniques are limited in helping developers debug these issues. These techniques are only capable of detecting the issues. Therefore, the repair of layout accessibility issues remains a manual process.

    Automated repair of layout accessibility issues is complicated by several challenges. First, a repair must account for multiple issues holistically in order to preserve the relative consistency of the original app design. Second, due to the complex relationship between UI components, there is no clear way of identifying the set of elements and properties that needs to be modified for a given issue. Third, assuming the relevant views and properties can be identified, the number of possible changes that need to be considered grows exponentially as more elements and properties need to be considered. Finally,
    a change in one element can create cascading changes that lead to further problems in other areas of the UI. Together, these challenges make a seemingly simple repair difficult to achieve. In this thesis proposal, I propose an automated framework for repairing layout accessibility issues in mobile applications.

    Zoom Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98863735277?pwd=MTVITkNqY2dQdmhKWWRkRElWeVppUT09

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98863735277?pwd=MTVITkNqY2dQdmhKWWRkRElWeVppUT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • Repeating EventHealthcare Labor Management

    Tue, Nov 15, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Executive Education

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD, TBD

    Talk Title: Healthcare Labor Management

    Abstract: The USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Healthcare Labor Management course offered in partnership with the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) will provide an understanding and overview of critical aspects of designing and executing a comprehensive labor management program.

    Host: Executive Education

    More Info: https://viterbiexeced.usc.edu/healthcare-labor-management-course-page/

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Contact: Corporate and Professional Programs

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  • PhD Defense - Aaron Chan

    Tue, Nov 15, 2022 @ 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    PhD Candidate: Aaron Chan

    Title: Generating and Utilizing Machine Explanations for Trustworthy NLP

    Time: Tuesday, November 15, 3:00PM-5:00PM PST

    Committee: Xiang Ren (chair), Robin Jia, Jesse Thomason, Bistra Dilkina, Morteza Dehghani

    Abstract:
    Neural language models (LMs) have yielded remarkable success on a wide range of natural language processing (NLP) tasks. However, LMs sometimes exhibit undesirable behavior, which can be difficult to resolve due to LMs' opaque reasoning processes. This lack of transparency poses serious concerns about LMs' trustworthiness in high-stakes decision-making, thus motivating the use of machine explanations to automatically interpret how LMs make their predictions. In my thesis, I argue that building human trust in NLP systems requires being able to: (A) generate machine explanations for LM behavior faithfully and plausibly and (B) utilize machine explanations to improve LM generalization and decision-making. First, to address (A), I propose UNIREX, a unified learning framework for jointly optimizing machine explanations with respect to both faithfulness and plausibility, without compromising the LM's task performance. Second, for (B), I introduce ER-Test, a framework for evaluating the out-of-distribution generalization ability of LMs that are regularized via strongly-supervised machine explanations. Third, to further support (B), I present SalKG, an algorithm for improving LM generalization by regularizing LMs via weakly-supervised machine explanations. Finally, I discuss several future directions for achieving (A) and (B).

    Zoom Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95606515253?pwd=QzBvaVVpcWtYSFhVYzVoUi9tdHBRdz09

    WebCast Link: : https://usc.zoom.us/j/95606515253?pwd=QzBvaVVpcWtYSFhVYzVoUi9tdHBRdz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • Photonics seminar speaker - Jeffrey Moses, Tuesday, November 15th at 3pm in MCB 102

    Tue, Nov 15, 2022 @ 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jeffrey Moses, Cornell University

    Talk Title: Tackling longstanding challenges in ultrafast nonlinear optics via foreign but familiar physics

    Series: Photonics Seminar Series

    Abstract: Silicon-Optical nonlinearities have expanded the optics and photonics toolset for applications as diverse as high intensity laser science, quantum information processing, and the imaging and spectroscopy of biological systems. Key to many applications is use of the nonlinear polarizability of materials to couple photons between optical fields, giving rise to amplification and frequency conversion methods that expand the reach of lasers and other photon sources, both classical and non-classical. Other applications use light 'self-effects' to guide, switch, and modulate. However, optical nonlinearities are often small, and even when large enough, the spatiotemporal and spectral inhomogeneities in nonlinear optical systems can severely hamper the efficiency and bandwidth of power flow between waves.

    Our group has been seeking ways to 'trick' nonlinear systems into modes of evolution that can avoid the normal limiting behaviors or to make use of unconventional nonlinear interactions. I'll discuss a few of these that possess familiar physics that are somewhat foreign to optical light pulses, such as rapid adiabatic passage in optical frequency conversion, oscillation damping in parametric (i.e., lossless) wave mixing, and nonlinear optical interactions involving coherent phonon coupling. And I will present some technologies that they can enable, including efficient parametric amplifiers, dispersion-free octave-spanning frequency up- and down-converters, strong cross-phase modulation, and the removal of spectral distinguishability.


    Biography: Jeff Moses joined the faculty at Cornell University in 2014, where he leads the Ultrafast Phenomena and Technologies Group in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics. He received his B.S. from Yale and Ph.D. from Cornell, with both degrees in applied physics, and spent several years at the Optics & Quantum Electronics Group in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT as a postdoctoral associate and research scientist. He has received the US National Science Foundation CAREER award and was an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator.

    Host: Mercedeh Khajavikhan, Michelle Povinelli, Constantine Sideris; Hossein Hashemi; Wade Hsu; Mengjie Yu; Wei Wu; Tony Levi; Alan E. Willner; Andrea Martin Armani

    More Information: Jeffery Moses Flyer.pdf

    Location: Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) - 102

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • Epstein Institute - ISE 651 Seminar

    Tue, Nov 15, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Robert Hildebrand, Assistant Professor, Grado Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

    Talk Title: Redistricting, Gerrymandering, and Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming

    Host: Prof. Suvrajeet Sen

    More Information: November 15, 2022.pdf

    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - GER 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • MFD Seminar With Professor Lily Cheung

    Tue, Nov 15, 2022 @ 04:00 PM - 05:20 PM

    Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Lily Cheung, Assistant Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Talk Title: MFD Seminar With Professor Lily Cheung

    Biography: Research Interests:

    -Engineering of genetically encoded biosensors
    -Quantitative fluorescence microscopy and image analysis
    -Computational models of gene regulatory networks
    -Transcriptional regulation and developmental biology of plants

    The goal of the Cheung lab is to bring quantitative techniques and mathematical modeling to plants in order to gain systems-level insight into their physiology and development, particularly to understand how metabolic and gene regulatory networks interact to control homeostasis and growth.

