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Conditional Sparse Linear Regression

August 24, 2016, 4 PM - 5 AM

Brendan Juba

Host: Pritish Kamath and Akshay Degwekar

We consider the problem of jointly identifying a significant (but perhaps small) segment of a population in which there is a highly sparse linear regression fit, together with the coefficients for the linear fit. This is intended to serve as a principled alternative to the practice of clustering the data under a variety of methods to see if any yield clusters that can be modeled well. We give algorithms for such problems when this unknown segment of the population ("cluster") is described by a k-DNF condition and the regression fit is s-sparse for constant k and s. We note evidence that k-DNFs are essentially the most expressive natural representation for which this problem is tractable.

Based on joint work with Ben Moseley (WUSTL).

Building 32 Map

One of a Series: CIS/Microsoft Seminar

Lattice-Based Fully Dynamic Multi-Key FHE with Short Ciphertexts

August 26, 2016, 10:30-12 PM

Renen Perlman

Host: Vinod Vaikuntanathan

A fully homomorphic encryption scheme (FHE) allows one to convert an encryption of a message into an encryption of some arbitrary function of that message, without compromising the secrecy of the encrypted message. A fully dynamic encryption scheme (FDE) supports evaluation of arbitrary functions on inputs encrypted under different keys. Moreover, new users, having new keys, can be introduced into the computation at any time, not requiring any coordination between the parties ahead of time.

In this talk, I will present a construction of an FDE scheme, which allows to perform arbitrarily many computational steps on inputs encrypted by an a-priori unbounded (polynomial) number of parties. Furthermore, the length of the ciphertexts, as well as the space complexity of an atomic homomorphic operation, grow only linearly with the current number of parties.

Prior works either supported only an a-priori bounded number of parties (L opez-Alt, Tromer and Vaikuntanthan, STOC '12), or only supported single-hop evaluation where all parties need to be known before the computation starts (Clear and McGoldrick, Crypto '15, Mukherjee and Wichs, Eurocrypt '16). In all aforementioned works, the ciphertext length grew at least quadratically with the number of parties.

Investment Management Theory and Practice: A CIMA Certification Registered Education Program (online)

September 1 - October 31, 2016

Investment Management Theory and Practice is an online course for investment professionals pursuing the prestigious CIMA certification. Candidates take this course entirely online over a 60-day period immediately preceding a CIMA certification exam testing window. There is no need to travel or spend a week out of the office as this course was built with busy schedules in mind. Participants may study at any time they choose (i.e., weekends, evenings or during the day).

This course, led by industry pioneer Andrew Lo and financial certification specialist Jim Dobbs, includes comprehensive coverage of the topics and learning objectives found in the CIMA Certification Exams Detailed Content Outline (aka: core topics list). This course has been developed to help you better understand the concepts, calculations, and applications found in the CIMA core topics list; help you prepare for and pass the MIT course exam and CIMA certification exam; and help you take your practice to the next level.

Investment Management Theory and Practice walks you through the core topics and learning objectives found in the CIMA certification curriculum line-by-line. This online course uses several learning methods to help participants succeed including: classroom lecture videos, learning modules, exercises and applications, quizzes and a sample test.

Topic coverage includes: ethics and regulation, a review of financial fundamentals (including statistics, time value of money, and economic analysis), risk management, performance measurement and analysis, traditional and alternative investments, portfolio theory and models, behavioral finance, and the investment consulting process (including client discovery, investment policy, portfolio construction and management, manager search and selection, and portfolio review).

This online course reviews financial and investment concepts, theories, models, and strategies. Participants will develop the skills and resources needed to build and manage successful investment portfolios. The faculty team help participants navigate the complex and sometimes confusing world of investment thought and application. Participants will learn to develop investment strategies and portfolios based on client goals and objectives, time horizon, and risk tolerance.

Successful completion of this course satisfies the CIMA certification education requirement.

For more information please contact program director, Jim Dobbs, at cimainfo@mit.edu

One of a Series: MIT Holidays

MIT Closed - Labor Day

September 5, 2016

One Main Street
East Arcade - 1st floor
Cambridge, MA 02142

Aerospace Innovation Workshop - Startup Exchange Workshop

September 15, 2016, 8:30-11:30 AM

Aerospace innovation is going into an exciting decade of growth. In the defense market, there is an increased emphasis on affordability, tech solutions, and smart bets. In the commercial aerospace industry, there is rapid growth among traditional players, demand for regional aviation, and an emphasis on fleet efficiency. There are major overhauls to the systemic infrastructure, including the FAA's $20 Bn NextGen effort. With NASA and others actively planning Mars travel, entirely new value chains and industries are opening up in the space race. The drone age also brings incredible opportunities and challenges for near earth supply chain, security, and transportation. In the midst of all these developments, a plethora of startups suddenly find themselves with ideas, technologies, data, product, talent, and solutions that have use cases and markets as part of this enormous puzzle. MIT AeroAstro department has been contributing to innovation in this are for over 100 years now.

MIT Startup Exchange (STEX) is convening a workshop on September 15, 2016, at 08:30 to 11:30 AM, at One Main Street, Cambridge, MA, to discuss the latest advances in aerospace innovation and associated innovations from the perspective of the corporates, academics, VCs, and startups in the MIT ecosystem redefining the field today. We aim to cover innovation models, technologies, collaboration patterns, market places, players, and partnerships.

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The target audience is the MIT innovation ecosystem, including faculty, students, startups, and ILP member companies. We have reserved 10 seats for MIT-connected startup founders who can apply for a Lightning Talk. This event should attract startups from the hybrid innovation cluster, the energy tech cluster, the advanced manufacturing cluster, as well as from the ICT cluster and possibly beyond. All are welcome. Attendance is free.


08:30 AM Coffee and registration

First session

08:45 AM Welcome: "MIT's Aerospace Innovation Startups," Trond Undheim, Ph.D., Lead, MIT Startup Exchange, MIT ILP (host)

09:05 AM Introductory remarks: "Connecting Industry to Research, Innovation, and Startups," Karl Koster, Executive Director, MIT ILP

09:10 AM Keynote I: "The Emerging Aerospace Landscape," Industry speaker, TBD.

09:20 AM Lightning Talks (by startups, ILP members, MIT Faculty/staff)

09:30 AM Coffee & networking break

09:50 AM Keynote II: "MIT's Aerospace research," MIT Prof. , TBD.

10:00 AM Keynote III: "Industry trends and demand for aerospace innovation", Industry speaker, TBD.

10:10 AM Keynote IV: “Commercializing aerospace research from MIT", MIT Prof. , TBD.

10:20 AM Coffee & networking break

10:30 AM Panel Discussion: The Industrial Future of Aerospace Innovation
Having built a renewed awareness among workshop participants of trends in aerospace innovation, panelists will address how best to act on these trends and the new challenges/opportunities they bring:
What are some of the most exciting experiments, startups, or large scale infrastructure projects?
Where are there opportunities for collaboration among industry, universities, governments, and startups, what challenges do these potential collaborations face?
How can both established and emerging companies overcome barriers to new technology adoption?
What are the most promising paths to commercialization?



Moderator: TBD

Driving Strategic Innovation: Achieving High Performance Throughout the Value Chain

September 18-23, 2016

How do the most successful innovators generate more than their fair share of smart ideas? How do they unleash the creative talent of their people? How do they move ideas through their organizations and supply chains that are not only creative but fast to market? The answers to these key questions form the core of this program for business leaders and entrepreneurs who are determined to position their companies for future growth.

Offered jointly with IMD, this program will combine marketing, product development, technology assessment, value-chain design, project execution, and talent management in an end-to-end roadmap for achieving breakthrough performance. Using a dynamic and integrative value-chain framework created at MIT, participants will gain the capability to position their organizations for future growth.

Participants will leave this program armed with the knowledge of how to influence corporate culture, alter the way their organization responds to the challenge of innovation, and strengthen relationships with partners along the value chain. This intensive learning experience will deliver long-term value, helping business leaders to:

  • Meet technology challenges, from R&D to manufacturing, project management to engineering
  • Link technology decisions with business strategy
  • Integrate product development, process developments, and value-chain strategy
  • Develop organization and supply-chain strategies to position the company for future growth
  • Leverage learning and innovation collaboration with customers, lead users, and suppliers, maximizing the value of research
  • Understand how technologies and markets evolve and how they are linked
  • Outperform the competition by generating breakthrough ideas
  • Cope with shorter product life cycles, while delivering greater customer satisfaction
  • Optimize sourcing and ?make-buy? decisions
  • Integrate supply-chain design with concurrent engineering
  • Engage talent within the organization and across the value chain

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Mapping Protein conformational changes using EPR spectroscopy

September 19, 2016, 4-5 PM

Stefan Stoll
University of Washington

Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations

September 27-28, 2016

Technical professionals' goals and incentives are often different from those of other employees, and so are the management challenges that arise. Drawing on the wealth of research and industry experience of faculty and leading practitioners, Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations explores proven, practical, and innovative strategies for maximizing the contribution of technical professionals. This intensive program focuses on the management and motivation of technical professionals in the innovative organization, and in particular:

  • How creative individual contributors work together on risky projects, processing information under conditions of uncertainty;
  • How to address critical problems and issues dealing with staff professionals and members of project teams, including cross-functional teams;
  • How to work effectively with prima donnas and independent spirits.

The Learning Experience
Organizations that are designed and managed for doing the same things well repetitively, as in manufacturing and operations, are not particularly appropriate for doing something well once, as in R&D. Running a technical organization presents a unique set of management problems. How do you motivate and reward technical professionals to maximize their performance and creativity? How do you create an organizational structure that will contribute to success, not inhibit it? How do you deal with creative individual contributors, project teams, and innovative professionals? How do you build and sustain high motivation and vitality while preventing complacency? How do you utilize "marshaling" events for building more collaborative, innovative activities? And how do you move information and technology effectively across organizational structures?

This unique two-day program focuses on issues critical to the effective management of technical professionals and cross-functional teams. Its principles and strategies can be applied in any organization where research, development, engineering, or computer-related technology developments need to take place in a timely, effective, and successful manner.

Participants will learn principles and strategies of crucial importance to any organization where R&D, engineering, and/or computer-related technologies lie at the core of the business. Upon completing this program, participants will gain a thorough understanding of the following subjects:

  • Managing risk taking and uncertainty in technical projects
  • Managing and motivating your technical professionals
  • Developing effective reward and incentive systems for technical professionals
  • Creating a highly motivating work environment
  • Managing and leading creative individual contributors
  • Maximizing the technical productivity and vitality of teams
  • Leading and managing more effectively across organizational structures
  • Leading system change within established corporate cultures
  • Transferring technology and information flows between and within organizations
  • Organizing for innovative product development
  • Managing the tensions among development efforts and cost/schedule pressures