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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

DNA Sequencing in the 21st Century

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Horizon Room, Memorial Union
Speaker Information
Michael Waterman
Dornsife Professor
Departments of Biological Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science.
University of Southern California

Beginning in the 1970s the ability to read DNA sequences has dramatically increased. This general lecture will describe some of that development with attention on mathematical and statistical aspects. After the Human Genome Project new technologies (known as Next Generation Sequencing ) have been developed. NGS has impacted the approaches to solve some basic problems that were previously considered solved.

Reception to follow from 5:00-6:30 pm.

Speaker Bio
Speaker Biography: 

Professor Waterman received a Phd in Probability and Statistics from Michigan State University (1969). He is a native Oregonian, growing up on a ranch near Bandon, Oregon, where family members still reside. He received both the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Mathematics degrees from Oregon State University (then Oregon State College) in 1964 and 1966, respectively. Results from his OSU MS Thesis entitled, The Exponential Family of Probability Distributions Generated by Sigma-Finite Measures, were published in the Annals of Mathematical Statistics in 1971.

Michael Waterman was named a Guggenheim Fellow (1995). He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1995), the National Academy of Sciences (2001), and the National Academy of Engineering (2012). Also he is an elected Fellow of: The American Association for the Advancement of Science (1990), The Institute of Mathematical Statistics (2012), The Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2009), and The International Society of Computational Biology (2009). He received a Gairdner Foundation International Award (2002), and the Friendship Award from the Chinese government (2013). He is an elected Foreign Member of the French Académie des Sciences (2005) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2013). He received a Doctor Philosphiae Honors Causia from Tel Aviv University (2011) and from Southern Denmark University (2013).

Towards Realizing Energy Proportional High-Speed Wireline Systems

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 8:45am to 9:45am
KEC 1007
Speaker Information
Tejasvi Anand
PhD Candidate
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Intra- and inter-chip communication links in both high performance compute systems and mobile platforms consume significant fraction of the system power. Technology scaling combined with techniques such as near-threshold operation and dynamic voltage and frequency scaling have greatly improved energy efficiency of computation kernels. As a result, the fraction of power consumed by communication links is bound to increase steadily. In view of this, there have been many efforts to aggressively improve the energy efficiency of links.

Speaker Bio
Speaker Biography: 

Tejasvi Anand is a PhD Candidate at UIUC working on wireline and sensor systems. He received his M.Tech. degree (with Distinction) in electronics design and technology from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, in 2008. From 2008 to 2010, he worked as an Analog Design Engineer at Cosmic Circuits (now Cadence), Bangalore, India. At Cosmic Circuits he was involved in designing pipeline analog to digital converters, for wireless receivers. From 2010 to 2011, he worked as a Project Associate at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where he was involved in designing SAR analog to digital converters for neural recording systems. Tejasvi is a recipient of IEEE Solid State Circuit Society Pre-Doctoral Achievement Award, M. E. Van Valkenburg Graduate Research Award from the University of Illinois, Analog Devices Outstanding Student Designer Award, and CEDT Design (Gold) Medal from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Wireless Health: From Childhood Obesity to Elderly Falls and Everything in Between

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 8:45am to 9:45am
KEC 1007
Speaker Information
Navid Amini
Postdoctoral Fellow
UCLA Stein Eye Institute
UCLA Wireless Health Institute

The rapid advancement of sensing, computing, and wireless communication technology has given rise to the emerging field of Wireless Health, which transforms healthcare services from a paradigm based on episodic examination, diagnosis, and treatment to one with continuous monitoring, prediction, and prevention. Wireless health-monitoring systems hold the promise of revolutionizing the accessibility, quality, financing, and delivery of healthcare in much the same way that low-cost cellular telephone technology dramatically changed telecommunications worldwide.

Speaker Bio
Speaker Biography: 

Navid Amini is a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA Stein Eye Institute and a researcher at UCLA Wireless Health Institute. His research interests lie broadly in medical informatics with emphasis on innovative sensing and computing technologies for wireless health applications. He received his B.Sc. degree in computer engineering from Sharif University in 2007. He earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees both in computer science from UCLA in 2010 and 2012. He is a principal investigator of an NIH-funded proposal, where he investigates different wearable sensing technologies and machine learning techniques to quantify the behavior of non-visual sensory system and the impact of low vision on daily activities and quality of life. He has served on the Technical Program Committee for several conferences in the field of medical informatics. He is one of the organizers of the ACM International Workshop on Smart Health Systems and Applications. He is a named inventor on three US patents, two of which have been licensed and moving towards commercialization. He is the current recipient of the Edward K. Rice Outstanding Doctoral Student Award at UCLA and he has received unrestricted gifts from influential companies such as Google and Symantec for pursuing end-to-end collaborative research.

Past Colloquia

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
Mike Rosulek
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Dmitri Strukov
Monday, November 11, 2013 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Glencora Borradaile
Monday, November 4, 2013 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Glencora Borradaile
Monday, October 28, 2013 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Tom Lauwers
Friday, October 25, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Mahantesh Halappanavar
Monday, October 21, 2013 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm