Welcome back!! We are very pleased to have Professor Ravishankar Iyer as our guest speaker for this week’s special social hour on Friday, March 31 at 3:00PM in 369 CSL. This special session is titled as “Sequences to Systems: Creating the CompGen Engine at Illinois”.
Bio: Professor Ravishankar Iyer is the George and Ann Fisher Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds joint appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL), and the Department of Computer Science. He is an affiliate faculty of the Insititue for Genomic Biology (IGB) and National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Iyer has led several large successful projects funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and industry. He currently co-leads the CompGen Initiative at Illinois. Funded by NSF and partnering with industry leaders, hospitals, and research laboratories, CompGen aims to build a new computational platform to address both accuracy and performance issues for a range of genomics applications. Professor Iyer is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He has received several awards, including the IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award, and the 2011 Outstanding Contributions award by the Association of Computing Machinery. Professor Iyer is also the recipient of the degree of Doctor Honaris Causa from Toulouse Sabatier University in France.
Important: The Video-of-the-Month is due by 5 pm, Thursday, March 30. The link to upload your videos is: go.illinois.edu/bestvideo.
Tired of exams, deadlines, and CSL heating system!! Come and join us for the special CSL Social Hour on Friday March 17, at 3 pm in 369 CSL. Warning: There will be no slides, no equations, no deep learning. Instead there will be us getting together, celebrating the beginning of Spring and live music. We are pleased to have Ardavan Ardeshirilajimi and Parisa Karimi as our Social hour guests this week. They are going to play classical Persian music pieces with Tar and Kamancheh.
Bio: Ardavan is a PhD candidate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UIUC. He received his M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. Ardavan is very passionate about Iranian classical music. He has been playing plays Tar and Tonbak, since he was young. Other than music, he is interested in cooking, playing soccer, calligraphy, and ice skating.
Bio: Parisa is a PhD student in the ECE department, at UIUC. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, and her master’s degree from Sharif University of technology Tehran, all in Electrical Engineering. Parisa is an experienced Kamancheh player. She is the winner of the best Kamancheh soloist in the youth music festival Tehran, 2015. She is also interested in playing piano, but her true passion lies in music composition.
We are glad to have Dr. Svetlana Sowers, Senior Technology Manager at the Office of Technology Management (OTM), as our guest speaker for this week’s social hour on Friday, March 10 at 3pm in 301 CSL. She will talk about various aspects of managing University IP, including protecting, promoting and licensing IP.
Bio: Dr. Svetlana Sowers is a Senior Technology Manager at the Office of Technology Management at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She is responsible for technology transfer of software and other copyrightable inventions from across campus. She had helped launch the Ready-to-Sign and Mobile programs at the University of Illinois. Prior to joining the tech transfer community over 5 years ago, Svetlana has worked at Yahoo!, Motorola, and at a local startup. She received her MBA degree from the University of Illinois, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park.
See you all on Friday!!
We are glad to have Daniel George, as our speaker for this week’s social hour on Friday, March 3 at 3:00PM in 369 CSL. This session is titled as “Deep learning for extracting signals weaker than noise: Detecting gravitational waves”.
Bio: Daniel George is a PhD student in Astronomy, pursuing the Computational Science and Engineering concentration, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from IIT Bombay. He is currently a Research Assistant in the Gravity Group at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and a member of the LIGO collaboration working at the interface of deep learning, high-performance computing, and gravitational wave astrophysics. His long-term interests lie in applying cutting-edge computer science and technology, especially artificial intelligence, to accelerate discoveries in the fundamental sciences.
Abstract: Daniel will describe a new technique which can rapidly extract weak signals with signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) as low as 0.25. This outperforms matched-filtering and other machine learning methods. It also extends the range of gravitational waves that can be detected by LIGO, thus enabling immediate follow-up campaigns. Furthermore, the same technique can detect and classify transients from raw telescope data. This initiates a new paradigm for research which uses massively-parallel simulations to train artificial intelligence algorithms that exploit emerging hardware architectures.
Remember Ashley Moy from the Cast 21!! Well, the social hour team is excited to have her back as a guest speaker for this week’s special social hour on February 24 at 3pm in 369 CSL. This special session is titled as “Cast21 – a work in progress”.
