Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series


Adrien Treuille

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
306 Soda Hall (HP Auditorium)
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Adrien Treuille
Professor, Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

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What happens when hundreds of thousands of non-experts play a protein folding game? They make important scientific discoveries, of course! Behind the scenes, such magical applications are being enabled by advances in simulation technology and by our deepening understanding of on-line social games. This talk will describe several large-scale experiments we have launched in which hundreds of thousands of gamers are playing with interactive biomolecular simulations and thereby making discoveries which have eluded the scientific community for decades. These experiences presage a new era of "CrowdSolving" with radical implications for scientific discovery, education, labor organization, and intellectual property law.


Adrien Treuille is an Assistant Professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. One thread of Dr. Treuille's research seeks model-reduction approaches to complex phenomena such as animal morphology, human motion, and large fluid systems. A complimentary thread addresses complex scientific challenges through massively multiplayer on-line games such as Foldit (protein folding) and EteRNA (nano-engineering). Dr. Treuille has spoken at the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, won the National Science Foundation CAREER award, and was named one of the top 35 innovators under the age of 35 by MIT Technology Review.

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