Systems Information Learning Optimization (SILO)

Weekly Seminar Series

Seminars are usually Tuesdays at 12:30PM in the Orchard room (3280) at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Building and lunch is provided unless otherwise noted. Take the elevators behind Aldo's Cafe.

Seminars feature graduate students and post-docs presenting in half hour blocks. When we are fortunate to host external visitors, we slot the entire hour for a presentation. We also occasionally have presentations by UW professors who want to share new and exciting research ideas and open problems.

Current Semester (Fall 2015)


Dec 2
12:30 PM
Machine Learning: Art or Science?
by Shivani Agarwal ( Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science )
Dec 9
12:30 PM
A Modified Logistic Regression Markov Chain Model for Forecasting the College Football Playoff
by Laura McLay ( Associate Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, UW-Madison )


Nov 25
12:30 PM
Happy Thanksgiving!
by No SILO this week. ( )
Nov 18
12:30 PM
Non-exhaustive, overlapping k-means clustering
by David Gleich ( Assistant Professor, Computer Sciences, Purdue University )
Nov 11
12:30 PM
Quasi-Newton Trust-Region Methods
by Roummel F. Marcia ( Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of California, Merced )
Nov 5
12:30 PM
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
12:30 PM
Learning (from) networks: fundamental limits, algorithms, and applications
by Soheil Feizi ( Graduate Student, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT )
Oct 28
1:00 PM
Efficient and Parsimonious Agnostic Active Learning
by Tzu-Kuo Huang ( Post Doc Researcher, Microsoft Research )
Oct 28
12:30 PM
Statistical Inference of Phylogenetic Networks
by Claudia SolĂ­s-Lemus ( Graduate Student, Department of Statistics, UW-Madison )
Oct 21
12:30 PM
WID Science Festival
by No SILO this week. ( )
Oct 16
3:00 PM
An Evolving Gradient Resampling Method for Stochastic Optimization
by Stefan Solntsev ( Graduate Student, EECS Department, Northwestern University )
Oct 14
12:30 PM
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
12:30 PM
High-dimensional low-rank matrix recovery
by Anru Zhang ( Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, UW-Madison )
Sep 30
12:30 PM
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
1:00 PM
The Geometry of Positive Semidefinite Rank
by Elina Robeva ( Graduate student, Department of Mathematics, UC-Berkeley )
Sep 23
12:30 PM
Sparse Inverse Problems: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications
by Geoffrey Schiebinger ( Graduate Student, Department of Statistics, UC-Berkeley )
Sep 22
3:00 PM
An Introduction to the Enigma and the Cryptanalysis Against It
by Dimitrije Kostic ( Staff Researcher, Laboratory for Telecommunication Sciences )
Sep 16
12:30 PM
The Rhythm of Speech
by Bill Sethares ( Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UW-Madison )
Sep 9
12:30 PM
Learning Large-Scale Poisson DAG Models based on OverDispersion Scoring
by Gunwoong Park ( Graduate student, Department of Statistics, UW-Madison )

Previous Semesters