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Dr. Anamaria Berea to speak at Friday Colloquium

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The Research Colloquium on Computational Social Science/Data Sciences speaker for Friday, September 27, 2019, will be Anamaria Berea, Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Complex Adaptive Systems Lab, University of Central Florida. Dr. Berea’s talk entitled “Exploring what is universally possible for life with a wealth of computational methods” will begin at 3:00 in the Center for Social Complexity Suite located on the 3rd floor of Research Hall. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session along with light refreshments.

This session will be live-streamed on the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7YCR-pBTZ_9865orDNVHNA
For announcements regarding this and future streams, please join the CSS/CDS student and alumni Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/257383120973297/
For a list of upcoming and previous seminars, please visit: https://cos.gmu.edu/cds/calendar/

We hope to see you on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 3:00.

Abstract: In this talk I will discuss the advances made at NASA/SETI Frontier Development Lab AI Research Accelerator with respect to understanding the coevolution of biospheres and atmospheres, from cellular metabolisms to planetary environments. The current challenge presented by the sample of 1 when we consider the evidence of life and living systems in the Universe is overcome by a series of computer simulations and simulated data that give enough potential combinations of stable biospheres to be explored by machine learning algorithms. While we are only scratching the surface now with respect to the promise and perils of constructing well informed simulations and feeding them into more advanced algorithms, this approach will hopefully help identify possible life on observable exoplanets identified in the Kepler and TESS data. Methodologically, we explored Monte Carlo simulations, agent-based models, machine learning and dockerization in a complex data architecture supported by Google, in order to simulate more than 250,000 stable atmospheres, 500 types of synthetic genomes (metabolic networks) and more than 37,700,000 chemical reactions.

Bio: Anamaria Berea has dual PhDs in economics (2010) and computational social science (2012). Her research is focused on the emergence of communication in biological and social networks, by applying theories and methods from economics, complex systems and information theory to understand fundamental aspects of communication from cells to societies. Dr. Berea was one of the data scientists part of the NASA/SETI Frontier Development Lab (2017) in the heliophysics team and a data science mentor for the astrobiology team in the following year. She is the author of the book “Emergence of Communication in Socio-Biological Networks”, Springer, 2018. She is currently a Blue Marble Space Institute of Science research scientist and a Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Complex Adaptive Systems Lab, University of Central Florida.