Once every week while school is in session, EECS invites a distinguished researcher or practitioner in a computer science or electrical and computer engineering-related field to present their ideas and/or work. Talks are generally targeted to electrical engineering and computer science graduate students. This colloquium series is free and open to everyone.

Upcoming Colloquia

Reinforcement Learning for Healthcare

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
LINC 200

Speaker Information

Finale Doshi-Velez
Assistant Professor
Computer Science
Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


Many healthcare problems require thinking not only about the immediate effect of a treatment, but possible long-term ramifications.  For example, a certain drug cocktail may cause an immediate drop in viral load in HIV, but also cause the presence of resistance mutations that will reduce the number of viable treatment options in the future.  Within machine learning, the reinforcement learning framework is designed to think about decision-making under uncertainty when decisions may have long-lasting effects. 

In this talk, I will talk about a number of directions we are developing in my lab to identify personalized treatment policies from electronic health and registry records.  Our approaches achieve state-of-the-art results on HIV management and initial promising results for sepsis management.  Next, I'll dive into how we evaluated these algorithms when we could not test on new patients and had to rely only on the observational data -- highlighting both current work in our lab on off-policy evaluation as well as more general gotchas that remind us to all be careful scientists.
This is joint work with: Sonali Parbhoo, Maurizio Zazzi, Volker Roth, Xuefeng Peng, David Wihl, Yi Ding, Omer Gottesman, Liwei Lehman, Matthieu Komorowski, Aldo Faisal, David Sontag, Fredrik Johansson, Leo Celi, Aniruddh Raghu, Yao Liu, Emma Brunskill, and the CS282 2017 Topics in Machine Learning Course.

Speaker Bio

Finale Doshi-Velez is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  She completed MSc at the University of Cambridge as a Marshall Scholar, her PhD at MIT, and her postdoc at Harvard Medical School.  She has won an NSF CAREER Award, is a Sloan fellow, and co-organizes the Machine Learning for Healthcare Conference.

Unexpected Computations, Exploit Writing and Offensive Security Research

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
LINC 200

Speaker Information

Rodrigo Rubira Branco
Chief Security Researcher
Intel Corporation


This talk is a discussion about the career of a vulnerability researcher in the industry, reasoning on why vulnerabilities exist (and can be exploited) and actual examples of how they can be found and exploited.

Speaker Bio

Rodrigo Rubira Branco (BSDaemon) works as Chief Security Researcher at Intel Corporation where he leads the STORM (STrategic Offensive Research & Mitigations) team. Previous to that, he led the Core Client and BIOS Teams. He is the Founder of the Dissect || PE Malware Analysis Project. Rodrigo held positions as Director of Vulnerability & Malware Research at Qualys and as Chief Security Research at Check Point where he founded the Vulnerability Discovery Team (VDT) and released dozens of vulnerabilities in many important software. In 2011 he was honored as one of the top contributors of Adobe. Previous to that, he worked as Senior Vulnerability Researcher in COSEINC, as Principal Security Researcher at Scanit and as Staff Software Engineer in the IBM Advanced Linux Response Team (ALRT) also working in the IBM Toolchain (Debugging) Team for the PowerPC Architecture. He is a member of the RISE Security Group and is one of the organizers of Hackers to Hackers Conference (H2HC), the oldest security research conference in Latin America. He is an active contributor to open-source projects (like ebizzy, linux kernel, others). Accepted speaker in lots of security and open-source related events as Black Hat, Hack in The Box, XCon, OLS, Defcon, Hackito, Zero Nights, PhDays, Troopers, Andsec, Ekoparty and many others. Rodrigo is also part of the committee for many security conferences, such as Black Hat USA/Europe/Asia (invited reviewer), PhDays, Hackito, NoSuchCon, Opcde, CCNC, LACSEC and others.

Past Colloquia

Chris Mangelsdorf
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Sridhar Mahadevan
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Houssam Abbas
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Wei Yang
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Chengnian Sun
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Amulya Yadav
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Naomi Fitter
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am