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Wednesday, March 28, 2018 — 10:30 AM EDT

Dakshita Khurana, PhD candidate
Department of Computer Science, UCLA

Can we provably immunize protocols against coordinated attacks on the internet? Can we verify that computation is performed correctly while preserving the privacy of underlying data? Can we enable mutually distrusting participants to securely compute on distributed private data?

These are some of the core challenges that lie at the heart of modern cryptography and secure protocol design.

Monday, March 26, 2018 — 3:30 PM EDT
photo of Jennifer Widom

Jennifer Widom
​Frederick Emmons Terman Dean, School of Engineering
Fletcher Jones Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Stanford University

Monday, March 26, 2018 — 10:30 AM EDT

Xi He, PhD candidate
Computer Science Department, Duke University

Thursday, March 22, 2018 — 10:30 AM EDT

Charles Perin, Department of Computer Science
City, University of London

We live in an increasingly data-driven world, where commercial, societal, environmental, and political decisions are made based on data. However, we also live in a world where most people lack the literacy required to participate in the data-informed debates of modern society. Perhaps the main barrier to improving people’s data literacy is that data is often associated with complexity, large scale, corporatism, and dystopia.

But data is about people.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

What are we? By what processes and patterns did we originate and how do these patterns compare to the processes of the world around us, digital and biological, societal and fictional?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — 1:30 PM EDT

Hicham El-Zein, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 — 4:00 PM EDT

Daniel Recoskie, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 — 10:30 AM EDT

Haifeng Xu, PhD candidate
Computer Science Department, University of Southern California

Strategic interactions among self-interested agents (a.k.a., games) are ubiquitous, ranging from economic activity in daily life and the Internet to defender-adversary interactions in national security. A key variable influencing agents' strategic decision making is the information they have available about their environment as well as the preferences and actions of others. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 — 10:00 AM EDT

Rina Wehbe, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Why do we care if our teammates are not human? This study seeks to uncover whether or not the perception of other players as human or artificial entities can influence player experience. We use both deception and a between-participants blind study design to reduce bias in our experiment. 

Monday, March 19, 2018 — 10:30 AM EDT

Please note: This seminar has been cancelled

Thomas Steinke, Postdoctoral researcher
IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California

As data is being more widely collected and used, privacy and statistical validity are becoming increasingly difficult to protect. Sound solutions are needed, as ad hoc approaches have resulted in several high-profile failures.

Friday, March 16, 2018 — 1:30 PM EDT

Cong Guo, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Consolidation of multiple workloads is cost-effective for system operators. However, it is difficult to determine how to share resources among multiple tenants to achieve both performance isolation and work conservation. The primary shared resource in the server are the CPU cores. We show that current solutions cannot handle CPU sharing very well in various multi-tenancy scenarios.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 — 10:30 AM EDT

Kimon Fountoulakis, Postdoctoral fellow and co-PI
University of California at Berkeley and International Computer Science Institute

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 — 1:00 PM EDT

Michael Abebe, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Cloud storage systems typically choose between replicating or erasure encoding data to provide fault tolerance. Replication ensures that data can be accessed from a single site but incurs a much higher storage overhead, which is a costly downside for large-scale storage systems. Erasure coding has a lower storage requirement but relies on encoding/decoding and distributed data retrieval that can result in increased response times. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 — 10:30 AM EDT

Chenyan Xiong, PhD candidate
Carnegie Mellon University

Search engines and other information systems have started to evolve from retrieving documents to providing more intelligent information access. However, the evolution is still in its infancy due to computers’ limited ability in representing and understanding human language. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 — 10:00 AM EDT

Rina Wehbe, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Designing difficulty levels in platformer games is a challenge for game designers. It is important because design decisions that affect difficulty also directly affect player experience. Consequently, design strategies for balancing game difficulty are discussed by both academics and game designers. 

Monday, March 12, 2018 — 10:30 AM EDT

James Wright, Postdoctoral researcher
Microsoft Research, New York

Saturday, March 10, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST

March Break Open House Schedule

Join us on March 10th to learn more about a variety of programs. Customize your day to check out events specific to your programs of interest, as well as get a taste of what first year will be like. You can find the comprehensive schedule here.    

Thursday, March 8, 2018 — 2:00 PM EST

Pedram Ghodsnia, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Thursday, March 8, 2018 — 1:00 PM EST

Ashvin Goel, Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, University of Toronto

Thursday, March 8, 2018 — 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM EST

The HeForShe Mathematics Committee invites you to participate in the celebration of International Women’s Day.

Drop by MC third floor, outside Math C&D for photo opportunities with Professor Stephen M. Watt, Dean of Mathematics, and other Math faculty members to commemorate supporters of the HeForShe campaign.

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (or until the cupcakes last!)

Show your commitment and join the movement ... #COUNT ME IN

Free cupcakes for participants.

IMPACT 10x10x10

Thursday, March 8, 2018 — 10:30 AM EST

Sangho Lee, Postdoctoral fellow
School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 — 11:30 AM EST

Lesley Istead, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

In this talk, we present a method for producing stylized stereoscopic 3D (S3D) line drawings or sketches from S3D photos.

Our method renders contours and silhouettes found in the disparity map and addresses some of the issues that arise when working with 8-bit disparity. Finally, we add shading to our stylized S3D line drawings to improve the perception of depth and surface shape.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 — 10:30 AM EST

Ruoyu (Fish) Wang, PhD candidate
SecLab, Department of Computer Science, University of California, Santa Barbara

Monday, March 5, 2018 — 10:30 AM EST

Trevor Brown, Postdoctoral fellow
Institute of Science and Technology, Austria

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