[cs-talks] REMINDER: Tomorrow Fri-3/24 DSI talk: “Blessing of Massive Scale”

Barnes, Kaitlin S ksbarnes at bu.edu
Thu Mar 23 11:13:12 EDT 2017


Please join us TOMORROW, Friday, March 24th, at 11am for a Data Science Initiative (DSI) talk featuring Han Liu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University.

Title: Blessing of Massive Scale

Abstract: This talk introduces a phenomenon that significant statistical benefit may be obtained by increasing the problem scale.  To illustrate this phenomenon, I introduce two case studies. The  first one shows the benefit of “large sample size” using a semiparametric graph estimation problem. The second one shows the benefit of “large dimensionality” using a semiparametric spatial graph estimation problem. The procedures for both problems are very suitable for distributed computation, thus are enabled by modern computational architecture.

About the Speaker: Han Liu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University, where he leads the Statistical Machine Learning (SMiLe) Laboratory. He received the joint PhD in Statistics and Machine Learning from the Machine Learning Department at the Carnegie Mellon University (under the co-supervision of Larry Wasserman and John Lafferty). He has broad research interests, ranging from modern data science to artificial general intelligence. Specifically, his theoretical research includes combinatorial inference, statistical optimization, and computational lower bounds. His applied research includes brain science, genomics, and computational finance.

Date/Time: Friday, March 24th, 2017, 11am-12:30pm, networking & refreshments at 10:45am
Location: Hariri Institute for Computing, Seminar Room, 111 Cummington Mall

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