Time+Place: Tuesday 14/04/2015 14:30 Room 337-8 Taub Bld.
Title: Towards High-Throughput Wildlife Tracking: The ATLAS Wildlife Localization System
Speaker: Sivan Toledo - COLLOQUIUM LECTURE http://www.tau.ac.il/~stoledo/
Affiliation: Blavatnik School of Computer Science, Tel-Aviv University
Host: Erez Petrank


The talk will describe a wildlife localization system that I have developed
and deployed in collaboration with colleagues and students. The system has
already successfully tracked bats, owls, and one buzzard (it was also
deployed on other species of birds and mammals but was not as successful).
The system can track animals that weight as little as 20g at 0.125Hz (one
location every 8s) for over a week and can track animals that weight around
40-60g or more at 1Hz for weeks, potentially generating over a million
locations until batteries run out. In principle, the system can track over
100 animals simultaneously, although we have not yet reached such numbers.
From a broad perspective, this system can produce much more data per unit
weight that the animal carries than GPS tracking technologies, but is
limited to a regional scale (kilometers to tens of kilometers).

The talk will describe the motivation for building the system, the
technology, the design of the system (including several design mistakes),
and interesting problems that we have encountered and solved. 

Building this system required tackling a very wide range of technical
problems. Some were research problems, but most were not. The talk will also
discuss this aspect of the project and the question of what it takes to
build a new tool for science.

The system has been developed and deployed in collaboration with Tony Weiss,
Arie Yeredor, Oren Kishon, Ronny Ziss, Bruria Berger, Ran Nathan, Yotam Orchan, 
Yoav Bartan, Adi Weller, Yoni Vortman, and Nir Sapir.

Short Bio:

Sivan Toledo is professor of Computer Science in the Blavatnik School of
Computer Science in Tel-Aviv University. He joined Tel-Aviv University in
1998. Before that, he was a postdoc at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center and
in the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. He holds a BSc in Math and Computer
Science from Tel-Aviv Univerity, an MSc in Computer Science also from
Tel-Aviv University, and a PhD in Computer Science from MIT.

Desserts will be served from 14:15
Lecture starts at 14:30