Thursday, May 4, 2017
Conference/Symposium | May 3 – 5, 2017 every day | Walnut Creek Marriott
2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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.
Workshop | May 1 – 5, 2017 every day | Calvin Laboratory (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 >
Conference/Symposium | May 4 | 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business
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.
Course | May 4 | 9-11 a.m. | University Hall, Room 24
Synopsis: An intermediate workshop that looks at the RAs responsibilities regarding award reporting, in particulars working with the PI to finalize technical reports and working with CGA to finalize financial reports.
Course | May 4 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Tan Hall, 775 A/B | Note change in location
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 >
Colloquium | May 4 – 5, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
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 >
Seminar | May 4 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall
Virginia Smith, 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 >
Workshop | May 4 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall
Erica Whitney, 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.
Seminar | May 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall
Seminar | May 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room
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 >
Seminar | May 4 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building
Lydia Bourouiba, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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
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 | May 4 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall
Aaron Mazel-Gee, Oklahoma State Univ.
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 >
Seminar | May 4 | 2-3 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall
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 >
Seminar | May 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center
Karen Zito, University of California, Davis
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
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
Part of the Haas School's Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis
Seminar | May 4 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Zachary Charles, University of Wisconsin
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 >