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  • Jan
    24

    EECS Distinguished Speaker: Prof. Andrea Goldsmith, The Stephen Harris Professor in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, "Can Machine Learning Trump Theory in Communication System Design?"

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

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

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    Prof. Andrea Goldsmith

    The EECS Department welcomes Prof. Andrea Goldsmith, The Stephen Harris Professor in the School of Engineering at Stanford University.

    Goldsmith will present a talk entitled "Can Machine Learning Trump Theory in Communication System Design?" on Wednesday, January 24 at 2:00 PM in Ford ITW Room.

    Abstract: Design and analysis of communication systems have traditionally relied on mathematical and statistical channel models that describe how a signal is corrupted during transmission. In particular, communication techniques such as modulation, coding and detection that mitigate performance degradation due to channel impairments are based on such channel models and, in some cases, instantaneous channel state information about the model. However, there are propagation environments where this approach does not work well because the underlying physical channel is too complicated, poorly understood, or rapidly time-varying. In these scenarios we propose a completely new approach to communication system design based on machine learning (ML). In this approach, the design of a particular component of the communication system (e.g. the coding strategy or the detection algorithm) utilizes tools from ML to learn and refine the design directly from training data. The training data that is used in this ML approach can be generated through models, simulations, or field measurements. We present results for three communication design problems where the ML approach results in better performance than current state-of-the-art techniques: signal detection without accurate channel state information, signal detection without a mathematical channel model, and joint source-channel coding of text. Broader application of ML to communication system design in general and to millimeter wave and molecular communication systems in particular is also discussed.

    Joint work with Nariman Farsad

    Bio: Prof. Andrea Goldsmith is the Stephen Harris professor in the School of Engineering and a professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She also serves on Stanford’s Budget Group, Academic Council Advisory Board, Faculty Senate, and Faculty Women’s Forum Steering Committee. She previously served as Chair of Stanford’s Faculty Senate and as a member of its Commissions on Graduate Education and on Undergraduate Education, as well as its Task Force on Women and Leadership. She co-founded and served as Chief Technical Officer of Plume WiFi and of Quantenna (QTNA), and she currently serves on the corporate or technical advisory boards of Crown Castle Inc. (CCI), Interdigital Corp. (IDCC), Sequans (SQNS), Quantenna (QTNA) and Cohere. In the IEEE Dr. Goldsmith served on the Board of Governors for both the Information Theory and Communications societies. She has also been a Distinguished Lecturer for both societies, served as President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2009, founded and chaired the Student Committee of the IEEE Information Theory society, and chaired the Emerging Technology Committee of the IEEE Communications Society. She currently chairs the IEEE Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

    Dr. Goldsmith is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the IEEE and of Stanford, and has received several awards for her work, including the IEEE ComSoc Edwin H. Armstrong Achievement Award as well as Technical Achievement Awards in Communications Theory and in Wireless Communications, the National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lecture Award, the IEEE ComSoc and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the IEEE ComSoc Best Tutorial Paper Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the WICE Technical Achievement Award, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award. She is author of the book ``Wireless Communications'' and co-author of the books ``MIMO Wireless Communications'' and “Principles of Cognitive Radio,” all published by Cambridge University Press, as well as an inventor on 28 patents. Her research interests are in information theory and communication theory, and their application to wireless communications and related fields. She received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.

    Hosted by EECS Prof. Michael Honig

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    TIME Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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    CONTACT Lana Kiperman    lana@eecs.northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

  • Apr
    26

    Dario Robleto & Patrick Feaster: Unlocking Sounds of the Past

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

    10:00 AM TBA

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    TIME Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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    CONTACT Holly Lee Warren    holly.warren@northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

  • Apr
    26

    TAM Seminar Series - Glaucio Paulino - Origami engineering: from deployable structures to configurational metamaterials

    McCormick - Mechanical Engineering

    3:00 PM B211, Technological Institute

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    TIME Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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    CONTACT Theresa Santos    tami.santos@northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR McCormick - Mechanical Engineering

  • Apr
    27

    EECS Seminar Speaker: Prof. Jonathan Fan, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of EE at Stanford University, "High Performance Meta-optical Systems for Extreme Waveform Control"

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

    2:00 PM Room L440, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, April 27, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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    CONTACT Lana Kiperman    lana@eecs.northwestern.edu EMAIL

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  • Apr
    27

    ETOPiA: Copenhagen

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    7:30 PM The STAGE Lab, Reynolds Club, 1131 E. 57th St.

