The TTIC Colloquium is a forum for talks by invited speakers on work of current relevance and broad interest to the computer science community.

The colloquium is typically held Mondays at 11:00 am in TTIC Room 526.

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Title: Towards Joint Understanding of Images and Language

Date: June 26, 2017

Speaker: Svetlana Lazebnik, UIUC

Host: Gregory Shakhnarovich (

Title: The Move to Neural Machine Translation at Google

Date: June 19, 2017 at 10:00am

Speaker: Mike Schuster, Google

Host: Sadaoki Furui ( and Karen Livescu (

Title: Learning by Moving and by Clustering Movie Characters

Date: June 12, 2017

Speaker: Erik Learned-Miller, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Host: Gregory Shakhnarovich (

Title: Observational studies from social media using robust text classification and learning from label proportions

Date: May 22, 2017

Speaker: Aron Culotta, IIT

Host: Kevin Gimpel (

Title: On Phase Transitions for Spiked Random Matrix and Tensor Models

Date: May 15, 2017

Speaker: Afonso Bandeira, NYU

Host: Nati Srebro (

Title: Toward Robots that Understand People and their Environments

Date: May 8, 2017

Speaker: Dieter Fox, U. Washington

Host: Matthew Walter (

Title: Visual People Modeling

Date: May 1, 2017

Speaker: Ira Kemelmacher-Schlizerman, U. Washington/Facebook

Host: Gregory Shakhnarovich (

Title: Structured Attention Networks

Date: April 3, 2017

Speaker: Alexander Rush, Harvard

Host: Kevin Gimpel (

Title: Finding Low-rank Structure in Messy Data

Date: March 13, 2017

Speaker: Laura Balzano, U. Michigan

Host: Nati Srebro (

Title: Mixed regression: Fast Algorithms, Optimal Rates, and Multiple Components

Date: January 30, 2017

Speaker: Constantine Caramanis, UT Austin

Host: Nati Srebro (

Title: Interactive Dialogue Systems: Challenges and Opportunities for Deep Reinforcement Learning

Date: January 23, 2017

Speaker: Joelle Pineau, McGill

Host: Matthew Walter (

Title: Recent progresses on the optimality of online binary search trees

Date: December 5, 2016

Speaker: Parinya Chalermsook, Aalto University

Host: Julia Chuzhoy (

Title: What would it take for a neuroscientist to understand a microprocessor

Date: November 28, 2016

Speaker: Konrad Kording, Rehabilitation Institute

Host: Nati Srebro (

Title: A Non-generative Framework and Convex Relaxations for Unsupervised Learning

Date: November 21, 2016

Speaker: Elad Hazan, Princeton

Host: Nati Srebro (

Title: Image reconstruction in computed tomography and multiview computational microscopy

Date: November 14, 2016

Speaker: Patrick La Riviere, U. Chicago

Host: David McAllester (

Title: On the Single-Pass Streaming Complexity of the Set Cover Problem

Date: October 31, 2016

Speaker: Sanjeev Khanna, U. Pennsylvania

Host: Julia Chuzhoy (

Title: Redundancy in Deep Learning

Date: October 24, 2016

Speaker: Kilian Weinberger, Cornell

Host: Greg Shakhnarovich (

Title: Computational Complexity of Cosmology in String Theory

Date: October 17, 2016

Speaker: Michael Douglas, Stonybrook U.

Host: David McAllester (

Title: Representation Power of Neural Networks

Date: September 26

Speaker: Matus Telgarsky, UIUC

Host: Gregory Shakhnarovich (

Title: Second Order Optimization for Large Scale Stochastic Programming

Date: September 19, 2016

Speaker: Jorge Nocedal, Northwestern University

Host: Karen Livescu (

Title: Biomedical Big Data Analytics for Outcome-Driven Precision Health

Date: September 12, 2016

Speaker: May Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology

Host: Hammad Naveed (

Title: Robustness and Flexibility in Non-convex Low-rank Estimation

Date: August 22, 2016

Speaker: Yudong Chen, Cornell

Host: Srinadh Bhojanapalli (

Title: Multilingual Neural Machine Translation

Date: August 1, 2016

Speaker: Kyunghyun Cho, New York University

Host: Kevin Gimpel (

Title: Autoregressive Neural Transducers for Speech Recognition

Date: July 25, 2016

Speaker: Navdeep Jaitly, Google

Host: Karen Livescu (

Title: Hopsets with Constant Hopbound, and Applications to Approximate Shortest Paths

Date: July 21, 2016

Speaker: Michael Elkin, Ben Gurion University

Host: Yury Makarychev (

Title: Recurrent Networks and Beyond

Date: July 11, 2016

Speaker: Tomas Mikolov, Facebook

Host: Karen Livescu (