<< Week of May 10 >>

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Family Workshop: Kaleidoscope Making

Workshop | May 5 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Join this month’s Family Workshop at the Hearst Museum! Make your own kaleidoscope and learn how changes in vision can affect your perception of reality. This is a drop-in workshop for all ages. Bring the whole family for this activity included free with museum admission.

Find out more about events at the Hearst Museum by going to hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/events.

  RSVP online

Monday, May 6, 2019

Between-individual variation in the human retina ultrastructure: the key for understanding everything from myopia to AMD?

Seminar | May 6 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Rigmor Baraas, OD, PhD, National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care, Department of Optometry, Radiography and Lighting Design, University of South-Eastern Norway, Kongsberg, Norway

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO) have become invaluable tools for mapping the ultrastructure of the retina in living humans. OCT imaging has revealed considerable variation in retinal layer thickness, foveal shape and morphology. AOSLO imaging has revealed large variation in cone mosaics, both peak and eccentricity dependence density...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: LLT Polynomials, k-Schur Functions, and Positivity

Seminar | May 6 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christopher Miller, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Both LLT polynomials and k-Schur functions were derived from the study of Macdonald polynomials, and have proved to be fruitful areas of study. A conjecture due to Haglund and Haiman states that k-bandwidth LLT polynomials expand positively into k-Schur functions. This is trivial in the case k=1 and has been recently proved for k=2. In this talk, I will present a proof for the case k=3. To this...   More >

PERL Seminar: "Moral Tribes: Why Do People Join Armed Groups?"

Seminar | May 6 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 David Qihang Wu, UC Berkeley


Political Economy Research Lunch:PERL is an opportunity for PhD students to present work in progress and receive valuable feedback from faculty and peers.

String-Math Seminar: Searching for Lie groups of the XXI century

Seminar | May 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Andrei Okounkov, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

It has been understood for some time now that many highlights of Lie theory, such as the representation-theoretic theory of special functions, or the Kazhdan–Lusztig theory, have a natural extension to a much broader setting, the boundaries of which are yet to be explored. In this extension, the focus is shifting from a group \(G\) to various classes of algebraic varieties that possess the key...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Divisor complements in Calabi-Yau symplectic manifolds

Seminar | May 6 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 384H STANFORD

 Umut Varolgunes, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

Let $(M,\omega )$ be a closed symplectic manifold. Consider a closed symplectic submanifold $D$ whose homology class is a positive multiple of the Poincare dual of $[\omega ]$. The complement of $D$ can be given the structure of a Liouville manifold, with skeleton $S$. We prove that $S$ cannot be displaced from itself inside $M$ by a Hamiltonian isotopy if we assume that $c_1(M)=0$. Under the...   More >

Between Shannon and Hamming: how bad can the channel be?: BLISS Seminar

Seminar | May 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Anand Sarwate, Rutgers

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The information theory community has traditionally studied two different models for communication. The Shannon-theoretic model treats the channel’s impact as random, so codes must correct almost all error patterns of a given weight; this is an average-case analysis. The coding-theoretic (Hamming-theoretic?) model treats the channel as adversarial, so codes must correct all error patterns of a...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Moduli spaces of spherical surfaces with conical singularities

Seminar | May 6 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Dmitri Panov, University College London

 Department of Mathematics

A spherical surface with $n$ conical singularities is a surface $S$ with cone points $x_1, \dots ,x_n$ and a metric $g$, such that $g$ has curvature 1 on the complement $S \setminus (x_1,...,x_n)$ and has a conical singularity of angle $2\pi (\theta _i)$ at each $x_i$. Moduli spaces of spherical metrics with fixed angles are intriguing objects. Up to very recently the most basic questions about...   More >

Quantitative chemical imaging in live cells

Seminar | May 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Yamuna Krishnan, The University of Chicago

 College of Chemistry

A French Revolution for the Third Millennium?: The Reimagining of Higher Education in Contemporary France

Colloquium | May 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 1215 Berkeley Way West

