CSCE 681: Graduate Seminar

All graduate seminars are held from 4:10 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. in room 124 HRBB unless otherwise noted below. Students registering for the seminar can find the requirements to receive credit here. Please join us for this open seminar! 

Spring 2018 CSCE 681 Graduate Seminars


17 - Wednesday
Paula deWitte, Texas A&M University
Understanding the Interaction of Law, Policy, and Technology:  The Inherent Conflict for Computer Scientists and Engineers
May We Live in Interesting Times!
Faculty Contact: Dilma Da Silva

22 - Monday
Zach Toups, New Mexico State University
Playing at Planning: Developing Games to Support Disaster Responders
Faculty Contact: Andruid Kerne

24 - Wednesday
Arturo Gonzalez-Escribano, Universidad de Valladolid
High performance computing in heterogeneous systems, GPUs, and other beasts. Did you think they were difficult to program?
Faculty Contact: Lawrence Rauchwerger

29 - Monday - CSE Distinguished Lecture
Nikos Papanikolopoulos, University of Minnesota
Computer Vision and Machine Learning for Cancerous Tissue Recognition
Open Reception in the atrium outside room 124, immediately following Dr. Papanikolopoulos' presentation.
Faculty Contact: Nancy M. Amato


12 - Monday
Nancy Amato, Texas A&M University
Sampling-Based Motion Planning: From Manipulation Planning to Intelligent CAD to Protein Folding
Faculty Contact: Nancy Amato

19 - Monday - CSE Distinguished Lecture
Aidong Zhang, University at Buffalo
Building Concepts Bridges: Knowledge Discovery from Literature and Beyond
Open Reception in the atrium outside room 124, immediately following Dr. Zhang's presentation.
Faculty Contact: Xia (Ben) Hu


5 - Monday
Taylor Johnson, Vanderbilt University
SEC Faculty Travel Program Award Presentation: Formal Specification, Verification, & Falsification for Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems with Hyperproperties & Hybrid Automata
Faculty Contact: Dylan Shell

7 - Wednesday
Boris Hanin, Texas A&M University
Which Neural Net Architectures Give Rise to Exploding and Vanishing Gradients?
Faculty Contact: Zhangyang (Atlas) Wang

21 - Wednesday
Eduardo Nakamura, Texas A&M University
Bazinga: Lessons from Claude Shannon to Sheldon Cooper
Faculty Contact: Lawrence Rauchwerger

28 - Wednesday
Bihan Wen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Transform Learning for Non-Local Image and Video Modeling
Faculty Contact: Zhangyang (Atlas) Wang


2 - Monday
Reyhaneh Safavi-Naeini, Texas A&M University and University of Calgary
Cryptography for Cloud Security
Faculty Contact: Dilma Da Silva

4 - Wednesday
Lawrence Rauchwerger, Texas A&M University
Parallelism: To extract from old or to create a new?

9 - Monday
Raj Singh, University of Houston
Software Engineering in Cloud and Mobile Era
Faculty Contact: Aakash Tyagi

11 - Wednesday
Mi Zhang, Michigan State University
Advancing Health and Wellbeing using Ubiquitous Computing Technologies
Faculty Contact: Roozbeh Jafari

16 - Monday
Sam Midkiff, Purdue University
Massively Parallel 3D Model Based Image Reconstruction
Faculty Contact: Lawrence Rauchwerger 

18 - Wednesday
Vincent Ng, University of Texas at Dallas
Towards Content-Based Essay Scoring
Faculty Contact: Ruihong Huang

23 - Monday
Martin Burtscher, Texas State University
Automatic Hierarchical Parallelization of Linear Recurrences
Faculty Contact: Daniel Jiménez

25 - Wednesday
Zhe Jiang, University of Alabama
Geospatial Data Science Techniques for Earth Science Applications
Faculty Contact: Zhangyang (Atlas) Wang

Fall 2017 CSCE 681 Graduate Seminars


30 - Wednesday
Graduate Orientation II: Presentation, Poster Session, & PIZZA!
MANDATORY FOR NEW GRAD STUDENTS and counts towards requirement for CSCE 681 students


4 - Monday
Graduate Orientation I: Overview of Department Resources & Contacts, Honor Code, and Student Organizations MANDATORY FOR NEW GRAD STUDENTS and DOES NOT count towards requirement for CSCE 681 students

6 - Wednesday
Bobak Mortazavi, Texas A&M University
Systems for Clinical Outcomes Predictions
Faculty Contact: Dilma Da Silva

13 - Wednesday
Theodora Chaspari, Texas A&M University
Bio-behavioral signals and systems: From signal representations to novel health applications
Faculty Contact: Dilma Da Silva

20 - Wednesday
Zhigang Deng, University of Houston
Interactive Modeling Techniques for Trees and Mechanisms
Faculty Contact: Shinjiro Sueda

25 - Monday
Zhangyang (Atlas) Wang, Texas A&M University
Exploiting Low-Quality Visual Data using Deep Networks
Faculty Contact: Dilma Da Silva


2 - Monday
Tim Davis, Texas A&M University
SuiteSparse:GraphBLAS: graph algorithms via sparse matrix operations on semirings
Faculty Contact: Lawrence Rauchwerger

9 - Monday
Krishna Narayanan, Texas A&M University
A Sub-linear Time Algorithm for Pattern Matching in Big Data
Faculty Contact: Anxiao (Andrew) Jiang

