Program Events

  • Oct
    11

    EECS & OSL Seminar Speaker: Prof. Laurent Lessard, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison, "Automating the Analysis & Design of Large-scale Optimization Algorithms"

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

    12:00 PM Room L440, Technological Institute

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    Prof. Laurent Lessard

    The EECS Department welcomes Prof. Laurent Lessard, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

    Lessard will present a talk entitled "Automating the Analysis & Design of Large-scale Optimization Algorithms" on Wednesday, October 11 at 12:00 PM in Tech Room L440.

    Abstract: Most complicated optimization problems, in particular those involving a large number of variables, are solved in practice using iterative algorithms. The problem of selecting a suitable algorithm is currently more of an art than a science; a great deal of expertise is required to know which algorithms to try and how to properly tune them. Moreover, there are seldom performance guarantees. In this talk, I will show how the problem of algorithm selection can be approached using tools from robust control theory. By solving simple semidefinite programs (that do not scale with problem size), we can derive robust bounds on convergence rates for popular algorithms such as the gradient method, proximal methods, fast/accelerated methods, and operator-splitting methods such as ADMM. The bounds derived in this manner either match or improve upon the best known bounds from the literature. The bounds also lead to a natural energy dissipation interpretation and an associated Lyapunov function. Finally, our framework can be used to search for algorithms that meet desired performance specifications, thus establishing a principled methodology for designing new algorithms.

    Bio: Prof. Laurent Lessard is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the UW–Madison and faculty member of the Optimization Group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Laurent received the B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto, and received the M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. After completing his doctoral work, Laurent was an LCCC Postdoc at Lund University in Sweden, and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include: decentralized control, robust control, optimization, and machine learning.

    Hosted by EECS Prof. Ermin Wei & Center for Optimization and Statistical Learning

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    TIME Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    LOCATION Room L440, Technological Institute    map it

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    CONTACT Lana Kiperman    lana@eecs.northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

  • Oct
    18

    EECS Distinguished Speaker: Prof. AnHai Doan, Professor in Dept. of CS at University of Wisconsin, "Toward an Integrated Research, System Building, Education, and Outreach Agenda for Data Science"

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

    2:00 PM ITW Room, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    LOCATION ITW Room, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center    map it

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    CONTACT Lana Kiperman    lana@eecs.northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

  • Oct
    20

    EECS Distinguished Speaker: Prof. Aaron Stump, Professor in Computer Science at The University of Iowa, "Marvels of Extrinsic Type Theory"

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

    2:30 PM ITW Room, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Friday, October 20, 2017 at 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    LOCATION ITW Room, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center    map it

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    CONTACT Lana Kiperman    lana@eecs.northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

  • Oct
    24

    Abraham Cruzvillegas: Self-Construction

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    4:00 PM 1-350, ITW classroom, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    LOCATION 1-350, ITW classroom, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center    map it

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    CONTACT Northwestern Engineering Events    northwestern-engineering-events@northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • Oct
    25

    EECS Distinguished Speaker: Prof. Jignesh Patel, Professor in Dept. of CS at University of Wisconsin

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

    2:00 PM ITW Room, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    LOCATION ITW Room, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center    map it

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    CONTACT Lana Kiperman    lana@eecs.northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

  • Oct
    30

    CS Colloquium: Prof. Andy Ko, Associate Professor, University of Washington, "TBA"

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

    2:00 PM ITW Room, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Monday, October 30, 2017 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    LOCATION ITW Room, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center    map it

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    CONTACT Lana Kiperman    lana@ece.northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

  • Nov
    6

    CS Colloquium: Prof. Larry Zitnick, Research Manager at Facebook AI Research in Menlo Park, "TBA"

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

    2:00 PM ITW Room, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Monday, November 6, 2017 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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    CONTACT Lana Kiperman    lana@ece.northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

  • Nov
    8

    EECS Distinguished Speaker: Prof. Georgios B. Giannakis, Professor, University of Minnesota

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

    2:00 PM ITW Room, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    LOCATION ITW Room, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center    map it

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    CONTACT Lana Kiperman    lana@eecs.northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

  • Nov
    9

    McCormick Global Initiatives Fair

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    11:00 AM Main Lobby, Technological Institute

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    TIME Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    LOCATION Main Lobby, Technological Institute    map it

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    CONTACT Ana Maria Andras    ana.andras@northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • Nov
    14

    EECS Seminar Speaker: Prof. Kimani Toussaint, Associate Professor in ECE & MSE at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Exploring Quantitative Second-Harmonic Generation Microscopy & Multifunctional Plasmonic Nanoantennas"

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

    3:00 PM Room L440, Technological Institute

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    TIME Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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    CONTACT Lana Kiperman    lana@eecs.northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR Electrical Engineering & Computer Science