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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 2019

All seminars take place on Friday at 11:45 a.m. in COB1 (CLSSRM) 263 unless otherwise posted

Aug. 30

Fabio Porto, LNCC, Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Host: Dr. Florin Rusu

Sept. 6

Longfri Shangguan, Microsoft Cloud and AI
Host: Dr. Wan Du

Title: Push the Limits of Wireless Connectivity for IoT Devices
Abstract: One vision of Internet of Things (IoT) is to provide seamless connectivity for everyday objects. IoT devices are deployed densely in space to enable ubiquitous intelligence; and are connected wirelessly to support frequent data exchange. These devices are also becoming increasingly mobile, such as IoT-powered inventory management, personal robots and autonomous cars. However, the current network stack lacks primitives to support the desired connectivity, management and services of IoT devices. In this talk I will present two solutions to push the limits of connectivity for IoT devices. The first system, Wi-Fi Goes to Town, provides seamless wireless connectivity for high speed automobiles by very small wireless cells. The second system, PLoRa, enables long-range backscatter communication for low-power IoT devices by hardware-software co-design. Finally, I will conclude with a future research vision centered around building secure and scalable IoT systems.
Bio: Longfei Shangguan is currently a senior researcher at Microsoft Cloud&AI, Redmond. His research interest includes wireless systems, mobile computing, and IoT systems. He has published more than 30 papers in highly refereed conferences such as SIGCOMM, NSDI, MobiSys, SenSys, etc.

Sept. 13

Mostafa Mirshekari, Carnegie Mellon University
Host: Dr. Shijia Pan

Sept. 20

Yu Zhang, University of California, Santa Cruz

Host: Dr. Wan Du

Sept 27



Oct. 4



Oct. 11



Host: Dr. YangQuan Chen


Oct. 25



Nov. 1



Nov. 8



Nov. 15



Nov. 22

Vinay Pilania, Mercedes-Benz REsearch & Development
Host: Dr. YangQuan Chen


Dec. 6



Dec. 13




Spring 2019

Jan. 25

Physiological Sensing on the Face for inferring Cognitive States Benjamin Tag Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Shcool of Media Design, Keio University, Japan
Host: Dr. Ahmed Arif

Feb. 1

Large Scale Training of Deep Convolutional Neural NetworksDr. Naoya Maruyama Research Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Host: Dr. Dong Li

Feb. 8

Towards Better User Interfaces for 3D Dr. Wolfgang Suerzlinger Professor, School of Interactive Arts + Technology, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Host: Dr. Ahmed Arif

Feb. 15

Multi-robot Exploration of Spatial-temporal Varying FieldsDr. Wencen Wu, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Engineering, San Jose State University
Host: Dr. Wan Du

Feb. 22

Analytics for Text Entry Methods and ResearchDr. Scott MacKenzie, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, York University, Canada
Host: Dr. Ahmed Arif

March 1

A New Discipline for a New Technology: Food Informatics and the Internet of FoodDr. Matthew Lange, Research Scientist & Professional Food and Health Informatician, Food Science and Technology Department, University of California, Davis
In conjuction with the CITRIS FIT Seminar
Host: Dr. Joshua Viers

March 8

Fast and Parallelizable Ranking with Outliers from Pairwise ComparisonsMahshid (Ashley) Montazer Qaem, Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of California, Merced
Host: Dr. Sungjin Im

March 22

Stochastic Gradient Descent on Modern Hardware: Multi-core CPU or GPU? Synchronous or Asynchronous? Yujing Ma, Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of California, Merced
Host: Dr. Florin Rusu

April 5

Generative Models for Robots LearningDr. Ajay Kumar Tanwani, Postodoctoral Scholar, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
Host: Dr. Stefano Carpin

April 12

D3D: Distilled 3D Networks for Video Action RecognitionDr. David Ross Researcher, Google AI
Host: Dr. Miguel Carreira-Perpinan

