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[Colloquium] Geometric Shape Matching with Applications

May 3, 2012

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  • Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012 
  • Time: 11:00 am — 12:15 pm 
  • Place: Mechanical Engineering 218

Carola Wenk
Associate Professor of Computer Science University of Texas at San Antonio

Geometric shapes are at the core of a wide range of application areas. In this talk we will discuss how approaches from computational geometry can be used to solve shape matching problems arising in a variety of applications including biomedical areas and intelligent transportation systems. In particular, we will discuss point pattern matching algorithms for the comparison of 2D electrophoresis gels, as well as algorithms to compare and process trajectories for improved navigation systems and for live cell imaging.


Bio: Carola Wenk is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She received her PhD from Free University Berlin, Germany. Her research area is in algorithms and data structures, in particular geometric algorithms and shape matching. She has 40 peer-reviewed publications, 22 with students, and she is actively involved in several applied projects including topics in biomedical areas and in intelligent transportation systems. She is the principal investigator on a $1.9M NIH grant funding the Computational Systems Biology Core Facility at UTSA. Dr. Wenk won an NSF CAREER award as well as research, teaching, and service awards at UTSA. She is actively involved in service to the university, including serving as the Chair of the Faculty Senate and as the Faculty Advisor for two student organizations.