Six researchers pitched for 28+ participants, followed by breakout room discussions
While all six pitches were in completely different research areas, three of them held a common request. They were searching for someone who might have expertise in machine learning or artificial intelligence that might want to collaborate on interesting problems, for example anti-segregation policy in urban planning (Guilherme Chihaya), finding new non-toxic anti-fungal compounds to treat diseases (Constantin Urban), through finding patterns in past climates based on paleodata (Philip Buckland). One pitcher, Lili Jiang, pitched her expertise in machine learning along with many open research interest areas, sparking some interesting conversations with the other pitchers in breakout rooms. Jonatan Klaminder was interested in finding someone with network analysis expertise, especially in fractal scaling, to study the effects of warming on carbon sequestered in arctic soils taking advantage of his research x-raying pores in soil and 3D printing at a 50 µm scale. Eric Libby presented a dataset he has been collecting with real microbial metabolic networks, seeking a collaborator to think of interesting questions to investigate using the dataset, for example on the subject of trade in communities. If any of these subjects spark an interest, the pitchers can be contacted to chat more on the subjects touched on here.