Solving Global Challenges Through Diverse Perspectives


June 11, 2014


Agma Traina, Marina Hirota, and Rosiane de Freitas


Federal University of Santa Catarina, University of São Paulo at Sao Carlos, Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM)


Chair: Hernan Chaimovich, Brazilian Academy of Sciences

Speakers: Marina Hirota, Federal University of Santa Catarina Agma Traina, University of São Paulo at São Carlos Rosiane de Freitas, Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM)


Agma Traina, Marina Hirota, and Rosiane de Freitas

Marina Hirota is an assistant professor of Meteorology at the Federal University of Santa Catarina. She has a very interdisciplinary background build up from a Bachelor degree in Applied Mathematics, a MSc. in Computer Engineering, a PhD in Meteorology and post-doc studies with theoretical ecologists. Such variety defined her current research field in Earth System Sciences, more specifically, trying to understand the processes and interactions involved in biome shifts within tropical zones of the planet, using dynamical system concepts such as resilience, tipping points and hysteresis. Together with collaborators from Brazil and the Netherlands, she has recently got a Microsoft Research grant to strengthen both quantitatively and qualitatively the scientific basis of tipping points in South American tropical ecosystems.

Agma Juci Machado Traina received her BSc and MSc in Computer Science, and PhD in Computational Physics from the University of Sao Paulo in 1983, 1987, 2001 respectively, and was a visiting researcher at the Computer Science Department of the Carnegie Mellon University from 1998 to 2000. Since 2008 she is a professor at the Computer Science Department with the University of São Paulo at Sao Carlos. She has advised so far 39 graduate students, with more than 150 publications in major journals and conferences, including several best papers. Her research interests include mining and indexing in complex data, retrieval by content, similarity search, visual analytics, big data and image processing.

Rosiane de Freitas is a computer scientist, Brazilian professor researcher at Institute of Computing of the Federal University of Amazonas (IComp/UFAM), with a PhD in Computer Science and Systems Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and UNICAMP, Brazil. Developing theoretical and applied research, in this case taking advantage of the Amazon scenario and of the collaboration with the Brazilian National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA) involving forest dynamics, besides acting in the education of Brazilian teachers of fundamental and high school education, training, and organization of technological and programming scientific contests, and mainly acting in graduate and undergraduate courses in computer science, computer engineering, and information systems, as well as supervising theses and dissertations in the Master and Doctoral Program in Informatics of IComp/UFAM, and also currently co-adviser in the graduate programs of other universities. With expertise in combinatorial optimization and scheduling theory, acting on the following subjects: mathematical programming, exact and approximate algorithms, computational complexity, and graph theory, also involving bioinformatics, parallel and distributed systems, networks, software engineering and operations research in general, with emphasis on planning and control of production, mobility, telecommunications, forest dynamics and web applications. Partners with renowned researchers and institutions around the world, such as University of California at Berkeley (USA), Université Paris 13 (France), Istanbul Technical University (Turkey), Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira (Colombia), UFRJ and UFF (Brazil), and coordinates science, programming and technical contests, and also assisting in advancing the careers and goals of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), where is involved since the first edition in the “International Women Hackaton”, sponsored by Microsoft Research Connections and international women scientific associations. Member of major Brazilian and international scientific societies, reviewer for qualified journals and currently guest editor for a special issue of the Discrete Applied Mathematics journal.