Spring 2014 Seminar Series: Big Data Infrastructure

Spring 2014 Seminar Series.
Discussion: Big Data Infrastructure.

The CWDS seminar series is centered around intellectual exchange and
interaction, and the audience is encouraged to ask questions during
presentations. The goal is a seminar that looks less like a lecture and
more like a spirited discussion of issues raised in a relatively brief
presentation of a paper or a research project.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Not often that you see the bleeding edge of multiple disciplines come together in one talk. Today's presentation was amazing!

    May 14, 2014

  • Joel L.

    Computation has fundamentally changed the way we study nature. Recent breakthroughs in data collection technology, such as GPS and other mobile sensors, high definition cameras, satellite images, genotyping, and crowdsourcing, are giving biologists access to data about wild populations, from genetic to social interactions, that are orders of magnitude richer than any previously collected. Ecology, being the science of connections among living organisms and their environment, among different biological scales, from organisms to the planet, is particularly well positioned and is in need of those data. Such data offer the promise of answering some of the big questions in ecology but only if we can have the methods, both computational and ecological, to take those data to scientific insight. This combination of ecology, technology, computation, and data science is the emerging field of computational ecology.

    May 5, 2014

  • Joel L.

    Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she heads the Computational Population Biology Lab. Her research interests are in applications of computational techniques to problems in population biology of plants, animals, and humans, from genetics to social interactions. As a legitimate part of her research she gets to fly in a super-light airplane over a nature preserve in Kenya, taking a hyper-stereo video of zebra populations.

    Dr. Berger-Wolf has received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. After spending some time as a postdoctoral fellow working in computational phylogenetics and doing research in computational epidemiology, she returned to Illinois. She has received numerous awards for her research and mentoring, including the US National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the UIC Mentor of the Year and Graduate Mentor awards.

    May 5, 2014

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