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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Multiphase mean curvature flow: From numerical schemes to analysis

Seminar | May 9 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Tim Laux, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Multiphase mean curvature flow has, due to its importance in materials science, received a lot of attention over the last decades. In this talk, I will show how the gradient-flow structure allows to prove convergence results for several numerically relevant schemes, including phase-field models and thresholding schemes in codimensions one and two. The methods combine basic geometric measure...   More >

Botanical Illustration: Flowers with Catherine Watters

Workshop | May 9 – 10, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will focus on flowers and introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.

$190, $175 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

Dissertation Talk: Building Interactive Query Systems at Scale

Seminar | May 9 | 10-11 a.m. | 465H Soda Hall

 Anurag Khandelwal, University of California at Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Modern cloud data services aim to support increasingly sophisticated queries with interactive response times. These services can be broadly divided into two categories: read-intensive applications such as web services, and write-intensive applications such as real-time monitoring of event streams. In both cases, supporting sophisticated queries interactively and at scale raises significant...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | May 9 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall | Note change in date

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Dissertation Talk: Faster Algorithms and Graph Structure via Gaussian Elimination

Colloquium | May 9 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 606 Soda Hall

 Aaron Schild

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Applied Math Seminar: Four “better” ways to solve the Navier-Stokes equations: simulation of Richardson pair dispersion, ensemble discretization methods, an auxiliary equation approach for UQ, and filtered regularizations.

Seminar | May 9 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Max Gunzburger, Florida State University

 Department of Mathematics

The facetious and self-serving title refers to four approaches for Navier-Stokes simulations. The first involves the analysis, numerical analysis, and an efficient implementation strategy for a recently proposed fractional Laplacian closure model that accounts for Richardson pair dispersion observed in turbulent flows. The second is the exploitation of accurate and widely applicable ensemble...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Constructive Formal Control Synthesis through Abstraction and Decomposition

Presentation | May 9 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

It is often easier to describe what we want an autonomous system to do rather than how to do it. A control synthesizer bridges that gap by automatically constructing control software so the closed loop dynamics enforce a desired behavior such as safety or reachability. While many specific instances of control synthesis have elegant mathematical solutions, designing tractable algorithms to compute...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | May 9 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Emanuele Colonelli, Chicago Booth

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

Combining C++ and R with Rcpp

Seminar | May 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Sean Wu, Epidemiology

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

This Computational Biology Skills Seminar is taught by graduate students and focuses on software tools, techniques, and libraries that are useful for researchers performing computation and data analysis. There is an emphasis on subjects related to the biological sciences, but many of the techniques are general and the seminar is open to researchers in other disciplines. RSVP for lunch.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | May 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Emily Breza, Harvard

 Department of Economics

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 >

The Trouble With Testosterone

Seminar | May 9 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Ignacio Moore, Virginia Tech

 Department of Integrative Biology

Dissertation talk: Untethered Microrobots of the Rolling, Jumping and Flying Kinds

Presentation | May 9 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan room

 Palak Bhushan, EECS Dept, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk we will look at the design of 0.1gram centimeter-scale microbots utilizing different locomotion strategies as a means of transport. The focus won't be on the brain or useful payloads for these bots, but instead on the electro-mechanical design to make these tether-less, which is a necessary precursor to making autonomous microbots.

We start with the design of a micro-ratcheting...   More >

Nanoscale Devices based on Two-dimensional Materials and Ferroelectric Materials

Seminar | May 9 | 1-2 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Dr. Wenjuan Zhu, Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 College of Chemistry

Further scaling of complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) dimensions will soon lead to a tremendous rise in power consumption while limited gain in the performance of integrated circuits. “Beyond-CMOS” devices, based on new materials, device concepts and architectures, can potentially overcome these limitations and further improve the performance, reduce energy consumption, and add novel...   More >

Special Seminar: From signal representations to musical creation: a geometric approach

Seminar | May 9 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Carmine Cella, CNMAT, UC Berkeley Music

 Department of Mathematics

Carmine Emanuele Cella, assistant professor in music and technology at CNMAT, will present work done in the last years in searching good signal representations that permit high-level manipulation of musical concepts. After the definition of a geometric approach to signal representation, the theory of sound-types and its application to music will be presented. Finally, recent research on assisted...   More >

East Bay Science Cafe - the Nature of UC

Presentation | May 9 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Cafe Leila

 1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

 Peggy Fiedler, Director, UC Natural Reserve System; Kathleen M. Wong, Communication Director, UC Natural Reserve System


In the late 1940s, a young University of California researcher watched in dismay as the research plot where he had been studying desert iguanas was bulldozed to build a motel. The experience galvanized him and other UC scientists to establish a library of ecosystems dedicated to research, teaching, and public service. The University of California Natural Reserve System now includes examples of...   More >

Angelo Coast Range Reserve image: Christopher Woodcock