CSGE Feb Social: User Experience, Artificial Intelligence, and Relevance (Aria Haghighi from Prismatic)

Title: User Experience, Artificial Intelligence, and Relevance
Time: 7pm, Tuesday, Feb 19
Venue: Soda 510 (VCL Graphics Lab)
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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are playing larger roles in products that we use everyday. In this talk, we’ll look at key examples at how AI supports and improves user experience, highlighting how quantitative methods impact qualitative experience.


Aria Haghighi is the co-founder and CTO of Prismatic, the web and mobile news service growing fast thanks to rich relevance and beautiful design. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in Statistical Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. During his graduate studies, he published over 20 papers in top conferences, was a Microsoft Research Fellow, and won multiple awards for his research and teaching. He also holds a BS in Mathematics with distinction from Stanford University.

Recently raised a $15M series-A, Prismatic applies machine learning in real-time to content delivery. The startup is built by a small team of four computer scientists, three of them PhDs from Berkeley and Stanford.

CSGE Dec Social featuring Eric Brewer

Time: 6pm, Monday, Dec 10
Venue: Skydeck incubator ( http://skydeck.berkeley.edu/visit-skydeck )

Eric Brewer will be speaking about his experiences with Inktomi and entrepreneurship. The event will be at 6pm Skydeck, and CSGE will provide food and drinks.


Eric Brewer
VP of Infrastructure, Google
Professor of Computer Science, UC Berkeley

Dr. Brewer focuses on all aspects of Internet-based systems, including technology, strategy, and government. As a researcher, he has led projects on scalable servers, search engines, network infrastructure, sensor networks, and security. His current focus is (high) technology for developing regions, with projects in India, Ghana, and Uganda among others, and including communications, health care, education, and e-government.

In 1996, he co-founded Inktomi Corporation with a Berkeley grad student based on their research prototype, and helped lead it onto the NASDAQ 100 before it was bought by Yahoo! in March 2003.

In 2000, he founded the Federal Search Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization focused on improving consumer access to government information. Working with President Clinton, Dr. Brewer helped to create USA.gov, the official portal of the Federal government, which launched in September 2000.

He was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering for leading the development of scalable servers (early cloud computing), and also received the ACM Mark Weiser award for 2009. He received an MS and Ph.D. in EECS from the MIT, and a BS in EECS from UC Berkeley. He was named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum, by the Industry Standard as the “most influential person on the architecture of the Internet”, by InfoWorld as one of their top ten innovators, by Technology Review as one of the top 100 most influential people for the 21st century (the “TR100″), and by Forbes as one of their 12 “e-mavericks”, for which he appeared on the cover.

Entrepreneurship on a boat in International Waters

Time: 7:30pm, Wednesday, Nov 28
Venue: Skydeck incubator ( http://skydeck.berkeley.edu/visit-skydeck )

Blueseed is building a startup community on a ship 12 nautical miles from the coast of San Francisco, in international waters. The location will allow startup entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world to start or grow their company near Silicon Valley, without the need for a US work visa.

How can you take advantage of this interesting opportunity? How could Blueseed capture and cultivate the world’s boldest and most disruptive startup ideas? How are they going to manage civil issues? Come to this event and hear the folks behind this unique endeavour to find out!

Rally.org’s Jonas Lamis and Blueseed’s Max Marty will be discussing Paul Graham’s essay on Black Swan Farming and more. It will be a stimulating evening of discussion and a chance to meet with the Blueseed crew – buy Viagra online from canada http://www.canadianpharmacy365.net/product/viagra/


Networking & Getting Started
Jonas Lamis from Rally.org speaks about black swan farming startups
Blueseed CEO and cofounder Max Marty introduces Blueseed project
Blueseed Panel and Q & A

The event is co-hosted by the Association of Chinese Entrepreneurs (ACE) at Berkeley and the Computer Science Graduate Entrepreneurs (CSGE) at the Berkeley SkyDeck. To get to the venue, please see the directions to the Berkeley Skydeck – http://skydeck.berkeley.edu/visit-skydeck