WHAT: ASOM Graduate Research forum
WHO: Rida Assaf, University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory
WHEN: March 21st, 2016, 12:00-1:30pm
WHERE: AUB,West Hall, Auditorium C.


The human brain is one of the most sophisticated machines on earth, and the attempts to mimic its functionality and imitate human intelligence are not recent. Such attempts lie at the heart of the field of Artificial Intelligence. Artificial intelligence has witnessed a lot of advancements over the past decades, and has aided in the development of many industrial and scientific fields.  Artificial Neural Networks are one of the earliest attempts to imitate human intelligence.  

This talk aims to give a brief overview about Artificial Neural Networks, some of the advancements they lead to and the limitations they face, in addition to some of their applications in the technological world and the field of bioinformatics. 

Rida Assaf received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from the American University of Beirut. He then moved to the United States to pursue his graduate studies. Rida received his Master of Science in Computer Science degree from Western Michigan University, where he won the Graduate Research and Creative Scholar award for the year 2012/2013. He then moved to Chicago where he was admitted to the Ph.D in Computer Science program at The University of Chicago. Rida is currently part of Prof. Rick Stevens research group at the University and Argonne National Laboratory. Rida spent the last Fall doing a Ph.D level Software Engineering Internship at Google, where He worked on optimizing the Linux kernel network stack for low latency communication. His research interests include High Performance Computing and Machine/Deep Learning and their applications in the field of Computational Biology.