Special Events

Invited speakers, research roundtables, and other events bring together faculty and students from across the university and outside collaborators to share their expertise and perspectives on a common topic of interest, often from different disciplines. Our event recordings are accessible with a BU login.

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  • Knowledge Transfer for Face Recognition

    Zhengming Ding, Graduate Student, Northeastern University Wednesday, December 6, 1:00-2:00pm; Hariri Institute for Computing (111 Cummington Mall, Boston) Abstract: It is essential to adapt previous well-organized knowledge to facilitate the challenging face recognition tasks, e.g., missing modality and one-shot issues. First of all, [ More ]

  • From Vision to Language and Back Again

    Andrei Barbu, Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Wednesday, November 15, 1:00-2:00pm; Hariri Institute for Computing (111 Cummington Mall, Boston) Abstract: We will discuss a program to unify research around a number of vision-language problems into a single mathematical framework culminating in a robotic... [ More ]

  • RISCS Hosts 11/9 Charles River Crypto Day

    Sponsored and hosted by the Hariri Institute and the BU Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS), the Charles River Crypto Day brings together academics and research scientists from local universities and research labs to discuss recent advances in cryptography. [ More ]

  • Media Analysis and Understanding

    Guorong Li, Associate Professor, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences Wednesday, November 8, 1:00-2:00pm; Hariri Institute for Computing (111 Cummington Mall, Boston) Abstract: With the increasing prevalence of digital camera, images and videos have become the necessary part of people’s life. It is... [ More ]

  • Creative AI: Data-driven Approaches for Human-centered Computational Design

    Craig Yu, Associate Professor, UMass Boston Wednesday, November 1, 1:00-2:00pm; Hariri Institute for Computing (111 Cummington Mall, Boston) Abstract: With the increasing amount of 3D data captured from the real world and human perceptual data that can be obtained from virtual reality, it becomes... [ More ]

  • Physics-Aware Design Tools for Digital Fabrication

    Mélina Skouras, Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Wednesday, October 25, 1:00-2:00pm; Hariri Institute for Computing (111 Cummington Mall, Boston) Abstract: Recent technological advances in digital manufacturing enable experts and casual users alike to design and fabricate complex structures with fine control over... [ More ]

  • RISCS Director Hosts Cybersecurity Research on Tap

    Ran Canetti, RISCS Director, hosts a Research on Tap event focused on Cybersecurity, or the study of information systems that are accessible to the public and yet resilient to malicious subversion. This event is open to faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars. [ More ]

  • ME-ARC Hosts 11/2 Symposium on Mobile & Electronic Health

    The Mobile and Electronic Health Affinity Research Collaborative (ME-ARC) holds its 2nd annual symposium, in support of the collaborative's work to conduct state-of-the art research and training in mobile and electronic health to improve the health of underserved populations across the lifespan. [ More ]

  • BU Cyber Alliance Hosts 10/23 Brown Bag Lunch Series, Featuring Michael Meurer (LAW)

    For this Cyber Alliance Speaker Series event, Prof. Meurer will discuss social welfare issues concerning investment in databases that can be used to develop AI technologies, and access to those databases. [ More ]

  • BU Cyber Alliance Presents Wed@Hariri Book Talk: “Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance and the Struggle to Reform the NSA”

    3:00 PM – 4:30 PM on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Refreshments & networking at 2:45 PM Hariri Institute for Computing 111 Cummington Mall, Room 180 Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance and the Struggle to Reform the NSA Tim Edgar Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs at the Watson... [ More ]

  • Daniel Sussman, Institute Junior Faculty Fellow, to Give 11/1 Wed@Hariri/Meet Our Fellows Talk

    The Hariri Institute for Computing continues its 2017-2018 “Meet Our Fellows” series, which will showcase Daniel Sussman, an assistant professor in the department of mathematics & statistics. [ More ]

  • Medical Image Analysis Projects at Uppsala University

    Filip Malmberg, Associate Professor, Centre for Image Analysis, Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Sweden Wednesday, October 18, 1:00-2:00pm; Hariri Institute for Computing (111 Cummington Mall, Boston) Abstract: Medical imaging techniques such as CT, MRI and PET are routinely used to generate... [ More ]

