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 (Spring 2017)


There are no more scheduled upcoming talks for this semester.


May 10
12:30 PM
Digital humans, virtual surgery and fast fluids; do they have more in common than their hunger for performance?
by Eftychios Sifakis ( Assistant Professor - UW–Madison )
May 3
12:30 PM
Parametrization of discrete optimization problems, subdeterminants and matrix-decomposition
by Robert Weismantel ( Head of the Institute for Operations Research - ETH Zurich )
Apr 28
12:00 PM
Continuum approximations for large scale graph mining
by Al Hero ( Professor, University of Michigan )
Apr 26
12:30 PM
Community Recovery on the Weighted Stochastic Block Model and Its Information-Theoretic Limits
by Min Xu ( Postdoc - Penn )
Apr 25
12:30 PM
Randomized Distributional Design for Bayesian Transfer Learning
by Anthony Quinn ( Associate Professor, Trinity College Dublin; Fulbright visiting scholar, UC Berkeley )
Apr 19
12:30 PM
Heavy hitters via cluster-preserving clustering
by Jelani Nelson ( Assistant Professor - Harvard )
Apr 12
12:30 PM
Computational Imaging --- Breaking the limitations of conventional imaging designs
by Aswin Sankaranarayanan ( Assistant Professor - Carnegie Mellon )
Apr 5
12:30 PM
Image colorization and its role in visual learning
by Greg Shakhnarovich ( Associate Professor - TTIC )
Mar 29
12:30 PM
Anonymity in the Bitcoin Peer-to-Peer Network
by Giulia Fanti ( Postdoc - UIUC )
Mar 22
12:30 PM
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Mar 15
12:30 PM
Causal Inference and the Data-Fusion Problem
by Elias Bareinboim ( Assistant Professor - Purdue )
Mar 8
12:30 PM
Optimization in PDE computation
by Qin Li ( Assistant Professor - UW–Madison )
Mar 1
12:30 PM
Paris After Trump: Carbon Tariffs Reloaded
by Thomas Rutherford ( Professor - UW-Madison )
Feb 22
12:30 PM
Robust Optimization with Uncertain Uncertainty Sets and Application to Radiation Therapy
by Omid Nohadani ( Associate Professor - Northwestern )
Feb 15
12:30 PM
Optimal sampling in multifidelity Monte Carlo methods for uncertainty propagation
by Ben Peherstorfer ( Assistant Professor - UW–Madison )
Feb 8
12:30 PM
Network-based whole-brain representational similarity learning
by Urvashi Oswal & Blake Mason ( Graduate Students - UW-Madison )
Feb 1
12:30 PM
Towards a better understanding of best arm identification in bounded multi-armed bandits
by Ervin Tanczos ( Postdoc - UW–Madison )
Jan 25
12:30 PM
Gradient Descent For Matrix Completion
by Qinqing Zheng ( Graduate Student - University of Chicago )

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