Systems Information Learning Optimization (SILO)

Weekly Seminar Series

Seminars are usually Wednesdays at 12:30PM in the 3rd floor teaching lab at the WID 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 2015)


There are no more scheduled upcoming talks for this semester.


May 15
12:30 PM
Covariance thresholding, kernel random matrices and sparse PCA
by Yash Deshpande ( Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University )
May 6
12:30 PM
Quantifying Ad Fraud - Contamination Estimation via Convex Relaxations
by Matthew Malloy ( Principal Data Scientist, comScore )
Apr 29
12:30 PM
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
12:30 PM
Cut-Generating Functions for Integer Linear Programs
by Gérard P. Cornuéjols ( Prof. at Carnegie Mellon University )
Apr 15
12:30 PM
A critical threshold for respondent driven sampling
by Karl Rohe ( Prof. at Statistics Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison )
Apr 8
12:30 PM
On the covering property of the lifting region
by Amitabh Basu ( Prof. at Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Johns Hopkins University )
Mar 25
12:30 PM
Large-scale Problems on a Tight Budget
by Ioannis Mitliagkas ( University of Texas at Austin )
Mar 18
12:30 PM
New Formulations and Valid Inequalities for the Optimal Power Flow Problem
by Santanu Dey ( Assoc. Professor, IsyE, Georgia Institute of Technology )
Mar 11
12:30 PM
Subspace Clustering with Ordered Weighted L1 Minimization
by Ulas Ayaz ( ICERM, Brown University )
Mar 4
12:30 PM
Information Theory in Network Coding (Nan), and Algebraic Approaches to the Belgian Chocolate Problem (Charles)
by Ting-Ting Nan and Zach Charles ( )
Feb 25
12:30 PM
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
12:30 PM
Model Inversion and other Threats in Machine Learning
by Tom Ristenpart ( Prof., Dept. of Computer Science )
Feb 11
12:30 PM
Some tools for studying big state spaces
by Ryan Budney ( Prof., University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada )
Feb 4
12:30 PM
Have you heard the good news about L^p graphons?
by Jordan Ellenberg ( Prof., Dept. of Mathematics )
Jan 28
12:30 PM
Polyhedral results on the stable set problem and on half-integral polytopes
by Carla Michini ( Post-doc at WID )
Jan 21
12:30 PM
Simultaneous Model Selection and Learning through Parameter-free Stochastic Gradient Descent
by Francesco Orabona ( Senior Research Scientist, Yahoo! Labs NY )
Jan 14
12:30 PM
From trees to seeds: on the inference of the seed from large random trees
by Miklos Z. Racz ( Dept. of Statistics, UC-Berkerly )

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