  • In-Car AI Assistant

    Jan Kautz, Senior Director of Visual Computing and Machine Learning Research Wednesday, October 11, 1:00-2:00pm; Hariri Institute for Computing (111 Cummington Mall, Boston) Abstract: Data show that ninety percent of car crashes involve some form of driver distraction. Until we reach complete automation... [ More ]

  • Stephen Terry, Institute Junior Faculty Fellow, to Give 10/18 Wed@Hariri/Meet Our Fellows Talk

    Stephen Terry, Associate Professor of Economics and Institute Junior Faculty Fellow to give semester's first Wed@Hariri/Meet Our Fellows talk. Terry studies the role of individual firms and business managers in driving outcomes for the economy as a whole. [ More ]

  • BU Cyber Alliance Presents Wed@Hariri Book Talk: “The Rise of Big Data Policing”

    The Institute presents a Wed@Hariri book talk, to be given by Andrew Ferguson on his new book, "The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement." This Wed@Hariri event is presented as part of the Cyber Alliance Speaker Series. [ More ]

  • Mark McKenna Presents “Claiming Design” – Part of IP Speaker Series

    As part of the Boston University School of Law’s IP Speaker Series. Prof. Mark McKenna will be presenting a paper he co-authored with Prof. Jeanne Fromer, entitled “Claiming Design.” [ More ]

  • Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy to Host Conference on Future of Health Care

    The Boston University Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy (IHSIP) and the Questrom School of Business present a day of discussion on the future of health and health care with support from IBM Watson Health. The Hariri Institute is excited to support the fall conference through the join initiative with IHSIP, the Digital Health Initiative. [ More ]

  • Jacob Groshek, Institute Junior Faculty Fellow, to Host Social Media Workshop

    Jacob Groshek, Institute Junior Faculty Fellow and associate professor of emerging media studies (COM), will be hosting Making Social Media Matter, a 3-day workshop that aims to equip attendees with the knowledge and skills to analyze and interpret data from popular social media platforms. [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts 8/8 Colloquium on Serverless Computing

    The Institute will host a special colloquium in which Vatche Ishakian will present his work on Serverless Computing. Ishakian will identify key characteristics and use cases as well as describe technical challenges and open problems. [ More ]

  • Registration Open for 6/30 HPC Futures Conference

    The HPC Futures conference is a one-day exploration of ideas and planning for future computational research at universities, institutes, hospitals, and companies. The conference is sponsored by Boston University's Hariri Institute for Computing, Center for Computational Science, and Department of Physics. [ More ]

  • Adam Smith to Give 5/16 DSI Distinguished Lecture

    The Institute is pleased to host a Data Science Initiative (DSI) Distinguished Lecture, given by Adam Smith and titled “Privacy, Stability and Generalization." Tuesday, May 16, 2017; 12:30-1:30pm, lunch served at 12pm. Hariri Institute for Computing, Seminar Room. [ More ]

  • RISCS Hosts 5/12 Charles River Crypto Day

    Sponsored and hosted by the Hariri Institute and the BU Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS), the Charles River Crypto Day brings together academics and research scientists from local universities and research labs to discuss recent advances in cryptography. The Charles River Crypto Day series, which is open to the public, is a recurring networking opportunity for faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and research scientists pursuing basic cryptography research in the Greater Boston Area. [ More ]

  • BU Spark! Hosts LEGO Serious Play Meetup

    Need a break studying for finals? Join BU Spark! as they host a Lego Serious Play Meetup at the Hariri Institute (date TBA). Lego Serious Play is a facilitation methodology to foster creative thinking through team building activities using lego bricks. [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts “Tools for Data Science” Student Poster Session

    The Hariri Institute is pleased to host a student poster session Friday, May 5th from 3-5PM. The event will feature projects completed by students enrolled in the spring iteration of CS 506 (ENG 500), taught by Evimaria Terzi, Associate Professor of Computer Science. [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts 4/26 Colloquium on Online Political Speech & Fact Checking

    As a follow-on activity to the Journalism and the Search for Truth conference hosted by the College of Communication and co-sponsored by the Hariri Institute for Computing, the Institute will host a colloquium on the topics of online political speech and the need for fact checking tools. Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia (Indiana University) and Brian Ulicny (Thomson Reuters) will present their work on computational fact checking and real-time assessment of information credibility. [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts CS Student Poster Session: Data Mechanics

