EECS Colloquium: Representation, Modeling, and Optimization in Reinforcement Learning

306 (HP Auditorium) Soda Hall
  • Sham Kakade, University of Washington
Reinforcement learning is now the dominant paradigm for how an agent learns to interact with the world. The approach has lead to successes ranging across numerous domains, including game playing and robotics, and it holds much promise in new domains, from self driving cars to interactive medical applications. Some of the central challenges are: - Representational learning: does having a good...

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Structured Light-Matter Interactions in Engineered Photonic Media

The Hogan Room, 521 Cory Hall
  • Natalia M. Litchinitser, Professor, Duke University
We will discuss fundamental optical phenomena at the interface of singular and nonlinear optics in engineered optical media and show that the unique optical properties of optical nanostructures open unlimited prospects to “engineer” light itself.

A Better Future for Fossil Hydrocarbons and Carbon Nanomaterials: Nano Seminar Series

120 Latimer Hall
  • Prof. Matteo Pasquali, Rice University, Chem / MSE / NanoEngineering
Every year we extract over 4.2 GT of oil, 2.5 GT of natural gas, and 3.4 GT of coal to sustain our economies. That’s equivalent to 8.7 GT of carbon and 1.3 GT of Hydrogen. Almost all of these resources are burned to generate energy, causing over 30 GT of CO2 to enter the atmosphere which is unsustainable in view of climate change—the only significant exception is polymers, which fix 0.35 GT/yr of...

Trustworthy Autonomy: Behavior Prediction and Validation

290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
  • Katherine Driggs-Campbell, University of Illinois
University of Illinois' Katherine Driggs-Campbell will present Trustworthy Autonomy: Behavior Prediction and Validation at 4 p.m. Nov. 22 at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

EECS Colloquium: The Internet of Materials: The next logical step or a paradigm shift?

306 (HP Auditorium) Soda Hall
  • Gregory Abowd, Georgia Tech
Revisiting Weiser’s 30-year old inspirational vision on ubiquitous computing, we see that there are three factors that today limit the kind of ubiquity that Weiser described: power, cost, and form factor. Using these factors to drive our efforts, we have created examples of computational materials at Georgia Tech that demonstrate self-sustaining computational devices that are manufactured with...

When Liquids are Liquids or Maybe Not: Nano Seminar Series

120 Latimer Hall
  • Prof. Thomas P. Russell, Univ of Massachusetts / Polymer Science and Engineering
We introduce systems of liquids trapped in non-equilibrium configurations by interfacial assemblies of nanoparticle surfactants (‘NPSs’). These constructs consist of aqueous threads, length ~10-100 cm and diameter ~100 m whose mechanical properties are determined by an interfacial NPS assembly 20 nm thick. The interfacial layer consists of nanoparticles and polymers with complementary...