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Berkeley – Inria – Stanford Workshop 2013

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Stanford Campus

The third workshop Berkeley-Inria-Stanford  (BIS’2013) will take place on Stanford’s campus from May 20 until May 22. It is co-organized by Inria, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley in partnership with CITRIS and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. BIS’2013 is part of the joint research program Inria@SiliconValley. The objectives of this workshop are to present the current state of scientific collaborations and to work on proposals for future ambitious joint projects. This year BIS’2013 will welcome presentations about the Smart Cities project, launched with CITRIS in 2013 in the framework of the new partnership between the cities of Paris and San Francisco.


  • Date: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday May 20-22, 2013
  • Location: SIEPR Conference Hall, Stanford University
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  • Social event organized by the French Consulate in San Francisco on May 21st evening
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Workshop Program

Monday May 20

8:30am-9:00am – Opening session
9:00am-10:30 – Session 1: Algorithms for computational science and engineering – HPC (Session Chair : Bertrand Braunschweig, Inria)
  • AQUARIUS – Uncertainty analysis and numerical flow simulation, Pietro Marco Congedo, Inria and Gianluca Iaccarino, Stanford University (Abstract – pdf)
  • COALA – Communication-Avoiding Algorithms for Linear Algebra and Beyond, Jim Demmel, UC Berkeley (TBC) (Abstract – pdf)
  • FASTLA – Fast L.A. (linear algebra) for matrices with low-rank hierarchical structures, Eric Darve, Stanford University (Abstract – pdf)
10:30am-11:00am : Coffee break
11:00am-12:30 – Session 2: Numerical sciences for medecine and biology (Session Chair: Eric Darve, Stanford University)
  • CAPNEONATES – Improving the contrast to noise ratio of diffusion tensor images in small animals at 7T, Yi Lao, USC (Abstract – pdf)
  • CARDIO – Numerical methods for congenital cardiovascular treatment exploration of a new surgical optionWeiguang Yang, Stanford University (Abstract – pdf)
  • ITSNAP – Accessing RNA Conformational Ensembles through Kino-Geometric Sampling, Rasmus Fonseca, Inria (Abstract – pdf)
12:30pm-1:30pm – Lunch break
1:30pm-4:30pm – Session 3: Languages and Distributed Systems for Data Management (Session Chair: Lavanya Ramakrishnan, LBNL)
  • BIGDATANET – A hybrid P2P/cloud for big data, Reza Akbarinia and Florent Masseglia, Inria (Abstract – pdf)
  • DALHIS – Data Analysis on Large Heterogeneous Infrastructures for Science, Eugen Feller, LBNL (Abstract – pdf)
  • CLOUDSHARE – Non-Cooperative Scheduling Considered Harmful in Collaborative Volunteer Computing EnvironmentsArnaud Legrand, CNRS/Inria (Abstract – pdf)
3:00pm-3:30pm Coffee break
  • RIPPES – RIgorous Programming of Predictable Embedded Systems, David Broman, UC Berkeley (Abstract – pdf)
  • OAKSAD – Languages and techniques for efficient large-scale Web data management, Melanie Herschel, Inria and Alin Deutsch, UCSD (Abstract – pdf)
4:30pm-6:00pm – Session 4: Working groups
  • Challenges for data analytics (control, optimization, learning,…) in various contexts (Session Chair: Alex Bayen, UC Berkeley)
  • Challenges for data management in distributed computing infrastructures: from volunteer PCs to clouds (Session Chair: Christine Morin, Inria)

Tuesday May 21

8:30am-12:30 – Session 5: CityLab (Session Chair: Hélène Kirchner, Inria)
  • Presentation of the CityLab initiative (CITRIS – Inria Paris Rocquencourt), Isabelle Ryl, Inria
  • Ronald C. Cohen, UC Berkeley
  • Urban air quality simulation, Vivien Mallet, CLIME project-team (Abstract – pdf)
  • Connected Corridors, Alex Bayen, UC Berkeley
  • Urban Vision, Jean Ponce, WILLOW project-team (Abstract – pdf)
10:30am-11:00am Coffee break
  • Social Apps Lab  – the Dengue Torpedo application example, James Holston, UC Berkeley
  • Mobile middleware solutions for the urban environment, Valérie Issarny, ARLES project-team, Inria 
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch break
1:30pm-3:00pm – Session 6: Network and mobility (Session Chair: To be confirmed)
  • IT-SG-WN – Capacity and Error Exponents for Multiple Access Channels in the Poltyrev Regime 

Venkatachalam Anantharam, UC Berkeley (Abstract – pdf)

  • COMMUNITY – Distributed Software-Defined Networking for Autonomously Decentralized Internets, Bruno Nunes Astuto, Inria
  • CLOUDY – Privacy in Router-Side Caching: the Case of Named-Data NetworkingGene Tsudik (Absract – pdf)
3:00pm-3:30pm Coffee break
3:30pm-4:300pm – Session 7: Vehicles and traffic (Session Chair: Katia Obraczka, UC Santa Cruz)
  • ORESTE – A junction model for ramp metering, Maria Laura Delle Monache, Inria and Samitha Samaranayake, UC Berkeley (Abstract – pdf)
  • E-MOTION/Teleimmersion lab – Situational awareness and applications to safety-oriented driver assistance systems, Stéphanie Lefèvre (Abstract – pdf)
4:30pm-6:00pm – Panel on Digital Technologies for making our cities a better place to live
  • Moderator: Valerie Issarny, Inria
  • Panelists: Alex Bayen (UC Berkeley),  Jean Ponce (ENS), Roberto Horowitz (UC Berkeley), Steve Shladover (UC Berkeley), Vivien Mallet (Inria), James Holston (UC Berkeley)

With the forecast that three out of five people will live in cities by 2030, the overarching goal for our fast developing cities is to meet the challenges of population growth, while accounting for the impact of cities on global warming. Such a goal shall in particular drive our research on digital cities, which must foster both environmental and social sustainability. Indeed, the former has been on the ICT research agenda for quite some time and is key to facing the climate change challenges. As for the latter, although equally important, it is often neglected, partly due to the fact that it cannot be legislated and is thus hard to achieve. However, there is promising evidence that ICT can be used to lower the barrier to entry for people’s participation in community activities.
This panel will in particular be the opportunity to discuss latest research and technologies contributing to the above vision of digital cities.

7:00pm Social event organized by the French Consulate in San Francisco

Wednesday May 22

8:30am-10:00am – Session 8: Interaction and perception (Session Chair: Isabelle Ryl, Inria)
  • SIRIUS – Situated interaction, Wendy Maackay, Inria and Bjoern Broman, UC Berkeley/Linkoping University
  • CRISP – Human perception for graphics and interaction, Christian Richardt, Inria (Abstract – pdf)
  • COMET Computation, Metrics and Topology for Data Analysis, Frédéric Chazal, Inria (Abstract – pdf)
10:00am-10:30am – Coffee break
10:30am-12:00pm – Session 9: Big data analysis and visualization (Session Chair: Deb Agarwal, LBNL)
  • SPLENDID – Discriminative Parameter Estimation for Random Walks Segmentation,

M. Pawan Kumar, Inria (Abstract – pdf)

  • STATWEB – Robust Optimization, Sparse Learning, and Large-Scale Text Analytics, Laurent El Ghaoui, UC Berkeley (Abstract – pdf)
  • HYPERION – Large-scale statistical learning for visual recognition, Jitendra Malik, UC Berkeley
12:00pm-12:30pm – Closing session