April 8, 2019, 4:30 PM, DMC Rm 1034
Dr. Lex Flagel
University of Minnesota, Adjunct Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology and Bayer Crop Sciences, Research Scientist
An introduction to deep learning and its applications in evolutionary biology
Abstract:Deep learning is an exciting new technology that powers things like self-driving cars and voice assistants. The success of deep learning methods comes from that fact that they are exceptionally powerful at pattern recognition. These methods are starting to catch on in biology too, especially in genomics where we often want to detect patterns in DNA sequences. In this talk I first provide a primer on deep learning methods. The goal of this primer will be to give you a gentle introduction to how deep learning models are built and trained. Then I will present some recent examples where colleagues and I used deep learning to make inferences in population genetics.
Bio:I am an adjunct professor in the Plant and Microbial Biology Department at the University of Minnesota. I am also a research scientist at Bayer Crop Sciences. At Bayer my work is focused on developing new methods to accelerate crop breeding, and in my faculty role I work on problems in deep learning and population genetics. In both cases I use genomic technologies to create large amounts of data, and computational and statistical approaches to gain insights.
February 27, 2019, 4:30 PM, DMC Theater
Dr. April Wright
Southeastern Louisiana University, Faculty
Estimating phylogenetic trees from discrete morphological data- Modeling evolution to understand the past