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


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 2016)


Dec 7
12:30 PM
Avoiding cascading failures for time-of-use pricing
by Shuchi Chawla ( Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison )
Dec 14
12:30 PM
A variational perspective for accelerated methods in optimization
by Andre Wibisono ( Postdoc - Optimization, University of Wisconsin-Madison )


Nov 30
12:30 PM
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
12:30 PM
Finding low-rank solutions via the Burer-Monteiro approach, efficiently and provably
by Anastasios Kyrillidis ( Postdoc, The University of Texas at Austin )
Nov 9
12:30 PM
Deep Learning in the Enhanced Cloud
by Eric Chung ( Researcher at Microsoft Research )
Nov 2
12:30 PM
Stochastic Nested Composition Optimization and Beyond
by Mengdi Wang ( Assistant Professor, Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Princeton University )
Oct 26
12:30 PM
Multi-view representation learning for speech, language, and beyond
by Karen Livescu ( Assistant Professor, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago )
Oct 19
12:30 PM
Mixed-Integer Convex Optimization
by Miles Lubin ( Graduate Student, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology )
Oct 12
12:30 PM
The smart light sheet microscope
by Jan Huisken ( Director, Morgridge Medical Engineering and Professor, Biomedical Engineering )
Oct 5
12:30 PM
Estimating a Separable Random Field from Binary Observations
by Demba Ba ( Assistant Professor, Harvard University )
Sep 28
12:30 PM
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
12:30 PM
Geometric tools in information theory
by Varun Jog ( Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison )
Sep 14
12:30 PM
Faster Projection-free Algorithms for Optimization and Learning
by Dan Garber ( Research Assistant Professor at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago )
Sep 7
12:30 PM
Combinatorial Inference
by Han Liu ( Assistant Professor, Princeton University )

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