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ISL Colloquium

The Information Systems Laboratory Colloquium (ISLC) is typically held in Packard 101 every Thursday at 4:30 pm during the academic year. Coffee and refreshments are served at 4pm in the second floor kitchen of Packard Bldg.

The Colloquium is organized by graduate students Joachim Neu, Tavor Baharav and Kabir Chandrasekher. To suggest speakers, please contact any of the students.

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For upcoming talks, please see:

Fall 2019

09/26/2019 Greg Valiant (Stanford University) abstract
10/3/2019 Reinhard Heckel (Rice University) abstract
10/10/2019 Sam Hopkins (UC Berkeley) abstract
10/17/2019 Ziv Scully (Carnegie Mellon University) abstract
10/24/2019 Ashwin Pananjady (UC Berkeley) abstract
10/31/2019 Christina Lee Yu (Cornell University) abstract
11/7/2019 Mert Sabuncu (Cornell University) abstract
11/14/2019 Jiaming Xu (Duke University) abstract
11/15/2019 Guy Bresler (MIT) Special Joint Seminar with IT Forum 1:15pm @ Packard 202 abstract
11/21/2019 Christopher Metzler (Stanford University) abstract
12/5/2019 Fanny Yang (Stanford University)  

Spring 2019

4/18/2019 Ashutosh Nayyar (USC) abstract
5/02/2019 Pierre-Luc Bacon (Stanford) abstract
5/16/2019 Vijay Subramanian (University of Michigan) abstract



Winter 2019

1/17/2019 Babak Hassibi (Caltech) abstract
1/24/2019 Lillian Ratliff (University of Washington) abstract
2/14/2019 Hyeji Kim (Samsung AI Center) abstract
3/7/2019 Fadel Adib (MIT) abstract


Deniz Gunduz (Imperial College) abstract
3/28/2019 Meir Feder (Tel-Aviv University) abstract


Fall 2018

10/11/2018 Mor Harchol-Balter (Carnegie Mellon University) abstract
10/25/2018 Nihar Shah (Carnegie Mellon University) abstract
11/1/2018 Weijie Su (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania) abstract
11/8/2018 Ruoyu Sun (UIUC) abstract

11/29/2018, 3pm-4pm

Sreeram Kannan (University of Washington) abstract
11/29/2018, 4:15pm-5:15pm Saurabh Amin (MIT) abstract
12/03/2018 **Special Monday Colloquium** Tirza Routtenberg (Ben-Gurion University) abstract
12/05/2018 Lalitha Sankar (ASU) abstract

Spring 2018

4/19/18 Mathukumalli Vldyasagar (IIT Hyderabad) slides from presentation abstract
4/26/18 Pramod Viswanath (UIUC) abstract
5/3/18 Yi Ma (UC Berkeley) abstract
5/9/28 Anil Aswani (UC Berkeley)**Special joint talk between OR/ISL held on Wednesday May 9, Location: 160-323 abstract


Yuxin Chen (Princeton University) **Special joint seminar with IT Forum abstract
5/24/18 Stephen Tu (UC Berkeley) abstract
5/31/18 Michelle Effros (Caltech) abstract

Winter 2018

1/25/18 John Cioffi (Stanford) abstract
2/8/18 Petros Maragos (NTU, Athens) abstract
2/15/18 Gal Mishne (Yale) abstract
2/22/18 Benjamin Van Roy (Stanford) abstract


Salman Avestimehr (USC) abstract
3/16/18 Yao Xie (Georgia Tech) **Talk is joint talk with Information Theory Forum abstract


Fall 2017

11/9/17 John Tsitsiklis (MIT) abstract



Spring 2017

04/20/17 Young-Han Kim (UCSD) abstract
04/27/17 Emma Brunskill (Stanford University) abstract
05/04/17 Pramod Viswanath (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) abstract
05/11/17 Amin Karbasi (Yale University) abstract

05/24/17 Special Seminar Time: 2pm

Shlomo Shamai (Technion-Israel Institute of Technology) abstract


Winter 2017

02/23/2017 Haim Permuter (Ben Gurion University) abstract
03/09/2017 Panayotis Mertikopoulos (French National Center for Scientific Research-CNRS) abstract
03/16/2017 Giulia Fanti (Carnegie Melon University) abstract


Fall 2016

10/20/2016 Ronny Hadani (University of Texas, Austin) abstract
10/27/2016 Amanda Prorok (University of Pennsylvania) abstract
11/03/2016 Aaron Wagner (Cornell University) abstract
12/01/2016 Satinder Singh (University of Michigan) abstract


Spring 2016

05/26/2016 Dimitris Papailiopoulos (UC Berkeley) [abstract]
05/12/2016 Han Hong (Stanford University) [abstract]
04/28/2016 Dusan Stipanovic (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) [abstract]
04/21/2016 Pramod Viswanath (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) [abstract]
04/14/2016 Kuang Xu (Stanford GSB) [abstract]

