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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Mon, Dec 05, 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/

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    Contact: Corporate and Professional Programs

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

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  • PhD Defense- Sebastien Arnold

    Mon, Dec 05, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    Committee: Maja Mataric, Fei Sha, Salman Avestimehr, Jesse Thomason, Stefanos Nikolaidis.

    Title: Quickly solving new tasks, with meta-learning and without
    - Date: Monday 12/5 at 10am PT on


    Zoom: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96456583921?pwd=VHZTbTRZYnAzSkErY2RzenpSY1ZGZz09
    - Abstract (shortened):

    The success of modern machine learning (ML) stems from the unreasonable effectiveness of large data. But what about niche tasks with limited data? Some methods are able to quickly solve those tasks by first pretraining ML models on many generic tasks in a way that lets them quickly adapt to unseen new tasks. Those methods are known to ``learn how to learn\'\' and thus fall under the umbrella of meta-learning. While meta-learning can be successful, the inductive biases that enable fast adaptation remain poorly understood.

    This thesis takes a first step towards an understanding of meta-learning, and reveals a set of guidelines which help design novel and improved methods for fast adaptation. Our core contribution is a study of the solutions found by meta-learning. We uncover the working principles that let them adapt so quickly: their parameters partition into three groups, one to compute task-agnostic features, another for task-specific features, and a third that accelerates adaptation to new tasks.

    Building on those insights we introduce several methods to drastically speed up adaptation.
    We propose Kronecker-factored meta-optimizers which significantly improve post-adaptation performance of models that are otherwise too small to meta-learn. We also show how to apply our insights to a visual reinforcement learning setting where meta-learning is impractical. Freezing task-agnostic parameters and adapting task-specific ones with policy-induced self-supervision enables adaptation to unseen tasks with large feature extractors pretrained on generic vision datasets.

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/96456583921?pwd=VHZTbTRZYnAzSkErY2RzenpSY1ZGZz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • PhD Defense - Yuchen Lin

    Mon, Dec 05, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    PhD Candidate: Yuchen Lin

    Title: Evaluating and Improving the Commonsense Reasoning Ability of Language Models

    Committee: Xiang Ren (chair), Ram Nevatia, Yan Liu, Toby Mintz

    Date & Time: Dec 5th (Monday) from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

    Zoom: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91622202680?pwd=cUFNbzY2OXYyTFpuaFVIZHlTWEtLUT09


    Abstract:
    Large pre-trained language models have become the foundation models for natural language processing. Some LMs (e.g., GPT-3) show the potential to acquire general language intelligence. However, we find that they can still make mistakes because they lack commonsense knowledge and reasoning ability, which are of vital significance in developing human-level general AI systems. In this talk, I will introduce how we can better evaluate and improve the commonsense reasoning (CSR) ability of LMs. Prior works mainly use mask-based probing and multiple-choice QA for evaluation. Their limitations prevent us from comprehensively measuring the CSR ability of LMs. To this end, I will present several benchmarks that aim to measure CSR ability in terms of open-endedness, generalization, and robustness, which are three key dimensions that are missing from the prior evaluation protocols. Then, I will introduce CSR methods that improve LMs by incorporating external knowledge. The external knowledge can be either structured graphs (e.g., ConceptNet) or unstructured text (e.g., GenericsKB), or even implicit as input-output pairs. Finally, I will briefly introduce a few interesting future directions for CSR.

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/91622202680?pwd=cUFNbzY2OXYyTFpuaFVIZHlTWEtLUT09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • PhD Thesis Proposal - Jingyao Ren

    Mon, Dec 05, 2022 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    PhD Candidate: Jingyao Ren

    Committee: Sven Koenig, Gaurav Sukhatme, Stefanos Nikolaidis, Feifei Qian(ECE Department), Nora Ayanian(Brown University)

    Title: Algorithm Selection and Empirical Hardness of Multi Agent Pathfinding Problems

