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Colloquium Series

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

Machine Learning and Optimization for Robotics

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Rogers 226
Speaker Information
Pieter Abbeel
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
UC Berkeley

Apprenticeship learning, belief space planning, guided policy search -- three hot topics in robotics will be discussed in a seminar from Dr. Pieter Abbeel, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Berkeley.

Speaker Bio
Speaker Biography: 

Dr. Abbeel received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2008 and is currently on the faculty at UC Berkeley in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He has won various awards, including best paper awards at ICML and ICRA, the Sloan Fellowship, the AFOSR-YIP, the ONR-YIP, the DARPA-YFA, the MIT TR35, and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award. His current research focuses on optimization and machine learning for robotics. He is also one of the developers of Gradescope, a web application that allows instructors to grade 2x faster and students to receive more transparent feedback while not changing anything about existing homework and exam formats.

Non-diffractive Airy Beams

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
KEC 1003
Speaker Information
Kyoung-Youm Kim
Associate Professor
Department of Optical Engineering
Sejong University

Airy beams can propagate through an optical medium without any diffraction. Among the several types of so-called non-diffractive beams, they are the only example in the most simple (1+1)D configuration. In addition, they are accelerated or self-bending during propagation in homogeneous media, which is a very attractive characteristic from the practical point of view. In this talk, I will review these unique features of Airy beams and discuss their application to particle manipulation and slow/superluminal light transmission

Speaker Bio
Speaker Biography: 

Kyoung-Youm Kim received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 2002, and joined the Telecommunication R&D Center of Samsung Electronics Company, Korea, where he was engaged in the development of optical components for mobile handsets including backlighting modules and mobile health sensors. Since 2007, he has been a faculty member of the Department of Optical Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul, Korea. His research interest is in nano-optics including plasmonics, optical metamaterials, and light-matter interactions in nano-size semiconductor devices.

The Internet of Everything - what does this mean for SoC design?

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
KEC 1003
Speaker Information
Steve Brown
Director of New Product Development, IP Group
Cadence Design Systems

The Internet of Things is going to change the world, or is it? It is a huge trend that will generate a lot of revenue, or will it? Where are the opportunities in the Internet of Things? What changes are happening in the semiconductor industry to enable the Internet of Things? What are some of the implications for System on Chip (SoC) architecture, semiconductor foundries, and electronic design automation (EDA) tools? And where will the jobs be created?

Speaker Bio
Speaker Biography: 

Steve Brown is Director of New Product Development, IP Group, at Cadence Design Systems. He has held senior marketing and engineering management positions at Cadence, Verisity, Synopsys, and Mentor Graphics. He specializes in creating product and marketing plans to enter markets and drive products to positions of market leadership. Steve earned BSEE and MSEE degrees from Oregon State University and certificates in leadership and marketing strategy at Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, Kellogg, and Wharton.

Past Colloquia

Radu Fetche
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Dr. Aaron S. Crandall
Monday, October 10, 2011 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Dr. James Buckwalter
Monday, October 3, 2011 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Kiri Wagstaff
Monday, September 26, 2011 (All day)
Anindya Patthak
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 (All day)
Sriraam Natarajan
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm