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Next meeting Edinburgh 14 April 2015


Tuesday 14 April 2015


Lecture Theatre 3, Ashworth Laboratories, King's Buildings, Edinburgh.


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Directions to the meeting location.

Please enter the Ashworth building via the main entrance.

Once inside, come up the stairs and turn right. Head along the corridor and you will find Lecture Theatre 3 on your right-hand side.


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Speaker  Presentation title Time  More information
Dr. Jan Aerts Visualisation with Processing tutorial 09:30 - 12:30

In this tutorial, we will take our first steps into creating novel interactive data visualisation using the Processing toolkit. Processing is a Java-based language that takes away much of the boilerplate code necessary for vanilla Java. We will start with a very simple example, and gradually work our way towards more complicated linked views. In principle no programming experience is necessary, but some exposure to any programming language would be very helpful.

Places for the tutorial are limited. To register, please send an email to Bert Overduin (

Lunch   12:30 - 13:30  
Dr. Jan Aerts Visual data analysis in biology - Putting the human back into the loop

13:30 - 14:30

Data analysis has been automated more and more in the last few decades. Advances in machine learning and statistics make it possible to gain a lot of information from large datasets. But are we starting to rely too much on those algorithms alone? In this talk, Jan Aerts will highlight some issues with automated data analysis in general, as well as applied to biology specifically. He will elaborate on different aspects in the field of data visualization (the data, the human, and the combination of the two) and how it can help us to bring data analysis to the next level.

Dr. James Prendergast

Hapbin: An efficient program for performing haplotype based scans for positive selection in large genomic datasets

14:30 - 14:50


Dr. Jaanus Suurväli

In search for the origin of vertebrate immunity

14:50 - 15:10



Jan Aerts, Bert Overduin, James Prendergast, Peter Cock, Alison Meynert, Adam Clement, Ben Moore, Nick Schurch, Ernest Walzel, Joseph Hughes, Simon Harding, Matthew Gemmell, Duncan Godwin, Owen Dando, Peter Thorpe, Ian Simpson, Martin Jones, Derek Wright, Nick Dickens, Andrew Mason, Jim Procter, Sejal Modha, Sujal Kumar, Kashyap Chhatbar, Eduardo de Paiva Alves, Alastair Kerr, Chris Cole, Deepali Vasoya, Kathryn Crouch, Matthew Hindle, Daniel Robertson, Jaanus Suurväli, Choon Kiat Khoo, Zen Lu, Georgios Koutsovoulos, Oliver Hofmann, Kevin Mclean, Daniel Seaton, Richard Challis, Graeme Grimes, Philippe Gautier, Mark Blaxter, Laura Salazar Jaramillo, Elisabet Sjökvist, Javier Santoyo-Lopez, Michael Berinski, Rueben Nowell, Jon Wilkes, Amanda Warr, Christelle Robert


NextGenBUG is co-ordinated and sponsored by Edinburgh Genomics, The University of Edinburgh's next generation genomics facility.