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BBSRC Artificial Intelligence in Biology Workshop

Recent developments in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are transforming many aspects of technology and engineering. This workshop will explore how such approaches could be used in biological research.

Start date:

04 October 2018

End date:

04 October 2018

Time:

09h00 - 17h00

Venue:

John Innes Conference Centre

Enquiries:

training@earlham.ac.uk

Open only to BBSRC-strategically funded research institutes, Selection process for workshop. Registration for talks only is on a first-come, first-served basis

Organised by: Prof. Richard Morris, Prof. Federica Di-Palma and Prof. Chris Rawlings

Registration deadline:

30 August 2018

Cost:

FREE

About the event.

What is the workshop about?

Recent developments in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are transforming many aspects of technology and engineering. This workshop will explore how such approaches could be used in biological research.

Machine Learning has a long tradition in biology with some notable successes, in particular in the area of bioinformatics, e.g. neural networks were employed in the early 90’s for protein secondary structure prediction, outcompeting existing methods. Many current tools in bioinformatics (sequence analysis, motif prediction, function prediction, network inference, etc.) and computational biology (image segmentation, systems identification, data visualisation, etc.) use AI and ML approaches.

New developments in deep learning are seen as step-changing and may allow for applications that go well beyond the traditional use of such tools in biology.

Biological sciences are becoming increasingly data-rich and new approaches are required for analysing and making sense of this data. For instance, challenges such as predictive breeding for different climates will require the integration of huge amounts of data from various ‘omics technologies. AI and ML offer a set of attractive tools for dealing with the complexity and amount of data from areas such as high-throughput sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics, crop phenotyping and imaging.

This workshop is thus very timely and will generate an open forum for discussing these developments, focussing on key challenges that will benefit from AI approaches. It will make links between the institutes, relevant academics and other stakeholders. It is expected that the workshop will lead to joint proposals and studentship applications in AI and ML on these exciting new technological innovations to push forward challenging areas of biology relevant for BBSRC’s strategic vision.

This workshop is a collaborative effort from Richard Morris (John Innes Centre), Federica Di Palma (Earlham Institute) and Chris Rawlings (Rothamsted Research) and is supported by funds from the BBSRC.

Target audience

Researchers who are looking to or who are already applying AI and ML approaches to their work and who are based at the BBSRC strategically-funded research institutions. Invitations will be extended to relevant funding agencies and from industry as appropriate. Answers given to the online registration questions will be used to select attendees. The total number of spaces available for this are limited to 40.

Researchers from all career stages are invited to attend the open lectures during the morning part of the workshop and offered on a first-come first served basis through the registration link. Researchers not selected from their applications will be eligible to attend these open lectures also.

Programme.

04 October 2018

Time

Topic

09:00 - 09:30

Arrival and Coffee for Workshop attendees

09:30 - 10:00

Welcome and Introduction

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote 1

10:30 - 11:00

Keynote 2

11:00 - 11:30

Keynote 3

11:30 - 12:00

Keynote 4

12:00 - 12:15

5-minute presentations from funding representatives

12:15 - 12:45

Flash presentations from institute representatives on current interests

12:45 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 14:00

Setting the break-out groups and expectations

14:00 - 15:30

Group working (Topics to be defined by registration)

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee

16:00 - 16:15

Groups report back (5 minutes per group)

16:15 - 16:45

Wrap up and next steps Close

16:45 - 17:00

Close

Further information.

This workshop is supported by funds from the BBSRC and is jointly organised by Richard Morris (John Innes Centre), Federica Di Palma (Earlham Institute) and Chris Rawlings (Rothamsted Research).

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Fees and accommodation.

Registration for the whole workshop is free for those selected from applicants and includes lunch and refreshments. If your application is not successful, you are still invited to attend the talks.

The keynote talks during the earlier part of the workshop are open to all, free to attend and offered on a first-come, first-served basis through our registration system.

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Registration deadline: 30 August 2018

Participation: Open application with selection process