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

Sense and sense-making research in the Ambient Computing domain

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
LINC 200

Speaker Information

Giuseppe Raffa
Principal Engineer
Intel Labs


We are entering a new era of computing – Ambient Computing – where sensing, inference and actuation technologies will disappear into our daily lives and the spaces we live in. Spaces will be able to sense multiple signals, understand their meaning and infer high-level contextual information about people, spaces and situations.

This vision requires novel algorithms and systems, and also new user-centric approaches to make sure these technologies can provide real value to the inhabitants of these spaces. This talk will introduce the research activities that are happening in Intel Labs related to Ambient Computing and Smart Spaces technologies.

I will present our research approach and various horizontal technologies we are researching on related to machine learning and artificial intelligence. Some examples include multimodal person identification, activity recognition, emotion recognition and mixed reality. Finally, I will discuss some of the vertical domains the team is exploring, i.e. Smart Home (Kid’s learning support and Elderly care), Autonomous vehicles (in cabin experiences) and Smart Manufacturing (task support).

Speaker Bio

Giuseppe "Beppe" Raffa is a Principal Engineer and Research Manager whose research interests are in the field of smart spaces, sensors-based context-aware systems and sensors-based human-computer interaction. He leads a team working on “Smart Spaces and Interactions” in environments such as Home, Office, Industrial. He worked on gesture recognition, low power systems, on-body multimodal interfaces, and context-aware applications, systems and architectures. Beppe received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Bologna with a dissertation on "Context-aware Computing in Smart Environments".

He has co-authored >20 papers published in international conferences and journals, served as co-editor of two workshops (UbiComp2005, ACII 2017), filed >100 patents and served as committee member of several ACM and IEEE conferences. Beppe received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bologna (Italy), where he researched, developed, and deployed in-field location- and context-aware mobile systems across Europe in the Cultural Heritage research domain. He can be contacted at giuseppe.raffa@intel.com and https://www.linkedin.com/in/giuseppe-beppe-raffa/

Heuristic Search: Something Old and Something New

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
LINC 200

Speaker Information

Robert Holte
Professor Emeritus
Computing Science Department
University of Alberta


I begin this talk with a review of long-established results in heuristic search and the early history of bidirectional heuristic search. I then describe a recent (2016) breakthrough in bidirectional heuristic search (the MM algorithm), which challenges long-held assumptions and exposes exciting new research directions. Although the technical details in this talk are focused on heuristic search, the general lessons with which I conclude are relevant to researchers in all branches of A.I. and possibly Computer Science more generally.

Speaker Bio

Professor Emeritus Robert Holte of the Computing Science Department at the University of Alberta is a former editor-in-chief of the journal "Machine Learning" and co-founder and former director of the Alberta Innovates Center for Machine Learning (AICML, now known as Amii). In addition to machine learning, Professor Holte has made seminal contributions to the subfield of A.I. known as single-agent heuristic search, most notably his recent work on bidirectional heuristic search. Professor Holte was elected a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) in 2011 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on heuristic search from the Symposium on Combinatorial Search in 2018. Another Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced at the end of May.

Past Colloquia

Selcuk Uluagac
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 10:00am to 11:10am
Bill Smart
Monday, January 28, 2013 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Cindy Grimm
Monday, January 14, 2013 - 4:00pm
Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez
Monday, January 7, 2013 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Andy Gill
Monday, November 5, 2012 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Arun Natarajan
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Su-In Lee
Friday, October 26, 2012 - 10:00am to 10:50am
Brian Drost
Monday, October 22, 2012 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Dr. Robert S. Laramee
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 11:00am to 11:50am