Communications, Networks and Systems [CommNetS] Seminar

The seminar is open to anyone interested in communications, networking and signal processing. The regular seminar time is Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00PM in EEB248.

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(In the 2nd floor of the Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Building (EEB) on the main USC campus.) If you would like to give a talk at the seminar please contact Alex Dimakis or Rahul Jain.

This Seminar is sponsored by the Ming Hsieh Institute.

The seminar is also offered as a research seminar course EE 598 for Spring 2012.

EE 598 Students can sign up for writing summaries for seminars here.

Course rules

Enrolled students are expected to participate in class by attending seminars on a regular basis.

Each student will be assigned to write one detailed summary of a talk they attended during the course of the semester. The course is available for 1 unit on CR/NC basis (no letter grade).

Enrollment is open to all EE PhD students, and MS students by instructor consent. There is a EE464 or EE465 prerequisite, or instructor consent. Registration can require D-clearance. So, please go to EEB-100 to complete formalities.

Seminars for Spring 2014

Date Title Speaker Host
Wed Jan 15, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Transitory Queues- A New Paradigm in Queueing Theory Harsha Honnappa (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed Jan 22, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Information-theoretically optimal compressed sensing via spatial coupling and approximate message passing Adel Javanmard (Stanford Univ.) Giuseppe Caire
Wed Jan 29, 2:00pm. EEB 248 On Networked Source Coding in the Presence of Exploration versus Exploitation Tradeoff Emrah Akyol (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed Feb 5, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Robust Distributed Routing in Dynamical Network Flows Ketan Savla (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed Feb 12, 2:00pm. EEB 248 ITA Workshop NO SEMINAR Host
Wed Feb 19, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Active state tracking in heterogeneous sensor networks via controlled sensing Daphney - Stavroula Zois (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed Feb 26, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Diffusion Based Molecular Communication- Efficient Modulator and Simple near optimal Decoder Masoumeh Nasiri-Kenari Ashutosh Nayyar
Wed March 5, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Dynamic Games with Stochastically Failing Information Channels Tamer Basar (Illinois) Ashutosh Nayyar
Wed March 12, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Designing Optimal Resource Sharing in the Long Run Mihaela van der Schaar (UCLA) Ashutosh Nayyar
Wed March 19, 2:00pm. EEB 248 SPRING BREAK NO SEMINAR Host
Wed March 26, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Fundamentals of Heterogeneous Cellular Networks Harpreet S. Dhillon (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed April 2, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Parallel and Distributed Optimization of Large ­Scale Systems Gesauldo Scutari (Buffalo) Rahul Jain
Wed April 9, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Using fluid approximations for designing service systems Ramandeep Randhawa (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed April 16, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Risk-aware decision making- a story about stochastic dominance William Haskell (USC) Ashutosh Nayyar
Wed April 23, 2:00pm. EEB 248 TITLE Jong-Shi Pang (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed April 30, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Dynamics and control of distributed systems Mihailo Jovanovic (Minnesota) Rahul Jain
Wed May 7, 2:00pm. EEB 248 TITLE Abhishek Gupta (UIUC) Rahul Jain

