EECS Seminars

Welcome to the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Technical Seminar Series.

The series is intended to provide breath of exposure to a variety of state-of-the-art research projects in electrical engineering and computer science topics to our EECS graduate students, as well as promote collaboration and knowledge exchange with distinguished researchers in the EECS field and related disciplines.

Fall 2017
All seminars take place on Friday at noon in COB1 (CLSSRM) 263 unless otherwise posted.
Aug 25
Introduction to EECS 290Mukesh Singhal UC Merced
Sep 15
Scalable Asynchronous Gradient Descent Optimization for Big Models Torres Martin UC Merced
SEP 22
Urban Impervious Surface Extraction Using High-Resolution Remote Sensing Images Dr. Zhenfeng Shao State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University
OCT 06
Learning Binary Hash Functions: Optimisation- and Ensemble-based ApproachesRamin Raziperchikolaei UC Merced
OCT 13
Computational Social ScienceProfessor Alex Petersen UC Merced
OCT 20
Optimizing Memory Efficiency for Deep Neural Networks on GPUsDr. Chao Li Qualcomm Research
OCT 27
Say Hello to WaymoDr. Ioan Sucan Waymo
Nov 3
Towards Accelerator-Rich Architectures and SystemsDr. Zhenman Fang Xilinx
DEC 01
Value Alignment in Artificial IntelligenceDylan Hadfield-Menell UC Berkeley
Dec 08
AuCloud: the Cloud for the Transportation Industry Dr. Carlos Garcia-Alvarado Autonomic, Inc.
Spring 2017
Jan 20
Advanced Database Techniques for Scientific Data Processing Weijie Zhao UC Merced
Jan 27
Image Editing and Learning Filters for Low-level Vision Yi-Hsuan Tsai and Sifei Liu UC Merced
Feb 3
It's All about Cache Ming Zhao Arizona State University
Feb 10
Visual Understanding: Face Parsing and Video Object Segmentation Sifei Liu and Yi-Hsuan Tsai UC Merced
FEB 17
Interactive Visual Computing for Knowledge Discovery in Science, Engineering, and Training Jian Chen University of Maryland, Baltimore County
feb 24
Situated Intelligent Interactive Systems Zhou Yu Carnegie Mellon University
mar 3
Moving Towards Customizable Autonomous Driving Chandrayee Basu UC Merced
mar 10
Inventing in the Research Lab vs Startups David Merrill Lemnos Labs Inc.
This talk is part of the EECS | CITRIS Frontiers in Technology Series - Special Room: COB2-140
mar 17
Data-Based Full-Body Motion Coordination and Planning Alain Juarez-Perez UC Merced
mar 24
Securing Internet of Things Chen Qian UC Santa Cruz
apr 7
Stochastic distribution control and its applications Hong Wang


