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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

Towards Modular Computer Language Components

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
KEC 1003
Speaker Information
Tillman Rendel
Research Associate
University of Tübingen

A modern software project uses many computer languages for source code, configuration files, database queries, scripts, network protocols, user-interface specifications, API descriptions, and so on. Some of these languages are developed by dedicated language designers for a wide audience, but others are defined for use in a single project or for the projects of a single company.

Speaker Bio
Speaker Biography: 

Tillmann Rendel works on solving software engineering problems through programming language methods. His research interests include domain-specific languages, extensible languages, modular software development in functional and object-oriented settings, and software product lines. Tillmann studied at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and the University of Marburg, Germany. He is now a research associate at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

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.

Past Colloquia

Roy Olsson
Monday, February 17, 2014 - 8:45am to 10:00am
Janardhan Rao (Jana) Doppa
Monday, February 10, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Jonathan Coker
Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Kristi Potter
Monday, February 3, 2014 - 4:00pm
Aaron Buchwald
Monday, January 13, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Bruce Shepherd
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Mark Crowley
Monday, November 25, 2013 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Feng Liu
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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