Knowledge Graphs and Semantic Computing Speaker Series: Jian Tang

Jian Tang

Jian Tang, an associate professor at Mila-Quebec AI Institute, will present "Generative Biology: Towards Building the 'ChatGPT' in Biology."

Access to previous talks can be found here.

Jian Tang is currently an associate professor at Mila-Quebec AI Institute, a leading AI Institute in Canada founded by A.M. Turing Award laureate Yoshua Bengio. He is also a Canada CIFAR AI Research Chair and the founder and CEO of BioGeometry, an AI startup focusing on generative AI for antibody discovery. His main research interests are deep generative models, graph machine learning and their applications to drug discovery. He is an international leader in graph machine learning, and his representative work LINE on node representation learning has been widely recognized and cited more than 5,000 times. He has also done many pionnering work on AI for drug discovery, including the first open-source machine learning framework for drug discovery, TorchDrug and TorchProtein.

We are currently at the intersection of the AI and biology revolutions. On one hand, generative AI has made great breakthroughs recent years such as the ChatGPT, which is trained on a huge amount of text and code data and is able to have conversations with humans by generating very reasonable responses; on the other hand, biotechnology represented by high-throughput gene sequencing, editing and synthesizing generate a huge amount of data for biomolecule understanding, creating a new era for AI. The deep fusion of the two revolutionary technologies has brought great opportunities for the generation of completely new drug molecules.  In this talk, I will share my thoughts on how to build the generative AI or the “ChatGPT” in biology and also share some of our work along this direction.

We continue the CIRSS speaker series in Fall 2023 with a focus on “Knowledge Graphs and Semantic Computing”. We will meet on Fridays, 9-10am Central Time, on Zoom. To join a session, go to the current week’s session and click the “access” link, which will lead you to a calendar entry. There, click the “PARTICIPATE online” button to join a session. Recordings of past talks can be found next to "access" if available. The event is open to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend! This series is hosted by the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS). If you have any questions, please contact Jana Diesner and Halil Kilicoglu.

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This event is sponsored by Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship