<< Week of May 06 >>

Monday, May 7, 2018

Dissertation Talk: Efficient Robot Learning of Robust Grasping Policies from Synthetic Training Datasets

Presentation | May 7 | 9-10 a.m. | 310 Soda Hall

 Jeffrey Mahler

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Rapid and reliable robot grasping of a wide variety of objects remains a Grand Challenge for robotics due to sensor noise, imprecise control, and partial observability. Deep neural networks trained on datasets of human-labeled or self-supervised grasps can be used to rapidly plan grasps across a diverse set of objects, but data collection is tedious and performance may asymptote with training...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | May 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Tavneet Suri, MIT

 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 >

Oxyopia - Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | May 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Paul Cullen, John Flanagan Lab; Brian Cheung, Bruno Olshausen Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Paul Cullen
John Flanagan Lab
Title: The Secret Lives of Retinal Astrocytes
Abstract: The study of glia – the support cells of the central nervous system – has come a long way since Rudolf Virchow described a connective tissue of the brain that he termed ‘nervenkitt’ in 1856. Rather than a passive scaffolding for neurons (the word ‘glia’ means glue in Greek), these cells are responsible for a...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Lagrangian cobordism and tropical curves

Seminar | May 7 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 384H

 Ivan Smith, Cambridge

 Department of Mathematics

We give obstructions to and constructions of Lagrangian cobordisms between configurations of Lagrangian torus fibres in a symplectic manifold which is the total space of an integrable system. The results are proven using family Floer theory and tropical geometry, and are motivated by a relationship to rational equivalence of zero-cycles on a mirror rigid analytic space. This talk reports on joint...   More >

BLISS Seminar: Learning with Low Approximate Regret with Partial Feedback

Seminar | May 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Eva Tardos

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We consider the adversarial multi-armed bandit problem with partial feedback, minimizing a non-negative loss function using the graph based feedback framework introduced by Mannor and Shamir in 2011. We offer algorithms that attain small loss bounds, as well as low approximate regret against a shifting comparator.

Classical learning algorithms add a low level of uniform noise to the...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Mirror Symmetry for symplectic toric Calabi-Yau 3-folds

Seminar | May 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 383N

 Chiu-Chu Melissa Liu, Columbia

 Department of Mathematics

We will describe several versions of mirror symmetry for symplectic toric Calabi-Yau 3-folds, with three different mirror complex geometries: the Landau-Ginzburg mirror, the Hori-Vafa mirror Calabi-Yau 3-fold, and the mirror curve. This is partly based on joint work with Bohan Fang and Zhengyu Zong.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Why Read Long Novels?

Seminar | May 8 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio Broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Marianne Kaletzky, Department of Comparative Literature; Andrew Saintsing, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Tune in for another exciting episode of The Graduates as we speak with Marianne Kaletzky about the novel 2666 by Roberto Bolaño. Marianne is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature. Her dissertation promotes the value of distraction in cultivating complex thought. In the interview, Marianne and I discuss the purpose of literature and address difficulties that prevent people...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Walking Silicon Microrobots

Presentation | May 8 | 9-11:30 a.m. | 490 Cory Hall

 Daniel Contreras, EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Dissertation talk on walking silicon microrobots

Birds of Berkeley Bird Walk

Workshop | May 8 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join Birds of Berkeley author, Oliver James, for a bird walk in the Garden. Birds of Berkeley is a full-color field guide to 25 birds easily found in Berkeley proves that even the city’s avian residents are a little quirky. Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing.

$20, $18 UCBG members, Free for UC Students, Faculty, and Staff


Dissertation Talk: Energy-efficient and High-bandwidth Density Monolithic Optical Transceivers in Advanced CMOS Processes

Seminar | May 8 | 10-11 a.m. | 521 Cory Hall

 Sajjad Moazeni, EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Dissertation talk by Sajjad Moazeni (Advisor: Prof. Vladimir Stojanovic)

Today’s conventional cloud computing and mobile platforms have been challenged by the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). The performance and diversity requirements of these applications demand the shift towards hyper-scale datacenters, Exascale high-performance computing (HPC),...   More >

Host adaptations to microbial diversity

Seminar | May 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Kenneth Cadwell, Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, Department of Microbiology, New York University School of Medicine

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

AbbVie Seminar in Organic Chemistry: Mechanistic Insights into PTEN Signaling

Seminar | May 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Dr. Philip Cole, Department of Biological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School

