CSL Social Hour, November 4, 2016

We are glad to have Ji Liu, as our speaker for this week’s social hour on Friday, November 4 at 3:00PM in 369 CSL. This session is titled as “Opinion Dynamics with Heterogeneous Social Relationships”.

jiliu1Bio: Ji Liu received the B.S. degree in information engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, in 2006, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, in 2013. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA.

His current research interests include distributed control and computation, multi-agent systems, social networks, epidemic networks, and power networks.

CSL Social Hour, October 28, 2016

We are glad to have Amirhossein Taghvaei, as our speaker for this week’s social hour on Friday, October 28 at 3:00PM in 369 CSL. This session is titled as “Poisson equation in Nonlinear Filtering, Learning, and Optimization“.

profile-pic-1Bio: Amirhossein Taghvaei graduated from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2013, receiving two B.S degrees; in Mechanical Engineering and in Physics. He is currently a PhD student in the Mechanical Science and Engineering department at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is working under the direction of Prof. Prashant Mehta in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, Decision and Control group. His research interest lies in the intersection of probability and pde. He is currently working on the Feedback Particle Filter algorithm, and its application to high dimensional problems.

Special CSL Social Hour, October 21, 2016

Welcome back! We are glad to have Dr. Vijay Gurbani as our guest speaker for this week’s social hour on Friday, October 21 at 3:00PM in 369 CSL. This special session is titled as “Challenges in Big Data and Analytics in 5G”.

vijayBioVijay K. Gurbani is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories‘ End-to-End Mobile Network Research department in Nokia Networks. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics, a M.Sc. in Computer Science, both from Bradley University; and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology. His current work is focused on scalable analytic architectures and algorithms for autonomic 5G networks. His research interests are multimedia protocols, security and privacy in multimedia protocols, and open/inner source. Vijay’s research has resulted in products that are used in national and international service provider networks. He has over 60 publications in peer-reviewed conferences and journals, 5 books, 7 granted U.S. patents and 19 Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) RFCs. Vijay holds additional appointments as a Research Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg and as an adjunct professor at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Abstract: The 5G network is expected to be adaptive to the needs of users and applications. Driving the notion of adaptability is the implicit assumption that the billions of devices on the 5G network transmit data to be analyzed for adaptability. How big will this big data be? Will the data trickle in streams or will it burst through a hose? How will the models making sense of this data behave? Will they need to be changed? This informal talk will explore some of these issues by learning from the use of Big Data in today’s global networks and extrapolating how we may use Big Data frameworks in 5G.

CSL PhD Thesis Award Ceremony, October 14, 2016

We will not be having our regular Social Hour this week. Instead, we encourage everyone to join us at the CSL PhD Thesis Award Ceremony in the CSL Auditorium on Friday, October 14 at 3PM.

Congratulations to CSL’s inaugural PhD Thesis Award recipient Seyed Rasoul Etesami! He will discuss his work on “Game-Theoretic Analysis of the Hegselmann-Krause Model for Opinion Dynamics in Finite Dimensions“.

Syed

The CSL PhD Thesis Award is in recognition of outstanding research by a CSL doctoral student. Reception to follow in 301 CSL.

Special CSL Social Hour, October 7, 2016

We are glad to have Ashley Moy, CEO, Cast21, as our guest speaker for this week’s social hour on Friday, October 7 at 3:00PM in 369 CSL. This session is titled as “Cast21: What Who How?”.

ashleyBio: Ashley S. Moy has won numerous international awards for design and research. Prior to cofounding 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.

 

See you all on Friday!!

Important: The Video-of-the-Month is due by noon, Thursday, October 6.  The link to upload your videos is:  go.illinois.edu/bestvideo.

Special CSL Social Hour, September 23, 2016

The CSL Social Hour Organizing Committee is very excited to announce this week’s special social hour by CSL professors – Prof. Maxim Raginsky and Prof. Alex Schwing. They will provide an overview of SINE (Signals, Inference, and Networks) group activities. The event will be held on Friday, September 23 at 3:00PM in CSL 369.

maxBio: Maxim Raginsky received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in 2000 and the Ph.D. degree in 2002 from Northwestern University, all in Electrical Engineering. He has held research positions with Northwestern, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (where he was a Beckman Foundation Fellow from 2004 to 2007), and Duke University. In 2012, he has returned to the UIUC, where he is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory.

