Events
EECS Distinguished Speaker Series

The purpose of this series is to attract the most distinguished researchers from around the world to talk about their work and their vision for the field. The lectures are addressed to the entire EECS department, and they are at a level that people with diverse backgrounds can understand. We encourage everybody in the department and the Northwestern community to attend.

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Upcoming Speakers

MARCH, 2017

"TBA"
Prof. Steven Low
Professor of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, Caltech
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 2:00pm
Location: Ford ITW Room
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Ermin Wei

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May, 2017

"TBA"
Prof. Jelena Vučković
Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 2:00pm
Location: Ford ITW Room
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Koray Aydin

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Previous Speakers

November, 2016

"Three Tools for Human-in-the-Loop Data Analytics"
Prof. Aditya Parameswaran
Assistant Professor of CS at University of Illinois (UIUC)
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Jennie Duggan

October, 2016

"Final Frontier? Buildings Machines that Understand & Shape Human Emotion"
Prof. Jonathan Gratch
Director for Virtual Human Research at the University of Southern California's (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Ken Forbus

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SEPTEMBER, 2016

"The 800 Pound Gorilla of Data Science"
Prof. Mike Stonebraker
Chief Technology Officer for Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Jennie Duggan

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June, 2016

"Statistical Learning Under Communication and Shape Constraints"
Prof. John Lafferty
Louis Block Professor, CS Dept. at University of Chicago
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Douglas Downey

May, 2016

"Accelerating Understanding: Machine Learning, Intelligent Applications, and GPUs"
Steve Oberlin
Chief Technology Officer for Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Thrasos Pappas

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"Collective Phenomena in Complex Networks"
Prof. Ali Jadbabaie
Interim Director, Sociotechnical Systems Research Center at MIT
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Ermin Wei

April, 2016

"Reading News with Maps by Exploiting Spatial Synonyms"
Prof. Hanan Samet
Distinguished University Professor, CS Dept. University of Maryland
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Peter Scheuermann & Prof. Goce Trajcevski

"Quantum Imaging: Is it the Future or Does it Have a Future?"
Prof. Bob Barmish
Professor, ECE Dept. at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Randy Freeman

March, 2016

"Quantum Imaging: Is it the Future or Does it Have a Future?"
Prof. Jeffrey H. Shapiro
Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Selim Shahriar

“Custom Hardware Accelerators for Statistical Inference for Machine Learning”
Prof. Rob A. Rutenbar
Abel Bliss Professor and Head of the CS Dept. for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hosted by: Prof. Aravindan Vijayaraghavan

February, 2016

“Randomized Algorithms in Linear Algebra”
Dr. Ravindran Kannan
Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research-India
Hosted by: Prof. Aravindan Vijayaraghavan

“Imaging and Characterizing Habitable Exoplanets with Ground and Space-based Telescopes”
Dr. Olivier Guyon
Associate Astronomer & Associate Professor of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona
Hosted by: CIERA/Physics/EECS (Hooman Mohseni and Mel Ulmer)

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October, 2015

“Progress in Error-Correction: New Codes for Old Noise Models”
Prof. Venkat Guruswami
Professor, Computer Science Dept, Carnegie Mellon University
Hosted by: EECS Dept.

June, 2015

“A Big World of Tiny Motions”
William T. Freeman
Professor, EECS Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Oliver (Ollie) Cossairt.

May, 2015

"Energy Management in Distribution Networks under Uncertainty: Pricing, Control, and Learning"
Prof. Lang Tong
TIrwin and Joan Jacobs Professor in Engineering, School of ECE, Cornell University

"Big Data, Data Science, Usability, and Myths"
H.V. Jagadish
Bernard A Galler Collegiate Professor, EE & CS Dept, University of Michigan
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Jennie Duggan.

April, 2015

"Picking Brains with Bandits"

Prof. Robert Nowak
McFarland-Bascom Professor in Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Ermin Wei

"Sparse Representations, Dictionary Learning and Domain Adaptation for Image and Video-based Authentication"
Prof. Rama Chellappa
Minta Martin Professor of Engineering, University of Maryland
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Oliver (Ollie) Cossairt.

