LIDS Seminar Series

The LIDS seminar series serves as a focal point in the intellectual life of the lab.

February 19, 2019

Safeguarding Privacy in Dynamic Decision-Making Problems

Kuang Xu (Stanford University)

The increasing ubiquity of large-scale infrastructures for surveillance and data analysis has made understanding the impact of privacy a pressing priority in many domains. We propose a framework for studying a fundamental cost vs. privacy tradeoff...

February 26, 2019

Coded Computing: A Transformative Framework for Resilient, Secure, and Private Distributed Learning

Salman Avestimehr (University of Southern California)

This talk introduces "Coded Computing”, a new framework that brings concepts and tools from information theory and coding into distributed computing to mitigate several performance bottlenecks that arise in large-scale distributed computing and...

March 12, 2019

Automatic Computation of Exact Worst-Case Performance for First-Order Methods

Julien Hendrickx (UCLouvain)

Joint work with Adrien Taylor (INRIA) and Francois Glineur (UCLouvain). We show that the exact worst-case performances of a wide class of first-order convex optimization algorithms can be obtained as solutions to semi-definite programs, which...

March 19, 2019

*CANCELED* Dynamic Monitoring and Decision Systems (DyMonDS) Framework for Data-Enabled Integration in Complex Electric Energy Systems

Marija Ilic (MIT)

We start this talk by briefly revisiting the evolution of electric energy systems into today’s wicked social-ecological-economic systems. We stress the lack of a sufficiently abstract framework for introducing system requirements, candidate...

April 9, 2019

Personalized Dynamic Pricing with Machine Learning: High Dimensional Covariates and Heterogeneous Elasticity

Gah-Yi Ban (London Business School)

We consider a seller who can dynamically adjust the price of a product at the individual customer level, by utilizing information about customers’ characteristics encoded as a $d$-dimensional feature vector. We assume a personalized demand model,...

April 23, 2019

LIDS Seminar Series - Yoram Singer

Yoram Singer (Google)

April 30, 2019

LIDS Seminar Series - Youssef Marzouk

Youssef Marzouk (MIT)

May 14, 2019

LIDS Seminar Series - Mihaela van der Schaar

Mihaela van der Schaar (University of California, Los Angeles)