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.

Spring 2017
Location: 400 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.

Spring 2017 Talks

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

Jan 30 Vincent Poor (Princeton) Network Analysis Problems Motivated by the Smart Grid details
Feb 6 Victoria Kostina (Caltech) Information-theoretic tradeoffs in control details
Feb 8 Ziv Goldfeld (Ben-Gurion) Semantic security versus active adversaries details
Feb 13 Reinhard Heckel (Berkeley) Active Ranking from Pairwise Comparisons details
Feb 21 Ilan Shomorony (Berkeley) DNA Sequencing: From Information Limits to Assembly Software details
Feb 27 Haim Permuter (Ben-Gurion) Causality and directed information details
Mar 6 Lele Wang (Stanford) Graph information ratio details
Mar 13 Matus Telgarsky (UIUC) Logistic regression convergence rates details
Mar 17 Yuval Cassuto (Technion) Coded Network Switches details
Mar 20 Aditya Mahajan (McGill) Fundamental limits of remote estimation details
Mar 30 Rob Nowak (UW Madison) Ordinal Embedding details
Apr 3 Amin Karbasi (Yale) Cracking Big Data with Small Data details
Apr 6 Anthony Quinn (Dublin/Berkeley) Fully Probabilistic Design for External Stochastic Knowledge Processing details
Apr 10 Aaditya Ramdas (Berkeley) Decentralized decision making on networks with false discovery rate control details
Apr 17 Ayfer Ozgur (Stanford) Cover’s Open Problem: “Capacity of the Relay Channel” details
Apr 20 Carlee Joe-Wong (CMU) Letting Go of Network Neutrality details
Apr 24 Suvrit Sra (MIT) Geometric optimization: convex and nonconvex details
May 8 Nihar Shah (Berkeley) Learning from People details
May 26 Shlomo Shamai (Technion) Information-Estimation Relations in Gaussian Networks details