Thursday, 28. March 2019, Galvanize, Computer Intuition with RL & Nanopore DNA Sequencers on Google Cloud


'Computer Intuition: A brief look at machine-based Reinforcement Learning with Neural Networks'
Opening Talk (25 min) by Chris DeSilva ()
In this talk, we'll discuss a brief history of Reinforcement Learning algorithms, their current state, and their future potential from a conceptual view covering: Control Theory, Multi-Arm Bandit, Markov decision process, Q-Learning, and Neural Networks

'Real-time diagnostics from nanopore DNA sequencers on Google Cloud'Main Talk (50 min) by Dr. Allen Day ()
Typical genomic analyses are too slow. You transport DNA samples from the collection point to a centralized facility to be sequenced and analyzed in a batch process, which can take weeks or even months. Recently, nanopore DNA sequencers have become commercially available that stream raw signal-level data as they are collected and provide immediate access to them. However, processing the data in real-time remains challenging, requiring substantial compute and storage resources, as well as a dedicated bioinformatician. Not only is the process still too slow, but it’s also failure-prone, expensive, and doesn’t scale.
In this talk, we'll discuss a scalable, reliable, and cost-effective end-to-end pipeline for fast DNA sequence analysis built on Google Cloud and this new class of nanopore DNA sequencers.
We envision four scenarios that can use this application, specifically to detect biocontaminants:

Medical professionals
Veterinary clinics
Biosecurity professionals

In all cases, analytical results are made available in a dynamic dashboard for immediate insight, decision-making, and action.


6:00-6:45: Food & Networking6:45-7:00: Welcome & Community Announcements7:00-7:30: Opening Talk7:30-8:20: Main Talk8:20-8:30: Couple Questions??8:30-8:45: Til Next Time

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