February, 2015

"Machine Learning Techniques for Automatic Speech Recognition, including Recent Work at TTIC"
Prof. Sadaoki Furui
President, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago; Professor Emeritus,Tokyo Institute of Technology
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Thrasos Pappas

"Low-Cost, Non-Ionizing Medical Imaging and Minimally Invasive Cancer Treatment with Microwaves"
Prof. Susan Hagness
Robert Philip Dunham Reed Professor, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Koray Aydin

January, 2015

"Enabling Nanophotonics, Data Storage and Energy Conversion with New Plasmonic Materials"
Prof. Vladimir M. Shalaev
Robert and Anne Burnett Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Koray Aydin

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December, 2014

"Resource Allocation and Networking in Clouds and Data Centers"
Prof. R. Srikant
Fredric G. and Elizabeth H. Nearing Endowed Prof, Dept. of ECE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Randy Berry

November, 2014

"III-Nitride Devices for Electronics and Optoelectronics: from DC and Microwaves to the THz and Optical Spectrum"
Prof. Dimitris Pavlidis
Program Director in Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices (EPMD), Research Professor, Boston University
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Manijeh Razeghi

October, 2014

"You Can’t Play 20 Questions with Nature and Win"
Prof. Oren Etzioni
Director, The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Doug Downey

May, 2014

"That Thing In Pocket Is A Computer! The Future of Mobile Computing"
Prof. Ed Delp
The Charles William Harrison Distinguished Professor, EECS Dept, Purdue
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Thrasos Pappas

April, 2014

"Software-Defined Networking: Introduction and Retrospective"
Prof. Scott Shenker
Professor, University of California Berkeley
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Fabian Bustamante

"The Software-Defined Building: A Machine for Living"
Prof. Randy H. Katz
United Microelectronics Corporation Distinguished Professor, EECS Dept, University of California, Berkeley
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Yan Chen

March, 2014

"Artificial Intelligence in Semiconductor Manufacturing"
Dr. Gary S. May
Dean & Professor, College of Engineering, Georgia Tech
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Larry Henschen

"Lab-on-a-Chip Devices for Point-of-Care in-vitro Diagnostics"
Prof. Yu-Hwa Lo
Professor, UCSD Jacobs
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Hooman Mohseni

January, 2014

"Integrated Imaging: Creating Images from the Tight Integration of Algorithms, Computation, and Sensors"
Prof. Charles A. Bouman
Showalter Professor of ECE and BME, Purdue University
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Thrasos Pappas

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October, 2013

"Ultra-Miniature Lensless Computational Imagers and Sensors"
Prof. David G. Stork
Imaging and Optics Expert with Rambus Labs
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Oliver Cossairt

"Communication Amid Uncertainty"
Madhu Sudan, Microsoft Research New EnglandProf. Madhu Sudan
Microsoft Research, New England
Hosted by: EECS Dept.

"Big Data Analytics for Molecular/Cellular Interactomes"
Prof. Chandrajit Bajaj
Professor of CS, Institute of Computational Engineering & Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
Seminar Host: EECS Prof. Alok Choudhary

"Dynamic Power Management in Data Centers: Theory & Practice"
Prof. Mor Harchol-Balter
Associate Professor in Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University

June, 2013

"New Directions for Extreme Scale System Software"
Dr. Pete Beckman
Director, Exascale Technology and Computing Institute, Co-Director, Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering
Hosted by EECS Prof. Alan Sahakian

May, 2013

"Intelligent Narrative Generation: Creativity, Engagement, and Cognition"
Dr. Mark Riedl
Assistant Professor, College of Computing, Georgia Tech
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Ian Horswill

"Games, Privacy and Distributed Inference for the Smart Grid"
H. Vincent Poor
Michael Henry Strater University Professor of EE & Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University
Hosted by: EECS Dept.

April, 2013

"Of Light, Electrons, and Metamaterials"
Prof. Nader Engheta
H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Hosted by: EECS Dept.

"The Science and Engineering of Online Learning"
Dr. Peter Norvig
Director of Research at Google
Seminar host: EECS Prof. Ken Forbus

"Big Data Social"
Prof. Johannes Gehrke
Tisch University Professor , Department of Computer Science, Cornell University
Hosted by Prof. Goce Trajcevski

"Network Verification: When Hoare meets Cerf
Prof. George Varghese
Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of California, San Diego
Hosted by: EECS Dept.