Seminars for Fall 2013

Date Title Speaker Host
Wed Aug 28, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Sensor node localization based on two-way time-of-arrival ranging with imperfect clocks Erik Strom (Chalmers) Ubli Mitra
Wed Sep 4, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Bayesian Congestion Control over a Markovian Network Bandwidth Process- A multiperiod Newsvendor Problem Parisa Mansourifard (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed Sep 11, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Decentralized Control for Asymmetric Information Patterns- Overview and New Results Naumaan Nayyar (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed Sep 18, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Talking to Your Cells- Exploiting Molecular Communication in Bacteria Networks for Medical Applications Paul Bogdan (USC) Host
Thu Sep 19, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Searching And Bargaining With Middlemen Vijay Subramaniam (Northwestern) Rahul Jain
Mon Sep 23, 11:00am. EEB 248 TBA Or Ordentlich (Tel-Aviv) Giuseppe Caire
Wed Sep 25, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Two network problems and their application to streaming codes Tracey Ho (Caltech) Rahul Jain
Wed Oct 2, 2:00pm. EEB 248 NO SEMINAR ALLERTON CONF Host
Wed Oct 9, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Rare Event Simulation of Heavy Tailed Random Walks – A New Approach Sandeep Juneja (TIFR) Rahul Jain
Wed Oct 16, 2:00pm. EEB 248 A Cross-Layer Perspective on Distributed Estimation with Fusion Center quality feedback Nicolo Michelusi (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed Oct 23, 2:00pm. EEB 248 How I got into Impulse Radio -- the Education of one Communication Theorist Bob Scholtz (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed Oct 30, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Identifiability Results for Bilinear Inverse Problems- With Applications to Blind Deconvolution and Matrix Factorization Sunav Choudhary (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed Nov 6, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Plug'n'Play Operation of Microgrids- Objectives and Strategies Florian Dörfler (UCLA) Rahul Jain
Wed Nov 13, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Adaptive, Parallel, and Asynchronous Stochastic Optimization Algorithms John Duchi (Berkeley) Ubli Mitra
Wed Nov 20, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Redundancy in Speech and Robustness of Automatic Speech Recognition Zoran Cvetovic Ubli Mitra
Wed Nov 27, 2:00pm. EEB 248 NO SEMINAR THANKSGIVING Host
Wed Dec 4, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Fundamental limits and Optimal algorithms for RNA Transcriptome Assembly Sriram K (Berkeley) Giuseppe Caire

Seminars for Spring 2013

Date Title Speaker Host
Wed Jan 16, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Design Guidelines for Limited Feedback in Interference-Limited Systems Vasanthan Raghavan (USC Math) Rahul Jain
Wed Jan 23, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Randomized Methods in Game Theory with Applications to Network Security Joao Hespanha (UCSB) Rahul Jain
Wed Jan 30, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Optimal receivers and rate regions for interference networks with superposition codes Bernd Bandemer (UCSD) Giuseppe Caire
Wed Feb 6, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Interference Alignment, Interference Neutralization, and Function Computation over Gaussian Networks Sangwoon Jeon (EPFL) Giuseppe Caire
Wed Feb 13, 2:00pm. EEB 248 No Seminar UCSD ITA Workshop Week No Seminar
Fri Feb 15, 11:00am. EEB 248 Coding over Interference Channels- An Information-Estimation View Shlomo Shamai (Technion) Giuseppe Caire
Wed Feb 20, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Optimal Online Bin Packing in an Infinite Server System Yuan Zhong (MIT) Rahul Jain
Wed Feb 27, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Constrained Signaling for Welfare and Revenue Maximization Shaddin Dughmi (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed Mar 6, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Interference Management in Bursty Wireless Networks with Feedback I-Hsiang Wang (EPFL) Giuseppe Caire
Wed Mar 13, 2:00pm. EEB 248 A Tensor Spectral Approach to Learning Mixed Membership Community Models Anima Anandkumar (UCI) Ubli Mitra
Wed Mar 20, 2:00pm. EEB 248 No Seminar Spring Break No Seminar
Wed Mar 27, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Smarter Markets for a Smarter Grid - The Why and How Rahul Jain Ubli Mitra
Wed Apr 3, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Cognitive Access Policies under a Primary ARQ process via Chain Decoding Nicolò Michelusi (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed Apr 10, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Networked Information Processing- New Compression, Processing and Control Paradigms for Networks Emrah Akyol (UCSB)
Wed Apr 17, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Ambiguity in risk preferences in optimization and control Will Haskell (USC)
Wed Apr 24, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Pricing of Fluctuations in Electricity Markets Yunjian Xu (Caltech) Rahul Jain
Wed May 1, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Channel Coding Methods for Green Data Storage- Innovations Beyond the Hamming Metric Lara Dolecek (UCLA) Rahul Jain

Seminars for Fall 2012

Date Title Speaker Host
Wed Aug 29, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Implementation of Cooperative Schemes with Network Coding on Smartphones Anh Le (UCI) Alex Dimakis
Wed Sep 5, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Decentralized learning for multi-player multi-armed bandits Dileep Kalathil (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed Sep 12, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Beyond Point-to-Point Coding Young-Han Kim (UCSD) Rahul Jain
Wed Sep 19, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Three open problems in network communication. Michael Langberg (The Open University of Israel) Alex Dimakis
Wed Sep 26, 2:00pm. EEB 248 The Convex Geometry of Inverse Problems Venkat Chandrasekaran (Caltech/MIT) Rahul Jain
Wed Oct 3, 2:00pm. EEB 248 An Unexpected Universal Networking Paradigm Ray Sanders (SAIN Networks) Giuseppe Caire?
Wed Oct 10, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Regenerating Codes A System Perspective Nicolas Le Scouarnec (Technicolor) Alex Dimakis
Mon Oct 15, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Optimal Reliability over a DMC with Feedback via Deterministic Sequential Coding Tara Javidi (UCSD) Bhaskar Krishnamachari
Wed Oct 17, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Support Recovery with Sparsely Sampled Free Random Matrices Dr. Antonia Tulino (Alcatel-Lucent Bell-Labs) Giuseppe Caire
Wed Oct 24, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Online Learning Algorithms for Network Optimization with Unknown Variables Yi Gai (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed Oct 31, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Lossy Compression for BigData- First Steps Thomas Courtade( Center for Science of Information) Alex Dimakis
Wed Nov 2, 4:30pm. EEB 248 Topological interference alignment through distributed index coding Syed Ali Jafar (UCI) Alex Dimakis
Wed Nov 7, 2:00pm. EEB 248 The Changing Energy Landscape- The Role of Consumer Participation Ufuk Topcu (U-Penn) Rahul Jain
Wed Nov 14, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Time Consistency of Bounded Memory Plans Yilmaz Kocer (USC Econ) Bhaskar Krishnamachari
Wed Nov 21, 2:00pm. EEB 248 An Analytical Approach to Regulation of Security Investments in the Internet Arman Khouzani (Ohio State) Rahul Jain
Wed Nov 28, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Optimal Dynamic Mechanism Design Hamid Nazerzadeh (USC Marshall) Rahul Jain
Wed Dec 5, 2:00pm. EEB 248 From Compression to Compressed Sensing Shirin Jalali (Caltech) Rahul Jain
Fri Dec 7, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Graphical Congestion Games with Applications in Spectrum Sharing Jianwei Huang (CUHK) Rahul Jain

Seminars for Spring 2012

Date Title Speaker Host
Wed Jan 11, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Error Correcting Codes for Automatic Control Ravi Teja Sukhavasi (Caltech) Alex Dimakis
Wed Jan 18, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Coalitions in Cooperative Wireless Networks Srinivas Yerramalli (USC) Alex Dimakis
Wed Jan 25, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Critically Sampled Wavelet Filterbanks on Graphs Sunil Kumar (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed Feb 1, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Large Scale Integration of Deferrable Demand and Renewable Energy Sources in Power Systems Anthony Papavasiliou (Berkeley) Alex Dimakis
Wed Feb 8, 2:00pm. EEB 248 ITA ITA ITA
Wed Feb 15, 2:00pm. EEB 248 To Pay or Not To Pay. Profit Maximizing Payment Schemes on Social Media Platforms Shaolei Ren (UCLA) Rahul Jain
Wed Feb 22, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Erasure Codes in Facebook's Data Warehouse Ramkumar Vadali Alex Dimakis
Wed Feb 29, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Signal Processing for Next-Generation Sequencing and Biosensing Haris Vikalo (UT Austin) Ubli Mitra
Wed Mar 7, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Solving the Matched Filter Detector in Linear Time Shamgar Gurevich (Wisconsin) Alex Dimakis
Wed Mar 14, 2:00pm. EEB 248 No seminar No Seminar Spring Break
Wed Mar 21, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Infocom Practice talks Multiple Speakers Alex Dimakis
Wed Mar 28, 2:00pm. EEB 248 When to exercise control? Paulo Tabauda (UCLA) Rahul Jain
Wed April 4, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Linearly Parameterized Bandits Paat Rusmevichientong (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed April 11, 2:00pm. EEB 248 A Novel Distance Metric for Rank Aggregation Farzad Farnoud (UIUC) Alex Dimakis
Wed April 18, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Inference and Control in Complex Networks Vijay Subramanian (Northwestern) Rahul Jain
Wed April 25, 2:00pm. EEB 248 TBA Harsha Honnappa (USC) Rahul Jain

