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  • Repeating EventCommunications Hub: Writing and Speaking for PhD Students - Drop In Hours

    Mon, Oct 16, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Viterbi Ph.D. Students!
    Need help with academic and professional writing and speaking tasks? Viterbi faculty at the Hub provide one-on-one help with journal and conference articles, dissertations, fellowship applications, and career communications!
    Drop by RTH 222A on MWF 10am-1pm or make an online appointment via email at eishub@usc.edu.

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

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

    Event Link: https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home

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  • Leetcode Jam Night

    Mon, Oct 16, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Student Activity


    Jam with the Viterbi Learning Program! Join us for a company-specific (MAANG) problems session where we code and discuss. Also - we have pizza.
    Monday, October 16
    5PM - 7PM @ RTH 205
    RSVP Now: https://cglink.me/2nB/r392847

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 206

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Alex Bronz

    Event Link: https://cglink.me/2nB/r392847

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  • Innovation Challenge Application Closes!

    Mon, Oct 16, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Student Activity


    Viterbi/Greif Sustainability Innovation Challenge
     
    The Viterbi/Greif Sustainability Challenge is for USC students at all levels who are interested in creating solutions to sustainability problems. Students from all disciplines are invited to participate. 
     
    In our changing world of scarce resources, we need new, innovative solutions to solve our most pressing problems. Recent advances in AI, and more specifically generative AI models such as ChatGPT are changing the ways we can tackle such problems. 
     
    We’re calling for your ingenuity to develop a solution to a problem area in sustainability utilizing a large language model (LLM). Submissions can be in any area that addresses sustainability and could include solutions in the energy, circular economy, recycling/reuse, climate change, governance, or infrastructure space.  
     
    Prize Money 
    $1,500 - 1st Place
    $1,000 - 2nd Place
    $500 - 3rd Place
    $1,000 - Biggest swing (most risky/largest problem or market)
    $1,000 - Most accomplished during the weekend  
     
    Apply Now!
    https://www.worldlabs.org/opportunity/viterbi-greif-innovation-challenge

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Viterbi TIE

    Event Link: https://www.worldlabs.org/opportunity/viterbi-greif-innovation-challenge

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  • Repeating EventMaseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition

    Tue, Oct 17, 2023

    Viterbi Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Student Activity


    MEPC is accepting applications!
     
    The 2023-2024 Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition (MEPC) season has officially begun. 
    We are currently accepting applications until Monday, November 6, 2023 @ 11:59pm.
     
    All USC students are invited to participate, although each team must have at least one current Viterbi student (undergrad or grad). The maximum number of team members is 5.
     
    Each team will participate in educational sessions, workshops, and meetings with mentors throughout the academic year. This year's MEPC programming will begin with a Kickoff on December 7, 2023.
     
     https://viterbiinnovation.usc.edu/competitions-and-programs/mepc/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Viterbi TIE

    Event Link: https://viterbiinnovation.usc.edu/competitions-and-programs/mepc/

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  • DREAM Industry Mentorship speaker series

    Tue, Oct 17, 2023 @ 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    University Calendar


    DREAM (Direct Response to Engineers Aspirations from Mentors) connects students with high profile industry professionals from a variety of tech and destination companies who help them create a vision for their futures, align their careers around purpose, and build character in the context of growth, reinvention, and constant change. Industry mentors discuss how professional challenges present opportunities for character and leadership development. This event will feature Nick Daze in conversation about his journey from USC student majoring in Theater Arts and English Literature, to tech entrepreneur and CEO at Heirloom, a company building the Future of Self-Sovereign Identity using advanced blockchain technology.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Elisabeth Arnold Weiss

    Event Link: https://cglink.me/2nB/r392958

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  • Epstein Institute, ISE 651 Seminar Class

    Tue, Oct 17, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Talk Title: **NO SEMINAR - WEEK OF INFORMS CONFERENCE**

    Location: SOS Building, B2

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • CS Colloquium: Christopher Torng (USC / ECE) - Accelerating Chip-Building Design Cycles for Future Generations of Computing

    Tue, Oct 17, 2023 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Christopher Torng, USC / ECE

    Talk Title: Accelerating Chip-Building Design Cycles for Future Generations of Computing

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: The chip building industry is a major cornerstone of the global economy. Unfortunately, it is difficult to produce high-quality designs quickly and at low cost using traditional hardware design flows. This makes it challenging for the community to build new performant and efficient domain-specific accelerators in a timely manner, especially as areas such as machine learning continue to quickly evolve. This talk focuses on new architectures, systems, and design tools to accelerate chip building design cycles for future generations of computing systems. Specifically, we will explore a set of vertically integrated techniques (compiler, architecture, and VLSI) to significantly reduce the design effort to build a coarse-grain reconfigurable array (CGRA) architecture, a flexible architectural template that can be specialized towards many different application domains. I will also introduce an end-to-end agile accelerator-compiler co-designed flow to iteratively evolve such systems across multiple generations of hardware accelerators.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Christopher Torng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Southern California. Prior to his appointment, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University from 2019 to 2022 operating in the leadership of the Stanford AHA Agile Hardware Project, where he worked on creating high-performance and energy-efficient architectures for domain-specific hardware acceleration supported by an agile software-hardware co-design methodology. He received his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in electrical and computer engineering in 2019. He has over ten years of experience building complex digital SoCs as ASIC prototypes as well as new agile flow tools that have already supported tapeouts for at least 12 academic chips, implemented in technologies from 180nm to 12nm. His activities have resulted in his selection as a Rising Star in Computer Architecture (2018) by Georgia Tech as well as an IEEE MICRO Top Pick from Hot Chips (2018).

    Host: CS Department

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 136

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: CS Faculty Affairs

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  • Plant Your Roots

    Tue, Oct 17, 2023 @ 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Student Activity


    Join us for our WIE Mentorship Social! Come take a break from midterms and find your Zen zone while painting a succulent pot, mingling, and enjoying some insomnia cookies!

    Location: Sign into EngageSC to View Location

    Audiences:

    Contact: Thelma Federico Zaragoza

    Event Link: https://engage.usc.edu/WIE/rsvp?id=392944

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  • Repeating EventCommunications Hub: Writing and Speaking for PhD Students - Drop In Hours

    Wed, Oct 18, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Viterbi Ph.D. Students!
    Need help with academic and professional writing and speaking tasks? Viterbi faculty at the Hub provide one-on-one help with journal and conference articles, dissertations, fellowship applications, and career communications!
    Drop by RTH 222A on MWF 10am-1pm or make an online appointment via email at eishub@usc.edu.

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

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

    Event Link: https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home

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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Oct 18, 2023 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Carmel Majidi, Carnegie Mellon University

    Talk Title: Soft-Matter Engineering for Robotics and Wearables

    Abstract: Progress in soft lithography and soft materials integration have led to extraordinary new classes of soft-matter sensors, circuits, and transducers. These material technologies are composed almost entirely out of soft matter -“ elastomers, gels, and conductive fluids like liquid metal -“ and represent the building blocks for machines and electronics that are soft, flexible, and stretchable. Because of their intrinsic compliance and elasticity, such devices can be incorporated into soft, biologically-inspired robots or be worn on the body and operate continuously without impairing natural body motion. In this talk, I will review recent contributions from my research group in creating soft multifunctional materials for wearable electronics and soft robotics using these emerging practices in soft-matter engineering. In particular, I will focus on soft robots powered using shape memory materials and soft material architectures for highly stretchable digital electronics, wearable energy harvesting, and electrically-responsive actuation. When possible, I will show how the design and operation of these soft-matter technologies can be guided by theoretical modeling methods based on principles of mechanics and discrete differential geometry. In addition to presenting my own research in the field, I will also briefly review broader efforts and emerging challenges in utilizing soft multifunctional materials for applications in wearable electronics, bioelectronic interfaces, and soft robotics.