    Host: Professor Finley, Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 352

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Anthony Tritto

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  • Boeing Information Session - Production and Industrial Engineering Careers (Viterbi, On-Campus)

    Tue, Nov 15, 2022 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Production and Industrial Engineering Careers

    Date: Tuesday, November 15
    Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall (RTH) 211

    Register on Viterbi Career Gateway

    An inclusive workplace built around ideas, respect and innovation â” that is what you will find here. Join us and help build the future.

    Attend this event to learn about production and industrial engineering careers at the world's largest aerospace manufacturer.

    All majors and class levels are welcome to attend. Boeing is hiring for internships and full-time positions.

    Boeing attendees will include:

    Kevin Stigerts: Chief Engineer, BCA Equipment & Tool Engineering

    Everly Manzana: Industrial Engineer, BCA Supplier Management Operations

    Mike Beazer: Sr. Manager, Production & Industrial engineering

    Mark Webb: Director, Production Profitability

    What majors and class levels are you interested in connecting with? All

    Can you offer Visa sponsorship? Are you able to hire a student on CPT or OPT? No

    Location: 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Repeating EventThe Communications Hub - Academic Writing and Speaking Tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. Students

    Wed, Nov 16, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Communications Hub offers academic writing and speaking tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. students! Bring your academic and professional work (at any stage) to faculty at the Engineering in Society Program!

    Drop in hours are in RTH 222:
    Monday: 10-12
    Wednesday: 10-12
    Friday: 10-12

    We also offer online and custom appointments at https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home.

    See you at the Hub!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • Repeating EventHealthcare Labor Management

    Wed, Nov 16, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Executive Education

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: TBD, TBD

    Talk Title: Healthcare Labor Management

    Abstract: The USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Healthcare Labor Management course offered in partnership with the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) will provide an understanding and overview of critical aspects of designing and executing a comprehensive labor management program.

    Host: Executive Education

    More Info: https://viterbiexeced.usc.edu/healthcare-labor-management-course-page/

    Audiences: Registered Attendees

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    Contact: Corporate and Professional Programs

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  • DEN@Viterbi: How to Apply Virtual Info Session

    Wed, Nov 16, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi representatives for a step-by-step guide and tips for how to apply for formal admission into a Master's degree or Graduate Certificate program. The session is intended for individuals who wish to pursue a graduate degree program completely online via USC Viterbi's flexible online DEN@Viterbi delivery method.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with USC Viterbi representatives and ask questions about the admission process throughout the session.

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=ecd2626ed617b316b446484a4ed9c56f0

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Center of Autonomy and AI, Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things, and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series

    Wed, Nov 16, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Hayk Martiros, Skydio

    Talk Title: Frontiers of Autonomous Flight and Real-Time 3D Reconstruction

    Series: Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things

    Abstract: At Skydio, we ship autonomous robots that are flown at scale in unknown environments every day by our customers to capture incredible video, automate dangerous inspections, build digital twins, and protect the lives of soldiers and first responders. These robots operate intelligently and make decisions at high speed using their onboard cameras and algorithms. We've invested a decade of R&D into handling complex visual scenarios and building a robust pipeline for visual navigation, obstacle avoidance, and rapid trajectory planning. On top of that, we're building a rich ecosystem of real-time 3D reconstruction technology to enable 360 global localization and map building on our drones.

    During the talk, I will discuss the technology and impact of our core navigation stack and 3D Scan technology, and what research frontiers lie ahead. I plan to share visual examples of the algorithms in action, and connect to how these products solve pressing global challenges and enable next-generation operations across multiple industries. I will also introduce SymForce, our library for fast symbolic computation, code generation, and nonlinear optimization. This library powers many of our algorithms, and we have just published and open-sourced it as a contribution to the robotics community.

    Biography: Hayk is a roboticist leading the autonomy group at Skydio, building robust visual autonomy to enable the positive impact of drones. Hayk has worked at Skydio since 2015 and was one of its first employees, where he contributed to all of Skydio's core autonomy systems. He now focuses on technical management of world-class engineers and researchers. Hayk's technical interests are in computer vision, deep learning, nonlinear optimization, systems architecture, and symbolic computation. His previous works include novel hexapedal robots, collaboration between robot arms, micro-robot factories, solar panel farms, and self-balancing motorcycles. Hayk was born in Yerevan, Armenia and grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. He did his undergraduate study at Princeton University and graduate study at Stanford University.

    Host: Somil Bansal, somilban@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ySGInGwKRKKHX7NHJwTk3Q

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ySGInGwKRKKHX7NHJwTk3Q

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia Whtie

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  • PhD Defense - Aleksei Petrenko

    Wed, Nov 16, 2022 @ 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    PhD Candidate: Aleksei Petrenko

    Thesis title: High-Throughput Methods for Simulation and Deep Reinforcement Learning

    Committee members: Gaurav S. Sukhatme (chair), Stefanos Nikolaidis, Jesse Thomason, Mike Zyda, and Rahul Jain

    Location: RTH 306
    Date: November 16. 2022
    Time: 3 pm
    Zoom link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/8712894950

    Thesis abstract:

    Advances in computing hardware and machine learning have enabled a data-driven approach to robotic autonomy where control policies are learned from raw data via interactive experience collection and learning. In this thesis we discuss a specific implementation of this approach: we show how control policies can be trained in simulated environments using model-free deep reinforcement learning techniques and then be deployed on real robotic systems.
    We build towards this vision by developing tools for efficient simulation and learning under a constrained computational budget. We improve systems design of reinforcement learning algorithms and simulators to create high-throughput GPU-accelerated infrastructure for rapid experimentation. We then apply these systems and algorithms to continuous control problems in challenging domains. We first consider the problem of quadrotor swarm coordination. By scaling up training in a CPU-based flight simulator we train robust policies that are able to control physical quadrotors flying in tight formations. We then use large batch reinforcement learning in a massively parallel physics simulator IsaacGym to learn dexterous object manipulation with a multi-fingered robotic hand and we transfer these skills from simulation to reality using automatic domain randomization.
    The high-throughput learning infrastructure developed for these and other projects is released as an open-source codebase "Sample Factory 2.0" to facilitate and accelerate further progress in the field.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 306

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/8712894950

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Nov 16, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Khalid Jawed, UCLA

    Talk Title: Reduced Order Modeling and Inverse Design of Flexible Structures by Machine Learning

    Abstract: Recent advances in highly deformable structures necessitate simulation tools that can capture nonlinear geometry and nonlinear material. We propose machine learning, neural networks (NN) in particular, to capture this nonlinearity and solve highly nonlinear inverse problems in structural mechanics. Two representative problems will be discussed in this talk.

