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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

Visual understanding of human actions

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
KEC 1007
Speaker Information
Hamed Pirsiavash
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

The aim of computer vision is to develop algorithms for computers to “see” and understand the world as humans do. Central to this goal is understanding human behavior; for instance, in order for a robot to interact with humans, it should understand our actions to produce the desirable response. As such, my work explores several directions in computationally representing and understanding human actions.

Speaker Bio
Speaker Biography: 

Hamed Pirsiavash is a postdoctoral research associate at MIT working with Prof. Antonio Torralba. He obtained his PhD at the University of California Irvine under the supervision of Prof. Deva Ramanan. He does research in the intersection of computer vision and machine learning, more specifically in understanding human actions.

First-Person Activity Recognition: Understanding Videos from One's Own Viewpoint

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 9:00am to 10:00am
KEC 1007
Speaker Information
Michael S. Ryoo
Research Staff
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

We are entering the era of big video data where cameras are ubiquitous. In particular, the amount of videos from wearable cameras and robots is explosively rising. These videos, taken from an actor's own viewpoint, are called 'first-person videos' or 'egocentric videos'. Millions of individuals are already recording their lives using wearable cameras and, soon, robots in public places will obtain similar videos capturing their operations and interactions in the world.

Speaker Bio
Speaker Biography: 

Michael S. Ryoo is a research staff at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His research interests are in computer vision and robotics, including semantic understanding of video data, first-person vision, and intelligent interaction/collaboration between humans and wearbles/robots. Dr. Ryoo received the B.S. degree in computer science from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2004, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006 and 2008, respectively. He has authored a number of pioneering papers on human activity recognition, has been providing tutorials on activity recognition at major computer vision conferences including CVPR 2011, AVSS 2012, and CVPR 2014, and is the corresponding author of the activity recognition survey paper published by ACM Computing Surveys on 2011. He organized the first ICPR contest on human activity recognition (SDHA 2010) and the 3rd workshop on Egocentric Vision at CVPR 2014.

Secure and Robust Software Through Testing and Verification

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
KEC 1007
Speaker Information
Rene Just
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Programming Languages and Software Engineering Group
University of Washington

Hardly any area exists in our everyday life that is not affected by software, yet software remains buggy. These software bugs not only affect correctness and robustness but also cause severe security vulnerabilities. Software verification can provide strong guarantees about important (security) properties of a program, but full verification of software correctness is prohibitively expensive for most applications. Software testing is the predominant approach for assuring software correctness and robustness, but software testing is not complete and can only increase confidence.

Speaker Bio
Speaker Biography: 

René Just is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Washington, where he is a member of the Programming Languages and Software Engineering group. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Ulm in 2013. His research interests are in software engineering and software security, in particular static and dynamic program analysis, type systems, mobile security, and mining software repositories. His research won two ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Awards (FSE'14 and ISSTA'14).

Past Colloquia

Nader Bagherzadeh
Monday, May 5, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Sayfe Kiaei
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Jim Kemerling and Darrell Teegarden
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Douglas W. Fisher
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Gregor Richards
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:00am
Abhishek Jain
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:00am
Lizhong Chen
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:00am
Jay McCarthy
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:00am
Jinsub Kim
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:00am
Khalid Elgazzar
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:00am