Keynote Speakers


Prof. Kenta Nakai                                                                                                                

The University of Tokyo, Japan


Kenta Nakai was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1963. He received the PhD degree on the prediction of subcellular localization sites of proteins from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 1992.
From 1989, he has worked at several institutions, including, Kyoto University, National Institute of Basic Biology, and Osaka University. From 1999 to 2003, he was an Associate Professor at the Human Genome Center, the Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo, Japan. Since 2003, he has been a full Professor at the same institute. He was elected as the president of the Japanese Society for Bioinformatics in 2006 and 2007. His main research interest is to develop computational ways for interpreting biological information, especially that of transcriptional regulation, from genome sequence data. Two of his papers reporting the development of a knowledge-based prediction system of subcellular localization sites have been cited more than 1,200 times so far.


Prof. Sung Wing Kin, Ken                                                                                                    

National University of Singapore, Singapore


Prof. Dr. Wing-Kin Sung received both the B.Sc. and the Ph.D. degree in the Department of Computer Science from the University of Hong Kong in 1993, 1998, respectively. He is a professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Computing, NUS. Also, he is a senior group leader in Genome Institute of Singapore. He has over 20 years experience in Algorithm and Bioinformatics research. He also teaches courses on bioinformatics for both undergraduate and postgraduate. He was conferred the 2003 FIT paper award (Japan), the 2006 National Science Award (Singapore), and the 2008 Young Researcher Award (NUS) for his research contribution in algorithm and bioinformatics.


Prof. Satoru Miyano                                                                                                              

The University of Tokyo, Japan


Satoru Miyano, PhD, is the Director of Human Genome Center, the Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo. He received the B.S. (1977), M.S. (1979) and PhD (1984), all in Mathematics from Kyushu University, Japan. He is an ISCB Fellow. His research mission is to develop "Computational Medical Systems Biology towards Genomic Personalized Medicine, in particular, cancer research and clinical sequence informatics. He has been involved as PI with the International Cancer Genome Consortium, the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (MEXT) "Systems Cancer Research in Neo-dimension", and MEXT Priority Issues on Post-K computer "Integrated Computational Life Science to Support Personalized and Preventive Medicine". By massive data analysis and simulation with the supercomputers, his group is developing computational methods to link differences in our genomes to diseases, drugs, and environmental factors with systems understanding.


Speech Title: "Unraveling Cancer Systems Disorders from Big Data by Supercomputers"


Abstract: Cancer is a very complex disease that occurs from accumulation of multiple genetic and epigenetic changes in individuals who carry different genetic backgrounds and have suffered from distinct carcinogen exposures. We present our computational methods for breaking cancer big data by using the supercomputers SHIROKANE at Human Genome Center of University of Tokyo and K computer at RIKEN Advanced Institute of Computational Science. The first challenge is unraveling gene networks and their diversity lying over genetic variations, mutations, environments and diseases from gene expression profiles of cancer cells. The second part of this lecture gives details of a suite of bioinformatics tools named Genomon for analyzing cancer genomes and RNA sequencing data produced by next-generation sequencers. We present some of our recent results on cancer genomics with Genomon, including a mechanism involved with “how cancer evades immune systems.”

Plenary Speakers


Prof. Keimei Oh                                                                                                                     

Akita Prefectual University, Japan


Dr. Keimei Oh was born in Shanghai, China. He received B.Sc. in the Department of Chemistry from Shanghai University and Ph.D. degree from the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo in 1997. After working at RIKEN as a Special Postdoctoral Fellow, he joined the Department of Biotechnology faculty at Akita Prefectural University in 1999. In 2003, he worked as a visiting scientist at US Department of Energy, Plant Research Laboratory in Michigan State University. He was appointed as Associate Professor at Akita Prefectural University in 2007. Currently, he is working in the field of design and synthesis biological active chemicals targeting plant hormone biosynthesis and signaling transduction pathways. He received numerous awards including the Society Award of the Japanese Society for Chemical Regulation of Plants.


Prof. Manoj R. Tarambale                                                                                                     

Marathwada Mitra Mandal’s College of Engineering, Pune, India


Prof. Manoj R. Tarambale has received Bachelor's Degree (B.E.) in Electrical Engineering from BVCOE, Pune-43, University of Pune, India, in 1992 and Master of Engineering Degree (M.E.) in Control System ( specialization in Instrumentation ) from WCOE, Sangli, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India in 2002. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. degree from PACIFIC University, Udaipur, India in the field of Biomedical Engineering.He has one year industrial experience and twenty one years teaching experience. At present, he is working as a Head of Electrical Engineering Department of Marathwada Mitra Mandal’s College of Engineering, University of Pune, Pune-52, India.
He has published fifteen papers in prestigious International Journals and in International Conferences. He has got “Most Excellent Paper Award” and “Inter Science Scholastic Young Investigator Award” for his technical papers published.His main research interests are in the field of Bio-Medical Image Processing, Bio-Medical Instrumentation, Bio-sensors, Green Environment, Computer Applications in Bio-Medical Analysis, Artificial Intelligence in Disease Detection and Electrical Engineering. He is giving an important contribution in implementing various early detection cancer technique projects through Bio-Medical Image Processing. He has also done two consultation projects for the reputed industries. Prof. Tarambale is a member of Institute of Engineers (India) and Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE).


Assoc. Prof. Hiroyuki KUDO                                                                                                   

Meiji University, Japan


Prof. Dr. Hiroyuki Kudo received both the M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in the Department of Electronics and Communications from Waseda University in 1999 and 2004, respectively. He was a research officer of MEMS laboratory, Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute from 2003 to 2007. He worked at Tokyo Medical and Dental University as an assistant professor from 2005, a junior associate professor from 2007 to 2011 and an associate professor from 2011 to 2013. Currently, he has been an associate professor of Department of Electronics at Meiji University. Currently, his research interests include biomicrosystems based on enzymatic biosensors and immunosensors and for life science applications.