Marine Megafauna Movement

Start Date: October 19, 2015 8:00 AM
End Date: October 20, 2015 2:00 PM

The event is organized by Carlos M. Duarte and XiangLiang Zhang with financial support from the KAUST Office of Sponsored Research.


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Beginning on Monday, October 19 until Thursday, October 22, the KAUST Red Sea Research Center is running an international workshop with top world's leaders on marine megafauna movement.

The workshop is open to all the campus community on Monday, October 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, October 20 from 8:00 to 11:50 a.m.
Advances in sensors allow us to track marine megafauna and acquire information on their movements. To further our understanding of how marine megafauna use the ocean environment at a global scale, we face challenges on extracting useful information and visualizing these tracking data, which has reached the status of Big Data. 

The objective of this workshop is to unveil emergent properties of the collective behavior of marine megafauna in the ocean through the use of new analytical and visualization tools, rooted in the field of human mobility, and to guide the development of new sensors to use marine megafauna to monitor ocean state for human applications. 
The benefits of this workshop mainly include

  1. establishing KAUST as a world-leading institution in bio-logging, supporting the new KAUST initiative on sensors, and the global hub to access data and visualization tools for marine megafauna movement;
  2. expanding the network of collaborators in human and animal mobility; and 
  3. contributing to the development of the KAUST community and their understanding of the ocean ecosystem.​


Program of the workshop
Monday, October 19:

  • 8:00 am: Arrival and coffee
  • 8:30 am: Welcome and workshop opening, by Prof. Jean-Lou Chameau, President, KAUST
  • 9:00-10:30 am: Presentations (15-min presentations)
  • 10:30-11:00 am: Coffee break
  • 11:00 am-12:15 pm: Presentations (15-min presentations)
  • 12:30-1:30 pm: Brown bag lecture by Dr. Xiangliang Zhang, "Human digital traces - Mobility and transportation around the globe"
  • 1:45-3:00 pm: Presentations (15-min presentations)
  • 3:00-3:30 pm: Coffee break
  • 3:30-4:30 pm: Presentations (15-min presentations)
  • 4:30-5:00 pm: Discussion 

Tuesday, October 20:

  • 8:00 am: Arrival and coffee
  • 8:30-10:30 am: Presentations (15-min presentations)
  • 10:30-11:00 am: Coffee break
  • 11:00-11:50: Discussion and workshop conclusions​