Confirmed Speakers


Trey Ideker (University of California, San Diego)

Dr. Ideker is a Professor of Medicine at UCSD. He is the Director of the San Diego Center for Systems Biology and the Director of the National Resource for Network Biology. He is a pioneer in using genome-scale measurements to construct network models of cellular processes and disease.

Toshiaki Katayama (Database Center for Life Science)

Toshiaki Katayama graduated from Kyoto University in 2001 and worked to develop the KEGG database as an associate instructor at the Bioinformatics Center in Kyoto University. He became assistant professor of the Human Genome Center at the University of Tokyo in 2003. In 2012, he moved to the Database Center for Life Science and is currently working on data integration and standardization of life science databases with Semantic Web technologies by organizing annual BioHackathon and monthly SPARQLthon meetings.

Ross King (University of Manchester)

Ross D. King is Professor of Machine Intelligence at the University of Manchester, UK. His main research interests are in the interface between computer science and biology/chemistry. The research achievement he is most proud of is originating the idea of a “Robot Scientist”: using laboratory robotics to physically implement a closed-loop scientific discovery system. His Robot Scientist “Adam” was the first machine to hypothesise and experimentally confirm scientific knowledge. His new robot “Eve” is searching for drugs against neglected tropical diseases. His work on this subject has been published in the top scientific journals, Science and Nature, and has received wide publicity. He is also very interested in NP problems, computational economics, and computational aesthetics.

Hiroaki Kitano (The Systems Biology Institute)

Dr. Hiroaki Kitano is the President and CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. (Tokyo); President of the Systems Biology Institute (Tokyo); Professor at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (Okinawa); and Director of the Laboratory for Disease Systems Modeling at RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (Kanagawa). He received a B.A. in physics from the International Christian University (Tokyo) and a Ph.D. in computer science from the Kyoto University. Since 1988, he has been a visiting researcher at the Center for Machine Translation at the Carnegie Mellon University. His research career includes being a Project Director at the Kitano Symbiotic Systems Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Corporation; Project Director at the Kitano Symbiotic Systems Project, ERATO-SORST, Japan Science and Technology Agency; visiting professor at the University of Tokyo; visiting professor at the Keio University; and so on. Furthermore, he is the Manager of the Division of Cancer Systems Biology, Cancer Institute, Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research; a Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Professor of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University, Australia; an Editor-in-Chief of the npj Systems Biology and Applications; a Founding President of The RoboCup Federation; and so on. Kitano received The Computers and Thought Award from the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence in 1993; Prix Ars Electronica 2000; Design Award 2001(Japan Inter-Design Forum); Good Design Award 2001; and Nature’s 2009 Japan Mid-career Award for Creative Mentoring in Science as well as being an invited artist to the Biennale di Venezia 2000 and the Museum of Modern Art at New York in 2001.

Hiroshi Maruyama (Preferred Networks, Inc.)

Dr. Hiroshi Maruyama has spent 26 years at IBM Research, Tokyo Research Laboratory, working on various computer science areas such as artificial intelligence, natural language processing, machine translation, handwriting recognition, multimedia, XML, Web Services, and security. He was the director of IBM Tokyo Research Laboratory from 2006 to 2009. In 2011, he joined the Institute of Statistical Mathematics, where he led two projects, namely the Systems Resilience and Data Scientist Training Network, among other research activities related with statistics and computer science.

Tohru Natsume (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)

Dr. Tohru Natsume is the Director of Molecular Profiling Research Center for Drug Discovery at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and Visiting Professor of the Tokyo Metropolitan University. He received a Ph.D. from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine. He developed a general-purpose experimental robot “Maholo” collaborated with YASKAWA Electric Corporation.

Larisa Soldatova (Brunel University, London)

Dr Larisa Soldatova is an internationally recognised expert in knowledge representation and semantic technologies, and their application to the Life Science. She is involved in a number of international projects on the development of semantic standards, e.g. the Ontology for Biomedical Investigations (OBI), the ML (Machine Learning) schema, the Metabolomics Standards Initiative. Larisa led the work on the development an ontology EXACT for the recording of laboratory protocols, an ontology for recording of drug discovery investigations, a metadata schema for annotation of the content of scientific publications, her generic ontology for scientific experiments EXPO was nominated for the Wold Technology Award (Software) in 2006. Her work has been published in the World’s top journals, e.g. Science, Nature Biotechnology, Royal Society Interface, Bioinformatics. Currently Larisa is a Coordinator of a European project AdaLab that aims to develop an Adaptive Automated Scientific Laboratory framework for semi-automated and automated knowledge discovery by teams of human and robot scientists.

Koichi Takahashi (RIKEN QBiC)

Koichi Takahashi, Ph.D., is a principal investigator at the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center, heading its Laboratory for Biochemical Simulation. He holds project associate professorships at the Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance and the Institute for Advanced Biosciences and an invited associate professorship at the Osaka University Graduate school of Frontier Biosciences. In addition, he is a visiting fellow at the Dwango Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the vice chairman of the board of directors of the non-profit organization Whole Brain Architecture Initiative, and the Chief Information Officer at the Robotic Biology Institute, Inc. He earned his degree from the Keio University in 2004 under the supervision of Prof. Masaru Tomita.
His primary research interests are computational systems biology (particularly cell simulation) and artificial intelligence (particularly brain-inspired cognitive architectures). He is a founding member of the E-Cell Project, which was started in 1995, where he created the cell-simulation software platform E-Cell System. He also recently founded the Whole Brain Architecture Initiative with his colleagues. He is the creator of the cognitive computing software platform called Brain-inspired Computing Architecture.
Previously, he was a Human Frontier Science Program Cross-disciplinary fellow at the Molecular Sciences Institute in Berkeley, California; a researcher at the Japan Science and Technology Agency; and an assistant professor at the Keio University Institute for Advanced Biosciences. He likes skiing and deep jazz house music and is a long sleeper.

Nozomu Yachie (University of Tokyo)

Yachie received a Ph.D. degree from the Bioinformatics/Systems Biology Program, Keio University in 2009 under the supervision of Dr. Masaru Tomita. He then undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at Dr. Fritz Roth’s lab at the Harvard Medical School and moved with Dr. Roth to the University of Toronto, where he received a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship from NSERC, Canada (selection year 2011-2012, ranked 8th). Yachie has been appointed at the University of Tokyo since July 2014. He has also been appointed at the Keio University since June 2014.
Yachie is also a recipient of the JSPS fellowships; DC1 (selection year 2006); PD (slid from DC1); and Research Abroad (selection year 2009), awarded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and is currently a PRESTO Researcher, awarded by the Japan Science and Technology Agency, since October 2014.
His group is developing high-throughput technologies by combining DNA barcode and next-generation DNA sequencing with computational approaches and automation systems.