    The Hariri Institute is pleased to host a student poster session Friday, April 28th from 3-5PM. The event will feature 25 group projects completed by students enrolled in the spring iteration of CS 591 L1 ("Data Mechanics"), a computer science course taught by Andrei Lapets, CS Lecturer and Director for Research Development and SAIL at the Hariri Institute for Computing. [ More ]

  • Institute Co-sponsors New Directed Study Programs with CS Department

    The Hariri Institute for Computing is excited to support two new CS directed study programs for Fall 2017: BU Spark! Innovation Ventures taught by Ziba Cranmer, Director of BU Spark!, and Experiential Lab in Software Engineering (ELSE) taught by Andrei Lapets, Hariri Institute Director for Research Development and Director for SAIL. [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts Network Security Student Poster Session

    The Institute is pleased to host over the CS558, "Network Security," student poster session. Led by Institute Fellow and Computer Science Associate Professor, Sharon Goldberg, CS558 provides an introduction to network security for BU undergraduate seniors, masters, and PhD students. [ More ]

  • Institute Co-Sponsors Language Processing and Recovery in Aphasia Symposium

    The Hariri Institute for Computing is pleased to co-sponsor the Language Processing and Recovery in Aphasia Symposium, which aims to showcase the ongoing work at BU with regard to cognitive and computational neuroscience advances in the study of language recovery in aphasia. [ More ]

  • Institute Co-Hosts 4/12 DSI Colloquium Featuring Rene Vidal

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 11 am - 1:00 pm Hariri Institute for Computing 111 Cummington Mall, Room 180 This DSI Colloquium is hosted in collaboration with the Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Electrical & Computer Engineering departments. Global Optimality in Matrix Factorization Rene Vidal, Professor of Biomedical Engineering Johns Hopkins University [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts 4/4 DSI Colloquium with ECE

    11:00 PM – 12:30 PM on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the Hariri Institute for Computing (111 Cummington Mall, Room 180) - Join the Hariri Institute for Computing and the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department for a Data Science Initiative Colloquium. Principled Tuning for Large-scale ML Systems, given by Ioannis Mitliagkas, PhD scholar, Statistics and Computer Science, Stanford University. [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts 4/24 DSI Colloquium with Sociology Department

    The joint DSI and Sociology Colloquium will feature Kevin Lewis of UC San Diego, for a talk entitled "The Genesis of Homogeneity in Mating Patterns." Kevin Lewis is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. His work examines the formation and evolution of social networks; the principles of human interaction that give rise to global network patterns; and the implications of these processes for the genesis and reproduction of inequality. [ More ]

  • BU Spark! to Host Technovation Speaker Series with BU Alum, Rebecca Norlander

    BU Spark, the Institute’s new initiative to support student-driven innovation and entrepreneurship, is pleased to host its very first Technovation Speaker Series with Rebecca Norlander, a BU Computer Science Alumna. This event will include an interactive roundtable discussion where panelists will share their journey and answer questions about starting their own innovation venture as well as will as an innovation showcase where panelists will show concrete examples of their MVP over the years. This event is open and free for all Boston University students, faculty, and staff from every discipline. Refreshments will be provided. [ More ]

  • Poster Call: Journalism and the Search for Truth in an Age of Social Media Conference

    Poster Call for Journalism and the Search for Truth in an Age of Social Media (JSTASM): Implications of “fake news” and internet trolling for democracy, politics and citizen inclusion conference. Hosted by the College of Communication, and co-sponsored by the Hariri Institute for Computing, the conference will take place from April 23-25, 2017, at Boston University. [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts 4/10 CCS Colloquium with Alexandre Tartakovsky

    12:30 PM – 1:30 PM on Monday, April 10, 2017, lunch served at 12:00 PM. Hariri Institute for Computing; 111 Cummington Mall, Room 180. "Non-local Mesoscale Model for Multiphase Flow" by Alexandre Tartakovsky, Laboratory Fellow and Team Lead, Computational Science and Mathematics Division Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Hosted in collaboration with the Center for Computational Sciences (CSS). [ More ]

