<< Week of May 12 >>

Monday, May 13, 2019

Dissertation talk: Collaborative Tools and Strategies for Data-driven Development Engineering

Lecture: Dissertation Talk: CS | May 13 | 10-11 a.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Jordan Freitas

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This dissertation talk explores how to improve both the utility of shared data and how well privacy is maintained with strategically designed tools and methods. We propose and evaluate these tools and strategies for collaborative data management to help navigate tensions between open data and data privacy in the context of international development engineering projects.

Dissertation Talk: Towards Scalable Community Networks

Lecture: Dissertation Talk: CS | May 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Shaddi Hasan, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Over 400 million people live without access to basic communication services, largely in rural areas. Community-based networks, and particularly community cellular networks, can sustainably support services even in these extremely rural areas where commercial network operators cannot.

In this talk, I will identify key challenges these community cellular networks face for reaching scale, and...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Design and Analysis of learning-based cyber-physical systems

Seminar: Dissertation Talk: EE | May 13 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

 Shromona Ghosh, University of California, Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We are finally at a point where we have the knowledge and resources to make safety-critical robotic systems a reality. Deploying such systems in the real world, however, requires addressing problems in detecting unsafe environments, reasoning with unknown or learnt components and providing strong safety assurances. In this talk, I will address two specific challenges in this domain: (1)...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Ray: A Distributed Execution Engine for the Machine Learning Ecosystem

Seminar: Dissertation Talk: CS | May 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Philipp Moritz, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In recent years, growing data volumes and more sophisticated computational procedures have greatly increased the demand for computational power. Machine learning and artificial intelligence applications, for example, are notorious for their computational requirements. At the same time, Moore’s law is ending and processor speeds are stalling. As a result, distributed computing and the cloud have...   More >

Dissertation Talk: A Hierarchical Approach to the Design and Optimization of Silicon Photonics

Seminar: Dissertation Talk: EE | May 13 | 3-4 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540A/B

 Andrew Michaels

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Silicon photonics is a rapidly maturing platform for optical communication and sensing. As systems leveraging silicon photonics have grown in size and complexity, so too has the demand for high performance silicon photonics components. In order to meet these demands, we propose a hierarchical approach to design and optimization of silicon photonics components. Our approach applies simple physical...   More >

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Dissertation Talk: Design and Physics of VCSELs for Emerging Applications

Seminar: Dissertation Talk: EE | May 14 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Cory Hall, 400 Hughes Room

 Jonas Kapraun, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) have been widely employed in short distance optical interconnects. Recently however a series of emerging applications are creating a rapidly growing demand for compact, low cost and high-performance light sources...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenide NanoLEDs: Towards High Speed and High Efficiency

Seminar: Dissertation Talk: EE | May 14 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 Kevin Han

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) are a class of 2D semiconductors with attractive properties for future nanoscale optoelectronics such as light sources and detectors. However, due to their single molecule thickness, they are sensitive to environmental factors such as moisture, limiting operation of most light-emitting devices to high vacuum conditions. In this talk, I will...   More >

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dissertation Talk: Circuits and Systems for Decentralized Power Conversion

Seminar: Dissertation Talk: EE | May 15 | 9-10 a.m. | 521 Cory Hall

 Jason Poon

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In recent decades, we have witnessed the emergence of an electric grid that is increasingly decentralized and is capable of reliably integrating renewable resources that are distributed and intermittent in nature. While this important trend continues with the electric grid, there is growing need for a similar decentralization of electric networks in a variety of high-impact emerging applications,...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Hybrid Aesthetics • Bridging Material Practices and Digital Fabrication

Lecture: Dissertation Talk: CS | May 15 | 10-11 a.m. | 360 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Cesar Torres, University of California Berkeley

 University of California Berkeley

Creative technologies like digital fabrication led to the rise of the Maker Movement, engendering grassroots innovation in education, manufacturing, and healthcare. This talk lays down a framework for composing new materials and technologies to foreground the existing knowledge and practices of material practitioners and alter the trajectory of the Maker Movement towards a New Making Renaissance.

Computationally designed reflectors, lenses, and diffusers are used to expose light as a material.

