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Seminar | January 26 | 4 p.m. | 4193 Etcheverry Hall
Hoda Bidkhori, UC Berkeley IEOR
Abstract: Process flexibility has been widely applied in many industries as a competitive strategy to improve responsiveness to demand uncertainty. The first part of the talk addresses the problem of managing process flexibility in a fairly general manufacturing system. In our model, each plant might have a different cost for adding flexibility or extra capacity. We model this problem as an... More >
Seminar: Distinguished Lecture Series | January 29 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall
Laurent El Ghaoui, UC Berkeley IEOR
Abstract: We describe a novel family of models of multi-layer feedforward neural networks, where the activation functions are encoded via penalties in the training problem. The new framework allows for algorithms such as block-coordinate descent methods to be applied, in which each step is composed of simple (no hidden layer) supervised learning problems that are parallelizable across layers, or... More >
Seminar: Distinguished Lecture Series | February 5 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall
Wenpin Tang, UCLA
Nowadays there are more and more people living on the planet, but the available resources are very limited. So an interesting question is how to allocate the limited resources to maximize our welfare.
Seminar: Distinguished Lecture Series | February 12 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall
Georgina Hall, Princeton University
The problem of optimizing over the cone of nonnegative polynomials is a fundamental problem in computational mathematics, with applications to polynomial optimization, control, machine learning, game theory, and combinatorics, among others.
Seminar | February 14 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall
Eric Friedlander, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Abstract: Analysis of large-scale communication networks (e.g. ad hoc wireless networks, cloud computing systems, server networks etc.) is of great practical interest. The massive size of such networks frequently makes direct analysis intractable. Asymptotic approximations using hydrodynamic and diffusion scaling limits provide useful methods for approaching such problems. In this talk, we study... More >
Seminar | February 16 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall
Zeyu Zheng, Stanford University
Abstract: In this talk, we will argue that data-driven service systems engineering should take a statistical perspective that is guided by the decisions and performance measures that are critical from a managerial perspective. We further take the view that the statistical models will often be used as inputs to simulations that will be used to drive either capacity decisions or real-time decisions... More >
Seminar: Distinguished Lecture Series | February 21 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall
Weina Wang, Illinois Urbana-Campaign
With the emergence of big-data technologies, cloud computing systems are growing rapidly in size and becoming more and more complex, making it costly to conduct experiments and simulations. Therefore, modeling computing systems and characterizing their performance analytically are more critical than ever in identifying bottlenecks, informing system design, and facilitating provisioning.
Seminar | February 26 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall
Barna Saha, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Abstract: One of the greatest successes of computational complexity theory is the classification of countless fundamental computational problems into polynomial-time and NP-hard ones, two classes that are often referred to as tractable and intractable, respectively. However, this crude distinction of algorithmic efficiency is clearly insufficient when handling today's large scale of data. We need... More >
Seminar: Distinguished Lecture Series | April 2 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall
Agostino Capponi, Columbia University
Agostino Capponi joined Columbia University's IEOR Department in August 2014, where he is also a member of the Institute for Data Science and Engineering.
Seminar: Distinguished Lecture Series | April 30 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall
Avraham Shtub, Technion
Professor Avraham Shtub holds the Stephen and Sharon Seiden Chair in Project Management. He was a faculty member of the department of Industrial Engineering at Tel Aviv University from 1984 to 1998 where he also served as a chairman of the department (1993-1996)... More >
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