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

Blending engineering and medicine: novel analyses of electrocardiogram for prediction and prevention of sudden cardiac death

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Gilfillan Auditorium

Speaker Information

Larisa Tereshchenko
Associate professor of medicine
Knight Cardiovascular Institute


Heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States. Sudden cardiac death is a major contributor to cardiovascular mortality and a tragic event for a community and family members. Understanding mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias is a key factor for further reduction of cardiovascular disease burden and mortality. For initiation of arrhythmia, two components are necessary: trigger and the susceptible electrophysiological substrate. Advances in computer science, digital signal processing, and understanding of cardiac arrhythmia mechanisms led to the development of novel mechanistic electrocardiographic and vectorcardiographic measures. We use a widely available, inexpensive, and non-invasive tool (resting 12-lead ECG) to characterize the electrophysiological substrate of cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. Then, we study associations of electrocardiographic phenotype with genomics to understand underlying biology of the electrophysiological substrate. In my talk I will present my translational program, my effort of building Big Data resource (ECGome consortium) and outline opportunities for our collaboration/opportunities for students.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Tereshchenko is an associate professor of medicine in the Knight Cardiovascular Institute. She received MD degree with Honors from the Tyumen Medical School (USSR) in 1986. She was the first-prize winner of the Internal Medicine Competition of the Russian Federation in 1985-86. Dr. Tereshchenko completed Cardiology & Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship and received a Ph.D. degree from Novosibirsk Medical School in 1994. Dr. Tereshchenko was an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Tyumen Medical School in 1994-2004.

In 2004, Dr. Tereshchenko joined the faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine, where she initiated and conducted a prospective cohort study of ICD patients (ICD-EGMs study). After completion of cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, she joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division. She established translational electrophysiology laboratory and developed several novel methods of electrocardiogram analyses, such as dynamic vectorcardiography, global electrical heterogeneity, and measurement of inapparent ventricular conduction. In 2013 Dr. Tereshchenko was awarded NIH R01 award “Novel ECG measures and risk of sudden cardiac death” and moved to the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. She maintains NIH funding of her laboratory.

Dr. Tereshchenko is a Fellow of Heart Rhythm Society, American Heart Association, and American College of Cardiology. She was the President of the International Congress of Electrocardiology hosted in Portland in 2017, and a member of a Board of Directors (Treasurer) of the International Society for Computerized Electrocardiology in 2014-2017. She was awarded the DelMar Junior Investigator Award, awarded by the International Society for Holter and Noninvasive Electrocardiology. Dr. Tereshchenko is an inventor on two patents, an author of more than 100 manuscripts, 3 book chapters, and a member of an Editorial Board of the leading electrophysiology journals (Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, Heart Rhythm, among others).

Resilient and Reconfigurable Distribution Systems Using Dynamic Microgrids with Cross-Layer Interdependencies in Cyber and Physical Networks

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Gilfillan Auditorium

Speaker Information

Xiaonan Lu
Assistant Professor
College of Engineering
Temple University


Grid modernization has raised the increasing interests in power system resiliency enhancement. As the penetration level of distributed energy resources (DERs) increases rapidly, a distribution grid, as the active and most significant ‘grid-edge’ for DER integration, plays a crucial role to bridge the grid backbone (i.e., transmission system) to the end-users. A resilient, stable and secure distribution system is urgently needed to modernize electric grids and ensure operation continuity. As an effective entity of integrating DERs and local loads, microgrids have been widely deployed in modern distribution grids. In addition to single and individual microgrids, networked and dynamic microgrids with controllable and effective interconnections have been deployed and studied to advance resiliency enhancement, especially for critical infrastructures. Given the information exchange to ensure stable control and physical interactions between neighboring microgrids, networked and dynamic microgrids can be regarded as coupled cyber and physical systems with interdependencies across layers. In this presentation, a cross-layer and resilient control framework of networked and dynamic microgrids with stability guarantees will be discussed. Particular examples and use cases will also be introduced to verify the proposed control framework.

Speaker Bio

Xiaonan Lu (S’12-M’13) received his B.E. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2008 and 2013, respectively. From September 2010 to August 2011, he was a guest Ph.D. student at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark. From October 2013 to December 2014, he was a Postdoc Research Associate at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. From January 2015 to July 2018, he was with Argonne National Laboratory, first as a Postdoc Appointee and then as an Energy Systems Scientist. In July 2018, he joined the College of Engineering in Temple University as an Assistant Professor. His research interests include modeling and control of power electronic inverters, hybrid AC and DC microgrids, real-time hardware-in-the-loop simulation, etc. Dr. Lu is the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications and the Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. He serves as the Secretary of the Industrial Power Converters Committee (IPCC) in IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) and the Secretary of the Joint Power Electronics (PELS) and IAS Chapter in Princeton/Central Jersey/Philadelphia.

Video Compression Standardization and Immersive Media Experiences

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Gilfillan Auditorium

Speaker Information

Jill M. Boyce
Intel Fellow and Chief Media Architect


Video compression standards enable applications that we use every day, such as broadcast television, online video streaming, and videoconferencing. A brief tutorial will be presented on the technology used in international video coding standards, including MPEG AVC/H.264, HEVC, and the upcoming VVC. Updates will also be provided on the latest standardization activities to enable immersive media, which enable an immersive experience with 6 degrees of freedom of movement with support for motion parallax.

Speaker Bio

Jill M. Boyce is Intel Fellow and Chief Media Architect at Intel, responsible for defining media architectures for Intel’s video hardware designs. She represents Intel at the Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding (JCT-VC) and Joint Video Exploration Team (JVET) of ITU-T SG16 and ISO/IEC MPEG, and in the Alliance for Open Media. She serves as Associate Rapporteur of ITU-T VCEG (Study Group 16 Question 6), is an editor of the MPEG-I Immersive Video draft standard, and was an editor of the Scalability High Efficiency Video Coding extension (SHVC). She was named an IEEE Fellow in 2019 “for contributions to video coding.”

She received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1988 and an M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1990. She was formerly Director of Algorithms at Vidyo, Inc. where she led video and audio coding and processing algorithm development. She was formerly VP of Research and Innovation Princeton for Technicolor, formerly Thomson. She was formerly with Lucent Technologies Bell Labs, AT&T Labs, and Hitachi America. She was Associate Editor from 2006 to 2010 of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology. She is the inventor of more than 150 granted U.S. patents, and has published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed conferences and journals

Past Colloquia

Ryan St. Pierre
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Corina Barbalata
Monday, February 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Kaushik Jayaram
Friday, February 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Houssam Abbas
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Saurabh Bagchi
Monday, November 26, 2018 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Brian Johnson
Monday, November 19, 2018 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Rodrigo Rubira Branco
Monday, November 5, 2018 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Finale Doshi-Velez
Monday, October 22, 2018 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm