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Marco Maggioni and fellow graduate students Jillian Aurisano (UIC) and Peter Mwangi (U Nairobi) in Kenya, at the inception of the "Enhanced Field Data Collection with Automatic GPS Mapping on Android-based Tablets" project, for which Marco has received the 2012 UIC Provost's Award for Graduate Research. Zebras at the Ol' Pejeta conservancy in Kenya where in January 2010 UIC computer science students joined Princeton biology students in a unique field course in computational population biology (co-taught by Professor Tanya Berger-Wolf). Among other projects, students studied zebra social behavior and designed software for automatic identification of individual zebras by stripes. ADVIS Lab is first in matching biomedical ontologies with AgreementMaker (right to left: Cosmin Stroe, Federico Caimi, Ulas Keles, Isabel Cruz, Matteo Palmonari, Michele Caci, Rigel Gjomemo, and Flavio Palandri Antonelli). Gamer Edward Kahler applies his talent to create interactive visualization analysis tools for Argonne National Laboratory scientists A high-resolution OptiPortal display developed in collaboration between the Electronic Visualization Laboratory and the US Geological Survey was moved to the Department of the Interior to help plan security for the 2009 Obama innauguration. Mayank Lahiri, a PhD student in the Computational Population Biology Lab, has received the Provost's Award for his project on automatic identification of zebras from photographs, a project he has started in Kenya as a student in the Field Computational Population Biology course this semester. He will use the award to go back to Kenya to validate, fine-tune, and deploy the system where it is most needed: in the field, so the nature conservancy staff, field assistants, researchers, and scouts can use it to do their job studying and saving zebras.

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