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    TIME Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    LOCATION The STAGE Lab, Reynolds Club, 1131 E. 57th St.   

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  • Apr
    28

    ETOPiA: Copenhagen

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    7:30 PM The STAGE Lab, Reynolds Club, 1131 E. 57th St.

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    TIME Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    LOCATION The STAGE Lab, Reynolds Club, 1131 E. 57th St.   

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  • Apr
    29

    ETOPiA: Copenhagen

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    2:00 PM The STAGE Lab, Reynolds Club, 1131 E. 57th St.

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    TIME Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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  • Apr
    30

    ME 512 Seminar - A.M. "Raj" Rajendran - Issues and Challenges in Chemistry Driven Engineering Constitutive Models for Heterogeneous Materials: A Multiscale Approach

    McCormick - Mechanical Engineering

    3:00 PM L211, Technological Institute

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    TIME Monday, April 30, 2018 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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    CONTACT Theresa Santos    tami.santos@northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR McCormick - Mechanical Engineering

  • May
    2

    Meet the Faculty Talk: Prof. Josiah Hester, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at Northwestern University

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

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

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    TIME Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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    CONTACT Lana Kiperman    lana@ece.northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

  • May
    3

    McCormick Robotics Speaker Series: Alberto Rodriguez

    Master of Science in Robotics

    3:30 PM M228, Technological Institute

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    TIME Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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    CONTACT Allison Asher    allison.asher@northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR Master of Science in Robotics

  • May
    4

    EECS Seminar Speaker: Dr. Dafiné Ravelosona, Deputy Director at Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, "Controlling Domain Wall Dynamics by Interface Engineering in Ultra-Thin Films with Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy"

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

    2:00 PM Room L440, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, May 4, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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    CONTACT Lana Kiperman    lana@eecs.northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

  • May
    8

    Northwestern Engineering's Dean's Seminar Series presents: Robophobia and the Future of Work

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

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

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    TIME Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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  • May
    9

    EECS Distinguished Speaker: Prof. Naresh Shanbhag, Jack S. Kilby Professor of ECE at University of Illinois-Champaign, "Bringing Artificial Intelligence to the Edge – A Shannon-inspired Approach"

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

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

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    TIME Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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    CONTACT Lana Kiperman    lana@eecs.northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

  • May
    14

    Northwestern Engineering and the Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN) present: Decision Science for Conservation

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    10:30 AM ITW classroom, 1-350, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Monday, May 14, 2018 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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  • May
    14

    Meet the Faculty Talk: Prof. Brent Hecht, Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication Studies (and by courtesy, EECS), "TBA"

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

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

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    TIME Monday, May 14, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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    CONTACT Lana Kiperman    lana@ece.northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

  • May
    16

    Meet the Faculty Talk: Prof. Haoqi Zhang, Allen K. & Johnnie Cordell Breed Junior Chair of Design & Assistant Professor in CS at Northwestern University, "Computational Ecosystems: Tech-enabled Communities to Advance Human Values at Scale"

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

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

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    TIME Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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    CONTACT Lana Kiperman    lana@ece.northwestern.edu EMAIL

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  • May
    23

    Meet the Faculty Talk: Prof. Pedram Khalili, Associate Professor of EECS Dept. at Northwestern University, "TBA"

    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

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

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    TIME Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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    CONTACT Lana Kiperman    lana@ece.northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR Electrical Engineering & Computer Science