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  • PhD Defense - Kien Nguyen

    Mon, Aug 16, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

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    Ph.D. Candidate: Kien Nguyen

    Time: August 16, 2021, 10am-12

    Title: Privacy-Aware Geo-Marketplaces

    Committee: Prof. Cyrus Shahabi (chair), Prof. Peter Kuhn, Prof. Bhaskar Krishnamachari, Dr. John Krumm

    Abstract:
    The advance of modern mobile communication devices has enabled people to easily create, consume, and share geospatial information about every aspect of their lives. However, the current practice of geospatial data collection and sharing is often that individuals provide their data for free in order to use services. However, information about locations of individuals can have serious privacy implications. While there was some regulation of location data collection and sharing, current practice is far from ideal for individuals to safely share their location information to service providers.

    An emerging alternative framework for current practice is to allow individuals to offer their location data through data marketplaces. We called these marketplaces geo-marketplaces. Geo-marketplaces raise a number of interesting issues about data ownership, utility, pricing and privacy. In this thesis, we focus on the interplay between utility, privacy and pricing of geospatial data in various settings of geo-marketplaces. More specifically, two important aspects of geo-marketplaces are at the center of interest: location privacy and pricing for various types of location data. Location privacy is essential for geo-marketplaces due to the sensitivity of location data. Pricing is crucial to make geo-marketplace viable, especially when geospatial data can come in many different forms. Thus, geo-marketplaces require efficient algorithms for selling different types of geospatial data with alternative pricing strategies while protecting sellers' location privacy.

    This thesis aims to enable geo-marketplaces with those requirements by investigating different settings of data types and pricing strategies in a geo-marketplace along with privacy considerations. These settings include (a) differentially private data point release with free query where some quantities derived from individuals' data points can be released for free with strong privacy protection, (b) encrypted data point release with fixed-price query where location data points or geo-tagged data objects for a fixed price with their locations advertised in encrypted space, (c) noisy data point release with variable price query where a location data point can be sold at different prices depending on how much noise is added, and (d) degraded trajectory release with variable-price query where a trajectory can be released or sold at different prices depending on how it is degraded. In each setting, we design the marketplace and develop principled methods to price data, protect privacy of owners and maintain utility of data for buyers in order to enable a viable geo-marketplace. In all settings, our proposed design and methods are evaluated by extensive experiments on large real-world datasets to show its practicality.

    Zoom info:
    https://usc.zoom.us/j/93232846112

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93232846112

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • Repeating EventNew & Continuing MS Student Group Advising Session (CSCI/DSCI)

    Mon, Aug 16, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    If you are a New or Continuing MS student in the Computer Science Department or Data Science Program and have any questions or need assistance, please join us for today's optional group advising session via zoom. Access instructions will be sent to students directly. Note: D-clearance is not granted during advisement sessions. All requests for d-clearance must go through the myViterbi portal.

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: USC Computer Sciecne

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  • Repeating EventNew & Continuing MS Student Group Advising Session (CSCI/DSCI)

    Mon, Aug 16, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    If you are a New or Continuing MS student in the Computer Science Department or Data Science Program and have any questions or need assistance, please join us for today's optional group advising session via zoom. Access instructions will be sent to students directly. Note: D-clearance is not granted during advisement sessions. All requests for d-clearance must go through the myViterbi portal.

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

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  • Repeating EventNew & Continuing MS Student Group Advising Session (CSCI/DSCI)

    Tue, Aug 17, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    If you are a New or Continuing MS student in the Computer Science Department or Data Science Program and have any questions or need assistance, please join us for today's optional group advising session via zoom. Access instructions will be sent to students directly. Note: D-clearance is not granted during advisement sessions. All requests for d-clearance must go through the myViterbi portal.

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: USC Computer Sciecne

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Tue, Aug 17, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 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=e83c211c93104d4be5b7342a1108bc541

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Introduction to Python, Posted By: Center for Advanced Research Computing

    Tue, Aug 17, 2021 @ 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Information Technology Program (ITP)

    Workshops & Infosessions


    An introduction to the Python programming language. This workshop covers basic Python syntax, installing and importing packages, visualizing data, and writing scripts.Register Here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Center for Advanced Research Computing

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  • Repeating EventNew & Continuing MS Student Group Advising Session (CSCI/DSCI)

    Tue, Aug 17, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    If you are a New or Continuing MS student in the Computer Science Department or Data Science Program and have any questions or need assistance, please join us for today's optional group advising session via zoom. Access instructions will be sent to students directly. Note: D-clearance is not granted during advisement sessions. All requests for d-clearance must go through the myViterbi portal.

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Tue, Aug 17, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

    Register here!

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Tue, Aug 17, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Workshops & Infosessions


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

    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

    Wed, Aug 18, 2021 @ 09:00 AM - 10:00 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=e9ba7415e7d22dcd9d254460022f1abc9

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Repeating EventNew & Continuing MS Student Group Advising Session (CSCI/DSCI)

    Wed, Aug 18, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    If you are a New or Continuing MS student in the Computer Science Department or Data Science Program and have any questions or need assistance, please join us for today's optional group advising session via zoom. Access instructions will be sent to students directly. Note: D-clearance is not granted during advisement sessions. All requests for d-clearance must go through the myViterbi portal.

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: USC Computer Sciecne

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  • Repeating EventNew & Continuing MS Student Group Advising Session (CSCI/DSCI)

    Wed, Aug 18, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    If you are a New or Continuing MS student in the Computer Science Department or Data Science Program and have any questions or need assistance, please join us for today's optional group advising session via zoom. Access instructions will be sent to students directly. Note: D-clearance is not granted during advisement sessions. All requests for d-clearance must go through the myViterbi portal.

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

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

    Thu, Aug 19, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Motz Feinberg, VP Supply Chain, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Christopher Gopal, PhD, Strategic Solutions Advisor, OCX Cognition; Jeff Smith, MD, JD, MMM, EVP, Hospital Operations & COO, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, CEO, Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey, Moderated by David Belson, PhD.

    Talk Title: Supply Chains and How the Pandemic Improved Healthcare.

    Abstract: Supply chains and distribution systems were overwhelmed during the pandemic. New and better engineered systems developed for all type of healthcare providers will hopefully replace traditional practices.

    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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  • Repeating EventNew & Continuing MS Student Group Advising Session (CSCI/DSCI)

    Thu, Aug 19, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    If you are a New or Continuing MS student in the Computer Science Department or Data Science Program and have any questions or need assistance, please join us for today's optional group advising session via zoom. Access instructions will be sent to students directly. Note: D-clearance is not granted during advisement sessions. All requests for d-clearance must go through the myViterbi portal.

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: USC Computer Sciecne

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  • NL Seminar-1.Leveraging Abstract Meaning Representations to Amplify the Semantic Information Captured in Transformer Models 2. Improving Multilingual Encoder With Contrastive Objective and Luna

    Thu, Aug 19, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: 1.Shira Wein 2. Leo Zeyu Liu, ISI Interns

    Talk Title: 1.Leveraging Abstract Meaning Representations to Amplify the Semantic Information Captured in Transformer Models 2. Improving Multilingual Encoder With Contrastive Objective and Luna

    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.

    SHIRA WEIN
    Though state of the art language models perform well on a variety of natural language processing tasks, these models are not exposed to explicit semantic information. We propose that language models ability to capture semantic information can be improved through the inclusion of explicit semantic information in the form of meaning representations, thus improving performance on select downstream tasks. We discuss potential ways to incorporate meaning representations and present our preliminary results.

    LEO ZEYU LIU
    Transformers has been successfully adapted to multilingual pretraining. With only token level losses like masked language model, transformer encoder could produce good token and sentence representations. We propose to explicitly impose sentence level objectives using contrastive learning to further improve multilingual encoder. Furthermore, we also propose to merge this modification with what a new transformer architecture, Luna, could offer disentanglement between token and sentence representations. We will also discuss ways to evaluate the models and present our experimental progress.


    Biography: Shira Wein is an intern at ISI and a third year Ph.D. student at Georgetown University, working on semantic representations and multilingual cross lingual applications. Her previous work centers around L2 corpora, Abstract Meaning Representations, and information extraction from design documents, which she published on while interning at the Jet Propulsion Lab. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Shira was an undergraduate at Lafayette College, where she received a B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Spanish.


    Leo Zeyu Liu is a Master student in Computer Science at the University of Washington, advised by Noah A. Smith and Shane Steinert Threlkeld. His research aims at interpretability, pretraining, and intersection between NLP and Linguistics. He completed his bachelor in Computer Science at the University of Washington.

    Host: Jon May and Mozhdeh Gheini

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

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93331739032

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Virtual

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93331739032

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Pete Zamar

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  • USC Viterbi New Student Welcome

    Thu, Aug 19, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

    Receptions & Special Events


    Welcome to Viterbi! We are excited to meet you this Fall, and we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Welcome Experience event!

    Location: E-Quad

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • Repeating EventNew & Continuing MS Student Group Advising Session (CSCI/DSCI)

    Thu, Aug 19, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Computer Science

    Workshops & Infosessions


    If you are a New or Continuing MS student in the Computer Science Department or Data Science Program and have any questions or need assistance, please join us for today's optional group advising session via zoom. Access instructions will be sent to students directly. Note: D-clearance is not granted during advisement sessions. All requests for d-clearance must go through the myViterbi portal.

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: USC Computer Science

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  • Repeating EventVirtual First-Year Admission Information Session

    Thu, Aug 19, 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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  • Sophomore SCavenger Hunt

    Fri, Aug 20, 2021 @ 10:30 AM - 01:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Student Activity


    Are you a Viterbi Sophomore? The Sophomore SCavenger Hunt is a fun way to explore the USC campus and connect with other Viterbi students. Cold treats and Viterbi Swag will be waiting for you at the finish line!

    Meet at Pardee Plaza(Located at the southern end of Trousdale Pkwy. adjacent to Exposition Blvd see map linked below)

    https://maps.usc.edu/

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • Experience Viterbi App Launch Party

    Fri, Aug 20, 2021 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

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

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Learn more about the Experience USC Viterbi app and how to engage along four success areas, receive insider app tips from current undergraduate student users, and play interactive games for a chance to win prizes! Unlock all the tools you need for a successful school year. It's an event you won't want to miss!

    Location: Zoom

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi Undergraduate Programs

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  • Viterbi New Student Transition, Talk with DPS + Boba Social

    Fri, Aug 20, 2021 @ 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Masters Programs

    University Calendar


    This session is required to RSVP at engageSC to participate!

    Attend this security talk session for 50 min to learn more about safety tips, and you can meet up with one member from USC DPS for a Boba social time!

    Audiences: Graduate

    Contact: Juli Legat

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