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USC-Meta Middle Brings Progress to AI Schooling and Analysis – USC Viterbi

USC-Meta Middle Brings Progress to AI Schooling and Analysis – USC Viterbi
USC-Meta Middle Brings Progress to AI Schooling and Analysis – USC Viterbi

Middle director Murali Annavaram (second from proper) and affiliate director Meisam Razaviyayn (far proper) hosted the occasion (PHOTO CREDIT: USC Viterbi)

On Could 23rd, the USC-Meta Middle for Analysis and Schooling in AI and Machine Studying hosted its first main occasion. The middle was established in Fall of 2021 with the purpose of addressing the technological challenges associated to creating AI and machine studying sustainable, environment friendly, and scalable. Practically 100 attendees together with, Meta representatives and USC Viterbi college students and school who work within the AI and Machine Studying areas, attended the workshop and poster session.

“Our middle recognized 4 pillars of assist we will present to the following era of AI and Machine Studying researchers and business leaders,” stated Murali Annavaram, Professor of Electrical and Laptop Engineering and the middle’s inaugural director. “These pillars, analysis, instructing, fellowships, and outreach, had been all addressed at this inaugural in-person occasion.”


Seventeen USC Viterbi college students shared their analysis in AI and Machine Studying with guests from Meta (PHOTO CREDIT: USC Viterbi)

The analysis focus of the occasion centered on a sequence of ML displays on the effectivity, safety, and privateness of machine studying algorithms, adopted by an in-depth poster session. A complete of 25 PhD college students shared their analysis with the visiting Meta group. These occasions allowed Meta guests to get a greater understanding of the breadth and depth of labor already being carried out at USC Viterbi in AI and Machine Studying. The face-to-face nature of the session allowed business representatives to ask questions and collaborate with researchers on future concepts.

“USC Viterbi already has a robust presence in AI and Machine Studying analysis, which is why we had been chosen to ascertain this middle,” stated Meisam Razaviyayn, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Techniques Engineering, and the middle’s Affiliate Director. “The analysis periods are an ideal alternative to showcase our energy to our Meta companions and to ascertain future collaborations.”

“The occasion was an ideal alternative to attach with people in business and trade concepts. It was good to current my work to individuals who would possibly be capable of apply our algorithms in follow to assist defend individuals’s privateness, at Meta and past,” stated PhD pupil and presenter Andrew Lowy.


As the sphere of AI and Machine Studying grows and know-how continues to enhance, instructing and programs that handle this space can and should evolve alongside it. At this workshop, the USC-Meta middle introduced two necessary curriculum enhancements that can higher put together college students for analysis and work in these fields. {The electrical} and pc engineering division is including techniques and implementation-oriented ML course choices within the close to future (pending college approvals) and the commercial and techniques engineering division is considerably enhancing the curriculum of the Masters in Analytics program.


Middle leaders introduced the inaugural cohort of six new MS fellowship recipients, a primary of its variety at USC. In actual fact, these fellowships symbolize the primary complete, all-tuition paid fellowships for MS college students with numerous and rigorous educational backgrounds. The awards additionally will foster range and inclusion amongst MS college students working in related areas of analysis.

“The beneficiant assist of the USC Meta Middle has offered a useful alternative for Masters college students to pursue their ardour for AI,” stated Camillia Lee, USC Viterbi Affiliate Dean of Graduate Admission. “The USC Meta fellowship will play a significant function in attaining the Viterbi College’s purpose of constant to draw among the most proficient and numerous college students within the nation, and put together them for future careers in AI and machine studying.”


Throughout the middle’s board assembly, USC Viterbi and Meta mentioned the significance of enhancing mentorship and assist to college students who’re a part of the middle or supported by middle fellowships. The group agreed that outreach on this space ought to be expanded past PhD college students to additionally embody MS, undergraduate college students, and Okay-12 college students.

In collaboration with USC Viterbi’s SURE (summer season undergraduate analysis expertise) program, the middle will assist a number of undergraduate pupil researchers visiting USC this summer season. That program, which sees college students from all around the nation come to campus to be uncovered to engineering analysis, will now get pleasure from extra assist from the USC-Meta middle. 5 highschool college students will even be supported and mentored by the middle this summer season as a part of USC Viterbi’s SHINE program. Leaders of each these applications had been fast to reward the middle’s assist.

“Any such assist, mentorship, and encouragement is transformative for college kids who’re underrepresented in STEM,” stated Katie Mills, co-director of the USC Viterbi Okay-12 STEM Middle. “SHINE alumni go on to main analysis universities, majoring in STEM, with a robust sense of the advantages to society of analysis and know-how. The USC Meta Middle is making these alternatives extra out there on the native degree.”

“The extra monetary assist for SURE from the USC-Meta middle will enable us to convey much more college students into this program and allow us to focus much more on the necessary and rising fields of AI and Machine studying,” stated Andy Jones-Liang, affiliate director of educational companies.

Regardless of the already nice progress made within the nascent 5 months because the inception of the middle, the middle administrators have a imaginative and prescient to convey educational and business researchers in ML to collaborate on compelling societal challenges and to offer mentoring assist for the following era of ML engineers.

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