Undergrads Present GPT and Mathematical Models Focused on SLF Invasion

Yesterday, Temple University College of Science and Technology hosted an undergraduate symposium. Two undergrads presented research centered on the spotted lanternfly (SLF) invasion.

iEcoLab senior undergraduate, Hannah Joseph, presented her poster titled “SLF-GPT: Your Comprehensive Guide to Spotted Lanternfly Research” laying out the preliminary results of her SLF focused version of Chat-GPT. The AI was fed research articles about SLF and then prompted questions about the SLF invasion, which it successfully was able to respond to. The GPT has a diverse knowledge base of SLF research covering topics such as biology, control, impact, and regulatory guidelines. Next steps include coaching the GPT to provide citations.

Fatma Betul Seker, a physics student, presented her research “Modeling the Spread of Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) in Vineyards”. Fatma worked alongside iEcoLab collaborators, Jacob Woods and Benjamin Seibold, from the Temple University Mathematics Department to model spatial configurations of SLF preferred host plants and the implications of SLF invasion in a vineyard. The model demonstrated invasion of a vineyard would change depending on the conditions and proximity to preferred host plants.

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