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Thursday, February 1st, 2018
11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Personalized model of kinematic and dynamic of physical activities"
Ruzena Bajcsy, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley,
4:00pm 6:00pm
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Number Theory Seminar

Weak subconvexity without a Ramanujan hypothesis
Jesse Thorner, Department of Mathematics, Stanford University ,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Research Conference

From Moonshine to Black Holes, Number Theory in Physics
Jeffrey Harvey, Professor, Physics Department, Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Predicting and Understanding Initial Play
Drew Fudenberg, Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics, MIT,
Friday, February 2nd, 2018
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Hecke operators for characters of Rational Conformal Field Theory
Jeffrey Harvey, University of Chicago,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Dish & Discuss #9

What is the Prison Industrial Complex?
12:00pm 1:00pm
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IQIM Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Seminar

Continuous measurements and quantum trajectories in circuit QED
Arian Jadbabaie, Graduate Student, Hutzler Group,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Exact Bulk Operators and the Fate of Locality
Jared Kaplan, Johns Hopkins University,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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TAPIR Seminar

From Cosmic Dust to Planetesimals: Models vs. Observations
Paola Pinilla, NASA Hubble Fellow, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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GALCIT Colloquium

Tricks used for Aerodynamic Experiments
Markus Raffel, Leibniz University ,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Geometry and Topology Seminar

Existence of closed geodesics through a regular point on translation surfaces
Weixu Su, School of Mathematical Science, Fudan University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Algebra and Geometry Seminar

Constancy of generalized Hodge-Tate weights of a p-adic local system
Koji Shimizu, Department of Mathematics, Harvard University,
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
3:00pm 5:00pm
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Wedding Photography on Campus: Aivazian Wedding Party

Sites designated as approved for commercial still photography
3:00pm 5:00pm
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Wedding Photography on Campus: Shakhbandaryan Wedding Party

Sites designated as approved for commercial still photography
Sunday, February 4th, 2018
Monday, February 5th, 2018
5:00am 7:00pm
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Filming on Campus

Multiple locations - See event detail for more information
8:00am 9:00am
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PhD Thesis Defense

Elucidating the Role of [4Fe4S] Clusters in DNA Replication and Repair
Phillip Bartels, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
1:00pm 2:00pm
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Aerospace Engineering Seminar

Gas-Turbine Heat Transfer – Challenges and Opportunities
Tom I-P. Shih, J. William Uhrig and Anastasia Vournas Head and Professor , School of Aeronautics and Astronautics , Purdue University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Algebra and Geometry Seminar

The small quantum group in type A and the diagonal coinvariants
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Applied Physics Seminar

From Negative Index Metamaterials to Topological Light Sources
Boubacar Kante, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC San Diego,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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BELS

Microfluidics for 3D Tissue Engineering and Personal Health Diagnostics
Samuel Sia, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Geological and Planetary Sciences Seminar

Minerology vs. thermodynamics, or, why are extracellular electron transfer pathways so complicated?
Daniel R. Bond, Associate Professor, CBS Plant/Microbial Biology, University of Minnesota,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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High Energy Physics Seminar

Meta Material, First Direct Observation of Reverse Cherenkov Radiation, and Test of Babinet Principle
Min Chen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Special Chemistry Seminar

Proteins in nanoporous hydrogels: adsorption, diffusion, and folding
Lydia Kisley, Beckman-Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology,
Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
5:00am 7:00pm
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Filming on Campus

Multiple locations - See event detail for more information
11:00am 12:00pm
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Special Geometry Seminar

Vertex algebras and three dimensional gauge theories
Kevin Costello, Theoretical Physics, Perimeter Institute,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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IST LUNCH BUNCH

Nonlinear control and estimation theory for multi-agent autonomy and autonomous flying ambulances
Soon-Jo Chung, Associate Professor of Aerospace and Bren Scholar; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist, Engineering and Applied Science, CALTECH,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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IQI Weekly Seminar

Thoughts on the Potential of Quantum Computing for Nuclear Physics Grand Challenge Problems
Martin Savage, University of Washington,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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CTLO-Physics-Mathematics Colloquium

Taking a scientific approach to teaching science and engineering
Carl Wieman, Department of Physics, Stanford University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Dix Planetary Science Seminar

TBD
Fred Adams, Ta-You Wu Collegiate Professor of Physics, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, University of Michigan,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Special Chemical Physics Seminar

The Electronic-Structural Barrier to Higher Photoconversion Efficiency in Semiconductors
Scott Cushing, DOE EERE Postdoctoral Fellow , Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Skewness, Tax Progression, and Demand for Redistribution: Evidence from the UK
Kirill Pogorelskiy, Visiting Associate in Economics, Caltech,
Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
5:00am 7:00pm
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Filming on Campus