  • Han Liu, Princeton University, to Give DSI Colloquium Lecture on 3/24

    11:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Friday, March 24, 2017 Reception to follow Hariri Institute for Computing 111 Cummington Mall, Room 180 Blessing of Massive Scale Han Liu Assistant Professor, Dept. of Operations Research & Financial Engineering Princeton University [ More ]

  • Institute to Host 3/20 DSI Event with Math Department

    Join the Math & Statistics Department and the Data Science Initiative at the Hariri Institute for Computing for a co-hosted DSI event focused on how the difference between theoretical and practical approaches to data science. [ More ]

  • Institute Co-sponsors Cisco Lunch & Learn on Mar 9

    Thursday March 9, 2017, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Hariri Institute for Computing, Seminar Room. Please join us for a Lunch & Learn, hosted by JuanRamon Acosta, Principal Cloud Software Architect, Cisco Systems. The Industry Scholars Lunch & Learn is open to BU PhD students and postdocs. [ More ]

  • DSI and CS Host Friday 2/24 Colloquium

    DSI and CS host joint colloquium on Friday February 24, 2017. Jana Giceva is a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zurich, supervised by Gustavo Alonso and co-advised by Timothy Roscoe. [ More ]

  • SAIL to host Multi-Party Computation Workshop on 2/16

    Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5:00 - 6:15 pm; Hariri Institute for Computing, Seminar Room. Please join the Hariri Institute for Computing and Software & Application Innovation Lab (SAIL) for an introductory workshop on multi-party computation. [ More ]

  • Institute’s Cloud Computing Initiative to Host Red Hat VP of Management & OpenShift Engineering

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM CGS 511 871 Commonwealth Avenue The Cloud Computing Initiative (CCI) of the Hariri Institute for Computing will be hosting the first Red Hat Cloud Computing Colloquium Series talk. Developing an Enterprise Scale Container Management, Orchestration, and PaaS with OpenShift Matt Hicks Vice President, Management and OpenShift Engineering, Red Hat [ More ]

  • DSI Distinguished Lecture: Han Liu, Princeton University

    Han Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Princeton University "Nonparametric Graphical Model: Foundation and Trends" We introduce two approaches to graphical modeling for continuous and mixed data, using semiparametric techniques that make weak assumptions compared with the default Gaussian graphical model. [ More ]

  • Save the Date: BU Data Science (BUDS) Day 2017

    The event will feature both BU researchers and external panelists for a day-long symposium. From social sciences, humanities, law,  business and medicine — to engineering, computer science, and statistics – BUDS Day aims to forge cross-disciplinary connections and spur future research collaborations. [ More ]

  • Institute to Host Data Science Initiative (DSI) Colloquium: Frank Pasquale

    Friday, November 4, 2016 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Hariri Institute for Computing 111 Cummington Mall, Room 180 The Hariri Institute for Computing will be hosting Frank Pasquale (Professor of Law, University of Maryland) for a Data Science Initiative (DSI) Colloquium hosted in collaboration with the Center for Reliable Information Systems &... [ More ]

  • DSI Distinguished Lecture by George Karypis, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

    Friday, September 25, 2015, 11:00am-12:00pm Hariri Institute for Computing, 111 Cummington Mall, Room 180 Please join us for refreshments at noon Big Data Research: Methods, Systems, and Applications We are in the era of “Big Data”, which is loosely defined as the application of data... [ More ]

  • Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) Annual Workshop

    Time: Thursday, November 19, 8:30am-5:00pm Location: BU Photonics Center, 8 St Mary's Street, Boston, MA Audience:  MOC Partners, MOC Steering Committee, Faculty, Industry, Students The goals of the MOC Annual Workshop are to  - Educate users about the current and future technologies, and the opportunities of the... [ More ]

  • Next Installment of Charles River Crypto Day on December 5th

    Please join us for the next installment of Crypto Day on Friday, December 5, 2014 at Boston University. Location: 111 Cummington Mall Room 180. Parking: There’s a pay lot across the street and 4-hour meters on Bay State Road. Schedule 9:30 – 10:00. Introduction/Coffee 10:00 – 11:00. Yuval Ishai, Technion Circuits Resilient to... [ More ]

