Welcome to Computational Population Biology at UIC

Professor Tanya Y. Berger-Wolf

Computational Population Biology at UIC

Flu pandemic, political microtargeting, behavioral response to predator presence, species genetic diversity. Populations contain intricate connections that occur on time scales ranging from milliseconds to generations. At the Laboratory for Computational Population Biology, we explore the growing interface between Population Biology and Computer Science, from genetics to social interactions.

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  • ACM KDD Workshop on Broadening Participation in Data Mining

Identifying zebras by their stripes

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The winning entry to the 2010 UIC Image of Research contest, describing the image preprocessing stage of an algorithm to automatically identify individual zebras from photographs. See the Projects page for more information.
Credit: Mayank Lahiri · License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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February 2015
  • IBEIS hosted at 2015 Nairobi Wildlife Festival (UIC News).
  • Ivan Brugere has a summer internship as a Data Scientist at Microsoft.
  • Ivan Brugere received the Fifty for the Future award supported by the Illinois Technology Foundation.
  • Ivan Brugere will attend the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE'15) supported by the Sustainable Horizons Institute.
  • November 2014
  • Ivan Brugere attended AAAI'15 to present the paper "Social Information Improves Location Prediction in the Wild" at the TrBA'15 workshop.
  • Ivan Brugere was awarded the UIC Chancellor's Graduate Research Fellowship with support over two years.
  • September 2014
  • UIC CS Associate Professor Tanya Berger-Wolf, heading the collaboration with Daniel Rubenstein (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton) and Charles Stewart (CS, RPI), has received a new $314,504 NSF grant in computational ecology entitled: Collaborative Research: EAGER: Prototype of an Image-Based Ecological Information System (IBEIS).
  • Marco Maggioni has been selected as one of the recipients of both the 2014 Dean's Scholar Award and the 2014 FMC Technologies Fellowship Award.
  • May 2014
  • Ivan Brugere received a travel award to attend the Broadening Participation in Data Mining workshop and KDD'2014.
  • Ivan Brugere has a summer research internship at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as part of the Cyber Defenders program. He will be working on topography inference in networks.
  • March 2014
  • Ivan Brugere has received the 2014 Google Lime Scholarship and will attend the Google Scholars' Retreat at Google in June.
  • Marco Maggioni will do a (poster) presentation at GTC conference on "Adaptivity and Compression: a Recipe for Sparse Matrix-Vector Multiplication on GPUs".
  • February 2014
  • Marco Maggioni has received a hardware donation from NVIDIA: a K40 Testa GPU to continue his PhD dissertation on "Sparse Convex Optimization on GPUs"
  • Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf has received two grants from Microsoft Research to support her work in computational behavioral ecology: a 1 year Azure for Research Microsoft cloud services (value $40,000) and a separate $20,000 gift to support infrastructure for existing and new projects towards building an ecological information system, moving behavioral ecology into the era of data science.
  • November 2013
  • Marco Maggioni appeared on the cover of UIC NEWS.
  • October 2013
  • Marco Maggioni has been selected to receive the 2013 Fifty for the FutureĀ® award.
  • Ivan Brugere received a travel award to attend the 2014 Tapia Conference
  • August 2013
  • Ivan Brugere received a travel award to attend the Broadening Participation in Data Mining workshop and KDD'2013.
  • May 2013
  • Marco Maggioni will give a talk (paper) at HICOMB International Workshop on High Performance Computational Biology on "GPU-based Steady-State Solution of the Chemical Master Equation"
  • Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf will give a keynote talk on Computatinoal Behavioral Ecology at the International Symposium on Bioinformatics Research and Applications on May 20
  • At the UIC Commencement , Chayant Tantipathananandh (May 11, Engineering) and Rajmonda Sulo Caceres (May 12, LAS) have both officially received their PhDs. Lab members Jen Anderson and Islam Ismailov received MSc.
  • Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf gave a talk at the Santa Fe Institute workshop Structure, Statistical Inference and Dynamics in Networks: From Graphs to Rich Data
  • Ivan Brugere gets an internship with Technicolor Research. He will be working on biometric audience testing for feature film content.