Computer Science Meets Ecology: Hoffman Presents Research at Dagstuhl Seminar

Apr 13, 2017

Forrest M. Hoffman
Senior Computational Climate Scientist

Dr. Forrest M. Hoffman participated in the Dagstuhl Seminar, held February 26–March 1, in Wadern, Germany. Seminars at Dagstuhl bring together researchers of international standing and promote professional interaction as well as open discussion of leading research ideas and results. They are sponsored by the Schloss Dagstuhl–Leibniz Center for Informatics, a nonprofit center with the mission of furthering world-class research in computer science.

Hoffman presented and participated in the Dagstuhl Seminar: Computer Science Meets Ecology, which gathered  ecologists, eco-informaticians, and computer scientists to lend computer science expertise to ecology and to identify avenues of future research in computer science to address ecological issues. A core objective of the seminar was the joint authoring of a book on state-of-the-art research and challenges at the intersection of computer science and ecology. This collaborative “guidebook” is intended to serve as a handbook for ecologists wanting to leverage computer science in their research, and as a roadmap for future research activities.

Hoffman, a Senior Computational Climate Scientist in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI) and Computer Science & Engineering Division is a leading figure in Earth system modeling and the responses and feedbacks of terrestrial and ocean ecosystems with climate. He is also a Joint Faculty Professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In his current research, Hoffman employs data mining methods for large scale analytics of remote sensing measurements and global model projections, and he designs benchmarks for model fidelity based on comparisons with the best available observations. Hoffman received his Ph.D. in Earth System Science from the University of California, Irvine.