- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
Her seminar is open to all interested persons.
In her abstract she writes:
"The history of humankind is intimately connected to insects. Insect borne diseases kill a million people and destroy tens of billions of dollars' worth of crops annually. However, at the same time, beneficial insects pollinate the majority of crop species humans eat. Given the importance of insects in human affairs, it is somewhat surprising that computer science has not had a larger impact in entomology. We believe that recent advances in sensor technology/machine learning are beginning change this, and a new field of Computational Entomology will emerge."
"In this talk we will demonstrate that inexpensive sensors allow us to classify flying insects, down to the level of sex/species in most cases. This amazing computational ability opens host of new challenges and opportunities. We will discuss one for concreteness. Our problem is motivated by our collaboration with Microsoft Research, which allows us, for the first time to capture individually targeted insects. In brief, how can we task a (drone delivered) robotic insect trap to capture a maximally diverse sample of insects, with no human supervision?"
"We will conclude this talk with a quick overview of five other problems/opportunities that are ripe for exploration by entomological/computer science collaborations."
On her website, Zhu writes:
- My summer internship project is featured in an on-going Microsoft ad campaign
- Our paper "Matrix Profile II: Exploiting a Novel Algorithm and GPUs to break the one Hundred Million Barrier for Time Series Motifs and Joins!" was selected as one of the best paper award candidates at ICDM 2016
Zhu received two degrees from Shanghai Jiano Tong University, Shanghai China. She earned her bachelor's degree in microelectronics and her master's degree in integrated circuit engineering. At UC Riverside, her major advisor is Eamonn Keogh, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Coordinator of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology seminars is agricultural entomologist Christian Nansen, assistant professor. He may be reached at email@example.com
- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
Paine is widely recognized for his work in landscape and forest entomology, and the integrated pest management of woody ornamentals. His research has developed successful biological control projects and explored the biology and ecology of invasive pests and their interactions with other species.
His primary research focus is "to develop a better understanding of the biology and ecology of the herbivorous insects through studies of their interactions with host plants, competitors, and natural enemies, and determine the influence of environmental stress on those interactions."
Born in Delano, Calif., Paine is a 1973 graduate of UC Davis, with bachelor degrees in history and entomology. He received his doctorate in entomology in 1981 from UC Davis under tutelage of Martin Birch. Paine then completed his postdoctoral research at the University of Arkansas in Fred Stephens' lab. In 1986, he returned to California and became an assistant professor at UC Riverside, and advanced to associate professor in 1992, and full professor in 1995.
Paine has written more than 200 refereed journal publications, book chapters, proceedings, technical papers, and edited two books. Since becoming a member of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) in 1975, he has received many honors including the Recognition Award in Urban Entomology (1999), the Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology (2009), and fellow (2006). He served as president of the Pacific Branch of ESA in 1999-2000. Paine was selected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, both from the ESA and UC Riverside.
The seminar memorializes prominent cotton entomologist Thomas Frances Leigh (1923-1993) and his wife, Nina Eremin Leigh (1929-2002). Tom Leigh was an international authority on the biology, ecology and management of arthropod pests affecting cotton production. During his 37-year UC Davis career, he was based at the Kern County Shafter Research and Extension Center, also known as the U.S. Cotton Research Station. He researched pest and beneficial arthropod management in cotton fields, and host plant resistance in cotton to insects, mites, nematodes and diseases.
Leigh joined the UC Davis Department of Entomology in 1958, retiring in 1991 as an emeritus professor, but he continued to remain active in his research and collaboration until his death on Oct. 26, 1993. The Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America awarded him the C. F. Woodworth Award for outstanding service to entomology in 1991.