BLISS Seminar


The BLISS seminar (formerly NCD seminar) is the area seminar of the Berkeley Laboratory for Information and System Sciences. Talks at the seminar cover topics including but not limited to information and coding theory, signal processing, optimization, statistics, and control. The list of talks for the current semester can be found below, and past seminars from 2016 onwards are listed here. For an archive of all talks from 1996-2015, visit the old webpage.

A calendar of all the talks is maintained here. Feel free to add it to your own.

Spring 2023
Location: Virtual (subscribe to our mailing list for details)
Regular seminar time: Wednesdays 2 PM - 3 PM PT
Regular seminar venue: Wang Room, 531 Cory Hall, Berkeley

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To give a talk at the seminar, contact Nived Rajaraman or Tom Courtade.

Spring 2023 Schedule

Dates marked in bold indicate that talks are at non-regular dates / times.

March 1 Ananya Kumar (Stanford) Foundation Models for Robustness to Distribution Shifts details
March 15 Ayush Sekhari (MIT) On the Complexity of Adversarial Decision Making details
March 22 Venugopal Veeravalli (UIUC) Quickest Change Detection for Monitoring Pandemics details
March 29 Spring break - -
April 5 Max Simchowitz (MIT) Randomized Smoothing, Online Learning, and Planning Through Contact. details
April 12 Gautam Goel (Simons Institute) Competitive Control details
10-11am PT, April 19 Yair Carmon (Tel Aviv University) Stochastic gradient descent without learning rate tuning details
10-11am PT, April 26 Ramon Van Handel (Princeton) A new approach to nonasymptotic random matrix theory details
May 3 details
May 10 Ari Morcos (FAIR) details