 College of Chemistry

The lipid phosphatase PTEN is a key tumor suppressor gene that regulates the level of the phospholipid PIP3 in cells, opposing the action of PI3-kinase. Rising PIP3 promotes cancer cell growth by stimulating Akt protein kinase activity. PTEN function is modulated by phosphorylation and the ubiquitin ligase WWP2. We will discuss our progress on understanding the mechanisms of regulation of PTEN,...   More >

LinkedIn: Social Media Saviness for Job Seekers: The Berkeley Network Webinar Series

Workshop | May 8 | 12-1 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Robin Reshwan, CS Advising

 Cal Alumni Association

Join Cal Alumni Association and host Robin Reshwan to learn how to enhance your LinkedIn profile so employers and recruiters reach out to you.

Development Lunch: TBA

Seminar | May 8 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Danish Us-Salam; Patrick Olobo

 Department of Economics

Dissertation Talk: An Integrative Approach to Data-Driven Monitoring and Control

Presentation | May 8 | 3-4 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 Roel Dobbe, EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

How can we integrate data-driven techniques to improve and extend the capabilities of existing critical infrastructure, while safeguarding important values such as safety or privacy? In this dissertation, this question forms the driver for modernizing electric distribution networks to deal with higher levels of renewable generation and electrification.

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Industry Input in Policymaking: Evidence from Medicare"

Seminar | May 8 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 David Chan, Stanford School of Medicine

 Department of Economics

The First Armenian Republic: A Century Later

Conference/Symposium | May 8 | 7:30-10 p.m. |  Saroyan Hall, Krouzian-Zekarian-Vasbouragan Armenian School

 825 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, CA 94132

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program


--Dr. George Bournoutian (Iona College)
“The Transformation of the Erevan Province into the Armenian Republic.”

--Dr. Amaduni Virabyan (Director of the National Archives of Armenia).
“Socioeconomic Conditions during the First Armenian Republic.” (in Armenian)

--Dr. Ashot Melkonyan (Director of the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of...   More >

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Dana Lin: Genetic and phenotypic dynamics across a vole contact zone

Seminar | May 9 | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Dana Lin (Finishing Talk)

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Computer Workstation Evaluator Training (BEUHS403)

Workshop | May 9 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics; Mallory Lynch, MA, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Specifically for Departmental Computer Workstation Evaluators, learn the basics of how to evaluate and modify computer workstations according to campus ergonomic guidelines in this practical, hands-on workshop. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center

  Register online

A new perspective on the social functions of emotions: Gratitude and the witnessing effect

Colloquium | May 9 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Christopher Oveis, Assistant Professor, UC San Diego Rady School of Management

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

We propose a novel theoretical and empirical approach to studying group-level social functions of emotions and use it to make new predictions about social consequences of gratitude. Here, we document the witnessing effect: In social groups, emotional expressions are often observed by 3rd party witnesses—family members, co-workers, friends, and neighbors. Emotional expressions coordinate group...   More >

OLLI @Berkeley Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award: Honoring Darren Zook

Presentation | May 9 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Mark Gomez

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Darren Zook will be this year's recipient of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Excellence in Teaching and Learning award, given annually to a UC Berkeley faculty member who teaches at OLLI and who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to engaged learning, both in the classroom and in the world outside the university.

Gravitational allocation to uniform points on the sphere

Seminar | May 9 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Yuval Peres, Microsoft Research

 Department of Statistics

Given n uniform points on the surface of a two-dimensional sphere, how can we partition the sphere fairly among them ? "Fairly" means that each region has the same area. It turns out that if the given points apply a two-dimensional gravity force to the rest of the sphere, then the basins of attraction for the resulting gradient flow yield such a partition—with exactly equal areas, no matter how...   More >

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Dissertation Talk: Mechanical Energy Storage for Self-Destructing Motes and Jumping Microrobots

Presentation | May 10 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | 490 Cory Hall

 Joseph Greenspun, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Dissertation Talk

Botanical Illustration: Flowers with Catherine Watters

Workshop | May 10 – 11, 2018 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 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Untangling the Farm Bill: Graduate Seminar Presentations

Presentation | May 10 | 12-2 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

 Berkeley Food Institute

Come and hear the final presentations of UC Berkeley’s first Farm Bill Graduate Seminar and learn about emerging marker bills and pressing issues in our nation’s largest omnibus food and agriculture legislation. This two-hour cross-disciplinary seminar will feature student research and policy briefs on proposed improvements to the Farm Bill.

