Events
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 ECE 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.

Upcoming Speakers

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Previous Speakers

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Speakers in 2018

Prof. Dennis Sylvester

Professor in Dept. of EE & CS, University of Michigan
"Ultra-Low Power IC Design 101"
Hosted by: Prof. Jie Gu

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Speakers in 2017

Dr. Yuval Peres

Principal Researcher in Theory Group at Microsoft Research, Redmond
"Towards Optimal Algorithms for Prediction with Expert Advice"
Hosted by: CS Division

Prof. Georgios B. Giannakis

ADC Chair in Wireless Telecommunications & McKnight Presidential Chair in ECE, University of Minnesota
"Adaptive Sketching and Validation for Learning from Big Data"
Hosted by: Prof. Aggelos Katsaggelos

Dr. David Ferrucci

Founder, CEO, and Chief Scientist of Elemental Cognition
"Machines As Thought Partners"
Hosted by: Prof. Kristian Hammond

Prof. Jignesh Patel

Professor in Dept. of CS at University of Wisconsin
"Quickstep: Towards Hardware-software Co-design for Data Processing"
Hosted by: Prof. Larry Birnbaum

Prof. Aaron Stump

Professor in Computer Science at The University of Iowa
"Marvels of Extrinsic Type Theory"
Hosted by: Prof. Robby Findler

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"
Hosted by: Prof. Jennie Rogers

Dr. Ashwin Ram

Senior Manager for AI Science for Alexa
"Conversational AI: Voice Based Intelligent Agents"
Hosted by: Prof. Kristian Hammond

Prof. Moses Charikar

Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University
"Old Dog, New Tricks: Hashing-based-Estimators for Kernel Density in High Dimensions"
Hosted by: Prof. Aravindan Vijayaraghavan

Prof. Mor Naaman

Associate Professor of Information Science at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech
"Patterns of Large-Scale Attention"
Hosted by: ECE Department

Prof. Srini Parthasarathy

Professor, Dept. of CSE, The Ohio State University
"Stochastic Flow Clustering: Consolidation & Renewed Bearing"
Hosted by: Prof. Nikos Hardavellas

Prof. Anastasia Ailamaki

Professor of CS at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
"The Next 700 Transaction Processing Engines"
Hosted by: Prof. Jennie Rogers

Prof. Michael Wellman

Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at University of Michigan
"Artificial Intelligence Meets Finance: Algorithmic Trading, Financial Stability, and Agent-Based Modeling"
Hosted by: Prof. Larry Birnbaum

Prof. Amy Reibman

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
"Optimization of Networked Distributed Energy Resources"
Hosted by: ECE Department

Prof. Steven Low

Professor of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, Caltech
"Optimization of Networked Distributed Energy Resources"
Hosted by: Prof. Ermin Wei

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Speakers in 2016

Prof. Aditya Parameswaran

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

Prof. Jonathan Gratch

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

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

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

Steve Oberlin

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

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

Prof. Hanan Samet

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

Prof. Bob Barmish

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

Prof. Jeffrey H. Shapiro

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

Prof. Rob A. Rutenbar

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

Dr. Ravindran Kannan

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

Dr. Olivier Guyon

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

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Speakers in 2015

Prof. Venkat Guruswami

Professor, Computer Science Dept, Carnegie Mellon University
“Progress in Error-Correction: New Codes for Old Noise Models”
Hosted by: ECE Department

William T. Freeman

Professor, EECS Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“A Big World of Tiny Motions”
Hosted by: Prof. Oliver Cossairt

Prof. Lang Tong

Irwin and Joan Jacobs Professor in Engineering, School of ECE, Cornell University
"Energy Management in Distribution Networks under Uncertainty: Pricing, Control, and Learning"

H.V. Jagadish

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

Prof. Robert Nowak

McFarland-Bascom Professor in Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Picking Brains with Bandits"
Hosted by: Prof. Ermin Wei

Prof. Rama Chellappa

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

Prof. Sadaoki Furui

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

Prof. Susan Hagness

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

Prof. Vladimir M. Shalaev

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

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