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Centre for Data Science and Systems Complexity (DSSC), University of Groningen

DSSC Newsletter



X-Omics Dutch Infrastructure funding
DSSC member in 4 Million euro ETN project PERICO
Contacts in industry: invited talk at the Smart Factory OWL (Germany)
PhD meeting: 13 Dec.,14.00-16.00, 165 Bernoulliborg
Grants awarded for the Data Science 2018 call

eScience Center and NWO

DSSC Seminar: Eelko Hak (GRIP), Pharmlines, title TBA (14 mar., 16.00-17.00, 105 Bernoulliborg)
DSSC Seminar: Jack van Wijk (Information visualization, Visual analytics, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology), title TBA (4 Apr., 16.00-17.00, 105 Bernoulliborg)
Dutch Digital Conference(18-21 Mar., Hilversum)
European Robotics Forum (20-22 Mar., Bucharest)
8th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems (3-5 May, Heraklion)
CWI in Bedrijk (16 May)

Funding for X-Omics Dutch Infrastructure 
The Department of Analytical Biochemistry (Prof. dr. Rainer Bischoff, Prof. Dr. Peter Horvatovich; RUG) and the Laboratory of Genome Structure and Ageing (Victor Guryev; UMCG/ERIBA) are participants in the recently funded Dutch Infrastructure grant X-Omics, which has a total budget of 17 million euro.x-omics participants

The X-Omics infrastructure will be the technological pillar for future big-data life science research by allowing to generate multi-omics molecular profiles (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics) with the latest technologies. An important part of X-omics is to integrate the obtained data with clinical metadata and other data sources such as imaging data.

In this work, RUG/ERIBA will participate in the development of a proteogenomics data integration platform supporting better diagnostics and development of personalized treatment in cancer and other complex diseases. The X-omics infrastructure will support large-scale multi-omics population genetics demonstrator project led by Prof. dr. Cisca Wijmenga and Prof. dr. Lude Franke.

DSSC member in 4 Million euro ETN project PERICO 
The PERoxisome Interactions and COmmunication (PERICO) research programme, in which prof. Lambert Schomaker (Artificial Intelligence, Bernoulli Institute), DSSC co-chair and member, is a partner, was awarded 4 million euro as a Marie Curie European Training Network. 

The programme aims at placing peroxisomes in the centre of European science by uncovering how they participate in an intricate cellular interaction and signalling network. Loss of optimal peroxisomal function leads to devastating diseases. Understanding the function of peroxisomes has strong implications for dealing with serious metabolic health problems that range from obesity to malnutrition.

Although structurally simple, peroxisomes display an unprecedented variety of functions and are crucial for cell vitality. They are among the last organelles to be discovered (in 1954), explaining why the knowledge on peroxisomes is still relatively weak. PERICO trains 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) at 9 world-leading academic institutions, including 4 medical centres/university hospitals, and 6 non-academic companies, thus forming strong interdisciplinary relations between industry, life sciences and end-users. The principal investigator is prof. dr. Ida van der Klei of the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology institute (GBB). The participation of DSSC is in the area of applying convolutional neural networks and deep learning for classification of organelles by means of new robotic (pan/zoom) microscopes (supervisor prof. dr. Lambert Schomaker).


Contacts in industry: invited talk at the Smart Factory OWL (Germany)Smart FactoryOWL logo
Prof. Dr. Michael Biehl (Computer Science, Bernoulli Institute) gave an invited keynote talk entitled Relevance Learning in image processing at the 6th Yearly Colloquium on Image Processing in Automation BVAu 2018  at the Smart Factory OWL in Lemgo/Germany. 

SmartFactoryOWL is an open research and demonstration platform for digital transformation. As an "Industrial IoT Experience Center (IIOT)", new technologies can be tested in SmartFactoryOWL. With the support of an interdisciplinary team of experts, the research results are used in production, work and business processes.

