Talks & Events

UTCS Faculty Candidate - Andrea L. Thomaz, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Robots Learning from Human Teachers"

Date: Mar 31, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: WRW 113

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Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Host:  Peter Stone

Talk Abstract: The vision of my research is to enable robots to function in real human environments such as, service robots helping at home, co-worker robots to revolutionize manufacturing, and assistive robots empowering healthcare workers and enabling aging adults to live longer in their homes. To do this, we need to build intelligent robots that can be embedded into human environments to interact with everyday people. Many of the successes of robotics to date rely on structured environments and repeatable... Read more

LASR Colloquia - Aditya Akella, University of Wisconsin at Madison, "Abstractions for Network Functions"

Date: Apr 1, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: GDC 2.410

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Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Host:  Lili Qiu

Talk Abstract: Network functions (NFs), also called middleboxes, are in-network devices that perform custom packet processing actions. Examples include firewalls, application accelerators, gateways, intrusion detections systems, load balancers, etc.  In recent years, two trends have significantly reshaped how networks use NFs. First, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), where NFs are deployed within VMs or as software processes (as opposed to the traditional hardware-based appliances), has made it... Read more

UTCS Faculty Candidate - Leonid Ryzhyk, Carnegie Mellon University, "Rigorous OS Design: an Idea Whose Time Has Come"

Date: Apr 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: GDC 2.216

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Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Host:  Emmett Witchel

Talk Abstract: Modern operating systems consist of millions lines of low-level code, which is hard to understand, maintain, and validate.   In this talk I will advocate the rigorous approach to OS design as a way to overcome the problem.  I argue that the time has come to re-think the OS design based on a solid mathematical foundation. This long-sought vision is finally becoming feasible due to recent advances in programming languages, model checking, and interactive theorem proving.  I will outline a... Read more

LASR Colloquia - I-Hong Hou, Texas A&M, "The Capacity of Wireless Networks for Emerging Applications"

Date: Apr 2, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: POB 2.402

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Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Host:  Lili Qiu

Talk Abstract: Future wireless traffic is going to be dominated by emerging applications such as VoIP, video conferencing, video/audio streaming, etc. These applications have their unique traffic patterns, performance metrics, and service requirements. Traditional network performance metrics, such as throughput, delay, and delay jitter, can no longer provide a precise characterization for these emerging applications. In this talk, we discuss two different kinds of emerging applications. We introduce an... Read more

Brain Freeze with Boeing

Date: Apr 2, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: GDC Atrium

Stop by to enjoy Tiff's Treats cookies and ice cream with Boeing!

CANCELED: GAMMA Bowling & Billiards Night

Date: Apr 2, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: UT Union Underground

The GAMMA Program will be hosting a Bowling & Billiards Night with local industry partners.

UTCS AI Colloquia - Noah Smith, Carnegie Mellon University, "Machine Learning about People from their Language"

Date: Apr 3, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: GDC 6.302

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Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Host:  Ray Mooney

Talk Abstract: This talk describes new analysis algorithms for text data aimed at understanding the social world from which the data emerged. The political world offers some excellent questions to explore: Do US presidential candidates "move to the political center" after winning a primary election? Are Supreme Court justices swayed by amicus curiae briefs, documents crafted at great expense? I'll show how our computational models capture theoretical commitments and uncertainty, offering new tools for... Read more

Rise and Dine with Chevron

Date: Apr 6, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Location: GDC Atrium

All CS students are invited to stop by and enjoy free donuts and coffee, compliments of Chevron!

9:30 am - 'til we run out of donuts!

RetailMeNot Talk

Date: Apr 6, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: GDC 4.304

tbd

Programming Languages Lunch - Keshav Pingali, UTCS, "A graphical model for context-free grammar parsing"

Date: Apr 7, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: GDC 6.302

Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Talk Abstract: I am giving a keynote at ETAPS on my work with Gianfranco Bilardi (University of Padova, Italy) on the Grammar Flow Graph (GFG) which is a graphical representation of  context-free grammars that permits parsing problems to be formulated as path problems in graphs just like a finite-state automaton does for regular grammars. This talk with describe the GFG and show how it permits a simple description of Earley's parsing algorithm, look-ahead computation, and LL and LR parsing.

Speaker Bio: Keshav Pingali is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin, and he holds the W.A."Tex" Moncrief Chair of Computing in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at UT Austin. He was on the faculty of the... Read more

eBay and PayPal Company Day

Date: Apr 8, 2015 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: GDC Atrium

Stop by to learn about eBay and PayPal!

UTCS Faculty Candidate - Daniele Panozzo, ETH Zurich, "Generalized Tangent Vector Fields"

Date: Apr 9, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: GDC 2.216

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Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Host:  Etienne Vouga

Talk Abstract: Tangent vector fields (and their generalizations) play an important role in geometry processing applications, including texture synthesis, parametrization, deformation and remeshing. In this talk, I will present recent tools for computing these fields at interactive rates, while following user-defined directional constraints: compared to existing techniques, the presented algorithms are guaranteed to find an optimal solution by minimizing a convex quadratic energy. Tangent vector fields... Read more

Food For Thought with Indeed

Date: Apr 9, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location: GDC 6.302

TBD

Microsoft College Puzzle Challenge

Date: Apr 11, 2015 (All day)
Location: GDC 2.216

LIKE A CROSSWORD
ONLY HARDER

What more could you ask for?

