[Discrete-math-seminar] Reminder: Department Colloquium Monday, September 11, 2017: Tanya Berger-Wolf, 1:50pm RE 104

Robert Ellis ellisr at iit.edu
Mon Sep 11 08:38:49 CDT 2017

Please join us today for the Applied Math Colloquium.

On Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 4:17 PM, Robert Ellis <ellisr at iit.edu> wrote:

> Please join the Department of Applied Mathematics for our colloquium this
> coming Monday at 1:50pm in RE 104 (formerly E1 104).
> *Time:* Monday, September 11, 1:50pm-2:55pm
> *Location:* RE 104 (Rettaliata Engineering Center)
> Coffee and cookies afterward in RE 112 until 3:30pm
> *Speaker:*  Tanya Y. Berger-Wolf, Professor - Department of Computer
> Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
> *Title:*  Computational Behavioral Ecology: Why Zebras Don't Have
> Facebook?
> *Abstract*
> Computation has fundamentally changed the way we study nature, from
> molecules to ecosystems. New data collection technology, such as GPS, high
> definition cameras, UAVs, genotyping, and crowdsourcing, are generating
> data about wild populations that are orders of magnitude richer than any
> previously collected. Such data offer the promise of answering some of the
> big  questions about why animals do what they do, among other things.
> Unfortunately, in the domain of behavioral ecology and population dynamics,
> as in many others, our ability to analyze data lags substantially behind
> our ability to collect it. In this talk I will give a brief overview of how
> computational approaches can be part of every stage of the scientific
> process of understanding animal sociality, from intelligent data collection
> (identifying individual animals from photographs by stripes and spots,
> sampling and inferring social networks) to hypothesis formulation (by
> designing a novel computational framework for analysis of dynamic social
> networks), and providing scientific insight into collective behavior of
> zebras, baboons, and humans.
> *Speaker Bio*
> Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf is a Professor of Computer Science at the University
> of Illinois at Chicago, where she heads the Computational Population
> Biology Lab. Dr. Berger-Wolf is a computational ecologist whose research is
> at the unique intersection of computer science, wildlife biology, and
> social sciences. She creates computational solutions to help answer
> biological questions of why social animals (including humans) do what they
> do: from computer vision to identifying individual animals in photos to
> social network analysis for understanding how leaders emerge and affect
> group decisions. Berger-Wolf is also a co-founder of the conservation
> software non-profit Wildbook, which recently enabled the first-of-its-kind
> complete species census of the endangered Grevy's zebra, using 80,000
> photographs taken by ordinary citizens in Kenya. 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 to,
> ostensibly, figure out who is friends with whom.
> Berger-Wolf holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at
> Urbana-Champaign (Prof. E.M. Reingold, adviser). She has received numerous
> awards for her research and mentoring, including the US National Science
> Foundation CAREER Award, the Association for Women in Science Chicago
> Innovator Award, and the UIC Mentor of the Year Award.
> --
> Robert B. Ellis, PhD
> Assoc. Prof., IIT Applied Mathematics
> 10 W 32nd St, E1 208, Chicago, IL 60637
> ellisr at iit.edu
> http://math.iit.edu/~rellis

Robert B. Ellis, PhD
Assoc. Prof., IIT Applied Mathematics
10 W 32nd St, E1 208, Chicago, IL 60637
ellisr at iit.edu
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