Wednesdays@Hariri

On most Wednesdays between 3 and 5 p.m., the institute is open for conversation and presentations about computing, computational research, big (or small) data, and how computing is changing research. Wednesdays @Hariri talks are meant as less formal settings for networking among Hariri affiliates. As such, they range in formats and purpose—from the “Meet our fellows” talks (which are meant to introduce research by institute fellows to the community), to “I have a data problem” and “I have a data hammer” talks (which are meant to introduce problems and solutions related to data-centric computing), to “How I did it” (meant to share new or best practices related to tackling a particular computational challenge). Whatever the subject or format, the talks are meant to be accessible to a general audience.

Wednesdays @Hariri talks range from 30 minutes to 1 hour, and are followed by a reception with fine food and drinks. Even in weeks where no talks are scheduled, we hope that you will still stop by for that serendipitous encounter and discussion with a colleague! For a more complete listing of upcoming talks, please view the calendar.

[Nachiketa Sahoo] # Personalized Recommendation When User Preferences are Changing

Wednesdays @Hariri / Meet Our Fellows 3:00 PM on May 7, 2014 @MCS-180 # Personalized Recommendation When User Preferences are Changing Nachiketa Sahoo Junior Faculty Fellow, Hariri Institute for Computing Assistant Professor, Department of Information Systems Boston University Abstract: Most of the works in the recommender systems literature have been developed under the assumption that user preference has a static pattern. More

[Dino Christenson] Uncovering the Network Strategies of Interest Groups

Wednesdays @Hariri / Meet Our Fellows 3:00 PM on April 23, 2014 @MCS-180 Uncovering the Network Strategies of Interest Groups Dino Christenson Junior Faculty Fellow, Hariri Institute for Computing Assistant Professor and Director of Advanced Programs, Department of Political Science Boston University Abstract: Interest groups use a variety of techniques to influence the political process, among which coalition strategies are dominant. More

[Sharon Goldberg] The Transition to BGP Security: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?

Wednesdays @Hariri / Meet Our Fellows 3:00 PM on April 23, 2014 @MCS-180 The Transition to BGP Security: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze? Sharon Goldberg Junior Faculty Fellow, Hariri Institute for Computing Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department Boston University Abstract: The Internet's interdomain routing system is notoriously insecure. After more than a decade of effort, we are finally seeing the... More

[Douglas Densmore] Fluigi: Synthetic Biology Based Microfluidic Control Synthesis

Wednesdays @Hariri / Meet Our Fellows 3:00 PM on April 2, 2014 @MCS-180 Fluigi: Synthetic Biology Based Microfluidic Control Synthesis Douglas Densmore Junior Faculty Fellow, Hariri Institute for Computing Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Boston University Abstract: One goal of synthetic biology is to design and build genetic circuits in living cells for a range of applications. Metabolic and... More

[Jason Bohland] From Genes To Neural Systems: The Transcriptome As An Intermediate Phenotype

Wednesdays @Hariri / Meet Our Fellows 3:00 PM on March 19, 2014 @MCS-180 From Genes To Neural Systems: The Transcriptome As An Intermediate Phenotype Jason Bohland Junior Faculty Fellow, Hariri Institute for Computing Department of Health Sciences, Sargent College Boston University Abstract: While it is clear that many neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders have strong genetic components, and that many aspects of... More

[Luis Carvalho] Statistical Inference in High-Dimensional Discrete Spaces: A Bayesian Approach

Wednesdays @Hariri / Meet Our Fellows 3:00 PM on March 5, 2014 @MCS-180 Statistical Inference in High-Dimensional Discrete Spaces: A Bayesian Approach Luis Carvalho Fellow Hariri Institute for Computing Boston University Abstract: Many problems from varied fields can be seen as statistical inference tasks in large dimensional discrete spaces, such as classification, clustering, or variable selection. These problems are often challenging... More

[Armando Fox] Using MOOCs to Reinvigorate Software Engineering Education

Wednesdays @Hariri 3:00 PM Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 Professor Armando Fox University of California at Berkeley Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department Faculty Advisor, MOOCLab Abstract The spectacular failure of the Affordable Care Act website ("Obamacare") has focused public attention on software engineering.  Yet experienced practitioners mostly sighed and shrugged, because the historical record shows that only 10% of... More

