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MSTE FRIDAY LUNCH LECTURE: Ecosystem Engineering: A New Class of Optimization Problem

SpeakerKevin Wolz
Date Nov 30, 2012
Time 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  
Location Room 201, 505 E. Green Street, Champaign
Sponsor Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE)
Contact Andrew Gazdziak
Event type Other
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Kevin Wolz will touch on how our mathematical understanding of biology from the physiological to ecosystem level has taken off in the last 30 years. Ecologists currently use this knowledge simply to describe natural systems and explain observations, but can we go a step further? Can we utilize our mathematical understanding of nature to design or engineer a better ecosystem? What would we want this better system to do for us and what would it look like? Can we actually optimize the system for these desired traits? Your favorite non-linear solver package won't help here, so come find out how some here at Illinois are tackling these questions head on.

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