April 19

'Learning to Synthesize for Natural Image and Video Editing', and 'Learning to Stitch Videos'Yijun Li and Wei-Sheng Lai, Ph.D. Student and Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of California, Merced
Host: Dr. Alberto Cerpa

April 26

Human in the Loop: How to Satisfy User Comfort Requirements and Save EnergyClaudia Chitu Ph.D. Candidate, Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of California, Merced & Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology, University Politechnica of Bucarest, Romania
Host: Dr. Alberto Cerpa

May 3

Adaptive and Curious Deep Learning for Perception, Action, and Explanation,Dr. Trevor Darrell, Professor, Director Berkeley Deep Drive (BDD), Co-Director Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR), Computer Science Department, University of California Berkeley
Host: Dr. Shawn Newsam

May 10

Smart Buildings: HVAC Occupancy and Comfort-Based Model Predictive ControlAshish Yadav, Graduate Student, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of California, Merced
Host: Dr. Alberto Cerpa


Fall 2018

Aug. 24

"Learning-Compression" Algorithm and Its Application for Neural Network Pruning, Yerlan Idelbayev, EECS, UC Merced

Aug. 31

Interactive Exploratory Analytics of Big Spatial Data, Dr. Ahmed Eldawy, Assistant Professor, University of California, Riverside

Sept. 7

Indoor Human Information Acquisition from Physical Vibrations, Dr. Shijia Pan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University

Sept. 28

Augmenting Collaborations with Social Computing Interaction Designs of Communication Channels, Dr. Hao-Chuan Wang, Associate Professor, University of California, Davis

Oct. 12

Characterization and Modeling of Error Resilience in HPC Applications Luanzheng Guo, EECS, UC Merced

Oct. 19

Walnut Rootstock Development for Sustainable Nut Production: What Things Are, What They Look Like and Why Big Data, Dr. Andreas Westphal, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, Assistant Nematologist, Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Oct. 26

Microscope on Memory: FPGA Acceleration of Computer Memory System Assessments, Dr. Maya B. Gokhale, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Nov. 2

Limited-memory Quasi-Newton Optimization Methods for Deep Learning Jacob Rafati Heravi EECS, UC Merced

Nov. 9

Artificial Intelligence: How Customer Reactions Impact Innovation, Dr. Lisa Yeo, Assistant Professor, University of California, Merced

Nov. 16

Remote Sensing Image Analysis Based on Deep Learning, Dr. Dengfeng Chai, Associate Professor, Institute of Spatial Information Technique, Zhejiang University

Nov. 30

Designing Alternative Sensory Channels: Visualizing Nonverbal Communication through AR and VR Systems for People with Autism, Dr. LouAnne Boyd, Assistant Professor, Chapman University

Dec. 7

Architectural Study for Deep Learning Era Dr. Hyeran Jeon Assistant Professor, San Jose State University


Spring 2018

Jan. 26

Geographic Knowledge Discovery Using Ground-Level Images and Videos, Professor Shawn Newsam, EECS, UC Merced

Feb. 2

Building Internet of Things Systems via Networked Sensing and Mobile Computing InnovationsProfessor Wan Du, EECS, UC Merced

Feb. 9

For Better or Worse, Richer or Poorer: The Future of Tech for Good, Dr. Brandie Nonnecke, UC Berkeley CITRIS Director of Tech for Social Good
This talk is part of the EECS | CITRIS Frontiers in Technology Series.

Feb. 16

The Psychology of Input and Interaction of/with Text and Numbers,Professor Ahmed Sabbir Arif, EECS, UC Merced

Feb. 23

No seminar

March 2

Plug-and-play Irrigation Control at Scale, Daniel Winkler, EECS, UC Merced

March 9

Simulating virtual crowds with 100,000 agents in real-time on your laptop,Tomer Weiss, CS, UCLA

March 16

Autonomous Scooter Design for People with Mobility Challenges,Professor Kaikai Liu, San Jose State University

March 23

A Robot Character for Every Home, Mark Palatucci Co-Founder/Head of Cloud AI and Machine Learning at Anki
This talk is part of the EECS | CITRIS Frontiers in Technology Series. 