[Sarah Cohen] Data Storytelling: Unlocking News Through Computing

Wednesdays @Hariri 3:00 PM Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 Sarah Cohen Reporter, New York Times Abstract: Data mining and journalism go hand in hand, and data-savvy journalists are those who will succeed in the coming decade. From Edward Snowden's data dump to the local police's record on solving crimes, reporters and editors can't count on government to provide independent... More

[Louis Fiore] We Have a Big Data Problem

Wednesdays @Hariri 3:00 PM Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 Louis Fiore Executive Director, Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center and Million Veteran Program Abstract: The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is an effort supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enroll one million Veterans who are active users of the VA healthcare system into a genetic epidemiology... More

[Peter Chin] Nash, Nyquist, and Beyond

Wednesdays @Hariri / Meet our Fellows 3:00 PM on September 11, 2013 @MCS-180 Nash, Nyquist, and Beyond Peter Chin Visiting Fellow Hariri Institute for Computing Boston University Abstract: Standing tall among the major mathematical achievements of 20th century are two theorems whose subsequent impacts far outweighed their original intent. One such theorem is due to John Nash, whose proof... More

[Ben Lubin] Combinatorial Markets

Wednesdays @Hariri /Meet our Fellows 3:00 PM   Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 Designing and Pricing Combinatorial Markets Dr. Benjamin Lubin Assistant Professor of Information Systems, SMG Junior Fellow of the Hariri Institute Abstract: Combinatorial Auctions have found application in many areas, from supply chain management to the high-value government bandwidth auctions that have been widely publicized.  However, More

[Andrei Lapets] Accessible Formal Methods

Wednesdays @Hariri / Meet our Fellows 3:00 PM Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 Towards Accessible Domain-Specific Integration and Deployment of Formal Tools and Techniques Andrei Lapets Postdoctoral Fellow The Hariri Instititute Abstract: Researchers in the programming languages and formal verification communities have produced a variety of formal analysis and verification tools and techniques. While there... More

[Jonathan Appavoo] Cloud Software Systems

Wednesdays @Hariri / Meet our Fellows 3:00 PM Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 EbbRT - A Modern Approach to Systems Software for Cloud Applications Jonathan Appavoo Computer Science Abstract: Cloud computing has and continues to transform the kind of computational platforms that an individual can access. Slowly but surely it will be... More

[Evimaria Terzi] On Selection and Ranking

Wednesdays @Hariri / Meet our Fellows 3:00 PM Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Entity Selection and Ranking for Data-Mining Applications Evimaria Terzi Assistant Professor of Computer Science Hariri Institute Junior Faculty Fellow Abstract: In many data-mining applications, the input consists of a collection of entities (e.g., reviews about a product, experts that declare certain skills, More

[Jason Ritt] Pinky and the Brain

Wednesdays @Hariri / Meet our Fellows 3:00 PM Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Pinky and the Brain: Action and Actuation in the Sense of Touch Jason Ritt Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Hariri Institute Junior Faculty Fellow Abstract: Stimulation neurotechnology encompasses an expanding range of applications, from deep brain stimulation to sensory prosthetics. I... More

[BU Team] SC’12 Cluster Competition

Wednesdays @Hariri 3:30 PM Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Experiences at the Supercomputing 2012 Student Cluster Competition Supercomputing Student Cluster Competition BU Cluster Challenge Team Abstract: Every year the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference holds a "Student Cluster Competition" in which students build and operate a high-performance computing cluster right at the conference and show. The... More

[Ayse Coskun] Sustainable Computing

Wednesdays @Hariri / Meet our Fellows 3:30 PM Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Towards Sustainable Computing: Innovative Design and Management Strategies across the Computing Stack Ayse Kivilcim Coskun Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Hariri Institute Junior Faculty Fellow Abstract: Energy efficiency is a central issue in all computing domains. In data centers, operational and cooling... More

[Maggie Mulvihill] Journalism and Data

Wednesdays @Hariri / I've Got a Data Problem 3:30 PM Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Investigative Journalism Today Maggie Mulvihill Co-Director, New England Center for Investigative Reporting Abstract: The availability of large quantities of digital data is changing the methods of journalism, especially investigative reporting. In turn, this creates new opportunities for journalists and data... More

Institute Hosts Inaugural MGHPCC Workshop

Often people ask us “what is the definition of high-performance computing (HPC)”. A recentMassachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) workshop showed some examples that illustrate what HPC is all about. The workshop (which took place at the Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering) brought together researchers who were awarded funds... More