Prof. Dr. h.c. Hasso Plattner

Trends in Bioinformatics

General Information

Aim of the Seminar

The aims of this seminar are two-fold. On the one hand, we want you to become an expert on a particular topic from the broad area of bioinformatics. On the other hand, we want you to learn how to write a research paper, i.e. we will teach you relevant topics for your writing, such as the general structure of research papers, best practices, and good writing styles. 

Your general task will be to get familiar with your topic, prepare a presentation about it, and write a research paper. We want you to gain hands-on experience on the subject, which includes conducting small experiments with state-of-the-art bioinformatics tools, as well as examining and discussing their results, e.g. regarding runtime performance or data quality.

Topics - Overview

A.   Inferring Genetic Variants from RNAseq Data
B.   Explorative Analysis of RNAseq Data
C.   Automatic Summaries for Cancer Research
D.   Document Retrieval to Support Clinical Decision
E.   Information Extraction for Data Curation
F.   Prediction of Dialysis Length


The final grading will be determined by the following individual parts, while each part must be passed at least: 

  • Seminar presentation (40%)
  • Research article (40%)
  • Individual commitment (20%)

Schedule and Slides

KickOff: Wed 19 Oct, 2016 at 1:30-2:00 p.m. in room 1.15 Campus II/Villa (Slides)

Expert Session I: Predicting Dialysis Length - Antje Schubotz und Adrian Loy (Abstract/Slides) (02.02.2017)

Expert Session II: Variant Calling and Mixed Data Analysis on RNAseq data - Karsten Tausche und Paul Arndt (Abstracts (Variant Calling, Analysis of Mixed Data Types)/Slides) (03.02.2017)

Expert Session III: Biomedical Template Filling - Janos Brauer (Abstract/Slides) (03.02.2017)

Introduction into Scientific Writing (Slides) (07.02.2017)

Reports are due on 31.03.2017: IEEE template for final reports (5-8 pages including references)