Seminars for Fall 2011

Date Title Speaker Host
Wed Aug 24, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Noise Benefits in Markov Chains Brandon Franzke (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed Aug 31, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Channel Estimation for Wideband Channels Ubli Mitra (USC) Alex Dimakis
Wed Sep 7, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Energy Procurement Strategies in Presence of Intermittent Sources Sachin Adlakha (Caltech) Rahul Jain
Wed Sep 14, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Toward a Computational Information Theory Michelle Effros Alex Dimakis
Wed Sep 21, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Compressed Representations for Subsurface Imaging Behnam Jafarpour (USC) Rahul Jain
Wed Sep 28, 2:30pm. EEB 248 NO TALK Allerton No TALK
Wed Oct 5, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Reliable Allocations for Distributed Storage Derek Leong Alex Dimakis
Wed Oct 12, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Space-from-Time Imaging - Acquiring Reflectance and Structure Without Lenses Vivek Goyal (MIT)Ubli Mitra/Antonio Ortega
Wed Oct 19, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Net Neutrality & Wireless Net Neutrality - Why Network Researchers Should Care Scott Jordan (UCI) Rahul Jain
Wed Oct 26, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Privacy in the Smart Grid, Two New Challenges Lalitha Sankar (Princeton) Ubli Mitra
Wed Nov 2, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Decision-making in Decentralized Systems Ashutosh Nayyar (UIUC/U-Mich)Rahul Jain
Wed Nov 9, 11:00pm. EEB 248 (talk canceled) (Asilomar Conference)
Wed Nov 16, 2:00pm. EEB 248 On source-channel separation over networks Suhas Diggavi (UCLA) Alex Dimakis
Wed Nov 23, 2:00pm. EEB 248 No Seminar Thanksgiving
Wed Nov 30, 2:00pm. EEB 248 A journey through data-rate theorems for communication and control Massimo Franceschetti (UCSD) Rahul Jain
Wed Dec 7, 2:00pm. EEB 248 No Seminar No TalkWeek of Finals
Wed Dec 14, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Toward Energy Efficient Operation of Base Stations in Cellular Wireless Networks Kyuho Son (USC) Alex Dimakis

Seminars for Spring 2011

Date Title Speaker Host
January 12, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Utility Optimal Scheduling in Networks- Small Delay and No Underflow Longbo Huang Rahul Jain
January 19, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Role of Feedback in Interference Networks Changho SuhAlex Dimakis
January 26, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Bringing network coding closer to practice Christina Fragouli Alex Dimakis
January 27, 4:30pm. SAL 101 Sparse Approximations- Algorithms and Analysis Anna Gilbert Alex Dimakis
February 2, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Recent results on discrete memoryless broadcast channels Chandra Nair Giuseppe Caire
February 9, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Title ITA N/A
February 16, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Delay and power-optimal control in multi-class queueing systems Chih-ping LiRahul Jain
February 23, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Channel coding, non asymptotic fundamental limits with and without feedback Yury Polyanskiy Urbashi Mitra
March 2, 2:00pm. EEB 248 A Clean Slate Design of Wireless Ad Hoc Networks Using On Off Division Duplex Dongning GuoAlex Dimakis
March 9, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Robustness in High Dimensions -- Principal Component Analysis Constantine CaramanisAlex Dimakis
March 23, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Cooperative Information Exchange over Networks Tom Courtade (UCLA)Rahul Jain
March 30, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Wavelets on Graphs - Theory and Applications Antonio Ortega (USC)Rahul Jain
April 6, 2:00pm. EEB 248 A New Approach to Robustness and Flexibility in High-dimensions Sujay Sanghavi (UT Austin)Rahul Jain
April 13, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Wireless Open-Access Research Program Ashutosh Sabharwal (Rice)Rahul Jain
April 20, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Rethinking wireless networks with network coding - Overhead and stability challenges Yalin Sagduyu (Intelligent Automation, Inc.)Alex Dimakis
April 27, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Content-Aware Caching and Traffic Management in Content Distribution Networks Srinivas Shakkottai (Texas A&M)Rahul Jain
May 11, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Network Modulation-- Simultaneous Optimality in Multi-User Communication Yuval Kochman Giuseppe Caire
May 25, 2:00pm. EEB 248 MDS Array Codes with Optimal Rebuilding Zhiying Wang Alex Dimakis
May 26, 2:00pm. TBD Efficient Code Constructions for Reliable Distributed Storage P Vijay Kumar Alex Dimakis
June 8, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Multi-Channel Multi-Stage Spectrum Sensing- Link Layer Performance and Energy Consumption Przemysław Pawełczak Bhaskar Krishnamachari

