Title: Computational Biology: Foundations, Advances and Challenges
Abstract: Major advances in data acquisition technologies in the field of biology led to an explosion in the amount and complexity of the data generated, making applications of computational methods imperative. Computational biology evolved as a response to this data explosion. It involves the use of computational approaches for analyzing biological data in order to better understand the cellular processes, disease biology and make discoveries. The interface between biology and computer science has reached a phase where on one hand, advanced technology is challenging developers of algorithms to help analyze the data generated, and on the other, the computational scientists are designing methods based on biological observations to solve difficult problems. The synergistic relationship between biology and computer science is destined to grow at an amazing pace, benefiting both the disciplines immensely.
In this talk, we will first provide an overview of molecular biology and bioinformatics. A few major results in computational biology will be discussed. The talk will conclude with a mention of some emerging areas of research and challenges that need to be addressed in this area.
Biosketch: Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay joined the Machine Intelligence Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute as a faculty member in 1999, after completing her PhD from the same Institute. Since 2015 she is the Director of the Institute. Her areas of research interest include computational biology and bioinformatics, soft and evolutionary computation, pattern recognition and data mining. In these areas she has published more than 300 research articles in various journal, conferences and edited volumes. She has published six authored and edited books from publishers like Springer, World Scientific and Wiley. Sanghamitra has worked in various Universities and Institutes world-wide including in USA, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, China, Slovenia and Mexico, and delivered invited lectures in many more countries. She has received several awards and fellowships including the Bhatnagar Prize, Infosys award, TWAS Prize, DBT National Women Bioscientist Award (Young), INAE Silver Jubilee Prize, Young scientist/engineer medals of INSA, INAE and Science Congress, JC Bose Fellowship, Swarnajayanti Fellowship and Humboldt Fellowship. She is a Fellow of INSA, INAE, NASI and IEEE. She is currently a member of the Prime Minister's Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council.