bearsBEARS 2016
Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium
Sibley Auditorium
Bechtel Engineering Center
UC Berkeley

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley

Beyond Computation: Data Science, People and the Physical World

Morning Session: Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley
(Advance registration is now closed. You may still register at BEARS, but you will not have a pre-printed name badge.)

Tentative Schedule:


08:30 - 09:30am



Welcome from the EECS Chairs - Prof. Tsu-Jae King Liu, EECS Chair and Prof. Joseph Hellerstein youtube logo

09:45 - 10:00am

Distinguished Alumni Awards Presentation
Theodore Kamins, Consulting Professor, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
Jyuo-Min Shyu, Minister of Science & Technology, Taiwan. Cory Shyu, his daughter will be accepting the award on her father's behalf. youtube logo

10:00 - 10:30am

Professor Anca Dragan - "Robot Planning for Interaction with Humans". youtube logo

10:30 - 11:00am

Professor David Culler- "Data Science in the 21st Century University". youtube logo

11:00 - 11:30am


11:30 - 12:30pm

Hot Topics @ EECS - Graduate Student Presentations

Graduate student researchers from across the EECS research centers will share their work with a rapid fire sequence of fun, 5 minute presentations.

Swarm Lab: "Printed and Flexible Systems for Powering Electronics" - Aminy Ostfeld

Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC): "High-Throughput Heterogeneously Integrated Photonic Links" - Krishna Settaluri

Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC): "Smart Bottle Cap – 3D Printed Sensor Tells You When Your Milk Has Gone Bad" - Chen Yang

Automation Science Lab, CITRIS People & Robot : "Unsupervised Segmentation of Surgical Subtasks " - Animesh Garg

TerraSwarm: "Control Improvisation for Music, Robotics, IoT and Beyond" - Daniel Fremont

Software Defined Buildings (SDB): "Solving the CPS Metadata Challenge through Machine Learning and Software Synthesis" - Arka Bhattacharya

California Report Card: "M-CAFE: Motivating and Prioritizing Ongoing Student Feedback During MOOCs and Large on-Campus Courses using Collaborative Filtering" - Mo Zhou

International Computer Science Institute (ICSI): "Understanding Threat Intelligence" - Paul Pearce


Box lunches will be provided after the morning session in the Garbarini Lounge next to Sibley Auditorium.  (Registration for lunch closed Jan. 29, 2016)
Lunch eating areas:
Garbarini Lounge
Cory Hall, TI Lounge on the 2nd floor
Soda Hall, Upper Division Undergrad Lounge, 3rd floor

01:00 - 03:00pm

Research Centers Open House

For a list of the participating research centers, please see below.

Research Centers Open House

01:00 - 03:00pm


Algorithms, Machines, and People Laboratory (AMP Lab)
465 Soda Hall

01:00 - 03:00pm


Algorithms and Specializers for Provably Optimal Implementations with Resilience and Efficiency (ASPIRE)
The ASPIRE project is a five-year collaborative effort attacking the challenges of a new era, where pervasive application-specific specialization of software and hardware is the only path to computational efficiency.  Applications must be restructured to use the most energy-efficient algorithms, and the resulting code must be highly tuned to the underlying hardware. Even though power constraints limit how many transistors can be active, continuing increases in transistor budgets allow architects to consider providing highly specialized accelerators for dramatic improvements in performance and energy efficiency for key computations. We will be hosting a poster session during the BEARS Research Centers Open House.
565 Soda Hall

01:00 - 03:00pm

Berkeley Center for New Media Logo

Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM)
The Berkeley Center for New Media catalyzes innovation by working at the intersection of arts, technology, and the humanities. We'll be offering musical demonstrations, artistic interventions, and poster presentations that critically analyze and shape the media of the future.
426 Sutardja Dai Hall

01:00 - 03:00pm

Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center

Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)
BSAC was founded in 1986 as the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Microsensors and Microactuators. BSAC conducts industry-relevant research on micro- and nano-scale sensors, mechanical elements, microfluidics, materials, processes, and systems that utilize progress made in integrated circuit, bio, and polymer technologies. Poster session in Cory Hall 4th floor hallway.

01:00 - 03:00pm

Berkeley Wireless Research Center

Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC)
Posters and a short introductory presentation.
490 Cory Hall

01:00 - 03:00pm


Center for Evidence-based Security Research (CESR)
(Joined with ICSI)
1947 Center Street Suite 600 (between Milvia and MLK)

01:00 - 03:00pm

Berkeley Center for New Media Logo

Center for Automation and Learning for Medical Robots (Cal-MR)
Cal-MR advances research in automation and machine learning to improve robots and devices for medicine and surgery. Cal-MR is co-directed by Profs. Pieter Abbeel (EECS) and Ken Goldberg (IEOR, EECS, School of Information, Art Practice at UC Berkeley, and Department of Radiation Oncology at UCSF). We will demonstrate latest advances and present posters.
2111 Etcheverry Hall

01:00 - 03:00pm

Center for Hybrid Embedded Software Systems

Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (CHESS)
Lunch Eating Area 540 A/B 1:00 - 1:40pm
Poster Session 545 Cory Hall 1:40 - 3:00pm

01:00 - 03:00pm

citris logo

Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)
CITRIS Connected Communities Initiative Presents: A wake-up call for California: Innovations in earthquake preparedness (Please register separately for this talk)
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

01:00 - 03:00pm

Donald O. Pederson research center logo

Donald O. Pederson Center for Electronic Systems Design (DOP)
Lunch Eating Area 540 A/B 1:00 - 1:40pm
Poster Session 545 Cory Hall 1:40 - 3:00pm


International Computer Science Institute
Poster session and demonstrations.
5th Flr. Hallway and Atrium, Soda Hall


Software Defined Buildings

Software Defined Buildings
Posters session and demonstrations.
4th floor foyer, Soda Hall


SWARM Lab logo

Poster session.
490 Cory Hall

01:00 - 03:00pm

TerraSwarm logo

Lunch Eating Area 540 A/B 1:00 - 1:40pm
Poster Session 545 Cory Hall 1:40 - 3:00pm

01:00 - 03:00pm

West Big Data Innovation Hub (WBDIH)
Our mission is to build multi-sector and multi-state partnerships to address societal challenges with Big Data innovation. WBDIH is one of four regional innovation hubs launched in November 2015 by the National Science Foundation, and covers 13 states.
449 Soda Hall

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