    In the first problem, we use NN to reduce the number of variables and speed up the simulation by orders of magnitude. As a test case, we explore the dynamical simulation of a slinky, a pre-compressed elastic helix that is widely used as a toy for children. However, most often the deformation of a slinky can be fully captured by the deformation of its helix axis. Instead of simulating the entire helical structure, the axis of the helix is a reduced-order representation of this system. We use NN to store the elastic forces of the slinky in its reduced-order representation, utilizing the concept of neural ordinary differential equations. The NN is trained using data from a fine-grained 3D rod simulation called the Discrete Elastic Rods (DER). Once the elastic forces in the reduced representation are stored in the NN, force balance equations can be solved in this representation for the dynamic simulation. This results in savings in computational time without much impact on its physical accuracy.

    In the second problem, we explore shape-morphing structures that spontaneously transition from planar to 3D shapes. This is a transformative technology with broad applications in soft robotics and deployable systems. However, realizing these morphing structures that can achieve certain target shapes is challenging and typically involves a painstaking process of trials and errors with complex local fabrication and actuation. We propose a rapid design approach for fully soft structures that can achieve targeted 3D shapes through a fabrication process that happens entirely on a 2D plane. By combining the strain mismatch between layers in a composite shell and locally relieving stress by creating kirigami cuts, we are able to create 3D free buckling shapes from planar fabrication. However, the large design space of the kirigami cuts and strain mismatch presents a challenging task of inverse form finding. We develop a symmetry-constrained active learning approach to learn how to explore the large design space strategically. Interestingly, we report that, given a target 3D shape, multiple design solutions exist, and our physics-guided machine learning approach can find them in a few hundred iterations. Desktop-controlled experiments and finite element simulations are in good agreement in examples ranging from peanuts to flowers.

    Acknowledgment: Our lab is supported by the National Science Foundation (Award numbers: IIS-1925360, CMMI-2053971, CMMI-2101751, CAREER-2047663, OAC-2209782, CNS-2213839), the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the US Department of Agriculture (Award # 2021-67022-34200, 2022-67022-37021), and the Department of Energy (Smart Manufacturing Institute, UCLA).

    Biography: M. Khalid Jawed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Principal Investigator of the Structures-Computer Interaction Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016 and 2014, respectively. He holds dual Bachelor's degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Physics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also served as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Carnegie Mellon University. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2021, the outstanding teaching award from UCLA in 2019, the outstanding teaching assistant award from MIT in 2015, and the GSNP best speaker award at the American Physical Society March Meeting in 2014.

    Dr. Jaweds research interests lie at the intersection of structural mechanics and robotics, emphasizing a data-driven and artificially intelligent approach to the modeling and design of programmable smart structures. Current research projects include robotic manipulation of flexible structures, numerical simulation of highly deformable structures, soft robotics, and robotics for precision agriculture.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 202

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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  • ServiceNow Open House (Virtual, External)

    Thu, Nov 17, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    At ServiceNow, our technology makes the world work for everyone, and our people make it possible. Our diverse team is changing the world with products that make a meaningful impact on people and communities. The more of 'you' you bring to work, the better. When you join ServiceNow, the world works.
    Who is ServiceNow?
    ServiceNow creates digital experiences that help organizations work smarter, faster, and better. Our purpose is to make the world work better for everyone.

    ServiceNow Open Houses:
    We are excited to announce our new Open Houses this Fall! These Open Houses are
    available to anyone that would like to learn more about ServiceNow, our culture, and opportunities. Each open house will consist of an info session about ServiceNow and breakout rooms with recruiters and ServiceNow professionals. Join us and do not miss out on all the fun!

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    workshop series. These are free, virtual, career development workshops aimed to help those looking to jumpstart their careers in the tech industry. We'll be covering valuable topics that you won't want to miss!

    ServiceNow Virtual Events

    - Open House September 7th | 10 to 11 am

    - Stand Out at Career Fairs and Conferences
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    - Open House September 22nd | 10 to 11 am

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    - Build Your Personal Brand and Give Your LinkedIn a Makeover Workshop October 12th |10 to 11 am

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    - How to Ace your In-Person and Virtual Interview Workshop November 9th 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM PDT

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    Check out all of our events and RSVP HERE
    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Viterbi Career Connections Office. They are posted on Viterbi Career Connections because they may be of interest to members of the Viterbi community. Inclusion of any activity does not indicate USC sponsorship or endorsement of that activity or event. It is the participants responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu



    Location: online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Machine Learning Center Seminar: Yang Liu (UC Santa Cruz) - Agency Bias in Machine Learning

    Thu, Nov 17, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Yang Liu, UC Santa Cruz

    Talk Title: Agency Bias in Machine Learning

    Series: Machine Learning Seminar Series

    Abstract: A trained machine learning model (e.g., a classifier) will ultimately observe data generated according to agents' responses. For instance, the rising literature on strategic classification concerns the setting where agents are fully rational and can best respond to a classifier in their own interests. The above interaction will lead to a distribution shift between training and deployment and will challenge the existing performance and fairness guarantees of the trained model. In this talk, I'll discuss three types of agency bias that arise due to the above interactional effects between agents and machine learning models. I'll then go over possible mitigation efforts, including our very recent works on certifying the fairness guarantees on an unknown and possibly different deployment distribution.

    References:
    [1] Unfairness Despite Awareness: Group-Fair Classification with Strategic Agents. Andrew Estornell, Sanmay Das, Yang Liu and Yevgeniy Vorobeychik. Preprint, 2022.
    [2] Actionable Recourse in Linear Classification. Berk Ustun, Alexander Spangher and Yang Liu
    ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (ACM FAccT), 2019.
    [3] Unintended Selection: Persistent Qualification Rate Disparities and Interventions. Reilly Raab and Yang Liu. Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), 2021.
    [4] Fairness Transferability Subject to Bounded Distribution Shift. Yatong Chen, Reilly Raab, Jialu Wang and Yang Liu. Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), 2022.

    Prof. Liu will give his talk in person at EEB 248 and we will also host the talk over Zoom.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:

    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WtHgpFUFSbCI214E2i9q3Q

    After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Yang Liu is currently an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC Santa Cruz (2018 - present). He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University (2016 - 2018). He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Department of EECS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2015. He is interested in weakly supervised learning and algorithmic fairness. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and the NSF Fairness in AI award (lead PI). He has been selected to participate in several high-profile projects, including DARPA SCORE and IARPA HFC. His recent works have won four best paper awards at relevant workshops.


