Deep Learning on DNA
I will talk about some recent work on deep learning applied to genomics. Specifically, we use deep convolutional networks to automatically annotate the regulatory regions of genes that govern many important biological processes. The hope is then to unlock new insights in genomics, such as the connection between genetic mutation and disease, by reverse engineering the predictions of a very accurate model.
Jasper Snoek completed his PhD in machine learning at the University of Toronto in 2013. He subsequently held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Toronto, under Geoffrey Hinton and Ruslan Salakhutdinov, and at the Harvard Center for Research on Computation and Society, under Ryan Adams. Jasper co-founded the machine learning startup Whetlab, which was acquired by Twitter in 2015. Currently, he is a research scientist at Google Brain in Cambridge, MA.