    Biography: Carmel Majidi is the Clarence H. Adamson Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where he leads the Soft Machines Lab. His lab is dedicated to the discovery of novel material architectures that allow machines and electronics to be soft, elastically deformable, and biomechanically compatible. Currently, his research is focused on modeling, design, and control of soft robotic systems as well as the developoment of multifunctional materials that exhibit unique combinations of mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties and can function as artificial skin, nervous tissue, and muscle. Carmel has received grants from industry and federal agencies along with early career awards from DARPA, ONR, AFOSR, and NASA to explore challenges in soft-matter engineering and robotics. Prior to arriving at CMU, Prof. Majidi had postdoctoral appointments at Harvard and Princeton Universities and received his PhD in Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley.

    Host: AME Department

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

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98121141178?pwd=VGEyaXVWYnRaazFYWUVhbVAycGVWQT09 Meeting ID: 981 2114 1178 Passcode: NhXrDOqQU8

    Location: Seaver Science Library (SSL) - 202

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/98121141178?pwd=VGEyaXVWYnRaazFYWUVhbVAycGVWQT09 Meeting ID: 981 2114 1178 Passcode: NhXrDOqQU8

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

    Event Link: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

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  • Blue Origin Trojan Talk

    Wed, Oct 18, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join us for an information session covering our mission and vision, technical program, and opportunities for students and early career professionals. Hear from engineers at Blue about their work and experience and learn from university recruiters about how to put your best foot forward in the application process.

    Please see below for more information regarding employment opportunities at Blue Origin.

    Internship Program: Summer 2024

    Applications for our Summer 2024 Internship Session are open from September 1st, 2023 - October 30th, 2023. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Repeating EventMaseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023

    Viterbi Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Student Activity


    MEPC is accepting applications!
     
    The 2023-2024 Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition (MEPC) season has officially begun. 
    We are currently accepting applications until Monday, November 6, 2023 @ 11:59pm.
     
    All USC students are invited to participate, although each team must have at least one current Viterbi student (undergrad or grad). The maximum number of team members is 5.
     
    Each team will participate in educational sessions, workshops, and meetings with mentors throughout the academic year. This year's MEPC programming will begin with a Kickoff on December 7, 2023.
     
     https://viterbiinnovation.usc.edu/competitions-and-programs/mepc/

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Viterbi TIE

    Event Link: https://viterbiinnovation.usc.edu/competitions-and-programs/mepc/

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  • Tiktok Tabling Session

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Meet TikTok in the Epstein Family Plaza on Oct. 19, 10-3 p.m.! 
     
    Event overview: Tabling Session at USC with volunteers from TA What majors and class levels are you interested in connecting with? All majors; Juniors, Seniors
     
    Are you recruiting for internships, full-time, or both? Both
     
    Can you offer Visa sponsorship? We expect candidates to have the proper work authorization within the country they are applying to. International candidates should seek information from their local government and speak to their university career advisers for more information to make sure they have the correct work authorization. Historically, we are happy to welcome those with CPT or STEM-OPT for our internships and new grad positions in the US.

    Location: Epstein Family Plaza

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • NL Seminar -Interactive AI Systems Specialized in Social Influence

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Weiyan Shi, Post Doc Stanford University

    Talk Title: Interactive AI Systems Specialized in Social Influence

    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. AI research has so far focused on modeling common human skills, such as building systems to see, read, or talk. As these systems gradually achieve a human level in standard benchmarks, it is increasingly important to develop next generation interactive AI systems with more advanced human skills, to function in realistic and critical applications such as providing personalized emotional support. In this talk, I will cover 1. how to build such expert like AI systems specialized in social influence that can persuade, negotiate, and cooperate with other humans during conversations. 2. I will also discuss how humans perceive such specialized AI systems. This study validates the necessity of Autobot Law and proposes guidance to regulate such systems.3. As these systems become more powerful, they are also more prone to leak users private information. So I will describe our proposed new privacy notion, Selective Differential Privacy, and an algorithm to train privacy preserving models with high utilities. Finally, I will conclude with my longterm vision to build a natural interface between human intelligence and machine intelligence via dialogues, from a multi angle approach that combines Artificial Intelligence, Human Computer Interaction, and social sciences, to develop expert AI systems for everyone.

