bearsBEARS 2015
Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium
Sibley Auditorium
Bechtel Engineering Center
UC Berkeley

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley
Working With Big Data

Morning Session: Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley

Tentative Schedule:


08:00 - 08:45am


08:45 - 09:00am

Welcome and announcement of the EECS Distinguished Alumni awardees - Professors Tsu-Jae King Liu and Michael Franklin

09:00 - 09:30am

"Computational Illumination for 3D Phase Microscopy" - Professor Laura Waller

With a simple hardware modification to a commercial optical microscope, I'll show how computational imaging approaches enable very high resolution optical imaging across large volumes and depths. Our setup exploits multiplexing and compressed sensing ideas to reconstruct multi-Gigapixel 3D phase images with real-time capture and inexpensive hardware.

09:30 - 10:00am

"Making Visual Data a First-Class Citizen" - Professor Alexei Efros

Visual data is the biggest Big Data there is (Cisco projects that it will soon account for over 90% of internet traffic), but currently, the main way we can access it is via associated keywords. I will talk about some efforts towards indexing, retrieving, and mining visual data directly, without the use of keywords.

10:00 - 10:30am

"Pipelines for Machine Learning at Scale" - Professor Benjamin Recht

Recent advances linking machine learning and systems research have enabled the rapid solution of common data analysis problems such as regression, classification, and clustering on terabytes of data. However, complex tasks that chain together multiple information modalities, learning algorithms, and algorithmic backends are still difficult to engineer at large scales. I'll describe some of the challenges facing complex machine learning systems and notes some possible ways forward via collaborative research between systems engineers and machine learning theorists. 

10:30 - 11:00am

"Interaction Breakthroughs in Wrangling Data" - Professor Joe Hellerstein

While often described as having one of the sexiest jobs today, Data Scientists report spending the majority of their time “wrangling” data, rather than performing analysis per se.  This kind of drudgery can add significant friction to data science projects, and limits the ability of less technical people to work with data. It doesn’t have to be that way. I will give an overview of  recent work in research and industry that addresses these issues with a combination of new interaction models, domain-specific language design, and predictive methods.

11:00 - 11:30am


11:30 - 12:30pm

Hot Topics at EECS Research Centers - Graduate Student Presentations

Graduate student researchers from across the EECS research centers will share their work with a rapid fire sequence of fun, 5 minute presentations.

12:30 - 01:00pm

Box lunches will be provided after the morning session in the Gabarini Lounge (outside of Sibley Auditorium), before the research centers open house.  Lunch eating areas will be set up in the Wozniak Lounge of Soda Hall and in the the TI lounge area, 2nd floor of Cory Hall. Due to the volume of lunches, your preference cannot be guaranteed. Lunches will be first come, first served. Registration for lunches will close Friday, January 23, 2015.

12:45 - 03:00pm

Research Centers Open House

For a list of the particpating research centers, please see below.

03:30 -

IEEE RISC-I Commemoration Plaque
3rd Floor Soda Hall

IEEE is going to place a plaque in Soda Hall commemorating RISC-I as the first RISC microprocessor. Join us and the entire RISC-I team as we celebrate this important milestone in Berkeley EECS history.

Research Centers Open House

12:45 - 03:00pm


Algorithms, Machines, and People Laboratory (AMP Lab)
4th Floor, Soda Hall

12:45 - 03:00pm


Algorithms and Specializers for Provably Optimal Implementations with Resilience and Efficiency (ASPIRE)
5th Floor, Soda Hall

12:45 - 03:00pm

Berkeley Center for New Media Logo

Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM)
4th Floor, Sutardja Dai Hall

12:45 - 03:00pm

Center for Hybrid Embedded Software Systems

Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (CHESS)
540 Cory Hall

12:45 - 03:00pm

CNEP logo

Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses
490 Cory Hall

12:45 - 03:00pm

Center for Research in Energy Systems Transformation logo

Center for Research in Energy Systems Transformation (CREST)
406 Cory Hall

12:45 - 03:00pm

ICSI logo

International Computer Science Institute (ICSI)
1947 Center Street Suite 600 (between Milvia and MLK)

12:45 - 03:00pm

Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems Center logo

Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems Center (iCYPHY)
540 Cory Hall


tele-immersion logo

#133 Sutardja Dai Hall

12:45 - 03:00pm

TerraSwarm logo

4th Floor, Cory Hall

12:45 - 03:00pm



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