Lecture Previews

CyLab: The Challenge of Privacy Protection for Statistical Network Data

Today at noon

CIC Building

Carnegie Mellon statistics professor Stephen E. Fienberg will present his research in the field of privacy protection for large-scale statistical databases. He will discuss the traditional approaches to statistical disclosure limitation used for standard rectangular “_n_ by p” data arrays.

After, Fienberg will focus his lecture on why these approaches pose challenges to the domain of network data.

Robotics Institute Seminar: Michael Beetz, Cognition-Enabled Everyday Manipulation

Today at 3 p.m.

Newell-Simon Hall 3305

Michael Beetz, professor of computer science in the Department of Informatics at Technische Universität München, will discuss his ongoing research in the field of cognitive mechanisms and competent manipulation actions in robotics.

His research investigates cognitive mechanisms that enable autonomous robots to produce flexible, reliable, and high-performance behavior for everyday activities. The lecture will focus on cognition-enabled control and naturalistic specification of manipulation actions.

At the Interface: Using Biomaterials to Probe Biomechanics

Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Singleton Room, Roberts Engineering Hall

Tuesday marks the 2011 Biomechanics Day and Carnegie Mellon Biomaterials Day.

There will be ongoing lectures and seminars in Roberts Engineering Hall covering topics such as multicellular and tissue mechanics. Christopher Chen, professor of Innovation in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, will give the keynote address at 1 p.m.

Chen has received many honors and awards, such as the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the Angiogenesis Foundation Fellowship, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and the Mary Hulman George Award for Biomedical Research.

“I’m an African”: Black Aesthetics and The Making of a Hip-Hop Globe

Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Margaret Morrison 103

Assistant professor of sociology Sujatha Fernandes of Queens College and Graduate Center, City University of New York, will lead this installment of the University Lecture Series.
Fernandes will survey hip-hop culture and its integration into societies across the globe.

The talk will question whether or not hip-hop transcends the differences among Afro-descendants, who live around the world with different cultures and political atmospheres.

International Week Event Lecture: Today’s Interdependent World Order

Thursday at 4:45 p.m.

Baker Hall A53

Eric Pacuit, CFE Fellow at the University of Maryland, will discuss his contribution to the discourse on relationships between evidence and rational beliefs.
He will share his perspectives based on evidence management research. Pacuit’s research interests include the issues that arise at the intersection of logic, philosophy, game theory, and social choice theory.