Research published in Science Robotics this week announced a new "ambidextrous" robot that could change the fundamentals of warehouse distribution. The robot, developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's Laboratory for Automation Science and Engineering features a suction cup gripper on one hand and a parallel-jaw gripper on the other, allowing the robot to choose the most appropriate hand to pick up and sort objects.
Attention undergraduates! The 2019 Jengyee Prize - Leadership for a Better World — is now accepting applications.
The $2,000 prize is awarded annually and is open to all undergraduate students with a sophomore or higher standing, regardless of gender, race, creed, or national origin.
IEOR PhD student and Paul Grigas's advisee Alfonso Lobos has won the best student paper award at the 2018 Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) conference in London for his paper "Optimal Bidding, Allocation and Budget Spending for a Demand Side Platform Under Many Auction Types." Lobos's paper won at the 2018 AdKDD & TargetAd workshop that focused on the evolution of computational advertising, large-scale and novel ad targeting, and how the deployment of real systems to target user
The Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research will host the semi-annual industry-university meeting for the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) on December 5-7 at UC Berkeley. The agenda for the meeting can be viewed here.
Professor Zuo-Jun "Max" Shen has just been named to be the next chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (IEOR) at UC Berkeley. Professor Shen will take over for Professor Ken Goldberg who will complete his term as chair at the end of 2018.
Research by IEOR assistant professor Anil Aswani and PhD student Matt Olfat was featured in the December 2018 newsjournal for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The article titled "Designing Algorithms to Increase Fairness in Artificial Intelligence" describes a novel approach to help make decisions made by artificial intelligence algorithms more fair and less biased.
Professor Goldberg will be speaking at the 2018 Fall Directorate for Engineering (ENG) Advisory committee (AdCom) meeting, sponsored by NSF. Professor Goldberg's talk is titled "Are Artificial Intelligence and Robots a Threat... or an Opportunity?" He will further discuss the pros and cons of a future with AI.
AdCom advises the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) on issues such as serving the community, instutitutional administration and policy, graduate and undergraduate education in engineering, and priority investment in engineering research.
IEOR professor of the graduate school Shmuel Oren has just been awarded the Berkeley Citation by Chancellor Carol Christ. The Citation is one of the University of California, Berkeley’s highest awards, and is reserved for individuals “whose contributions go beyond the call of duty and whose achievements exceed the standards of excellence in their fields.”
“He is richly deserving of this recognition,” says Chancellor Christ.
IEOR PhD student Matt Olfat's and assistant professor Anil Aswani's paper "Spectral algorithms for computing fair support vector machines" won the INFORMS 2018 Data Mining & Decision Analytics Workshop best student paper award. Olfat presented the paper at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix.
The paper can be found here.