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CIS Seminar: “Challenges of Incorporating Algorithms into Decision Making: Fairness, Welfare and Disparate Interactions”

Algorithms have entered the center of many decision making processes, either by providing predictions or assessments to facilitate human decision making or, in some scenarios, suggesting decisions directly. More and more attention has been placed to ensure algorithms satisfy some desirable notion of fairness, which is an important step forward. In this talk, I will […]

CIS Grace Hopper Distinguished Lecture:”Video Data Management: From Data Models to Data Storage and Benchmarking.”

The proliferation of inexpensive high-quality cameras coupled with recent advances in machine learning and computer vision have enabled new applications on video data. This in turn has renewed interest in video data management systems. In this talk, we explore several challenges related to video data management. We start by discussing data models. How should we […]

CIS Seminar:”Critical Computing Education

Computing can be a wondrous, powerful tool, bringing us information, experiences, and connections that transform our lives for the better. However, as many of us have learned, computing has also contributed to great injustices, increasing surveillance of our most vulnerable populations, eroding the middle class through economic displacement, and amplifying historical injustices embedded in society. […]

CIS Seminar:”Critical Computing Education”

Computing can be a wondrous, powerful tool, bringing us information, experiences, and connections that transform our lives for the better. However, as many of us have learned, computing has also contributed to great injustices, increasing surveillance of our most vulnerable populations, eroding the middle class through economic displacement, and amplifying historical injustices embedded in society. […]

SIG Seminar:”Computational Design for the Next Manufacturing Revolution”

Abstract: 3D printers are radically transforming the aerospace and automotive industries. Whole-garment knitting machines allow the automated production of complex apparel and shoes. Manufacturing electronics on flexible substrates enable a new range of integrated products for consumer electronics and medical diagnostics. These advances demonstrate the potential for a new economy of on-demand production of objects […]

CIS Seminar: “Advances in Machine Learning Systems Research”

A long-standing grand challenge in computing is to enable machines to act autonomously and intelligently: to rapidly and repeatedly take appropriate actions based on information in the world around them. Driven by trends in the data economy, rapid progress in AI, and an increasingly programmable physical world we are at an inflection point that demands […]

CIS Seminar: “Theoretical Reflections on Quantum Supremacy”

The recent demonstration of quantum supremacy by Google is a first step towards the era of small to medium scale quantum computers. In this talk I will explain what the experiment accomplished and the theoretical work it is based on, as well as what it did not accomplish and the many theoretical and practical challenges that remain. I will also describe […]

CIS Seminar:”Language, Brain, and Computation”

How does the brain beget the mind?  How do molecules, cells and synapses effect reasoning, intelligence, language?   Despite dazzling progress in experimental neuroscience, as well as in cognitive science at the other extreme of scale, we do not seem to be making progress in the overarching question — the gap is huge and a […]

CIS Seminar: “Experiencing a new Internet architecture”

Imagining a new Internet architecture enables us to explore new networking concepts without the constraints imposed by the current infrastructure. What are the benefits of a routing protocol that does not rely on convergence? What about a data plane without inter-domain forwarding tables on routers? How can we build secure systems if a router can […]

SIG Seminar: “Coupling Sub-Grid Solids, Simulating Liquid Metals, and Inferring Facial Expressions”

This lecture will discuss recent results in computational physics, computer graphics, and learning/data science.  The first section will present a method for accurately simulating two-way solid-fluid coupling even when solids may be smaller than the size of a computational grid cell.  Next, a numerical method for simulating materials with large surface energy (such as liquid […]

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