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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Tue, Jul 27, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

    Register here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • NL Seminar-Should PTLMs go to school?

    Wed, Jul 28, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Manuel Ciosici, ISI Boston Waltham

    Talk Title: Should PTLMs go to school?

    Series: NL Seminar

    Abstract: REMINDER Meeting hosts only admit guests that they know to the Zoom meeting. Hence, you're highly encouraged to use your USC account to sign into Zoom. If you're an outside visitor, please inform nlg DASH seminar DASH admin2 AT isi.edu beforehand so we'll be aware of your attendance and let you in.

    I will present a couple of research vignettes of the working knowledge inside large pre trained language models. I will use the vignettes to argue for a new task to measure modern language models knowledge and ability to learn from textbooks. Unlike machines, humans do not need to read, for example, all of Wikipedia, to learn.

    For humans, reading a textbook or a manual is often enough to provide working knowledge on the books topic. We propose LEFT, a new task to measure a machines capacity to learn from the same textbooks that college graduates use to learn about society and history. The task reveals surprising results for current state of the art language models like T5 and GPT Neo.


    Biography: Manuel Ciosici is a postdoc at ISI Boston (Waltham), working with Ralph Weischedel and Marjorie Friedman on understanding the knowledge inside large language models and putting it to use, for example, in filling in sequences of events. He is also interested in Natural Language Processing for languages other than English and has recently released a large corpus of Danish to support training large language models. Before joining ISI, Manuel received his Ph.D. from Aarhus University in Denmark and was a postdoc at the IT University in Copenhagen.

    Host: Jon May and Mozhdeh Gheini

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

    Webcast: https://youtu.be/ZtM7b0ggfvs

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual Only

    WebCast Link: https://youtu.be/ZtM7b0ggfvs

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Pete Zamar

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  • Guest Speaker Series: "Learning from the Pandemic to Improve Healthcare"

    Thu, Jul 29, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Professor Randy Hall, Epstein ISE Dept./Director of CREATE; Hal Yee, Jr, MD, PhD, Chief Deputy Director, Clinical Affairs, and Chief Medical Officer, Los Angeles County, Moderated by Michael Cousineau, DrPH

    Talk Title: How the Pandemic Changed the Healthcare System.

    Abstract: Understanding Pandemic Driven Demand for Optimizing Patient Flow.

    Host: The Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Gehr Family Center at the Keck School of Medicine, and the Price School of Public Policy.

    More Info: Follow link to register for event: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_F5NCbL-MQiKgP63JghiVsg

    More Information: Learning from the Pandemic to Improve Healthcare.pdf

    Location: Online/Zoom

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • NL Seminar- Fantastic Continuous-valued Sentence Representations and How to Find Them

    Thu, Jul 29, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Nishant Subramani, Allen NLP

    Talk Title: Fantastic Continuous-valued Sentence Representations and How to Find Them

    Series: NL Seminar

    Abstract: REMINDER Meeting hosts only admit guests that they know to the Zoom meeting. Hence, you're highly encouraged to use your USC account to sign into Zoom. If you're an outside visitor, please inform nlg DASH seminar DASH admin2 AT isi.edu beforehand so we'll be aware of your attendance and let you in.

    ABSTRACT:
    Recently, large pretrained language models have seen tremendous success in few-shot and zero shot learning settings when given appropriate prompting. For these models to excel in this few shot paradigm, the provided prompts must condition the language model to produce the desired output sequence. We investigate a more general property of this idea: does there exist a continuous, fixed length vector that can prompt a pretrained and frozen language model to generate any output sentence of interest? To answer this, we develop a language model agnostic sentence representation discovery algorithm, which learns a continuous-valued, fixed-length vector for a sequence by adding the vector at various locations in the language model and optimizing it to maximize the likelihood of the sequence. Experiments reveal that for nearly all English sentences, greater than 98 percent from different genres and corpora, we can find a vector that recovers our sentence of interest exactly without fine tuning the underlying language model. In addition, we find that our representations can be learned in real-time and are robust to initialization; convergence requires less than 20 iterations on average using stochastic gradient descent with Adam.




    Biography: Nishant is a predoctoral young investigator on the AllenNLP team at AI2 working with Matt Peters and part of the Masakhane community. He is broadly interested in sentence representation, ML for social good, and out-of-distribution generalization research. Previously, Nishant has spent time in industry working on document analysis, OCR, fake speech detection, and audio-driven facial animation. He also has worked with Kyunghyun Cho, Sam Bowman, and Doug Downey during his time at NYU and Northwestern on NLP and causality research.

    Host: Jon May and Mozhdeh Gheini

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

    Webcast: https://youtu.be/pCKBSPDenpc

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual Only

    WebCast Link: https://youtu.be/pCKBSPDenpc

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Petet Zamar

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Thu, Jul 29, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

    Register here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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

    Fri, Jul 30, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    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 Fall 2021 semester.

    Register Now!

    WebCast Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=efcbf0479555e74f183a0e66b1fd8d45b

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Deadline to Apply for the Town & Gown USC Computer Scholarship

    Sat, Jul 31, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    University Calendar


    The Town & Gown of USC Computer Scholarship supports new USC freshmen and incoming transfer students from Southern California by providing funding to assist with the purchase of a laptop or desktop computer.


    Eligibility:
    To be eligible for this scholarship, students must:

    - Be new USC freshmen or incoming transfer students
    - Have financial need
    - Be permanent residents of Southern California


    To apply, please submit an application by JULY 31st here.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Eric Perez

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