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ISR's Distinguished Lecturer Series

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2017

Wednesday, Feb. 15
Reverse Engineering the Blood-Brain Barrier
Peter Searson
Joseph R. and Lynn C. Reynolds Professor
Director, Institute for NanoBioTechnology
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Johns Hopkins University
| video |

Co-sponsored by ISR, the Fischell Dept of Bioengineering, the Dept of Materials Science and Engineering, and the Brain and Behavior Initiative

2016

Tuesday, March 22
Sparsity and decomposition in semidefinite optimization
Lieven Vandenberghe
Professor, Electrical Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles
| video |

Friday, May 6
The Year of Shannon
Sergio Verdu
Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering
Princeton University
Joint presentation with the ECE Distinguished Colloquia series

2015

Thursday, Feb. 5
Autonomous and Intelligent Systems at United Technologies Research Center
Andrzej Banaszuk
Program Leader, Sikorsky Program Office
United Technologies Research Center

Wednesday, March 25
Ecological Systems Research: How Mathematics Informs Our Understanding of Animal Movement and Global Change
Bill Fagan
Professor and Chair
Department of Biology, University of Maryland
| video |

Friday, Sept. 25
Opportunities and Challenges in Engineering Research, Education, and Innovation: A Perspective from NSF
Pramod P. Khargonekar
Assistant Director for the Directorate of Engineering
National Science Foundation
Note: This joint distinguished colloquium is co-sponsored by the Institute for Systems Research and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Booz | Allen | Hamilton  Colloquium Series

2014

Thursday, Oct. 30
Microgrids for Promoting Power System Resilience, Reliability, and Economics
Mohammad Shahidehpour
Armour College of Engineering
Illinois Institute of Technology
| video |

2013

Monday, May 13
Flexibility in Power Systems
Daniel Kirschen
Donald W. and Ruth Mary Close Professor of Electrical Engineering
University of Washington
| video |

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
Control of Cyber-Physical Systems: Fundamental Challenges and Applications to Energy and Transportation Networks
Karl Henrik Johansson
KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm, Sweden
| slides | video |

2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Brain representations of structural and semantic information in natural movies
Jack Gallant
Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
University of California, Berkeley
| video |

Tuesday, April 24
Coherent feedback control of quantum dynamical systems
Hideo Mabuchi
Professor of Applied Physics
Stanford University
Palo Alto, Calif.
| video |
Reception sponsored by MiMo Cloud

Friday, Nov. 30
The Genesis of Coding Theory
Daniel Costello
Bettex Chair, Professor Emeritus
Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Notre Dame
| video |

2011

Friday, April 8, 2011
Large-Scale Wind/Marine Turbines: State-of-the-Art & Current Challenges
Yin Lu (Julie) Young
Associate Professor
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.
| video |

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
A Vision for Computer Science: The System Perspective
Joseph Sifakis
CNRS Research Director
Schneider-INRIA Endowed Researcher Chair
Founder of Verimag Laboratory, and Director (1993-2006)
Verimag Laboratory
| video |

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011
Vacuum Microsystems for Energy Conversion
Roger T. Howe
Dept. of Electrical Engineering
Stanford Nanofabrication Facility
Stanford University
Palo Alto, Calif.
| video |

Monday, Oct. 24, 2011
How Watson Learns Superhuman Jeopardy! Strategies
Gerry Tesauro
IBM Research

2010

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010
Sparse Sensing with Coprime Sampling Lattices
P.P. Vaidyanathan
Professor of Electrical Engineering
Caltech Digital Signal Processing Group
California Institute of Technology
| video |
Note: video quality is inferior for this speaker.