    Abstract:
    Solving the Multi-Agent Path Finding (MAPF) problem optimally is known to be NP-Hard for both make-span and total arrival time minimization. While many algorithms have been developed to solve MAPF problems, there is no dominating optimal MAPF algorithm that works well in all types of problems and no standard guidelines for when to use which algorithm.
    In this work, we develop the deep convolutional network MAPFAST (Multi-Agent Path Finding Algorithm SelecTor), which takes a MAPF problem instance and attempts to select the fastest algorithm to use from a portfolio of algorithms. We improve the performance of our model by including single-agent shortest paths in the instance embedding given to our model and by utilizing supplemental loss functions in addition to a classification loss. We evaluate our model on a large and diverse dataset of MAPF instances, showing that it outperforms all individual algorithms in its portfolio as well as the state-of-the-art optimal MAPF algorithm selector. We also provide an analysis of algorithm behavior in our dataset to gain a deeper understanding of optimal MAPF algorithms\' strengths and weaknesses to help other researchers leverage different heuristics in algorithm designs. Several ongoing projects are also proposed affiliated with detailed analysis such as using more advanced MAPF instance encoding techniques, Graph Neural Network based approach and utilizing the empirical hardness of MAPF to boost the performance of algorithm selectors.

    This proposal will be hosted virtually. Zoom link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/6164522905

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/6164522905

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Tue, Dec 06, 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

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

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Wed, Dec 07, 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/

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    Contact: Corporate and Professional Programs

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

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  • CS Colloquium: Alexis E. Block (UCLA) - Towards enhanced social-physical human-robot interaction

    Wed, Dec 07, 2022 @ 01:00 PM - 02:20 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Alexis E. Block, University of California, Los Angeles

    Talk Title: Towards enhanced social-physical human-robot interaction

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: Hugs are one of the first forms of contact and affection humans experience. Receiving a hug is one of the best ways to feel socially supported, and the lack of social touch can have severe adverse effects on an individual\'s well-being. Due to the prevalence and health benefits of hugging, we were interested in creating robots that can hug humans as seamlessly as humans hug other humans. However, hugs are complex affective interactions that need to adapt to the height, body shape, and preferences of the hugging partner, and they often include intra-hug gestures like squeezes. In this talk, I\'ll present the eleven design guidelines of natural and enjoyable robotic hugging that informed the creation of a series of hugging robots that use visual and haptic perception to provide enjoyable interactive hugs. Then, I\'ll share how each of the four presented HuggieBot versions is evaluated by measuring how users emotionally and behaviorally respond to hugging it. Next, I\'ll briefly touch on how HuggieBot 4.0 is explicitly compared to a human hugging partner using physiological measures. Finally, I\'ll share some future directions of my research in the area of social-physical human-robot interaction.

    Alexis E. Block will give her talk in person at GFS 207 and we will also host the talk in real-time over Zoom.

    Register in advance for this webinar at:

    https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FreWz9MXRQ6XUCLTV096hA

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


    Biography: Alexis E. Block is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she is funded by a postdoctoral Computing Innovation Fellowship (CI Fellows) from the US National Science Foundation. She received her Bachelor\'s in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, and her Master\'s in Robotics in 2017, also from Penn. Block received her Dr. Sc. in Computer Science from ETH Zürich in August 2021, as part of the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems, supervised by Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, Otmar Hilliges, and Roger Gassert. She was awarded an Otto Hahn Medal from the Max Planck Society for her doctoral work and the Best Hands-On Demonstration at EuroHaptics 2022. Block is currently the General Chair for the Robotics Gordon Research Seminar and organized the 2022 Southern California Robotics Symposium that took place in September. Alexis\'s research has been featured in the New York Times, The Times, IEEE Spectrum (twice), NPR, and Nature Outlook to name a few.


    Host: Heather Culbertson

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FreWz9MXRQ6XUCLTV096hA

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 207

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FreWz9MXRQ6XUCLTV096hA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Department of Computer Science

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  • DEN@Viterbi: How to Apply Virtual Info Session

    Wed, Dec 07, 2022 @ 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    DEN@Viterbi, 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=e856b742c836eab783dbde5f68131b113

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Thu, Dec 08, 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

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

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  • DEN@Viterbi - Online Graduate Engineering Virtual Information Session

    Thu, Dec 08, 2022 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 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/uscviterbi/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec01022d2eb34fa59cae47dd3e0f40a8e

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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  • Repeating EventSix Sigma Black Belt

    Fri, Dec 09, 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

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

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

    Fri, Dec 09, 2022 @ 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    DEN@Viterbi, 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=e0476d891aa3109c5a123788cbaa08cbf

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Corporate & Professional Programs

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