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Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, University of Southern California


Welcome to USC's chapter of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence! We are a group of students at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles who are passionate, eager, and excited about artificial intelligence — and about strengthening its ties to the community at USC and in the surrounding area.

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Technical Workshops

We host lectures about exciting new research in AI. Past presenters include distinguished USC faculty and researchers at the Information Sciences Institute and the Institute for Creative Technologies. We also offer technical workshops for our members to gain exposure to AI algorithms, methods, and embedded systems mediums through small DIY projects.

Corporate Networking

We arrange information sessions that allow companies of varying industries to recruit our members for employment opportunities in applied artificial intelligence. Recruiters in entertainment, defense, and commercial sectors have presented information sessions to our chapter, including JPL, Northrop Grumman, and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Social Events

Outside of courses and professional and technical events, we see a value in allowing our members to engage amongst themselves, as we hope that they may build lasting relationships as classmates, colleagues, and friends. Previous events include movie nights and an outing to a hobbyist robotics manufacturer.


We wants to foster community through competitions. With game competitions and hackathons, we plan on making people become connected by forming teams and fighting to be the best. Who knows, they might become best friends.

Ziran (Robert) Wu


I'm a junior at the University of Southern California studying Electrical Engineering. After going to a dozen hackathons, I realized that I love both hardware and software. I interned at Microsoft during the summer, writing Computer Vision prototypes. Let's make this year great!

Akshay Aggarwal

Vice President

I’m from Cupertino, CA. I’m pursuing my Master’s degree in Computer Science after getting my undergraduate degree from USC in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Computer Science. I think that AI will pave the way to a more efficient, more advanced future, and I want to help build this future however I can. Currently, I’m in charge of Data Science for an on-demand, last-mile food delivery company, EnvoyNow, and I’m participating in a research project for applying Machine Learning to the Medical Industry.

Nilay Chheda

Professional Outreach Chair

I am a Computer Science master's student specializing in "Data Science". My academic interests include next generation big data systems and various fields of Artificial Intelligence used for Data Analysis especially deep learning. Before joining USC in Fall 2015, I used to program kernel software of Audio subsystem for Qualcomm Snapdragon used in Windows Phone. In free time, I love to follow my passion for various hardware and software technologies, enjoy Sci-Fi movies/TV shows and stay fit by doing Yoga and Swimming.

Sang Woon (Ben) Lee

Events Chair

I am an international student from South Korea and currently Junior studying Computer Engineering & Computer Science. I worked in USC Robotics Interaction Research Lab last year and in Sony PlayStation last summer. I love making IoT Projects and chat bots.

Eugene Laksana

Student Involvement Chair

Senior computer science major. My interests lie in utilizing machine learning techniques to detect behavior abnormalities through multimodal communication signals. I currently work at the USC Institute of Creative Technologies as a directed student researcher in the Behavior Analytics and Machine Learning group under Stefan Scherer.

Jagannathan Ramanujam

Faculty Outreach Chair

I am currently studying Masters in CS. I worked with Watson Research over the summer. I love researching into artificial general intelligence and the confluence of AI and Psychology.

Piyush Gupta

Project Manager

I am a graduate student pursuing Master in Computer Science(Data Science) at USC. I love to play around with data by using several Machine Learning and Natural Language processing Algorithms. I follow most new developments in the field of AI and ML, which always intensified my thirst for knowledge. For fun, I love to go on hiking , river rafting and exploring new places

Sagar Punhani


I am a Junior studying Computer Engineering and Computer Science. Robots have excited me since I was a child, and I cannot wait to see how the technology in this field develops. Additionally, I am very interested in chat bots as they can really revolutionize how we interact with the world. I am itching to see how AI evolves with our new robots and chat bots and how our world becomes every more automized.

Durga Ravichandran


I am a graduate student doing my Masters in Computer Science at USC. I am a machine learning enthusiast and love to code and implement natural language processing algorithms/ applications. Singing is my passion and I love Indian Music!!! Work in artificial intelligence never fails to amaze me and I wish to contribute to cutting-edge technologies in this field that have a positive impact on the society.

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