    Host: Yan Liu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WtHgpFUFSbCI214E2i9q3Q

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WtHgpFUFSbCI214E2i9q3Q

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Department of Computer Science

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  • NL Seminar -Pragmatic Interpretability

    Thu, Nov 17, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Shi Feng, Univ of Illinois, Chicago

    Talk Title: Pragmatic Interpretability

    Series: NL Seminar

    Abstract: Abstract: REMINDER
    Meeting hosts only admit guests that they know to the Zoom meeting. Hence, you are highly encouraged to use your USC account to sign into Zoom.

    If you are an outside visitor, please inform us at nlg DASH seminar DASH host AT isi DOT edu beforehand so we will be aware of your attendance and let you in.

    In person attendance will be permitted for USC ISI faculty, staff, students only. Open to the public virtually via the zoom link and online.

    Machine learning models have been quite successful at emulating human intelligence but their potential as intelligence augmentation is less explored. Part of the challenge is our lack of understanding in how these models work, and this is the problem interpretability is trying to tackle. But most existing interpretability work takes models trained under the emulation paradigm and adds humans into the mix post-hoc-the human's role is largely an afterthought. In this talk, I advocate for a more pragmatic approach to interpretability and emphasize modeling the human's needs in their cooperation with AIs. In the first part, I discuss how the human-AI team can be evaluated and optimized as a unified decision-maker, and how the model can learn to explain selectively. In the second part, I discuss how human intuition measured outside of the working with an AI context can be incorporated into models and explanations. I'll conclude with a brief discussion on formulating the model's pragmatic inference about its human teammate.

    Biography: Shi Feng is a postdoc at University of Chicago working with Chenhao Tan. He got his PhD from University of Maryland under Jordan Boyd-Graber. He is interested in human-AI cooperation: how machine learning can help humans make better decisions, and how humans can provide supervision more effectively. His past work focuses on natural language processing, and covers topics including interpretability, adversarial attacks, robustness, and human-in-the-loop evaluations.

    Host: Jon May and Meryem Mhamdi

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

    Webcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8jUO4w5xwU

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual and ISI-Conf Rm#689

    WebCast Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8jUO4w5xwU

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Pete Zamar

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  • DEN@Viterbi - 'Limited Status: How to Get Started' Virtual Info Session

    Thu, Nov 17, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi for our upcoming Limited Status: How to Get Started Virtual Information Session via WebEx to learn about the Limited Status enrollment option. The Limited Status enrollment option allows individuals with an undergraduate degree in engineering or related field, with a 3.0 GPA or above to take courses before applying for formal admission into a Viterbi graduate degree program.

    USC Viterbi representatives will provide a step-by-step guide for how to get started as a Limited Status student and enroll in courses online via DEN@Viterbi as early as the Spring 2023 semester.

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5de607b5583e1aab441954360e7719de

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Viterbi Career Connections Workshop

    Thu, Nov 17, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join us for a workshop to learn about the Viterbi Career Connections office resources, resume, networking, and job/internship search.

    Location: Sign into EngageSC to View Location

    Audiences:

    Contact: Noe Mora

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  • WIE x Viterbi Impact: Resume/Career Skills Workshop

    Thu, Nov 17, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join WIE and the Viterbi Career Center at their resume and career skills workshop where they will give students the skills necessary to conduct themselves at a professional setting. Food will be provided!!!

    Location: Sign into EngageSC to View Location

    Audiences:

    Contact: Maia Calderon-Ramos

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  • DEN@Viterbi - 'Limited Status: How to Get Started' Virtual Info Session

    Fri, Nov 18, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Distance Education Network, Viterbi School of Engineering Graduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join USC Viterbi for our upcoming Limited Status: How to Get Started Virtual Information Session via WebEx to learn about the Limited Status enrollment option. The Limited Status enrollment option allows individuals with an undergraduate degree in engineering or related field, with a 3.0 GPA or above to take courses before applying for formal admission into a Viterbi graduate degree program.

    USC Viterbi representatives will provide a step-by-step guide for how to get started as a Limited Status student and enroll in courses online via DEN@Viterbi as early as the Spring 2023 semester.

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=e21c9e9c52fa44bd72f923ea7aadbff75

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • The EiS Communications Hub's Three Minute Thesis Contest for Ph.D. Students

    Fri, Nov 18, 2022 @ 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The EiS Communications Hub presents USC Viterbi's first Three Minute Thesis contest!

    An 80,000-word thesis would take 9 hours to present, but in this contest, Ph.D. students will present their research in just 3 minutes with just one slide.

    Join us and support Ph.D. students as they share their work! Vote for your favorite speaker as the "people's choice!"

    Questions? Contact eishub@usc.edu.





    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 115

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • ECE Seminar: Learning Efficiently in Data-Scarce Regimes

    Fri, Nov 18, 2022 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Mohammad Rostami, Research Assistant Professor, Dept of CS / Research Lead, USC-ISI

    Talk Title: Learning Efficiently in Data-Scarce Regimes

    Abstract: The unprecedented processing demand, posed by the explosion of big data, challenges researchers to design efficient and adaptive machine learning algorithms that do not require persistent retraining and avoid learning redundant information. Inspired from learning techniques of intelligent biological agents, identifying transferable knowledge across learning problems has been a significant research focus to improve machine learning algorithms. In this talk, we explain how the challenges of knowledge transfer can be addressed through embedding spaces that capture and store hierarchical knowledge.

    We first focus on the problem of cross-domain knowledge transfer. We explore the problem of zero-shot image classification, where the goal is to identify images from unseen classes using semantic descriptions of these classes. We train two coupled dictionaries that align visual and semantic domains via an intermediate embedding space. We then extend this idea by training deep networks that match data distributions of two visual domains in a shared cross-domain embedding space.

    We then investigate the problem of cross-task knowledge transfer in sequential learning settings. Here, the goal is to identify relations and similarities of multiple machine learning tasks to improve performance across the tasks. We first address the problem of zero-shot learning in a lifelong machine learning setting, where the goal is to learn tasks with no data using high-level task descriptions. Our idea is to relate high-level task descriptors to the optimal task parameters through an embedding space. We then develop a method to overcome the problem of catastrophic forgetting within a continual learning setting of deep neural networks by enforcing the tasks to share the same distribution in the embedding space.

