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Dec 14 | A variational perspective for accelerated methods in optimization by Andre Wibisono ( Postdoc - Optimization, University of Wisconsin-Madison ) |

Dec 7 | Avoiding cascading failures for time-of-use pricing by Shuchi Chawla ( Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison ) |

Nov 30 | Adversarial influence maximization and Bandits meet Matrix Completion by Justin Khim and Aniruddha Bhargava ( PhD student at University of Pennsylvania and University of Wisconsin-Madison ) |

Nov 16 | Finding low-rank solutions via the Burer-Monteiro approach, efficiently and provably by Anastasios Kyrillidis ( Postdoc, The University of Texas at Austin ) |

Nov 9 | Deep Learning in the Enhanced Cloud by Eric Chung ( Researcher at Microsoft Research ) |

Nov 2 | Stochastic Nested Composition Optimization and Beyond by Mengdi Wang ( Assistant Professor, Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Princeton University ) |

Oct 26 | Multi-view representation learning for speech, language, and beyond by Karen Livescu ( Assistant Professor, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago ) |

Oct 19 | Mixed-Integer Convex Optimization by Miles Lubin ( Graduate Student, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology ) |

Oct 12 | The smart light sheet microscope by Jan Huisken ( Director, Morgridge Medical Engineering and Professor, Biomedical Engineering ) |

Oct 5 | Estimating a Separable Random Field from Binary Observations by Demba Ba ( Assistant Professor, Harvard University ) |

Sep 28 | Speeding up Machine Learning using Graphs and Codes by Dimitris Papailiopoulos ( Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison ) |

Sep 21 | Geometric tools in information theory by Varun Jog ( Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison ) |

Sep 14 | Faster Projection-free Algorithms for Optimization and Learning by Dan Garber ( Research Assistant Professor at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago ) |

Sep 7 | Combinatorial Inference by Han Liu ( Assistant Professor, Princeton University ) |

Jul 14 | National Library of Medicine by Patti Brennan ( Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison ) |

Jul 7 | Regularizer design for structured learning by Amin Jalali ( Graduate Student University of Washington ) |

Jun 2 | The XyloTron: A machine vision-based wood identification device by John Hermanson ( ) |

May 26 | A big conjecture in combinatorics that unexpectedly got proved last week and what this has to do with matrix multiplication by Jordan Ellenberg ( Professor, Department of Mathematics, UW-Madison ) |

May 11 | Whither Speech Recognition? Deep Learning to Deep Thinking by Sadaoki Furui ( President, Toyota Technical Institute Chicago ) |

May 4 | Learning Subspaces by Pieces and Algorithms for Ordinal Embedding by Daniel Pimentel-Alarcon and Lalit Jain ( Graduate Student ECE UW-Madison, Graduate Student Math UW - Madison ) |

Apr 27 | Optimization and Equilibrium in Energy Economics by Michael Ferris ( Professor, Computer Science - UW Madison ) |

Apr 20 | What do oil spills, air pollutants, and ocean acoustics have in common? Detection, tracking and classification of environmental signals by Ananya Sen Gupta ( Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Iowa ) |

Apr 14 | Approximate Optimality of Finite Models in Stochastic Control and Decentralized Control by Serdar Yuksel ( Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada ) |

Apr 13 | Universality laws for randomized dimension reduction by Joel Tropp ( Professor, Applied & Computational Mathematics, California Institute of Technology ) |

Apr 6 | Block CUR Decompostion: Matrix Approximation Using Groups of Columns and Inferring Relationships in High-dimensional Generalized Linear Autoregressive Processes by Urvashi Oswal and Eric Hall ( Graduate Student - Optimization ) |

Mar 30 | Following Natural Language Instructions in Unknown Environments by Matthew R. Walter ( Assistant Professor, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago ) |

Mar 16 | New Perspectives in Robust, High-dimensional Statistics by Po-Ling Loh ( Assistant Professor of Statistics, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania ) |