"Perceptual Monitoring of Wireless Video Networks"
Dr. Alan C. Bovik
Director, Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering (LIVE), The University of Texas at Austin
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Aggelos K. Katsaggelos

March, 2013

"Managing the Crowd: Service on the Internet"
Prof. Mihaela van der Schaar
Chancellor's Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Aggelos Katsaggelos

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October, 2012

"What risks lead to ruin?"
Prof. Venkat Anantharam
Professor, College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Michael Honig

September, 2012

"Why Machine Vision Turned Out To Be So Hard?"
Prof. Theo Pavlidis
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University
Hosted by Prof. Thrasos Pappas

"Technology Scaling and the Future of Microprocessors: The 10x10 Approach"
Prof. Andrew Chien
William Eckhardt Professor, Dept. of CS, University of Chicago
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Fabián E. Bustamante

June, 2012

"Internet privacy: Towards more transparency"
Dr. Balachander Krishnamurthy
Technical Staff, AT&T Labs—Research
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Fabián E. Bustamante

May, 2012

"Reaching the Shannon Limit with Spatial Coupling and Threshold Saturation"
Dr. Tom Richardson
Vice President of Engineering, Qualcomm Inc.
Hosted by: Prof. Dongning Guo, Signals & Systems Division.

"Evolution and Analysis of Minimally Cognitive Behavior"
Dr. Randall D. Beer
Cognitive Science Program, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Uri Wilensky (CogSys)

March, 2012

"A Survey of Metamaterials: From Perfect Lenses to Invisibility Cloaks"
Prof. David R. Smith
Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University
Hosted by: EECS Dept.

February, 2012

"Near-Optimal Greedy Mechanisms"
Prof. Éva Tardos
Jacob Gould Schurman Professor, CS Dept, Cornell University
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Jason Hartline

"Large Scale Visual Search"
Prof. Shih-Fu Chang
CS & EE Dept, Divital Video and Multilmedia Lab, Columbia University
Hosted by: EECS Prof Thrasos Pappas and Prof. Ying Wu

"Nonlinear materials and beam interactions for applications to dynamic holography and laser beam control"
Dr. Jean Pierre Huignard
Invited Member of the Institut Langevin CNRS – University Paris. Formerly Senior Expert at Thales Research and Technology (TRT), FRANCE
Hosted by: Center for Quantum Devices (CQD), Solid State Engineering and Photonics

January, 2012

“Three Dimensional Integrated Circuits”
Prof. Trevor Mudge
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan
Hosted By: EECS Dept.

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November, 2011

Prof. Jason Cong
Director of Center for Domain-Specific Computing, Chancellor's Professor, UCLA Computer Science Department

"From image quality to viewing experience: What about human judgment?"
Prof. Huib de Ridder
Professor, Informational Ergonomics, Delft University of Technology
Hosted by Prof. Thrasos Pappas

"The Future of Computing Performance: Game Over or Next Level?”
Prof. Mark D. Hill
Professor, Computer Sciences & ECE Dept, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"ACGI Video Enhancement—A signal processing approach to suppressing optical distortions"
Prof. M.J.T. Smith
Birck Professor of ECE and Dean of the Graduate School, Purdue University
Hosted by: EECS Dept.

June, 2011

Dr. Barbara Liskov
Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hosted by EECS Prof. Fabian Bustamante and Dean Julio Ottino. 

"Psychology and Institute for Intelligent Systems
Dr. Art Graesser
Professor, University of Memphis

May, 2011

Dr. David Ferrucci
Principal Investigator, IBM Research

Dr. Corinna Cortes
Head of Google Research, New York          

April, 2011

Prof. Jean Walrand
Professor, EECS Dept, U.C. Berkeley
Hosted by EECS Prof. Randall Berry

Prof. E. Allen Emerson
Endowed Professor, CS Dept, University of Texas at Austin
Hosted by EECS Prof. Hai Zhou (CES)

"Text and Relationships"
Prof. Karrie Karahalios
Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Ian Horswill, GIM Division

"The Design of Future Microprocessors: The User Interface has important implications"
Prof. Yale N. Patt
Professor & Chair in Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Nikos Hardavellas

March, 2011

"Data-Intensive Scalable Computing: Finding the Right Programming Models"
Dr. Randal Bryant
University Professor & Dean of CS Dept, Carnegie Mellon University
Hosted by EECS Prof. Robby Findler

February, 2011

"Understanding and Controlling Solar Energy Conversion: The relationship between nanostructure and efficiency"
Prof. Stephen R. Forrest
VP for Research, Depts of Physics & EECS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Hosted by EECS Prof. Hooman Mohseni

"Computational Thinking"
Prof. Jeannette M. Wing
President's Professor of Computer Science, CS Dept, Carnegie Mellon University
Hosted by EECS Prof. Robby Finder and Dean Julio Ottino

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November, 2010

"Bing Dialog Model: Intent, Knowledge and User Interaction"
Prof. Harry Shum
Corporate Vice President for Development, Microsoft
Hosted by: EECS Dept.

