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Sam Kean - The Periodic Table: A Treasure Trove of Passion, Adventure, Betrayal, and Obsession

Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? How did radium nearly ruin Marie Curie’s reputation? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 2 Months ago 7 views 0  

Michael A. Filler - Celebrating Silicon: Its Success, Hidden History, and Next Act

The history of silicon is usually told as a history of electronic materials and devices. However, it is better told as a history of manufacturing innovation. This talk will take a journey through the…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 4 Months ago 13 views 0  

Andrea S. Rutledge - Construction Management is Leadership Development

Construction managers lead the complex process of creating elements of the built environment. These skills are qualitative and interpersonal and call on each of us to think creatively about people.…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 4 Months ago 3 views 0  

Galyna Livshyts - A Tight Net with Respect to a Random Matrix Norm and Applications to Estimating Singular Values

In this talk we construct a net around the unit sphere with good properties. We show that with exponentially high probability, the value of |Ax| on the sphere can be approximated well using this net,…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 5 Months ago 7 views 0  

Tuo Zhao - Towards Understanding First Order Algorithms for Nonconvex Optimization in Machine Learning

Stochastic Gradient Descent-type (SGD) algorithms have been widely applied to many non-convex optimization problems in machine learning, e.g., training deep neural networks, variational Bayesian…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 5 Months ago 18 views 0  

Éva Tardos - Learning and Efficiency of Outcomes in Games

Selfish behavior can often lead to suboptimal outcome for all participants, a phenomenon illustrated by many classical examples in game theory. Over the last decade we have studied Nash equilibria…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 5 Months ago 22 views 0  

Dana Buntrock - What Could Go Wrong?

Her lecture, titled, "What Could Go Wrong?" asks, "What’s architecture?" Who we are and what we do gets reinvented in response to economic or legal change. In the 1960s and…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 5 Months ago 31 views 0  

Martin Bechthold - Multi-Scalar Design: Material Matters

Advances in material science, computation, and robotics are empowering the role materials can take in shaping buildings towards novel aesthetics and performative outcomes. Work at Harvard’s…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 5 Months ago 8 views 0  

Bill Moggridge - It's getting so complicated

Bill Moggridge is the co-founder of IDEO, an internationally recognized design firm. He has designed the first laptop computer, the GRiD Compass, and pioneered Interaction Design as a discipline.…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 7 Months ago 3 views 0  

Hibba Abugideiri - Midwives, Housewives and Nationalism: Egypt in the Making of Colonial Medicine

Speaker Hibba Abugideri is an historian of postcolonial and Islamic feminism and women in the Middle East. Currently an assistant professor at Villanova University, she has published articles in…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 7 Months ago 15 views 0  

Hibba Abugideiri - Islamic Feminism: Speaking from Behind the Veil

Speaker Hibba Abugideri is an historian of postcolonial and Islamic feminism and women in the Middle East. Currently an assistant professor at Villanova University, she has published articles in…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 7 Months ago 12 views 0  

When the World Talks Back … Connecting People and Things - Jim Budd, Noah Posner, Wei Wang, Stuart Romm

Over the past 10 to 15 years the evolution of smart, sensor-based products and systems has reshaped the way we interact with each other and the world around us. This Research Forum will compare a…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 8 Months ago 2 views 0  

Diversity and Inclusion Council Panel Discussion - Peggy McIntosh, Kaye Husbands Fealing, Robert Kirkman

The College of Design Diversity and Inclusion Council has invited Peggy McIntosh, senior research scientist and former associate director for the Wellesley Centers for Women, Kaye Husbands Fealing,…

From  Kathryn Gentilello 9 Months ago 6 views 0  

Computer Science in Six-Tenths of a Second: What Happens After Hitting ENTER in a Google Search - Lance Fortnow

What is computer science? Ask Google or Alexa, and you'll get an answer like "the study of the principles and use of computers." That doesn't really capture the breadth of the…

From  Kathryn Gentilello A year ago 14 views 0  

Decay, Maintenance and Repair Symposium Session 3 and Panel - Joe Brown, David Frost, Steve Usselman

Joe Brown - Reliability and Resilience: Drinking Water Infrastructure in Rural Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Pakistan ABSTRACT: This presentation describes national-scale surveys of rural…

From  Kathryn Gentilello A year ago 4 views 0  

Decay, Maintenance and Repair Symposium Session 1 and Panel - Kate Irvin, Lynnette Widder, Claire Weisz, Andrew Russell

Katie Irvin - Repair and Design Futures: Lessons from Mended Textiles ABSTRACT: This presentation explores the lessons that worldwide practices of mending offer designers today, moving from historic…

From  Kathryn Gentilello A year ago 6 views 0