Power Electronics: A New Landscape and its Impact on Research and Applications

HP Auditorium (306 Soda) Soda Hall
  • Alex Hanson, Ph.D. Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Many of humanity's most pressing needs and exciting advances are critically dependent on the effective use of energy. Such applications are often space-, cost-, or efficiency-limited by the power converters at their heart. These power conversion challenges are converging with new technology opportunities.

Sparse Polynomial Approximations and their applications to Quantum Advantage, Parallel Computation, and Pseudorandomness

310 Sutardja Dai Hall
  • Avishay Tal, Motwani Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
This talk is motivated by three (seemingly unrelated) questions: 1. For which tasks do quantum algorithms outperform classical computation? 2. Does parallel computing always offer a speed-up, or are some tasks inherently sequential? 3. Do randomized algorithms have deterministic counterparts with similar memory footprint?

Career Forum: BERC Energy Summit

Pauley Ballroom Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
Formerly called Career Night, this year’s event, the Career Energy Forum, will take place on the first of the two days of the Energy Summit conference on February 21st, 2019. The Career Energy Forum is an annual event connecting prestigious energy and cleantech companies with top graduate student talent interested in dedicating their careers to this field. We have more than 20 companies confirmed.

BERC Energy Summit

Pauley Ballroom Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
  • Kevin de Leon, California State Senate
The BERC Energy Summit, now in its 13th year, is the largest student-run energy conference on the West Coast. This year’s event comes at a critical moment with greater climate awareness and shifts in energy policy than ever before, and will focus on the theme, “Bringing Energy Communities Together for Innovation.” Held at UC Berkeley, the event draws around 500 students, researchers, clean...

Interfacial Engineering of Lithium Metal Anodes: From Liquid to Solid Electrolytes: Nano Seminar Series

4 LeConte Hall
  • Prof. Neil Dasgupta, Univ. of Michigan, Mechanical Engineering
The poor performance and safety concerns of lithium (Li) metal anodes represent a critical challenge to enable high energy density rechargeable batteries. This is attributed to several well-known issues associated with Li metal electrodeposition and dissolution, including electrolyte decomposition, dendrite evolution, and “dead” Li accumulation. In addition, short-circuiting can occur due to the...

Palantir Puzzlehunt Presents: Eureka!

Memorial Glade
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.

Workday Info-Session

Wozniak Lounge (430) Soda Hall
Join us for an information session where we will introduce Workday technology, discuss our culture, and host a Q&A panel including alum and engineering managers. Workday delivers financial, human capital management, and analytics applications for the world's largest companies. We're changing the face of enterprise software! Who's invited? All students interested in having fun and making a...