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College of Computer Science and Engineering


Information & Computer Science Department

Presents Public Seminar


Knowledge-based Methods in Life Sciences



Date: 6 February, 2020

Time:  11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Building 15 Auditorium



Dr. Robert Hoehndorf



The life sciences have invested significant resources in the development and application of semantic technologies to make research data accessible and interlinked, and to enable the integration and analysis of data. Utilizing the semantics associated with research data in data analysis approaches is often challenging. Now, novel methods are becoming available that combine symbolic methods and statistical methods in Artificial Intelligence. In my talk, I will show how to incorporate biological background knowledge in machine learning models for identification of gene-disease associations, genomic variants that are causative for heritable disorders, and to predict protein functions. The methods I describe are generic and can be applied in other domains in which ontologies and structured knowledge bases exist.


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Robert Hoehndorf is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal. His research focuses on the applications of knowledge-based algorithms in biology and biomedicine, with a particular emphasis on integrating and analyzing heterogeneous, multimodal data. Robert is an associate editor for the Journal of Biomedical Semantics, BMC Bioinformatics, Applied Ontology, PLoS ONE, and editorial board member of the journal Data Science. He published over 100 research papers in journals and international conferences.


All faculty, researchers and graduate students are invited to attend.


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06 Feb 2020


11:00 AM to 01:00 PM