The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Seminar

Title: Biology and Computer Science: A Match meant to be?
Date: November 21, 2014 (Friday)
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Venue: Room 121, 1/F, Ho Sin-hang Engineering Building,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Shatin, N.T.
Speaker: Prof. Kevin Yip Yuk Lap
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

ABSTRACT:

Biology and computer science are related in many ways. DNA can be naturally represented as a text string, one of the favorite object types of computer scientists. There are parts of this string corresponding to functional units, and parts that control the activities of these functions. Fundamental biological processes such as DNA replication, transcription and translation all follow some well-defined rules, with error detection, correction and tolerance mechanisms. These and many other conceptual links between biology and computer science have cultivated interesting cross-disciplinary ideas such as artificial neural networks, DNA computing and genetic algorithms. Besides, revolutionizing technologies now commonly used in biomedicine, high-throughput sequencing being the best example, have created a great demand for computer scientists to help analyze the gigantic amount of experimental data produced at a speed that has surpassed the speed for processing and analyzing them. In this seminar, I will describe these many relationships between biology and computer science using my own research work and others' to illustrate the various ideas.

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Kevin Yip is an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He started working in the interdisciplinary area of bioinformatics during his MPhil study, and has since then focused his research on this area. He has been working closely with biologists and medical doctors. He is interested both in developing new computational methods and tools to help solve biomedical problems, and in the discovery of new biomedical knowledge.

 

Enquiries: Miss Evelyn Lee at tel 3943 8444

For more information, please refer to http://www.cse.cuhk.edu.hk/seminar.

 

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