Friday, Oct. 8, 2010
Information Visualization for Knowledge Discovery
Ben Shneiderman
Department of Computer Science, UMIACS, ISR
University of Maryland

Monday, Oct. 11, 2010
Sensing, Control, and Decision Making with Limited Actions
Tamer Basar
Swanlund Endowed Chair
CAS Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Center for Advanced Study
Research Professor, Information Trust Institute
Research Professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
| video |

2009

Thursday, Feb. 26
Game Theoretic Learning for Distributed Autonomous Systems
Jeff Shamma
Julian T Hightower Chair of Systems and Controls
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
| video |

May 21
Characterizing General Anesthesia-Induced Loss of Consciousness
Emery N. Brown
Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia
Harvard Medical School
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care
Massachusetts General Hospital

Professor of Computational Neuroscience and Health Sciences and Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2008

Wednesday, April 16
4G Wireless Technology Vision
Siavash M. Alamouti
Intel Fellow, Mobility Group
Chief Technology Officer
Mobility Wireless Group
Intel Corporation

Friday, May 2
Applications of Formal Methods in Model-Based Development of Embedded Control Systems
Bruce Krogh
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, Oct. 2
The Challenge of the Neocortex for Information Technology
Rodney Douglas
Professor of Neuroinformatics
Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI)
ETH/UZH, Zurich
| video |

Thursday, Nov. 14
Polarization codes and the rate of channel polarization
Emre Telatar
Professor
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Lausanne, Switzerland

2007

Tuesday, February 13
Understanding the Simulation of Mobility Models
Jean-Yves Le Boudec
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Lausanne, Switzerland
| video |

Monday, March 26
Feedback Fundamentals: Old and New
Petar V. Kokotovic
Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of California Santa Barbara
| video |

Monday, Oct. 15, 2007
Systems Biology: How Can Control Engineers Help to Understand Biology?
Frank Allgöwer
Director, Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control
Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
University of Stuttgart, Germany

2006

Tuesday, March 7
Hybrid Systems and Control
S. Shankar Sastry
Director, Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society
NEC Distinguished Professor of EECS and Professor of Bioengineering
University of California, Berkeley
| video |

Tuesday, May 2
Control Systems Theory and a Qualitative/Quantitative Approach to Systems Biology
Eduardo Sontag
Department of Mathematics
BioMaPS Institute for Quantitative Biology, Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering Rutgers University

Tuesday, September 19      
The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order

Steven Strogatz
Professor, Theoretical and Applied Mathematics
Cornell University
| video |

Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Listening in a cocktail party with acoustic and electric hearing
Bob Carlyon
Medical Research Council
Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, England
| video |

2005

Wednesday, March 9
Decoding the Human Genome by Multi-Species Sequence Comparisons
Eric D. Green, M.D., Ph.D.
National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health
| video |

Tuesday, April 12
The Operational Semantics of Hybrid Systems
Edward A. Lee
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley
| video |

Tuesday, October 11
Robust and Adaptive Optimization:
A Tractable Approach to Optimization under Uncertainty

Dimitris Bertsimas, Ph.D.
Boeing Professor of Operations Research
Sloan School of Management; Operations Research Center
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
| video |

Tuesday, November 15
Signal Processing and Wireless Networks
H. Vincent Poor
George Van Ness Lothrop Professor in Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University

2004

Friday, Feb. 20
Dynamics in Genetic Networks
Leon Glass, FRSC, Isadore Rosenfeld Chair in Cardiology and Professor of Physiology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
| video |

Friday, April 16
From Hierarchies to Polyarchies: Visualizing Multiple Relationships
George G. Robertson, ACM Fellow and Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research
| video |

Wednesday, October 13
A Unified View of Temporal Difference Methods for Neuro-Dynamic Programming
Dimitri P. Bertsekas
McAfee Professor of Engineering, Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
| video |

Tuesday and Wednesday, November 16 and 17
Cell Talk
Bhubaneswar “Bud” Mishra
Professor of Computer Science, Mathematics & Cell Biology (Courant Institute & NYU School of Medicine) New York University
| video |

2003

Friday, March 14
Swarm Intelligence
Eric Bonabeau, Icosystem Corp., Cambridge, Mass.

Friday, April 18
Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing
Alan J. Laub, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy

Monday, Oct. 20 and Tuesday, Oct. 21
Automated Synthesis of High-Performance Planners and Schedulers
Douglas Smith, Kestrel Institute, Palo Alto, Calif.

Thursday, Dec. 18
New Perspective on Wolfram’s ‘New Kind of Science’
Leon O. Chua; University of California, Berkeley; Berkeley, Calif.
| video |

2002

October 25
Video Re-Coding
Bede Liu, Princeton University

December 6
Algorithmic Aspects of the Internet
Christos Papadimitriou, University of California, Berkeley