apr 14
This seminar is being cancelled (speaker will not be able to come)
Mark Palatucci
This talk is part of the EECS | CITRIS Frontiers in Technology Series
apr 21
Bridging the Gap in Grasp Quality Evaluation Shuo Liu UC Merced
apr 28
Multicopter dynamics and control: surviving the complete loss of multiple actuators and rapidly generating trajectories Mark Mueller Mechanical Engineering Dept., UC Berkeley
may 5
Robots for the Real World James Gosling Liquid Robotics
This talk is part of the EECS | CITRIS Frontiers in Technology Series - Special Room: COB2 - 140
Fall 2016
All seminars take place on Friday at noon in COB1 (CLSSRM) 267 unless otherwise posted.
Aug 26
Combining Virtual Reality, Psychology, Theater and Learning Sciences for Training and Assessment Arjun Nagendran University of Central Florida & Mursion
Sep 2
A Parallel Sorting Algorithm for 130K CPU Cores Bin Dong Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Sep 9
Robot Motion Planning Considering Multiple Costs and Multiple Task Specifications Shams Feyzabadi UC Merced
Sep 16
Building the Enterprise Fabric for Big Data with Vertica and Spark Integration Jeff LeFevre HPE Vertica
Sep 23
Enabling Analytics at AWS Mehul Shah Amazon Web Services
Sep 30
MacroBase: Analytic Monitoring for the Internet of Things Peter Bailis Stanford University
Oct 7
Apache SystemML: Declarative Machine Learning at Scale Niketan Pansare IBM Almaden Research Center
Oct 14
Working around the CAP Theorem Vijayshankar Raman IBM Almaden Research Center
Oct 21
Bridging the I/O Gap between Spark and Scientific Data Formats on Supercomputer Jialin Liu Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Nov 4
Nonconvex Optimization by Complexity Progression Hossein Mobahi Google Research
Nov 18
Bootstrap and Uncertainty Propagation: New Theory and Techniques in Approximate Query Processing Kai Zeng Microsoft Research
Dec 2
Modeling and Fast Numerical Methods for Fractional Partial Differential Equations Hong Wang University of South Carolina
Spring 2016
All seminars take place at noon on Fridays in COB 263 unless otherwise noted.
Jan 22
No seminar
Jan 29
Monitoring Entire HPC Centers: the Sonar Project at LLNL Todd Gamblin Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 
Feb 5
MAGIC: bringing lawn irrigation into the IoT movement Daniel Winkler UC Merced
Feb 10
Perceiving and Interacting with Images Ming-Ming Cheng Nankai University
Feb 12
How to Get Your CVPR Paper Rejected? Ming-Hsuan Yang UC Merced
Feb 19
Vertical Partitioning for Query Processing over Raw Data Weijie Zhao UC Merced
Feb 26
Topological methods for motion planning and trajectory analysis Florian Pokorny UC Berkeley
Mar 4
EECS/CITRIS: Robot Intelligence in a Cloud-Connected World James Kuffner Toyota Research Institute
Mar 11
EECS/CITRIS: We are all makers Dale Doughtery Maker Media
Mar 18
Dot-Product Join: An Array-Relation Join Operator for Big Model Analytics Chengjie Qin UC Merced
Mar 25
No seminar (Chesar Chavez Holiday)
Apr 01
EECS/CITRIS: Platypus Cooperative Robotic Boats: Learning to Balance R&D and ProductizationPaul Scerri Platypus LLC
apr 7
Making Information Retrieval Easier: Directing Exploratory Search over 50 Million Documents by Interactive Intent ModelingJaakko Peltonen University of Tampere and Aalto University
Apr 08
Complex-valued Linear Layers for Deep Neural Network-based Acoustic Models for Speech Recognition Zak Shafran Google
apr 15
Online Aggregation On Raw DataYu Cheng UC Merced
apr 22
Exploring New Approaches for Mechanical Fruit Harvesting via Model-based DesignStavros Vougioukas UC Davis
Apr 29
No seminar
May 06
3D XPoint: A New Revolution in Memory Technology Chun-Yi Su Intel
Fall 2015
All seminars take place at noon on Fridays in COB 263 unless otherwise noted.
Aug 28
Re-architecting the Memory-Storage Stack with NVRAMs Jishen Zhao UC Santa Cruz
Sep 4
Learning Plan Abstractions and Coordination for Agents in Real-Time Complex Game Environments Arnav Jhala UC Santa Cruz
Sep 11
DeepDive: A Data System for Macroscopic Science Christopher Re Stanford University
Sep 18
Optimizing Explicit Hydrodynamics for Power, Energy, and Performance Edgar Leon Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Sep 25
Design Improvements for Message Propagation in Malleable Social Networks Erik Rolland UC Merced
Apr 29
No seminar - -
Oct 9
The Role of Dynamic Cloud Computing Architecture in Data Privacy Preserving Mehdi Bahrami UC Merced
Oct 16
Computational Fabrication: Algorithms for Mechanism Design Shinjiro Sueda California Polytechnic State University
Oct 23
Metrics and Models for Power-Aware Large-Scale Computing Suzanne Rivoire Sonoma State University
Oct 30
Autotuning Parallel I/O Performance on HPC Systems Suren Byna Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Nov 6
No seminar - -
Nov 13
Optimizing stochastic controllers for POMDPs Nikos Vlassis Adobe Research
Nov 20
Learning Binary Hash Functions: An Optimization Approach Ramin Raziperchikolaei UC Merced
Nov 27
No seminar (Thanksgiving Holiday) - -