Mar 9 | Top Arm Identification in Multi-Armed Bandits with Batch Arm Pulls and Efficient Bregman Projections onto the Permutahedron and Related Polytopes by Kwang-Sung Jun and Cong Han Lim ( Postdoc / Graduate Student - Optimization ) |

Mar 2 | A Control Perspective on Optimization of Strongly Convex Functions by Bin Hu ( Graduate Student, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ) |

Feb 24 | Geometry and Topology in Inference by Sayan Mukherjee ( Professor, Statistical science, Computer science, and Mathematics ) |

Feb 17 | SMART: The Stochastic Monotone Aggregated Root-Finding Algorithm by Damek Davis ( Assistant Prof, Cornell University ) |

Feb 10 | A Matrix Factorization Approach to Multiple Imputation and DCM Bandits: Learning to Rank with Multiple Clicks by Nandana Sangupta and Sumeet Katariya ( Postdoc - University of Chicago / Graduate Student - Optimization ) |

Feb 3 | Towards Next Generation 3D Cameras by Mohit Gupta ( Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, UW-Madison ) |

Jan 27 | One Relaxation to Rule Them All: Strong Convex Nonlinear Relaxations of the Pooling Problem by Jeff Linderoth ( Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Department of Computer Sciences, UW-Madison ) |

Jan 20 | A Conditional-Value-at-Risk Framework for Multi-Stakeholder Optimization by Victor Zavala Tejeda ( Richard H. Soit Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, UW-Madison ) |

Dec 9 | A Modified Logistic Regression Markov Chain Model for Forecasting the College Football Playoff by Laura Albert McLay ( Associate Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, UW-Madison ) |

Dec 2 | Machine Learning: Art or Science? by Shivani Agarwal ( Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science ) |

Nov 25 | Happy Thanksgiving! by No SILO this week. ( ) |

Nov 18 | Non-exhaustive, overlapping k-means clustering by David Gleich ( Assistant Professor, Computer Sciences, Purdue University ) |

Nov 11 | Quasi-Newton Trust-Region Methods by Roummel F. Marcia ( Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of California, Merced ) |

Nov 5 | The big (brain) data cometh: Low-dimensional models for understanding neural systems by Christopher Rozell ( Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology ) |

Nov 4 | Learning (from) networks: fundamental limits, algorithms, and applications by Soheil Feizi ( Graduate Student, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT ) |

Oct 28 | Efficient and Parsimonious Agnostic Active Learning by Tzu-Kuo Huang ( Post Doc Researcher, Microsoft Research ) |

Oct 28 | Statistical Inference of Phylogenetic Networks by Claudia Solís-Lemus ( Graduate Student, Department of Statistics, UW-Madison ) |

Oct 21 | WID Science Festival by No SILO this week. ( ) |

Oct 16 | An Evolving Gradient Resampling Method for Stochastic Optimization by Stefan Solntsev ( Graduate Student, EECS Department, Northwestern University ) |

Oct 14 | How a helix is bigger than a plane (but not as big as a ball), and why it matters. by Betsy Stovall ( Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, UW-Madison ) |

Oct 7 | High-dimensional low-rank matrix recovery by Anru Zhang ( Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, UW-Madison ) |

Sep 30 | A Topic Modeling Approach to Learning Preference-Behavior from Pairwise Comparisons by Prakash Ishwar ( Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University ) |

Sep 23 | The Geometry of Positive Semidefinite Rank by Elina Robeva ( Graduate student, Department of Mathematics, UC-Berkeley ) |

Sep 23 | Sparse Inverse Problems: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications by Geoffrey Schiebinger ( Graduate Student, Department of Statistics, UC-Berkeley ) |

Sep 22 | An Introduction to the Enigma and the Cryptanalysis Against It by Dimitrije Kostic ( Staff Researcher, Laboratory for Telecommunication Sciences ) |

Sep 16 | The Rhythm of Speech by Bill Sethares ( Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UW-Madison ) |

