Lobo Living Room

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The Lobo Living Room is a venue that features notable UNM alumni discussing, demonstrating, or performing in their areas of expertise, or UNM alumni-related events.

Lobo Living Room discussions, demonstrations, or performances may feature topics that are currently making headlines or are historically significant. Lobo Living Room can be held at Hodgin Hall, other UNM venues such as The Pit or Popejoy Hall, and locations hosting UNM alumni events such as chapter events and alumni homes.

Robotic Ant PhotoCooperation: A Story of Ants, Robots and Your Own Cells

November 13, 2014, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Centennial Engineering Auditorium
210 University Blvd. NE, UNM Main Campus
Presented by Dr. Melanie Moses, Professor of Computer Sciences

Trillions of ants are crawling across forest canopies, desert sands and urban sidewalks, dominating ecosystems across the globe. Trillions of T cells are crawling through your tissues protecting you from viruses, bacteria and disease. How has cooperation emerged among the ants in your kitchen and the cells in your body, and how can technology mimic the cooperative genius of ant colonies and immune systems?

Using mathematics, computation and experiments, Dr. Melanie Moses' lab works to understand how similar complex structures and behaviors emerge in systems as varied as the cells of your body, transistors on computer chips, and the gobal transportation and communication networks of the modern world. Recently, her group has developed a team of "iAnts". These robots with iPods for brains are designed to evolve cooperative ant-like behaviors that may one day help us mine for minerals on asteriods, find and destroy land mines, or at least pick up the trash.

Dr. Melanie Moses earned a B.S. from Stanford University in Symbolic Systems, an interdisciplinary program in cognition and computation, before she was drawn to the Land of Enchantment and its unique intellectual culture that pioneered the interdisciplinary study of complex systems. She earned a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of New Mexico in 2005. She is currently an Associate Professor in the UNM Department of Computer Science and External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute.

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This presentation is free and open to the public. RSVP required by November 11, 2014. Free parking is available in the B lot at University and Central Ave. For additional information contact us at (505) 277-5808 or at llr@unmalumni.org.

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2014 Lobo Living Room Events:

August 2014, Geronimo, In History and Legend: Flickr/Albuquerque Journal
Geronimo, the Chiricahua warrior, is the most famous of all the American Indian leaders. Once he was feared and hated by American society, but now he is celebrated as a great patriot chief. How and why that happened was the focus of Paul Hutton’s talk.

May 2014, A Night at the Opera: Flickr
A Night at the Opera included: tours of the Santa Fe Opera facility, costume, and design shops; performance of "Avastar"; and a reception, hosted by the UNM Alumni Association, the UNM Foundation and the College of Fine Arts

April 2014, KNME Confidential: Flickr
Attendees experienced a tour of the facility (including the Studio and Master Control Room), had an opportunity to experience both sides of the camera as they film and were filmed for the KNME Public Television Gettysburg Project.

March 2014, Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Program: Flickr
Miguel Gandert, IFDM Director, gave an overview of the IFDM Program and how students are guided through the world of new and emerging technologies. Participants played “Siphon”, the video game and had a special viewing of “Ritz & Spitz” the award winning student film.

February 2014, America Seen from Afar: Flickr/Youtube
Presentation by Mr. David Campbell, distinguished UNM alumnus and Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Campbell addressed the perceptions of America from abroad, both positive and negative, and touched on the rise of the BRICS in international diplomacy.

January 2014, History of Underwear: Flickr/Albuquerque Journal
Presented by Dorothy Baca, professor and costume designer for the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance.

2013 Lobo Living Room Online:

Sacred Places in New Mexico: Flickr
A Chile Chat: Flickr
Visualize 3D Printing: Flickr
Curanderismo and Ancestral Healing: Flickr
Flamenco Fever: Flickr
Behind the Ball: Lobo Football Spring Training: Flickr
CSI/OMI: An Investigative Look: Flickr/Youtube
Of Zombies and Brains: Flickr/webcast

Last Updated: August 19, 2014