The original human genome took 13 years, cost many billions of dollars and laid the foundations of modern life sciences research. In this talk we look at the new role of data in genomics, as the arrival of cheap DNA sequencing technology drives greater insight into our genetic code and moves genomics closer to clinical practice. We’ll discuss the data collection and computational challenges faced by researchers, and show some real world case studies of how industry and academia are building tools to collaborate around large data collections to drive the remix and reuse of valuable scientific workflows.
Matt Wood is the Product Manager for Big Data and HPC at Amazon, where he discusses the technical and business aspects of data driven computing throughout Europe. With a background in the life sciences, Matt is interested in helping teams of all sizes bring their ideas to life through technology. Before joining Amazon he built web-scale search engines at Cornell University, sequenced DNA in Hinxton and developed analytics software in Cambridge. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences, a blogger, published author and an advocate of reproducible research.
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