BSAC Technology Seminar - Biosensor Strategies for Predicting Bladder Volume

521 Cory Hall
  • Eric A. Kurzrock, M.D., Director, Urologic Stem Cell Laboratory, UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures
Millions suffer from spinal cord problems and many have bladder dysfunction. We aim to build a non-invasive device utilizing LEDs to infer bladder expansion to minimize patient inconvenience. Clinical problems will be presented and potential solutions will be discussed.

Dissertation talk: Evaluation of Methods for Data-Driven Tools that Empower Mental Health Professionals

190 Doe Library
It is estimated that nearly one in five adults in the United States live with mental illness, and for individuals who struggle with mental health, the experience can be excruciating. The rise of mobile devices presents a unique opportunity to improve mental health outcomes, in part through empowering mental health professionals. Because many individuals always have their smartphones with them,...

Dissertation Talk: Sample Complexity Bounds for the Linear Quadratic Regulator

380 Soda Hall
  • Stephen Tu, UC Berkeley
Reinforcement learning (RL) has demonstrated impressive performance in various domains such as video games, Go, robotic locomotion, and manipulation tasks. As we turn towards RL to power autonomous systems in the physical world, a natural question to ask is, how do we ensure that the behavior observed in the laboratory reflects the behavior that occurs when systems are deployed in the real world?...

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Sohini Ramachandran, Associate Professor, Brown University

125 Li Ka Shing Center
Leveraging linkage disequilibrium to identify adaptive and disease-causing mutations Abstract: Correlation among genotypes in human population-genetic datasets complicates the localization of both adaptive mutations and disease-causing mutations. I will describe our latest efforts to develop new methods for localizing adaptive and disease-causing mutations, motivated by (1) incorporating...

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: 24/7 Electricity Produced by Intermittent Power Requires Its Energy Storage

The Hogan Room, 521 Cory Hall
  • Jerry Woodall, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC Davis
This is a simple story with a no-brainer punchline included in the title. Except for geothermal and nuclear energy, the sun is, and has been, the source of nearly all energy used on our planet. The problem is that the earth receives plenty of intermittent solar power, but not as solar energy.

Dissertation Talk: Approximate counting, phase transitions and geometry of polynomials

306 Soda Hall
  • Jingcheng Liu, UC Berkeley
In classical statistical physics, a phase transition is understood by studying the geometry (the zero-set) of an associated polynomial (the partition function). In this talk I will show that one can exploit this notion of phase transitions algorithmically, and conversely exploit the analysis of algorithms to understand phase transitions. As applications, I will give efficient deterministic...

Dissertation Talk: Modular and Safe Event-Driven Programming

531 Cory Hall
  • Ankush Pankaj Desai, University Of California, Berkeley
Asynchronous event-driven systems can be found in myriad domains including cloud computing systems, device drivers, and robotics. These systems are notoriously hard to get right as the programmer needs to reason about numerous control paths resulting from the complex interleaving of events (messages) and failures. Unsurprisingly, it is easy to introduce subtle errors while attempting to fill...

Dissertation Talk: Optimizing for Robot Transparency

250 Sutardja Dai Hall
  • Sandy Huang
As robots become more capable and commonplace, it is increasingly important that the policies they execute are transparent. For instance, engineers should have an idea of which situations their robot may act incorrectly in, and end-users should be able to anticipate how a robot they are interacting with will behave in various situations. This is essential for building trust, enabling seamless...