Computational Behavioral Ecology

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Keller 3-180
Tanya Berger-Wolf (University of Illinois, Chicago)
Computation has fundamentally changed the way we study nature.
Recent advances in data collection technology, such as GPS and other
mobile sensors, high definition cameras, satellite images, and
genotyping, are giving biologists access to data about the natural
world which 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 this domain, our ability to analyze data lags
substantially behind our ability to collect it. In this talk I will show
how computational approaches can be part of every stage of the
scientific process of understanding animal sociality, from data
collection (identifying individual zebras from photographs by stripes) to
hypothesis formulation (by designing a novel computational framework for
analysis of dynamic social networks).
MSC Code: