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
(Registration is now closed. Please check back in the Fall for BEARS 2016!)

Schedule: pdf of schedule


08:00 - 08:45am


08:45 - 09:00am

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

09:00 - 09:30am

Computational Illumination for 3D Phase Microscopy - Professor Laura Waller pdf of schedule youtube logo

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 youtube logo

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 pdf of schedule youtube logo

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 pdf of schedule youtube logo

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

  • Personalized Modeling for Human-Robot Collaboration - Aaron Bestick, Tele-Immersion Lab
  • Video Digests: A Browsable, Skimmable Format for Informational Lecture Videos - Amy Pavel, VCL (Visual Computing Lab) and BiD (Berkeley Institute of Design)
  • 3D Printing Interactive Devices - Andrew Head, BiD (Berkeley Institute of Design), CITRIS Invention Lab youtube logo
  • Learning by Observation for Surgical Subtasks: Multilateral Cutting of 3D Viscoelastic and 2D Orthotropic Tissue Phantoms - Animesh Garg, Cal-MR (Center for Automation and Learning for Medical Robots) youtube logo
  • Correctness and Control in Human Cyber-Physical Systems - Dorsa Sadigh, CHESS (Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems) youtube logo
  • Tachyon - A Reliable Memory Centric Distributed Storage System - Haoyuan Li, AMPLab (Algorithms, Machines, and People Laboratory)
  • PILOT: An Actor-Oriented Learning and Optimization Toolkit for the Swarm - Ilge Akkaya, TerraSwarm youtube logo
  • Babump — Health Data for Employers - Lark Buckingham, BCNM (Berkeley Center for New Media) youtube logo
  • QUASAR: A high performance time-series database - Michael Andersen, SDB (Software Defined Buildings) youtube logo
  • Advancing Towards Energy-efficient and Sustainable Buildings - Ruoxi Jia, CREST (Center for Research in Energy Systems Transformation) youtube logo
  • Collective Assessment and Feedback Engine (CAFE): Machine learning for constructive eemocratic discourse - Sanjay Krishnan, CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) youtube logo
  • PHLOGON: Computing with Phase Logic - Tianshi Wang, Donald O. Pederson Center youtube logo
  • How Governments Hack Their Opponents - William R. Marczak, ICSI (International Computer Science Institute)
  • RISC-V: A Free, Open, Extensible ISA for the Heterogenous Future - Yunsup Lee, ASPIRE (Algorithms and Specializers for Provably -optimal Implementations with Resiliency and Efficiency)

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 available in the Garbarini Lounge, the Wozniak Lounge (4th floor, Soda Hall) the TI lounge area (2nd floor of Cory Hall) and Room 400 (4th floor, Cory Hall). Due to the volume of lunches, your preference cannot be guaranteed. Lunches will be first come, first served. Registration for lunches closed Friday, January 23, 2015.

Map of lunch eating areas and research centers open house pdf map of research centers open house

12:45 - 03:00pm

Research Centers Open House

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

03:30 -

IEEE RISC-I Dedication Ceremony
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)
465 Soda Hall

12:45 - 03:00pm


Algorithms and Specializers for Provably Optimal Implementations with Resilience and Efficiency (ASPIRE)
565 Soda Hall

12:45 - 03:00pm

Berkeley Center for New Media Logo

Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM)
426 Sutardja Dai Hall

12:45 - 03:00pm

Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center

Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center(BSAC)
403 Cory Hall
Posters and lunch eating area
400 Cory Hall

12:45 - 03:00pm

Berkeley Wireless Research Center

Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC)
490 Cory Hall

12:45 - 03:00pm


Center for Evidence-based Security Research (CESR)
(Joined with ICSI)
1947 Center Street Suite 600 (between Milvia and MLK)

12:45 - 03:00pm

Berkeley Center for New Media Logo

Center for Automation and Learning for Medical Robots (Cal-MR)
1169 Etcheverry Hall

12:45 - 03:00pm

Center for Hybrid Embedded Software Systems

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

12:45 - 03:00pm

citris logo

Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)
CITRIS Tech Museum, 3rd Floor, Sutardja Dai Hall
Invention Lab:
Invention Lab Tours, 1st Floor, Sutardja Dai 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

Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems Center logo

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

12:45 - 03:00pm

ICSI logo

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


Software Defined Buildings

Software Defined Buildings
410 Soda Hall


SWARM Lab logo

490 Cory Hall


tele-immersion logo

133 Sutardja Dai Hall

12:45 - 03:00pm

TerraSwarm logo

545 Cory Hall

12:45 - 03:00pm

Visual Computing Lab

Visual Computing Lab
510 Soda Hall

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