RISE Summer 2018 Retreat
September 2018

In this newsletter, we will provide an update on some of the many exciting recent activities, accomplishments, and events at RISELab.
Our faculty were honored by major awards and promotions.  Most notably, Professor David Patterson received the Turing Award for his groundbreaking work on the RISC processor. This award is sometimes described as the Nobel Prize for Computer Science, and it is a great honor for which Dave certainly deserves congratulations.  His Turing Award Lecture is a great overview of the computer architecture area, past, present and future.  Patterson will also be among eight other Berkeley Turing Laureates speaking at the ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Colloquium this fall. 
More generally, though, this award is a validation of Dave's style of research: the Berkeley five-year lab model, with close interactions between academics and industry, including retreats and everything else with which we have become familiar.  Dave pioneered this approach, and at the RISELab, we are all beneficiaries of it!
We also continue to published influential papers in several top systems and AI venues.  These papers address topics ranging from cryptographic primitives and efficient communication protocols to new frameworks for distributed reinforcement learning and second order optimization methods for neural networks.  The first Ray meetup was also held; the AP released a "bombshell" report on Google's location history, which was prompted by a RISELab blog post on the blurry boundaries associated with Google location tracking; and RISELab publication " Bridging the GAP: Towards Approximate Graph Analytics," won the best paper award at ACM GRADES-NDA 2018.  
Professor Michael Jordan authored a widely-discussed blog arguing that the "Artificial Intelligence Revolution" hasn't happened yet; and Professor Michael Mahoney is organizing the semester-long research program on " Foundations of Data Science" at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing.  
More details on these and other activities are below.
Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you at the upcoming RISE training camp and retreat. 
Professor Ion Stoica
RISELab Director

RISE Camp Registration Now Open

RISE Camp will be held on October 11th-2th at International House in Berkeley, California. 

General registration is now open. Register here

More information including the agenda and event logistics can be found at the RISE Camp website

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Colloquium 

A series of lectures celebrating a golden age of computer science research at UC Berkeley. Wednesdays through November, see calendar for details.

Prof. Raluca Popa receives an award from The Hellman Fellows Fund

Prof. Joseph Gonzalez awarded prestigious Okawa research grant

RISELab publication wins best paper award at SIGMOD GRADES-NDA 2018
Ken Goldberg: 
Joseph Hellerstein
Michael I. Jordan:   
Michael Mahoney:   
David Patterson:
Ion Stoica:
  • Invited Talk @ Technion - "RL Systems at RISELab" - Tel Aviv, Israel, May 26, 2018
  • Invited Talk @ Hebrew University - "RL Systems at RISELab" Jerusalem, Israel, May 26, 3018
  • Data Science Summit: "RISELab: Secure, Real-Time Decisions on Live Data", Tel Aviv, Israel, May 28, 2018
  • @Scale Conference  - "Distributed AI with Ray" - Santa Clara, CA, September 13, 2018


Actor-Oriented Database Systems, a talk by Phil Bernstein - September 14, 2018

Remote Memory for Non-Masochists, a talk by Marcos Aguilera - September 21, 2018

Authors: Jun Woo Park, Alexey Tumanov, Angela Jiang, Michael A. Kozuch, Gregory R. Ganger
Presented At/In: ACM European Conference on Computer Systems (EuroSys'2018)
Published On: April 23, 2018

Authors: Eui Chul (Richard) Shin, Illia Polosukhin, Dawn Song
Presented At/In: International Conferences on Learning Representations (ICLR) 2018, workshop track
Published On: April 30, 2018
Authors: Xinyun Chen, Chang Liu, Dawn song
Published On: April 30, 2018

Author(s):  Anand Padmanabha Iyer , Aurojit Panda,  Shivaram Venkataraman , Mosharaf Chowdhury, Aditya Akella, Scott Shenker,  Ion Stoica
Presented At/In: SIGMOD Graph Data-management Experiences & Systems (GRADES)
Published On: June 10, 2018  
Authors: Anand Padmanabha Iyer, Zaoxing Liu, Xin Jin, Shivaram Venkataraman, Vladimir Braverman, Ion Stoica
Presented At/In:  10th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing (HotCloud '18)
Published On: July 9, 2018

Monarch: Gaining Command on Geo-Distributed Graph Analytics 
Authors: Anand Padmanabha Iyer, Aurojit Panda, Mosharaf Chowdhury, Aditya Akella, Scott Shenker, Ion Stoica
Presented At/In:  10th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing (HotCloud '18)
Published On: July 9, 2018

Authors: Aaron Harlap, Andrew Chung,  Alexey Tumanov, Gregory R. Ganger, Phillip B. Gibbons
Presented At/In: 2018 USENIX Annual Technical Conference
Published On: July 11, 2018

DIZK: A Distributed Zero Knowledge Proof System
Presented at USENIX Security 2018
Not yet published

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