ZOOM SEMINAR: From Big Data to Deeper Knowledge of the Human

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Via Zoom
  • Lecturer: Jan Komorowski, Natural Sciences Fellow, SCAS. Senior Professor of Bioinformatics, Uppsala University
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Klas Holm
  • Seminarium

Jan Komorowski, SCAS and Uppsala University, gives a seminar on "From Big Data to Deeper Knowledge of the Human". The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Abstract: Major breakthroughs in biotechnology allow generation of unprecedented amounts of data about living systems. The main challenge this data creates is the difference of languages and concepts used on one side by the information sciences and traditional life sciences on the other side. However, we should not forget that these developments are placed in a human, environmental and financial context, which carries certain constraints and obligations. As a bioinformatician I am trying to bridge the two communities. In this talk I shall briefly review our own research results, which include, but are not limited to retrieving knowledge about genes and proteins from research articles published in the PubMed database, characterizing pathogenicity of the Avian Influenza Virus and discovering mechanisms of protection against the SIV infection in Green monkeys (Chlorocebus sabaeus). Although the results of such research might be important in themselves there also are consequential ethical and financial issues that often are neglected but need to be brought forward. Finally, the success of bioinformatics and in particular machine learning methods applied to life sciences achieved despite the methodological differences suggests that a similar revolution may happen on the border territories between quantitative sciences and some parts of research in humanities.

For more information and the Zoom link, please see the enclosed PDF file or http://www.swedishcollegium.se/subfolders/Events.html.

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