 Grace Neville

 Human Resources

In 2009 the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, invited two highly respected, leading French politicians, Michel Rocard and Alain Juppé, both former Prime Ministers, one centre-left and the other centre-right, to identify the national priorities to be followed over the ensuing years. The Rocard-Juppé report was accepted by the French parliament with immediate effect. Most of its initial budget...   More >

A French Revolution for the Third Millennium?: The Reimagining of Higher Education in Contemporary France

Colloquium | May 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215 (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Grace Neville, University College Cork / National University of Ireland

 Graduate School of Education

In 2009 the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, invited two highly respected, leading French politicians, Michel Rocard and Alain Juppé, both former Prime Ministers, one centre-left and the other centre-right, to identify the national priorities to be followed over the ensuing years. The Rocard-Juppé report was accepted by the French parliament with immediate effect. Most of its initial budget...   More >

IB Finishing Talk: Title to be announced

Seminar | May 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building | Canceled

 Lindsey Hendricks-Franco, UCB (Sousa Lab)

 Department of Integrative Biology

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Quantum topology from symplectic geometry

Seminar | May 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 383N STANFORD

 Vivek Shende, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The discovery of the Jones polynomial in the early 80s was the beginning of "quantum topology": the introduction of various invariants which, in one sense or another, arise from quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. There are many mathematical constructions of these invariants, but they all share the defect of being first defined in terms of a knot diagram, and only subsequently shown by...   More >

Space Tech Symposium 2.0 at Berkeley: Hosted by Space Technologies at Cal

Conference/Symposium | May 6 | 4:30-8:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Space Technologies at Cal, Berkeley SkyDeck

Come expand your network at Space Tech Symposium 2.0 @ Berkeley (https://stac.berkeley.edu/sts2) on May 6 by meeting researchers, CEOs of the hottest space startups, and Berkeley faculty as they discuss their visions for the future of space development.

Mobility between space and non-space fields is at an all-time high and we'd love to have you join this conversation. Panelists from NASA,...   More >

$10 Student Tickets, $30 Industry / Faculty Tickets

  Buy tickets online

Join us on May 6th for Space Tech Symposium!

Mobile Augmented Reality Makers Panel

Panel Discussion | May 6 | 6:30-9 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.)

 Mayan Shay May-Raz, Augmented Reality SDK Product Manager, Lenovo; Nicholas Butko, Director of Engineering, 8th Wall; Rigel Benton, Interaction Designer, 8th Wall

 Sheng Huang, Head o Business Operations & Partnerships, Sturfee

 UC Berkeley Extension

Come join fellow Augmented Reality and Computer Vision/Machine Learning folks and learn about the world of mobil augmented reality.

  Register online

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Psychology Department Annual Poster Session

Presentation | May 7 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Department of Psychology

You’re cordially invited to come to the 2019 psychology poster session, where our 2nd year graduate and honors students will present their newest research. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

BIO Express Travel Signature Day

Workshop | May 7 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | International House, Hall of History | Note change in location

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Berkeley International Office has set aside this special day for *express* travel signatures just for you! Stop by any time during the hours below to get your documents signed on the spot (please read below—""Do You Really Need a Travel Signature?"").

Come to the I-House Great Hall during the following days and times for your Express Travel Signature.
Tuesday, May 7, 10am -...   More >

Twists and Ripples: Self-Organization of 1- and 2D Structures into New Multi-Functional Materials

Seminar | May 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Assistant Professor Sameh Tawfick, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: The bottom-up synthesis and self-organization of precisely engineered 1D and 2D materials enables new multi-functional designs. In particular, owing to their low dimensionality, the use of carbon nanotubes and graphene in load-bearing materials requires deep understanding of their mechanics from the atomic to micron scales.

