TDAI Director; Professor, Computer Science and Engineering; Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology; and Electrical and Computer Engineering; TDAI Core Faculty
175 Pomerene Hall
1760 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1221
Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf is director of the Translational Data Analytics Institute and professor of Computer Science and Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at the Ohio State University. As a founder of the field of computational ecology, Dr. Berger-Wolf works at the unique intersection of computer science, data science, wildlife biology and social sciences. She creates computational solutions to address questions such as how environmental factors affect the behaviors of social animals (humans included). She is also a founding member and project lead for Wildbook (a project of the non-profit Wild Me), an open source software platform that supports the use of AI, computer vision, citizen science and collaboration to accelerate wildlife research to understand and counter widespread wildlife decline. (View her TEDx Talk, "How your nature photos can help protect wild animals.")
Dr. Berger-Wolf came to Ohio State from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was a professor of computer science and headed the Computational Population Biology Laboratory. Prior to her time there, she was an NSF postdoctoral fellow at the University of Mexico and at the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS), a collaborative project of Rutgers University, AT&T Labs – Research, NEC Laboratories America, Nokia Bell Labs, Perspecta Labs, and Princeton University.