Pedro Szekely

Creates learning tools that understand data semantics, enabling users to easily transform, integrate and analyze data from heterogeneous sources and services.

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A Publishing Quantum Leap

USC ISI's inaugural Publications Recognition Awards, which honor the achievements of ISI's most outstanding authors, debuted in late July this year.

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The Love Algorithm

ISI data scientists get entangled with eHarmony to engineer the perfect match

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Yolanda Gil to Lead AAAI

ISI artificial intelligence researcher Yolanda Gil has been elected president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the world's premiere organization of AI researchers.

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What's Going On: Lerman's Living Data Lab

August 26, 2016

In late July, Kristina Lerman gave the latest in ISI's "What's Going On" research breakfast series: a dive into social media via her Living Data Lab, which conducts computational analysis of behavioral data. This Friday, August 26, Aram Galstyan will continue the series on forecasting research.

Among Lerman's cheerily presented, if somewhat unsettling, conclusions: Human behavior online is surprisingly predictable and easily nudged in particular directions. Lerman also pointed out that even small changes, like redesigning user interfaces, can noticeably impact how people act online.

The series features research group leaders presenting their work in conversational, TED-talk-like ways that answer the question, "What's going on?" The roughly one-hour sessions aim to introduce ISIers to work taking place outside their immediate groups, foster an Institute-wide sense of community and encourage fresh, cross-disciplinary conversation and collaboration.

Those were certainly the case at Lerman's talk, where lively questions and challenges among the roughly 40 attendees had to be cut short for time reasons. Other speakers to date have been Matthew French on reconfigurable computing and Federico Spedalieri on quantum computing. The series began in May this year and is scheduled to run through March 2017. Still to come: Galsytan, Greg Ver Steeg, Pedro Szekely, Jose Luis Ambite and Craig Knoblock of Intelligent Systems; Jelena Mirkovic and John Heidemann of Internet and Networked Systems; and Andrew Schmidt of Computational Sciences and Technology. Gully Burns is coordinating the series.

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Aug 30Fei Sha, UCLA Department of Computer ScienceAI Seminar

Large-scale Zero-Shot Learning

11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Sep 07David Kale, USCAI SEMINAR

Computational Phenotyping: Combining Big Data, Flexible Models, and Domain Knowledge

11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Sep 15Rudi Studer Institutes AIFB/KSRI, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany & FZI Research Center for Information Technology at KIT, Karlsruhe, GermanyAI Seminar

Flexible Management of Event Processing Applications for the (Industrial) Internet of Things

11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
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Feature Story

What's Going On: Lerman's Living Data Lab

August 26, 2016

In late July, Kristina Lerman gave the latest in ISI's "What's Going On" research breakfast series: a dive into social media via her Living Data Lab, which conducts computational analysis of behavioral data. This Friday, August 26, Aram Galstyan will continue the series on forecasting research.

Among Lerman's cheerily presented, if somewhat unsettling, conclusions: Human behavior online is surprisingly predictable and easily nudged in particular directions. Lerman also pointed out that even small changes, like redesigning user interfaces, can noticeably impact how people act online.

The series features research group leaders presenting their work in conversational, TED-talk-like ways that answer the question, "What's going on?" The roughly one-hour sessions aim to introduce ISIers to work taking place outside their immediate groups, foster an Institute-wide sense of community and encourage fresh, cross-disciplinary conversation and collaboration.

Those were certainly the case at Lerman's talk, where lively questions and challenges among the roughly 40 attendees had to be cut short for time reasons. Other speakers to date have been Matthew French on reconfigurable computing and Federico Spedalieri on quantum computing. The series began in May this year and is scheduled to run through March 2017. Still to come: Galsytan, Greg Ver Steeg, Pedro Szekely, Jose Luis Ambite and Craig Knoblock of Intelligent Systems; Jelena Mirkovic and John Heidemann of Internet and Networked Systems; and Andrew Schmidt of Computational Sciences and Technology. Gully Burns is coordinating the series.

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