Monday, May 7, 2018
Miscellaneous | April 27 – May 9, 2018 every day with exceptions | Online
The Cal Alumni Association invites you to join us in reading and evaluating scholarship applications virtually for The Achievement Award and the Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Programs from April 27th through May 9nd. Our dedicated alumni make these scholarships possible and we thank you for your time!
Virtual application readers will receive all training materials and scholarship... More >
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cal-alumni-association-online-application-reading-2-taapkasp-tickets-43959034656?aff=email1. Register online
Dissertation Talk: Efficient Robot Learning of Robust Grasping Policies from Synthetic Training Datasets
Presentation | May 7 | 9-10 a.m. | 310 Soda Hall
Rapid and reliable robot grasping of a wide variety of objects remains a Grand Challenge for robotics due to sensor noise, imprecise control, and partial observability. Deep neural networks trained on datasets of human-labeled or self-supervised grasps can be used to rapidly plan grasps across a diverse set of objects, but data collection is tedious and performance may asymptote with training... More >
Seminar | May 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business
Tavneet Suri, MIT
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 >
Information Session | May 7 | 12-1 p.m. | Online
Acquire an in-depth understanding of HVAC systems in order to meet energy-conservation standards. An opening presentation is followed by a Q&A session.
Seminar | May 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall
Paul Cullen, John Flanagan Lab; Brian Cheung, Bruno Olshausen Lab
John Flanagan Lab
Title: The Secret Lives of Retinal Astrocytes
Abstract: The study of glia the support cells of the central nervous system has come a long way since Rudolf Virchow described a connective tissue of the brain that he termed nervenkitt in 1856. Rather than a passive scaffolding for neurons (the word glia means glue in Greek), these cells are responsible for a... More >
Seminar | May 7 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 384H
Ivan Smith, Cambridge
We give obstructions to and constructions of Lagrangian cobordisms between configurations of Lagrangian torus fibres in a symplectic manifold which is the total space of an integrable system. The results are proven using family Floer theory and tropical geometry, and are motivated by a relationship to rational equivalence of zero-cycles on a mirror rigid analytic space. This talk reports on joint... More >
Seminar | May 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall
We consider the adversarial multi-armed bandit problem with partial feedback, minimizing a non-negative loss function using the graph based feedback framework introduced by Mannor and Shamir in 2011. We offer algorithms that attain small loss bounds, as well as low approximate regret against a shifting comparator.
Classical learning algorithms add a low level of uniform noise to the... More >
Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Mirror Symmetry for symplectic toric Calabi-Yau 3-folds
Seminar | May 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 383N
Chiu-Chu Melissa Liu, Columbia
We will describe several versions of mirror symmetry for symplectic toric Calabi-Yau 3-folds, with three different mirror complex geometries: the Landau-Ginzburg mirror, the Hori-Vafa mirror Calabi-Yau 3-fold, and the mirror curve. This is partly based on joint work with Bohan Fang and Zhengyu Zong.
Seminar 271, 225, Development, OEW: "Can Digital Loans Deliver? Take Up and Impacts of Digital Loans in Kenya"
Seminar | May 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall
Lecture | May 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium
Balaji Prabhakar, Stanford University
In many of the challenges faced by the modern world, from overcrowded road networks to overstretched healthcare systems, large benefits for society come about from small changes by very many individuals. We describe a framework for designing "nudge engines, focusing on influencing commuter behavior to reduce urban congestion. The framework consists of monetarily incentivizing commuters to make... More >
Exhibits and Ongoing Events
Exhibit - Artifacts | October 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library
Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students
cartoons, jokes, and satire throughout the years selected
from their humor magazines and other publications.
Exhibit - Multimedia | January 22 – May 15, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall
See the homes of the STARS!! Or more precisely, designs for the homes and gardens of film stars, directors, screen writers, and designers curated by head archivist at the Environmental Design Archives, Waverly Lowell.
Were Here, Were Queer, Were in the Public Record!: The LGBTQ Movement and Life as Seen Through Government Information
Exhibit - Artifacts | March 15 – August 31, 2018 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery
This exhibit showcases selected documents pertaining to LGBTQ history and highlights aspects of LGBTQ life that have been impacted by actions of federal, state, and local governments.
Exhibit - Artifacts | April 20 – August 31, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Gallery
(Gallery is just inside east entrance to Doe) MARKING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY of the founding of Save the Redwoods League, Sustaining Grandeur is a collaborative exhibition between The Bancroft Library and the League. The exhibition explores the organizations first century protecting Californias redwood forests and the surrounding lands that sustain them, and looks forward to the Leagues... More >
In the past decade, we have witnessed significant growth in the use of visual imagery and storytelling to engage students in the sciences. From manga guides and illustrated texts to biographies and zombies teaching calculus, this display features illustrated works and graphic novels from our collections that aim to teach college students and the general public about science... More >
Exhibit - Multimedia | May 4 – June 18, 2018 every day | Lobby Wurster Hall
ON VIEW: MAY 4-JUNE 18. Graduate student work from the Spring 2018 Studio One will be on display in the Wurster Sculpture Courtyard. Open to all!
Exhibit - Multimedia | May 4 – 13, 2018 every day | Lobby Wurster Hall
ON VIEW: May 4-13. Graduate student work from ARCH 204B Thesis Studio will be on view through Commencement weekend. Open to all.
Exhibit - Artifacts | April 16, 2018 – February 28, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 2nd Floor Corridor
This exhibition celebrates the University of Californias sesquicentennial anniversary with photographs, correspondence, publications, and other documentation drawn from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library collections. It features an array of golden bears, including Oski, and explores the illustrious history of UC Berkeley.