Dec 4
Compiler-Level Techniques to Improve the Reliability of High-Performance Computing Applications Ignacio Laguna Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Dec 11
Benchmarking, Workload Characterization and Modeling of DAG-based Data Analytic Systems Min Li IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Spring 2015
All seminars take place at noon on Fridays in COB 263 unless otherwise noted.
Jan 23
Competitive Scheduling Algorithms from Competitive Equilibria Sungjin Im UC Merced
Jan 30
A Cloud-based Web Crawler Architecture Mehdi Bahrami UC Merced
Feb 6
EECS/CITRIS Frontiers in Information Technology: In the interest of society... Costas Spanos UC Berkeley LOCATION: SSB 120
Feb 13
What Motion Reveals about Shape with Unknown Material Behavior Manmohan Chandraker NEC Labs America
Feb 20
Exploring Efficient Data Placement in Heterogeneous Memory Dong Li UC Merced
Feb 27
Hybrid Control for Aerospace Robotics: From Hybrid Systems Theory to Robust Global Tracking Algorithms for Underactuated Vehicles Ricardo Sanfelice UC Santa Cruz
Mar 5
EECS/CITRIS Frontiers in Information Technology: Q&A Session with the Founder of Gary Kremen NOTE THURSDAY! TIME:12-1 PM LOCATION: COB 116
Mar 13
A Source-to-Source Approach to HPC challenges Chunhua Liao Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Mar 20
Example-Based Single-Image Super-Resolution and Benchmark Chih-Yuan Yang UC Merced
Mar 27
No seminar (Spring Break) - -
Apr 3
EECS/CITRIS Frontiers in Information Technology: Engineering and R&D at Topcon Positioning Systems Ivan Di Federico Topcon Precision Agriculture
Apr 10
A Compute Capable SSD Architecture for Next-Generation Non-Volatile Memories Arup De HGST
Apr 17
Big Data and Analytics, a Geospatial Industrial Perspective Erik Hoel ESRI
Apr 24
Camera Shake Removal from Single Blurry Image Zhe Hu UC Merced
May 1
Impala: A Modern, Open-Source SQL Engine for Hadoop Ippokratis Pandis Cloudera
May 8
No seminar
Fall 2014
All seminars take place at noon on Fridays in COB267 unless otherwise noted.
Dec 12
No seminar - -
Dec 05
The Distributed, Horizontal IoT Infrastructure, in the Perspective of a Few Key Verticals, including Agriculture Flavio Bonami IoXWorks, Inc.
Nov 28
No seminar (Thanksgiving Holiday) - -
Nov 21
High resolution imagery and new data processing technologies for vineyard analytics Dr. Mendez-Costabel, Martin Manager, Wine and Grape Supply, E&J Gallo Winery
Nov 14
MapReduce Algortihmics Benjamin Moseley Washington University in St. Louis
Nov 7
BlinkDB: Querying Petabytes of Data in Seconds using Sampling Sameer Agarwal Databricks
Oct 31
Modeling Customer Satisfaction from Unstructured Data Using A Bayesian Approach Mohsen Farhadloo EECS, University of California, Merced
Oct 24
Large Scale Image Understanding at Google Neil Alldrin Google
Oct 17
Occlusion Detection and Its Role in Object Discovery in Video Alper Ayvaci Honda Research, USA
Oct 10
Data-Driven Object Segmentation and Scene Parsing Yang Jimei EECS, University of California, Merced
Oct 3
Novel Logic Manipulation Techniques: Applications to emerging technologies and advanced digital design Pierre-Emmanuel Gaillardon Swiss Federal Institute of Technology – EPFL
Sep 26
Hashing with Binary Autoencoders Ramin Raziperchikolaei EECS, University of California, Merced
Sep 19
DeepFace: Closing the Gap to Human-Level Performance in Face Verification Ming Yang Facebook
Sep 12
Optimal Path Planning under Intermittent Sensing and Localization Constraints Shaunak Bopardikar United Technology Research Center
Sep 05
Scalable stochastic optimization of energy systems on high-performance computers Cosmin Petra Argonne National Laboratory
Aug 29
No seminar - -
Spring 2014
May 09
Large Scale Deep Learning Quoc Le Google
May 02
LASS: a simple assignment model with Laplacian smoothing Miguel Á. Carreira-Perpiñán EECS, University of California, Merced
Apr 25
Virtual Human Training Systems based on Direct Demonstration Carlo Camporesi EECS, University of California, Merced
Apr 18
Intra-iteration Approximation for Large Scale Parallel Gradient Descent Optimization Chengjie Qin EECS, University of California, Merced
Apr 11
Generic Object Detection: Features and ModelsXiaoyu Wang NEC Research
Apr 04
Lessons Learned In Fielding Agriculture Robotic Vehicles Mel Torrie, CEO and Founder ASI Robots
Mar 28
No seminar (Spring Break) - -
Mar 21
Parallel In-Situ Data Processing with Speculative Loading Yu Cheng EECS, University of California, Merced
Mar 14
Linear-time training of nonlinear low-dimensional embeddings using N-Body approximation algorithmsMax Vladymyrov EECS, University of California, Merced
Mar 07
No seminar - -
Feb 28
Image Matting Brian Price Adobe
Feb 21
Sensor Andrew: Sensing and Connecting the Physical World Anthony Rowe CMU
Feb 14
The SLUGS Autopilot: A Flexible, Low-Cost Autopilot for R&D Applications Gabriel Hugh Elkaim Autonomous Systems Lab, Computer Engineering, UC Santa Cruz



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