    Biography: Weiyan Shi is a postdoc at Stanford NLP and an incoming assistant professor at Northeastern University starting in 2024. Her research interests are in Natural Language Processing (NLP), especially in social influence dialogue systems such as persuasion, negotiation, and recommendation. She has also worked on privacy preserving NLP applications. She is recognized as a Rising Star in Machine Learning by the University of Maryland. Her work on personalized persuasive dialogue systems was nominated for ACL 2019 best paper. She was also a core team member behind a Science publication on the first negotiation AI agent, Cicero, that achieves a human level in the game of Diplomacy. This work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, MIT Technology Review, Forbes, and other major media outlets.

    Host: Jon May and Justin Cho

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

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Pete Zamar

    Event Link: https://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

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  • Find Your Dream Job or Internship

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    THIS EVENT WILL BE HOSTED HYBRID: IN-PERSON & ONLINE SIMULTANEOUSLY

    Increase your knowledge on the job/internship search by attending this professional development Q&A moderated by Viterbi Career Connections staff or Viterbi employer partners.



    To access the ZOOM link and for more information on this workshop, log into Viterbi Career Gateway>> Events>>Workshops: https://shibboleth-viterbi-usc-csm.symplicity.com/sso/

    For more information about all workshops, please visit viterbicareers.usc.edu/workshops.

    For In-Person: Attendance is limited to room capacity

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CS Colloquium: Marynel Vazquez (Yale University) - Towards Robots with Increased Social Context Awareness

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Marynel Vazquez, Yale University

    Talk Title: Towards Robots with Increased Social Context Awareness

    Abstract: It is common to study human-robot interactions in well-controlled laboratory environments that vary in limited ways during the encounters. However, many real-world applications require robot adaptation to dynamic interaction scenarios. For example, robots may navigate across different places or interact with different people as they try to complete a task. Fundamental to this adaptation is a robot's ability to reason about their social context. How should we abstract this context in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)? What models should we use to reason about the many contextual factors that matter to an application of interest? In this talk, I will describe experimental work that highlights the importance of reasoning about different contextual factors in HRI. Then, I will present recent results on leveraging graph abstractions and relational data-driven models to make inferences about the context of interactions and drive robot behavior. Further, because data is generally scarce in HRI, I will also describe two directions to facilitate data collection in Human-Robot Interaction. One direction focuses on creating an open robot platform for studying social interactions in public environments. The other one aims to scale HRI data collection for early system development and testing via online interactive surveys. We have begun to explore the latter idea for social robot navigation but, thanks to advances in game development engines, it could be easily applied to other HRI application domains.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Marynel Vázquez is an Assistant Professor in Yale's Computer Science Department, where she leads the Interactive Machines Group. Her research focuses on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), especially in multi-party and group settings. Marynel is a recipient of the 2022 NSF CAREER Award, two Amazon Research Awards and a Google Research Scholar Award. Recently, her work has been recognized with best paper awards at HRI'23 and RO-MAN'22. Prior to Yale, Marynel was a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Stanford Vision & Learning Lab and obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was a collaborator of Disney Research. Before then, she received her bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela.

    Host: Stefanos Nikolaidis

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: CS Faculty Affairs

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  • CAIS Webinar: ChatGPT and Large Language Models for Social Work Science: Ethical Challenges, Opportunities, and Next Steps

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Aviv Landau, UPenn

    Talk Title: ChatGPT and Large Language Models for Social Work Science: Ethical Challenges, Opportunities, and Next Steps

    Abstract: Dr. Aviv Landau will discuss and outline the challenges and opportunities that ChatGPT and other large language models pose across bias, legality, ethics, data privacy, confidentiality, informed consent, and academic misconduct. Furthermore, he will talk about initial research in implementing ChatGPT in social work research promoting advocacy.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Aviv Y. Landau is the Co Director of SAFElab and a research assistant professor at UPenns School of Social Policy and Practice. His research focuses on developing and implementing interdisciplinary computational and social work approaches. Landaus main topics of interest are youth health disparities, ethical artificial intelligence, and social media.