Prof. Raginsky is interested in understanding, modeling and analyzing complex systems that have capabilities for sensing, communication, adaptation, and decision-making and can operate effectively in uncertain and dynamic environments. In his research he examines new angles and perspectives at the interface between information theory, learning, optimization, and control.

 

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BioAlex Schwing is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and affiliated with the Coordinated Science Lab. Prior to that he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Machine Learning Group at the University of Toronto. He completed his PhD in computer science in the Computer Vision and Geometry Group at ETH Zurich. He graduated from Technical University of Munich (TUM) with a diploma in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

Prof. Schwing’s research is centered around machine learning and computer vision. He is particularly interested in algorithms for prediction with and learning of non-linear, multivariate and structured distributions, and their application in numerous tasks, e.g., for 3D scene understanding from a single image.

CSL Social Hour, September 16, 2016

We are glad to have Bihan Wen as our speaker for this week’s social hour on Friday, September 16 at 3:00PM in 369 CSL. This session is titled as “Sparsifying Transform Learning for Signal Processing Applications”.

Profile_UIUCBio: Bihan Wen received the B.Eng. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2012 and the M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 2015. He is currently working with Prof. Yoram Bresler, and pursuing the Ph.D. degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was in the list of UIUC teachers ranked as excellent in 2013. He worked with Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC) and Dolby Laboratories as Research Intern in 2015 and 2016. He has received Yee Fellowship Award for 2016-2017. His current research interests include machine learning, signal and image processing, low-rank / sparse representation, computer vision, and big data applications.

CSL Social Hour, September 9, 2016

The CSL Social Hour Organizing Committee is very excited to announce this week’s social hour titled as “The Rheology Zoo: Fluids, Solids and Things-In-Between”. The event will be held on Friday, September 9 at 3:00PM in CSL 369. We will be joined by our guest speakers Arif Nelson and Rebecca Corman.

arifBioArif Nelson is a fourth year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering. He is working with Professor Randy Ewoldt on a variety of projects involving rheologically-complex materials including thermoreversible gelation, design of shear-thinning materials, and rheology of performance magic. Additionally, he leads the Ewoldt Research Group’s outreach exhibit, The Rheology Zoo, which is intended to introduce people to concepts from rheology in a hands-on, intuitive way, and show how these concepts are used in modern research.

 
Rebecca

BioRebecca Corman is a fourth year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering in the Ewoldt Research Group. Her research focuses on design with rheologically-complex materials with an emphasis on viscoelastic material systems.

 

CSL Social Hour, September 2, 2016

Welcome back!! Hope you had an enjoyable summer. We are glad to have Amber Srivastava as our speaker for this week’s social hour on Friday, September 2 at 3:00PM in 369 CSL. This session is titled as “Combined Resource Allocation and Route Optimization Problems”.

AmerBioAmber Srivastava is a second year master’s student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UIUC. He is working with Professor Srinivasa Salapaka on developing algorithms for simultaneous resource allocation and multi-hop routing in multi-agent networks. These algorithms can be utilized in effective resource and energy management in the areas of vehicle routing, building management systems and industrial process monitoring etc.

Special CSL Social Hour, May 6

Welcome to the last social hour of the semester. We are glad to have Dr. Normand Paquin, CSL Associate Director for Research, as our guest speaker for this week’s social hour on Friday, May 6, 2016. The session is titled as “Infusing Engineering in Medicine – the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine” . The event will be held in CSL 369.

normandBioNormand is the Associate Director for Research at the Coordinated Science Laboratory. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering-Physics from Queen’s University in Canada, a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge in Great Britain and an MBA from the University of Illinois. From 2003 to 2010, he assisted faculty with major center proposals and administration under several titles — including Director and Assistant Dean — in Illinois’ College of Engineering. Prior to that, he held senior administrative positions in Illinois’ College of Business and at several companies in the United States and Canada. He has also worked as a research scientist. Most recently, he has served as a consultant for research endeavors and played a key role in promoting faculty engagement in the new Illinois Applied Research Institute. Additionally, he served as president of start-up 4D Teleport Technologies from 2010 to the present.

Important: The Video-of-the-Month is due by noon, Thursday, May 5.  The link to upload your videos is:  go.illinois.edu/bestvideo.