I will demonstrate extremely reconfigurable materials made...   More >

Webnet: What a UC Berkeley Webdev needs to know

Workshop | May 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library


 Director of Staff Learning and Development

Zed Lopez, Web Architect, Office of Communications and Public Affairs will talk about campus and UC policies, accessibility, technologies, and just plain what to request from whom. A web developer at UC Berkeley needs to know a lot. Join us for this brief survey of what we need to know and more importantly, where to find more.

Please feel free to bring your lunch to the meeting. Please keep it...   More >

Building Teams: BPM204

Workshop | May 7 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Kathy Mendonca

 Human Resources

The content covers the characteristics of and the tools necessary for building an effective team.

Dissertation Talk: On Systems and Algorithms for Distributed Machine Learning

Presentation | May 7 | 1-2 p.m. | 521 Cory Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The advent of algorithms capable of leveraging vast quantities of data and computational resources has led to the proliferation of systems and tools aimed to facilitate the development and usage of these algorithms. Hardware trends, including the end of Moore's Law and the maturation of cloud computing, have placed a premium on the development of scalable algorithms designed for parallel...   More >

Seminar 237/281: Macro/International Seminar - "Fiscal Rules and Discretion under Limited Enforcement"

Seminar | May 7 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Pierre Yared, Professor of Business, Columbia University

 Department of Economics

We study a fiscal policy model in which the government is present-biased towards public spending. Society chooses a fiscal rule to trade off the benefit of committing the government to not overspend against the benefit of granting it flexibility to react to privately observed shocks to the value of spending. Unlike prior work, we examine rules under limited enforcement: the government has full...   More >

  RSVP by emailing Joseph G. Mendoza at jgmendoza@berkeley.edu

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Collaborating Effectively in the Workplace

Workshop | May 8 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Sara Thacker, Staff Ombuds Office

 Staff Ombuds Office

To be successful in the rapidly changing workplace, where jobs and people change fast – staff must be able to collaborate with a variety of people within and outside the organization who have the skills, resources, and influence to tackle increasing complex challenges. Collaboration is a skill and a set of practices that are rarely taught in the workplace. In this course staff will learn about...   More >

ICBS Seminar

Seminar | May 8 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1217

 Anca Dragan, EECS; Emily Cooper, Vis Science

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Optimal Robot Action for and around People, Anca Dragon

3D Vision in Natural Environments, Emily Cooper

Contact lens optics and binocular vision in childhood myopia

Seminar | May 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  100 Minor Addition

 Kate Gifford, Clinical Optometrist - Gerry & Johnson Optometrists, Visiting Research Fellow - Queensland University of Technology (QUT) School of Optometry and Vision Science

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

A globally growing prevalence of myopia has led to increasing investigation and development of optical corrections which slow its progression. Overnight orthokeratology (OK, also known as corneal reshaping) and multifocal soft contact lenses (MFSCLs) show the most consistent results for reducing axial and refractive progression in childhood myopia, by around 50%, with only some understanding of...   More >

The James R. Boyce Housing Studio Symposium

Conference/Symposium | May 8 | 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Please join the Terner Center for Housing Innovation and the College of Environmental Design for a panel discussion, networking lunch, and presentation of student work focused on developing and supporting affordable housing.

Dissertation Talk: Learning to Predict Human Behavior from Video

Seminar | May 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 337A Cory Hall

 College of Engineering

In recent times, the field of computer vision has made great progress with recognizing and tracking people and their activities in videos. However, for systems designed to interact dynamically with humans, tracking and recognition are insufficient; the ability to predict behavior is requisite. In this talk, I will present my work on learning to make predictions from visual input. Using team...   More >

No MVZ Lunch Seminar: Tba

Seminar | May 8 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library


 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Mad cows and crazy proteins: understanding how the prion protein folds and misfolds at the single-molecule level

Seminar | May 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Michael T. Woodside, University of Alberta

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Prion diseases like "mad cow" disease are caused by the protein PrP, which forms an incorrect structure that is both toxic to neurons and infectious, in the sense that it can propagate the misfolding. The mechanisms by which misfolded PrP forms and spreads remain poorly understood. I will discuss our studies of PrP misfolding in the single-molecule regime, using high-resolution optical tweezers...   More >

UCOP Virtual Career Series: Your Culture + Your Career

Workshop | May 8 | 12-1 p.m. |  Virtual

 Cal Alumni Association, University of California Office of the President

This high-impact, online series is designed to provide UC alumni with the insights, information, and connections to launch, grow and expand your career opportunities.

