April 22, 2019

Final “Big Data Seminar” looks at new open-source framework for plant image analysis

by Hannah Erickson

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Understanding and analyzing plant data with computational tools is the topic of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s final “Big Data” lecture coming April 25.

Sponsored by SIU’s Chapter of Sigma XI, a scientific research honor society with more than 50 years’ history on the Carbondale campus, this fifth lecture wraps up the series focused on big data issues in a number of applied contexts. This specific talk features plant biologist and big data expert, Dr. Noah Fahlgren.

Lecture Focus

Fahlgren, director of the Bioinformatics Core Facility at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, focuses much of his research on high-throughput genotyping and phenotyping, to identify the genetic basis of traits in crop systems.

While on campus, he will discuss a new open-source framework that his research group developed. The framework provides tools for plant image analysis and has the potential to connect researchers across the globe.

This final lecture is set for 4 p.m. on April 25 at SIU’s Life Science III Auditorium (Room 1059). The lecture includes a presentation, along with time for questions and discussion.

Fahlgren will also hold a student lunch at 12 p.m. on April 25 at the Morris Library DeJarnett American Heritage Room on the 3rd floor. Participants should bring their own laptop.

Additionally, limited spots are available for meetings with Fahlgren at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on April 25. Prior reservations are necessary for both the lunch and the meeting. Contact Jane Geisler-Lee for reservations.

The Big Data seminar series is made possible by a grant from the Sigma Xi Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education (SMEE) program and support from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at SIU.

For more information, contact Justin Schoof, SIU professor and chair of geography and environmental resources, or Jane Geisler-Lee, research professor of plant biology.