    Register for the Zoom webinar here: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Babi0TKrSAKyoZ4tFSI1pQ

    Host: CAIS

    More Info: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Babi0TKrSAKyoZ4tFSI1pQ

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

    Event Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Babi0TKrSAKyoZ4tFSI1pQ

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  • Quantum Science & Technology Seminar - Daniil Lukin, Thursday, Oct. 19th at 2pm in EEB 248

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Daniil Lukin, Stanford University

    Talk Title: AMO experiments on a chip: Scalability through integrated photonics in Silicon Carbide and Titanium:Sapphire

    Series: Quantum Science & Technology Seminar Series

    Abstract: A perfect crystal is like a perfect vacuum, in the sense that it admits the propagation of waves without scattering (Bloch waves). It follows that by creating point defects in this "semiconductor vacuum", we can realize eternally-trapped "artificial atoms" (in lieu of suspending atoms in true vacuum as in AMO experiments). These artificial atoms can be straightforwardly integrated into photonic circuits on-chip. It is a highly-attractive proposition in theory, but it has practical challenges. In this talk I will cover the developments of quantum photonics with artificial atoms in Silicon Carbide, and discuss advances in nanofabrication that enabled us to reach the strong-coupling regime between the cavity and artificial atoms. By revisiting the most basic photonic cavity, we combined strong interactions with individual atom addressability to study multi-atom cavity-coupled systems in the solid state. This system is intrinsically scalable, permitting large-scale co-integration of detectors and control lasers. I will discuss the development of the integrated Titanium:Sapphire laser arrays, and scalable control of quantum photonic systems.

    Biography: Daniil Lukin did his PhD at Stanford University in the group of Prof. Jelena Vuckovic, where he currently is a postdoctoral researcher. His research interests are in integrated quantum photonics and exploring nanophotonic device nanofabrication for advancing technology and fundamental science.

    Host: Quntao Zhang, Wade Hsu, Mengjie Yu, Jonathan Habif & Eli Levenson-Falk

    More Information: Daniil Lukin Flyer.pdf

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Marilyn Poplawski

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  • CS Colloquium: Michael Pazzani (ISI/USC) - Expert-Informed, User-Centric Explanations for Image Classification with Deep Learning

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Michael Pazzani, ISI / USC

    Talk Title: Expert-Informed, User-Centric Explanations for Image Classification with Deep Learning

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: We argue that the dominant approach to explainable AI for explaining image classification with deep learning-“ annotating images with heatmaps, provides little value for users unfamiliar with deep learning. Instead, we argue that explainable AI for images should produce output like experts produce when communicating with one another, with apprentices, and with novices. We discuss a bit of the history of interpretable and explainable AI with examples from AI & medicine. A new approach that labels image regions with diagnostic features is proposed and evaluated. We draw on examples from radiology, ophthalmology, dermatology as well as bird classification.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Michael Pazzani is a Principal Scientist at the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California. Dr. Pazzani was the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at the University of California, Riverside where he was also a professor of computer science with additional appointments in statistics and psychology. From 2006-2012 he was the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he was also a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science. Prior to his appointment at Rutgers, Dr. Pazzani was the Director of the Information and Intelligent Systems Division at the National Science Foundation. He also served as a member of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health from 2003- 2005. In 2019, Dr. Pazzani was appointed to the Defense Science Board. Dr. Pazzani started his career as an assistant, associate, and full professor as well as department chair of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine.

