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The 15 th Annual Spring Research Symposium

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


** PROGRAM: Download the 2011 Program Here!

Events at-a-Glance

9:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker
Bill Smart, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis.

Title: Answering Questions in Physical Anthropology with Machine Learning
Abstract: Anthropologists are often interested in questions such as "What do chimpanzees optimize for when they walk, and when they climb?", "What would Lucy (Australopithecus Afarensis) look like when she walked?", and "How did the modern human musculoskeletal system evolve from its evolutionary ancestors?". These questions can be framed as designing a controller for the simulation of a complex biomechanical system that optimizes some criteria. Armed with a way to ask the question computationally, a realistic physical simulation, and a robust optimization method, anthropologists can start to address a number of interesting "what if" questions that have remained unanswered for decades.

In this talk, Dr. Smart will describe some of the problems that lie in the way of using computational techniques to answer interesting questions in anthropology, and suggest some possible solutions to them. In particular, I will describe an approach using techniques from the field of machine learning, and show how we can overcome the problems of learning in a high-dimensional, non-linear system with continuous states and actions that are inherent in simulations of complex biomechanical systems.


Morris University Center, Second Floor

Bio: Bill Smart is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He co-directs the Media and Machines Laboratory, which conducts research in robotics, computer vision, machine learning, computer graphics, and human-computer interaction. His research interests span the fields of human-robot interaction, machine learning, and brain-computer interaction.
Bill Smart's Webpage

10:00 a.m.

  • Faculty Research Panel: Tips on How to Prepare a Successful Research Grant Proposal
  • Responsible Conduction in Research Workshop: Protecting Human Subjects in Research


Morris University Center, Second Floor

11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award Luncheon

  • Acknowledgement of the 2011 award recipient, TBD

  • Presentation by the 2010 award recipient, Urszula Ledzewicz, Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics and Distinguished Research Professor

    *Reserve your seat a.s.a.p. by contacting Linda Skelton, or ext. 2958. (Space is limited)


Madison Room/Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center

1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Graduate Student Research Symposium & Reception

Everyone is invited! Come join us as SIUE Graduate Students and Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) students present research papers, posters, exhibits and performances. Refreshments will be available during the Symposium from 1:30 - 3:30.

A Reception to acknowledge this year's presenters begins at 3:30 p.m..

Awards will be presented by the Sigma Xi Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Society.


Morris University Center, Second Floor

11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Authors' Display

Featuring Publications by SIUE Faculty & Staff

Hosted by Stephen Kerber, University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian and Amanda Bahr-Evola, Archives Specialist

Locations & Times:

11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. -- Madison room/Meridian Ballroom, MUC (during the Simon Luncheon)
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. -- Madison room/Meridian Ballroom, MUC (During the Researcher's Reception)

Locations vary.

Please see information in left column.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eugene B. Redmond Tour (Reservation Required--Details coming soon)

See significant economic, political, and cultural landmarks of East St. Louis, and have a better understanding of what happened in this "All American" city. Andrew Theising, Institute for Urban Research, will conduct tour.

*Reserve your seat a.s.a.p. by contacting Linda Skelton, or ext. 2958. (Space is limited)

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Chancellor's Researchers' Reception

Hosted by Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift

Honoring faculty & staff who submitted external grants from 3/1/2010 - 2/28/2011

[Invitations for this event will be mailed separately]


Madison Room/Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center

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