Winter 2016

03/10/2016 Markus Pelger (Stanford Universoty) [abstract]
02/25/2016 Siddhartha Banerjee (Cornell) [abstract]
02/11/2016 Haim Permuter (Ben-Gurion University) [abstract]
01/27/2016 James Zou (Microsoft Research) [abstract]

Fall 2015

11/19/2015 Yucel Altug (Princeton University) [abstract]
10/15/2015 Namrata Vaswani (Iowa State University)[abstract]

Special Seminars:

9/22/2015 Hagit Messer (Tel Aviv University) [abstract]

Spring 2015

4/2/2015 Helmy Eltoukhy (Guardant Health)[abstract]
4/9/2015 Yury Polyanskiy (MIT)[abstract]
4/14/2015 Alex Dimakis (UT Austin)abstract
4/23/2015 Suhas Diggavi (UCLA)[abstract]
4/30/2015 Rahul Jain (USC)[abstract]
5/7/2015 Alper Erdogan (Koc University) [abstract]
5/21/2015 Mor Harchol-Balter (CMU) [abstract]
5/28/2015 Ruediger Urbanke (EPFL) [abstract]
6/4/2015 Carri Chan (Columbia)[abstract]

Winter 2015

1/22/2015Moses Charikar (Princeton)[abstract]
1/29/2015E.J. Chichilnisky (Stanford)[abstract]
2/12/2015Sanjay Shakkottai (UT Austin)[abstract]
2/19/2015Constantine Caramanis (UT Austin)[abstract]
2/26/2015Warren Hoburg (MIT)[abstract]
3/5/2015 Massimo Franceschetti (UCSD)[abstract]
3/12/2015Mojtaba Soltanalian (Caltech)[abstract]
3/19/2015Pramod Viswanath (UIUC)[abstract]

Special Seminars:

1/14/2015 Gustavo de Veciana (UT Austin) [abstract]
2/25/2015 A. Kevin Tang (Cornell) [abstract]
3/4/2015 Jean-Jacques Slotine (MIT) [abstract]

Fall 2014

9/25/2014Venkat Chandrasekaran (Caltech)[abstract]
10/2/2014Panos Patrinos (IMT Lucca)[abstract]
10/9/2014Helmut Bölcskei (ETHZ)[abstract]
10/16/2014John Duchi (Stanford)[abstract]
10/23/2014Sebastian Pokutta (Gatech)[abstract]
10/30/2014Ashish Khisti (Toronto)[abstract]
11/6/2014Gordon Wetzstein (Stanford)[abstract]
11/13/2014Ada Poon (Stanford)[abstract]
12/4/2014Anil Aswani (Berkeley)[abstract]

Special Seminars:
9/26/2014 Giuseppe Caire (USC) [abstract]
10/22/2014 Edmund Yeh (Northeastern) [abstract]

Spring 2014

4/3/2014Emina Soljanin (Bell Labs)[abstract]video
4/24/2014Andrea Montanari (Stanford)[abstract]video
5/8/2014Murti Salapaka (Minnesota)[abstract]video
5/15/2014Kevin Xu (Technicolor)[abstract]video
5/22/2014Yihong Wu (UIUC)[abstract]video
5/29/2014Jun Chen (McMaster)[abstract]video

Winter 2014

1/16/2014Christopher Re (Stanford)[abstract]video
1/23/2014Anna Scaglione (UC Davis)[abstract]video
1/30/2014Jure Leskovec (Stanford)[abstract]video
2/6/2014Dongning Guo (Northwestern)[abstract]video
2/13/2014David Tse (Berkeley)[abstract]video
2/20/2014Aslan Tchamkerten (Télécom ParisTech)[abstract]video
2/27/2014Balaji Prabhakar (Stanford)[abstract]video
3/6/2014Yuejie Chi (Ohio State)[abstract]video
3/13/2014Aylin Yener (Penn State)[abstract]video
3/20/2014Fei Sha (USC)[abstract]video

Special Seminar:
2/04/2014 Amin Shokrollahi (Kandou Bus) [abstract] video

Fall 2013

9/19/2013Haim Permuter (Ben-Gurion)[abstract]video
9/26/2013Young Han Kim (UCSD)[abstract][video]
10/10/2013Venkat Anantharam (UC Berkeley)[abstract]video
10/17/2013Syed Ali Jafar (UC Irvine) [abstract][video]
10/31/2013Ben Recht (Berkeley)[abstract][video]
11/7/2013Joel Tropp (Caltech)[abstract][video]
11/14/2013Sebastien Bubeck (Princeton)[abstract][video]
11/21/2013Robert Nowak (Wisconsin-Madison) [abstract][video]
12/5/2013Amir Ingber (Stanford) [abstract]video
12/12/2013Sewoong Oh (UIUC) [abstract][video]

Information Theory Forum

The Information Theory Forum (IT-Forum) at Stanford ISL is an interdisciplinary academic forum which focuses on mathematical aspects of information processing. With a primary emphasis on information theory, we also welcome researchers from signal processing, learning and statistical inference, control and optimization to deliver talks at our forum. We also warmly welcome industrial affiliates in the above fields. The forum is typically held in Packard 202 every Friday at 1:00 pm during the academic year. For the schedule please visit