Past Public Lectures

Fall 2021

Speaker: Panel featuring Patrick Coles (Los Alamos National Labs), Aram Harrow (MIT), Maria Schuld (UKZN and Xanadu), Jarrod McClean (Google), and Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).
Oct. 19, 2021
Speaker: Anil Ananthaswamy (Simons Institute, moderator) Panelists: James DiCarlo (MIT), Grace Lindsay (University College London), Jitendra Malik (UC Berkeley), and Santosh Vempala (Georgia Tech)
Oct. 18, 2021
Speaker: Panel featuring Zvika Brakerski (Weizmann Institute), Anne Broadbent (U. Ottawa), Yael Kalai (Microsoft Research) and Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).
Oct. 12, 2021
Speaker: Panel featuring Adam Nahum (I'Ecole Normale Supérieure), Pedram Roushan (Google), Barbara Terhal (TU Delft), and Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).
Oct. 5, 2021
Speaker: Panel featuring Lior Eldar (MIT), Vinod Vaikuntanathan (MIT), Daniel Apon (NIST), Umesh Vazirani (UC Berkeley; moderator).
Sep. 21, 2021
Speaker: Sean Hallgren (Penn State University & Senior Visitor at Simons Institute 2021-22)
Sep. 21, 2021

Summer 2021

Spring 2021

Speaker: Ashia Wilson (MIT, moderator) Panelists: Seny Kamara (Brown University Department of Computer Science and Aroki Systems), Shalini Kantayya (7th Empire Media and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism), Sendhil Mullainathan (University of Chicago Booth School of Business), Omer Reingold (Stanford University Computer Science Department), and Patricia Williams (Northeastern University School of Law)
May 7, 2021
Speaker: Adi Shamir (Weizmann Institute)
May 6, 2021
Speaker: Orna Grumberg (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)
Feb. 25, 2021

Fall 2020

Speaker: Dale Schuurmans (Google Brain & University of Alberta)
Nov. 23, 2020
Speaker: Michael Kearns (University of Pennsylvania)
Oct. 14, 2020
Speaker: Thomas Gilbert (UC Berkeley)
Sep. 10, 2020

Summer 2020

Speaker: Pooya Hatami (Ohio State University)
Aug. 18, 2020
Speaker: Esty Kelman (Tel Aviv University)
Aug. 12, 2020
Speaker: Shachar Lovett (UC San Diego)
Aug. 3, 2020
Speaker: Uri Alon (Weizmann Institute of Science)
Jul. 30, 2020
Speaker: Hao Huang (Emory University) & Avishay Tal (UC Berkeley)
Jul. 22, 2020
Speaker: Dor Minzer (Institute of Advanced Study)
Jul. 15, 2020
Speaker: Manuela Veloso (Head of J.P. Morgan AI Research, Carnegie Mellon University)
Jun. 22, 2020

Spring 2020

Speaker: Peter Bartlett (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, moderator) Panelists: Klaske van Heusden (University of British Columbia), Madhav Marathe (University of Virginia), Ankur Moitra (MIT), Shai Shalev-Shwartz (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Anil Vullikanti (University of Virginia), and Bin Yu (UC Berkeley)
May 11, 2020
Speaker: Zvika Brakerski (Weizmann Institute of Science) 
Mar. 16, 2020

Fall 2019

Speaker: Silvio Micali (Founder of Algorand and faculty at MIT)
Oct. 30, 2019
Speaker: Yuval Ishai (Technion Israel Institute of Technology) 
Oct. 14, 2019
Speaker: Sanjeev Arora, Faith Ellen, Dan Gusfield, Dorit Hochbaum, Russell Impagliazzo, Ravi Kannan, Don Knuth, Mike Luby, Antony Ng, Prabhakar Raghavan, Scott Shenker, Robert Tarjan, Vijay Vazirani, and Dick Karp.
Sep. 3, 2019

Summer 2019

Speaker: Peter Bartlett (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, moderator) Panelists: Shafi Goldwasser (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Martha Minow (Harvard University), Elliot Schrage (Facebook), and Patricia Williams (Columbia University) 
Jun. 7, 2019

Spring 2019

Speaker: Peter Sarnak (Princeton University)
Apr. 15, 2019
Speaker: Shayan Oveis Gharan (University of Washington) and Nikhil Srivastava (UC Berkeley)
Mar. 11, 2019
Speaker: Anil Ananthaswamy (Fall 2018 Simons Institute Journalist in Residence, moderator) Panelists: Celeste Kidd (UC Berkeley), Bruno Olshausen (UC Berkeley), Christos Papadimitriou (Columbia University) and Michael Pollan (UC Berkeley) 
Mar. 7, 2019

Fall 2018

Speaker: Paul Beame (University of Washington)
Nov. 19, 2018
Speaker: Andrew Chi-Chih Yao (Tsinghua University)
Nov. 14, 2018
Speaker: Jelani Nelson (Harvard University)
Nov. 5, 2018
Speaker: David Patterson (UC Berkeley)
Oct. 10, 2018
Speaker: Anima Anandkumar (California Institute of Technology)
Oct. 1, 2018
Speaker: Anil Ananthaswamy, Simons Institute Journalist in Residence
Sep. 6, 2018

Summer 2018

Spring 2018

Speaker: Avi Wigderson (Institute for Advanced Study)
Feb. 9, 2018
Speaker: Brian Hayes, Simons Institute Journalist in Residence 
Feb. 1, 2018

Fall 2017

Nov. 1, 2017
Speaker: Thomas Rothvoß (University of Washington)
Oct. 30, 2017

Spring 2017

Speaker: Robert Schapire (Microsoft Research)
Mar. 13, 2017
Speaker: John Markoff, Simons Institute Journalist in Residence 
Feb. 27, 2017
Speaker: Avi Wigderson (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
Feb. 22, 2017

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