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Wednesday
May 25, 2011
7:00-8:30 PM

Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO

Citizen Science: How you can find aliens, fold proteins, measure galaxies, and more...

Robert B. Pless, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.


SETI@home, Folding@home, and Galaxy Zoo are games that allow anyone with a computer and an Internet connection to help solve large-scale scientific problems. Professor Robert Pless will share his perspectives on why the public can beat the best computer programs and even trained researchers on some problems. He will also highlight new opportunities for engaging in “citizen science” through the use of cameras and mobile phone applications.

Professor Pless' research at Washington University in St. Louis focuses on Computer Vision. His outlook on life is buoyed by knowing that people are still better than computers at many activities.

Science On Tap highlighted on St. Louis Public Radio and Voice of America!

Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks.


Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: 20 minutes of presentation, followed by a 7 minute break for attendees to introduce themselves to each other at the table, and then an hour of discussion. Seating is limited to the first 100 people.  No reservations accepted.

Crown Room at the Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave.
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241-2337

Register to receive e-mail announcements of future Science On Tap events.

Interested in learning about medicine? Check out Washington University's Mini-Medical School!

For more information: e-mail scienceontap@wustl.edu
or call (314) 935-9495