    Finally, we focus on current research directions to expand past progress and plans for future research directions. Through this talk, we demonstrate that despite major differences, problems within the above learning scenarios can be tackled using a unifying strategy that allows transferring knowledge effectively.

    Biography: Mohammad Rostami is a research assistant professor at the USC CS department and a research lead at the USC Information Sciences Institute. He received Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in August 2019. He also received an M.S. degree in Robotics and M.A. degree in Philosophy at Penn. Before Penn, he obtained an M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and B.Sc. degree in Mathematics from the Sharif University of Technology. His current research area is machine learning in time-dependent and data-scarce regimes.

    Host: Dr. Richard M. Leahy

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97552157471?pwd=RnVGWm10RlRORFU0cG5RYWVWU0R0Zz09

    More Information: Seminar Announcement-Rostami-111822.pdf

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 539

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97552157471?pwd=RnVGWm10RlRORFU0cG5RYWVWU0R0Zz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Zimo Li

    Fri, Nov 18, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    PhD Candidate: Zimo Li

    Title: Human Appearance and Performance Synthesis Using Deep Learning

    Committee:
    Stefanos Nikolaidis
    Aiichiro Nakano
    Andrew Nealen
    Lauren Itti
    Mike Zyda

    Abstract:

    Synthesis of human performances is a highly sought after technology in several industries. In this presentation, we will go over several new deep learning solutions which tackle the problems of human facial and body performance synthesis.

    Facial performance synthesis is a complex multi-step graphics problem. First, the "target" performance to be modified must be tracked and captured accurately. Then, based on the desired modification (whether to change the identity, facial expressions, or both), a modified "source performance" must be synthesized and/or captured from a different actor. Finally, the original facial performance must be removed and replaced with the synthesized one. This multi-step process poses many unique challenges. Using conventional CG tracking and retargeting of expressions from the source to target using a 3D mesh and static texture will give an undesired "rubbery skin" effect. Furthermore, inaccuracies in the expression tracking of the source performance using a blendshape model will result in the "uncanny valley" effect in the output performance. It is often necessary to use costly capture methods, such as a Light Stage, to obtain highly accurate 3D captures and dynamic textures of a source performance in order to avoid these pitfalls. Even then, final modified performances are often uncanny.

    When dealing with human body-motion synthesis, creating new motions often requires manual artist animations, tracking new motions on an actor, or stitching together subsequences of previous animations. These methods are limited by cost, or are not able to generate appreciably novel motions.

    Over the last several years, the advancement of AI-based generation techniques have let us address many of these issues. In this presentation, we will go over several novel techniques which reduce the cost (time/money/ease-of-access), and/or improve the quality of facial re-enactment, as well as body motion synthesis, pipelines. The applications of these techniques allow us to tackle new problem settings in an efficient way, including visual dubbing (changing the lip motions of a facial performance), dynamic texture synthesis, 3D model generation, as well as extended human motion synthesis.




    WebCast Link: https://us05web.zoom.us/j/81890781474?pwd=cjQ3YkVDT3drMlQ2VWtlbjU2YWxyZz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • Repeating EventThe Communications Hub - Academic Writing and Speaking Tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. Students

    Mon, Nov 21, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Communications Hub offers academic writing and speaking tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. students! Bring your academic and professional work (at any stage) to faculty at the Engineering in Society Program!

    Drop in hours are in RTH 222:
    Monday: 10-12
    Wednesday: 10-12
    Friday: 10-12

    We also offer online and custom appointments at https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home.

    See you at the Hub!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • PhD Defense- Ninareh Mehrabi

    Mon, Nov 21, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    PhD Candidate: Ninareh Mehrabi
    Date: Monday, November 21st, 2022
    Time: 10:00 am - noon PT
    Zoom Meeting ID: 986 7933 6430
    Passcode: 813783
    Or via URL: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98679336430?pwd=akpBV05CQ3o5VVlwWnpxT2piVlB3QT09

    Title: Responsible Artificial Intelligence for a Complex World

    Abstract: With the advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its omnipresent role in different applications, it is crucial to ensure that AI systems comply with responsible practices. Moreover, the environment in which AI systems learn and interact with contains various external factors that might adversely affect their behavior. Thus, those systems should be able to mitigate potentially negative impacts of such factors. This dissertation explores several important dimensions that are essential for designing responsible AI systems. First, we focus on fairness as a central concept for responsible AI systems and analyze existing biases in various data sources and models. Moreover, we describe a framework based on interpretability for generating fair and equitable outcomes. Second, we discuss robustness to external perturbations as another important property for such systems. Next, we discuss human-centered AI systems which take natural language prompts as input, demonstrate possible issues due to ambiguous interpretation of those prompts, and describe a framework for resolving such ambiguities and generating faithful outcomes to human intention. Finally, we discuss ideas for designing AI systems that can internalize ethics and form a realization about the consequences of tasks and design choices associated with them. We hope that the contributions presented in this dissertation will move us closer to having more responsible AI systems.

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98679336430?pwd=akpBV05CQ3o5VVlwWnpxT2piVlB3QT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • PhD Defense - Tu Do

    Mon, Nov 21, 2022 @ 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    PhD Candidate: Tu Do

    Title: Optimizing Execution of In situ Workflows

    Committee: Ewa Deelman (Chair), Aiichiro Nakano, Viktor Prasanna, Michela Taufer

    Abstract:
    Advances in high-performance computing (HPC) allow scientific simulations to run at an ever-increasing scale, generating a large amount of data that needs to be analyzed over time. Conventionally, the simulation outputs the entire simulated data set to the file system for later post-processing. Unfortunately, the slow growth of I/O technologies compared to the computing capability of present-day processors causes an I/O bottleneck of post-processing as saving data to storage is not as fast as data is generated. According to data-centric models, a new processing paradigm has recently emerged, called in situ, where simulation data is analyzed on-the-fly to reduce the expensive I/O cost of saving massive data for post-processing. Since an in situ workflow usually consists of co-located tasks running concurrently on the same resources in an iterative manner, the execution yields complicated behaviors that create challenges in evaluating the efficiency of an in situ run. To enable efficient execution of in situ workflows, this dissertation proposes a framework to enable in situ execution between simulations and analyses and introduces a computational efficiency model to characterize efficiency of an in situ execution. By extending the proposed performance model to resource-aware performance indicators, we introduce a method to assess resource usage, resource allocation, and resource provisioning for in situ workflow ensembles. Finally, we discuss the ideas of designing effective scheduling of a workflow ensemble through determining appropriate co-scheduling strategies and resource assignment for each simulation and analysis in the ensemble.

