Hosted by: SciWorks and Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University

Science Cafés are free, informal talks that offer you a chance to learn about the latest research from a regional scientist.

Next Science Café

BatsThe next Science Café is Tuesday, October 14, at River Ridge Taphouse in Clemmons, from 7-8 pm.

  • Topic: Naturalism 2.0 — Lasers, Bats and Polygons
  • Presented By: Nickolay I. Hristov, Design Researcher at the Center for Design Innovation, Assistant Professor at Winston-Salem State University, Research Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University and Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

The questions that we ask today are the same that Naturalists have asked for centuries – how do things work in nature and why do they happen?  Different, today, are the tools that we use to seek the answers to these questions.  Working in a broad collaborative network with biologists, computer scientists, engineers, designers and artists, I rely on advanced technologies like 3D motion capture, thermal imaging, high-speed video and laser scanning to explore some of the most fascinating aspects of organismal biology in the laboratory as well as in the field.  These are some of the new tools available to the modern naturalist.  Using bats as a model, I will present an overview of how these techniques have allowed us to study a variety of research disciplines from animal behavior and population ecology to biomechanics of flight and group behavior.  Data visualization and scientific storytelling have enabled us to understand and communicate these complex, multi-modal data to the research community and to the public.

Nickolay I Hristov joined CDI in 2009 through a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Winston-Salem State University and subsequent appointments at WFU and UNCSA. His expertise includes zoology, ecology and evolutionary biology in addition to fluency with digital techniques for motion data capture, analysis and visualization. Nick is leading the development of CDI’s MoCap capability, based on field-enabled high-speed videography and laser scanning. The “CUBE”, presently under construction as part of CDI’s new building, will house these distinctive techniques and is sure to become a statewide landmark.

River Ridge Taphouse is located at 1480 River Ridge Dr, Clemmons, NC 27012