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ICLS - Computational Life Sciences Day

The CLS Day 2024 will bring together leading experts in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Life Sciences to discuss the latest developments and applications. Discover how AI is reshaping the landscape of the entire life sciences, embracing areas such as health, agri-food, and environment, unveiling new possibilities with big data and smart modelling, revolutionizing research and industry. We invite you to take a look over the horizon with us to identify developments beyond the state-of-the-art.

Expect inspiring keynote presentations, interactive panel discussions, and networking opportunities with renowned scientists, industry representatives, and professionals from related fields.

The conference is organised by the ICLS Institute of Computational Life Sciences.


Time Agenda
12:00 - 12:40 Opening Marketplace
12:40 - 12:50 Introduction and Welcome
Prof. Dr. Thomas Ott, Director of Institute ICLS
12:50 - 13:20 Keynote
Dr. Yulia Sandamirskaya, Head of Centre for Cognitive Computing
«New frontiers for intelligent computing: why big data is not enough.»
13:20 - 14:30 Company Compact Talks

Speaker: Michael J. Flynn, Programme Lead Digital Ecosystems
«Connected insights for better care»

Speaker: Leon Stolpmann, Quantum Computing Lead
«Quantum Machine Learning»

Speaker: Walter Riviera, AI Technical Lead EMEA
«Federated Learning: Data for AI in the age of Data regulations»

NEURA Robotics
Speaker: David Reger, CEO
14:30 - 15:15 Coffee Break and Marketplace
15:15 - 15:20 Music (House Band)
15:20 - 16:00 ACLS Alumni Success Stories & PhD Pitches

Milena Brennwald, ACLS Graduate and Business Solution Designer, Allianz Suisse
Eric Gericke, ACLS Graduate and Research Assistant, Research Group for Computatonal Environment ICLS
David Graber, ACLS Graduate and PhD student, Research Group for Autonomous Learning Systems ICLS
Dominik Graf, ACLS Graduate and Data Scientist, Bruker BioSpin
Fabio Musio, PhD student, Centre for Computational Health ICLS
Lirui Zang, ACLS Graduate and Data Solution Engineer, USZ
16:00 - 17:10 ICLS Research Centres Compact Talks

Centre for Computational Health
Dr. Samuel Wehrli, Research Group Leader Biosignal Analysis & Digital Health, ICLS
Prof. Dr. Reto Huber, Research Group Leader Elektrophysiology and Sleep, Kispi ZH
«Sleep and Health»

Centre for Bioinformatics
Dr. Ahmad Aghaebrahimian, Research Associate Biomedical String Analysis, ICLS
Dr. Jan Bartussek, Head of Research Group Applied Clinical Data Science, DeepMed, USZ
«Empowering Healthcare via Marrying NLP and the Semantic Web»

Centre for Digital Labs and Production
Dr. Lukas Hollenstein, Co-Lead Centre for Digital Labs and Production, ICLS
«Digital Twins in Life Sciences»

Centre for Cognitive Computing
Dr. Yulia Sandamirskaya, Head of Centre for Cognitive Computing, ICLS
Jens Struckmeier, Co-Founder & CTO WAIYS
in cooperation with SynSense
17:10 - 17:20 Concluding Remarks & Music
17:20 Apéro and Marketplace


Centre for Computational Health

ICLS: Dr. Samuel Wehrli
Industry Partner: Prof. Dr. Reto Huber, Kispi ZH

Title: Sleep and Health
Abstract: Professor Reto Huber’s research is in the field of developmental neurobiology. In his presentation he well  talk about sleep, brain activity and mental health with special focus on children.

Centre for Bioinformatics

ICLS: Dr. Ahmad Aghaebrahimian
Industry Partner: Dr. Jan Bartussek (USZ, DeepMed)

Title: Empowering Healthcare via Marrying NLP and the Semantic Web
Abstract: In the ever-evolving healthcare landscape, the convergence of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and the Semantic Web has emerged as a powerful force for transformation. At the ICLS Center of Biomedical String Analysis, we envision harnessing this synergy to unlock new possibilities for drug discovery/repurposing via Literature-Based Discovery (LBD) and streamlining clinical workflows via taming Large Language Models (LLM). We are delighted to partner with various industries and hospitals to turn this vision into reality. ‘Medical Informatics Powered by Large Language Models and the Semantic Web with DeepMed and the University Hospital of Zurich (USZ) is our most recent and ongoing endeavor.

Review 2022: Computational Life Sciences Day - Perspectives

By establishing the Institute of Computational Life Sciences, which emerged from the Institute of Applied Simulation, and two new study programmes, the ZHAW has set the course for the future.

Together with our partners from research, business and society, we looked ahead at the 1st Computational Life Sciences Day, entitled Computational Life Sciences Perspectives. Together we answered the following questions: Where are we? Where are we going? What is the potential?

The programme in detail and further impressions of CLS Day 2022 can be seen here.