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94496448526

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • Center of Autonomy and AI, Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things, and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series

    Tue, Nov 22, 2022 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Mihaela van der Schaar, University of Cambridge

    Talk Title: AI for Science: Discovering Diverse Classes of Equations in Medicine and Beyond

    Series: Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things

    Abstract: Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers the promise of revolutionizing the way scientific discoveries are made and significantly accelerating their pace. This is important for numerous fields of study, including medicine. In this talk, I will present our research on AI for science over the past few years. I will start by briefly showing how we can discover closed-form prediction functions from cross-sectional data using symbolic metamodels. Then, I will introduce a new method, called D-CODE, which discovers closed-form ordinary differential equations (ODEs) from observed trajectories (longitudinal data).This method can only describe observable variables, yet many important variables in medical settings are often not observable. Hence, I will subsequently present the latent hybridisation model (LHM) that integrates a system of ODEs with machine-learned neural ODEs to fully describe the dynamics of the complex systems. However, ODEs are fundamentally inadequate to model systems with long-range dependencies or discontinuities. To solve these challenges, I will then present Neural Laplace, with which we can learn diverse classes of differential equations in the Laplace domain. I will conclude by presenting next research frontiers, including recent work on discovering partial differential questions from data (D-CIPHER). While these works are applicable in numerous scientific domains, in this talk I will illustrate the various works with examples from medicine, ranging from understanding cancer evolution to treating Covid-19. This work is joint work with Zhaozhi Qian, Krzysztof Kacprzyk and Sam Holt.

    Biography: Mihaela van der Schaar is the John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Medicine at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute in London. In addition to leading the van der Schaar Lab, Mihaela is founder and director of the Cambridge Centre for AI in Medicine (CCAIM).

    Mihaela was elected IEEE Fellow in 2009. She has received numerous awards, including the Oon Prize on Preventative Medicine from the University of Cambridge (2018), a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2004), 3 IBM Faculty Awards, the IBM Exploratory Stream Analytics Innovation Award, the Philips Make a Difference Award and several best paper awards, including the IEEE Darlington Award.

    Mihaela is personally credited as inventor on 35 USA patents (the majority of which are listed here), many of which are still frequently cited and adopted in standards. She has made over 45 contributions to international standards for which she received 3 ISO Awards. In 2019, a Nesta report determined that Mihaela was the most-cited female AI researcher in the U.K.

    Host: Urbashi Mitra and Pierluigi Nuzzo

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ySGInGwKRKKHX7NHJwTk3Q

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ySGInGwKRKKHX7NHJwTk3Q

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • ***NO EPSTEIN INSTITUTE - ISE 651 SEMINAR (THANKSGIVING BREAK)***

    Tue, Nov 22, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - GER 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Yunhao(Andy) Ge

    Wed, Nov 23, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    PhD. candidate: Yunhao(Andy) Ge

    Title: Towards trustworthy, effortless, and human-like AI in computer vision

    Time: Nov. 23, Wednesday 10:00AM-12:00AM (PST)

    Location: Room B15 (basement), Hedco Neurosciences Building, 3641 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA.

    Abstract:
    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has achieved great success in various domains, such as self-driving, medical diagnosis, and mobile robotics. Model and Data, two foundations of the current AI system, play significant roles in ensuring the success of AI. However, there are still challenges that remain to be addressed:
    On the model side: how to make AI models be trustworthy and reliable? How to empower AI models with the learning and reasoning ability of the human brain? (1) Lack of trustworthiness is a big challenge: The bad transparency of model decisions hinders the understanding of errors and prevents saving more lives.
    (2) Filling the gap between the human brain and AI models is challenging. "How do we humans get so much (ability) from so little (supervision)?" How can we build more powerful learning machines based on the same principles as the human brain?
    On the data side: How can we minimize the human effort in labeling data and learn from increasingly weak forms of supervision? How to use synthetic data to substitute real-world data to avoid privacy and scalability issues?
    To conquer the above mentioned challenges, my research focuses on three different but highly connected and mutually supported dimensions: 1) Human-centric and trustworthy AI: Understand the Human-centric properties of AI models. Such as Causal Explainability, Robustness, Steerability, and Domain Adaptation. 2) Humanoid AI: Simulate human cognitive learning ability. Such as Imagination, Visual Reasoning, and Multi-modal learning (CLIP). 3) Data-centric (human-effortless) AI: Use synthetic data and neural renderer (NeRF, DALL-E, GAN, VAE) to solve real-world computer vision problems (classification, detection, segmentation) with minimal supervision.

    Committee members: Laurent Itti (Chair), Ram Nevatia, Greg Ver Steeg, Yan Liu, Nicolas Schweighofer.

    Zoom link (hybrid):
    Join Zoom Meeting
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    Meeting ID: 222 662 0525

    Location: Hedco Pertroleum and Chemical Engineering Building (HED) - B15

    WebCast Link: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://usc.zoom.us/j/2226620525__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!7LMAWz4bNVcqh3rTNdNUzTTvIPvcuauvaTgibRKRuQQ3EFj0WhFfn6m-Ovz35rpK$

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • The Communications Hub - Academic Writing and Speaking Tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. Students

    Mon, Nov 28, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    The Communications Hub offers academic writing and speaking tutoring for Viterbi Ph.D. students! Bring your academic and professional work (at any stage) to faculty at the Engineering in Society Program!

    Drop in hours are in RTH 222:
    Monday: 10-12
    Wednesday: 10-12
    Friday: 10-12

    We also offer online and custom appointments at https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home.

    See you at the Hub!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 222

    Audiences: Graduate

    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • Virtual Event - On Measuring Causal Contributions via do-interventions

    Mon, Nov 28, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Shiva Kasiviswanathan,

    Talk Title: On Measuring Causal Contributions via do-interventions

    Location: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96927080167?pwd=Vk9MOEpOSUx3V1hlZFc3U0tmOTNsUT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Susan Wiedem

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  • Virtual Coffee Chat with PlayStation University Recruiting Team!

    Mon, Nov 28, 2022 @ 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Virtual Coffee Chat with PlayStation University Recruiting Team!

    Date: Monday, November 28th
    Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Location: Zoom RSVP HERE


    Who We Are:

    We are leading the way in developing the games, hardware, digital services and interactive entertainment that are defining the game industry. More importantly, we offer a diverse, inclusive culture where every one of our employees has room to grow.

