Department of Computer Science - Ball State UniversityColloquium Series 2016-17
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
In his seminal book The Origin of Species, Darwin produced one of the first illustrations of an evolutionary tree and popularized the notion of a "tree of life.” Over a century and a half later, evolutionary trees are still used to study the evolutionary relationships among groups of species, genes and other taxa. Computational phylogenetics is the application of algorithms, methods and programs to assemble a tree representing a hypotheses about the evolutionary history of a set of taxa. In this talk we will explore several recent developments on the algorithmic foundations of constructing evolutionary trees from multi-state molecular data, and on combining smaller evolutionary trees on overlapping taxa into supertrees. We will also discuss several open problems in the field.
Monday, January 23, 2017, 3:00 PM, RB 104