  • Inaugural New England Network and Systems Day at Hariri

    The 1st Annual New England Network and Systems Day will be held on Friday, October 24th, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at Boston University’s Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Sciences Engineering. The event is free... [ More ]

  • The Charles River Workshop on Private Analysis of Social Networks

    The Charles River Workshop on Private Analysis of Social Networks will take place on Monday, May 19, 2014 from 9 am to 5 pm, at the Hariri Institute, 111 Cummington Mall, Boston University. There will be talks and a discussion session covering different aspects of... [ More ]

  • DSI Distinguished Lecture by Dan Roth: Learning and Inference for Natural Language Understanding

    Monday, April 27, 2014 3:00 - 4:00pm, Reception to follow Hariri Institute for Computing 111 Cummington Mall, Rm 180 Machine Learning and Inference methods have become ubiquitous and have had a broad impact on a range of scientific advances and technologies and on our... [ More ]

  • BU to host 2014 IEEE Conference on Cloud Engineering

    Boston University will host the 2014 International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E) from March 11 to March 15, 2014. The IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E) seeks to provide a high-quality and comprehensive forum, where researchers and practitioners involved... [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts Charles River Privacy Day

    The Charles River Privacy Day will take place on Friday November 15, 2013, at the Hariri Institute at Boston University. There will be 4-5 talks covering different aspects of the challenge of protecting privacy of personal information in public databases. [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts Computational Immunology Workshop

    From June 10th to June 14th, 2013, the Hariri Institute hosted the Summer School on Quantitative Systems Immunology, a national workshop organized by the Center for Computational Immunology. The workshop is intended for trainees in the biological sciences who want to... [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts CETLI EdTech Ideas Fest

    The EdTech Ideas Fest, organized by the Council on Educational Technology and Learning Innovation (CETLI), was held at the Hariri Institute on April 22, 2013. The Fest featured presentations by 30 faculty members on envisioned novel uses of educational technology. Slides from the... [ More ]

  • Upcoming Event: Boston Freedom in Online Communications Day (BFOC)

    The Internet offers great promise for improving the communication capabilities of citizens, but our increasing dependence on networked communications also makes it easier for organizations and governments to control, monitor, and block communications.  The growing trend toward blocking, tampering, or... [ More ]

  • Turing 100: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing

    On Sunday, November 11, and Monday, November 12, 2012, the Hariri Institute, the BU Center for Philosophy and the History of Science, and the BU Department of Computer Science are hosting a interdisciplinary symposium celebrating the life and legacy of... [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts Inaugural MGHPCC Workshop

    Often people ask us “what is the definition of high-performance computing (HPC)”. A recent Massachusetts 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... [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts 2nd Annual New England Faculty Summit on Cyber Security

    The 2nd Annual New England Faculty Summit on Cyber Security, hosted by the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering and the Center for Reliable Information Systems at Cyber Security at Boston University, was held on Monday, June 18, [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts CloudTrust Mini Symposium

    On Thursday May 10, 2012, the Hariri Institute in collaboration with the RISCS Center at Boston University will be hosting a half-day CloudTrust Mini Symposium -- a set of four talks on various aspects of Cloud Computing Security. The Mini Symposium will be... [ More ]

  • Institute Inaugural Symposium Featured on BU Today

    The symposium which will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the Photonics Center, will stress the importance of computational thinking and the transformative nature of computational approaches in not just physical and life sciences, but also in the social sciences... [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts First Charles River Crypto Day

    The first Charles River Crypto Day will be held on Friday, December 2, 2011, from  9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m at Boston University's Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Sciences Engineering, at 111 Cummington Street, Boston, MA 02215. The event is... [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts 2nd Charles River Crypto Day

    The 2nd Annual Charles River Crypto Day will be held on Friday, November 30th, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m at Boston University’s Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Sciences Engineering, at 111 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA... [ More ]

  • Institute Hosts GPU@BU Workshop

    The Institute is co-sponsoring and hosting the Second GPU@BU Workshop, which will be held on November 8-9, 2011. This two-day workshop, with participation from guests and speakers from the Greater Boston area and beyond, will feature a research symposium on the first day, and... [ More ]