    Host: CS Department

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 136

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: CS Faculty Affairs

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    DEN@Viterbi, 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/weblink/register/r4bd818b1bcc4381b664182bd5279c3f5

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

    Event Link: https://uscviterbi.webex.com/weblink/register/r4bd818b1bcc4381b664182bd5279c3f5

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  • Tenstorrent Trojan Talk

    Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Meet Tenstorrent!  
     
    At Tenstorrent we focus on building high-performance computing and the required ecosystem. This talk will focus on introducing high-performing RISCV CPU and AI work at Tenstorrent. Specifically, we will go over our high-performance RISCV CPU design and its use cases in various market segments.
     
    We will start off with the single-core CPU design and expand to how we put multiple cores together to build high-performance systems that are very much needed to address future market needs. We will also touch base on our industry-leading AI accelerators and how we integrate them with our high-performing RISCV CPUs.
     
    Zoom Link: https://usc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpcOuprD4qHNxU-6_GpSjLNuczoEVCHi4C  
     
    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 participant’s responsibility to apply due diligence, exercise caution when participating, and report concerns to vcareers@usc.edu

    Location: Virtual Event

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpcOuprD4qHNxU-6_GpSjLNuczoEVCHi4C

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • Repeating EventCommunications Hub: Writing and Speaking for PhD Students - Drop In Hours

    Fri, Oct 20, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Viterbi Ph.D. Students!
    Need help with academic and professional writing and speaking tasks? Viterbi faculty at the Hub provide one-on-one help with journal and conference articles, dissertations, fellowship applications, and career communications!
    Drop by RTH 222A on MWF 10am-1pm or make an online appointment via email at eishub@usc.edu.

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

    Audiences: Graduate

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    Contact: Helen Choi

    Event Link: https://sites.google.com/usc.edu/eishub/home

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  • CS Colloquium: Lerrel Pinto (NYU) - Three Lessons for Building General-Purpose Robots

    Fri, Oct 20, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Lerrel Pinto, NYU

    Talk Title: Three Lessons for Building General-Purpose Robots

    Abstract: Over the last decade, a variety of paradigms have sought to teach robots complex and dexterous behaviors in real world environments. On one end of the spectrum we have nativist approaches that bake in fundamental human knowledge through physics models, simulators and knowledge graphs. While on the other end of the spectrum we have tabula rasa approaches that teach robots from scratch. In this talk I will argue for the need for better constructivist approaches to robotics, i.e. techniques that take guidance from humans while allowing robots to continuously adapt in changing scenarios. The constructivist guide I propose will focus on three lessons. First, creating physical interfaces to allow humans to provide robots with rich and dexterous data. Second, developing adaptive learning mechanisms to allow robots to continually fine tune in their environments. Third, architecting models that allow robots to learn from uncurated play. Applications of such a learning paradigm will be demonstrated on mobile manipulators in home environments, industrial robots on precision tasks, and multifingered hands on dexterous manipulation.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Biography: Lerrel Pinto is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at NYU. His research interests focus on creating general purpose robotic systems. He received a PhD degree from CMU in 2019 prior to that he received an MS degree from CMU in 2016, and a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Guwahati. His work on robotics received paper awards at ICRA 2016 and RSS 2023, and finalist awards at IROS 2019 and CoRL 2022. He is a recipient of grants and awards from Amazon, Honda, Hyundai, Meta, LG and Google. More recently, he was named a TR35 innovator under 35 for 2023. Several of his works have been featured in popular media like TechCrunch, MIT Tech Review, Wired, and BuzzFeed among others. His recent work can be found on www.lerrelpinto.com

    Host: Stefanos Nikolaidis

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

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Melissa Ochoa

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  • Grad Student Study & Social

    Fri, Oct 20, 2023 @ 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Student Activity


    All Viterbi Graduate Students are invited! Grab free snacks, use our quiet study spaces, and prep for midterms with the Viterbi Learning Program. 

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

    Audiences: Graduate

    Contact: Alex Bronz

    Event Link: https://cglink.me/2nB/r392853

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