Seminars for Fall 2010

Date Title Speaker
Thu. July 21, 10:00am. HED 116 Cloud Security Issues Randy Marchany
Wed Sep 8, 2:00pm. EEB 248 No Seminar No seminar
Wed Sep 15, 2:00pm. EEB 248 TBA Bathiya Senanyake (ANU)
Wed Sep 22, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Barrage Relay Networks Keith Chugg
Fri Sep 24, 2:30pm. EEB 248 Three fundamental measures of geometry and their role in model selection and sparse inverse problems Waheed U. Bajwa
Tue Sep 28, 10:00am. TBA Lattice Coding for Interference Networks Sriram Viswanath
Wed Oct 6, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Short Range Radio Research in Twente Arjan Meijerink, USC
Wed Oct 13, 2:00pm. EEB 248 TBA Dorit Hochbaum
Wed Oct 20, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Computation over Networks Nikhil Karamchandani
Wed Oct 27, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Actions can speak more clearly than words Pulkit Grover
Wed Nov 3, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Interference Management in Cognitive Networks with Reactive Primary Users Marco Levorato
Fri Nov 12, 11:00pm. EEB 248 Quantifying and Achieving the Capacity of Wireless 1-Hop Network Coding --- A Code-Alignment-Based Approach Chih-Chun Wang
Wed Nov 17, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Open Open
Wed Nov 24, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Open Open
Mon Nov 29, 11:00am. EEB 248 Flows and Decompositions of Games - Harmonic and Potential Games Pablo Parrillo
Wed Dec 1, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Open Open
Wed Dec 8, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Open Open

Seminars for Spring 2010

Date Title Speaker
Wed. Jan 13, 2010 2:00pm. EEB 248 Backpressure Routing Made Practical Scott Moeller, USC
Wed. Jan 20, 3:00pm. EEB 248 Bumpless Transfer with Slow-Fast Controller Decomposition Shin-Young Cheong, USC
Wed. Jan 27, 11:00am. EEB 248 Wireless Network Coding Algorithms Christina Fragouli
Thurs. Jan 28, 3.30pm. EEB 248 Entropy, Networks and Information Flow Babak Hassibi
Fri., Feb. 5, 11:00am. EEB 248 An I-MMSE Perspective to the Capacity of the MIMO Gaussian Wiretap Channel Shlomo Shamai
Wed. Feb 17, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Safe Industrial Operation: Improving Accuracy and Efficiency of Alarm Systems Tongwen Chen
Wed. Feb 24, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Event-triggered and Self-triggered Control Paulo Tabuada
Wed. Mar 10, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Xampling-- Analog-to-digital at Sub-Nyquist rates Yonina Eldar
Wed. Mar 17, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Three talks for the price of one:
1. Concatenated polar codes
2. Coding for causal adversaries
3. Robust network tomography
Sid Jaggi
Wed. Mar 24, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Learning from sensitive data-- balancing accuracy and privacy Anand Sarwate
Wed. Mar 31, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Deterministic Channel Models: an Overview Giuseppe Caire
Wed. Apr 7, 2:00pm. EEB 248 TBD Open
Wed. Apr 14, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Traffic pattern analysis and load balancing in negatively curved networks Edmond A. Jonckheere
Wed. Apr 21, 3:00pm. EEB 248 Multi-user Effort Allocation Mihaela van der Schaar
Wed. Apr 28, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Using structural properties of rare events for better system design-- examples from codes and circuits Lara Dolecek
Wed. May 5, 2:00pm. EEB 248 Altruism, Selfishness, and Spite in Traffic Routing Po-An Chen
Monday May 24, 2:00pm. HED 116, A Rate-Distortion Perspective on Multiple Decoding Attempts for Reed-Solomon Codes Henry Pfister
Wed. June 2, 2:00pm. EEB 539 Interference Alignment-- Principles and Applications Viveck Cadambe
Wed. June 9, 2:00pm. room TBD Deterministic Channel Models: an Overview 2 Giuseppe Caire
Tue. June 15, 1:00pm. EEB 349 Equality conditions for the quantum f-relative entropy and generalized data processing inequalities Naresh Sharma

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