<< Week of April 21 >>

Monday, April 22, 2019

Dissertation Talk: Compact Modeling of Advanced CMOS and Emerging Devices for Circuit Simulation

Seminar: EE | April 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 Yen-Kai Lin, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

EE - A Closer Look - Panel with EECS Faculty

Information Session: External Relations Group: EE: CS: Data Science | April 22 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In between pursuing EE or CS?

Join us for a EECS Faculty panel to learn about why you might want to pursue electrical engineering, what types of problems you would solve, and the opportunities after graduation.

Food will be provided!

Our Panelists:

Professor Jeff Bokor - Nanomagnetics, graphene electronics, nano-electromechanical systems

Professor Gireeja Ranade - Control,...   More >

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Signature Initiatives Town Hall Meeting

Panel Discussion | April 23 | 3-4:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming town hall meetings to discuss the exciting, interdisciplinary Signature Initiatives that emerged from the campus’ Strategic Planning effort.

At the town hall meetings, we’ll have opportunity to hear about the first five initiatives from the working group leaders and to engage in a moderated Q&A session. On April 23rd, come hear about the following...   More >

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Scientific Computing and Matrix Computations Seminar: Analysis of a Two-Layer Neural Network via Displacement Convexity

Seminar: Scientific Computing: CS | April 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Marco Mondelli, Stanford U.

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Fitting a function by using linear combinations of a large number N of
"simple" components is one of the most fruitful ideas in statistical
learning. This idea lies at the core of a variety of methods, from
two-layer neural networks to kernel regression, to boosting. In
general, the resulting risk minimization problem is nonconvex and is
solved by gradient descent or its variants....   More >

A Convex Duality Framework for GANs: BLISS Seminar

Seminar: EE: Berkeley Laboratory for Information and System Sciences (BLISS) | April 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

 Farzan Farnia, Stanford

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Generative adversarial network (GAN) is a minimax game between a generator mimicking the true model and a discriminator distinguishing the samples produced by the generator from the real training samples. Given a discriminator trained over the entire space of functions, this game reduces to finding the generative model which minimizes a divergence score, e.g. the Jensen-Shannon (JS) divergence,...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Memcomputing: leveraging memory and physics to compute efficiently

Colloquium: Departmental: EE: CS | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Massimiliano Di Ventra, University of California, San Diego

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

It is well known that physical phenomena may be of great help in computing some difficult problems efficiently. A typical example is prime factorization that may be solved in polynomial time by exploiting quantum entanglement on a quantum computer. There are, however, other types of (non-quantum) physical properties that one may leverage to compute efficiently a wide range of hard problems. In...   More >

Cybersecurity and Defense: Trends, Challenges, and Careers

Panel Discussion: EE: CS | April 24 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium

 Chris Jay Hoofnagle, UC Berkeley School of Law and School of Information; Nicholas Weaver, UC Berkeley International Computer Science Institute; Lt. Col. Kevin Childs, Hoover Institution, US Air Force; Dorothy Ngutter, US Department of State

 Delta Phi Epsilon, UC Berkeley Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Policy Review at Berkeley, Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Fraternity, Review of International Conflict and Security

Join us for a discussion with four distinguished panelists about trends, challenges, and career opportunities for students interested in cybersecurity and defense. Historically, industry knowledge and career paths for students interested in tech and tech-policy have been most pronounced in the private sector, in spite of emerging public sector needs for national security roles in tech. Our panel...   More >

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Systemizing Investment Understanding at the World’s Largest Hedge Fund

Colloquium: CS: Data Science | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Alexander Valdes, Bridgewater, Co-Head Research Investment Engineering

 Data Sciences

Interested in designing and building systems to tackle complex, real-world problems? Curious to know what an investment system is and how it works? This talk shares how Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund, builds an understanding of macroeconomics and turns that into highly inspectable investment systems. We see this as one of the keys to continued success in this highly competitive...   More >

Cooperating with the Curse of Dimensionality

Seminar: CS: Data Science | April 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 3106 Etcheverry Hall

 Hao Chen, UC Davis

 Department of Statistics

The curse of dimensionality arises when analyzing high-dimensional data and non-Euclidean data, such as network data, which are ubiquitous nowadays. It causes counter-intuitive phenomena and makes traditional statistical tools less effective or inapplicable. On the other hand, some counter-intuitive phenomena might be explained by some universal patterns, which could be used to form new effective...   More >

Need-Finding For Your Next Big Idea

Seminar: EE: CS | April 25 | 6-8:05 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

SWE Startup Spring at Berkeley presents the first of a two-part series on Women Entrepreneurs: How To Be an Effective Female Founder on April 18th, 6-8pm at 290 HMMB.

Do you want to know how to become an effective female founder? Come listen to panelists Caroline Winnett, Executive Director at SkyDeck, Maria Artunduaga, CEO of Respira Labs, Paola Santana, Founder of Matternet and now Social...   More >

Friday, April 26, 2019

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Understanding chemical-mechanical planarization: a ubiquitous process in modern IC manufacturing

Seminar: Solid State Technology and Devices: EE: CS | April 26 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Hayden Taylor, Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Chemical–mechanical planarization (CMP) is ubiquitous in the processing of semiconductor wafers,
where it is used to achieve flat interfaces between successive layers of circuit structures. As circuit
feature sizes reduce, CMP process innovation is constantly needed to maintain acceptable defect rates
and throughput. Polishing performance depends in complex ways on the materials being removed,...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Two-Dimensional Semiconductor Optoelectronics

Seminar: Dissertation Talk: EE | April 26 | 1-2 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Matin Amani, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Material Challenges and Opportunities in Next Generation Electronics: From Non-Silicon Electronics to Artificial Neural Networks: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar: Micro/Nano Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS): EE | April 26 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Jeehwan Kim, MIT, Mechanical Engineering & MSE

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Our team has invented a new crystalline growth concept, termed “remote epitaxy”, which can copy/paste crystalline information of the wafer remotely through graphene, thus generating single-crystalline films on graphene. The graphene-coated substrates can be infinitely reused. Thus, the remote epitaxy technique can cost-efficiently produce freestanding single-crystalline films.

IBM Call for Code Hackathon - April 26-27 – Cash Prizes!!

Special Event | April 26 | 7-11:50 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

IBM invites you to attend a special Call for Code Hackathon on Friday, April 26 – Saturday, April 27. IBM is challenging university students to develop solutions for disaster response and resilience in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU). The timing could not be more critical. In 2018, natural disasters caused an estimated $155 billion in economic loss, impacting...   More >

Saturday, April 27, 2019

IBM Call for Code Hackathon - April 26-27 – Cash Prizes!!

Special Event: External Relations Group: EE: CS: Data Science | April 27 | 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

IBM invites you to attend a special Call for Code Hackathon on Friday, April 26 – Saturday, April 27. IBM is challenging university students to develop solutions for disaster response and resilience in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU). The timing could not be more critical. In 2018, natural disasters caused an estimated $155 billion in economic loss, impacting...   More >