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Thursday, May 4, 2017

2017 California Transportation Planning Conference

Conference/Symposium | May 3 – 5, 2017 every day |  Walnut Creek Marriott

 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

 Technology Transfer Program

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at University of California, Berkeley present the: 2017 California Transportation Planning Conference, Partnering for Sustainable Transportation: Meeting the Challenge Now and Into the Future.

This three-day conference will provide attendees the opportunity to interact...   More >

 This conference is open to all. We want to especially extend an invitation to those associated with Caltrans (employees, partners, affiliates) as well as those involved in the development and planning of transportation around the state of California.

Computational Challenges in Machine Learning

Workshop | May 1 – 5, 2017 every day |  Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The aim of this workshop will be to bring together a broad set of researchers looking at algorithmic questions that arise in machine learning. The primary target areas will be large-­scale learning and algorithms for Bayesian estimation.

Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology; chair), David Blei (Columbia University), Katherine Heller (Duke University), John Langford...   More >

  Register online

Science to Practice Conference Series: Building the Best Workplace for Health and Well-Being

Conference/Symposium | May 4 | 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Haas School of Business

 College of Environmental Design

Featuring Professor of Architecture Galen Cranz, this one-day conference presents the most up-to-date thinking and validated design strategies for building smarter workplaces that promote both well-being and organizational effectiveness.

RAPDP - Intermediate - FM9 Award Reporting

Course | May 4 | 9-11 a.m. | University Hall, Room 24

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An intermediate workshop that looks at the RA’s responsibilities regarding award reporting, in particulars working with the PI to finalize technical reports and working with CGA to finalize financial reports.

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EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | May 4 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Tan Hall, 775 A/B | Note change in location

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Graduate Symposium on German Medieval Studies

Colloquium | May 4 – 5, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Department of German

Stanford - Wallenberg Hall, Room 433A

10:00 am. Welcome (Coffee and light refreshments)
10:15 am. Session 1
Moderated by Kathrin Gollwitzer, Berkeley
􀁸 Walker Horsfall, Toronto. “Mirrors and Mock
Jousts: Metaphor as Ritual in Frauenlob”
􀁸 Mareike Reisch, Stanford. “sinne und vernunft:
Die bildliche Darstellung eines mittelalterlichen
Modells von Sinneswahrnehmung...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Systems-Aware Optimization for Machine Learning at Scale

Seminar | May 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Virginia Smith, EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

New computing systems have emerged in response to the increasing size and complexity of modern datasets. For best performance, machine learning methods must be designed to closely align with the underlying properties of these systems. In this talk, I illustrate the impact of systems-aware machine learning in the distributed setting, where communication remains the most significant bottleneck. I...   More >

Finding Research Funding: BRDO Spring Seminar Series for Faculty

Workshop | May 4 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Erica Whitney, Berkeley Research Development Office

 Berkeley Research Development Office

This workshop will describe the mechanisms that federal agencies and private foundations use to fund research and teach methods for finding opportunities to apply for.

Survival of the Fittest: the Impact of the Minimum Wage on Restaurant Closures

Seminar | May 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Dara Lee Luca, Mathematica Policy Research; Michael Luca, Harvard Business School

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

Opponents of minimum wage increases have long worried about their impact on restaurants, which often rely on low-wage workers. Dara Lee Luca and Michael Luca will present research on raising the minimum wage in cities such as San Francisco, where they find that higher wages have come with increased rates of restaurant closure. Struggling, poorly-rated restaurants are especially vulnerable when...   More >

IB Seminar: Disease transmission through the lens of fluid dynamics

Seminar | May 4 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Lydia Bourouiba, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Integrative Biology

Dissertation Talk: Polynomial Proof Systems, Effective Derivations, and their Applications in the Sum-of-Squares Hieararchy

Seminar | May 4 | 1-2 p.m. | 606 Soda Hall

 Benjamin Weitz, Berkeley EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The Sum-of-Squares (SOS) SDP Hierarchy has recently emerged as a powerful tool for approximation algorithms, tensor recovery problems, and more. Because it is relatively new, we still do not know the answer to even very basic questions about the hierarchy. For example, we do not even know when the SOS SDP is guaranteed to run correctly in polynomial time! We would also like to know when the SOS...   More >

Seminar 251, Labor: RRR Week

Seminar | May 4 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Department of Economics

Special Topology Seminar: The geometry of the cyclotomic trace

Seminar | May 4 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Aaron Mazel-Gee, Oklahoma State Univ.

 Department of Mathematics

Algebraic K-theory is a deep and far-reaching invariant, but it is notoriously difficult to compute. To date, the primary means of understanding K-theory is through its "cyclotomic trace" map K — > TC to topological cyclic homology. This map is usually advertised as an analog of the Chern character, but this is something of a misnomer: TC is a further refinement of any flavor of de Rham...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Fast Approximation Algorithms for Positive Linear Programs

Seminar | May 4 | 2-3 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Di Wang

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Positive linear programs (LPs) are LPs formulated with non-negative coefficients,
non-negative constraints and non-negative variables. This class of LPs models a wide range of fundamental problems in combinatorial optimization and operations research, thus have long drawn interest in theoretical computer science. Notable special cases include packing LPs and covering LPs, which apply to most...   More >

Sculpting the nervous system: Cellular and molecular mechanismsof neural circuit refinement

Seminar | May 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Karen Zito, University of California, Davis

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "In-fill Asymptotic Theory for Structural Break Point in Autoregression: A Unified Theory"

Seminar | May 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jun Yu, Singapore Management University

 Department of Economics

Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis: ““Unions and inequality over the twentieth century: New evidence from survey data”"

Seminar | May 4 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Haas School of Business, C325 Cheit Hall

 Ilyana Kuziemko, Princeton, Haas School of Business

 Haas School of Business

Part of the Haas School's Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

Applied Algebra Seminar: Algebraic Approaches to the Belgian Chocolate Problem

Seminar | May 4 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Zachary Charles, University of Wisconsin

 Department of Mathematics

Control theory is concerned with systems that have built-in feedback that regulates their behavior. Control theorists study when the resulting feedback loop is stable. We will present the Belgian Chocolate Problem, a famous open problem concerning the stabilization of such systems. The problem asks for which values of a process parameter we can stabilize a specific feedback loop. In contrast to...   More >