About our Workshop

High-performance computing has become integral to the future success of precision medicine. Catalyzed by the dramatic increase in the amount of data available through advanced next generation sequencing and advanced imaging techniques, new approaches are in development to address the complexities of understanding and modeling biology. When coupled with long-standing computational chemistry and biology techniques used in drug discovery, an exciting frontier emerges for innovation as the communities join. The use of deep learning to dev elop data driven models combined with exascale capabilities to explore and validate models, adds an exciting dimension for the future of both HPC and precision medicine.

The HPC Applications in Precision Medicine workshop aims to bring together the computational and life sciences communities to share experiences, examine current challenges, and explore future opportunities for applications of HPC in precision medicine.

Keywords: Application, Big Data, Exascale, Medicine

The interactive workshop will explore key areas for HPC and precision medicine including:

  • Current applications of HPC in Precision Medicine
  • Future Opportunities for Exascale in Precision Medicine
  • Challenges, Needs and Next Steps

And collectively ask key questions such as:

  • What is precision medicine?
  • What is needed to accelerate advances in precision medicine with HPC?
  • How will anticipated new scales of computing enable new treatments to be found?
  • How will new technologies impact the current use of HPC in precision medicine?
  • Can new computational approaches speed-up regulatory approvals?
  • What collaborations are needed to advance precision medicine and HPC?

Workshop Attendees:

Attendees are expected to be comprised of cross-disciplinary including HPC professionals interested in exploring and learning more about HPC applications in precision medicine, and life science professionals interested in exploring opportunities for HPC to accelerate and extend their research efforts.

Workshop Schedule

9:00 -- Workshop Introduction

9:15 -- Foundations for Precision Medicine

Prof. Christoph Klein, MD
Head Chair of Experimental Medicine and Therapy Research and University of Regensburg
Head of Personalized Tumor Therapy Group, Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine, Regensburg (Germany)

9:45 -- Keynote Questionsa nd Answers

10:00 -- HPC Accelerating Precision Medicine Today

  • Dr. Tim Cutts – Head of Scientific Computing – Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (UK)
  • Dr. Frederick Streitz - Chief Computational Scientist - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Dr. Martin Wallace – Director of Technology Seeking, GSK Research and Development (UK)

11:00 -- Open Questions and Answers

11:15 -- HPC Enabling Precision Medicine Tomorrow

  • Dr. Tilo Wettig – Professor of Physics – University of Regensburg (Germany)
  • Dr. Frederick Streitz - Chief Computational Scientist - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Dr. Rick Stevens – Associate Laboratory Director – Argonne National Laboratory (USA) and PI for CANcer Distributed Learning Environment Exascale Computing Project

12:15 -- Open Questions and Answers

12:30 -- Open Discussion -- Review key points, challenges and opportunities. Discuss goals of summary workshop document

13:00 -- Workshop concludes

Workshop Organizers:

  • Thomas Steinke – Head of Supercomputing Department – Zuse Institute Berlin
  • Patricia Kovatch - Associate Dean for Scientific Computing - Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine
  • Sunita Chandrasakaran – Assistance Professor – University of Delaware
  • Eric Stahlberg – Director, HPC Initiative – Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

We look forward to welcoming you in Germany!