Bio: Ashley S. Moy has won numerous international awards for design and research. Prior to co-founding Cast21, the accomplished engineer and researcher has worked in clinics in the United States and abroad to develop medical devices and pharmaceuticals. In 2013, Ashley led a team to develop a probiotic drug to help reduce the incidence of diet-induced heart disease and went on to win the iGEM World Championship. Prior to cofounding Cast21, Moy also did business development for Fibroblast, a healthcare Saas startup. When she is not working, she loves playing and listening to live music with her friends and aerial spinning.
Important: The Video-of-the-Month is due by noon, Thursday, February 23. The link to upload your videos is: go.illinois.edu/bestvideo.
We are very pleased to have Professor Bruce Hajek as our guest speaker for this week’s special social hour on Friday, February 10 at 3:00PM in 369 CSL. Prof. Hajek will briefly talk about his research and his experiences at CSL.
Bio: Professor Bruce Hajek received a BS in mathematics and an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He has served as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a researcher in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at Illinois since 1979. He is a member of the Center for Advanced Study and holds the prestigious Hoeft Chair in Engineering. Prof. Hajek’s research interests include communication networks, auctions and mechanism design, stochastic analysis, optimization, control, and machine learning. He was a winner of the USA Mathematical Olympiad in 1973 and has received the Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award, and the ACM Sigmetrics Achievement Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEEE.
We are glad to have Xun Jian, as our speaker for this week’s social hour on Friday, February 3 at 3:00PM in 369 CSL. This session is titled as “Distributed power management for memory networks”.
Bio: Xun Jian is a sixth year graduate student working with Professor Rakesh Kumar in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Xun Jian works in the area of Computer Architecture. His research interest is on server architectures for improving the future scaling of data centers and HPC systems. His graduate work has been exploring energy-efficient architectures for high capacity memory systems, high bandwidth memory systems, and low voltage memories targeting server systems.
Welcome back!! Hope you had a refreshing break. The CSL Social Hour Organizing Committee is very excited to announce this week’s special social hour talk by James Guelfi, Assistant Director for Research Services at CSL. This special session is titled as, “Research Support at CSL – what’s available?”. The event will be held on Friday, January 27 at 3:00PM in CSL 369.
Bio: Jay obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1996, and an MBA from Eastern Illinois University in 2004. He has been involved in IT with the University since 1997, first as an IT Pro with what was then CCSO (which became CITES, then Tech Services). In 2004, he became the Director of IT for Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (now called MechSE). In 2010, when the College of Engineering’s various IT units merged into Engineering IT, Jay became the Assistant Director for Research Services. In this position, Jay is responsible for planning and providing IT services to faculty and research groups, as well as supporting cleanrooms, machine shops, and other unusual computing within the College. His team manages computers running many versions of Windows, MacOS, and Linux – some of which are long retired.
The CSL Social Hour Organizing Committee is very excited to announce this week’s special social hour talk by CSL professors – Prof. Naresh R. Shanbhag and Prof. Andrew C. Singer. They will provide an overview of SONIC ( Systems On Nanoscale Information fabriCs) center activities. The event will be held on Friday, December 2 at 3:00PM in CSL 369.
Bio: Naresh R. Shanbhag is the Jack Kilby Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since January 2013, he is the founding Director of the Systems On Nanoscale Information fabriCs (SONIC) Center funded by DARPA and SRC under the STARnet program. He was the co-founder and CTO of Intersymbol Communications, an optical communications IC start-up company (2000-07), and was the lead architect of VDSL chip-sets at AT&T Bell Labs (1993-95). He is an IEEE Fellow.
Bio: Andrew C. Singer is the Fox Family Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the Director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center and Special Advisor to the Dean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering. He is Associate Director of the Systems On Nanoscale Information fabriCs (SONIC) Center. He was the co-founder and CEO of Intersymbol Communications, an optical communications IC start-up company (2000-07), and co-founder and CEO of OceanComm, an undersea wireless communications company. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Important: The Video-of-the-Month is due by noon, Thursday, December 1. The link to upload your videos is: go.illinois.edu/bestvideo.
We are glad to have Professor Zhizhen Zhao as our guest speaker for this week’s social hour on Friday, November 18 at 3:00PM in 369 CSL. This special session is titled as “Data Science Meets Structural Biology”.
Bio: Assistant Professor Zhizhen Zhao (PhD ’13) joined ECE ILLINOIS in Fall 2016. Prior to that, she was a Courant Instructor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. Her research interests include applied and computational harmonic analysis, signal processing, dimensionality reduction, information theory, scientific computing, and their application to imaging sciences and inverse problems in structural biology and atmospheric and oceanic sciences.
See you all on Friday!!