16 - Monday
Gopal Pandurangan, University of Houston
Distributed Algorithmic Foundations of Large-scale Data Computation
Faculty Contact: Jennifer Welch

23 - Monday
Frank Shipman, Texas A&M University
Detecting and Identifying Sign Language Content on Video Sharing Sites
Faculty Contact: TBA

30 - Monday - Texas A&M Cybersecurity Distinguished Lecture Series
Balachander Krishnamurthy, AT&T Labs – Research
Internet privacy: Towards more transparency
Faculty Contact: Nick Duffield


1 - Wednesday
Chao Tian, Texas A&M University
A Generic Transformation for Optimal Repair Bandwidth and Rebuilding Access in MDS Codes
Faculty Contact: Anxiao (Andrew) Jiang

6 - Monday
J. Maurice Rojas, Texas A&M University
On the Hardness of Counting in Algorithmic Number Theory
Faculty Contact: Nancy M. Amato

13 - Monday

Eric Ragan, Texas A&M University
Balancing Naturalness, Convenience, and Comfort for Interaction Technique in Virtual Reality
Faculty Contact: John Keyser

20 - Monday
Ergun Akleman, Texas A&M University
Computer Aided Storytelling
Faculty Contact: Nancy M. Amato


4 - Monday
Juan Garay, Texas A&M University
But Why Does It Work?
A Rational Protocol Design Treatment of Bitcoin
Faculty Contact: Dilma Da Silva

6 - Wednesday
Hao Yu, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
GraphBLAS API: A Linear Algebra Programming API for Large-Scale Graph Computations
Faculty Contact: Lawrence Rauchwerger

Spring 2017 CSCE 681 Graduate Seminars


18 - Wednesday
Ergun Akleman, Texas A&M University
Shape Algebras in Computer Graphics
Faculty Contact: Lawrence Rauchwerger

23 - Monday
Kui Ren, University of Buffalo
My Smartphone Knows What You Print: Exploring Smartphone-based Side-channel Attacks Against 3D Printers
Faculty Contact: Guofei Gu

25 - Wednesday CSE Distinguished Lecture
Haesun Park, Georgia Tech
Open reception in the atrium outside room 124, immediately following Dr. Park's presentation. 
Constrained Low Rank Approximations for Scalable Data Analytics
Faculty Contact: Nick Duffield

30 - Monday - CSE Distinguished Lecture
Vipin Kumar, University of Minnesota
Big Data in Climate: Opportunities and Challenges for Machine Learning and Data Mining
Faculty Contact: Nick Duffield


1 - Wednesday
Vladimir Lumelsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Human-Robot Interaction and Whole-Body Robot Sensing
Faculty Contact: Nancy M. Amato

6 - Monday
Claudia Medeiros, UNICAMP
Experiments in eScience – repeatability and reproducibility
Faculty Contact: Dilma Da Silva

8 - Wednesday - CSE Distinguished Lecture
Charles Leiserson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Open reception in the atrium outside room 124, immediately following Dr. Leiserson's presentation. 
The Resurgence of Software Performance Engineering
Faculty Contact: Lawrence Rauchwerger

13 - Monday - CSE Distinguished Lecture
Tom Ball, Microsoft Research
Open reception in the atrium outside room 124, immediately following his presentation.
Physical Computing for Everyone
Faculty Contact: Jeff Huang

15 - Wednesday
Metin Sezgin, Koc University
Psychology and Intelligent User Interaction
Faculty Contact: Tracy Hammond

22 - Wednesday
Robert Gregg, University of Texas at Dallas
Towards unified control of prosthetic legs with human-inspired phasing and task adaptations
Faculty Contact: Roozbeh Jafari

27 - Monday
Juan Garay, Yahoo Research
The Bitcoin Backbone Protocol: Analysis and Applications
Faculty Contact: Guofei Gu


6 - Monday
Taylor Johnson, Vanderbilt University
Real-Time Reachability for Safety of Autonomous Systems
Faculty Contact: Dylan Shell

8 - Wednesday
Anandi Dutta, Texas A&M University
A Smart Design Framework for a Novel Reconfigurable Multi-processor Systems-on-Chip (ASREM) Architecture
Faculty Contact: Nancy M. Amato

21 - Tuesday
Eminent Scholar Lecture Series
Jack Dongarra, University of Tennessee
Current Trends in High-Performance Computing and Future Challenges
Faculty Contact: Nancy M. Amato

29 - Wednesday
Thamar Solorio, University of Houston
Cracking the Code on Style
Faculty Contact: Ruihong Huang


5 - Wednesday
Henry Segerman, Oklahoma State University
3D Shadows: Casting light on the fourth dimension
Faculty Contact: Ergun Akleman

10 - Monday
Gus Espinosa, Intel
Functional Safety for Software-Defined Autonomous Platforms
Faculty Contact: Aakash Tyagi

12 - Wednesday
Klaus Mueller, Stony Brook University
Big Data Visual Analytics
Faculty Contact: Yoonsuck Choe

17 - Monday - CSE Distinguished Lecture
Zoran Obradovic
Fusion of Qualitative Knowledge and Big Data for Predictive Analytics in Dynamic Networks
Faculty Contact: Nick Duffield

19 - Wednesday - Maxson Lecture
Kristin Lauter, Microsoft Research
How to Keep your Secrets in a Post-Quantum World

24 - Monday
Jason O'Kane, University of South Carolina
Toward a Theory of Automated Design of Minimal Robots
Faculty Contact: Dylan Shell