Dissertation Talk: On Building Generalizable Learning Agents

Presentation: Dissertation Talk: CS | May 15 | 10-11:10 a.m. | 310 Soda Hall

 Yi Wu, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Dissertation Talk: Overcoming the Curse of Dimensionality and Mode Collapse

Lecture: Dissertation Talk: CS | May 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Ke Li, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will present our work on overcoming two long-standing problems in machine learning and algorithms: the curse of dimensionality in nearest neighbour search and mode collapse in generative adversarial nets (GANs).

Dissertation Talk: Local and Adaptive Image-to-Image Learning and Inference

Seminar: Dissertation Talk: CS | May 15 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Newton Room/730

 Evan Shelhamer, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Much of the recent progress on visual recognition has been driven by deep learning and its bicameral heart of composition and end-to-end optimization. Its diffusion however was neither instantaneous nor effortless....   More >

Dissertation Talk: Practical Decentralized Authorization With Delegation

Presentation: Dissertation Talk: CS | May 15 | 2-3 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Michael Andersen

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Dissertation Talk: Context and Interaction in the Internet of Things

Seminar: Dissertation Talk: EE: CS | May 15 | 3-4 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 Matt Weber, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Future IoT killer apps leveraging ubiquitous sensors and actuators will create value in emergent properties of composition and contextual awareness. This talk focuses on two key aspects of principled IoT design: (1) using contextual information from the physical world, and (2) enabling interaction and composition across distributed cyber physical systems. These challenges are mutually...   More >

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Dissertation Talk: Design of Integrated Spectral Filtering Wireless Transmitters

Presentation: Dissertation Talk: EE | May 16 | 2108 Allston Way (Berkeley Wireless Research Center), Rabaey Room

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

A frequency-flexible radio-frequency (RF) front end has long been desired, but faces a myriad of obstacles to its realization. In recent years, the use of switching power amplifiers (PA) as part of “digital” PAs and RF Digital-to-Analog Convers (RFDAC) has become more common. The primary motivation of these RFDACs is to directly convert from digital baseband bits to RF output. This is useful in...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Design Techniques for Energy-Efficient, Low Latency High-Speed Wireline Links

Presentation: Dissertation Talk: EE | May 16 | 8-9 a.m. | 2108 Allston Way (Berkeley Wireless Research Center), Rabaey Room

 Nicholas Sutardja

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Various receive side SerDes techniques including an integrating CTLE, FFE and DFE are demonstrated in a 60Gb/s NRZ transceiver consuming 288 mW & occupying 2.48mm2. To support burst mode, a 2-tap SC FFE transmitter w/ a rapid-ON/OFF VCO is presented that allows for the lowest achievable latency for a 64:1 1-latch SER, achieving 1.2ns startup time and 0.72-0.62 pJ/bit at 1-20Gb/s occupying 0.19mm2.

Dissertation Talk: Scalable Systems for Large-Scale Dynamic Connected Data Processing

Presentation: Dissertation Talk: EE | May 16 | 9-10 a.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Anand Padmanabha Iyer

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Dissertation talk: Global Data Plane -- An architecture for a globally distributed storage and communication infrastructure

Presentation: Dissertation Talk: CS | May 16 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 606 Soda Hall

 Nitesh Mor

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In today's world, the storage and management of information is highly centralized in data-centers. Such a data-center oriented view of infrastructure also shapes the way we think about information security; the de-facto mechanism for security is to draw a perimeter around the infrastructure and protect such perimeter. However, the future is very different. With the advancement of technology,...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Directional Wireless Network Design

Presentation: Dissertation Talk: CS | May 16 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. |  2108 Allston Way (Berkeley Wireless Research Center)

 James C. Martin

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In recent years, there has been a trend of increasing capacity and carrier frequency in wireless networks design. This talk will cover some of the insights that happen when constructing large mesh networks using directional antenna arrays at mmWave.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Dissertation Talk: Generalization via Self-Directed Learning

Presentation: Dissertation Talk: CS | May 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Soda Hall, 510 (VCL)

 Deepak Pathak, Computer Science, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Generalization, i.e., the ability to adapt to novel scenarios, is the hallmark of human intelligence. While we have systems that excel at recognizing objects, cleaning floors, playing complex games and occasionally beating humans, they are incredibly specific in that they only perform the tasks they are trained for and are miserable at generalization. Could actually optimizing towards...   More >