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Birds of a Feather (BoF) - ISMB/ECCB 2021

Interpretability of Machine Learning Algorithms

Location: CafeConnect Round Table Group Sunday, July 25, 15:20 - 16:20 UTC



Organizer(s):

Thomas Y. Chen, U.S. Technology Policy Committee

Overview

In machine learning-based computational biology models, one of the many questions that is raised is whether or not the algorithm is interpretable/explainable. In other words, does the end user understand the inner decision making processes of the model? Some approaches are notorious as “black boxes” like CNNs and random forests.

New Methods of Programmatic, Web and Cloud Data Access from NCBI

Location: CafeConnect Round Table Group Thursday, July 29, 15:20 - 16:20 UTC



Organizer(s):

Nuala O'Leary, NCBI/NLM/NIH

Overview

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at NIH has improved access to sequence and metadata by reimagining programmatic and web interfaces, data formats and cloud-based tools (e.g. ElasticBLAST). NCBI wants to update users on two new initiatives: 1) moving the complete Sequence Read Archive (>14 PB ) to AWS ODP and 2) improving access to GenBank data through NCBI Datasets. We welcome a discussion of use cases for working with the new data access options!

Bioinformatics Advances: Meet the Editors

Location: Scientific Research Exchange Program Wednesday, July 28, 15:20 - 16:20 UTC



Organizer(s):

Thomas Lengauer, Editor-in-Chief; Max Planck Institute for Informatics; University of Cologne

Overview

The editors-in-chief of the newly launched Bioinformatics Advances (https://academic.oup.com/bioinformaticsadvances) will give a brief overview of the journal, the Associate Editor team, and how the journal will serve the computational biology community with the ISCB at the core of its mission. Please join to hear more about the journal and ask the editors any questions you may have.

JBrowse

Location: Scientific Research Exchange Program Wednesday, July 28, 15:20 - 16:20 UTC



Organizer(s):

Scott Cain, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Overview

Devs, admins and users of JBrowse (1 and 2) gather to discuss new and established JBrowse and GMOD tools.