Sep 9 | Learning Large-Scale Poisson DAG Models based on OverDispersion Scoring by Gunwoong Park ( Graduate student, Department of Statistics, UW-Madison ) |

Aug 27 | Double Bandits by Aniruddha Bhargava ( ) |

Aug 20 | A data-dependent weighted LASSO by Rebecca Willett ( Prof., Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UW-Madison ) |

Aug 13 | Law 101: What to Do When Pulled Over by Police by Eric R. Hunt ( Attorney, Axley Brynelson, LLP ) |

Aug 6 | GuBoLi -- The World's Greatest Solver for Box-Constrained Nonconvex Quadratic Programs by Jeff Linderoth ( Prof., Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Department of Computer Sciences University of Wisconsin-Madison ) |

Jul 30 | The fundamental question of coding theory by Nigel Boston ( Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor, Department of Mathematics ) |

Jul 23 | Modeling the Spread of Human Rhinovirus by Eric Hall ( Graduate Student ) |

Jul 16 | Convex relaxations and the planted clique problem by Jordan Ellenberg ( Prof. at Math Dept. ) |

Jul 9 | Multi-Resolution Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Atmospheric Contamination by Justin Jacobs ( PhD UMBC - United States Department of Defense; Statistician / Applied Research ) |

Jul 2 | Some thoughts on prioritizing cyber-security mitigations for securing information technology supply chains by Laura Mclay ( Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison ) |

Jun 25 | Urban Areas LiDar Scanning by Saleh Abuwarda ( UCD School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering ) |

Jun 18 | Linear Dueling Bandits by Sumeet Katariya ( Graduate Student ) |

May 15 | Covariance thresholding, kernel random matrices and sparse PCA by Yash Deshpande ( Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University ) |

May 6 | Quantifying Ad Fraud - Contamination Estimation via Convex Relaxations by Matthew Malloy ( Principal Data Scientist, comScore ) |

Apr 29 | On the Existence of Compact Epsilon-Approximated Formulations for Knapsack in the Original Space by Laura Sanita ( Prof. at Combinatorics & Optimization Department, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada ) |

Apr 22 | Cut-Generating Functions for Integer Linear Programs by Gérard P. Cornuéjols ( Prof. at Carnegie Mellon University ) |

Apr 15 | A critical threshold for respondent driven sampling by Karl Rohe ( Prof. at Statistics Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison ) |

Apr 8 | On the covering property of the lifting region by Amitabh Basu ( Prof. at Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Johns Hopkins University ) |

Mar 25 | Large-scale Problems on a Tight Budget by Ioannis Mitliagkas ( University of Texas at Austin ) |

Mar 18 | New Formulations and Valid Inequalities for the Optimal Power Flow Problem by Santanu Dey ( Assoc. Professor, IsyE, Georgia Institute of Technology ) |

Mar 11 | Subspace Clustering with Ordered Weighted L1 Minimization by Ulas Ayaz ( ICERM, Brown University ) |

Mar 4 | Information Theory in Network Coding (Nan), and Algebraic Approaches to the Belgian Chocolate Problem (Charles) by Ting-Ting Nan and Zach Charles ( ) |

Feb 25 | Center-Points: A Link Between Discrete Geometry and Optimization by Timm Oertel ( Post-doc at Institut für Operations Research Departement Mathematik, Departement Mathematik, Switzerland ) |

Feb 18 | Model Inversion and other Threats in Machine Learning by Tom Ristenpart ( Prof., Dept. of Computer Science ) |

Feb 11 | Some tools for studying big state spaces by Ryan Budney ( Prof., University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada ) |

Feb 4 | Have you heard the good news about L^p graphons? by Jordan Ellenberg ( Prof., Dept. of Mathematics ) |

Jan 28 | Polyhedral results on the stable set problem and on half-integral polytopes by Carla Michini ( Post-doc at WID ) |

Jan 21 | Simultaneous Model Selection and Learning through Parameter-free Stochastic Gradient Descent by Francesco Orabona ( Senior Research Scientist, Yahoo! Labs NY ) |

Jan 14 | From trees to seeds: on the inference of the seed from large random trees by Miklos Z. Racz ( Dept. of Statistics, UC-Berkerly ) |

Dec 12 | Learning with systematic corruptions: Regression-based methods with applications to MRI and graph estimation by Po Ling Loh ( Student, UC Berkeley ) |

Dec 5 | Interhemispheric effective and functional connectivity of spina bifida subjects is consistent with anatomical connectivity | Risk Analysis in Stock Trading via Feedback-Based Strategies by Sheida Malekpour | Shirzad Malekpour ( Graduate students, Electrical and Computer Engineering ) |

Nov 28 | Bayesian Covariance Regression and Autoregression by Emily Fox ( Assistant Professor, University of Washington ) |

Nov 14 | Classification with Asymmetric Label Noise by Clayton Scott ( Associate Professor, UMich Ann Arbor ) |

Nov 7 | Algorithms for privacy-preserving machine learning by Anand Sarwate ( Research Assistant Professor, TTI Chicago ) |

Oct 31 | Optimal detection of a sparse principal component by Philippe Rigollet ( Asst. Professor, Princeton University ) |

Oct 24 | Fast global convergence of gradient methods for high-dimensional statistical recovery by Sahand Negahban ( Postdoc, MIT ) |

Oct 17 | Emotions in Engineering: Methods for the Interpretation of Ambiguous Emotional Content by Emily Provost ( Assistant Professor, Computer Science, University of Michigan ) |

Oct 10 | The Asymptotics of Ranking Algorithms by John Duchi ( Student, UC Berkeley ) |

Sep 26 | Kevin: Query Complexity of Derivative-Free Optimization || Pari: Covariance Sketching by Kevin Jamieson and Parikshit Shah ( Postdoc, Computer Sciences and Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering ) |

Sep 19 | Universal Laws and Architectures by John Doyle ( Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems, Electrical Engineering and BioEngineering California Institute of Technology ) |

Sep 12 | Packing Ellipsoids and Chromosomes by Stephen Wright ( Professor, Computer Sciences ) |

Dec 7 | An optimal architecture for poset-causal systems | Computable Bounds on Sparsity Recovery by Pari Shah and Gongguo ( Post-doc in CS and ECE respectively ) |

Nov 30 | Restricted Isometry Constants in Compressed Sensing | Network localization with some new wrinkles: Noncovex geometry in low dimension by Bubacarr Bah, Jesse Holzer ( Graduate student in University of Edinburgh and graduate student in Math respectively ) |

Nov 23 | Computational topology for configuration spaces of hard disks by Matthew Kahle ( Member of the Institute of Advanced Study ) |

Nov 16 | Theory and software for sparse approximation algorithm phase transitions. by Jared Tanner ( Professor of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh ) |

Nov 9 | Music Hack by Andrew Bridy and Lalit Jain ( Graduate students in Math ) |

Nov 2 | Cooperative Communication: Backpressure Algorithm with Mutual Information Accumulation | Online robust PCA and examples in computer vision by Nick Yanpei Liu and Laura Balzano ( Graduate students in ECE ) |

Oct 26 | Metamaterial Lens Modeling for mm-wave MIMO Communications | Robust Data Analysis Algorithms in a Neutrino Telescope by John Brady and Mark Wellons ( Graduate Students in ECE and CS respectively ) |

Oct 19 | Negotiations in Art and the Science of Information by Meg Mitchell ( Assistant Professor, Digital Foundations of Art, UW Madison ) |

Oct 12 | Active Ranking using Pairwise Comparisons | Decomposition Methods for Large Scale LP Decoding by Kevin Jamieson and Siddharth Barman ( Graduate Students in ECE and CS respectively ) |

Oct 5 | Compressed Sensing with Structured Sparsity | Canonical Estimation in a Rare-Events Regime by Nikhil Rao and Vincent Tan ( Graduate Student and Postdoc in ECE respectively ) |