Communication Skills to Support Your Quiet Teens (BEUHS372)

Workshop | May 8 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 April Snow

 Jessica Weikers

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Many parents are looking for more connection, communication and clarity when interacting with their Quiet Teens, but don’t know how to reach them or be a more central figure in their lives. In this dynamic workshop led by two teen therapists, you will learn how to feel more confident engaging in open conversations with your teen that don’t feel forced, invasive, or strained. When parents and...   More >

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Be Well at Work: Communication Skills to Support Your Quiet Teen

Workshop | May 8 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 April Snow; Jessica Weikers

 Human Resources

Many parents are looking for more connection, communication and clarity when interacting with their Quiet Teens, but don’t know how to reach them or be a more central figure in their lives. In this dynamic workshop led by two teen therapists, you will learn how to feel more confident engaging in open conversations with your teen that don’t feel forced, invasive, or strained. When parents and...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Coded Illumination for Multidimensional Quantitative Phase Microscopy

Seminar | May 8 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Visual Computing Lab (VCL)

 Michael Chen, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Imaging biological samples under optical microscopes is challenging, since the absorption is too weak to form images with informative contrast. Besides fluorescent imaging techniques, label-free phase contrast imaging methods have been proposed to greatly improve the contrast of transparent samples. In order to efficiently recover quantitative properties, such as 2D phase projection and 3D...   More >

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: Multilinear Restriction and its Use in Decoupling

Seminar | May 8 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Kevin O'Neill, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Multilinear restriction estimates are an important tool in the proof of the decoupling inequality for the paraboloid. This talk will introduce and provide a heuristic proof of a multilinear restriction estimate, relying on the multilinear Kakeya inequality discussed in last week's talk. If time permits, attention will be given to applications to decoupling and multilinear decoupling (the latter...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Scissor Congruence and Mixed Tate Motives

Seminar | May 8 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Daniil Rudenko, University of Chicago

 Department of Mathematics

Scissor congruence theory of polytopes is an old subject going back to 19th century. One of its first major achievements was appearance of so-called Dehn invariant. This mysterious invariant could be properly understood and generalized in the context of the theory of mixed Hodge structures of mixed Tate type. I will explain this relation and show some applications to hyperbolic geometry.

Last Passage percolation: modulus of continuity and the slow bond problem

Seminar | May 8 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sourav Sarkar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

The talk has two parts. In the first part we will speak on the modulus of
continuity in Poissonian last passage percolation, a model lying in the
KPZ universality class. In the second part we speak on the “slow bond”
model, where Totally Asymmetric Simple Exclusion Process (TASEP) on
$\mathbb{Z}$ (a model which can be thought to simulate a one-way traffic
movement) is modified by adding...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Etale and crystalline companions

Seminar | May 8 | 3:10-5:10 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in date, time, and location

 Kiran Kedlaya, UCSD

 Department of Mathematics

Deligne's "Weil II" paper includes a far-reaching conjecture to the effect that for a smooth variety on a finite field of characteristic $p$, for any prime $\ell $ distinct from $p$, $\ell $-adic representations of the etale fundamental group do not occur in isolation: they always exist in compatible families that vary across $\ell $, including a somewhat more mysterious counterpart for $\ell =p$...   More >

"The Multifaceted Roles of Adipocytes: Therapeutic Targets for Diabetes and Beyond”.

