TRIPODS Postdoc Workshop

Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
August 21-23, 2023

This workshop is a space to connect all of the current and recent postdocs affiliatiated with NSF TRIPODS institutes. We will host research talks by postdocs, panel discussions with PIs, and social events.  

We hope this will not only be a fun and intellectually-stimulating event, but also a chance to build a strong community of early career researchers! 

Please register here (if you have not registered as a speaker).

Preliminary Schedule:

Monday (8/21)

9:00-9:20 Breakfast at TTI

morning session (chair: Ali Vakilian)

9:20-9:30 Welcome

9:30-10:00 Quanquan Liu (Northwestern U.): Scalable Graph Algorithms

10:00-10:30 Christopher Harshaw (MIT / UC Berkeley): Design and Analysis of Randomized Experiments Under Interference

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-11:30 Sushrut Karmalkar (UW-Madison): Distribution-Independent Regression for Generalized Linear Models with Oblivious Corruptions

11:30-12:00 Jessica Sorrell (UPenn): Multicalibration as Boosting for Regression

12:00-1:00 Lunch at TTI

afternoon session (chair: Sami Davies)

1:00-1:30 Maitreya Suin (JHU): TBD

1:30-2:00 Gautam Goel (UC Berkeley): Bridging Online Learning and Control

2:00-2:30 Break

2:30-3:00 Steve Mussmann (UW Seattle): Data-Efficient Machine Learning through Active Learning and Data Pruning

3:00-3:30 Ingvar Ziemann (UPenn): Learning with Little Mixing

3:30-4:00 Neophytos Charalambides (UCSD): Approximate Matrix Multiplication through Leverage Scores

4:00-?  Social outing


Tuesday (8/22)

9:00-9:30 Breakfast at TTI

morning session (chair: Sushrut Karmalkar)

9:30-10:00 Ainesh Bakshi (MIT): A New Approach to Learning a Linear Dynamical System

10:00-10:30 Akbar Rafiey (UCSD): TBD

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-11:30 Ruhui Jin (UW-Madison): Optimal Experimental Design

11:30-12:00 Lijun Ding (UW-Madison): Revisiting Squared-variables Formulations: Optimality Conditions and Algorithms

12:00-1:00 Lunch at TTI

afternoon session (chair: Avrim Blum)

1:00-1:30 Sami Davies (Northwestern U.): Combinatorial Algorithms for Local Correlation Clustering

1:30-2:00 Ali Vakilian (TTIC): Individual Preference Stability for Clustering

2:00-2:30 Break

2:30-3:30 Panel 

Panelists: Pranjal Awasthi, Maryam Fazel, Abolfazl Hashemi, Piotr Indyk, Ermin Wei, Becca Willett and Steve Wright

3:30-?  Social outing


Wednesday (8/23)

9:00-9:30 Breakfast

morning session (chair: Sushrut Karmalkar)

9:30-10:00 Zhengchao Wan (UCSD): Distances for Markov Chains, and Their Differentiation

10:00-10:30 Eric Evert (Northwestern U.): Existence of Best Low Rank Tensor Approximations

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-11:30 Jasper Lee (UW-Madison): Optimal Sub-Gaussian Mean Estimation in R

11:30-12:00 Maryam Aliakbarpour (Northeastern / BU): Statistical Inference with Privacy and Computational Constraints

12:00-1:00 Lunch at TTI

afternoon session (chair: Sami Davies)

1:00-1:30 Saba Ahmadi (TTIC): Strategic Classification

1:30-2:00 Marina Knittel (UMD & UC San Diego): Fair Hierarchical Clustering

2:00-2:30 Break

2:30-3:00 Joshua Agterberg (UPenn): Estimating Higher-Order Mixed-Memberships via the Two to Infinity Tensor Perturbation Bound

3:00-3:30 Gregory Kehne (UT Austin): Online Covering with Prophets, Secretaries, and Samples


Pranjal Awasthi
(Google NYC)

Maryam Fazel
(UW - Seattle)

Abolfazl Hashemi

Piotr Indyk

Ermin Wei

Becca Willett

Steve Wright