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Monday, April 23, 2018

Dissertation Talk: Physically-based Modeling and Rendering of Complex Visual Appearance

Presentation | April 23 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 510 Soda Hall

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Physically-based Modeling and Rendering of Complex Visual Appearance


Photorealistic Rendering in Computer Graphics is increasingly important. Whether in movies or video games, breathtaking graphics have become one of the most crucial factors to their success. However, state of the art rendering still struggles with two fundamental challenges -- realism and speed. It...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: The Kontsevich-Zagier series and its generalizations

Seminar | April 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Jeremy Lovejoy, Universite Denis Diderot - Paris 7

 Department of Mathematics

Despite the fact that it converges on no open subset of the complex plane, the Kontsevich-Zagier series has a number of interesting combinatorial, number-theoretic, and topological properties. I will discuss some of these properties, such as quantum modularity, Ramanujan-type congruences, q-identities, and a relation to the colored Jones polynomial of the trefoil knot, along with a program to...   More >

Mobilizing Synaptic Plasticity to Promote Recovery from Amblyopia

Seminar | April 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dr. Mark Bear, PhD, PiCower Professor of Neuroscience, MIT

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Amblyopia is a prevalent form of visual disability that arises during infancy and early childhood when inputs to the visual cortex from the two eyes are poorly balanced (e.g., by misalignment of the eyes, asymmetric refraction, or opacities and obstructions of one eye). Characteristics of amblyopia are very poor acuity in one eye, and an attendant loss of stereopsis. The current standard of care...   More >

The Practice and the Business of Structural Engineering – Success Factors: Semm Seminar

Seminar | April 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Simin Naaseh, President & CEO, Forell/Elsesser

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

What does it take to have a successful structural engineering firm? What are the drivers for success? What are the metrics to measure? How can you make a difference in the firm’s success when you start your first job?

You will hear what Forell/Elsesser Engineers’ CEO considers key success factors, and how every person in a firm can make a difference.

Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | April 23 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moses Hall, Moses Hall 223

 Sebastian Siegloch, Universität Mannheim

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

50 Shades of Streaming with DASH

Presentation | April 23 | 1-2 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Ali C. Begen, Ozyegin University, Turkey


HTTP adaptive streaming (HAS) has become the technology of choice for delivering video content over the Internet. We first show that when multiple HAS clients share a network bottleneck, bad things happen. To address the problems, we present a number of solution approaches. Second, we discuss the ways to achieve consistent-quality streaming. Third, we look into some of the recent developments in...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Some introductory aspects of Tomita-Takesaki theory

Seminar | April 23 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Srivatsav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We explore the theory of Minoru Tomita (later polished and developed more by Masamichi Takesaki) on modular automorphisms of von Neumann algebras. This is a vast subject, and one cannot hope to cover it in one talk. As a result we will look at some basic notions and build a flavor for this subject in this presentation. The theory has led to some important classification results of Type III...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: Spending a Windfall: American Precious Metals and Euro-Asian Trade 1531-1810

Seminar | April 23 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Nuno Palma, University of Manchester

 Department of Economics

Co-sponsored by the Blum Center for Developing Economies.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Several homogeneous fully nonlinear elliptic equations in geometry

Seminar | April 23 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Weiyong He, University of Oregon

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss several (related) homogeneous fully nonlinear elliptic equations which originated from Kahler geometry and conformal geometry. We mainly focus on a class of equations introduced by Gursky and Streets. We discuss the existence and regularity of this equation and its application to the sigma-2 problem in conformal geometry.

BLISS Seminar: Stabilizing Gradients for Deep Neural Networks

Seminar | April 23 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Inderjit Dhillon, A9/Amazon/UT Austin

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Vanishing and exploding gradients are two main obstacles in training deep neural networks, especially when trying to capture long range dependencies in recurrent neural networks (RNNs). In this talk, I will present an efficient parametrization of the transition matrix of an RNN that stabilizes the gradients that arise in its training. Specifically, we parameterize the transition matrix by its...   More >

IB Finishing Talk: Population dynamics of green tide macroalgae in the central San Francisco Bay

Seminar | April 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Rosemary Romero, UCB (Lindberg and Sousa Labs)

 Department of Integrative Biology

The Implications of China's New Agency for International Development Cooperation

Seminar | April 23 | 4-6 p.m. | 202 Barrows Hall

 Professor Qi Gubo, College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University

 Center for African Studies, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The newly established China Agency for International Development Cooperation (CAIDC) represents a milestone in Chinese diplomacy and foreign aid, especially in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping. Prof. Qi, one of the pioneers who initiated China's development studies on Sino-African cooperation, will discuss the implications of the new agency for...   More >

Cultural intervention in embodied discovery: Investigating the teaching/learning process through the microgenetic lens of dual eye-tracking technology

Colloquium | April 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Anna Shvarts, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University

 Graduate School of Education

The presentation will draw on contemporary investigations of joint attention and joint action to offer a  conceptual bridge between two prominent approaches in educational research: Vygtosky’s cultural-historical view of teaching/learning processes; and dynamic systems theory of development. My thesis is grounded in empirical findings from microgenetic analyses of student–tutor collaboration on...   More >

UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

Rising Tides, Rising Voices: A Panel on Climate Justice

Panel Discussion | April 23 | 6-8 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Alvaro Sanchez, Environmental Equity Director, The Greenlining Institute; Jessica Tovar, Staff Organizer, Local Clean Energy Alliance; Caroline Farrell, Executive Director, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment; Rachel Morello Frosch, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California, Berkeley; Esther Goolsby, East Oakland Community Organizer, Communities for a Better Environment

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Both environmental degradation and environmental benefits are unevenly distributed along racial and economic lines. This intersection of environmental and social justice is something that we must put at the forefront of our environmental movement. Join us in a panel discussing these intersections, their impacts, and what we must do to ensure that the environmental movement is fighting for those...   More >

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