    Event Details:

    Meet our PlayStation Early Career Talent team to learn more and about our organization and Summer 2023 internship opportunities. This event is an opportunity for students to connect with the PlayStation Early Career Talent team to discuss upcoming 2023 summer internship opportunities.

    What We Offer:

    Begin your next greatest adventure with SIEs internship program! We provide our interns a 12-week paid, hands-on experience that enables them to push the boundaries of play in a dynamic, creative and supportive environment. Internships are full-time and run from end of May to August OR end of June to September.

    Internship Eligibility:

    We are currently seeking students who are enrolled in an accredited university, pursuing a Bachelors, Masters, Ph.D., JD, or MBA degree, and graduating by Spring 2024. Internships are available to students who are US citizens or international students with an F-1 visa. We offer visa sponsorship and are willing to hire a student on CPT or OPT.

    Application Instructions:

    All available internships will be posted on the USC Viterbi Career Gateway by the end of October 2022.

    Learn more about the PlayStation Internship Program here:
    https://www.playstation.com/en-us/corporate/playstation-careers/#listings

    Location: Zoom, please see below for details on how to RSVP

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CAIS++ Fall 2022 ShowCAIS

    Mon, Nov 28, 2022 @ 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    CAIS++ (The Student Branch of the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society) invites you to our Fall Project ShowCAIS! Our members will present their project results during poster presentations where you can learn more about how undergraduate students are applying artificial intelligence for social good. This semester's topics will include robust automatic speech recognition, city transit optimization, human-computer interaction, computer vision for quality assurance, computational agroecology, and more. Please join us for refreshments as we conclude our fall semester projects!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - The Forum (TCC 450)

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: CAIS++ USC

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  • Epstein Institute - ISE 651 Seminar

    Tue, Nov 29, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Johannes Royset, Professor, Operations Research, Naval Post Graduate School

    Talk Title: Relax! The Case For Rockafellian Relaxation In Stochastic Optimization and Learning

    Host: Prof. Jong-Shi Pang

    More Information: November 29, 2022.pdf

    Location: Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) - GER 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • Becoming a Patent Examiner at the USPTO (On-Campus, Viterbi)

    Tue, Nov 29, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Becoming a Patent Examiner at the USPTO (On-Campus, Viterbi)

    Date: Tuesday, November 29th
    Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall (RTH) 211

    Are you ready to protect whats next in American ingenuity?
    Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Americas Innovation Agency, for a 50-minute informational presentation to learn about careers in protecting American intellectual property as a patent examiner!

    Why Attend?
    The USPTO has hundreds of positions open for entry-level patent examiners and they want to meet recent or soon-to-be graduates and professionals in physics, biomedical engineering and chemical engineering who are looking to embark on an exciting, new career path. They are currently hiring scientists and engineers nationwide who will use their specialized expertise to serve the public and promote what our founders called the progress of science and the useful arts by granting patents.

    Come to learn about how a career as a patent examiner aligns directly with your interests and your passion for public service. At the event, you will also learn:
    How the work of patent examiners supports economic growth and maintains Americas status as one of the worlds top innovators;
    How your background in science can be fully leveraged in an exciting, challenging career path;
    How you can do the kind of work that you love from your home without relocating;
    That a career as a patent examiner means getting to work with cutting-edge technologies that enable inventive, modern breakthroughs and solve world problems;
    Why the USPTO is consistently ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government with unmatched benefits, competitive pay, flexible schedules, telework opportunities and a rich, diverse culture and how to apply to USPTOs current job openings via USAJOBS.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • VGSA CEE Pancake Social

    Tue, Nov 29, 2022 @ 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Student Activity


    Last Week Before Finals, Come Eat Some Breakfast!!! The VGSA senators in the Civil and Environmental Engineering proudly present the Pancake Social. This event will give a space where students and faculty apart from the department can socialize and come together for an outstandingly unique event. Breakfast for Dinner? What is not to like! See you there.

    Location: ZHS 360, 3651 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90007, United States

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Emilio Gonzalez

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Zhaoheng Zheng

    Wed, Nov 30, 2022 @ 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    Computer Science

    University Calendar


    Ph.D. Candidate: Zhaoheng Zheng

    Topic: Incorporating Large-Scale Vision-Language Corpora in Visual Understanding


    Committee Chair: Prof. Ram Nevatia
    Committee Member: Prof. Keith Jenkins
    Committee Member: Prof. Jesse Thomason
    Committee Member: Prof. Greg Ver Steeg
    Committee Member: Prof. Mohammad Soleymani

    Abstract: Vision and language are key mediators through which humans interact with the external world or other members of society. One goal of artificial intelligence (AI) research is to create machines that can perceive the real world through multiple modalities. Previous research has shown remarkable progress in creating functional visual or linguistic perception systems with the help of deep neural networks. Recently, thanks to the advances of the Internet and social media, large-scale vision-language corpora can be easily accessed, motivating research that aims at creating large-scale Vision-Language Pre-training (VLP) models. Compared with previous methods, VLP models are stronger and more generalizable thanks to their data scale. In this thesis, we investigate the problem of how to leverage such data to boost existing visual understanding tasks. Particularly in FashionVLP, we propose to fine-tune a pre-trained VLP model for fashion image retrieval. More specifically, we fine-tune the model with customized input sequences containing various vision-language features, achieving significant improvements on multiple benchmarks. Moreover, we take a step further and explore better designs for VLP models to learn from large-scale corpora, resulting in our recent work, Fractional Intermediate Tower (FIT). FIT enhances the vision-language fusion process inside VLP models by encoding vision features from multiple vision layers before they are taken by the fusion encoder.

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95655803815?pwd=d3RrOXNrU2dVVE1sTkZpYXU3NWxEUT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • ServiceNow Open House (Virtual, External)

    Wed, Nov 30, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    At ServiceNow, our technology makes the world work for everyone, and our people make it possible. Our diverse team is changing the world with products that make a meaningful impact on people and communities. The more of 'you' you bring to work, the better. When you join ServiceNow, the world works.
    Who is ServiceNow?
    ServiceNow creates digital experiences that help organizations work smarter, faster, and better. Our purpose is to make the world work better for everyone.

    ServiceNow Open Houses:
    We are excited to announce our new Open Houses this Fall! These Open Houses are
    available to anyone that would like to learn more about ServiceNow, our culture, and opportunities. Each open house will consist of an info session about ServiceNow and breakout rooms with recruiters and ServiceNow professionals. Join us and do not miss out on all the fun!