Topics will include:

- The Elephant in the Farm...   More >

  RSVP online

Dissertation Talk: Machine Learning for Resource Management in the Datacenter and the Cloud

Colloquium | May 10 | 1-2 p.m. | 465H Soda Hall

 Neeraja J. Yadwadkar, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I argue that advancements in machine learning can be leveraged to manage and optimize contemporary distributed systems by deriving actionable insights from performance data. To realize this vision of model-based resource management, we show how to deal with the key challenges of data-driven models: uncertainty in predictions, cost of training, and cost of updating the models.

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | May 10 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Luigi Pistaferri, Stanford

 Center for Labor Economics

Friday, May 11, 2018

TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics at UC Berkeley: Meet The Minds Behind the Machines

Conference/Symposium | May 11 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall


 College of Engineering

Meet the minds behind the machines at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics! The single-day event at UC Berkeley on May 11 is designed to facilitate in-depth conversations and networking opportunities with Robotic-industry leaders and researchers bringing innovation to the masses.

* Hear from today's innovators and leaders as they share their experiences and insights.

* Deep-dive on specialized...   More >

Inequalities and Inclusion: BIMI and IRLE Lightning Talks

Conference/Symposium | May 11 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative

The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) are excited to announce the BIMI - IRLE Graduate Lightning Talks Symposium: “Inequalities and Inclusion." This event will provide a platform for graduate students to present their research and practice their conference presentations before the start of the conference season,...   More >

Botanical Illustration: Flowers with Catherine Watters

Workshop | May 10 – 11, 2018 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 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Dissertation talk: Geometric analysis of hypothesis testing

Seminar | May 11 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Yuting Wei

 Department of Statistics

Hypothesis testing lies in the center of statistics and data science. This talk is devoted to understanding the behavior of compound testing problems within the Gaussian sequence model from a geometric perspective. In this talk, two vignettes are considered.

When the null and alternative are specified by a pair of closed, convex cones---the case arising in various applications, including...   More >

Radical Markets: A Panel Discussion with Glen Weyl, Microsoft Research

Panel Discussion | May 11 | 4-6 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Glen Weyl, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research New England; Anat Admati, The George G.C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Emmanuel Saez, Professor, UC Berkeley Department of Economics; Suresh Naidu, Associate Professor, Columbia University Department of Economics; Jeff Gordon, Graduate Student, Berkeley Sociology

 Ben Handel, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Econometrics Laboratory

 Social Science Matrix

This panel discussion will feature E. Glen Weyl, principal researcher at Microsoft and visiting senior research scholar in economics and law at Yale University, who together with Eric Posner co-authored the book, Radical Markets, which introduces provocative ideas about how to tame monopoly, lessen inequality, and enhance inclusiveness.

  RSVP online

QB3 Postdoc Seminar

Seminar | May 11 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Speaker 1: Patrick Rühs (Phillip Messersmith lab)

3D Printing of Bacteria-derived Complex Materials using Functional Living Inks

Despite recent advances to control the spatial composition and dynamic functionalities of bacteria embedded in materials, bacterial localization into complex 3D geometries remains a major challenge. Here we demonstrate a 3D printing approach to create...   More >

MFA Artists’ Talk

Panel Discussion | May 11 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Meet the graduates of UC Berkeley’s Master of Fine Arts program as they discuss their recent work.

Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day, Part 1: Jochen and Marion

Panel Discussion | May 11 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As the series begins, tool maker Jochen (Gottfried John) and his crew are under pressure at the factory, and we meet Marion (Hanna Schygulla), Oma (Luise Ullrich), and Gregor (Werner Finck).

Saturday, May 12, 2018

FAMILY PROGRAM: Pre-Mother's Day Birdhouse Construction

Workshop | May 12 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Kids and their favorite grown up are invited to team up and collaborate on this simple construction project. Working with carpenter and designer, Hannah Beatrice Quinn, assemble the birdhouse with hammer and nails, paint it, and add finishing touches materials from the Garden. Recommended for kids age 6 and up.

$40 one child and one adult and one birdhouse kit, Additional adults attending: $12 adult chaperone, $8 member adult chaperone, Additional kids attending: $7 additional child, $5 additional member child

  Register online