About the Speakers

Meet the speakers

Speaker biographies

To learn more about the speaker’s presentations, please see the Speaker Abstracts.

Keynote speakers

  • Hiroaki Kitano
    President The Systems Biology Institute; Director of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.
    Nobel Turing Challenge for Creating the Engine of Scientific Discovery: Moonshot of AI, Robotics and Systems Biology
  • Ross D. King
    Professor of Machine Intelligence, University of Manchester
    Automating Science using Robot Scientists
  • Fabian Theis
    Professor, Director of the Institute of Computational Biology, Helmholtz Center Munich
    Modeling differentiation and stimulation response in single-cell genomics
  • Eran Segal
    Professor, Department of Computer Science And Applied Math, Weizmann Institute of Science
    Personalized Medicine based on Gut Microbiome and Clinical Data

National speakers

  • Fredrik Barrenäs
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Uppsala University
    One step closer to an HIV vaccine — What machine learning tells us about vaccine protection and immunity 
  • Helena Lindgren
    Associate Professor, Department of Computing Science at Umeå University
    Socially Intelligent Systems and Robots – when we need to Collaborate with the AI
  • Andreas Theodorou
    Scientist, Department of Computing Science, Umeå University
    AI Governance: Building Transparent and Trustworthy Systems
  • Thomas Schön
    Professor at Department of Information Technology, Division of Systems and Control, Uppsala University
    Moderator Panel discussion
  • Aurore Belfrage
    Panel discussion


Feature: Hiroaki Kitano

Hiroaki Kitano

Hiroaki Kitano wants to bring AI and systems biology together

Artificial intelligence may be needed to take life science research beyond the cognitive limitations of humans, according to Hiroaki Kitano, keynote speaker at the SciLifeLab Science Summit 2019 – Artificial Intelligence for Life Sciences.

Hiroaki Kitano has made significant contributions to the field of systems biology, and has been thinking about artificial intelligence for a long time – as early as 1993, he received the Computers and Thought Award from the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence. Today, he is President and CEO at Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc; President at the Systems Biology Institute (SBI); and Professor at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.

In 2002, he wrote Systems Biology: A Brief Overview, in which he stated that there at the time was a golden opportunity for system-level analysis to be grounded in molecular-level understanding. Now, those opportunities have partly been realized, but new challenges have emerged.

“There are several challenges. First, we still need to develop a series of technologies to measure behaviors of molecules, cells, tissues, and more complex biological systems. Second, we are facing our cognitive limitations to be able to understand complex biological systems. Therefore, I am proposing to use AI to help us understand biology”, says Hiroaki Kitano.

Hiroaki Kitano is a keynote speaker at the SciLifeLab Science Summit 2019 and will share his ideas on AI in life sciences in his talk Nobel Turing Challenge for Creating the Engine of Scientific Discovery: Moonshot of AI, Robotics and Systems Biology.

He finds that an important aspect of this year’s Summit is that it brings AI and systems biology together.

“After more than 20 years of systems biology studies, I am convinced that systems biology is not for humans alone to study. It is a research field that requires hybrid AI plus human intelligence to move forward for the next big breakthrough.”

What do you look forward to with the SciLifeLab Science Summit 2019?

“I hope it will trigger global understanding on where we stand in systems biology, and be able to shape the direction we should take.”

To book an interview with Hiroaki Kitano during the Science Summit, contact press@scilifelab.se.