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)
Please RSVP here


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

Mike Franklin at First CSGE Fall Hangout Sep 24, 2012

Come join other entrepreneurial Berkeley EECS grads at the first CSGE Hangout of the fall ’12 semester, featuring a talk by Mike Franklin, the director of the AMP Lab and co-founder of Truviso, a company recently purchased by Cisco, focused on real-time network data analysis and reporting software technology.

The hangout will be Monday, September 24 at 6:30pm at the Berkeley Skydeck a startup accelerator associated with UC Berkeley perched in the 10,000 square-foot penthouse of the tallest building in Berkeley (about 15 minute walk from Soda Hall). We will be walking down as a group from Soda Hall at 6:15pm.

Hangouts are our monthly social networking events open to all Berkeley EECS alumni, faculty and graduate students.

Archive: Hangout with Twilio CTO Evan Cooke and CSGE – Feb 29, 6:30pm, 380 Soda

Please come to the next CSGE hangout featuring a talk by CTO of Twilio (and recent CS Postdoc at UMich) Evan Cooke!

It will be on Thursday, February 23 at 5:30 Wednesday, February 29 at 6:30 in room 380 on the 3rd floor of Soda Hall. Hangouts are our monthly social networking events open to all members of the CSGE. (RSVP Below)

Title: Founding Twilio
Abstract. This talk seeks to feed the inner-entrepreneur of CS grad students.  I will relate a brief history of Twilio and highlight the critical phases of a venture-backed hyper-growth silicon valley startup from the perspective of a newly minted CS grad.  I finished grad school in early 2008 and founded Twilio with friends from school.  Today, the company has more than 100 employees, offices across the US and in Europe, and has more than 75,000 developers using the APIs to make and receive phone calls and send and receive text messages.
Evan Cooke is CTO and Co-founder at Twilio. Evan was recently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in network security and distributed systems at the University of Michigan where he completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science.

Full Hangout Agenda

  • Announcements
  • 20 min talk by Evan Cooke, CTO/Founder of Twilio) titled: Founding Twilio
  • General networking

Archive: EECS, Bplan and GSVC Mixer, Wed 11/16 at 7pm

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Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Location: Wozniak Lounge
Who’s invited: Cal students only!
RSVP: Please use form below!


Our next CSGE hangout will be merged into the the IT and Web Mixer in partnership with the Business Plan Competition, and Graduate Social Venture Competitions (GSVC). Come join us Wednesday, Nov 16th at 7pm in the Wozniak Lounge, 4th floor of Soda Hall. Sponsored

Normally, our hangouts are our intimate bi-weekly social networking events open to all members of the CSGE and guests from the UC Berkeley and bay area entrepreneurial communities. This week however, several of our officers have worked with the organizing committees of the BPlan and GSVC to bring you a much larger event. This event is for Cal students only!

Archive: CSGE Hangout Wed 11/2 at 8pm

Please come to the next CSGE hangout! It will be on Wednesday, Nov 2nd at 8pm in the Wozniak Lounge, 4th floor of Soda Hall. Hangouts are our bi-weekly social networking events open to all members of the CSGE and guests from the UC Berkeley and bay area entrepreneurial communities.


  • 5min, Announcements
    • EECS-Haas BPlan competition mixer update
    • RSVP for first CSGE alumni meetup (on Nov 30)
    • Ask your advisor for connections to alumni
    • How to become an officer, and ways to help
  • 10min, Yaron Singer, Student Startup Challenges - Short talk + Q&A
  • General networking

Archive: CSGE Hangout Wed 10/19 at 8pm

Please come to the next CSGE hangout! It will be on Wednesday, October 19 at 8pm in the Wozniak Lounge, 4th floor of Soda Hall. Hangouts are our bi-weekly social networking events open to all members of the CSGE.


Archive: CSGE Hangout Mon. 10/3 at 8pm

Come to the next CSGE hangout, Monday, October 3 at 8pm, in 380 Soda Hall! Hangouts are our bi-weekly social networking events open to all members of the CSGE.


  • Updates on the advisory board
  • Engagement with VCs, other administrative issues
  • Brief talks by Ariel Kleiner and Kurtis Heimerl on challenges and opportunities in their research fields (abstracts below)
  • QA sessions and discussion
  • General networking

Kurtis Heimerl: Modern telecommunication systems are in some ways the opposite of the Internet; they are monolithic, designed for centralized billing, identification of users, and limiting access to content. I’m going to discuss new technologies that are destabilizing and democratizing these systems, specifically the OpenBTS, OpenBSC and osmocomm projects. I will also discuss how this ongoing shift is creating new business opportunities in an enormous (5T+) industry, in the US and abroad.

Ariel Kleiner: As the quantity and recognized importance of data in the world increases, we must commensurately develop the ability to leverage it. I will discuss machine learning as a field as well as various capabilities that it provides, to the end of sparking discussion of problems and market opportunities that are amenable to or require the use of sophisticated data analysis.