Title: EpiViewer - a time series visualization tool
Speaker:  Swapna Thorve
Time: 2:30PM 
Abstract: Visualization plays an important role in time series analysis and forecasting; although much of it may seem inherently intuitive, being able to view the data can also help researchers identify anomalies and unexpected trends. Time series can reveal the magnitude of change over time, and visualizations provide a means to communicate that change to others in a way that is easier to process.

Plots of raw sample data can be used to provide valuable diagnostics to identify trends, cycles, and seasonality that can influence a researcher’s recommended course of action, or the choice of a simulation model. In the face of an emerging epidemic, the ability to visualize multiple datasets (time series) of various types and organizations, to filter these datasets based on different parameters, and to facilitate data sharing among users can be the key to making sense of apparently disparate datasets and emerging forecasts. EpiViewer is a time series tracking and graph comparison tool where users can upload and compare forecasts and surveillance data from a variety of sources and see how forecasts change over time.
Title: Introduction to COPASI --a Biological Process Simulator
Speaker:  Brian Klahn 
Time: 3:15PM
Abstract: The use of computer simulations for biological processes has really taken off, in recent years. Easy to use tools, like COPASI, have significantly contributed to this. With over a decade of continual development, COPASI has become a trusted tool in this realm. COPASI can use ordinary differential equations (ODEs), or stochastic methods, to simulate systems. Biologists appreciate the ease with which COPASI allows them to quickly create models, and run analyses on the results. Computer scientists, modelers, engineers, and others have started to recognize COPASI as a tool which can generate correct mathematical expressions for their systems, while still enabling fine-grained control. For them, COPASI can reduce the debugging/refining time often required to correctly implement a model in a tool like MatLab. Here, I'll give an overview of COPASI, and information about getting started using it.

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