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Lectures & Presentations 2017-09-22T05:25:35+00:00

South African Astronomical Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa, September 28, 2017
LIGO Detection: An exploration of complex data“, a colloquium talk about the application of machine learning to glitch classification and mechanical couplings in the LIGO interferometer; and the presentation of the film “LIGO Detection”.

Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, Arizona, April 29, 2017
For Astronomy Day at the Arizona Science Center, Kai Staats will present his 3rd film “LIGO Detection” about the September 14, 2015 detection of two distant, merging black holes, and a special sneak preview of a new planetarium film about Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory. Details coming soon!

National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, April 10, 2017
An NCSA Special Event brings Kai Staats for a colloquium titled “Making Movies about Making History: A Non-linear Journey from LEGO to LIGO“.

Anthem Community Center, Arizona, February 21, 2017
A screening of the third film in the series, “LIGO Detection” by Kai Staats followed by a presentation about the effort to detect supernovae using gravitational-wave astronomy at LIGO by Dr. Michele Zanolin, head of the astrophysics group at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, Arizona, October 21, 2016
From Pinocchio to the Terminator, What A.I. Teaches us About Ourselves” was the opening presenter for the evening, themed “A.I. Apocalypse”. Joined by Dr. Peter Jansen and Prof. Clayton T. Morrison from the University of Arizona for a panel discussion for this unique event.

Ohio State University, CCAPP, Columbus, Ohio, August 24-26 2016
Kai Staats was co-organiser and presenter at this first-ever Computing in High-Energy AstroParticle Research workshop in which Karoo GP was featured as a tool for improved understanding of complex data, as Evolutionary Computation applied to Astro-particle Physics.

SKA Machine Learning Journal Club, Pinelands, South Africa, August 2016
An introduction to the function of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and Genetic Programming applied to glitch classification (remote presentation to the Square Kilometre Array).

Introduction to Evolutionary Computation, March-June 2016
Three talks on an introduction to machine learning, feature construction, and evolutionary computation:

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Supernovae research group at LIGO, Prescott, Arizona
  • Fullerton State University, Detector Characterisation research group at LIGO, Fullerton, California
  • Ohio State University, ANITA research group at CCAPP, Columbus, Ohio

Science Cafe Cape Town, October 2015
In “From Earth to Mars: A Journey for Us All” Kai engaged the audience of more than 100 in a brief introduction, one of the six films from the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), and two dozen slides which described the current efforts to take humans to Mars, the asteroids, and beyond. Kai engaged the audience in an interactive question and answer period which lead to a wide diversity of subjects. Following the talk, Kai edited the audio recording and vetted all answers, with supporting data, corrections, and additions, as given here.

Astronomical Society of South Africa, June 2015
From Dark Skies to Data Mining: A Propensity for Pattern Recognition” with Dr. Marco Cavaglia, University of Mississippi and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration — An introduction to Machine Learning as an extension of the innate human capacity for pattern recognition.

SAAO Open Night, May 2015
Making Movies about Making History: A Passion for Science Discovery” — What unfolds when we ask questions about how the universe functions? And who are the people who work to discover the answers?

SAAO Colloquium, March 2015
A public screening of the second film in the series, “LIGO Generations” followed by a Q&A about the function of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO).

SKA Colloquium, July 2014
“From Hunter-Gatherer to Data Farmer: A Personal Journey in Email & Data Management” — A full-house offering both enthusiasm and resistance to evidence that a single, overloaded Inbox is in fact a horrible idea and more than 1000 unread messages is not something to brag about.

SAAO Colloquium, May 2014
Science Outreach and Education through Film – Storytelling in a Digital World” — A brief introduction to the making of science outreach films, the screening of three short films, and then a Q&A period prior to a public star party.

TEDx Front Range, Colorado, May 2014
A Telescope Opens the Mind to a Larger World” — The culmination of a thee year journey to understand how looking through a telescope can change one’s view of his or her place in the universe.

16th Annual Mars Society Conference, August 2013
Kai Staats shares the starting point for his research into human social evolution in the confines of isolated colonies with “A Good Sams Utopia: Human Social Evolution in the Development of Isolated Colonies“. Learn more …