Speaker: Associate Professor Tomasz Bednarz (CSIRO Data61, ACEMS QUT)

Immersive environments, and particularly Virtual Reality (VR), are providing exciting new ways of seeing our world. One challenge is the effective application of this technology to solve large scale problems, and make this world a better place. I will present how we combined visual and statistical capabilities to make that change happen. We use VR to elicit information from "virtual scientists" (VS) and hence facilitate "VR-VS science". In late October, we sent our team of scientists to the Amazon in Peru, to capture data using various stereo cameras, 360-degree cameras, andambisonic surround sound recorders. Having such recordings, we can now bring the forest to the international community of experts through VR interfaces, and elicit information to gain insight into scientific problems of interest, which in our case is to map the presence of jaguars throughout the Peruvian Amazon. The project effectively links together science and statistical modelling with visualization, 360-degree film, and VR. I will also show how citizen science and VR can be use for monitoring health of GBR, and couple of other applications where applied mathematics links with art, visualization and beyond.

About Statistics, modelling and operations research seminars

Students, staff and visitors to UQ are welcome to attend our regular seminars.

The events are jointly run by our Operations research and Statistics and probability research groups.

Seminars are usually held on Tuesdays from 11am to 12pm.

Information for speakers

Plan to speak for up to 40 minutes, and allow up to 15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Pitch your presentation to an interdisciplinary mathematical audience.

To avoid technical delays on the day, contact us a few days in advance of your presentation to discuss requirements.

You can either email us your presentation in advance, or save it to a memory stick. Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and PDFs are the most convenient file formats, but you can also run the talk from your own laptop.


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