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

Northwestern Mutual

Seminars are usually Wednesdays 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 2017)


There are no more scheduled upcoming talks for this semester.


Dec 13
12:30 PM
Exploiting Nonlinear Algebraic Structure in Matrix Completion
by Rob Nowak ( )
Dec 6
12:30 PM
New Approximate Solution Approaches for Multi-Stage Stochastic Optimization
by Jim Luedtke ( )
Nov 29
12:30 PM
Robust inference with the knockoff filter
by Rina Foygel Barber ( )
Nov 22
12:30 PM
A geometric analysis of algorithms for phase retrieval and other single-index models with even link functions
by Yan Shuo Tan ( )
Nov 15
12:30 PM
The statistical foundations of learning to control
by Ben Recht ( )
Nov 8
12:30 PM
Balancing Computation and Communication in Distributed Optimization
by Ermin Wei ( )
Nov 1
12:30 PM
Analysis and Design of First-Order Methods for Smooth Strongly Convex Optimization & Low-Complexity Channel Estimation via the Sparse Fast Fourier Transform
by Bryan Van Scoy & Alisha Zachariah ( )
Oct 25
12:30 PM
Overcoming the Challenges of Learning in Parallel
by Dimitris Papailiopoulos ( )
Oct 18
12:30 PM
Learning with Aggregated Data; a Tale of Two Approaches
by Sanmi Koyejo ( )
Oct 11
12:30 PM
Breaking computational barriers: using data to enable extreme-scale simulations for uncertainty quantification and design
by Kevin Carlberg ( Sandia National Labs )
Oct 4
12:30 PM
Trace Test
by Jose Israel Rodriguez ( Postdoc )
Sep 27
12:30 PM
Causal discovery with high dimensional non-Gaussian data & Scalable Generalized Linear Bandits: Online Computation and Hashing
by Sam Wang & Kwang-Sung Jun ( Graduate Student - University of Washington & Graduate Student - University of Wisconsin )
Sep 20
12:30 PM
Optimization over nonconvex constraints & Gradient Coding via Sparse Random Graphs
by Wooseok Ha & Zachary Charles ( Graduate Student - University of Chicago & Graduate Student - University of Wisconsin )
Sep 13
12:30 PM
Inference for High-dimensional Tensor Data
by Anru Zhang ( )

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