Seminar | May 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Philipp Scherer, UT-Southwestern

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Non-Euclidean tetrahedra, mixed Hodge structures and rational elliptic surfaces

Seminar | May 8 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Daniil Rudenko, University of Chicago

 Department of Mathematics

I will explain how to construct a rational elliptic surface out of every non-Euclidean tetrahedra. This surface "remembers" the trigonometry of the tetrahedron: the length of edges, dihedral angles and the volume can be naturally computed in terms of the surface. The main property of this construction is self-duality: the surfaces obtained from the tetrahedron and its dual coincide. This leads to...   More >

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Multiphase mean curvature flow: From numerical schemes to analysis

Seminar | May 9 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Tim Laux, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Multiphase mean curvature flow has, due to its importance in materials science, received a lot of attention over the last decades. In this talk, I will show how the gradient-flow structure allows to prove convergence results for several numerically relevant schemes, including phase-field models and thresholding schemes in codimensions one and two. The methods combine basic geometric measure...   More >

Botanical Illustration: Flowers with Catherine Watters

Workshop | May 9 – 10, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will focus on flowers and introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.

$190, $175 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Dissertation Talk: Building Interactive Query Systems at Scale

Seminar | May 9 | 10-11 a.m. | 465H Soda Hall

 Anurag Khandelwal, University of California at Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Modern cloud data services aim to support increasingly sophisticated queries with interactive response times. These services can be broadly divided into two categories: read-intensive applications such as web services, and write-intensive applications such as real-time monitoring of event streams. In both cases, supporting sophisticated queries interactively and at scale raises significant...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | May 9 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall | Note change in date

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Dissertation Talk: Faster Algorithms and Graph Structure via Gaussian Elimination

Colloquium | May 9 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 606 Soda Hall

 Aaron Schild

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Applied Math Seminar: Four “better” ways to solve the Navier-Stokes equations: simulation of Richardson pair dispersion, ensemble discretization methods, an auxiliary equation approach for UQ, and filtered regularizations.

Seminar | May 9 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Max Gunzburger, Florida State University

 Department of Mathematics

The facetious and self-serving title refers to four approaches for Navier-Stokes simulations. The first involves the analysis, numerical analysis, and an efficient implementation strategy for a recently proposed fractional Laplacian closure model that accounts for Richardson pair dispersion observed in turbulent flows. The second is the exploitation of accurate and widely applicable ensemble...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Constructive Formal Control Synthesis through Abstraction and Decomposition

Presentation | May 9 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

It is often easier to describe what we want an autonomous system to do rather than how to do it. A control synthesizer bridges that gap by automatically constructing control software so the closed loop dynamics enforce a desired behavior such as safety or reachability. While many specific instances of control synthesis have elegant mathematical solutions, designing tractable algorithms to compute...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | May 9 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Emanuele Colonelli, Chicago Booth

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

Combining C++ and R with Rcpp

Seminar | May 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Sean Wu, Epidemiology

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

This Computational Biology Skills Seminar is taught by graduate students and focuses on software tools, techniques, and libraries that are useful for researchers performing computation and data analysis. There is an emphasis on subjects related to the biological sciences, but many of the techniques are general and the seminar is open to researchers in other disciplines. RSVP for lunch.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | May 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Emily Breza, Harvard

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

The Trouble With Testosterone

Seminar | May 9 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Ignacio Moore, Virginia Tech

 Department of Integrative Biology

Dissertation talk: Untethered Microrobots of the Rolling, Jumping and Flying Kinds

Presentation | May 9 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan room

 Palak Bhushan, EECS Dept, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk we will look at the design of 0.1gram centimeter-scale microbots utilizing different locomotion strategies as a means of transport. The focus won't be on the brain or useful payloads for these bots, but instead on the electro-mechanical design to make these tether-less, which is a necessary precursor to making autonomous microbots.

