Time+Place: Tuesday 04/04/2017 14:30 Room 337 Taub Bld.
Title: Modularity, classification and networks in analysis of big biomedical data
Speaker: Ron Shamir - COLLOQUIUM LECTURE http://www.cs.tau.ac.il/~rshamir/
Affiliation: Tel-Aviv Univeristy
Host: Yuval Filmus


Supervised and unsupervised methods have been used extensively to
analyze genomics data, with mixed results. On one hand, new insights 
have led to new biological findings. On the other hand, analysis results 
were often not robust. Here we take a look at several such challenges 
from the perspectives of networks and big data. Specifically, we ask if 
and how the added information from a biological network helps in these 
challenges. We show both examples where the network added information is 
invaluable, and others where it is questionable. We also show that by 
collectively analyzing omic data across multiple studies of many 
diseases, robustness greatly improves.

Short Bio:
Prof. Ron Shamir leads the Computational Genomics group at the Blavatnik 
School of Computer Science, Tel Aviv University (TAU). He is the founder
and head of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics at TAU and 
holds the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Chair in Bioinformatics. He 
develops algorithmic methods in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. His 
research interests include gene expression analysis, molecular networks, 
gene regulation and cancer genomics. Methods and software tools 
developed by Shamir's group are in use by hundreds of 
laboratories around the world.

Shamir received a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from the Hebrew 
University, and a PhD in Operations Research from UC Berkeley in 1984. 
He is on the faculty of TAU since 1987. He has published some 270 
scientific works, including 17 books and edited volumes, and has 
supervised more than 50 graduate students.  He is on the editorial board 
of eleven scientific journals and series, and was on the steering 
committee of RECOMB. He co-founded the Israeli Society of Bioinformatics 
and Computational Biology, and was society president in 2004-2006.  He 
is a recipient of the 2011 Landau Prize in Bioinformatics, and a Fellow 
of the ISCB and the ACM.

Refreshments will be served from 14:15
Lecture starts at 14:30