Two USC Viterbi Students Selected to Participate in 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum

| August 21, 2020

Qinyi Luo and Youwei Zhuo Join 224 Other Students From Across the Globe

Qinyi Luo (left) and Youwei Zhuo (right) with their advisor Xuehai Qian and Onur Mutlu, professor of computer science at ETH Zurich. (PHOTO CREDIT: Xuehai Qian)

Two PhD students from the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering have been selected to attend the prestigious Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF). Youwei Zhuo and Qinyi Luo are part of a select group of 224 young researchers from across the globe who have been given a chance to mingle and exchange ideas with the Laureates; winners of the top prizes in mathematics and computing, including the Abel Award, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize in Computing, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize. Both researchers are doctoral students in Professor Xuehai Qian’s Architecture Lab for Creative High-Performance Energy-Efficient Machines (ALCHEM) where they work on challenges related to big data and machine learning.

Zhuo, whose research focuses on cross-layer optimization to accelerate big data applications, emphasized a pressing challenge he and his fellow researchers face. “With the end of Moore’s Law and the era of big data, we need to solve exponentially harder problems without exponentially more resources – this underscores the need for researchers to have a strong knowledge of both hardware and software,” he said.

Luo’s work focuses on speeding up the training of machine learning models. “In a world where machine learning algorithms are bringing unprecedented convenience and opportunities to more areas of our life, my research can potentially speed up that process,” she said.

This year, HLF will be hosting a virtual event from Monday, September 21st through Friday, September 25th. This online event will include poster sessions, panel discussions and lectures. Young researchers who selected to this year’s virtual forum will also join as participants next year’s in-person forum in Fall, 2021.

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