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This colloquium speaker series focuses on natural language processing, computer vision, and robotics (generally, on machine/deep learning and artificial intelligence). It features some of the top researchers (from both universities and industry) on these topics. Because these lectures are scheduled based on the availability of a speaker, they may be scheduled at odd times or with little advanced notice. Keep an eye on this schedule for updates.

If you would like to meet a speaker, please contact the corresponding host. Also, please contact one of the relevant faculty below if you are interested in visiting and giving a talk!


Date Speaker Talk Title Notes
Oct. 5, 2016 Tianfu Wu
 From Statistical Visual Modeling and Computing to Communicative Learning Host: Tamara Berg
Oct. 17, 2016 Ray Mooney
UT Austin
 Generating Natural-Language Video Descriptions using LSTM Recurrent Neural Networks TCSDLS at UNC
Host: Mohit Bansal
Oct 26, 2016 Dipanjan Das
Google Research
 Two Case Studies in Semantic Inference Host: Mohit Bansal
Nov. 7, 2016 Amit Pandey
SoftBank Robotics
 Socially Intelligent Robots and Human Robot Interaction Host: Dinesh Manocha
Nov. 17, 2016 Sanja Fidler
 (Postponed) Host: Tamara Berg
Dec. 5, 2016 Ramesh Jain
 Computing Personal Lifestyle for Building Health Models TCSDLS at NCSU
NCSU Host: Muninder Singh
Dec. 6, 2016 Torsten Sattler
ETH Zurich
 Image-Based Localization at Large and on Small Devices Host: Jan-Michael Frahm
Dec. 14, 2016 Noah Smith
 Continuous State Machines and Grammars for Linguistic Structure Prediction Host: Mohit Bansal
Feb. 20, 2017 Jon Kleinberg
 Human Decisions and Machine Predictions TCSDLS at Duke
Duke Host: Pankaj Agarwal
Feb. 21, 2017 Lillian Lee
“Big data pragmatics!”, or, “Putting computational linguistics in computational social science”, or, if you think these title alternatives could turn people on, turn people off, or otherwise have an effect, this talk might be for you. Host: Mohit Bansal
Apr. 19, 2017 Carlo Sequin
UC Berkeley

Connecting Art and Mathematics

Host: Ming Lin
Apr. 20, 2017 Paramveer Dhillon
Linear Methods for Big Data Host: Mohit Bansal
Apr. 24, 2017 Ruzena Bajcsy
UC Berkeley
Framework for Individualized Dynamical Modeling of Human Motion Host: Ming Lin
Oct. 4, 2017 Claire Cardie
NLP Topic (TBA) Host: Mohit Bansal


NLP and Vision

Mohit Bansal

Alex Berg

Tamara Berg

Jan-Michael Frahm

Robotics and AI

Ron Alterovitz

Dinesh Manocha