Microsoft Research Cambridge
turned 10 years old last week. Happy birthday MSRC! I was lucky enough to have been there and was able to conduct
several interviews with some of the many unusually intelligent and passionate folks who think about the future of computing and the role computation plays in every aspect of our lives (from new interactive devices that promise to make the business of home
life more interesting and less stressful, tools and methodologies that will help Microsoft quickly respond to industry changes (can you say many core?) to understanding, via accurate modeling, incredibly complex biological and ecological systems).
Here, we meet Rich Williams, a Researcher (Computational Ecology) and programmer writing complex modeling algorithms that professional ecologists can use to understand the behavior and dynamics of the systems they study.
Models (or predictive simulations) help real-world scientists get a grasp on complex dynamical systems like ecological systems. Consider all the variables involved in an emergent system with complex interactions between biological and physical/chemical systems...
Without computation, understanding ecological systems is not possible. Tune in. Enjoy.