Sep 21 | Atomic Norm Denoising with Applications to Line Spectral Estimation | Reliability of Content Identification by Badri Narayan Bhaskar and Gautam Dasarathy ( Graduate Students in ECE ) |

Sep 14 | Strand Simulation for Biomechanics by Shinjiro Sueda ( Postdoctoral scholar at University of British Columbia ) |

Jan 31 | Estimating large-scale time series network models by Garvesh Raskutti ( ) |

Apr 27 | Deriving an FFT Algorithm via Group Representation Theory by Michael Starr ( Graduate Student, UW Madison ) |

Apr 20 | A New Characterization of Compressed Sensing Limits by Galen Reeves ( Graduate Student, UC Berkeley ) |

Apr 13 | Estimation of Cortical Interactions from EEG/MEG by Barry Van Veen ( Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering ) |

Apr 6 | Things that go beep in the night by Ben Recht ( Assistant Professor, Computer Science Dept ) |

Mar 29 | Online Subspace Estimation and Tracking from Missing or Corrupt Data by Laura Balzano ( Student of Professor Nowak ) |

Mar 23 | Hypothesis Testing and Statistical Significance by Rob Nowak ( Professor in ECE Department ) |

Mar 9 | Secret Key Generation through OFDM Multipath Channel by Yanpei Liu ( Graduate Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering ) |

Mar 2 | Audio Morphing by Bill Sethares ( Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering ) |

Feb 23 | Active Clustering: Robust and Efficient Hierarchical Clustering using Adaptively Selected Similarities by Gautam Dasarathy ( Graduate Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering ) |

Feb 16 | Convex approaches to model wavelet coefficients by Nikhil Rao ( Student of Professor Nowak ) |

Feb 11 | A security proof for 802.11s protocols by Doug Kuhlman ( Former student of Professor Nigel Boston now with Motorola research ) |

Jan 26 | Similarity comparisons and non-metric clustering by Jordan Ellenberg ( Professor of Mathematics ) |

Dec 15 | A Unified View of Schulz-Snyder Phase Retrieval Algorithm by Figen Otkem ( Student of Professor Richard Blahut, University of Illinois ) |

Dec 15 | A Unified View of Schulz-Snyder Phase Retrieval Algorithm by Figen Oktem ( Student of Professor Richard Blahut, University of Illinois ) |

Dec 1 | Continuous Aperture Phased MIMO: Basic Theory and Applications Akbar Sayeed (joint work with Nader Behdad) by Akbar Sayeed ( Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering ) |

Nov 17 | Fast Fourier Transform: Why? How? and the Course 842 by Shamgar Gurevich ( Professor, Dept. of Mathematics, UW-Madison ) |

Nov 3 | Review of graduate student summer internships by John Brady, Gautam Dasarathy, and Matt Malloy ( Graduate Students, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering ) |

Oct 20 | Delay minimization in energy constrained wireless communications by Jing Yang ( Postdoctoral Researcher with Prof. Nowak and Draper ) |

Oct 14 | Large Deviations and Extensions for Learning Tree Models by Vincent Tan ( Postdoctoral Researcher with Prof. Nowak ) |

Oct 13 | Simple Meets Optimal: Some New Results for Model Selection Using One-Step Thresholding by Waheed Bajwa ( Postdoctoral Researcher, Duke University ) |

Oct 6 | Computational Harmonic Analysis and Image Processing by Zuowei Shen ( Distinguished Professor, National U. Singapore ) |

Sep 22 | Non-commutative arithmetic-geometric mean inequalities. by Ben Recht ( Professor, Dept. of Computer Science and Dept. of Electrical Engineering ) |

Sep 15 | Online Identification and Tracking of Subspaces from Highly Incomplete Information by Laura Bolzano ( Student with Prof. Nowak ) |

Sep 8 | Belgian chocolate is as easy as abc. by Nigel Boston ( Professor, Dept. of Mathematics and Dept. of Electrical Engineering ) |