Come to the Microsoft 2015 College Puzzle Challenge.  Even Turing loved puzzles.  Plus, everyone on your team could score some awesome prizes.

Saturday, April 11th on campuses across the U.S.

Register your team at www.collegepuzzlechallenge.com!

UTCS Faculty Candidate - Srivatsan Raman, Harvard Medical School, "Predicting 3-dimensional protein structures to atomic-level accuracy"

Date: Apr 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: GDC 2.216

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Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Host:  Risto Miikkulainen

Talk Abstract: Predicting protein structures to high accuracy and the refinement of low-resolution protein structures to make more accurate structures are long-standing problems in computational structural biology. While de novo prediction works for small proteins (<70 amino acids), it fails for larger proteins (>100 amino acids) because the conformational search space is too large. Here we present two approaches to accurately predicting larger protein structures: one, by using backbone... Read more

Meet Puppies and Microsoft!

Date: Apr 14, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: GDC Atrium

Event Description:

Come meet with our Microsoft Recruiter Kelly while learning more about Microsoft, but more importantly, playing with puppies! We will provide the puppies, all you need to do is show up and enjoy some puppy love!

Bio:

Hey college students! I'm your campus recruiter and can't wait to see you around at your school. When I'm not out on the road working to find some of the best and the brightest I love reading scifi books, playing board games, and exploring delicious restaurants. Have a question about different opportunities or just want to get in touch to discuss a great idea? Feel free to shoot me an email at any time! I am a huge fan of puzzles of all shapes, sizes, and types so I'm thrilled to have the chance to work at a company where I'm surrounded by people who are solving some of today's trickiest puzzles. Whether you're an undeclared... Read more

UTCS Faculty Candidate - Peter Bailis, UC Berkeley, "Coordination Avoidance in Distributed Databases"

Date: Apr 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: GDC 2.216

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Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Host:  Lorenzo Alvisi

Talk Abstract: The rise of Internet-scale geo-replicated services has led to considerable upheaval in the design of modern data management systems. Namely, given the availability, latency, and throughput penalties associated with classic mechanisms such as serializable transactions, a broad class of systems (e.g., "NoSQL") has sought weaker alternatives that reduce the use of expensive coordination during system operation, often at the cost of application integrity. When can we safely forego the cost... Read more

eBay/PayPal Mentoring Day

Date: Apr 16, 2015 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: GDC 6.302

tbd

Rise and Dine

Date: Apr 20, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Location:

TBD

UTCS Faculty Candidate - Vladimir Kim, Stanford University, "Structure and Function in Large Collections of 3D Models"

Date: Apr 21, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: GDC 2.216

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Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Host:  Etienne Vouga

Talk Abstract: As large repositories of 3D shape collections grow, understanding the geometric data, especially encoding the inter-model similarity, their variations, semantics and functionality, is of central importance.  My research addresses the challenge of deriving probabilistic models that capture common structure in large, unorganized, and diverse collections of 3D polygonal shapes. In my talk, I will present two such structural models and algorithms for inferring them, as well as their... Read more

UTCS Faculty Candidate - Joseph Gonzalez, UC Berkeley, "Learning Systems: Systems and Abstractions for Large-Scale Machine Learning"

Date: Apr 23, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: GDC 2.216

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Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Host:  Inderjit Dhillon

Talk Abstract: The challenges of advanced analytics and big data cannot be address by developing new machine learning algorithms or new large-scale computing systems in isolation.  Some of the recent advances in machine learning have come from new systems that can apply complex models to big data problems.  Likewise, some of the recent advances in systems have exploited fundamental properties in machine learning to reach new points in the system design space.  By considering the design of scalable... Read more

"Making the Most of Your Summer" - Presented by Google

Date: Apr 23, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: GDC 1.304

tbd

UTCS Faculty Candidate - Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, University of Washington, "Big visual data meets human face modeling"

Date: Apr 24, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: POB 2.302 (AVAYA)

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Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Host:  Kristen Grauman

Talk Abstract: Internet and personal photo collections now add up to over a trillion photos, with people being in most of them. The availability of so many photos presents a unique opportunity to model and predict the appearance and shape of virtually the whole human population. The ability to model people will enable breakthrough applications in recognition,  health, virtual reality, and many more. A major challenge is to create algorithms that operate in the wild (completely uncalibrated)... Read more

TGIF with Schlumberger

Date: Apr 24, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location:

All CS grad students, faculty and staff are invited to join Schlumberger for a TGIF celebration!

Jolly Game Jam

Date: Apr 25, 2015 (All day)
Location: GDC 6.302

COME JOIN THE BEST GAME JAM IN THE VERSE.

We changed the world with Words With Friends. We led the charge in the mobile gaming revolution by making beloved games that brought the world together. We created 100 million new gamers out of people who had never played games before in their lives. It was totally awesome.

Now we’re starting a new revolution. We’re creating a mecca of game development in Austin, with world-class people, culture, and compensation. We are inventing a series of sexy and dangerous new games on a host of diverse platforms. We’re looking for allies. Want to show us what you’ve got?

LET’S MAKE GAMES TOGETHER.

★ Finish the weekend with a fully functional video game.
★ Everything you build is yours to keep. Resume builder? Side project? Anything!
★ Get feedback from industry experts hacking alongside you.
★ We’ll give you game prototypes to let you hit the... Read more

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