TWeD Discussion: The Jefferson Project at Lake George

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Website: TWeD Discussion: The Jefferson Project at Lake George
When: February 26 2014
Where: Winslow 1140, RPI Campus, Troy, NY
"There's always something happening Wednesday evenings in the Tetherless World!" TWed Talk: Weds, 26 Feb (7p, Winslow 1140)
TITLE: The Jefferson Project at Lake George
LEADER: Paulo Pinheiro da Silva

Please join us this week as Tetherless World research scientist Paulo Pinheiro da Silva leads us in a discussion of the Jefferson Project at Lake George, a joint project of Rensselaer, IBM, and the FUND for Lake George [1, 2]

ABSTRACT: The Jefferson Project at Lake George is building one of the world's most sophisticated environmental monitoring and prediction systems, which will provide scientists and the community with a real-time picture of the health of the lake. Launched in June 2013, the project aims to understand and manage multiple complex factors--including road salt incursion, storm water runoff, and invasive species--all threatening one of the world's most pristine natural ecosystems and an economic cornerstone of the New York tourism industry. In this talk, we will discuss opportunities and challenges for enhancing the management of large scale sensor data with Prizms, and for monitoring sensor data with SemantEco. With the help of simulation models, sensor data are used as predictors in support of environmental decision making. In the context of simulation models, we will discuss the use of provenance and semantic technology for managing simulation results.

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Paulo Pinheiro da Silva is a Tetherless World (TW) Research Scientist. Previously, he was a Staff Scientist at the Scientific Data Management Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at El Pas. Dr. Pinheiro da Silva has more than eighty publications in the areas of provenance, semantic technology, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, databases and software engineering. In support of collaborations, his research has focused on innovative ways of using semantically enabled resources such as ontologies, process specifications (i.e., abstract workflows) and distributed provenance to support scientific endeavors. His experience in interdisciplinary research involves complex data and information management. More ...

For more information:
[1] "New Project Aims to Make New York's Lake George the "Smartest Lake" in the World"
[2] Jefferson Project intro video
[3] The Inference Web

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