Multiple locations - See event detail for more information
9:00am 10:00am
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics Enabled Integrity Assessment of Urban Buildings
Hao Sun, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Lab for Infrastructure Sensing and Data Science, University of Pittsburgh (Pitt). ,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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Caltech Alumni Career Webinar Series

How A Caltech Faculty Member Engages with the Wider World Through Social Media
Sean Carroll, PhD, Research Professor of Physics, Division of Physics, Math, and Astronomy, Caltech,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Logic Seminar

Measure reducibility of countable Borel equivalence relations (after Conley and Miller), III
Forte Shinko, Department of Mathematics, Caltech,
3:00pm 5:00pm
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Organic Chemistry Seminar

Eric Ashley, Ph.D.; Danielle Schultz, Ph.D.; Christopher Sinz, Ph.D. , Merck,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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American History Job Candidate Seminar

Crime Capital: Public Safety, Urban Development, and Black Politics in Post-Civil Rights Atlanta
Danielle Wiggins, PhD Candidate, Department of History, Emory University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Astronomy Colloquium

Circumgalactic Matter Matters for Galaxy Evolution
Jessica Werk, Univ of Washington,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Environmental Science and Engineering Seminar

Climate Change in the West African Monsoon: Confusion, Consensus, and the Way Forward
Michela Biasutti, Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Materials Science Research Lecture

Exciton-phonon interactions: theoretical techniques for light-induced structural changes
David Strubbe, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, UC Merced,
4:15pm 5:15pm
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EE Systems Seminar

Deep optimization: from learning deep models to tuning hyper-parameters
Meisam Razaviyayn, Assitant Professor, Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering , USC Machine Leaning Center,
7:00pm 7:45pm
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CS9: Intro to CS Research and Industry

More than Recommendations: Data Science at Netflix -- Speaker: Becky Tucker, Caltech Alum
Thursday, February 8th, 2018
11:00am 12:00pm
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar

"Topological Mechanics of Critically Coordinated Lattices"
Tom Lubensky, Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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CMS Partner Tech Talk

Rubrik -- Start Your Own Startup
Soham Mazumdar, Co-Founder, Rubrik,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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CANCELLED | Behavioral Social Neuroscience Seminar

This talk has been cancelled
George Loewenstein,
4:00pm 6:00pm
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Number Theory Seminar

Analytic Number Theory in Function Fields and Twin Primes in the Large Finite-Field Limit
Ofir Gorodetsky, School of Mathematical Sciences, Tel Aviv University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Physics Research Conference

The life of vortex knots and links and the conservation of helicity
William Irvine, Associate Professor, James Franck Institute, University of Chicago,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Rigorous Systems Research Group (RSRG) Seminar

Approaching the Fundamental Limits of Learning
Vahid Tarokh, Rhodes Family Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Mathematics, and Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science, Duke University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Special Seminar: Young Investigator Lecture in Engineering and Applied Science

How vegetation impacts erosion
Qingjun (Judy) Yang, PhD Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Friday, February 9th, 2018
11:00am 12:00pm
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High Energy Theory Seminar

Higher Spin de Sitter Hilbert Space
Frederik Denef, Columbia University,
12:00pm 1:00pm
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IQIM Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Seminar

Quantization of the low temperature action in the SYK model
Josephine Suh, Postdoctoral Scholar in Theoretical Physics, Kitaev Group,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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PhD Thesis Defense

Interplay of Proton Transfer, Electron Transfer and Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in Transition Metal Mediated Nitrogen Fixation
Benjamin Matson, Graduate Student, Chemistry, Caltech,
2:00pm 3:00pm
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TAPIR Seminar

Theory of EM counterparts of neutron star mergers
Kenta Hotokezaka, Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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GALCIT Colloquium

Exploiting Sparsity for Modeling and Control of Dynamical Systems
Eurika Kaiser, University of Washington,
3:00pm 4:00pm
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Geometry and Topology Seminar

Strongly automorphic mappings
Alastair Fletcher, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Northern Illinois University,
4:00pm 5:00pm
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Special Chemical Physics Seminar

From Imaging Excitons at the Nanoscale to Emerging Device Applications
Lea Nienhaus, Dr., Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
4:30pm 5:30pm
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Caltech/UCLA Joint Analysis Seminar

Factorising X^n
Jonathan Hickman, Department of Mathematics, University of Chicago,
5:30pm 6:30pm
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Caltech/UCLA Joint Analysis Seminar

A Epiperimetric approach to singular points in the Alt-Caffarelli functional
Max Engelstein, Department of Mathematics, MIT,
Saturday, February 10th, 2018