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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.

Khyati Ganatra


I am a Graduate student studying Computer Science. I am more interested towards Data Science. The fields like Natural Language Processing and Machine learning are already having impact in almost every field. Through this association, I would like more and more trojans to get involved into the several activities (academically oriented as well as fun filled) over the year. Let’s make this year awesome!

Pradeep Thalasta

Vice President

I’m a Graduate Student in CS. I’m interested in Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing. I believe AI and bots will have a huge impact in the days to come.

Shengdong Lu

Student Involvement Chair

I am a graduate student majoring in Computer Science. I want to focus on artificial intelligence because I believe that AI is the technology that decides what the future will be. I also would like to know you and your opinion about AI. Come and join us. Let’s change the world together!

Rongpeng(Ron) Li


I am a third year PhD student at USC. I am currently pursuing a PhD degree in physics as well as a master degree in computer science. I am interested in statistical physics, high performance computing and apply artificial intelligence to various fields of application.

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