    ServiceNow Workshops:
    We are excited to announce that we are bringing back our career development
    workshop series. These are free, virtual, career development workshops aimed to help those looking to jumpstart their careers in the tech industry. We'll be covering valuable topics that you won't want to miss!

    ServiceNow Virtual Events

    - Open House September 7th | 10 to 11 am

    - Stand Out at Career Fairs and Conferences
    Workshop September 14th| 10 to 11 am

    - Open House September 22nd | 10 to 11 am

    - Open House October 5th | 10 to 11 am

    - Build Your Personal Brand and Give Your LinkedIn a Makeover Workshop October 12th |10 to 11 am

    - Open House October 20th | 10 to 11 am

    - Open House November 2nd |10 to 11 am

    - How to Ace your In-Person and Virtual Interview Workshop November 9th 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM PDT

    - Open House November 17th |10 to 11 am

    - Open House November 30th | 10 to 11 am

    - Overcoming Imposter Syndrome Workshop December 14th | 10 to 11 am

    - Open House December 15th | 10:00 to 11:00 am

    Check out all of our events and RSVP HERE
    External employer-hosted events and activities are not affiliated with the USC Viterbi Career Connections Office. They are posted on Viterbi Career Connections because they may be of interest to members of the Viterbi community. Inclusion of any activity does not indicate USC sponsorship or endorsement of that activity or event. It is the participants responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu



    Location: online

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Virtual Efficient Estimation of Treatment Effect in Online Experiments

    Wed, Nov 30, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Congshan Zhang, Meta , Core Data Science Team at Meta

    Talk Title: Efficient Estimation of Treatment Effect in Online Experiments

    Abstract: Randomized controlled trials are commonly used by tech companies to draw causal conclusions on various product changes. The confidence intervals from these experiments, however, are usually too large due to reasons such as limited number of users, heavy-tailed outcome variables and small treatment effects. Improving estimation efficiency for randomized controlled trials is not only a scientifically interesting but also a practically relevant area of research. In this talk, I will go over a few prominent techniques in statistics to improve estimation efficiency. Basic techniques such as CUPED and more advanced methodologies based on ML and synthetic controls will be introduced.

    Biography: Congshan Zhang is a research scientist on Core Data Science Team at Meta. Congshan is interested in various topics in statistics and econometrics including causal inference, machine learning and time series. Congshan holds Ph.D. in economics from Duke University. Before joining Meta, Congshan did research on financial econometrics, with a focus on nonparametric and semi-parametric inference using high-frequency data and on testing models of financial markets. His work appears in top journals of econometrics such as Journal of Econometrics and Annals of Applied Probability.

    Host: Urbashi Mitra

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96927080167?pwd=Vk9MOEpOSUx3V1hlZFc3U0tmOTNsUT09 Meeting ID: 969 2708 0167 Passcode: 586135

    More Information: ECE Seminar Announcement_Nov21.docx

    Location: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96927080167?pwd=Vk9MOEpOSUx3V1hlZFc3U0tmOTNsUT09 Meeting ID: 969 2708 0167 P

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Susan Wiedem

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  • Computer Science General Faculty Meeting

    Wed, Nov 30, 2022 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Receptions & Special Events


    Bi-Weekly regular faculty meeting for invited full-time Computer Science faculty only. Event details emailed directly to attendees.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526 - Hybrid

    Audiences: Invited Faculty Only

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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  • Center of Autonomy and AI, Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things, and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series

    Wed, Nov 30, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Vikas Sindhwani, Google Brain

    Talk Title: Foundation Models for Robotics

    Series: Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things

    Abstract: Trained on internet-scale datasets, large language and vision models demonstrate breakthrough capabilities which until recently were thought to still be decades away in technological feasibility. Does this imply a paradigm shift in Robotics as well? If so, what is the bridge from symbols and tokens on the internet to actions in the physical world? Through a few illustrative vignettes of robotic manipulation and navigation research at Google, I will propose speculative paths towards making robots useful in human-centric spaces.

    Biography: Vikas Sindhwani is Senior Staff Research Scientist in the Google Brain team in New York where he leads a research group focused on solving a range of planning, perception, learning, and control problems arising in Robotics. His interests are broadly in core mathematical foundations of statistical learning, and in end-to-end design aspects of building large-scale, robust machine intelligence systems. He received the best paper award at Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI) 2013, the IBM Pat Goldberg Memorial Award in 2014, and was finalist for Outstanding Planning Paper Award at ICRA-2022. He serves on the editorial board of Transactions on Machine Learning Research (TMLR) and IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence; he has been area chair and senior program committee member for NeurIPS, International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) and Knowedge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD). He previously led a team of researchers in the Machine Learning group at IBM Research, NY. He has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and a B.Tech in Engineering Physics from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai. His publications are available at: http://vikas.sindhwani.org/.

    Host: Somil Bansal, somilban@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ySGInGwKRKKHX7NHJwTk3Q

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ySGInGwKRKKHX7NHJwTk3Q

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White

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  • AME Seminar (Virtual)

    Wed, Nov 30, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Sebastian Pattinson, University of Cambridge

    Talk Title: Generalisable 3D Printing Error Detection and Correction via Neural Networks

    Abstract: Material extrusion is the most widespread additive manufacturing method but its application in end-use products is limited by vulnerability to errors. Humans can detect errors but cannot provide continuous monitoring or real-time correction. Existing automated approaches are not generalisable across different parts, materials, and printing systems. In this talk I will discuss recent work in our lab where we train a multi-head neural network using images automatically labelled by deviation from optimal printing parameters. The automation of data acquisition and labelling allows the generation of a large and varied extrusion 3D printing dataset, containing 1.2 million images from 192 different parts labelled with printing parameters. The thus trained neural network, alongside a control loop, enables real-time detection and rapid correction of diverse errors that is effective across many different 2D and 3D geometries, materials, printers, toolpaths, and even extrusion methods.

    Biography: Sebastian Pattinson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. His group develops 3D printers that learn how to make things better and uses these to make better medical devices. Before joining the Cambridge, Sebastian was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT focusing on 3D printed materials and devices. He received Ph.D. and Masters degrees in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, where he developed nanomaterial synthesis methods. His awards include a UK Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard award; US National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship; UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Grant; MIT Translational Fellowship; and a (Google) X Moonshot Fellowship.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98775609685?pwd=a2lSd01oY0o2KzA4VWphbGxjWk5Qdz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

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