January 21-22, 2020 | Alexandria, Virginia

Workshop: BIOLOGY THROUGH INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION & CODING THEORY

Workshop: BIOLOGY THROUGH INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION & CODING THEORY

Workshop: BIOLOGY THROUGH INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION & CODING THEORYWorkshop: BIOLOGY THROUGH INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION & CODING THEORY

Workshop Goals & Organization

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Goals:

The main goal of this workshop is to identify the key challenges and ways forward in the application of information, communication and coding theory to biology, with the broad intent of assessing its potential as a unifying principle to understand biology across  multiple scales and levels of organization capable of providing a common framework and leading to novel experiments, models and insights. The workshop will aim at generating a vision paper summarizing these findings and pushing forward a viable roadmap for approaching the identified challenges.

Organization:

The  workshop is logically divided into two full days covering three sessions each. The first day will seek to bring to the fore the main historical advances and pitfalls of the use of information, communication and coding theory in different domains of biology,  and to identify novel approaches in each of these fields. The second day will identify and approach key challenges in further developing information, communication and coding theory for their application to biology, and discuss and put forward workable solutions  and a reference roadmap for their development and implementation.


To  achieve these goals, throughout the two days the workshop will encompass the following elements.


  • Lead-off keynotes:  Lead-off keynotes will provide a general, historic overview  of the session topic, summarizing achievements and pitfalls, and conclude with exciting new advances in the topic.


  • Driver keynotes:  Driver keynotes will provide an overview of specific  new advances and approaches in the topic.


  • Perspective talks:  Perspective talks will provide a short summary of recent  advances in the topic, highlighting the approach taken in relation to previous research.


  • Break-out sessions:  Breakout sessions are intended to foster discussion on  the session topic in a small group setting. The breakout group will generate a short slideshow summarizing the main items that the breakout has identified as key questions, challenges and forward paths regarding the session topic. These items will be presented  by the break-out leader to kickstart the ensuing panel discussion.


  • Panel discussions:  Panel sessions are intended to hash out the items identified  by the different breakout groups and generate a consensus report on the main challenges and actions regarding the session topic.