Science workshop this friday: Can you fish better than a robot?

fish

Matthew Holden will talk about his research on the management of renewable resources, using fish as an example. Can mathematical models be used to improve the management of fisheries? As a baseline for comparison, we will play an interactive web-game, where you fish a hypothetical sockeye salmon population (so bring your laptops/tablets!). We will discuss the strategies you use and I will demonstrate some of the quantitative tools economists, fishery scientists and mathematicians have developed to maximize revenue and keep a sustainable number of fish in the ocean. How well can you manage the fishery using your intuition compared to a robot using only math? Come to Science Workshop this friday and find out!

Science workshops are fridays from 1 pm – 2 pm in Dickinson 148.

Ben Broderick-Phillips ’13 at OpenCompute

Ben and Andrew @ OCP

Ben Broderick-Phillips (’13) and Andrew Cencini (faculty) caught in a rare moment of being dressed well.

About two weeks ago, I traveled to San Jose, CA for the OpenCompute summit – a gathering of people working on open-source data center hardware and software.  It was a good event, and my friend Steve White and I did a brief introduction to the hardware hackathon that took place there (we submitted winning entries in previous years, so we sat this one out).

But perhaps one of the most exciting things was running into Ben Broderick-Phillips (’13) at the conference.  Ben is currently working as a software engineer for Nebula, and doing great work.  He was showing off some cool and groundbreaking work that he has been doing at Nebula, and by all accounts has been helping to give Bennington a good name in the technology industry.  Hopefully, we will see Ben on campus some time this spring.