We start with the design of a micro-ratcheting...   More >

Nanoscale Devices based on Two-dimensional Materials and Ferroelectric Materials

Seminar | May 9 | 1-2 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Dr. Wenjuan Zhu, Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 College of Chemistry

Further scaling of complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) dimensions will soon lead to a tremendous rise in power consumption while limited gain in the performance of integrated circuits. “Beyond-CMOS” devices, based on new materials, device concepts and architectures, can potentially overcome these limitations and further improve the performance, reduce energy consumption, and add novel...   More >

Special Seminar: From signal representations to musical creation: a geometric approach

Seminar | May 9 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Carmine Cella, CNMAT, UC Berkeley Music

 Department of Mathematics

Carmine Emanuele Cella, assistant professor in music and technology at CNMAT, will present work done in the last years in searching good signal representations that permit high-level manipulation of musical concepts. After the definition of a geometric approach to signal representation, the theory of sound-types and its application to music will be presented. Finally, recent research on assisted...   More >

East Bay Science Cafe - the Nature of UC

Presentation | May 9 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Cafe Leila

 1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

 Peggy Fiedler, Director, UC Natural Reserve System; Kathleen M. Wong, Communication Director, UC Natural Reserve System


In the late 1940s, a young University of California researcher watched in dismay as the research plot where he had been studying desert iguanas was bulldozed to build a motel. The experience galvanized him and other UC scientists to establish a library of ecosystems dedicated to research, teaching, and public service. The University of California Natural Reserve System now includes examples of...   More >

Angelo Coast Range Reserve image: Christopher Woodcock

Friday, May 10, 2019

ESPM Graduate Research Symposium

Conference/Symposium | May 10 | 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

The ESPM Graduate Research Symposium is an annual event in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management that celebrates and showcases graduate student research.This year the event will be held on Friday, May 10th, 2019 at the David Brower Center's Goldman Theater. The day’s events will include finishing talks from graduating ESPM PhD students, the ESPM departmental Awards...   More >

Dissertation Talk: The Design and Implementation of Low-Latency Prediction Serving Systems

Seminar | May 10 | 9-10 a.m. | 606 Soda Hall

 Daniel Crankshaw

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Machine learning is being deployed in a growing number of applications which demand real-time, accurate, and cost-efficient predictions under heavy query load. These applications employ a variety of machine learning frameworks and models, often composing several models within the same application. However, most machine learning frameworks and systems are optimized for model training and not...   More >

American Studies Spring Conference 2019

Conference/Symposium | May 10 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Women's Faculty Club

 Christine Rosen, Associate Professor, Haas School of Business; Scott Saul, Professor, English; Alex Craghead, PhD Candidate, Department of Architecture, College of Environmental Design; Chi Elliott, Assistant Professor, African American Studies; Greil Marcus, Visiting Professor, American Studies and English; Tessa Rissacher, Undergraduate Student, English and Theater/Performance Studies

 Mary Ryan, Professor Emeritus, Berkeley and Johns Hopkins

 American Studies

American Studies Spring Conference 2019

Botanical Illustration: Flowers with Catherine Watters

Workshop | May 9 – 10, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will focus on flowers and introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.

$190, $175 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Applied Math Seminar: Integral equation modeling for anomalous diffusion and nonlocal mechanics

Seminar | May 10 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Max Gunzburger, Florida State University

 Department of Mathematics

We use the canonical examples of fractional Laplacian and peridynamics equations to discuss their use as models for nonlocal diffusion and mechanics, respectively, via integral equations with singular kernels. We then proceed to discuss theories for the analysis and numerical analysis of the models considered, relying on a nonlocal vector calculus to define weak formulations in function space...   More >

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

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

 Nadia Qabazard

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be 9/7, Salsa will be 10/19, Hula / Polynesian will be11/2, and Zumba / Salsa will be 12/7. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

  Register online

SLAM: Leading and Negotiating Effectively

Workshop | May 10 | 12:30-5:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

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Dissertation Talk: Towards Automatic Machine Learning Pipeline Design

Presentation | May 10 | 1-2 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Mitar Milutinovic

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In the talk we will present our work in designing components for an AutoML solution.