April 6

An Exciting Future: At the crossroads of people, profit, planet and petabytes of data, Chandrakant Patel Chief Engineering and Senior Fellow, Hewlett-Packard.
This talk is part of the EECS | CITRIS Frontiers in Technology Series. 

April 13

Computational Approaches toward Better Drugs and Better Health CareProfessor Xia Ning Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

April 20

Hidden Two-Stream Convolutional Networks for Action Recognition, Yi Zhu, EECS, UC Merced

April 27

Online Partial Throughput Maximization for Multidimensional Coflow, Maryam Shadloo, EECS, UC Merced

May 4

Optimizing Thread Management on GPUs, Dr. Guoyang Chen, Alibaba Research


Fall 2017

Aug. 25

Introduction to EECS 290Mukesh Singhal, UC Merced

Sept. 15

Scalable Asynchronous Gradient Descent Optimization for Big Models, Torres Martin, UC Merced

Sept. 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. 1

Value Alignment in Artificial IntelligenceDylan Hadfield-Menell, UC Berkeley

Dec. 8

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

March 3

Moving Towards Customizable Autonomous Driving, Chandrayee Basu, UC Merced

March 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 

March 17

Data-Based Full-Body Motion Coordination and Planning, Alain Juarez-Perez, UC Merced

March 24

Securing Internet of Things, Chen Qian, UC Santa Cruz

April 7

Stochastic distribution control and its applications Hong Wang, PNNL

April 14

This seminar is being cancelled.
Mark Palatucci
This talk is part of the EECS | CITRIS Frontiers in Technology Series

April 21

Bridging the Gap in Grasp Quality Evaluation, Shuo Liu, UC Merced

April 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 


Fall 2016

Aug. 26

Combining Virtual Reality, Psychology, Theater and Learning Sciences for Training and Assessment, Arjun Nagendran, University of Central Florida & Mursion

Sept. 2

A Parallel Sorting Algorithm for 130K CPU Cores, Bin Dong, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Sept. 9

Robot Motion Planning Considering Multiple Costs and Multiple Task Specifications, Shams Feyzabadi, UC Merced

Sept. 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

Sept. 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

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

March 4

EECS/CITRIS: Robot Intelligence in a Cloud-Connected World, James Kuffner, Toyota Research Institute

March 11

EECS/CITRIS: We are all makers, Dale Doughtery, Maker Media

March 18

Dot-Product Join: An Array-Relation Join Operator for Big Model Analytics, Chengjie Qin, UC Merced

March 25

No seminar (Chesar Chavez Holiday)


EECS/CITRIS: Platypus Cooperative Robotic Boats: Learning to Balance R&D and ProductizationPaul ScerriPlatypus LLC

April 7

Making Information Retrieval Easier: Directing Exploratory Search over 50 Million Documents by Interactive Intent ModelingJaakko Peltonen, University of Tampere and Aalto University

April 8

Complex-valued Linear Layers for Deep Neural Network-based Acoustic Models for Speech Recognition, Zak Shafran, Google

April 15

Online Aggregation On Raw DataYu Cheng, UC Merced

April 22

Exploring New Approaches for Mechanical Fruit Harvesting via Model-based DesignStavros Vougioukas, UC Davis

April 29

No seminar

May 6
3D XPoint: A New Revolution in Memory Technology, Chun-Yi Su, Intel

Fall 2015

Aug. 28

Re-architecting the Memory-Storage Stack with NVRAMs, Jishen Zhao, UC Santa Cruz

Sept. 4

Learning Plan Abstractions and Coordination for Agents in Real-Time Complex Game Environments, Arnav Jhala, UC Santa Cruz

Sept. 11

DeepDive: A Data System for Macroscopic Science, Christopher Re, Stanford University