SCS Lecture Series - Genomes Galore: Big Data Challenges in the Life Sciences – Srinivas Aluru

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Genomes Galore: Big Data Challenges in the Life Sciences – Srinivas Aluru, Professor – School of Computational Science & Engineering , Georgia Tech

A “TGIF” will follow at 3 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Klaus commons area overlooking the Atrium.  Light snacks and refreshments will be served.




In just a little over a decade, the cost of sequencing a complex organism such as the human dwindled from the $100 million range to sub $1000 range. This rapid decline is brought about by the advent of a number of high-throughput sequencing technologies, collectively known as next generation sequencing. Their usage has become ubiquitous, enabling single investigators with limited budget to carry out what could only be accomplished by a network of major sequencing centers just a decade ago. This is leading to an explosive growth in the number of organisms sequenced, and in the number of individuals sequenced in search of important genetic variations. Next-gen sequencers enable diverse applications, each requiring its own class of supporting algorithms. This talk will highlight some of the big data challenges arising from these developments and our group’s work in solving them.



Srinivas Aluru is a professor in the School of Computational Science and Engineering within the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. He co-directs the Georgia Tech Strategic Initiative in Data Engineering and Science. Earlier, he held faculty positions at Iowa State University, Indian Institute of Technology, New Mexico State University, and Syracuse University. Aluru conducts research in high performance computing, bioinformatics and systems biology, combinatorial scientific computing, and applied algorithms. Aluru is currently serving as the Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics (SIGBIO). He is a recipient of the NSF Career award (1997), IBM faculty award (2002), Swarnajayanti Fellowship from the Government of India (2009), the mid-career (2011) and outstanding (2011) research achievement awards from Iowa State University, the College of Computing Dean’s award (2015), and the IEEE Computer Society Meritorious Service Award (2015). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


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