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: High-Q chalcogenide device platform without direct etching process for non-linear and mid-IR Applications

Seminar | May 10 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Sangyoon Han, Postdoc, KAIST, Korea

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will show our new device platform that defines chalcogenide devices without direct etching process. Using our platform, we have demonstrated chalcogenide resonators with record high (for on-chip chalcogenide devices) Q-factor (1.2 x 10^7) and Brillouin lasers with record low (for on-chip chalcogenide devices) threshold power (2.5mW).

Dissertation Talk: Expert-Level Detection of Acute Intracranial Hemorrhage on Head Computed Tomography using Deep Learning

Presentation | May 10 | 1-2 p.m. |  Sutardja Dai Hall


 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Head CT is the workhorse medical imaging modality used worldwide to diagnose neurologic emergencies. We demonstrated state-of-the-art exam-level classification performance, comparable to that of U.S. board-certified radiologists, in addition to robust localization of abnormalities, both of which are important to this application.

Dissertation Talk: Solving Hard Computational Problems using Oscillator Networks

Seminar | May 10 | 3-4 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540A/B

 Tianshi Wang, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Over the last few years, there has been considerable interest in Ising machines, ie, analog hardware for solving difficult (NP hard/complete) computational problems effectively. We present a new way to make Ising machines using networks of coupled self-sustaining nonlinear oscillators. Our scheme is theoretically rooted in a novel result that connects the phase dynamics of coupled oscillator...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Nathaniel Stookey

Colloquium | May 10 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

First commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony at age 17, Nathaniel Stookey has collaborated with many of the world's great orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The National Symphony, The Toronto Symphony, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and The Hallé Orchestra, where he was...   More >

Solving Hard Computational Problems using Oscillator Networks: PhD Dissertation Talk

Seminar | May 10 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Tianshi Wang, Graduate Student, EECS Department, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

I will show that the phase dynamics of sub-harmonically injection locked coupled oscillator systems are governed by a Lyapunov function that continuizes the Ising Hamiltonian.
This result is used to devise a new Ising machine scheme that can use oscillators from many different physical domains.
A demonstration of a prototype CMOS oscillator-based Ising machine of 240 spins will follow the talk.

Changing Production and Distribution Systems for Mass-Market Cultural Materials and Implications for Stewardship: The Case of Video Materials

Seminar | May 10 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Clifford Lynch

 Information, School of

The way in which video (including âfilmâ) materials are produced and the pathways by which they are distributed have changed radically from the days of VHS or even DVD. This has broad implications for our cultural memory institutions and also for efforts to attempt to even understand patterns of availability of material for libraries, or the stewardship status of materials. Iâll present what I...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Efficient Sampling of SAT and SMT Solutions for Testing and Verification

Seminar | May 10 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Rafael Dutra

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The problem of generating a large number of diverse solutions to a logical constraint has important applications in testing, verification, and synthesis for both software and hardware. The solutions generated could be used as inputs that exercise some target functionality in a program or as random stimuli to a hardware module. The sampling of solutions can be combined with techniques such as fuzz...   More >

Student Hosted Colloquium in Inorganic Chemistry: Using N,O to get to Yes. Catalytic Amination of Alkenes for Small Molecule and Polymer Synthesis

Seminar | May 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Laurel Schafer, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia Vancouver

 College of Chemistry

N,O-Chelated ureate complexes of early transition metals can be used to catalytically add amines and N-heterocycles to both terminal and internal alkenes by hydroaminoalkylation. This alkene hydrofunctionalization reaction results in the generation of Csp3-Csp3 bonds in an atom-economic fashion and offers alternative disconnection strategies for the assembly of - and β-substituted...   More >

Saturday, May 11, 2019

FULL: FAMILY PROGRAM: Flower Crafting for Mother's Day

Workshop | May 11 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come join us for a 'floriferious' day making delightful crafts and gifts for mom and family. Garden staff and volunteers will lead you at stations making floral crowns, herbal bath salts, pressed floral cards, and more!

Enjoy floral tea and cookies as you craft the morning away!

$24 Adult, $24 Child, $20 Member Adult, $20 Member Child