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CBRC Conference | Computational and Experimental Interfaces of Big Data and Biotechnology

Start Date: January 25, 2016
End Date: January 27, 2016

We are all witnessing an explosion in the volumes of biological data generated by the latest high-throughput technologies. It is likely that the rate of increase in data volumes will expand even further in the future. The enormity of volumes, complexity and interdependence of data all pose analytical challenges. What to make out of data? How to analyze it? What is the deeply hidden knowledge buried under this complexity? These are just some of the questions that contemporary life sciences in general and bioinformatics in particular have to grapple with in the quest to improve lives through knowledge discovery.

Challenges arising from size and complexity of data sets are not unique to life sciences; examples are high-energy physics, climate science, astrophysics, national security data, etc. What is common to all these fields is that the analysis of data in such cases requires a new approach in the paradigm of Big Data and exascale computing. In this seminar, some of the state-of-the-art approaches to Big Data challenges will be discussed. The seminar presents an opportunity for those who generate data and those who analyze it to discuss possible ways forward towards more efficient analysis, knowledge discovery and modeling.
Conference Co-Chairs:                                     
Vladimir Bajic, CBRC Director
Takashi Gojobori, CBRC Associate Director
Keynote speakers:
Professor Anna Tramontano
University of Rome
‘The power of data: structural bioinformatics yesterday and today’
Professor Jens Nielsen
Chalmers University of Technology
Systems biology for mapping genotype-phenotype relations in yeast’
Professor Zhang Zhang
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Big Data integration: Scalability and sustainability’
Professor Limsoon Wong
National University of Singapore
Network-based analysis of proteomics profiles’
Professor Andrey Rzhetsky
University of Chicago
Adventures with large biomedical datasets: Diseases, medical records and genetics.’
The event is organized by CBRC with financial support from the KAUST Office of Sponsored Research and co-sponsored by the KAUST Industry Engagement Office.

More Information:

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For more information, contact Sarah Salhi, administrative assistant, at (012) 8082925