Special CSL Social Hour, Jan 19, 2018

The CSL administrative leadership welcomes students, postdocs and faculty to the new CSL calendar year 2018. During the first Social Hour of the semester on Friday, January 19, 3PM in 301 CSL, Dr. Klara Nahrstedt, the director of CSL, Karen Cromwell, CSL associate director for administration and Michael Chan, Engineering IT, will discuss (a) CSL organization and facts about CSL, (b) ‘who is who’ in CSL you can get help from, (c) CSL upcoming events in Spring 2018 and (d) Engineering IT Service available to you during Spring 2018. Come and join us get useful CSL information, fun facts and nice refreshments.

Bio: Klara Nahrstedt is the Ralph and Catherine Fisher Full Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Computer Science Department, and the Director of Coordinated Science Laboratory at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Klara Nahrstedt received her BA in mathematics from Humboldt University, Berlin, in 1984, and M.Sc. degree in numerical analysis from the same university in 1985. She was a research scientist in the Institute for Informatik in Berlin until 1990. In 1995 she received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Computer and Information Science. She is the ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, and the Member of Leopoldina German National Academy of Sciences.

Join the Social Hour to learn about the people of the administrative infrastructure with whom CSL students, postdocs and faculty interact with and get emails from, and about the CSL place CSL members will spend many hours during the upcoming academic year. And most importantly come, and enjoy food and company of CSL peers, staff and faculty.

Special CSL Social Hour, Dec 8, 2017

Welcome to the last social hour of the semester! We are glad to have Daniel J. Block as our guest speaker for this week’s social hour on Friday, December 8th at 3:00PM in 369 CSL. This special session is titled as “Inexpensive Control System Lab Experiments”.

Bio: Dan received his B.S. in General Engineering with secondary field in Robotics and Control from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1991. Then from 1991 to 1993 worked at IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY as a test engineer implementing/programming both their old line and new line of robotic test equipment. In 1993 returned to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for a M.S. in General Engineering working under Mark Spong in the area of Robotics and Control. From 1994 to present he has the position of Lab Manager of the College of Engineering Control Systems Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. With this position he spends his time building new experiments for control theory and robotic theory lab courses and instructing hands on laboratory courses, GE 489 Lab Robotic Control, GE 420 Lab Digital Control of Dynamic Systems, GE 423 Mechatronics and ME461 Computer Control of Mechanical Systems.

Special CSL Social Hour, Dec 1, 2017

Considering the great interest and enthusiasm that we observe these days both in research and real life regarding machine learning, CSL social hour committee is glad to have Prof. Matus Telgarsky from department of computer science this Friday, Dec. 1 at 3:00PM in 369CSL. In this week’s social hour Prof. Telgarsky will talk about “Open Problems and Recent Advances in Neural Network Theory”.

Bio: Matus Telgarsky obtained his PhD in Computer Science from UCSD in 2013 under Sanjoy Dasgupta; while there, his research focused primarily upon optimization and statistical aspects of unconstrained and unregularized algorithms (e.g., boosting), and to a lesser extent, clustering. He then served as a postdoctoral researcher at Rutgers University and the University of Michigan, as well as a consulting researcher at Microsoft Research in New York City. Since fall 2016, he has been an assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; his most recent interests are representation and nonconvex optimization.

Special CSL Social Hour, Nov 10, 2017

We are glad to have Prof. Seth Hutchinson, as our guest speaker for this week’s social hour on Friday, Nov 10 at 3:00PM in 369 CSL. In this session Prof. Hutchinson will talk about “What’s next for Robotics?”.

Bio: Prof. Hutchinson received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1988. In 1990, he joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Coordinated Science Laboratory, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. He served as associate department head of ECE from 2001 to 2007. Prof. Hutchinson currently serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Robotics Research and the Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics, and chairs the steering committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. He was Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s Conference Editorial Board (2006-2008), and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transaction on Robotics (2008-2013). He has published more than 200 papers on the topics of robotics and computer vision, and is coauthor of the books Principles of Robot Motion: Theory, Algorithms, and Implementations, published by MIT Press, and Robot Modeling and Control, published by Wiley.

Special CSL Social Hour, Nov 3, 2017

We are very pleased to have Ryan Corey as our guest speaker for this week’s social hour on Friday, Nov 3 at 3:00PM in 369 CSL. In this week’s social hour Ryan will talk about “Multichannel Signal Processing for Augmented Listening Devices”.

Abstract: Augmented listening devices, such as hearing aids, personal sound amplifiers, and an emerging category of “smart” headphones, promise to enhance human listening by processing the sound we hear to reduce noise and improve understanding, but most products available today perform poorly in very noisy environments. In our research, we show how advanced listening devices can use microphone arrays to separate, process, and enhance multiple sound sources even in challenging listening environments.

Bio: Ryan Corey is a PhD student working with Professor Andrew Singer in CSL. A Chicago-area native, Ryan completed his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, then returned to Illinois for graduate school. In 2014, he was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Ryan studies speech and audio signal processing with a particular focus on multichannel processing for hearing aid applications. When he’s not playing with microphones, Ryan enjoys travel, cooking, and silly hats.

