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Friday, August 10 • 2:45pm - 3:20pm
BioJulia and Bioinformatics in Julia: Past, Present, Future

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In this talk I will describe the past, present and the future (in the context of recent changes to sequencing technology and genome assembly techniques) of BioJulia, and how we are working towards our mission of provide a performant, human-friendly bioinformatics infrastructure.
At JuliaCon 2015, Daniel Jones presented BioJulia: A modern Bioinformatics framework. In the years following, as julia has developed, so has BioJulia grown in the number of packages, and the number of contributors.
At the same time, sequencing technology has moved at a rapid pace, resulting more data, and in new techniques for assembling and analysing genomes. As a result biologists and bioinformaticians face both conceptual, scientific, and engineering questions: What is the canonical representation of a genome? What is the best way to analyse genomic data to address my hypothesis? How can these analyses be made reliable and repeatable? How do we do it quickly and efficiently, and on commonly available hardware?
In this talk I will present how BioJulia has developed since 2015 and how we have addressed some of the challenges current Bioinformatics practices have presented us with. I will also talk about some of the directions Bioinformatics research (in particular genome assembly and multi-genome analyses) is heading, and where I think BioJulia development will be heading in anticipation of this comming “pan-genomics era”.

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Ben J. Ward

Postdoc Researcher, The Earlham Institute
My research interests are in Evolutionary and Population Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics. I also have interests in developing open source software and tools for biologists (GitHub: Ward9250). During my PhD with the UEA and The Sainsbury Laboratory on Evolutionary Genetics... Read More →

Friday August 10, 2018 2:45pm - 3:20pm BST
LT 106