Palantir Puzzlehunt Presents: Eureka!

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Palantir's 8th Annual Puzzlehunt: Eureka! If you've never done a puzzlehunt before, think of it as a scavenger hunt where at each location, you and your team of 4-6 folks will be given a puzzle to solve. Successful completion of said puzzle will then lead you to the location of the next one! The puzzles require no specific domain knowledge and we try to write them so they are accessible to...

Privately Learning High-Dimensional Distributions: BLISS Seminar

540 Cory Hall
  • Gautam Kamath, Simons
We present novel, computationally efficient, and differentially private algorithms for two fundamental high-dimensional learning problems: learning a multivariate Gaussian in R^d and learning a product distribution in {0,1}^d in total variation distance. The sample complexity of our algorithms nearly matches the sample complexity of the optimal non-private learners for these tasks in a wide range...

Democratizing Domain-Specific Accelerators for Next-Generation Computing

310 Sutardja Dai Hall
  • Sophia Shao, Senior Research Scientist, NVIDIA
In this talk, I will first present Aladdin, a fast and accurate architectural simulator for specialized accelerators, enabling early-stage design space exploration of domain-specific hardware. Second, I will discuss my recent work on using high-productivity hardware design methodology to build efficient and scalable accelerators for deep learning applications.

View from the Top: Ashraf Habibullah: Empowering the Next Generation of Engineers

Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor Sutardja Dai Hall
  • Ashraf Habibullah, Founder, President, and CEO, Computers and Structures, Inc.
Ashraf Habibullah, founder, president, and CEO of Computers and Structures Inc., a global leader in the development of software tools for structural and earthquake engineering. In his talk, "Empowering the Next Generation of Engineers," Ashraf will share his view of the future of the engineering profession and discuss how engineering education and the role of engineers must adapt if the...

Radio Frequency Microsystems for 5G and IoT Applications: From Acoustic Filters and Circulators to Mechanically Driven Antennas

Wozniak Lounge (430) Soda Hall
  • Songbin Gong, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This talk will discuss several new types of RF micro-systems that can enable various front-end functions, including filtering, radiation, non-reciprocity, and equalization, with unprecedented size, weight, and performance (SWaP) for 5G and IoT applications.

Statistical Physics, Markov Chains, and Programmable Matter

1011 Evans Hall
  • Sarah Cannon, UC Berkeley
I will discuss how tools from statistical physics used to analyze partition functions, such as Peierls arguments and the cluster expansion, can be used to solve seemingly unrelated distributed computing problems about programmable matter. Programmable matter is a material or substance that has the ability to change its features in a programmable, distributed way; examples are diverse and include...

Learning to See the Physical World

310 Sutardja Dai Hall
  • Jiajun Wu, Ph.D. Student, MIT
In this talk, I will present our recent work on physical scene understanding---building versatile, data-efficient, and generalizable machines that learn to see, reason about, and interact with the physical world.

Meraki Tech Talk

Wozniak Lounge (430) Soda Hall
Meraki is a cloud managed IT company whose solutions include wireless, switching, security, communications, EMM, and security cameras, all managed through Meraki’s web-based dashboard interface. This tech talk will be focused on Meraki's firmware engineering team! Come out to hear more about current opportunities! --- FOOD and DRINKS provided! ---

Optimizing the Automated Programming Stack

306 Soda Hall
  • James Bornholt, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Washington
In this talk, I present a new application-driven approach to optimizing the automated programming stack underpinning modern domain-specific tools.