PhD meeting: 13 Dec, 14.00-16.00, 165 Bernoulliborg
We would like to invite you all to the DSSC PhDsDSSC meeting on 13 Dec, 14.00-16.00, room 165 Bernoulliborg, which will feature PhD presentations that will be discussed in a round table format with respect to approaches, methods, solutions, etc. Please register here before 11 December. The speakers are:

  • Oscar Portoles Marin (Artificial Intelligence, Information processing and interaction between brain area)
  • Jian Gao (Mathematics, Dynamics on networks)
  • Caroline Haigh (Intelligent Systems, Faint object detection)
  • Markus Schepers (Mathematics, Random graphs and percolation)
  • Marco Vasquez Beltran (Discrete Technology and Production Automation, Modeling and control of hysteretic deformable mirrors)

Grants awarded for the Data Science 2018 call
A committee consisting of experts from Digital Humanities, Data Science & Systems Complexity (DSSC), the eScience Center of NWO and representatives of the CIT has honored seven projects within the framework of the call for proposals for data science 2018. The committee received a total of 37 applications, a tripling in comparison with last year.

The researchers of the awarded projects receive support from the data scientists of the CIT up to a maximum of 450 hours. The call was funded by the RUG's multi-annual plan 2016-2020. The next round of the call for proposals for data science starts in the second quarter of 2019.

Awarded projects:

  • Guided learning of multi-task CNNs for joint place recognition and semantic segmentation (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
  • Optimization of the yields of important bio-based chemicals with statistical approaches using large experimental datasets (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
  • Automatic detection of key events in the budding yeast cell cycle based on Microscopy (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
  • Eye in the sky: using satellite data to monitor real estate construction activity in global cities (Faculty of Spatial Sciences)
  • Track finding in matter-antimatter collisions using deep learning (KVI - Center for Advanced Radiation Technology)
  • Data-driven infection management at the intensive care unit - improving quality of care through mining electronic health records (Faculty of Medical Sciences)
  • Intimate histories: a web-archaeological analysis of YouTube’s early history (Faculty of Arts)


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Flexibility and retail market options for the distribution grid (5 Feb.)
Computing technologies and engineering methods for cyber-physical systems of systems (28 Mar.)
Robotics in Application Areas (28 Mar.)
Robotics Core Technology (28 Mar.)
Cloud Computing (28 Mar.)
Security and resilience for collaborative manufacturing environments (28 Mar.)
Smart Anything Everywhere (2 Apr.)
Big data solutions for energy (2 Apr.)
Mining big data for early detection of infectious disease threats driven by climate change and other factors (16 Apr.)
Big data and Artificial Intelligence for monitoring health status and quality of life after the cancer treatment (24 Apr.)

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Cyber Security – Digital Security & Privacy  (preproposals: 24 Jan. 2019; full proposals: 16 Apr. 2019)

DSSC seminar: Eelko Hak (GRIP), Pharmlines, title TBA

14 Mar., 16.00-17.00, 105 Bernoulliborg

Abstract soon! The PharmLines Initiative links the multidisciplinary data of the Lifelines Cohort Study to the medication data of the widely researched prescription database, Its aim is to facilitate research on medical drug data in combination with the broad health and biobank data of Lifelines.

Dutch Digital Conference
18-21 Mar., Theater Gooiland Hilversum

The Conference is an event that consists of several linked events: the Smart Industry Annual Event, ICT.OPEN and the concluding digital day. The overarching theme of the week will consider artificial intelligence and its applications in various sectors. The Organizing parties include the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Smart Industry and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. More information about the programme is available here
CWI in Bedrijf
16 May, location TBA

Regular business networking event organized by CWI. More information and programme will be announced soon on this site
DSSC seminar: Jack van Wijk, Eindhoven University of Technology, title TBA 
4 Apr., 16.00-17.00, 105 Bernoulliborg
Abstract soon!
European Robotics Forum 
20 - 22 Mar., Bucharest
ERF2019 will host a major exhibition where companies, universities and research institutes will showcase the most advanced European prototypes, products, services and projects funded under EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. More information and registration are available here.
8th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems - SMARTGREENS 2019
3-5 May, Heraklion

The purpose of the 8th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems (SMARTGREENS) is to bring together researchers, designers, developers and practitioners interested in the advances and applications in the field of Smart Cities, Green Information and Communication Technologies, Sustainability, Energy Aware Systems and Technologies. Green Computing is nowadays one of the major challenges for most IT organizations that involve medium and large scale distributed infrastructures like Grids, Clouds and Clusters. The conference will focus on solutions for all aspects of green computing such as energy efficiency, carbon footprint reduction and cooling management. More information is available here
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