October, 2010

"Human Centered Design: Bridging People and Technology"
Prof. Huib de Ridder
Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology
Hosted by EECS Prof. Thrasos Pappas.

"Product Sound Design and Perception: Making Sense of Sound"
Prof. René van Egmond
Associate Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Hosted by: EECS Department

"From Spider-Man to Avatar: Achieving Photoreal Digital Actors"
Prof. Paul Debeve
Chief Visual Officer, USC-ICT

September, 2010

Dr. Erwan Bigan
Head of Corporate R&D at Swisscom

June, 2010

"TeachScheme!: How to Train the Best Possible OO Programmers"
Prof. Matthias Felleisen
College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University

"Tournaments, Pool and Wikis"
Prof. Yoav Shoham
Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University

"Using Self-Assembly to Enable Single-Photon Nonlinear Optics"
Prof. Daniel J. Gauthier
Professor and Chair, Department of Physics and the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics, Duke University

May, 2010

"Parallel Thinking"
Prof. Guy Blelloch
Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

April, 2010

"The Story of InstallShield: How I created one of the most recognized software brands after Northwestern"
Viresh Bhatia
Co-founder, InstallShield Software

"Foreseeing the Unseen: Probability Estimation over Large Alphabets"
Prof. Alon Orlitsky
University of California San Diego

"Virtual Humans: A Decade of Research at the ICTI"
Prof. William Swartout
Computer Science Department, USC

March, 2010

"Envisioning the Material World"
Prof. James A. Ferwerda
Associate Professor, Munsell Color Science Laboratory in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science,
Rochester Institute of Technology

"Rethinking Parallel Execution on Multicore Processors"
Prof. Gurindar S. Sohi
Professor, CS & ESE Dept, University of Wisconsin Madison
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Alok Choudhary

February, 2010

"Exotic particles in MOSFETs: An intriguing road to quantum computation?"
Prof. Jainendra Jain
Erwin W. Mueller Professor of Physics, Pennsylvania State University

January, 2010

"What Were They Thinking!? Finding and Extracting Opinions in the News"
Prof. Claire Cardie
Computer Science Department, Cornell University
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Doug Downey.

"Algorithms Meet Art, Puzzles, and Magic"
Prof. Erik Demaine
Associate Professor, Computer Science Department, MIT
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Nicole Immorlica

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November, 2009

"Efficient Authentication of Outsourced Data”
Prof. Roberto Tamassia
Department of Computer Science, Brown University
Hosted by: EECS Assistant Chair, Goce Trajcevski

October, 2009

"Beyond MP3 – Multichannel AudioHome Theatre vs. Cinema"
Dr. James Johnston
Chief Scientist, DTS, Inc.
Hosted by EECS Prof. Thrasos Pappas

"The Pervasive Parallelism Laboratory (PPL)"
Prof. Kunle Olukotun
Cadence Design Systems Professor, Department Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Stanford University
Hosted by EECS Professor Russell Joseph. 

June, 2009

"Discovery of Patterns in Global Earth Science Data using Data Mining"
Prof. Vipin Kumar
William Norris Professor and Head, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Alok Choudhary

May, 2009

"Approximate Privacy: Foundations and Quantification"
Prof. Joan Feigenbaum
Grace Murray Hopper Professor of Computer Science, Yale University
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Jason Hartline

"Optical Pulse Shaping and Applications"
Prof. Andrew M. Weiner
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Prem Kumar

April, 2009

"On the Sufficiency of Ignorance: Recent Lessons in System Architecture"
Gregory W. Wornell
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Compressive Sensing: An Overview"

Prof. Emmanuel Candes
Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, California Institute of Technology
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Thrasos Pappas.

"Domain-Specific Languages for Next-Generation Enterprise Systems"
Prof. Fritz Henglein
Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen (DIKU)
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Robby Findler

March, 2009

"Multi-Robot Teamwork Selection and Learning"
Prof. Manuela Veloso
Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University

“Mining, Indexing, and Searching Graphs in Large Data Sets”
Prof. Jaiwei Han
Abel Bliss Professor, Database and Information Systems Research Lab, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

February, 2009

"Data Structures and Algorithms for Packet Forwarding and Classification"
Prof. Sartaj Sahni
Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department, University of Florida

"The Humanoid Touch"
Dr. Lance Williams
Researcher: Nokia

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November, 2008

"Modern Atomic Engineering: Inspiration from Nature"
Prof. Manijeh Razeghi
Walter P. Murphy Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Director, Center for Quantum Devices

"Charge Fractionalization in Quantum Wires"
Prof. Amir Yacoby
Experimental Condensed Matter Physicist & Professor, Department of Physics, Harvard University

