City Hall
4th IAPR International Conference on
Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics
Sheffield, 7-9 September 2009

Keynote Speakers

Pierre Baldi
University of California, Irvine

Title:Charting Chemical Space with Computers: Challenges and Opportunities for AI and Machine Learning
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Pierre Baldi Pierre Baldi is Chancellor's Professor in the School of Information and Computer Sciences and the Department of Biological Chemistry and the Director of the UCI Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics at the University of California, Irvine. Born and raised in Europe, he received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1986. From 1986 to 1988 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego. From 1988 to 1995 he held faculty and member of the technical staff positions at the California Institute of Technology and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was CEO of a startup company from 1995 to 1999 and joined UCI in 1999. His research work is at the intersection of the computational and life sciences, in particular the application of AI/statistical/machine learning methods to problems in bio- and chemical informatics.
Dr. Baldi has published over 200 peer-reviewed research articles and four books: He is the recipient of a 1993 Lew Allen Award, a 1999 Laurel Wilkening Faculty Innovation Award, a 2006 Microsoft Research Award and a Fellow of the AAAI and AAAS.

Alvis Brazma
European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge

Title:Finding Patterns in Human Gene Expression
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Alvis Brazma Alvis Brazma is a Senior Scientist at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the head the Microarray Informatics Group at the Hinxton outstation – the European Bioinformatics Institute. He is in charge of ArrayExpress – one of the world’s largest functional genomics data collections, and a Principal Investigator on several large research projects. A. Brazma got his PhD in Computer Science from Moscow State University and did his postoc at New Mexico State University. He joined EMBL in 1997 and was promoted to a Senior Scientist in 2004. He is the founder of the Microarray Gene Expression Data (MGED) Society, and the first author of highly cited publication on microarray data reporting standard MIAME. He is an author of one of the first books about microarray data analysis. His scientific interests include high throughput data analysis, gene regulation, and biomedical informatics.

Gunnar Rätsch
Max Plank Institute, Tübingen
Title:Novel Inference Methods for Computational Transcriptome Analysis
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Gunnar Ratsch Dr. Gunnar Rätsch received the Diplom in computer science from the University of Potsdam (Germany) in 1998, along with the Jacob Jacoby prize for the best student of the faculty of natural sciences. Three years later, he obtained a Ph.D. in natural sciences with his work on Boosting at the Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin for which he received the Michelson award from the University of Potsdam. Gunnar Rätsch has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering of the Australian National University in Canberra (Australia), at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen (Germany) and at Fraunhofer FIRST in Berlin (Germany). Currently, he is leading a research group at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society in Tübingen, Germany. In 2007 he was awarded the Olympus prize from the German Association for Pattern Recognition.
He is interested in Machine Learning methods such as Boosting and Support Vector Machines and their application in computational biology and drug discovery. Recently he has focussed on the analysis of transcriptome data, gene finding and the prediction of alternative splicing.

Michael Unser
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Title:The Colored Revolution of Biomicroscopy - Challenges for Signal Processing
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Michael Unser Michael Unser is professor and Director of EPFL's Biomedical Imaging Group, Lausanne, Switzerland. His main research area is biomedical image processing. He has a strong interest in sampling theories, multiresolution algorithms, wavelets, and the use of splines for image processing. He has published over 150 journal papers on those topics, and is one of ISI’s Highly Cited authors in Engineering (
From 1985 to 1997, he was with the Biomedical Engineering and Instrumentation Program, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda USA, conducting research on bioimaging and heading the Image Processing Group.
Dr. Unser is a fellow of the IEEE, a member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, and the recipients of three IEEE-SPS Best Paper Awards. He was recently elevated to EURASIP Fellow (2009) and selected to receive the Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society.