Texas A&M
Science of Information Days

April 3rd & 4th, 2014
Texas A&M University

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Poster Competition Results released (see Agenda Section)

This workshop will bring together research groups working at Texas A&M and other institutions on Science of Information topics including information theory, control theory, and statistics. The workshop will focus on the connections between these disciplines and biological information processing. The workshop aims to publicize collaborative efforts of members of the NSF Center for Science of Information and to foster interaction with non-member local faculty and leaders. The workshop will feature six talks by invited speakers as well as a tutorial and a poster session.

The event will be held in Room 601 of the Rudder Tower on the Texas A&M University campus. See Directions/Map below.

Sponsored by: NSF Center for Science of Information, CESG and the ECE department

Registration is closed! If you like to attend, you are welcome to do so, however breakfast and lunch may not be available.


April 3, 2014 Pre-Workshop Tutorial

All Times: CDT Pre-Workshop Activities: Emerging Technologies Building 1034
05:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Dr. Xiaoning Qian

Dr. Byung-Jun Yoon
Engineering Methods and Information Science in Biology

Topics & Agenda

Part-1 (Dr. Xiaoning Qian, TAMU)

  1. Brief review of basic molecular biology and biological networks (30 min)
  2. Mathematical models for modeling, analysis, and control in biological networks (30 min)
  3. Boolean networks, dynamics, and intervention (30 min)
Part-2 (Dr. Byung-Jun Yoon, TAMU)
  1. Modeling and analysis of biological sequences (30 min)
  2. Modeling and analysis of biological networks (30 min)
  3. Gene expression data analysis (30 min)

April 4, 2014 Workshop

All Times: CDT Workshop Activities: Room 601, Rudder Tower
07:45 am - 08:30 am Breakfast
08:30 am - 08:45 am
P.R. Kumar (TAMU) ~
08:45 am - 09:35 am

M. Vidyasagar (UTD) ~
Machine Learning Methods for the Stratification of Cancer Patients
09:35 am - 09:45 am Break
09:45 am - 10:35 am
Ed Dougherty (TAMU) ~
Operator Design in the Presence of Uncertainty
10:35 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 11:35 am

John Goutsias (JHU) ~
Statistical Thermodynamic Analysis Reveals the Emergence of Critical Behavior in Complex Reaction Networks
11:35 am - 01:00 pm Lunch
01:00 pm - 01:50 pm
Christina Leslie (Sloan-Kettering) ~
Modeling Gene Regulatory Programs in Cancer

Suggested Reading
01:50 pm - 02:00 pm Break
02:00 pm - 02:50 pm
Bani K. Mallick (TAMU) ~
Bayesian Gaussian Graphical Models and Their Applications
02:50 pm - 03:00 pm Break
03:00 pm - 03:50 pm
Todd Coleman (UCSD) ~
Smart Skin Sensors and Decision Support Analytics in the Cloud to Advance the Frontiers of Wearable Health

Suggested Reading
03:50 pm - 04:00 pm Break
04:00 pm - 05:50 pm Poster Session

Poster Competition Results:
First place:
"Prior Probability Construction Using Biological Signaling Pathways" - Mohammad Shahrokh Esfahani and Edward R. Dougherty - http://www.soihub.org/group/33/esfahani_poster_prior.pdf

Second place:
"Improved Branch-and-Bound for U-curve optimization problem" - Esmaeil Atashpaz-Gargari, Ulisses M. Braga-Neto, and Edward R. Dougherty - http://www.soihub.org/group/33/CSoI_IUBB-6.pdf

Third place:
"Belief Propagation in a Probabilistic Graphical Model of the Pancreatic Cancer Signaling Pathway" - Priyadharshini S.V. and A. Datta, - http://www.soihub.org/group/33/Priyadharshini-Venkat.pdf

All Posters


The workshop will be be held in Room 601 of the Rudder Tower on the campus of Texas A&M University.

If you are coming from out of state:
College Station has an airport - code CLL - served by American and United Airlines.
You can also fly into Houston (IAH), from where it is a one hour and forty-five minutes drive, or into Austin (AUS), from where it is about a two hour drive.

Physical Address:
401 Joe Routt Blvd. Rudder Tower College Station, TX 77840

Rudder Tower is located in the heart of the Texas A&M Campus. You can park in the Koldus garage across the street

The closest place to park is in the Koldus Parking garage across the street from the training site. Parking fees are $15/day