RISE Winter 2018 Retreat
April 2018

This Spring has been packed with major accomplishments.  In this newsletter, we summarize just a few of these exciting accomplishments and provide an update on recent activities and events.  
We were awarded an NSF Expedition grant, the largest grant awarded by the NSF, to explore the design of real-time, intelligent, secure, and explainable systems.  This grant will help support a large number of students and positions the UC Berkeley RISELab at the center of this emerging area of research. It is worthy noting that only three Expedition grants were awarded this year, and ours is the only one awarded to a single institution. 
Our faculty were honored by major awards and promotions. Professor David Patterson received the Turing Award (an equivalent of Nobel Prize for Computer Science) for his groundbreaking work on the RISC processor. Raluca Ada Popa received the Sloan Research fellowship to explore cryptographic methods to share data across organizational boundaries.  Finally, Randy Katz was named the vice chancellor of research at UC Berkeley.    
We also published influential papers in several top systems and AI venues.  These papers address topics ranging from cryptographic primitives and efficient coordination protocols to new frameworks for distributed reinforcement learning and convolution free convolutional neural networks.  
Thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at the upcoming RISE retreat and training camp.
Professor Joseph Gonzalez   
RISELab Faculty  


Krste Asanovic:
Keynote Speaker, RISC-V Tokyo Day, Tokyo, Japan, December 18, 2017
"State of the Union", 7th RISC-V Workshop, Milpitas, CA, November 28, 2017

Ken Goldberg

Plenary Speaker. TEDxOakland, October 22, 2017
Keynote Speaker. Collaborative Robots and Advanced Vision Conference (CRAV), San Jose, CA, November 15, 2017 
Plenary Speaker. GeekPark Innovation Festival, Beijing, PRC, January 19, 2018 Co-organizer: Workshop on ML Systems at NIPS 2017, Long Beach, CA, December 8, 2017

Joseph M. Hellerstein
Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science, Berkeley, CA, February 13, 2018
Michael I. Jordan: 
Invited Speaker, Machine Learning Summer School, Cambridge, UK, January 15, 2018
Distinguished Lecture, University College, London, UK, January 16, 2018
Michael Mahoney:   
Keynote, WSDM 2018 Workshop on Graph Techniques for Adversarial Activity Analytics (Local Graph Analytics: Beyond Characterizing Community Structure), Marina Del Rey, CA, February 9, 2018  
Talk at the SysML workshop, Stanford, CA, February 16, 2018

Ion Stoica:
Invited Talk, Workshop on ML Systems at NIPS 2017, Long Beach, CA, December 8, 2017
Keynote Talk, Scaled ML 2018, Stanford, CA, March 24, 2018

Authors: Bichen Wu, Alvin Wan, Xiangyu Yue, Peter Jin, Sicheng Zhao, Noah Golmant, Amir Gholaminejad, Joseph Gonzalez, Kurt Keutzer 
Presented At/In: Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)
Published On: June 18, 2018

NetChain: Scale-Free Sub-RTT Coordination 
Authors: Xin Jin, Ion Stoica, Xiaozhou Li, Haoyu Zhang, Nate Foster, Jeongkeun Lee, Robert Soulé, Changhoon Kim
Presented At/In: 15th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI '18)
Published On: April 9, 2018

Oblix: An Efficient Oblivious Search Index 
Author(s): Pratyush Mishra, Rishabh Poddar, Jerry Chen, Alessandro Chiesa, Raluca Ada Popa
Presented At/In: 39th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy
Published On: May 21, 2018

Ray RLlib: A Composable and Scalable Reinforcement Learning Library
Published on December 7, 2017

Presented at 4th ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments (BuildSys), 2017
Published on November 9, 2017
SafeBricks: Shielding Network Functions in the Cloud
Author(s): Rishabh Poddar, Chang Lan, Raluca Ada Popa, Sylvia Ratnasamy
Will be presented at 15th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI) 2018   
Published on April 9, 2018  

Authors: Guanhua Wang, Amar Phanishayee, Shivaram Venkataraman, Ion Stoica
Presented at  SysML 2018
Published on  February 15, 2018

Authors: Philipp Moritz, Robert Nishihara, Stephanie Wang, Alexey Tumanov, Richard Liaw, Eric Liang, William Paul, Michael I. Jordan, Ion Stoica
(Not yet published)
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