Corporate Day

This year we’re bringing you even more opportunities to interact with our sponsoring companies. On Wednesday February 21st, we invite you to join us for sponsor-hosted Workshops, our annual graduate Job Fair, Opening Plenary by Eric Horvitz (Microsoft Research Labs), and networking with sponsors at the new After Hours Reception.


  • NVIDIA (9:00-10:30am, CSL 301)

    • Deep Learning Optimizations that Don’t Work:
      Sometimes proposals for optimizing Deep Convolutional Neural Networks fail to produce performance improvements on GPUs, even though they are obviously good ideas. The reason for these optimization failures usually has to do subtle misconceptions about architectural details of the GPU. I will discuss how we implement convolution layers in the CuDNN library to make best use of new architectural features like the Tensor Cores on Volta, and how the architectural and implementation choices interact with algorithmic details. I’ll give examples of two “optimizations” that sometimes don’t improve performance as much as we’d like (layer pruning, and separable convolutions) and one (dilated convolutions) that turned out better than expected because we were able to exploit an implementation detail.
      Bio: Matt Frank has been a Senior GPU Architect at NVIDIA since 2016, where he works on performance analysis and optimization for Deep Learning. Before NVIDIA, Matt was a Software Architect at Intel from 2009 through 2016, and an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois from 2003-2009. He earned his PhD in Computer Science from MIT in 2003, and his BS in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin in 1994.

  • Honeywell (10:30-12:00pm, CSL B02)

    • Working in an Industrial Research Center: Types of Projects, Collaborations with Universities, Publications and Conferences:
      In this workshop, we will give an overview of what is the role of an industrial research center and discuss: type of projects, how the research team collaborates with universities, and how researchers remain connected with the broad research community. We will discuss a few different ongoing projects in various groups within the research center ranging from brain-machine interfaces to autonomy. We will then present, a bit more in detail, ongoing work that uses very abstract mathematics, such as category and sheaf theory, to analyze complex systems of systems, hopefully providing a good overview of the broad spectrum of projects within the research center.

  • Microsoft (12:00-2:00pm, CSL 301)

    • Adding Image and Voice Intelligence to Your Apps with Microsoft Cognitive Services: 
      Cognitive Services is a set of APIs that use the power of Machine Learning to enhance your application. Using these APIs, you can quickly add image recognition and analysis; facial recognition, speech recognition, text-to-speech capabilities, and many other features to your application.
      In this presentation, you will learn about the capabilities of these APIs, how to test them, and how to call them via a REST web service and using some helpful libraries from a variety of languages and platforms.


Graduate Job Fair

Be sure to register for the conference today to ensure your resume is added to the resume book we share with the job fair attendees!

February 21, 2018



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After Hours Reception

After Hours provides an informal setting for students to meet and network with company representatives following the plenary dinner. Hors d’oeuvres and complimentary alcoholic beverages will be provided.