The weekly SILO Seminar Series is made possible through the generous support of the 3M Company and its Advanced Technology Group

with additional support from the Analytics Group of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

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 ) |

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 ) |