Nancy Heckman

Professor and Head
Department of Statistics

Primary Recipient Awards

International Research Roundtables, Nancy Heckman, 2015

Nancy Heckman
Matías Salibián-Barrera

Building a Bioanalytical Theory for Analysis of Marine Mammal Movements
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Nancy Heckman, Department of Statistics, UBC; Dr. Matias Salibian-Barrera, Department of Statistics, UBC.

The Roundtable will create a multidisciplinary and international team of experts, first to define this new science and its boundaries, and second to lead the development of applications for the resources to create the needed new analytical tools. The intrinsically complex nature of the issues to be addressed needs multidisciplinary collaboration. The Peter Wall Institute provides an ideal environment in which to convene this team, a group with diverse expertise but a common interest in marine mammals and the information to be gained by monitoring them. Their task will include amongst other things, the identification of the big and pressing scientific questions that might be answered by the information extracted from the data produced by the monitors (tags) now being mounted on quite a variety of different animal species. This discussion would ineluctably suggest unsolved problems in the new world of big and high dimensional data analysis, one of UBC’s current areas of active development.

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