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  • Feb
    17

    CS Colloquium - Yang Zhang - "Knowledge Is Power: Sensing The Physical World Around Devices"

    Department of Computer Science

    12:00 PM Room 3514, Mudd Hall ( formerly Seeley G. Mudd Library)

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    Title: Knowledge Is Power: Sensing The Physical World Around Devices

    Abstract

    Computers seventy years ago knew only what could be loaded into their memory, but today they can access an entire internet of information. This expansion of knowledge has made them indispensable tools and assistants. However, even today, computing devices know little about the physical world, especially the environment immediately around them due to a lack of perceptual capabilities. For this reason, they can tell you more about medieval literature and the traffic in Tokyo than the home in which they reside. This lack of perception limits how smart and useful they can be, especially in our everyday tasks that could be augmented with information and interactivity.

    In this talk, I will present my research on sensing approaches that boost computer perception of the immediate physical world. Specifically, I have explored sensing technologies that allow one deployed sensor to cover a wide area for user activity and event recognition as well as sensing technologies that enable the manufacture of smarter everyday objects. Together, these sensing technologies allow computers to monitor the state, count, and intensity of activities, which in turn can enable higher-order applications such as personal informatics, accessibility, digital health, sustainability, and beyond.

    Biography

    Yang Zhang is a PhD candidate in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and is also a Qualcomm Innovation Fellow. His research lies in the technical aspects of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) with a focus on sensing technologies that enhance computing devices with knowledge of the physical world around them. His research has received 2 best paper and 4 honorable mention awards at top venues, and extensive media coverage from leading media outlets such as MIT Technology Review, Engadget, and The Wall Street Journal. As much of his research is highly applied, it has led to collaborations with industry partners, such as Facebook Reality Labs, Apple, and Microsoft Research. More information can be found on his website: https://yangzhang.dev

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    TIME Monday, February 17, 2020 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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  • May
    6

    CS Distinguished Seminar - Christos Papadimitriou

    Department of Computer Science

    12:00 PM 3514, Mudd Hall ( formerly Seeley G. Mudd Library)

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    TIME Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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    CONTACT Brianna White    brianna.mello@northwestern.edu EMAIL

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  • May
    20

    CS+X Colloquium - Jian Mia

    Department of Computer Science

    12:00 PM 3514, Mudd Hall ( formerly Seeley G. Mudd Library)

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    TIME Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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    CONTACT Brianna White    brianna.mello@northwestern.edu EMAIL

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  • May
    25

    Memorial Day (no classes)

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    TIME Monday, May 25, 2020

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  • Jun
    3

    CS Colloqium - Matt Easterday

    Department of Computer Science

    12:00 PM 3514, Mudd Hall ( formerly Seeley G. Mudd Library)

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    TIME Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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  • Jun
    19

    McCormick PhD Hooding Ceremony

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    2:00 PM Ryan Family Auditorium, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, June 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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  • Jun
    20

    McCormick Undergraduate Convocation

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    8:30 AM McGaw Memorial Hall/Welsh-Ryan Arena

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    TIME Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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  • Jun
    20

    McCormick Master's Recognition Ceremony

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    12:30 PM McGaw Memorial Hall/Welsh-Ryan Arena

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    TIME Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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