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Friday, September 14, 2018

Reading Matters

Workshop | September 14 – 15, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 The Program in Critical Theory, Department of Comparative Literature, Center for Race and Gender, Department of English, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Department of French, Department of Political Science, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Rhetoric, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of

[This is a multiday event. Please see below for important details regarding participation and schedule. Event flyer is also included below.]

Articulating and performing a mode of reading that responds to the challenges of the present has been a constant endeavor not only in literary studies, but in all academic disciplines. Technological and scientific developments require us to...   More >

 Seminar participation requires completing preselected readings beforehand.

Representation Learning with Contrastive Predictive Coding

Seminar | September 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Aaron van den Oord, Research Scientist, Deepmind


Representation Learning with Contrastive Predictive Coding

While supervised learning has enabled great progress in many applications, unsupervised learning has not seen such widespread adoption, and remains an important and challenging endeavor for artificial intelligence. In this work, we propose a universal unsupervised learning approach to extract useful representations...   More >

Preparing for the job search: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | September 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Andrew Green, PhD Counselor, Berkeley Career Center

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The Struggle for Labour's Soul: A Book Talk with Matt Beech

Presentation | September 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Matt Beech, IES Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull

 Institute of European Studies, Anglo-American Studies Program

IES Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull, Dr. Matt Beech FRHistS, FRSA, will speak about his new book.

The Struggle for Labour's Soul: Understanding Labour's Political Thought Since 1945 (Routledge, 2018) is a revised second edition of this well known and highly regarded volume by politicians and leading scholars of the British Labour...   More >

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief (BEUHS664)

Workshop | September 14 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Laurie Ferris, Yoga Instructor, Be Well at Work - Wellness Program

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of movement, soothe your back, and grant you increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn how pranayama breathing can enhance your practice, and help liberate your mind in surprising ways. Yoga mats are provided, or you can bring your own. Comfortable clothing and bare feet recommended.

  Register online

The Info-Metrics Framework in Pictures

Seminar | September 14 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 248 Giannini Hall

 Amos Golan, American University

 Agricultural & Resource Economics


Info-metrics is the science of modeling, reasoning, and drawing inferences under conditions of noisy and insufficient information. It is at the intersection of information theory, statistical inference, and decision-making under uncertainty. It plays an important role in helping make informed decisions even when there is inadequate or incomplete information because it provides a...   More >

Harnessing U.S. Health and Retirement Survey Data for Research in the Social Sciences: A Technical Workshop

Workshop | September 14 | 1-4 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Ryan Edwards, Research Associate, UC Berkeley Population Center

 Population Science, Department of Demography

This workshop will focus on harnessing the powerful HRS dataset to assess an array of compelling questions in the social sciences. The objective is to stimulate new research efforts by expanding awareness of the content and structure of the HRS, with an emphasis on inquiries made possible by the secure computing environment.

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Quantum Computing versus Classical Analog Algorithms

Seminar | September 14 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Eli Yablonovitch, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Dept., University of California, Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Recently, at least six well-funded quantum computing startups have emerged, in addition to some large internal efforts in major companies on quantum information processing . It appears that the initial emphasis is not on the Shor Algorithm, which would require billions of qubits, but rather on optimization algorithms that aim to solve the Ising problem, that could possibly be done with as few as...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Metastability for Diffusions

Seminar | September 14 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

It is well-known that diffusions with gradient drifts exhibit metastable behavior. The large deviation estimates of Wentzel-Freidlin and classical Eyring-Kramers Formula give a precise description for such metastable behavior. For non-gradient models, the large-deviation techniques are still applicable, though no rigorous analog of Eyring-Kramers Formula is available. In this talk I give an...   More >

MENA Salon: Saudi Arabia: Image and Reality in an Era of Reform

Workshop | September 14 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Since Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman took power in June 2017, Saudi Arabia has become the center of international media attention on its new found reform agenda–from granting women the right to drive, effective in June 2018, to restricting the powers of the religious police, to new found connections and investments between the Kingdom and Silicon Valley. These reforms have not come without...   More >

The School’s First 50 Years: 1918–1968

Seminar | September 14 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

By 1900 there was an acute need for qualified librarians and no program in the western states to prepare them. At Berkeley, Californiaâs land-grant university, President Wheeler accepted the need but prevented action. The dramatic expansion of public library services around 1910 induced the California State Library to start a school in Sacramento until Berkeley could take over. In Fall 1918 the...   More >

EECS Career Fair and Resume Workshop

Workshop | September 14 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 HP Auditorium

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Learn how to prepare for & navigate an internship or career fair from Katie Crawford, an Engineering focused Career Counselor.

Bring your laptop to work on your résumé as we go.


Logic Colloquium: Elimination and consistency checking for difference equations (even though the theory is undecidable!)

Colloquium | September 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Thomas Scanlon, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In practice, an algebraic difference equation (of $N$ variables) is given by a set Σ of polynomials in the variables $\{ x_{i,j} ~:~ 1 \leq i \leq N, j \in \mathbb N \}$ and one looks for sequences of $N$-tuples of numbers $((a_{1,j})_{j=0}^\infty , …, (a_{N,j})_{j=0}^\infty )$ as solutions in the sense that for each $P \in \Sigma $, the equations $P(a_{1,j}, …, a_{n,j}; a_{1,j+1}, …,...   More >

Dalton Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry: The Chemistry of Nanoscale Phosphides: Building Complex Inorganic “Molecules” with Atom-Level Precision

Seminar | September 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Brandi Cossairt, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington

 College of Chemistry

Our research focuses on solution-processable chemical systems capable of sunlight absorption, color-pure emission, charge transfer, and fuels generation. Towards this end we seek to address fundamental challenges in the field of inorganic chemistry, specifically controlling the composition, structure and function of nanoscale light absorbers and molecular catalysts, and controlling the...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: The p-adic Cohomology of Drinfeld half-spaces

Seminar | September 14 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Koji Shimizu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is a survey talk on the paper “Cohomology of p-adic Stein spaces” by Colmez, Dospinescu and Niziol. Drinfeld half-spaces are a p-adic analogue of the complex upper half-plane, and our goal is to describe p-adic (pro-)etale cohomology of these rigid analytic spaces in terms of Steinberg representations of the general linear group. In this talk, I will explain several key ingredients in...   More >

Colloquium: Jonathan Glasser, College of William and Mary: The Muslim-Jewish Musical Question in Algeria and Its Borderlands

Colloquium | September 14 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Jonathan Glasser is a historical anthropologist whose work focuses on modern North Africa, with particular attention to Algeria and Morocco. His first book, The Lost Paradise: Andalusi Music in Urban North Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2016) explored questions of revival and transmission in an urban performance practice in northwestern Algeria and eastern Morocco. His current project looks...   More >