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  • CS Colloquium: Andy Plumptre (Wildlife Conservation Society) - What we know and what we don't know about catching poachers: making ranger patrols more effective

    Mon, Jul 10, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

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    Speaker: Andy Plumptre, Wildlife Conservation Society

    Talk Title: What we know and what we don't know about catching poachers: making ranger patrols more effective

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Biography: Andy Plumptre, PhD is a tropical conservation scientist who has been working for the past 25 years in the Albertine Rift Region of Africa, one of the most biodiverse parts of the continent. His work has focused on many different issues related to the conservation of this region including developing new methods for surveying primates in forests, improving ranger patrolling in protected areas, conservation planning for the Albertine Rift, building national capacity to undertake monitoring and research, supporting transboundary conservation, and establishing new protected areas.

    Host: Milind Tambe

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • CAIS Seminar: Dr. Andy Plumptre - How do you spend scarce conservation funding wisely: the science and art of conservation planning

    Tue, Jul 11, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Andy Plumptre,

    Talk Title: How do you spend scarce conservation funding wisely: the science and art of conservation planning

    Series: Center for AI in Society (CAIS) Seminar Series

    Abstract: Protected areas have been established for different reasons: protect natural scenery, protect species for sport hunting or use, conserve biodiversity and others. The global community has committed to protecting about 17% of the earths land and 10% of the marine realm for conservation. In many countries we have already achieved these figures but still don't conserve all species. This is because there has not been any systematic conservation planning used in identifying where should be conserved. Tools have been developed that can help plan and this talk will describe these and give some examples of their use in Africa.

    Biography: Andy Plumptre, PhD is a tropical conservation scientist who has been working for the past 25 years in the Albertine Rift Region of Africa, one of the most biodiverse parts of the continent. His work has focused on many different issues related to the conservation of this region including developing new methods for surveying primates in forests, improving ranger patrolling in protected areas, conservation planning for the Albertine Rift, building national capacity to undertake monitoring and research, supporting transboundary conservation, and establishing new protected areas.

    Host: Milind Tambe

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 526

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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  • NL Seminar-Parsing Graphs with Regular Graph Grammars

    Fri, Jul 14, 2017 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

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    Speaker: Sorcha Gilroy, University of Edinburgh

    Talk Title: Parsing Graphs with Regular Graph Grammars

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: Recently, several datasets have become available which represent natural language phenomena as graphs. Hyperedge Replacement Languages HRL have been the focus of much attention as a formalism to represent the graphs in these datasets. Chiang et al. 2013 prove that HRL graphs can be parsed in polynomial time with respect to the size of the input graph. We believe that HRL may be more expressive than is necessary to represent semantic graphs and we propose looking at Regular Graph Languages RGL Courcelle, 1991, which is a subfamily of HRL, as a possible alternative. We provide a top down parsing algorithm for RGL that runs in time linear in the size of the input graph.



    Biography: Sorcha is a 2nd year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh and is a student in the Center for Doctoral Training in Data Science. Her PhD is focused on formal languages of graphs for NLP and her supervisors are Adam Lopez and Sebastian Maneth. She completed her undergraduate degree in mathematical sciences at University College Cork and her masters degree in data science at the University of Edinburgh. She is at ISI as an intern in the NLP group.

    Host: Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Knight

    More Info: http://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Webcast: http://webcastermshd.isi.edu/Mediasite/Play/c523b7ef95b443e8b29cfac3092e00081d

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 11th Flr Conf Rm # 1135, Marina Del Rey

    WebCast Link: http://webcastermshd.isi.edu/Mediasite/Play/c523b7ef95b443e8b29cfac3092e00081d

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

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