CSL Social Hour, Oct 27, 2017

We are glad to have Xiang-Shen Ye, as our speaker for this week’s social hour on Friday, October 27 at 3:00PM in 369 CSL. This session is titled as “Optimization in Curbing Risk Contagion among Financial Institutes”.

Abstract: Financial institutions are interconnected by holding debt claims against each other. It can be shown that a good mechanism of default liquidation may improve the total wealth of the financial system. this problem can be formulated as a nonlinear optimization problem with constraints and propose an optimal liquidation policy to minimize the system’s loss. It can be shown that this problem resembles a Markov decision problem (MDP) and therefore we can apply the direct-comparison based optimization approach to solve this problem.

BioXiang-Shen is a visiting Ph.D. student at Coordinated Science Laboratory working under the supervision of Professor Tamer Başar. Currently he is pursuing the Ph.D. degree in the Department of Automation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, under the supervision of Professor Xi-Ren Cao. He received the B.Eng. degree in automation science from Beijing University of Aeronautic and Astronautics, Beijing, China, in 2013. His current research interests include discrete event dynamic systems, stochastic learning and optimization, and financial engineering. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hiking, skiing, and playing basketball.

Important: The Video-of-the-Month is due by noon, Thursday, Oct 26. The link to upload your videos is: go.illinois.edu/bestvideo.

CSL Social Hour, Oct 20, 2017

The CSL Social Hour Organizing Committee is very excited to announce this week’s social hour by Hamidreza Jafarnejadsani. In this week’s social hour Hamidreza will talk about his research on “Adaptive Sampled-Data Control Design for MIMO Systems with Application to Cyber-Physical Security“. The event will be held on Friday, October 20 at 3:00PM in CSL 369.

Bio: Hamidreza Jafarnejadsani is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at UIUC. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees, both in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Tehran in 2011 and the University of Calgary in 2013, respectively. He is working under the supervision of professor Naira Hovakimyan on developing secure detection and control algorithms for cyber-physical control systems, by extending the L1 adaptive control theory to sampled-data and multirate control frameworks, and leveraging the advances in fault-tolerant software architectures. He uses UAV platforms to demonstrate the security challenges and validate the theoretical solutions.

Special CSL Social Hour, Sept 29, 2017

The CSL Social Hour Organizing Committee is very excited to announce this week’s social hour by Prof. Alexander Schwing. In this week’s social hour Prof. Schwing will talk about “Deep learning and artificial intelligence — what’s next?“. The event will be held on Friday, Sept 29 at 3:10PM in CSL 369.

Abstract: Progress in the area of deep learning and artificial intelligence has resulted in impressive results for a variety of applications from image categorization to playing the game of go and dermatologist-level cancer classification to name a few. In this social hour we will discuss what’s next?

Bio: Alex Schwing is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working with talented students on computer vision and machine learning topics. He received is B.S. and diploma in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from Technical University of Munich in 2006 and 2008 respectively, and obtained a PhD in Computer Science from ETH Zurich in 2014. Afterwards he joined University of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow until 2016. His research interests are in the area of computer vision and machine learning, where he has co-authored numerous papers on topics in scene understanding, inference and learning algorithms, deep learning, image and language processing and generative modeling. His PhD thesis was awarded an ETH medal.

 

Important: The Video-of-the-Month is due by noon, Thursday, Sept 28. The link to upload your videos is: go.illinois.edu/bestvideo.

Special CSL Social Hour, Sept 22, 2017

The CSL Social Hour Organizing Committee is very excited to announce this week’s social hour by CSL Prof. Ivan Dokmanić. In this week’s social hour Prof. Dokmanić will talk about his experience as a faculty in CSL, his research team and projects they are working on. The event will be held on Friday, September 22 at 3:00PM in CSL 369.

Bio: Assistant Professor Ivan Dokmanić (PhD ’15) received a doctorate in computer and communication science from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Previously he was a teaching assistant at the University of Zagreb, a codec developer for MainConcept AG, and a digital audio effects designer for Little Endian Ltd. During summer 2013, he was with Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington where he worked on ultrasonic depth sensings.

As a postdoctoral researcher with Laurent Daudet (Institut Langevin, Paris) and Stéphane Mallat (ENS, Paris), he used echoes to help robots navigate in unknown rooms and developed new ways to regularize inverse problems in computational imaging.

He works on a medley of audio and acoustics, distance geometry, and inverse problems theory. For his work on room shape reconstruction using sound, he received the Best Student Paper Award at ICASSP 2011; in 2014 he received a Google PhD Fellowship. He is a laureate of the EPFL Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award. One of his ongoing projects on the use of echoes in auditory scene analysis (“Echonomy in Auditory Scene Analysis”) is funded by a Google Faculty Research Award.

He used to be the singer and the lead guitarist of Ivan and the Terribles, featuring Martin Vetterli on bass, Paolo Prandoni on everything, and Marta Martinez-Cámara on saxophone.