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Friday, May 3, 2019

Dissertation Talk: Towards Practical Serverless Analytics

Seminar: Dissertation Talk: CS | May 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 465H Soda Hall

 Qifan Pu

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this thesis, we argue that serverless functions represent a viable platform for analytics workloads, eliminating cluster management overhead, fulfilling the promise of elasticity. We identify and provide solutions to address two major issues in realizing this vision.

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: 24/7 Electricity Produced by Intermittent Power Requires Its Energy Storage

Seminar: Solid State Technology and Devices: EE: CS | May 3 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Jerry Woodall, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC Davis

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This is a simple story with a no-brainer punchline included in the title. Except for geothermal and nuclear energy, the sun is, and has been, the source of nearly all energy used on our planet. The problem is that the earth receives plenty of intermittent solar power, but not as solar energy.

Dissertation Talk: Approximate counting, phase transitions and geometry of polynomials

Seminar: Dissertation Talk: CS | May 3 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Jingcheng Liu, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In classical statistical physics, a phase transition is understood by studying the geometry (the zero-set) of an associated polynomial (the partition function). In this talk I will show that one can exploit this notion of phase transitions algorithmically, and conversely exploit the analysis of algorithms to understand phase transitions. As applications, I will give efficient deterministic...   More >

DNA Origami Tools for Cryo-EM: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | May 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Shawn Douglas, UC San Franciscso, Cellular Molecular Pharmacology

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Watch a brief animated explainer of bionanotechnology at http://www.shawndouglas.com

Dissertation Talk: Modular and Safe Event-Driven Programming

Seminar: Dissertation Talk: EE | May 3 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

 Ankush Pankaj Desai, University Of California, Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Asynchronous event-driven systems can be found in myriad domains including cloud computing systems, device drivers, and robotics.
These systems are notoriously hard to get right as the programmer needs to reason about numerous control paths resulting from the complex interleaving of events (messages) and failures.
Unsurprisingly, it is easy to introduce subtle errors while attempting to fill...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Optimizing for Robot Transparency

Seminar: Dissertation Talk: EE | May 3 | 3-4 p.m. | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Sandy Huang

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

As robots become more capable and commonplace, it is increasingly important that the policies they execute are transparent. For instance, engineers should have an idea of which situations their robot may act incorrectly in, and end-users should be able to anticipate how a robot they are interacting with will behave in various situations. This is essential for building trust, enabling seamless...   More >