4th Nobel Turing Challenge Initiative Workshop

Dates: February 13-14, 2024

Location: Nihonbashi Life Science HUB (LINK-J), Tokyo, Japan



Shane GU, Google DeepMind, Research Scientist

Tetsuya Ogata, Waseda University, Professor

Eran Segal, Weizmann Institute of Science, Professor

Day 1

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Doors Open at 9:30 AM

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome Note

Hiroaki KITANO

10:15 - 11:00 Keynote #1: Passive to Active Intelligence in Symbolic to Spatial World: From Armchair Reasoning to Experimentation 

Shane GU, Google DeepMind, Research Scientist

Session 1: AI for Biological Discovery

11:00 - 11:20 Introduction to AI for Scientific Discovery in Biology

Jun SEITA, RIKEN, Team Leader

11:20 - 11:40 Towards an AI-based solution of protein structure prediction problem

Zhang YANG, National University of Singapore, Professor

11:40 - 12:00 Digitalization-driven Transformative Organic Synthesis (Digi-TOS)

Takashi Ohshima, Kyushu University, Professor

12:00 - 12:20 Language Models as Catalysts in Biomedicine: Navigating Automation, Curation, and Reproducibility in Research

Sucheendra KUMAR PALANIAPPAN, The Systems Biology Institute, Senior Scientist

12:40 - 13:00 Round Table

Session 2: AI for Material Discovery and Beyond

14:00 - 14:20 RIKEN's AI for Science project: TRIP-AGIS 

Makoto TAIJI, RIKEN, Deputy Director

14:20 - 14:40 Towards Automated Research

Wataru KUMAGAI, The University of Tokyo, Assistant Professor

14:40 - 15:00 From AI and Robotics toward Generative Design of Materials

Kedar HIPPALGAONKAR, Nanyang Technological University, Associate Professor

15:00 - 15:20 Autonomous synthesis of solid materials using machine learning and robots

Taro HITOSUGI, The University of Tokyo, Professor

15:20 - 15:40 Accelerated Material Discovery

Seiji TAKEDA, IBM Research, Principal Research Scientist and Team Lead

15:40 - 16:00 Round Table

16:00 - 16:10 Break

16:10 - 16:20 Link-J Host Announcement

Session 3: Robotics for Scientific Discovery

16:20 - 16:40 Robotics and AI accelerates remote automated life science

Tohru NATSUME, Robotic Biology Institute Inc., Director, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Prime Senior Researcher 

16:40 - 17:00 AI-Driven Robot Manipulators for Lab Automation

Weiwei WAN, Osaka University, Associate Professor

17:00 - 17:45 Keynote#2: Bridging the Gap: AI's Transition to Real-World Tasks

Tetsuya OGATA, Waseda University, Professor

17:45 - 18:05 Round Table

18:05 - 18:30 Flash Talks for the Poster Session

18:30 - 20:30 Poster Session and Reception

Day 2

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Doors Open at 9:30 AM

Session 4: Artificial Intelligence and Human Intelligence

10:00 - 10:20 Brain-Machine Interfaces, Artificial Intelligence, and Consciousness 

Ryota KANAI, Araya Inc., Founder & CEO

10:20 - 10:40 The worldview of manga "The Gene of AI"

Kyuri YAMADA, Manga Artist, the author of “AI no Idenshi (The Gene of AI)”

10:40 - 11:00 Extracting human understanding from mass algorithmic comparison: Case studies in time-series analysis

Ben FULCHER, School of Physics, The University of Sydney, Senior Lecturer

11:00 - 11:20 The Robot Scientist Genesis

Ross KING, Chalmers University of Technology, Professor at Data Science and AI, The University of Cambridge, Professor 

11:20 - 11:40 Round Table

11:40 - 12:25 Keynote#3: Foundation AI models for personalized medicine based on deep human phenotyping

Eran SEGAL, Weizmann Institute of Science, Professor

12:25 - 12:40 Closing Remark

Hiroaki KITANO

* All times are JST (Japan Standard Time)


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