May 2008

“Creating S&T Professional and Institutional Change through Subversion, Revolution, and Meteorology”
Dr. Debra Rolison
Surface Chemistry Branch, Naval Research Laboratory

April, 2008

"Computing Numerically with Functions Instead of Numbers"
Prof. Lloyd N. Trefethen
Professor of Numerical Analysis, Oxford University

February, 2008

“Computational Cameras: Redefining the Image”
Prof. Shree K. Nayar
T. C. Chang Professor, Computer Science, Columbia University

January, 2008

“Information Theory Today”
Prof. Sergio Verdú
Professor, Princeton University

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October, 2007

“Provenance-Aware Storage Systems”
Prof. Margo Seltzer
Harvard School of Engineering and Applies Sciences

“A Search for an Efficient Reconfigurable Computing Substrate”
Prof. Srini Devadas
Edwin Sibley Webster Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

September, 2007

"Breaking the Interference Barrier”
Prof. David Tse
Wireless Foundations Professor, University of California at Berkeley

May, 2007

“VINI: Virtual Network Infrastructure”
Prof. Jennifer Rexford
Professor, Computer Science Department, Princeton University

April, 2007

“Recognition of Human Activity and Object Interactions”
Prof. J.K. Aggarwal
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

"The Future of Architecture: Down Up and Sideways”
Prof. John Laird
Professor, University of Michigan

“High-Capacity Transmission Systems and Technologies”
Dr. Andrew Chraplyvy
Vice President, Optical Transport Networks Research, Bell Labs

“Consumerizing PCs: From Research to Product”
Prof. Monica Lam
Professor, Computer Science Department, Stanford University

“Real Time 3D Visualization and Identification of Dynamic Biological Micro/Nano Organic Events”
Dr. Bahram Javidi
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut

March, 2007

“Searching in the ‘Real World’”
Dr. Ophir Frieder
IITRI Chair Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Information Retrieval Laboratory, Illinois Institute of Technology

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November, 2006

"Security Issues in Collaborative Computing"
Prof. Mikhail Atallah
Distinguished Professor, Purdue University
Hosted By: EECS Prof. Ming Kao

"Pattern Recognition in Video"
Prof. Rama Chellappa
Minta Martin Professor of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and UMIACS,
University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Hosted by: EECS Prof. Ying Wu

"Packet speech on the Arpanet: A history of early linear predictive coded (LPC) speech and its accidental impact on the Internet Protocol"
Prof. Robert M. Gray
Professor, Electrical Engineering Dept, Stanford University

October, 2006

"Advances & Challenges in Selective Areas of Multimedia Communication and Signal Processing"
Prof. Biing-Hwang (Fred) Juang
Motorola Foundation Chair Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, Georgia Institute of Technology

"The Impact of Multicore on Math Software and Expoiting Single Precision Computing to Obtain Double Precision Results"
Prof. Jack Dongarra
University of Tennessee & Oak Ridge National Laboratory

May, 2006

"Sexy Types": The Future of Type Systems for Programming Languages”
Dr. David MacQueen
Chair, Department of Computer Science and Professor, Physical Sciences Collegiate Division, University of Chicago

"Hospital Noise: Its Role in Patient Well-Being and the Challenge for Noise Engineering"
Prof. James E. West Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Member NAE, Bell Labs Fellow, National Inventors Hall of Fame

April, 2006

"Managing Spoken Documents"
Prof. Mari Ostendorf
Endowed Professor of System Design Methodologies in Electrical Engineering, Adjunct Professor in Computer Science and Engineering and in Linguistics, University of Washington

"Grand Challenges For Wireless Sensor Networks"
Prof. Ian F. Akyildiz
Ken Byer Chair Professor in Telecommunications, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

March, 2006

"Engineering Education and the Changing Role of Research Universities in the 21st Century"
Dr. Venkatesh Narayanamurti
Dean of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Harvard University

"Safeguarding the Nation's Fiber Optic Infrastructure Against Unauthorized Hacking"
Prof. Prem Kumar
Director of the Center for Photonic Communication and Computing, Northwestern University

February, 2006

“Gender, Lies and Video Games: the Truth about Females and Computing”
Dr. Maria Klawe
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University & President Elect, Harvey Mudd College

Prof. Bruce Hajek
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Hoeft Chair, College of Engineering
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

January, 2006

"Companions: A Cognitive Architecture Based on Analogical Processing"
Prof. Kenneth D. Forbus
Walter P. Murphy Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Education, EECS Dept, Northwestern University