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Lunch Pitches with André de Roos and Saloni Kwatra

To encourage cross pollination of ideas between researchers from different disciplines, IceLab hosts interdisciplinary research lunches with the vision of allowing ideas to meet and mate. During the Lunch Pitch Season, the creative lunches take place at KBC on a Tuesday.
Time: Tuesday 31 May at 12:00.


Pitch 1: André de Roos: Putting the individual center stage: bridging scales in biological dynamics

Visiting professor at Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Umeå University. Recipient of the H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf professorship in Environmental Science.

Professor of Theoretical Ecology, Faculty of Science, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam

External Professor, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Although research is often focused on one particular level of biological organisation (a cell, an individual or a population), dynamics at different levels of organisation may influence and feedback on each other. How can we disentangle these connections between scales and gain insight into how they affect each other? I will discuss methodological approaches and possible research questions these can be used for. 

André will present his work in this pitch, highlighting many open ends.  He invites anyone interested in the areas of expertise he showcases to come and talk to him after his pitch!

Pitch 2: Saloni Kwatra: Data Privacy in Federated Learning

WASP-AI Doctoral student at the Department of Computing Science


The goal of Federated Learning (FL) is to provide a privacy-preserving framework that allows the distributed devices to learn a shared model cooperatively without transferring all the training data to a centralized database. However, sharing of model parameters can lead to substantial privacy leakage. In our work, we aim to train Decision Trees in a federated manner while maintaining the user’s privacy.

Saloni Kwatra is a WASP Doctoral student at the Department of Computing Science. Saloni is a member of the research group NAUSICA, which is led by Vicenç Torra. 



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