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6th RIKEN-KI-SciLifeLab Institute Symposium: Biomedical Data for Artificial Intelligence


November 6-7, 2019

RIKEN Yokohama Campus

[Symposium aims]
The 2019 symposium at RIKEN Yokohama will address two points
• Produce a White Paper detailing the biomedical/life science areas for which RIKEN, Karolinska Institute and SciLifeLab see large potential for AI contributions to life sciences
• Generate biomedical/life science reference datasets to attract AI researchers and open these datasets at the RIKEN and SciLifeLab Data Centers

“Artificial Intelligence Meets Life Sciences” was the 2019 symposium topic in this symposium series where we surveyed ongoing AI activities related to biomedical/Life Sciences at RIKEN and KI/ SciLifeLab. An intense discussion on the second symposium day was summarised in an “Opinion Report” with two main conclusions:
a) the scientific community should produce life sciences reference datasets in strategic areas for AI applications to attract AI researchers
b) Life Science areas should be identified which would strongly benefit from AI.

A tangible deliverable of the symposium is a White Paper addressing b) above. Contents will be co-created at the symposium, edited immediately thereafter, and structured into a quality-controlled finished paper. Symposium participants will be invited to refining the co-created output, as co-authors, under the supervision of one Swedish and one Japanese co-editor. The White Paper would serve to document the opportunities and challenges right now, so that a current cross-cultural and cross-discipline perspective is provided. Since there is not a particular stakeholder group for which the White Paper is written, publishers will be contacted for wide dissemination. Peer reviewing will then further improve quality and readability. The ambition is to attract readership from both the AI side and the biomedical/life sciences side with applied/clinical as well as basic research interests.

[Symposium history]
This symposium series is organized between RIKEN in Japan, the Karolinska Institute and the Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab). The symposia alternate between RIKEN and SciLifeLab. The 2019 symposium will be the sixth one and will be held at RIKEN in Yokohama.
The overall main goals of the symposia are to a) identify common scientific interests between RIKEN and SciLifeLab, b) identify complementary skills and technologies for collaborations and c) encourage the exchange of PhD students and postdocs between RIKEN and SciLifeLab/ KI. Several collaborations between groups at KI, SciLifeLab and RIKEN started based on first contact during one of the symposia.

Each symposium is centered on one specific topic. Topics from previous years are: Molecular Imaging and Genomics (2014), Structural Biology for Drug Discovery (2015), Decoding Health and Disease with a) Imaging & Disease, b) RNA & Disease, c) Single, Rare and Stem cells & Disease (2016), Life Science Frontiers in Health, Disease and Aging, with sessions a) Gene Expression in Disease and Aging, b) Neural Function, Disease and Therapy, c) Molecular Aspects of Health, Disease and Aging, d) Visualizing Health, Disease and Aging, e) Molecular Network Control (2017).

[List of speakers from Japan and Sweden]
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Registration (will open September 2019)