Research Programmer I - ISI Boston
Apply Viterbi School of Engineering Waltham, Massachusetts
USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) , a unit of the university's
Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and
development of advanced artificial intelligence, information processing,
computing, cybersecurity, and communications technologies. ISI's 400 faculty,
professional staff and graduate students carry out extraordinary information
sciences research at three distinct locations - Marina Del Rey, CA; Arlington,
VA; and Waltham, MA.
This position is located in Waltham, MA.
Information Sciences Institute (ISI) seeks a Research Programmer I. Research
programmers at ISI Boston contribute to research projects involving natural
language understanding, fusion of information from text and video sources, and
the application of pre-trained language models as a knowledge repository.
Research directions for this position include:
Probing the knowledge in a large pre-trained language model and the
ability of the pre-trained language model to learn by reading and to
improve the model's ability to recognize its own uncertainty.
Script discovery from narrative descriptions of events
Predicting what people will do, given a pre-trained language model and
The application of similarity metrics to (i) identify clusters of
mentions of the same event across documents; (ii) automatically
extending discovered scripts; (iii) grounding the events and
participants in a script to terms in external resources (e.g. Wikidata);
(iv) discovering shared sub-units of discovered scripts to build a
library of reusable discovered event sequences; (v) automatic evaluation
and measurement of generative question answering systems; (vi) the
organization of conflicting hypotheses derived from information
Dialogue systems designed specifically to engage with phishing attacks.
Research programmers participate in project meetings, code reviews, the design
of internal experiments to lead to publishable results, and the integration of
internally developed approaches with project goals. ISI offers a flexible work
environment with the possibility of a hybrid work-from-home setup.
Research programmers contribute to shared group tasks including the
maintenance of a project-specific HPC cluster.
Master's degree in computer science or closely related field
Experience in information extraction using machine learning, deep neural
nets for natural language processing
Proficiency in Python or Java
The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to
equal opportunity in employment.
Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined work experience and education as
equivalent Minimum Experience: 1 year Minimum Field of Expertise: Demonstrated
creativity and innovation in solving conceptual programming problems.
Competent to work independently on complex programming.
REQ20107440 Posted Date: 10/06/2021 Apply