Seminars

WID seminar series expand WID’s reach, attracting audiences for renowned speakers from campus and beyond.


The research groups at WID are uniquely positioned to cut across dozens of departments and spotlight ideas that can lead to new collaborations and transformative science.

qBio Seminar Series

(formerly known as SysBioM)

qBio Seminars are sponsored by the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and feature speakers who pursue quantitative biology, broadly encompassing experimental, computational, statistical, and theoretical approaches to gain insights into the behavior of living systems.

The talks take place on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. in the 3rd floor Orchard View room of the Discovery Building. Talks are open to the public. Access to the room is via the elevator behind Aldo’s Cafe in the Northeast corner of the building.

SILO Seminar Series

The Systems, Information, Learning and Optimization (SILO) research group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. SILO aims to build a community of mathematically-minded researchers interested in computational and mathematical sciences.

SILO is about breaking down the “silos” of research created by academic department boundaries. Recent advances in information science are allowing scientists and researchers to sense, process and share data in ways and scales previously impossible. These developments have the potential to benefit work happening in a wide range of disciplines. SILO’s purpose is to help realize such potential by providing the time and space for researchers to present and interact to find common threads.

SILO hosts a catered lunch every Wednesday at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery for graduate students from across campus. Researchers from Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics make up the core of SILO, but those from other fields are strongly encouraged to participate.

The weekly SILO Seminar Series is made possible through the generous support of the 3M Company and its Advanced Technology Group with additional support from the Analytics Group of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.

WID-DOW Seminars

Since optimization spans every discipline, the subject of each WID-DOW seminar may include such diverse topics as optimizing traffic flow or power storage or improving a bioenergy source. The WID-DOW seminar speakers are UW faculty and visiting professors that discuss an optimization application or how optimization impacts their research.

Visit the seminar archive page for previous WID-DOW speakers and presentation titles.

WID-DOW seminars generally attracts UW–Madison faculty and students from the Computer Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Agricultural & Economics, and Statistics departments. The public is also welcome to attend. Each presentation is generally 45 minutes with 15 minutes for questions. The fall 2014 and spring 2015 WID-DOW seminars will be held various times and locations (i.e. Taylor Hall,Mechanical Engineering or the Discovery Building).

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