BLISS Seminar


The BLISS seminar (formerly NCD seminar) is co-sponsored by generous grants from Microsoft Research and Qualcomm, and is the area seminar of the Berkeley Laboratory for Information Systems and Sciences. Talks at the seminar cover topics including but not limited to information and coding theory, signal processing, optimization and statistics. The list of talks for the current semester can be found below, and past seminars from 2016 onwards are listed here. For an archive of all talks from 1996-2015, visit the old webpage.

Fall 2018
Location: 540 Cory Hall
Regular seminar time: Monday 4-5PM

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To give a talk at the seminar, contact Tom Courtade, Ashwin Pananjady, or Orhan Ocal.

Fall 2018 Talks

Dates marked in bold indicate that talks are at non-regular times/venues.

Aug 27 Jingbo Liu (MIT) Reverse hypercontractivity beats measure concentration for information theoretic converses details
Sep 5 Lav Varshney (UIUC) Information-Theoretic Approaches to Clustering and Interpretable Concept Learning details
Sep 10 Maryam Fazel (UW Seattle) Online Competitive Algorithms for Resource Allocation details
Oct 2 Yan Shuo Tan Efficient algorithms for phase retrieval in high dimension details
Oct 10 Uzi Pereg (Technion) Arbitrarily Varying Broadcast and Relay Channels details
Oct 15 Ruoyu Sun (UIUC) Understanding Landscape of Neural Networks for Binary Classification details
Oct 26 Nihar Shah (CMU) Battling Demons in Peer Review details
Oct 29 Deanna Needell (UCLA) Iterative projective approaches for inconsistent and massively corrupted systems details
Nov 1 Yingbin Liang (Ohio State) SGD Converges to Global Minimum in Deep Learning via Star-Convex Path details
Nov 6 Laura Balzano (Michigan) Non-linear matrix completion details
Nov 14 Henk Wymeersch
Nov 19 Yuval Cassuto (Technion)
Nov 26 Mary Wootters (Stanford)
Dec 3 Gautam Kamath (MIT)